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This is the image that best depicts why I'm attending: my family. My children deserve an opportunity to grow up in a clean and safe environment. With that said, I will make myself available to fight for improved conditions for the future generations whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Clean Air Ambassador | Detroit, Michigan

LaRonn Harris

My name is LaRonn Harris Sr., from Detroit, MI. I'm married to a phenomenal woman named Kenyetta and a father of three beautiful children: LaRonn II, Londyn, and Landen. I'm a product of a single parent home; my father was murdered when I was seven years old. I am product of the Detroit Public School system and a graduate of Wayne State University. I am first to graduate from a University out of seven children between both parents. I am a child of GOD, community servant and Chair of Hip Hop Caucus Detroit, entrepreneur co-founder/owner of C.O.I.N Handlers LLC, and a Regional Manager for Atlantic Records.

Forbes Magazine considers Detroit one of the most miserable cities in America. Recently, the state declared the City of Detroit to be in a state of emergency and assigned an emergency financial manager to assist the local government in managing the city’s assets and liabilities in hopes of stabilizing our local economy. Many issues plague the city of Detroit such as the lack of city finances, poor literacy rates, high crimes rates, and a host of other quality of life issues.

With all that said, one cannot address or speak to quality of life issues without addressing issues that which negatively affects our environment, like air pollution.

Detroit is the motor capitol of the world, with plenty of car manufacturing plants and a commuter city where most adults don't use public transportation. Clean air is a silent but deadly quality of life concern. The American Lung Association named Detroit as one of the top 25 Dirtiest U.S. Cities for air quality in 2011.

Fighting for clean air and a healthy environment is important to me because I care about the quality of life for Detroiters and Michiganders. By bringing awareness and creating some solutions to this issue we could possibly play a vital role in increasing the quality of life in Michigan. By decreasing air pollution, we can decrease new cases of asthma in children, decrease adult onset diabetes, decrease the risk for heart attacks, allergies, and premature deaths.

Detroit is the motor capitol of the world, with plenty of car manufacturing plants and a commuter city where most adults don't use public transportation. Clean air is a silent but deadly quality of life concern.

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.