“The 2014 Mama Summit offers us the chance to work together. It’s time to think big again and build a new future with clean air, clean energy, and a sustainable economy. As a grandfather, dad, and evangelical Christian leader, I have a heart for defending our kids. Protecting our children, both born and unborn, from the hazards of dirty air, and pollution that fouls God’s creation is my life’s ministry. Over 275,000 kids in Pennsylvania suffer from asthma and/or other respiratory illnesses with another 2.75 million at risk, and this is only the “tip of the iceberg” on pollution enhanced health problems. One in four children across the country nation suffers autism, ADHD, asthma and/or allergies with links to pollution. And our more frequent extreme weather combined with climate change will simply exacerbate the impacts. It’s time to stop paying for our energy with our children health–we can do better.
Pennsylvania can be a leader for healthier kids and good jobs. Let’s return to our role as the “Keystone State” by being an example of a state that seek solutions to these urgent health challenges. Coming to Harrisburg and being a part of the Mama Summit says we care and want to work together. Our kids already suffer enough. Let’s make their future better and take action.”
-The Rev. Mitch Hescox, President/CEO Evangelical Environmental Network