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Clean the Air | Breathe Easy

4/7/2017 | Katie Bald
Lisa Harrison

Like any pioneer-founded city in America, Salt Lake has a long, strange history, much of which is peppered with embarassingly-sordid details. In most instances, we can pass the blame to generations past. But one such sordid detail cannot. It’s perhaps our deepest and darkest secret–and it’s definitely our dirtiest. Yes, it’s the Inversion, and it rears its ugly head every winter for a few horrible, lung-straining months. The topic’s been on our minds, as it seems we’re officially in the thick of it (in every sense of the word). While Utah sports breathtaking beauty damn near every month of the year, locals and tourists alike are slapped with a grim reality around this time each year (the worst of it oft falls during the week of Sundance–sorry, Zach Braff). And yes, we gripe, and we whine, and we make small talk about the nasty state of the air with our Lyft drivers…but with social moving and shaking on the wind as of late, we think now’s as good a time as any to step up and do a bit more.

We’ve touted the good word of Breathe Utah a time or two before, and while we haven’t a gala or particular fundraiser to address, these fine folks have been on our COLLECTIVE minds as of late. It’s long been Breathe Utah’s goal to “address the root causes of air pollution in Utah by engaging affected local communities, creating partnerships and fostering collaboration,” and we think that’s a damn fine place to start. We wholeheartedly salute the good they do year round in the name of health and environmental awareness. If you feel the same, we kindly suggest putting your money where your mouth is. In the name of brotherly love, sisterhood, and all of our respiratory systems…let’s clear the air.

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