State of the Air: NEW HAMPSHIRE

Sara PersechinoContact Sara Persechino at to learn more or volunteer.

Sara is a New Hampshire native who now lives in Contoocook with her husband and two daughters. She earned her B.A. in Communication and Sociology from New England College and a M.A.L.S. from Dartmouth. She’s a former Hopkinton Selectwoman and currently serves on the Contoocook Chamber of Commerce and the Friends of the Hopkinton Town Library board. As a mom and a professional, Sara is committed to creating a healthier environment for all our children–today and in the future.

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Here’s what we’re working on in New Hampshire:

Moms Clean Air Force is building a community of New Hampshire moms who care through hosting letter writing parties, coffees, and lunches with volunteers; presenting at Chambers of Commerce, summer camps, and other groups throughout the state; tabling at festivals and community events; and hosting movie screenings.

Climate Change: We are fighting global warming by supporting policies that will reduce carbon emissions and decrease dangerous co-pollutants. Warmer temperatures allow the tick population to flourish which increases the spread of Lyme disease and threatens the health of our moose population.

Changing climatic conditions can alter the timing and intensity of fall foliage and impact snowfall and change our ecosystem. For example, seasonal snowfall at Pinkham Notch, NH has declined over a 78 year period, and snowpack is melting off 16 days earlier on average.

Mercury: We are supporting strong limits on harmful mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. Mercury deposited in New Hampshire is both emitted from in-state sources and carried here from sources upwind. Emissions upwind of New Hampshire are primarily attributable to coal-fired utilities and municipal and medical waste incinerators in the Northeast and Midwest. Studies show that mercury deposition rates in New Hampshire, as in the entire Northeast, are higher than in other areas of the country due to the combination of local emissions and transport from upwind sources. The global mercury reservoir that has resulted over time from both natural and man-made sources also contributes to deposition in the Northeast.

According to data from EPA, toxic air emissions from manufacturers in New Hampshire have decreased by over 85 percent since enactment of New Hampshire’s Air Toxics Control Program in 1987.

Smog: In New Hampshire smog, or ozone, and fine particulate matter (PM2.5) are the primary air pollutants of concern. However, other contaminants, such as nitrogen-oxides and sulfur-dioxide occasionally occur at significant concentrations.

During a typical summer, an ozone smog event strikes the state about one out of every four to five days. Hardest hit is the southeastern portion of the state. The worst ozone days are created when the wind flows over the east coast corridor cities of Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York prior to reaching New Hampshire. The seacoast often gets the worst pollution during an episode when a sea breeze brings Boston-produced ozone pollution in from the ocean to mix with ozone pollution blown-in from other areas.

“Programs such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative have brought numerous benefits to the Granite State, leading to new innovations while generating jobs and saving energy costs. We look forward to continuing to work with our regional partners to ensure that we reduce the harmful emissions that lead to climate change, while also helping to reduce energy costs, create jobs and encourage innovation in the state’s clean-energy economy.” -Governor Maggie Hassan, June 2014, commenting on new Federal Carbon Pollution Standards.

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.

New Hampshire’s electricity generation by source, 2017:

  • Nuclear (55%)

  • Natural Gas (20%)

  • Hydro (10%)

  • Wood (7%)

  • Hydro (7%)

  • Wind (3%)

  • Coal (2%)

  • Other (1%)

According to the American Lung Association’s 2017 State of the Air report, Rockingham County, New Hampshire reported 9 code orange high ozone days

For the first time, New Hampshire obtained more net electricity generation from wind (2.3%) than from coal (2.2%) in 2016

Over 19,000 children suffer from asthma in New Hampshire

The sea level rise of 12-20 inches caused a large scale alteration of Great Bay, w reduction of coastal estuaries, and the flooding of many rivers. In addition, there is a potential large loss of revenue from coastal tourism, which is a $484 million generator for the state

The state’s renewable portfolio requires 24.8% of the electricity sold in New Hampshire to come from renewable resources by 2025

Roughly 314 children suffer asthma exacerbation per year in New Hampshire as a result of exposure to diesel fine particles

Job Opening: New Hampshire Field Consultant

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON October 3, 2017
Moms Clean Air Force is a community of over one million moms—and dads!—working together to combat air pollution, including the urgent crisis of our changing climate. Moms Clean Air Force in New Hampshire is a grassroots children’s health organization comprised of 8,000 parents and involved community members...

