Right to Breathe
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Clean air should be a fundamental right. Every year, many Americans young and old get sick because of air pollution. Thousands die. But our lungs don’t have to be the dumping ground for dirty industries.
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Air Watch: Documenting California's Air Pollution

Documenting California's Air Pollution

About This Film: For the past decade, Tom Frantz has been documenting pollution sources in California's Central Valley. His words and pictures have led to improvements in air quality—improvements that the EPA can further increase by strengthening fine particle air pollution standards. Listen to Tom's story.

Sign the Petition.The Clean Air Promise:
Fighting for clean air is about protecting the health of kids, families and the communities that we live and work in.
Signing the Clean Air Promise shows our elected leaders and other decision makers that clean air is a priority.

Behind the Scenes Chris Jordan.Multimedia Producer Chris Jordan-Bloch writes about the making of this film in Air Watch: One Man's Quest for Clean Air.


What is PM2.5? The microscopic size of soot, also known as fine particulate matter or PM2.5, allows it to lodge deep within the lung. Diesel vehicles and equipment and coal-fired power plants are among the biggest sources of this pollution. Particle pollution does not just make people die a few days earlier than they might otherwise—these are deaths that would not have occurred if the air were cleaner.

Learn more at Sick Of Soot: How The EPA Can Save Lives By Cleaning Up Fine Particle Air Pollution