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I know firsthand that smog is a serious health problem—I grew up with it, in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Now, in my professional life as a family physician, I have to caution parents to keep asthmatic children inside during Ozone Action Days. Our children need time outside to grow into healthy adults. Air pollution jeopardizes their ability to be active, which is why I am actively working for clean air.

Clean Air Ambassador | Austin, Texas

Katharina Hathaway

I grew up in the southern San Joaquin Valley in California where the smog was so thick, most days I couldn't see the beautiful mountains that surrounded me.

My family and I now live in Austin, Texas. It is a great city to be active outdoors—lots of parks, trails, and sunshine. When I take my family to run, bike, and play outside, I want to know that the air they breathe isn't harmful to them. I want us all to be able to see clearly all the beauty that surrounds us.

And as a family physician, I don't like having to tell parents of children with asthma to keep their kids indoors on Ozone Action Days. Clean Air benefits us all. Poor air quality harms us all.

When I take my family to run, bike, and play outside, I want to know that the air they breathe isn't harmful to them. I want us all to be able to see clearly all the beauty that surrounds us.

50 States United For Healthy Air

Clean air should be a fundamental right. Air pollution causes asthma attacks, lung disease, and even death. But our bodies don't have to be the dumping ground for dirty industries.

The technology to dramatically reduce harmful air pollution is available today, and major polluters should be required to use it.

Clean Air Ambassadors from every state are sending a powerful message: Everyone has a right to breathe clean, healthy air.

It’s time Congress and the EPA used their ears to help our lungs.