Jack Podolsky is finishing a triple-major at the University of Utah (International Studies, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, and Geography). He is passionate about clean air and global climate change and has been working with Clean the Darn Air since December of 2021. In his free time, he likes rock-climbing, camping, and taking road-trips around the Western United States.
Jan KenningtonPublic Health Advocate
Jan is a retired Nurse Practitioner who worked at the University of Utah. She is deeply concerned about the health effect of air pollution on everyone—see her Salt Lake Tribune op-ed, “Do you know the facts about air pollution?” (April 13, 2022)—and keen on addressing both local air pollution and global climate change by reducing our use of fossil fuels. Jan grew up in Missouri but fell in love with the red rocks and beautiful clear blue skies of the west while working on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Jan spends her free time hiking, biking, camping, and playing around with different art projects.
David CarrierOrganizational Outreach
David Carrier is a biology professor at the University of Utah and a local environmental activist. In the early 2000s, he was a plaintiff, with Save Our Canyons, in a successful Utah Supreme Court lawsuit that rejected a massive expansion of Harper’s Quarry in Parleys Canyon. A decade later, he was a co-founder of the Utah Citizens’ Counsel and is a current member of the UCC’s Environmental Health Committee. In 2016, he was a co-organizer of the University of Utah faculty campaign to divest the University’s endowment from fossil fuel corporations.
Yoram BaumanPolicy Analyst
Yoram Bauman has a PhD in economics and makes a living doing stand-up comedy about economics, co-authoring cartoon books about topics ranging from economics to calculus to climate change, and using a $50k ACXGrant to work on #Climate24x7, an effort to advance smart climate-related measures by 2024 in at least 7 states. (Contacts in AZ, GA, NE, NM, NY, SD, and elsewhere are welcome!) He was the founder and co-chair of the first-ever carbon tax ballot measure campaign in the United States, the I-732 campaign in Washington State in 2016.
Colleen Farmer was born and raised in Idaho, but has been a resident of Utah for more than 20 years, raising her family in Salt Lake City. She is concerned about the health effects of the poor air quality along the Wasatch Front, and the resulting high costs to the medical system. She is also concerned about the impact burning fossil fuels has on the climate, and the projected big losses to the US economy due to climate change. She views continuing on with a “business-as-usual” attitude toward carbon emissions as irresponsible. She feels a tax on carbon emissions is not only fair, but will stimulate the economy by reducing the tax burden on food and elsewhere.
Joey is a PhD Candidate in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Utah, with a focus on parental effects on offspring. He spends his days thinking about how this world will eventually belong to the next generation and has grown concerned about what it is they are set to inherit. He supports this initiative because he feels that we are obligated to do something. His hope is that you will be involved in deciding what it is that we do, because he believes that inaction is not a morally sound option.
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