Air is very important in our life. Almost all organisms on Earth have to breathe in some way. With many sources of pollution in Chicago like automobiles, factories, and light, it is cause for concern. In January, Chicago passed a Clean Air Act, which means that people have to consider the pollution that they put into the air. The purpose for this act is to change the way we think about air in general and to promote clean air, especially to make Chicago more accessible for everyone. Air that is hard to breathe in can have bad effects on one’s health and can cause damage to the environment. Also, as Chicago is known for being the “Windy City”, it is essential that we make way for good wind. Urban and national policy intersect on this issue because we don’t just make our own air. The nation as a whole is responsible for what happens to our environment and the air that everyone breathes. As the EPA also known as the Environmental Protection Agency, set guidelines for this act, the states and cities have had to put this into effect. That means that some states do not have limits on what is released into the air which can be very bad for the environment and the health of the people who live in the region and the world. Good thing there continues to be progress with having clean air in the United States. It’s important that the United States improves the laws around sustainability and the environment because then other countries will have a an idea of what they can do to improve their air as well.
Hope everyone has a great weekend!