Thoughts about clean air

Thoughts about clean air, by Jeff Tulley, "the meetings guy"

Environmentalist is a tainted word for some, evoking images of extremists blowing up things. Though I accept the label for myself in it's non-extreme form, I understand those who are afraid of the word.  But there is an aspect of environmentalism that I think everybody can agree with:  Lovers of clean air and clean water.  That is something that all of us want and need.

Despite calling myself an environmentalist, I've not really done enough to live in a way that lines up with my beliefs.   Recently, I've pondered what things I'm most concerned about, and it usually turns out to be that our air has gotten steadily worse, and is getting dangerous to my health.  Each year the inversion seems to be more extreme than previously.  

For a while, I wondered if this was not really the case, but maybe it just seemed to be so.  Then, on January 31st, 2017, it was announced that Salt Lake City had the worst air in the nation.  For a brief few days, we were Number 1!  But, unfortunately this was nothing to brag about.

Photo by Brian Nye, from http://utahvalley360.com/2013/12/23/utah-valleys-dirty-little-secret-and-what-you-can-do-about-it/

Photo by Brian Nye, from http://utahvalley360.com/2013/12/23/utah-valleys-dirty-little-secret-and-what-you-can-do-about-it/

I remember seeing the image above, and thinking it was a little extreme, but then later that day, I went outside and the air actually smelled of industrial chemicals.

So, I was very excited to hear that my fellow meetings-team member and resident green living expert, Jeanmarie, went to a clean-air rally last month, and ended up convincing Noah Materko of HEAL Utah to come talk to us.  It is very timely and very important.  They are going to talk about legislation they have in the works, and how we can make small changes in our lives to do our part to help out air quality.

The meeting is Sunday, February 19th, at the usual place, at 10:30 a.m(doors open at 10).   I hope everybody can make it.


Note:  Our meetings will move to 3:00 p.m. as of March 5th.  (doors opening at 2:30).  We are hoping this change will allow more of us to get out and enjoy the great outdoors of Utah before coming to be enlightened and enjoy each other's company in the afternoon.  We will try this out for a few months and see how people like it.