Letter: The federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will propel America into a cleaner future

Posted 7/27/22

My name is Natalia Ekberg. I’m a mom in Arvada and my children ride one of the 4,000 school buses that produce 50,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

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Letter: The federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will propel America into a cleaner future

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My name is Natalia Ekberg. I’m a mom in Arvada and my children ride one of the 4,000 school buses that produce 50,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year. The federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will propel America into a cleaner future, particularly through the Clean School Bus Program which will provide $5 billion over five years for electric school bus funding. Great acts like these will benefit the future of Colorado and America, our children and the environment.

A 2021 Harvard University study found that fossil fuel is responsible for the death of roughly 1 in 5 people. According to the study, “thousands of kids under age 5 die each year due to respiratory infections attributed to fossil fuel pollution.” A 2022 article said children breathe more air than their body weight, drastically increasing their likelihood of inhaling harmful substances.

According to The Clean Air Trust, “children on diesel school buses are exposed to 5 to 15 times more air toxins than the rest of the population.” This heightened exposure and children’s high respiration rate will lead to deadly consequences. 

Anyone –– especially any parent –– should be concerned that air pollution and climate change are compromising a child’s physical and mental health from an early age. 

Colorado school districts need to jump at this incredible opportunity to protect and improve the health of their students and employees by taking these harmful diesel buses off the road.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Natalia Ekberg, Arvada

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