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Moms Clean Air Force, a Million Moms and Dads Strong

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON May 24, 2017
What makes up Moms Clean Air Force? Over one million Moms nationwide from a diverse range of backgrounds. Driven by the power of Mother Love, Moms Clean Air Force is a force to be reckoned with! MEMBERS STRONG We are thrilled to announce that our membership has...

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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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November 2017

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire attended a press event for Congresswoman Kuster in Lebanon

August 2017

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire hosted a Play-In for Climate Action in Concord.

July 2017

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire attended a press conference where NH Mayors Commit to Paris Climate Agreement.

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire members attended the 2017 Play-In for Climate Action in Washington, DC, where they met with Congresswoman Kuster, Senator Hassan and Senator Shaheen’s staff.

Moms Clean Air Force members and tiny activists delivered a poster petition to Governor Sununu’s office.

May 2017

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire tabled at a Zac Brown concert in Gilford.

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire members dropped information at Senators’ Seacoast offices during the Memorial Day recess.

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire tabled at Stonyfield Earth Day Fair and 5k.

April 2017

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire field consultant, Becky Whitley spoke at the New Hampshire Peoples Climate rally in Concord.

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire participated in Discover Wild NH Day.

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire participated in the NH March for Science.

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire tabled at the NH Public Health Association Annual Meeting.

March 2017

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire tabled at the New Hampshire Women’s Expo.

February 2017

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire members visited Senator Hassan and Senator Shaheen’s Manchester offices to meet with staff and deliver clips and photos from the Climate Impacts Maple Breakfast along with a large poster thanking the Senators for their NO vote on Scott Pruitt.

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire co-hosted a Climate Impacts Maple Breakfast with special guest, Senator Maggie Hassan. View a video of the event here.

January 2017

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire co-hosted the New Hampshire Women’s Day of Action and Unity in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington.

November 2016

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire co-hosted and spoke on a panel discussion titled, “After the Voting: What’s Next for Energy & Climate Issues in New Hampshire” in Concord.

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire tabled at the New Hampshire Local Energy Conference.

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire and the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire hosted a special screening of National Geographic’s new documentary, BEFORE THE FLOOD, and a discussion on the importance of voting for clean energy solutions and a healthy climate on Election Day.

September 2016

Moms Clean Air Force co-sponsored a Public Session on Energy Saving and Climate Solutions at UNH Law School in Concord. Sponsors included: New Hampshire Sierra Club, League of Conservation Voters, Environment New Hampshire, Union of Concerned Scientists, Moms Clean Air Force, National Wildlife Federation, Toxic Action Center, Ceres, Acadia Center, others.

August 2016

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire hosted a Play-In for Climate Action at White Park. New Hampshire families gathered to highlight the need to protect our children’s health and the environment.

June 2016

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

Field organizer, Becky Whitley spoke at an LCV-NH event “The State of the Air and Public Health: Time for Climate Change Action” at New England College Concord. The event highlighted the American Lung Association’s 2016 State of the Air report and recommendations to improve the quality of the air we breathe. It also highlighted the impacts of climate change on public health and advocate for solutions.

May 2016

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire tabled at the Stonyfield Earth Day 5K Race.

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire tabled at NH Mama & Baby Expo.

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire led a tele-press conference on the Methane New Source Rule. Staff from both New Hampshire Senators joined the call, which featured four speakers who presented on all aspects of the impacts of methane pollution and voiced support for the rule, while also calling on the Administration to continue work on regulating existing sources.

A group of New Hampshire moms and children attended lobby visits at Senator Ayotte and Senator Shaheen’s office in Manchester. We discussed the impacts of climate change on children’s health, and asthma in particular, and delivered large Mother’s Day cards from NH Moms and children.

