Summit on air pollution, climate change during Sundance week

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Air pollution is what Utah residents rank as the worst thing about living in the state, according to a survey released last week by Envision Utah.

A summit was held Tuesday to combat the growing problem.

“In January it's so obvious that we need to make changes but when we get to March and it's not as immediate it's not as obvious so we start getting to the governments so hopefully we can reinforce the need to make those changes,” said Kirk Jowers, director of Hinckley Institute of Politics.

Clean air, clean energy and clean water were the focus of the Sundance Summit hosted by the Hinckley Institute of Politics and Diplomatic Courier.

“We decided the Sundance Festival provided a unique platform to bring our global summit outside of Washington D.C. and New York at a time where you have a gathering of artists, activists, and actors, and bring some of the issues that are so important on a global scale to this local community,” said Editor-in-Chief Ana Rold of the Diplomatic Courier.

Speakers and panelists include Gov. Gary Herbert, Mayor Ralph Becker, clean air activists and health officials -- all sharing ideas and goals for a better future.

“There are no silver bullets, there are no quick solutions -- what we have are hundreds of little things and a few big things that we can make a difference,” Jowers said.

Leaders at the summit say their main goal is to focus on the big picture. Even when you can't see the pollution in the air, they say this will only be fixed when each individual gets involved.

“How we chose to act on an everyday basis whether we chose to bike or take a car, our choices really do make a difference,” Rold said.

Leaders of the event say they hope the knowledge they share leads to solutions for the future.

“I think more than any time in history we're starting to make these changes and hopefully this will be a small catalyst to keep it going,” Jowers said.

6 comments

  • Capsiacin

    This morning I am missing my love. My first love….that fine exhaust smell. In the evenings when I’m out on a walk, there’s nothing better than tasty tailpipe wind filling my lungs. When I drive up into the canyons I miss that smooth thick air. When I leave Utah for the Christmas holidays I dream at night about getting back to the cool creamy Utah air. When summers arrive and the air clears out I get depressed. Sometimes I have night terrors about air I can see. Sometimes after it rains, i look up at the sky and i ball up my fist in anger and remorse and curse the god in heaven for taking away the air i love. Thinking about this coming summer Im suddenly forlorn and incredibly sad. Please mr groundhog give us another 6 weeks of winter.

    • ANOTHERBOB

      When escaping the dirty air in Utah may I suggest you go to Los Angeles. Blaming God for the air you breath is typicaly of the liberals fly to clean air summits in their private jets.

      • Capsaicin

        Are all the commenters except me on fox13now named bob? I spent a good 20 minutes coming up with that sarcarsm. You could at least LoL maybe?

      • ANOTHERBOB

        CAPSAICIN – If you are have “night terrors” about the air you can see it would appear that you must live a very fragile lifestyle. The phrase “over dramatic” comes to mind. Take a chill pill and take a Quaalude.

      • bob

        The problem is that the direction of the sarcasm was unclear.

        And yes, there are a lot of “bobs” here. If everyone posted as “bob” then ad hominem arguments would be impossible since no one could identify the target, and discussion would be limited to the actual issues. There are at least a half dozen “bobs” who post here regularly, and I doubt many of us are actually “bob.” (I’m not.)

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