SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Feb. 4, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Mayor Jackie Biskupski spoke at the Madeleine Choir School’s clean air rally at the Capitol Thursday morning.
Biskupski joined more than 500 students, Representative Patrice Arent, and leaders from Breathe Utah, HEAL Utah, Utah Moms for Clean Air and Utah Physicians for Clean Air to highlight Utah’s air quality crisis and possible legislative action, according to a news release from the Mayor’s office.
This is the second year students from the Madeleine Choir School have rallied on Capitol Hill to express their concern over Utah’s air. Fifth-grade students prepared for the rally by inviting their peers to join them, researching the issue, contacting their local representatives and practicing speeches.
“It is particularly important for me to participate in this rally, not only because it is being led by young people, but because they are young people from a school of faith,” Biskupski said. “Along the Wasatch Front, we must activate both our young people and communities of faith to tackle this health crisis.”
The event began at 8:30 a.m. with a march from Madeleine Choir School to the Capitol, followed by the rally itself in the rotunda.