April 2016

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire tabled at Abbot-Downing Elementary School Health Fair.

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire hosted an Earth Day Read-In at Stratham Circle Learning Center.

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire tabled at Funergy Expo in North Conway.

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire tabled at “Discover Wild NH Day”.

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire tabled at the Early Childhood Fair in Nashua.

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire hosted a Read-In at NH Family Literacy Day held at Merrimack-Valley High School.

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire tabled at the NH School Nurses conference.

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire attended Conceivable Future Keene House Party.

March 2016

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire hosted a Read-In with Governor Hassan at the Statehouse.

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire tabled at the 2016 New Hampshire Women’s Expo.

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire co-hosted a Waffle Breakfast to highlight climate impacts on an important NH industry, maple syrup production.

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire hosted a Read-In at Hopkinton Public Library, New Hampshire during Storytime.

February 2016

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire hosted a Clean Air Valentine Making Party at the home of field organizer, Becky Whitley. Attendees created Valentines to be sent to DC for a delivery to the EPA.

December 2015

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire and Union of Concerned Scientists hosted a Moms and Docs Climate Roundtable to discuss what air pollution, global warming and global climate change mean for our future, and what we can do about it. Hear from the experts why acting on climate is essential for our children’s health.

November 2015

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire hosted preschool storytime at Hopkinton Library.

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire attended and tabled at  the Climate of Change Conference put on by the New England Environmental Educators Association.

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire attended the Citizens’ Climate Lobby 2015 Northeast Regional Conference | Courtyard by Marriott, 2200 Southwood Dr., Nashua, NH

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire hosted a Ladies Night & Norwex Party with Supermom Sara French.

October 2015

Attended and spoke about climate justice issues at  “Stand with Women” House Party hosted by NextGen Climate and NH Citizens Alliance.

Attended and provided support at Climate Day of Action event in Portsmouth, NH called “People’s Climate Speak Out”.

September 2015

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire members met with Governor Hassan and delivered a large decorated card asking the Governor to protect our children from climate change.

Play-In for Climate Action & Press Conference | Families gathered to raise awareness around climate change and staff from Senator Ayotte’s and Senator Shaheen’s offices came and read letters from the Senators.

May 2015: Mama Summit 2015 | Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire members gathered at the state capitol in Concord for the second annual Mama Summit. Mama Summit participants enjoyed an excellent program of distinguished speakers, and were treated to a video message of welcome from Congresswoman Kuster. In addition to holding meetings with lawmakers to talk about the importance of clean air, participants also received a letter of support from Senator Kelly Ayotte (R).

May 2014: Mama Summit 2014| Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire members gathered in at the state capitol in Concord to call on elected officials to take climate action. Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter and state Senator Jeff Woodburn spoke alongside Mrs. New Hampshire at the plenary session, and participants heard letters from Senator Shaheen, Senator Ayotte and Congresswoman Kuster applauding the recent Supreme Court decision that allows the Cross State Air Pollution rule to be implemented, and encouraging participants to continue their work to rid the air of harmful pollutants.

In 2014: Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire made 46 legislative visits with New Hampshire lawmakers and their staff at the state and federal level, raising the concerns of moms and dads across the state.

Quote from Senator Ayotte: “It’s so important that we protect New Hampshire’s beautiful environment for our economy and for our future.” Source: 10/25/15 press statement

Quote from Senator Shaheen: “Climate change poses a significant threat to New Hampshire’s environment and its economy.” Source: 10/26/15 press statement

Quote from Governor Hassan: “We know that a healthy environment and economic development go hand-in-hand, and that’s why addressing air quality and climate change is an economic imperative for our state.” Source: 10/26/15 press statement


Chris Sununu

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Maggie Hassan 

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  • B85 Russell Senate Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510
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  • Phone: (202) 224-3324
  • Twitter: @SenatorHassan

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Jeanne Shaheen

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US House of Representatives

Carol Shea-Porter (District 1)

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Ann Kuster (District 2)

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