This May I am proud to celebrate Clean Air Month. As the weather gets warmer, we head outside more often with our friends and families to places like parks and beaches, making May the perfect time of year to think about what it means to protect our air.
Unfortunately, air pollution continues to contribute to four of the five leading causes of mortality in the United States today -- heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic respiratory diseases--and is responsible for over one million deaths annually worldwide.
For many states, the well-being of the environment is not only related to human health, but to the vitality of its economy. In Florida, a state with beautiful beaches and climate, our economy is heavily reliant on the tourism industry. Our failure to safeguard the planet has detrimental consequences, not only for the environment and our health, but the economy as well.
In recognition of Clean Air Month, I encourage all Americans to start making the smart everyday decisions necessary to protect our air for all these reasons. This occasion provides us with the opportunity to lead greener and healthier lives, and pave the way for future generations to embrace good practices, realizing that as fellow citizens of Earth, we all breathe the exact same air.