Wednesday is California Clean Air Day and the Arroyo Grande Community Hospital hosted a Clean Air Fair to teach people how easy and fun it can be to improve the community’s air quality.
The free, educational event taught people some things they can do to help the environment, like planting a tree, buying locally produced vegetables or reducing how much time they spend in their car.
Statewide, several non-profit organizations, businesses and individuals are taking a pledge to make a difference and make a conscious effort to improve the air in the state.
So far more than one million people have taken the pledge.
Several organizations like AAA, Southern California Edison, and Dignity Health are participating.
“Dignity is very committed to the environment,” Chaplain for the Arroyo Grande Community Hospital Brian Stoltey said. “You see many of our sisters that founded our hospitals were Franciscan sisters so the commitment to the environment is pretty sewn into our identity, so it goes way back.”
Stoltey said he hopes people who came to the event learned how easy it can be to make a difference and help the environment.
“The idea that you are not alone in trying to make a difference, and it does not take a big thing to make a difference,” he said. “So, it is just small changes and personal changes. For us it is just a cute little fair that we are doing, I hope it inspires people that they can do their own little efforts and it is kind of fun.”