(EnviroNews Utah) – Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker took to the podium at the Governor’s ‘Clean Air Challenge’ press conference on Capitol Hill, where a chorus of local mayors and politicians addressed the press regarding Utah’s debilitating air pollution crisis.
The heart of the Mayor’s message revolved around his co-founded and annual “Clear the Air Challenge” that focuses heavily on reducing vehicle traffic statewide during one month of the year.
In customary fashion, the Mayor of Utah’s largest city, known for his background in environmental studies, encouraged the public to bike, walk, and use public transit as much as possible.
In addition to discussing what citizens need to do on an individual level, Mayor Becker did also touch briefly on what can and needs to be done by government and local municipalities to reduce air pollution, a refreshing ‘breath of fresh air’ for the environmental community who has repeatedly seen the finger pointed back at them by Utah’s Government, while directing little to no blame toward industry, or back at the Government itself.
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