I chase clean air.
In July 2006, after observing black soot build on my windowsill, I chose to stop accepting poor Los Angeles air quality, and start exploring clean air destinations, products and advocacy work, instead.
My journey started on a mountaintop veiled by city smog when winds whispered,
"Let's go! Out of Los Angeles and into the world, chasing clean air, beauty, and a sustainable life!"
At first, I fumbled onto the clean air road. Tripped over climate change. Wrestled fear. Fought back BIG black flies.
It turned out that the cleanest air occurred in The Bush where bored residents routinely came up with crazy ideas that involved guests signing liability forms.
In case of loss of life.
Big city skills never came in handy. Nor make-up.
Chasing Clean Air tells my story: From fear to exhilaration and clean air.
Over 1,400 articles highlighting:
- Clean Air Getaways
- Smog & Your Health
- Solutions to Air Pollution
- Starting Over: From Perfume to Bug Spray. High Heels To Hiking Boots.
According to the American Lung Association, 186.1 million Americans breath toxic air. Asthma, allergies, and cardiovascular disease are rising. So...
- Build your defenses!
- Eat your veggies!
- Exercise to stay strong!
- And read Chasing Clean Air to remain informed.
I'm the "canary in the coal mine" telling the air quality truth as I breathe it. I interview locals & experts about natural and man-made pollution, and share surprise toxic hot-spots and hidden gems that only locals know.
If this is you...
"Enough smog! Enough traffic! Give me clean air!"
Join tens of thousands of clean air seekers and turn your adventure on!
Life is an adventure! Breathe easy!
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Chasing Clean Air Mission Statement
To inform, engage, and inspire sensitive individuals
to reach beyond
the world's growing Smog-belt to
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NOTE: After an injury that psychologically I am not over, I'm mostly CARLESS in the city. Let's minimize smog-producing and anger-inducing traffic congestion, and avoid accident-prone distracted drivers, ruining lives. Get out of our cars! As much as possible.
To date, Chasing Clean Air represents my search through the West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Northeast, British Columbia and Alberta, Canada. Guest bloggers reviewed Singapore, Greece, and Austria.
This clean air blog has been self-supported and 99.9% written by me--unbiased and original.
Chasing Clean Air is #1 Google-ranked clean air blog exploring clean air destinations and solutions to air pollution.
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DONNA'S CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Clean Air Advocate - I am an outsider, not part of one organization. Therefore, my perspective is steeped in appreciation of man and nature's whole, the interconnected parts: air, water, trees, and wildlife.
I use my voice to testify for stricter ozone standards at California Air Resources Board (CARB) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hearings.
Lecturer, California State University at Fullerton - "Feature Story Writing"
Reporter, Forbes Magazine (I worked for the legendary auto journalist/managing editor with a twinkle in his eye, Jerry Flint)
Reporter/Stringer, CNN "Good News Show"
Ghostwriter, Risk to Win: A Woman's Guide to Success published by Macmillan.
Founder, The Barnett Company, my former public relations boutique agency representing over 50 companies in technology, health care, environmental and consumer goods industries.
Conservation of the wild is my highest value.
Meditation daily 30+ years for clarity and calmness.
Buy local almost always.
I love not having a TV.
Workout daily; I love hiking!
Love to dance, read, write, and play classical and jazz piano. Recently took up the guitar and banjo.
I was raised in the city of San Francisco where I walked or took buses to public schools; I still love taking buses. As a family we camped, frequenting Yosemite National Park.
I have never felt entitled, and don't care to be around people who do, especially those prioritizing unnecessary consumption of natural resources. Bigger is not better. Living sustainably is.
Master of Professional Writing, University of Southern California
Bachelor of Arts, Literature, University of California at San Diego
Speaking engagements can be requested by email. Topics include: Chasing Clean Air, Finding Dirty Water; Environmental Pollutants and Your Health: What You Need To Know; Climate Change: Illustrated Stories On the Road to Clean Air
All products and destinations on this site were chosen by me. Most product, transportation, and destination reviews were paid for by me.
Occasionally, I am introduced to a product or destination by a company or tourist bureau but I only review products and destinations I deem worthy for Chasing Clean Air. This broadens my reach and offers readers additional clean air options.