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what is the point of Spare The Air Days?

Original post made by parent, Old Palo Alto, on May 13, 2014

We are supposedly having 3 Spare The Air Days in a row this week. My question is what is the point of this program if the media refuses to cover it? I have seen no mention of any of these Spare The Air Days on Palo Alto Online. Since this program is apparently voluntary, if no one knows about it and no one reduces their pollution on these days, is the program worth the effort?

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Posted by Another Parent
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 13, 2014 at 5:22 pm

I agree with the above parent.

I walk in the mornings, and I constantly see parents in the neighborhood driving their kids to school. These kids live close enough to walk or bike!

This morning, I saw at least 4 parents of high school students (who live in this neighborhood) driving their child to school.

We live in walking/biking distance to all the schools.

There is NO EXCUSE for this. It is also sending a message to these kids that conservation (air/water/energy) of our environment is not important.

I think that The Weekly should headline the record number of spare the air days that we have had here.

And the schools should insist parents not drive their able bodied kids to school everyday.

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Posted by Que pasa
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on May 13, 2014 at 7:58 pm

There are several students at Paly who, along with their parents, come from countries where if you were middle class or higher, it was DANGEROUS to allow your kids to walk to school. We lived in one district that had several families from South and Central America, and some parents drove their kids across the street to the school, for fear of kidnapping.

This happens in some Southeast Asian and Eastern European countries, as well as many African nations also.

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Posted by Parent III
a resident of Walter Hays School
on May 13, 2014 at 9:50 pm

Nobody cares about Spare the Air Days because no one is directly affected. Everyone knows they should apply sunscreen everyday (and I do) yet most don't apply sunscreen unless going to the beach or pool or outdoor sports event. Everyone knows they should eat healthy foods, eat less, and exercise, but how many people do so? How many people are actually at their ideal weight? Yeah, yeah, I know, the air is sacred and this posting is complacent. But nothing is going to be done unless the nation changes.

@ Another Parent: People parent the way they want and you are probably not a perfect parent because no one is. Live and let live. The environment may be important to you, but you alone cannot change the world, nor can the city of Palo Alto. Do you realize that there are still cities in America that do not even recycle, or the residents don't care about recycling if it's offered? Palo Alto has been recycling since 1975. Perhaps take your ideas to the national level to make a change.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 13, 2014 at 10:07 pm

In an ideal world we would probably all like to use our cars less, and do what we can to help the air. But, life gets in the way. Can't cancel a meeting because it is a spare the air day. Did walk to do one errand, but it was hot and I can understand why people don't want to walk or ride a bike in this heat. Everything can't be done early or late when it is cool.

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Posted by examples?
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on May 14, 2014 at 9:26 am

"Everyone knows they should apply sunscreen everyday "

Seriously - that's the best example you have? I don't, and do not need to. Why would I apply needless chemicals to the largest organ that I possess? (my skin)


Stick with taking a multivitamin, or eating broccoli, as an example.

Folks: please try and reduce the use of your car, dryers, etc.. on days where some of us will have difficulty breathing.

thank you.

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Posted by Rhett
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 14, 2014 at 9:46 am

1). Time constraints limit walking or biking instead of driving.

2). Walking or biking on a Spare the Air Day is inviting an asthma attack.

3). No employer/ client will tolerate an absence/cancellation for a Spare the Air Day. ( this is not The EU).

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