When I was growing up, nothing was better than going to the park; biking, climbing trees, playing ‘safari’. My husband and I share those joys with our daughters. We live a few blocks from one of Pittsburgh’s best parks and frequently go for walks and bike rides together. My girls are growing up to enjoy nature.
Pittsburgh isn’t what it used to be. Plenty of people still think that our city is shrouded in smoke from steel mills, and when they visit, are astounded by how beautiful our city actually is. Our air does look clean. But the reality is that Pittsburgh and the surrounding area has some of the worst air quality in the country.
As a nurse and a mother, I know protecting our environment isn’t just about having green spaces to enjoy the way my family does. It’s also about reducing asthma, heart disease, diabetes, lung cancer and other deadly diseases.
On June 8th, I testified at a public hearing in front of the Pittsburgh City Council, urging them to pass clean air legislation that would require construction projects that receive public funding to install filters on their diesel equipment. This one act could substantially reduce air pollution in our city.