When it comes to big problems, such as air pollution and Utah’s inversion season, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and defeated. But we’re all a part of the solution, and if we pull together — each of us doing our small part — collectively, we can make a big difference.
Such was the theme of an early-morning press event at Willow Springs Elementary where Canyons District joined Draper City, the Salt Lake County Health Department, clean air groups, elected leaders, parent advocates and researchers to issue a clean air challenge. On Earth Day, 2016, Canyons declared all of its campuses idle-free zones. Now, in partnership with Draper City, which recently adopted a no idling resolution, Canyons is re-doubling efforts to empower students, employees, parents and patrons to make healthy choices by combining car trips to conserve gas, walking and biking to school, and reducing schoolyard idling during morning drop-offs and afternoon pick-ups.
“Besides educating children, we feel we have a moral responsibility to safeguard their health,” says Canyons District Superintendent Dr. James Briscoe. “’It’s up to all of us to do our part, and it will take all of us, considering the growth projected for Utah in the coming years.”