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This is my granddaughter. She is one of the true motivators for my work.

Clean Air Ambassador | Seattle, Washington

Steven Gilbert

My greatest inspirations in my work are my granddaughters. I want to leave a better world for them, one where they are healthy, active and asthma free. The best way that that can be done is for Congress and the Administration to proactively and consistently enforce the Clean Air Act.

It’s becoming clearer everyday that the old ways of doing things are not working. Coal and nuclear power are not the answer. Coal burning has many serious health consequences including greenhouse gases, mercury emissions, and waste. We need to make decisions with sustainability and future generations in mind, not profitability to satisfy Wall Street.

As a doctor, environmentalist, and author, I strive to do my best to follow in the footsteps of my heroes Rachel Carson and Aldo Leopold. They knew we had nothing if we did not have a healthy environment. So should our leaders. It is their jobs to not just protect us from war, terror and poverty, but illness, too, by regulating power plant emissions, reducing our carbon footprint and greenhouse gases, subsidizing alternative energy, and promoting energy conservation.

I want to set a positive example. And I want Congress to do the same by showing the public and that clean air is a basic right and essential for good health.

It’s becoming clearer everyday that the old ways of doing things are not working. Coal and nuclear power are not the answer.

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.