Simple societal changes can help reduce smog danger
According to the AJC, Atlanta is entering the “smog season” (“What is a Code Orange?” Metro, May 4). For now, let’s forget about global warming, although it is of critical importance, and just concentrate on smog. Smog equals poor air quality, which is of great risk to young children, the elderly, and many in between. This is a problem that will worsen unless we take action. A large portion of smog comes from gasoline-powered vehicles. We can all cut back on our use of automobiles. We can walk more, bicycle, and take public transportation. Studies from the CDC and Emory’s School of Public Health have addressed this problem. Even staggering business hours, thus reducing rush-hour congestion, would make a huge difference. So would legislation implementing a carbon fee and dividend to be refunded equitably to all households. We must take action for our children, our elderly and all of us.