Letter to the editor: Healthy Air

Posted 5/24/21

Healthy Air for a Healthy Summer Summer is on the way, but unfortunately, sunny skies also mean a likely increase of an unwelcome summer visitor: ground-level ozone. Westminster, and the metro area, …

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Letter to the editor: Healthy Air

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Healthy Air for a Healthy Summer

Summer is on the way, but unfortunately, sunny skies also mean a likely increase of an unwelcome summer visitor: ground-level ozone. Westminster, and the metro area, can experience some of the highest ozone concentrations in the country. While this invisible air pollutant is harmful to all of us (e.g. affecting our lungs and heart), ground-level ozone is especially bad for young children, older adults, and anyone with respiratory issues like asthma.

There are many sources that cause ozone to form in our air, and most of the time we have it in our power to reduce our individual contribution. According to the Regional Air Quality Council, emissions from vehicles are one of the largest local sources of ozone. Every time we start up a gas-powered vehicle this summer, more ozone-causing emissions get pumped into our air.

Fortunately, Westminster is home to one of the best open-space trail systems in the metro region. Our 150+ miles of trails combined with easy connectivity to several other major trail connectors make it easy to reduce our reliance on car trips. Swapping short car trips with bike trips and combining errands into one trip makes a difference for you and our community. If you’re like me, ditching your vehicle altogether isn’t an option, but I ask you to take the simple step of skipping a couple of car trips each week to do your part for the air we all breathe.

Anita Seitz,

Westminster mayor

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