Moms Clean Air Force Exclusive Interviews

Interview with Safe Food Champion, Robyn O’Brien

BY Diane MacEachern ON November 17, 2016
It was at the emergency room that former food industry analyst turned passionate food activist, and mother of four, Robyn McCord O’Brien learned just how serious food allergies can be. When her youngest daughter had a violent allergic reaction, everything changed for Robyn. She started researching...

TOPICS: Allergies, Food

One Mom’s Story From the Frontlines of the Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance

BY Ronnie Citron-Fink ON October 31, 2016
  Tensions at Standing Rock Camp escalated last week. With intensifying clashes between law enforcement and the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters, members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and allies continue to stand strong. The pipeline’s route threatens ancestral lands and risks environmental damage if it leaks under the Missouri River. And...

TOPICS: Activism, Motherhood, Social Justice

Lessons From a 24 Year-Old Climate Activist

BY Katy Farber ON September 21, 2016
“The theme of my life at the moment is the nexus of social movements and electoral politics,” says 24 year-old Chloe Maxmin. During my interview with Chloe, which you can read here, she discussed advocating for a clean energy future by protecting public health from natural...

TOPICS: Activism, Climate Change

Jeff Bridges says, “Open Your Eyes” to Plastic Pollution (video and interview)

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON March 30, 2016
The Plastic Pollution Coalition (PPC) tapped into actor/activist/musician/artist/dad, Jeff Bridge’s passionate plea to ditch plastic in this video and interview reposted from PPC: Worldwide reliance on disposable plastic packaging and utensils is poisoning our bodies, killing wildlife, and overwhelming our planet. Single-use plastic deepens our dependence on...

TOPICS: Toxics

Interview: Protecting Winter from Climate Change

BY Mat McDermott ON February 29, 2016
With the winter of 2015/2016 closing fast, and El Niño (augmented by rising temperatures from climate change) causing heavy snows in California but leaving New England much drier than normal, it seemed a perfect time to talk shop with Protect Our Winters (POW), the leading climate action...

TOPICS: Climate Change, Dads

Interview with New Hampshire Senior Assistant Attorney General K. Allen Brooks

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON February 16, 2016
This is a Moms Clean Air Force exclusive interview with New Hampshire Senior Assistant Attorney General K. Allen Brooks: What is unique about protecting New Hampshire’s resources?  Most of New Hampshire’s most popular attractions involve the outdoors and the environment.  These can be negatively impacted by...

TOPICS: Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, New Hampshire, Politics

Interview: Sister Denise Turcotte, Coordinator of the Justice and Environment Mission Group of the Sisters of Holy Cross

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON April 6, 2015
  This is a Moms Clean Air Force exclusive interview with Sister Denise Turcotte, Coordinator of the Justice and Environment Mission Group of the Sisters of Holy Cross: What motivates you to be engaged in environmental issues? As a leader on environmental issues in the faith...

TOPICS: Climate Change, Environment, New Hampshire, Religion

Interview With Virginia Congressman Jim Moran

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON September 26, 2014
What is unique about protecting Virginia’s (natural) resources? I am not sure there is anything unique about protecting Virginia’s natural resources, but I remain committed to managing Virginia’s resources in a sustainable manner and regulating the use of those that risk great public harm. We...

TOPICS: Politics, Virginia

“I Wanted To Be The Best Mom Possible – The Government Wouldn’t Help Me, So I Decided To Do It Myself.” ~ Lois Gibbs

BY Marcia G. Yerman ON April 21, 2014
On Earth Day, April 22, the American Masters series on PBS is presenting A Fierce Green Fire, a documentary which timelines the environmental movement’s past five decades. Beginning in the 1960s, the one-hour film is chock full of backstory that contextualizes where the struggle is...

TOPICS: Activism, Children's Health, EPA, Motherhood, Social Justice

Interview: Dr. Susan Nagel, PhD

BY Anne Brock ON April 4, 2014
This is an interview with Dr. Susan Nagel, PhD, Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health at the University of Missouri School of Medicine: MCAF: Can you tell us what an endocrine disrupting chemical is? Dr. Susan Nagel: An endocrine disrupting chemical as defined by the...

