Breathing clean air is more than a right, it is an absolute necessity to survival. Conditions all across the planet are drastically changing. The science confirms this; man-made actions largely contribute to this. Not only are we here in Western North Carolina feeling the effects of large scale climate change but we have our own unique issues to contend with. We are surrounded by trees and mountains. Severe droughts will spell devastation to our lively hood and severe flooding will wash us out if we do not take the necessary steps to rectify our behavior. We can strengthen our economy and our health if we invest ourselves in environmental sustainability initiatives.