The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Breathing Polluted Air Day after Day

Apr 26, 2021

Over 4 of 10 people living in the U.S., or 135 million people, breathe polluted air, according to the American Lung Association.

Smog and soot are the main sources of air pollution. Both smog and soot can contribute to many very serious health issues, which include asthma and other lung diseases, respiratory infections, heart diseases, and reproductive and developmental issues. This air pollution is a particular threat to the elderly, children and those who already have lung and heart problems.

The burden of living with unhealthy air is not shared equally. Working people are more than three times more likely to breathe the most polluted air than are wealthy people, as the report implies.

So, we are getting sick slowly or rapidly, but surely, day by day, by breathing the polluted air created by capitalist industry in pursuit of profit.