Voices for Clean Air is an initiative of GASP and the American Lung Association in Alabama. Together, we're sharing the stories of those people whose lives are impacted by dirty air. Take a look around and please, share your story!Share Your Story
The Birmingham metro area, where 25 percent of Alabama's population lives, has infamously dirty air. Jefferson County, where Birmingham sits, fails American Lung Association's State of the Air report every year due to high levels of fine particulate pollution and the frequency of high-ozone days.
Telling your stories is just one way we're affecting positive change. So, what's your story?
We invite anyone who has been affected by air pollution to share their experience. Through visual storytelling, your story will inspire our state’s leaders to take action to improve the state of our air.
Carla Johnson grew up on a farm in small-town Alabama. After an untreated bout of pneumonia in her 20s, Carla’s lungs didn’t heal properly, leaving scarring behind. Now she suffers from a lung condition called bronchiectasis, which makes it difficult for her to be outdoors
I’ve always been very health conscious. I’ve exercised and tried to eat well and maintain my weight. But in my 30s I noticed I was having trouble running. It was my breathing that was slowing me down. I thought maybe I was just getting older. But, after it continued to get worse
Scotty Colson is a Birmingham, Alabama, native. An avid cyclist and devout UAB Blazer fan, Scotty also has chronic asthma. He is actively involved in the Birmingham community and is an advocate for social justice, poverty and mental health. Scotty is personally invested in healthy air for everyone who
Rev. Mark Johnston is a priest in the Episcopal Church and executive director of Camp McDowell. He helped found GASP and is the current board chair.
Rev. Johnston has long been an advocate for clean air, health and the environment, actively pursuing social justice issues in Alabama. In Winston County
Harris and Cheri Stewart met in Asheville, NC, and moved to Alabama a few years later — only to fall in love with Birmingham. They decided to stay and opened Trim Tab Brewing Co. earlier this year. Cheri was diagnosed with asthma after moving to Birmingham, though. She