TOPICS: Toxics

An Interview With Michael Oppenheimer

BY Dominique Browning ON March 17, 2014
I went to see Dr. Michael Oppenheimer with some trepidation, expecting that I would have to pick myself up off the floor after our interview. After all, if anyone understands the true nature of our changing climate, and the impact of greenhouse pollution on our...

TOPICS: Climate Change

Interview: Michigan Representative Rashida Tlaib

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON February 18, 2014
What is unique about protecting your district’s resources? My district encompasses tparts of Detroit, the City of Ecorse, and the City of River Rouge. It is home to some very heavily industrialized areas, including our state’s only oil refinery and large-scale transportation infrastructure — interstate...

TOPICS: Michigan

Interview: Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON January 9, 2014
This is a Moms Clean Air Force exclusive interview with Allegheny County Controller, Chelsa Wagner: MCAF: What is unique about protecting Allegheny County’s resources? Controller Wagner: During the 20th Century, the natural resources of Allegheny County together with its hard-working residents caused the area to be known as...

TOPICS: Pennsylvania

Interview: Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON January 7, 2014
This is a Moms Clean Air Force exclusive interview with Pittsburgh City Councilwoman, Natalia Rudiak: MCAF: What is unique about protecting Pittsburgh’s resources? Councilwoman Rudiak: As Pittsburgh’s economy has changed, we’ve wisely moved toward balancing our economic well-being with our environmental well-being. While we have...

TOPICS: Pennsylvania

Interview With Jill Miller Zimon

BY Marcia G. Yerman ON November 4, 2013
It’s never too early in the political game to get a head start on a primary contest, and that’s exactly what Jill Miller Zimon is doing. Back in the August, Zimon announced that she was throwing her hat into the ring for the Ohio Statehouse...

TOPICS: Ohio, Politics, Toxics

An Interview With Carl “The Fish”

BY Danny Shanahan ON July 18, 2013
*For reasons of privacy, name and species have been changed and/or generalized for this interview: Danny Shanahan for Moms Clean Air Force: First, Carl, I’d like to thank you for taking time out of your busy evolving schedule to answer a few questions for our...

TOPICS: Mercury Poisoning

Scientist Mom: An Interview With Jennifer Francis

BY Diane MacEachern ON July 3, 2013
This was written by Diane MacEachern, Founder & CEO of the Big Green Purse: Jennifer Francis recently did something for me that few other scientists or activists have been able to do: She made me feel connected to the Arctic Ocean. That’s not a particularly easy task. I...

TOPICS: MCAF News

Lisa Jackson Talks To Moms Clean Air Force

BY Diane MacEachern ON April 3, 2013
This was written by Diane MacEachern for Moms Clean Air Force: At the U.S. – China Greener Consumption Forum on March 22nd, Lisa Jackson, the just retired Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), re-affirmed her strong support for laws and regulations that significantly...

TOPICS: Activism, African-American Community, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Coal, EPA, Mercury Poisoning, Politics, Pollution, Social Justice, Toxics

Mothers Intent On Activism

BY Jill Miller Zimon ON September 30, 2011
In the book, Mothers’ of Intention: How Women and Social Media Are Revolutionizing Politics In America, author, journalist, political analyst, and Pundit Mom, Joanne Bamberger writes from experience. In a Moms Clean Air Force exclusive interview, Bamberger tells moms why… Having an opinion never goes...

TOPICS: Activism, Politics, Pollution, Social Justice

An Interview With The Mercury Doctor

BY Molly Rauch ON September 5, 2011
While researching my blog series on mercury, I kept reading about “mixed results” of epidemiological research on mercury, with the implication that we can’t be sure whether methylmercury exposure from eating fish is harming children. I decided to get to the bottom of this and...

TOPICS: Coal, Mercury Poisoning, Pollution
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