Preserving our national parks

In California, some of our most treasured assets are our national parks. People come from all over the world to see our natural beauty and we believe that it is the duty of all Californians to ensure that they're vibrant and healthy for generations to come. But there is more we can do and time is running out.

Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Joshua Tree and Yosemite are four of the national parks most impacted by air pollution.

“I think (people) would be shocked to know that these are actually some of our most polluted national parks,” said said Theresa Pierno, President and CEO for the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA).

A  study by the NPCA called “Polluted Parks” found that California is not alone in this crisis, 96 percent of the country’s national parks experience significant air pollution. The authors blame the poor air quality on car emissions, the burning of fossil fuels and the impacts of climate change, such as wildfires.



The NPCA identified five key areas of concern and correlating solutions to remedy the impact of these harmful factors. The remedial actions for the nation and our state  include:

1. Federal and state governments must hold polluters accountable and require sharp reductions in air pollution from oil and gas development. 

2. Put a stop to regulation rollbacks, especially regarding industrial polluters.

3. Prioritize cleaning and clearing up the air at protected public landscapes to fight regional haze.

4. Significantly cut U.S. climate emissions by 2030 and preserve and implement rules to reduce carbon and methane pollution.

5. Restore and safeguard unbiased science in the foundation of health and environmental policies.


With summer upon us, schools letting out and families setting out for vacation, there is no better time to take action than right now. Protecting our national parks is more than just preserving land. It safeguards ecosystems, our health and the future of our environment. 

Clean air is not a partisan issue. Let's come together across party lines to take a stand for California's national parks.

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