Every year, to a lesser or greater degree, winter air pollution is a problem in Cache Valley. Also every year, the Bear River Health Department (BRHD) does something to help raise awareness to get people to think about their own habits, their own daily behavior that contributes to poor air quality. The 2018-19 Air Quality Challenge kicks off Sunday, December 16th and continues to January 31st.
On KVNU’s For the People program, Karlie Mitchell, a health educator with BRHD, said local residents can make a pledge to improve air quality, “by participating in one of the following ways: that can be carpooling, it can be taking transit, it can be trip chaining, which is combining trips. So when you’re on your way home from work, you go to the grocery store, you get your gas and maybe run another errand, so you’re all out at once.
“Walking, biking, or even skipping a trip. Staying in for the evening, instead of going out,” Mitchell explained.
She acknowledged that air quality is a big issue with many different factors and we can only make changes for ourselves. But those changes can make a difference. Those interested in the pledge can sign-up at https://brhd.org/air-quality-challenge/ and it is free for everyone to participate. The first 200 people to sign-up will receive a free ice scraper and there will also be prize drawings throughout the challenge period.