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Clean Air Ambassador: Sylvia Weber

Decision makers in Washington D.C. need to understand that air pollution poses significant health risks for us and future generations.

Air pollution became a personal issue for me in high school when I became aware of the higher incidence of allergies and asthma in my brother's neighborhood. They were in the flight pattern of LaGuardia Airport, in New York. My interest in environmental issues continued and intensified over the years as I became more aware of the impact of pollution.

After I moved to Rhode Island, I purposely bought a house not near the airport or in the flight pattern. That was changed when the airport expanded and I am now in a major flight pattern. There's an increase in asthma, allergies and cancer in my neighborhood. I personally have developed allergies and have had about 7 bouts of pneumonia.

Decision makers in Washington D.C. need to understand that air pollution poses significant health risks for us and future generations. But they also need to know about the savings in health care costs that results as we clean up air pollution.
 

Ambassador Group Affiliation: 
Rhode Island State Nurses Association/American Nurses Association
Ambassador Profession: 
Nursing