We’re All In This Together

Mar 25, 2020

by June Blotnick, Executive Director

COVID-19 has made our world both smaller and more globally connected at the same time. We especially appreciate our members, volunteers, and partners who may be in the direct line of service in communities across our state. We are grateful for your selflessness and commitment.

This pandemic has made it crystal clear that the air connects us all. While the staff of Clean Air Carolina is now based at home, our crucial work as your advocates for clean, healthy air continues. This week we are submitting comments to both state and federal agencies calling for stronger protections that directly impact the quality of the air we breathe. We are also creating a lending library of hands-on science learning tools that offer both teachers and students the opportunity to utilize air sensors as part of STEM education.

Looking ahead to April, we know you may have been excited to celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day. April 22, 1970, was a landmark day of action that resulted in the creation of both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Air Act. While we may not be able to celebrate these milestones with you in person, Clean Air Carolina would love to hear from you as we honor this great day of community engagement that forever improved public health.

On April 1, we will begin our Earth Day Throwback Challenge. Please share a picture of yourself and a few sentences about your Earth Day memories on your favorite social media outlets with the hashtag #earthdaythrowback.

To kick off this challenge, take a look and see if you can identify a future Executive Director of a certain nonprofit.

Yes, that’s me! My advocacy began at an early age. I was in 8th grade on the first Earth Day and I remember organizing a group of kids in my Pittsburgh neighborhood to pick up litter. We called ourselves the Litter League! In college, I organized an Environmental Action Club and got involved in protesting the first generation of nuclear power plants. This picture was taken at Seabrook, New Hampshire, with my brother. Advocacy runs in the family.

At Clean Air Carolina we know one thing will never change and that is the power of human connection. That’s why we continue to work with you and our partners to address our environmental and public health challenges.

For cleaner air and a healthy planet,