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Clean Air Ambassador: Ana Baptista

Our children grow up in an environment where they must come indoors for recess on days when there are ozone alerts and the air quality is poor.

I grew up in and now work in the City of Newark's neighborhood called the Ironbound. My community is tremendously impacted by air pollution. Our children grow up in an environment where they must come indoors for recess on days when there are ozone alerts and the air quality is poor. One in four children in Newark suffer from asthma, in some schools the numbers are epidemic and we know air pollution is a leading contributor.

The Ironbound Community in Newark, NJ is surrounded by multiple, cumulative and disproportionate air pollution impacts—more than 300 permitted facilities including power plants, generating stations, the state's largest municipal solid waste incinerator, chemical plants, the nation's third largest seaport (Port Newark and Elizabeth), and the Newark Liberty Int. Airport. We are also surrounded by major highways such as the New Jersey Turnpike.
 

Ambassador Group Affiliation: 
New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance
Ambassador Profession: 
Director of Environmental Programs