Hey, it’s Carrie Butler with Action Utah.
We wanted to come to talk to you today a little bit about air quality, and what’s been happening since the pandemic. So a couple of really important things to know number one: You may have noticed this just all on your own, but the air quality has been significantly improved since a lot of us have been staying home and there’s been a huge reduction in particulate matter coming from vehicles.
So that’s great. And it makes a lot of us happy and it makes our lungs really really happy and more importantly, I think it helps us recognize the potential for clean air and how that impacts our health and well-being here in the state. Recently the governor’s office released “Utah Leads Together 3.0.” It’s the new fancy plan for how we’re going to be opening the economy. And in it, there is a lot of talk about air quality and more importantly, there’s a lot of talk and a lot of focus on “returning to better” so not returning to normal, but returning to better which I think is really poignant as we discuss air quality, you know, one of their specific goals is to “return to better” through encouraging research, innovation, and other policies that help improve air quality and using the lessons that we’ve learned during COVID about teleworking and telecommuting to really focus our attention on particularly bad air days in the winter and in the summer, so we’re excited.
Excited about that and we are excited about talking to our legislators about what that looks like from a policy perspective and how we can encourage that to move forward. Some of you who have already taken the action of our week which is to contact your legislators and recognize them for the work that they’ve done in cleaning up our air and encourage them to continue forward on this through policies that we can find outlined in the “Utah Roadmap,” which the Ken C Gardner Institute was wise enough to create prior to the last legislative session. If you guys want to find more out about the “Utah Roadmap” and what those recommendations are you can look at that. You can find that just by Googling it or at actionutah.org there’s a link. So please please if air quality or environmental stewardship is a concern of yours and you would like to get involved, please take this opportunity to encourage your lawmakers to promote research, innovation, and other policy priorities that help us do that as a state.