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Voices for Clean Air is an initiative of GASP and the American Lung Association in Alabama. Together, we're sharing the stories of those people whose lives are impacted by dirty air. Take a look around and please, share your story!

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Alabama has dirty air.

The Birmingham metro area, where 25 percent of Alabama's population lives, has infamously dirty air. Jefferson County, where Birmingham sits, fails American Lung Association's State of the Air report every year due to high levels of fine particulate pollution and the frequency of high-ozone days.

Telling your stories is just one way we're affecting positive change. So, what's your story?

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Voices for Clean Air is social.

We are excited about the myriad possibilities for change that come with sharing our personal stories. Please connect with us on social media and share the stories that come from this project.


Recent Voices

Meet the Gasp Team

We’re a small, but feisty team at Gasp. Many people think we have dozens of staff members, but in reality there are just three full-time and one part-time staff members. That’s a testament to the quality of our work and our commitment to the cause of protecting the air we

Meet Nathan McMinn & the Smarter Birmingham City Sensor Project

Nathan McMinn is the Chief Technology Officer at, where he works on making it easier to gather environmental data using the Internet of Things. He believes that better data helps tell better stories, and those stories are the key to real action on air pollution. He is dedicated to

Justinn Overton

Justinn Overton is the executive director of Coosa Riverkeeper and a yoga instructor. She believes that clean air, water, and soil are all interconnected and that every Alabamian has a right to each of them.

Voices for Clean Air is a collaborative initiative between Gasp and American Lung Association

Dr. James McClintock

Jim McClintock is an endowed university professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, aka UAB. He studies and teaches Polar and Marine Biology, which has taken him to Antarctica many times where he has observed the effects of climate change firsthand. He believes tackling air pollution is

Pastor Clifton McMillan

Clifton J. McMillan is a chaplain at Children’s Hospital of Alabama and a pastor with the South Central Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He’s a firm believer in the idea that we’re all in this together and that what hurts one of us hurts all of us. He sees the effects of air pollution

The Singletary Family

“It is important to me that we have clean air, just like it’s important that we have clean drinking water,” Catherine Singletary says, talking about the importance of air quality for her family.

Catherine, a realtor, and her husband Brandon, an epidemiologist, moved to the Magic City from

Carla Johnson, Part 2

Carla Johnson grew up on a farm in small-town Alabama. After an untreated bout of pneumonia in her 20s, Carla’s lungs didn’t heal properly, leaving scarring behind. Now she suffers from a lung condition called bronchiectasis, which makes it difficult for her to be outdoors — especially

The Green Family

Jonathan and Jana Green live and work in Birmingham, Ala. with their two children. Jana grew up in Goldwater, Ala. and later attended Samford University. Jonathan went to law school Samford, where the two would eventually meet. Their children both have asthma, a medical condition that is made worse by

Carla Johnson

I’ve always been very health conscious. I’ve exercised and tried to eat well and maintain my weight. But in my 30s I noticed I was having trouble running. It was my breathing that was slowing me down. I thought maybe I was just getting older. But, after it continued to get worse

Scotty Colson

Scotty Colson is a Birmingham, Alabama, native. An avid cyclist and devout UAB Blazer fan, Scotty also has chronic asthma. He is actively involved in the Birmingham community and is an advocate for social justice, poverty and mental health. Scotty is personally invested in healthy air for everyone who