Make the Clean Air Promise: Save Our Children from Asthma and Toxic Exposures

BY ON July 28, 2011

Real children. Real families. Real suffering, and real impact.

Right now, politicians and lobbyists are trying to weaken the Clean Air Act and to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its ability to limit air pollution and emission of toxics like mercury, arsenic and other dangerous substances which threaten public health.

These actions will have dire consequences for children like Alex, Ella, Kamira, Sophia and Chris, featured in this video. And of course, their families.  Families everywhere, across the country, just like yours feel the effects of toxic air.

The League of Women’s Voters is asking Americans to make a “Clean Air Promise,” to protect clean air and the public health. Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the national League of Women Voters said:

“We are deeply concerned about attacks on EPA and health protections. Any action to block the EPA from updating Clean Air Act protections, or any delay on behalf of the Administration to avoid implementing new clean air and industrial pollution requirements, is an attack on the health of our children and families, plain and simple,” she said.

The Clean Air Promise Campaign will call on citizens, elected officials and community leaders around the country to join in making this simple promise to protect the health of our children and families:

“I promise to protect America’s children and families from dangerous air pollution.

“Because toxics and pollutants such as mercury, smog, carbon, and soot, cause thousands of hospital visits, asthma attacks, and even deaths.

I will support clean air policies and other protections that scientists and public health experts have recommended to the EPA to safeguard our air quality.”

Watch the powerful movie above to learn more about this important campaign. I applaud the efforts of the League of Women Voters to advocate on behalf of children and families.   The Moms Clean Air Force shares these goals and looks forward to teaming up to protect American families from toxic air pollution.

The League of Women Voters is supported by Physicians for Social Responsibility on this campaign as well.

“Air pollution causes thousands of asthma attacks and emergency room visits – but that’s not all. Air pollution is also responsible for debilitating lung disease; heart attacks; damage to infants’ and children’s developing brains, robbing them of IQ; cancer, and deaths,” said Dr. Peter Wilk, executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility. “That is too high a price for the American people to pay.

“We can and we must clean America’s air. We can’t let politics stand in the way. Speaking on behalf of doctors and health professionals across the country, Physicians for Social Responsibility deeply supports the Promise Campaign,” Dr. Wilk added.

Indeed!  It is powerful to see more groups speaking up in support of higher clean air standards and health safeguards for America’s families. We need all of our voices in a loud chorus to overcome the deep pockets and lobbying power of polluting industries.

Please join me and make the Clean Air promise, tell your elected officials about it, and stand up for healthy, clean air for our children.

Join us as well in our continuing fight for clean air at Moms Clean Air Force. We need you!

TOPICS: Asthma, Pollution