One of President Obama’s top advisers on climate change was in Rhode Island Wednesday, pressing the administration’s case for reducing the amount of pollutants in the air. The stars of the press conference were two children who suffer from asthma.
Eight year old Kenyatta Richards has asthma. On days when there’s an ozone alert – as there were nine times last month – she has to stay indoors to play. Although she’s too young to fully understand the concept of climate change, she believes there’s a link between it and her illness.
"I couldn’t go to camp because it was too hot. Sometimes I take medicine for my asthma. Please fix climate change so I can breathe," said Richards.
Richards was one of several speakers who tried to raise awareness about the influence of climate change in our lives. One of them, White House Council on Environmental Quality chair Nancy Sutley, says the President is pulling out all the stops to address the issue.
"We are seeing the impacts of climate change and carbon pollution on our nation’s health. If it’s more frequent in severe storms, floods, heat waves, wildfires, carbon pollution is also leading to an increase in asthma attacks and other illnesses," said Sutley.
The press conference was promoted as a stop on a 27-state bus tour by the group “I will Act on Climate”. But no one except the driver was riding the bus.
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