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The city of Gulfport, MS is about to embark on a road expansion project that is located in a low- to moderate-income community. This expansion will also affect many other communities in the area. Air quality will certainly decrease.

Clean air is our main concern, as this expansion will make provisions for hundreds of trucks that will be traveling to the newly expanded port of Gulfport. The field on the left side of this picture is where the expansion will happen. On the right side is the residential community that will be directly impacted by the increased traffic and poorer air quality. Our goal is to maintain the best air quality for these communities.

Clean Air Ambassador | Gulfport, Mississippi

Lori Thompson

We may be able to go without food for days and water for no more than three days, but air is needed every second. Therefore, in order for me or others to be healthy, air must also be healthy. Everyone deserves to live in an environment of clear air.

I’m coming to D.C. to become informed and armed with information to bring back to the citizens of my city, Gulfport, MS. Soon, there will be the start of the development of the Port Road expansion and the air quality will be compromised, not only from the construction, but also once the project is completed, from the vehicle exhausts in this high traffic area. Prayerfully, this trip to Washington D.C. will give us solutions and a strategic plan to campaign for clean air.

It’s time for Congress and the Administration to stop being motivated by the dollar and remember that the lives of people are more important than industry. They are our eyes and ears and we trust them to look out for our well-being. To do that effectively, they must remove their blinders and take a long look at what happens when the air and water supply are contaminated. All of us, including our lawmakers need to have a responsibility for the earth. Our heavenly Father did not have a problem with earth until man wanted to have his way.

It’s time for Congress and the Administration to stop being motivated by the dollar and remember that the lives of people are more important than industry.

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.