Neighbors for Clean Air envisions an Oregon where every community has clean and healthy air to breathe.
Why We Care
Oregon’s Air Is Toxic
Multnomah County has the fourth highest level of diesel pollution in the nation. Nineteen Oregon counties have concentrations of diesel pollution at rates so high that residents face increased risk of cancer. This contributes to a statewide cost of $3.5 billion, harming the health and productivity of Oregonians.
Diesel’s black carbon is also one of the worst contributors to our climate crisis. Stopping diesel will dramatically slow the pace of climate change.
Clean Air is a Racial Justice Issue
Diesel pollution in Black, Brown and Indigenous neighborhoods in Portland are 20 times higher than other parts of the City, exacerbating already severe racial health disparities. In particular, rates of asthma in non-white neighborhoods are significantly higher than elsewhere. Industrial sites, transportation corridors and other pollution generators often exist near BIPOC communities.
Our Children’s Health is at Risk
Oregon is in the top five states with the highest percentage of people living with asthma. Numerous studies show that early exposure to bad air leads not only to poor lung function and cardiac disease but also has negative impacts on brain development. This has been shown to increase absenteeism and lower performance on standardized tests of students attending schools in high pollution zones.
Existing Regulations Don’t Ensure Healthy Air
Despite the clear public health risks, nearly all air pollution in Oregon remains legal. The Clean Air Act only provides limits for 6 pollutants in the air we breathe despite recognizing over 187 additional hazardous air pollutants that cause cancer and negative human health effects. Oregon Department of Environmental Quality data shows the concentration of some of these pollutants in the Portland Metro area is over 100 times healthy levels.
Join Us at CAMP AQ!
This August, NCA will host 25 youth in a 4-day camp focusing on environmental justice and science, the intersections of Portland’s racist history with sources of bad air and more. Stipends for campers are available!
Contact Neighbors For Clean Air
Neighbors for Clean Air
P.O. Box 10544
Portland OR 97296