This post about my reasons to vote for clean air was produced with support from Clean Air Moms Action. All opinions are, of course, my own.
When my children were in elementary school, I was on the Environmental Committee. In fact, I pretty much WAS the Environmental Committee, which was a fairly large undertaking for one person. I collected the classroom paper recycling, hosted numerous recycling drives for things like eyeglasses and sneakers, and made sure Earth Day was appropriately recognized. It was a lot of work, but it was a mission that was incredibly important to me. One of my biggest challenges was getting people to STOP IDLING in the carpool lane. I put up ‘No Idling, Little Lungs at Work’ signs and walked car to car handing out magnets and pencils with clean air messages on them. Idling your car in the carpool lane produces a huge amount of air pollution and creates a not so healthy environment for little lungs. Working at the local level is only one way of improving the quality of the air we breathe. With the elections coming up soon, we need to consider voting for people up and down the ticket who will help improve the quality of our environment, especially the air we breathe.
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Breathe Deeply and Vote for Clean Air
As moms, we care deeply about protecting the health of our children and grandchildren. It’s our job to stand up for them because otherwise, who will? Harmful pollution, climate change, and toxic chemicals are putting our kids at risk. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. On election day, your vote can elect candidates who care about these issues. And the presidential election is just ONE vote. There are candidates running up and down the ticket that will help promote a healthier environment for our children. Do your research and find out which ones support a healthy environment. Vote as if your child’s health depends on it. Because it does. Here’s why:
CLEAN AIR. Air pollution from fossil fuels leads to bad air quality in too many communities. Increases in smog can trigger asthma attacks and exacerbate other chronic health problems. Do not let your child’s health be voted away to protect polluters’ profits. Instead, VOTE to protect little lungs from toxic air pollution.
CLIMATE CHANGE. The same harmful pollution that is making our children sick is causing rising temperatures and extreme weather events. Our changing climate is making smog worse. It increases respiratory health threats, particularly for people with allergies and asthma. Also intense heat waves exacerbate heart and lung conditions. VOTE for candidates who support proposals to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. And vote to put our country on a clean energy path while protecting American jobs!
TOXIC CHEMICALS. Dangerous chemicals are found in our daily lives. They often enter our homes and bodies without our realizing it. In fact, these chemicals may not even have been disclosed, identified or studied. Thousands of toxic chemicals found in everyday products are linked to potential reproductive and developmental toxicity, endocrine disruption, birth defects, cancer, asthma, headaches and skin irritants. Children are among the most vulnerable to such chemicals.
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.