Voices for Clean Air is an initiative of GASP and the American Lung Association in Alabama. Together, we're sharing the stories of those people whose lives are impacted by dirty air — one of the top preventable causes of death and disease. Tell us, how has dirty air affected your health and quality of life? Emails us at [email protected] or visit voicesforcleanair.com to share your story.
Nathan McMinn is the Chief Technology Officer at MNMX.io, where he works on making it easier to gather environmental data using the Internet of Things. He believes that better data helps tell better stories, and those stories are the key to real action on air pollution. He is dedicated to using information to help people decide how and where to live, work and play. The Smarter Birmingham Air Quality Sensor Project grew out of conversations between Gasp and Nathan McMinn about using innovative technology to collect and share air quality data with residents and researchers alike.
Justinn Overton is the executive director of Coosa Riverkeeper and a yoga instructor. She believes that clean air, water, and soil are all interconnected and that every Alabamian has a right to each of them.
"It is important to me that we have clean air, just like it's important that we have clean drinking water," Catherine Singletary says, talking about the importance of air quality for her family.
Catherine, a realtor, and her husband Brandon, an epidemiologist, moved to the Magic City from Denver, Colorado. The Singletarys live in Birmingham's Crestwood North neighborhood with their son, Byrne, and two dogs. They're concerned about air quality because they want their son — and future generations of children — to be able to live a healthy life. As Brandon says, "as humans we basically, biologically speaking, only need three things: food, water and oxygen, and I think it's our duty as humans to try to provide the cleanest, best quality for both ourselves, our children, and generations to come." That is why Catherine and Brandon Singletary are Voices for Clean Air.
Voices for Clean Air is a collaborative initiative between Gasp and American Lung Association in Alabama to tell the stories of Alabamians whose lives are being affected by air pollution. You can join the Singletarys as Voices for Clean Air by writing to us at voicesforcleanair.com. What's your story?
Carla Johnson grew up on a farm in small-town Alabama. After an untreated bout of pneumonia in her 20s, Carla's lungs didn't heal properly, leaving scarring behind. Now she suffers from a lung condition called bronchiectasis, which makes it difficult for her to be outdoors — especially on days when the air quality is poor. "Air pollution is a serious issue for me," Carla says. "You can’t always avoid going outside, and high-ozone days can affect indoor air quality, too. These are the times when I have the most trouble. These are the times I can end up in the hospital."
Voices for Clean Air is a collaborative initiative between GASP and American Lung Association in Alabama to tell the stories of Alabamians whose lives are being affected by air pollution. You can join Carla as a Voice for Clean Air by sharing your story at voicesforcleanair.com or emailing [email protected]