Tuesday, Moms Can be Heroes for Little Lungs
posted by: Amber Johnson
The same air pollution that is making our children sick is contributing to rising temperatures, extreme weather, disruptions to the food supply, increases in ground level ozone and particle pollution. In Colorado, this is happening right now, and we need to find solutions.
“Being mothers, we’re given a duty to protect our children. Protect them through your vote.”
Shaina Oliver, a Colorado mom, is speaking out to educate parents on the issues affecting her children’s health.
Shaina is encouraging moms everywhere to vote on Election Day. She wants all Colorado parents go to the polls and elect politicians that stand with children to make sure that we’re all addressing the impacts of climate change.
This Tuesday, November 8, the health of our children will be a key issue. Parents need to be demanding answers from candidates — from all political parties — about what they’ll do about climate change and other issues that directly affect kids’ health.
“You have a role on Election Day in the voting booth, but sometimes being a good mom means being a good citizen,” said Gretchen Dahlkemper, director of Clean Air Moms Action. “And you have an active role to play in democracy before and after Election Day.”
“We have the opportunity to put people in office, on both sides of the aisle, who are going to look at solutions-oriented rules to combat climate change,” Dahlkemper said. “Let’s stop fighting about the causes and start fighting about the solutions.”
Those solutions include pushing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state governments to cut carbon and methane emissions, promote cleaner energy sources, and crack down on companies that pollute our air, water, and soil. Dahlkemper, a mom of three, said she’s mindful of her daughter, who has asthma, and how these policy questions directly affect her health.
Parents are powerful. You have an incredible opportunity to affect the outcome of federal, state and local elections. Think about who’s going to be protecting our kids when you’re going to the voting booth. Don’t let your child’s health be voted away.
Ways to Get Involved
Shaina is joining a nationwide network of moms promising to vote for little lungs on November 8. Check out Clean Air Moms Action’s Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook feeds to meet more moms who are acting as health heroes for their kids.
“The stakes couldn’t be higher for protecting our children’s health,” said Mayor Christine Berg, another mom who has joined the campaign.
And even a small gesture goes a long way. Dahlkemper said she keeps hearing friends say they can’t believe what’s happening in politics, and they’re unsure how to change it. She said she always replies with a call to act and a promise to vote.
“If you don’t know what to do to make sure that you wake up on November 9 and recognize your country, contact us,” she said. “We will make it work for you.”
About Clean Air Moms Action
Clean Air Moms Action, advocacy partner of Moms Clean Air Force, is building political support and mobilizing an army of concerned parents across the country to keep toxic chemicals out of our homes and bodies as well as delivering climate change solutions big and small.
Every child deserves the right to clean air, and clean energy is the key to our children’s healthy future.
Don’t let your child’s health be voted away. Make your promise to vote for little lungs on Election Day – November 8. cleanairmomsaction.org
In partnership with Mile High Mamas. Photo: Dayna Reggero on behalf of Clean Air Moms Action