VENTURA, CA – The County of Ventura and other organizations across the Central Coast are inviting residents, employees, and other organizations to take local actions that contribute to cleaner, healthier air as part of California Clean Air Day leading up to and on October 5th, 2022. California Clean Air Day was created to unite people to take action in improving our community health by combating air pollution. Clean Air Day organizers report that last year 1.8 million people across California took approximately 3.4 million actions to help improve air quality.
This year, the County of Ventura’s Sustainability Division is partnering with two branches of the Boys & Girls Club to host “Adopt-a-Tree” events in both Saticoy and Nyeland Acres. Families in each of these neighborhoods who participate in the Boys & Girls Club after school programs will learn about the importance of trees in improving air quality, can adopt a tree or native plant, and receive environmental education materials on how to care for their adopted tree or plant. “We must all do our part in helping our environment, especially in disadvantaged communities,” says Alejandra Tellez, the County of Ventura’s Sustainability Office “Poor air quality affects all Californians, but especially low income areas and communities of color where residents may have limited resources to address the issue.”
According to Clean Air Day organizers, seven California cities are included in the top 15 most polluted in the United States, and air pollution contributes approximately 1 million student absences annually at California schools.
The County of Ventura encourages people to take part of California Clean Air Day by taking the Clean Air Pledge, finding local events at cleanairday.org, and committing to do their part in protect public health.
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California Clean Air Day events provided with support from the Coalition for Clean Air and offered in collaboration with partners from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme, Ventura County Resource Conservation District, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura, and University of California Cooperative Extension.