State of the Air: ALASKA

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Here’s what we’re working on in Alaska:

Alaska is a state rich in natural resources. Oil, gas, and minerals have contributed to the success of the economy over the years. But with climate change threatening to damage our communities and wilderness, Alaskans are urgently calling for restrictions on oil and gas development and mining.

Because the threats of climate change in the Arctic are exponential compared to other regions, the health and survival of Native villages are literally under siege. Alaskans are banding together to make clear exactly what we stand to lose if offshore Arctic drilling moves forward. The health impacts of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill are still a burden to families as resources and food sources are perpetually contaminated. If another spill were to happen, coastal communities with rich culture and heritage are at risk, and children’s health is at stake.

Offshore drilling is not the only threat Alaskans face to our health and future. The proposed Chuitna mine across the Cook Inlet would destroy 11 miles of thousands-year-old salmon spawning streams. Salmon is a livelihood for surrounding villages and growing families surviving off the land. The Chuitna is also a tourist destination for those wanting to experience the pristine wilderness of Alaska. The proposed Chuitna mine would devastate the local community by interfering with salmon repopulation, a healthy subsistence food source. Contaminated waters mean contaminated salmon, and less of them. This opens the door to myriad potential health problems, such as cancers and malnutrition. The Chuitna mine would also create poor air quality across the Inlet.

Moms Clean Air Force is working to help Alaskans speak out about the negative impacts of this mine and other threats to our children’s health. We must raise our voices to call for clean air and salmon streams over dirty coal.

In addition to state-specific work, Moms Clean Air Force Alaska is supporting national efforts:

Mercury: We are supporting strong limits on harmful mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Climate Change: We are fighting global warming by supporting policies, namely America’s Clean Power Plan, that will reduce carbon emissions and decrease dangerous co-pollutants.

Clean Energy: We are ensuring that our energy future is renewable, clean, and healthy — for the sake of our children’s health.

Chemical Policy Reform: We are fighting to keep toxic chemicals out of the products we use every day, through joining local efforts to protect families from toxic chemicals and advocating for strong implementation of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (2016).

Natural Gas Pollution: We are demanding strong protections from methane, volatile organic compounds, and other harmful air pollutants associated with fracking and natural gas development.

Alaska’s electricity generation by source, 2013:

  • Natural Gas (55.3%)

  • Hydro (20.6%)

  • Petroleum (14.8%)

  • Coal (9.1%)

  • Wind (.2%)

In 2015, there were 17 code orange ozone days in Matanuska-Susitna Borough County, Alaska

According to the American Lung Association’s 2016 State of the Air Report, 9% of Alaska children have asthma

According to the American Lung Association’s 2016 State of the Air Report, Fairbanks is ranked #9 for short term particle pollution and #31 for year round particle pollution

Alaska’s clean energy industries have grown nearly 10 percent in the past decade

Wind supplied three-fourths of Alaska’s electricity from nonhydroelectric renewable sources in 2014

Alaska is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the U.S., with average annual increases of 3.4°F with winters alone rising 6.4°F


Kids’ Climate Change Lawsuits Say No to a Future of “Damages, Death, and Destruction”

BY Judith A. Ross ON November 17, 2017
In a defiant NO to a future of illness and climate catastrophe, young people are suing federal and state officials for knowingly taking actions that will increase the dangerous impacts of climate change. Pennsylvania Children Aim to Halt Federal Rollbacks of Climate Protections In Pennsylvania,...

TOPICS: Activism, Alaska, Allergies, Asthma, California, Climate Change, Heat and Extreme Weather, Pennsylvania, Politics

How to Call Your Elected Officials

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON January 1, 2017
We’re all used to text and email, and often that’s speedy and effective. But sometimes, the sound of a voice makes all the difference. Now is one of those times. Your members of Congress must hear from you on the issues that matter to you! Click here...

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October 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Alaska attended early voting events in Townsquare Anchorage and at Resolution Brewery in Downtown Anchorage.

Moms Clean Air Force Alaska attended the Alaska Children’s Environmental Health Summit at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage.

September 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Alaska tabled in partnership with Alaska Community Action on Toxics at the Alaska Women’s Health Fair at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

Moms Clean Air Force Alaska hosted a Play-In for Climate Action at Westchester Lagoon-Margaret Eagan Sullivan State Park. Attendees enjoyed playground play, cookies, hot cocoa, and coffee and an open discussion about how we can work together to keep our children safe and healthy breathing clean air for generations to come.

August 2016

Field organizer, Suzanne Schafer met with Sherry Edwards, Constituents Director, in the Anchorage office of Lisa Murkowski.

Field organizer, Suzanne Schafer and her daughter testified on behalf of Moms Clean Air Force at the Cook Inlet Oil and Gas Lease Sale 244 Draft EIS hearing. Her testimony was quoted in the Alaska Daily News on August 16.

Moms Clean Air Force Alaska tabled in the Family Building at Salmon Fest in Ninilchik.

July 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Alaska gathered signatures from Alaskans in Seward telling Senators Murkowski and Sullivan to protect children’s health in the face of climate change.

Moms Clean Air Force Alaska hosted the first family stroll along Campbell Creek.

June 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Alaska hosted a “School’s Out Food Drive” contributing to the over 4,542 pounds of food collected by Moms Clean Air Force chapters nationwide.

Moms Clean Air Force Alaska tabled at Mountain View Street Fair at Clark Middle School, 150 Bragaw Street in Anchorage.

Field organizer, Suzanne Schafer distributed 5 Food Bank of Alaska barrels to 5 Kaladi Bros Coffee locations in Anchorage, AK as part of the June 2016 School’s Out Food Drive.

May 2016

Field organizer, Suzanne Schafer distributed Food Bank of Alaska barrels to 5 Bright Beginnings Early Learning Center locations and signs to Natural Pantry Grocery, kicking off the June 2016 School’s Out Food Drive.

Moms Clean Air Force Alaska hosted a Reading Rendezvous at the Loussac Library in Anchorage.

April 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Alaska hosted a Read-In and playtime at the Loussac Library.

Moms Clean Air Force Alaska attended an Earth Day Kite Event at the Anchorage Park Strip.


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