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Locals protest for cleaner air amid hazardous air quality from wildfires

Locals protest for cleaner air amid hazardous air quality from wildfires

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Locals took to the pavement to protest a number of issues in the nation.

The Yakima Valley Peace Advocates gather near 16th Avenue and Nob Hill Boulevard every third Sunday of the month, and this time they say they’re advocating for cleaner air.

They say while there’s not much they can do about the unhealthy air quality, due to the surrounding wildfires, there is something they can do when it comes to the carbon emissions put out by things like industrial businesses and cars.

“It’s long overdue, and I think just looking out here, you can see that something needs to be done before we reach a point where we can’t save the planet for our grandchildren,” said Carole Sahlstrand.

Sahlstrand is with the Peace Advocates, and she’s talking about Initiative 1631, which will be on the November ballot.

According to reports, it would place a fee of $15 per metric ton of carbon, in an attempt to encourage industrial businesses to lower carbon output and find greener ways to function.

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