Clean Air for Californians
Clean air is instrumental to the health and wellness of both our community and our entire environment. Clean Air Month, celebrated in the United States each May, started as a week-long observation in 1972, and extended to the full month in 1994. During this month, we celebrate the importance of maintaining and improving air quality, such as acknowledging legislation like the Clean Air Act, which has drastically helped improve air quality since its enactment.
Climate change and air pollution are intertwined, as they share common roots. Both also affect human populations unevenly, often having the largest impact on communities who reside closer to the very industries that contribute the most to these issues.
There are many ways for residents to contribute to improved air quality. Buying locally sourced food or eating at local farm to table restaurants means the food didn't have to travel long distances to get to your plate, lowering the greenhouse gasses associated with food transportation. Residents can also utilize bike lanes to commute via cycling or enjoy a bike ride along one of our bike paths. Local business and nonprofit, Patagonia, also hosts group bike rides, known as Sea Rambles, usually on the last Sunday of each month. To increase your knowledge around bike safety or maintenance, check out classes offered by the Ventura Bike Hub here.
Bike to Work Day is Thursday, May 18th! If biking to work is not an option for you, consider utilizing ride sharing to reduce your emissions instead.