Moms Unite to Protect Kids’ Health
posted by: Guest Blogger
A safe home in a family neighborhood and an elementary school where my kids could learn, play and thrive. That’s all we wanted when my husband bought a house with lots of room, a huge backyard and a park down the street in Weld County.
What we ended up with? Kids with asthma, multiple daily nosebleeds and memory/concentration problems that started only after we moved in.
Living among oil and gas operations in Mead, I know firsthand the fear you experience when you are left wondering how the toxic chemicals might be harming your kids.
After being shocked that most Front Range counties received D’s and F’s on the recent American Lung Association State of the Air report card on air pollution, moms across the state decided get together around advocating for clean air rules to protect Colorado children’s health.
Colorado Moms Know Best has formed to educate, engage and empower moms who love Colorado and the outdoor lifestyle it allows their families to live. Their first issue focuses on air pollution that is harming the health of Colorado children. We will ask the Air Quality Control Commission and the Governor to dramatically reduce lung-damaging ozone pollution and dangerous climate change emissions coming from oil and gas operations to protect the health of our growing families, calling for common sense yet innovative standards that require O&G industry to:
- Detect and repair drilling leaks
- Stop natural gas venting
- Use capture technologies on storage tanks
- Disclose chemical emissions
Colorado Moms Know Best hopes to be an education resource and activity outlet for moms who care about the outdoors, land and water conservation, clean air and protecting child and community health. We will make the case for the mom side of the story on clean air – and we can always tell policy-makers, ‘Because I said so!’”
Oil and gas development is growing in Colorado – since 2000, statewide drilling for oil and gas has more than doubled and drilling has nearly tripled in the Front Range. With that development we’re seeing an increase in smog-inducing air pollution around oil and gas sites –many close to our neighborhoods, schools and playgrounds – that emit noxious chemicals that worsen and even cause asthma, gastrointestinal problems and other illnesses. Already 1 out of 10 children have asthma in Colorado, an even higher rate than in adults because their lungs are still developing.
While much of Colorado Moms Know Best’s activity will be online at their website and through social media, the group occasionally will bring moms together for special events. If you are interested in more information or getting involved, please visit http://coloradomomsknowbest.com.
Guest blogger Liz Xiong has three sons – 13 year-old Dominic, 10-year-old Cameron and 4 year-old Miles. She and her husband moved to Mead from Lafayette a year ago, when they bought their first home.