Moms Clean Air Force Exclusive Interviews

Interview with Monica Jahan Bose: Artist, Attorney, Mom Activist

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON April 2, 2019
This was written by Elizabeth Brandt, field organizer for Moms Clean Air Force Washington, DC  I recently spoke with artist, attorney and mom, Monica Jahan Bose. we’re excited to share her latest project, WRAPture. Here’s some background information: WRAPture is a temporary sari sculpture created with over 60 saris...

TOPICS: Activism, Climate Change, Heat and Extreme Weather, Motherhood, Social Justice, Washington DC

Interview: Dr. Leonardo Trasande, Author of Sicker, Fatter, Poorer: The Urgent Threat of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals to Our Health and Future and What We Can Do About It

BY Ronnie Citron-Fink ON February 19, 2019
Of the 80,000 chemicals currently used in the US, most haven’t been tested for their effects on our health. These chemicals are everywhere. They lurk in things our children come in contact with every single day: furniture, toys, cleaning products, personal care products, and our...

TOPICS: Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Fracking, Science, Toxics

Interview With Dr. Gredia Huerta Montanez, Environmental Health Pediatrician

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON December 11, 2018
This is an interview with Dr. Gredia Huerta Montanez, an environmental health pediatrician in Puerto Rico and a member of the EPA’s Office of Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee: Dr. Huerta Montanez, can you please tell us about the work you do as an environmental...

TOPICS: Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Heat and Extreme Weather, Latino Community, Science

Interview with Sacoby Wilson, Director of Community Engagement, Environmental Justice and Health

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON May 9, 2018
This is an exclusive Moms Clean Air Force interview with Sacoby Wilson, Director, Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, and Health (CEEJH), Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental HealthSchool of Public Health: Can you please define environmental justice? The Environmental Justice movement seeks to address the way in...

TOPICS: Activism, African-American Community, Air Pollution, Asthma, Cars and Trucks, Children's Health, EPA, Fracking, Latino Community, Maryland, Politics, Pollution, Social Justice

Interview with Coral Gables, Florida, Commissioner Vince Lago

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON February 2, 2018
This is a Moms Clean Air Force exclusive interview with Coral Gables, Florida, City Commissioner  Vince C. Lago. Commissioner Lago has spearheaded a multitude of legislative initiatives that encourage the City to be at the forefront of sustainability. He is dedicated to transportation planning and is committed...

TOPICS: Climate Change, Florida, Heat and Extreme Weather, Latino Community, Politics

Interview with Maryland State Delegate Carlo Sanchez

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON January 30, 2018
This is a Moms Clean Air Force exclusive interview with Carlo Sanchez, Maryland State Delegate –Legislative District 47B: Carlo Sanchez represents northwestern Prince George’s County, Maryland’s only district with a Latino majority in the state house. Sanchez is active in promoting environmental justice initiatives that...

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Asthma, Children's Health, Climate Change, Environment, Fracking, Latino Community, Maryland, Social Justice

Interview with Pennsylvania State Representative Gene DiGirolamo

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON December 20, 2017
This is a Moms Clean Air Force exclusive interview with Pennsylvania State Representative Gene DiGirolamo: What is unique about protecting Pennsylvania’s natural resources and the resources in your district? In the 18th Legislative District, I am concerned with protecting our open space and preserving the outdoor recreational...

TOPICS: Children's Health, Climate Change, Pennsylvania, Politics

Mothering, Mentoring and Mental Health: A Conversation with Children’s Advocate Kalishia Mitchell

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON November 2, 2017
This was written by Moms Clean Air Force’s communications specialist, Sasha Tenenbaum: How do people experience a changing climate – not just physically, but emotionally? The mental health impacts of climate change – stress, anxiety, and depression – weigh heavily on those living with mental...

TOPICS: Activism, African-American Community, Children's Health, Motherhood, Social Justice, Virginia

“Hurricanes Show Us Why Our Children Need a Strong and Independent EPA,” says the Father of Environmental Justice

BY Marcia G. Yerman ON September 18, 2017
This is a Moms Clean Air Force exclusive interview with Dr. Robert D. Bullard. Dr. Bullard is known as the “father of  environmental justice.” He has been a leading campaigner against environmental racism: We have spoken previously about frontline and “fence-line” communities surrounded by a variety...

TOPICS: African-American Community, Asthma, Children's Health, Heat and Extreme Weather, Social Justice, Texas

Interview with Rep. Matt Cartwright of the Bipartisan Climate Caucus

BY Marcia G. Yerman ON August 17, 2017
This is a Moms Clean Air Force exclusive interview with Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA). Rep. Cartwright was elected to Congress in 2013. Since that time, he has consistently stepped up to make the environment one of his key issues. For Cartwright, producing safe and clean energy...

TOPICS: Carbon Pollution, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Environment, Fracking, Natural Gas, Pennsylvania, Politics, Social Justice

Interview with Pennsylvania Representative Brian Fitzpatrick

BY Marcia G. Yerman ON July 25, 2017
American parents are struggling to determine how they can best protect their children from the actions of an administration that has aligned itself with the interests of fossil fuels. The clearest path to making their voices heard is to reach out to their hyperlocal representatives....

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Environment, Pennsylvania, Politics, Toxics

Peggy Shepard of “WE ACT” on Air Pollution, Asthma and Environmental Justice

BY Marcia G. Yerman ON May 10, 2017
The history of WE ACT for Justice goes back to 1988. Peggy Shepard was one of three neighborhood activists who recognized that West Harlem in New York City, was bearing the brunt of toxic pollution. The Environmental Justice movement was getting off the ground. Awareness was building...

TOPICS: African-American Community, Air Pollution, Asthma, Children's Health, Indoor Air Pollution, New York, Politics, Social Justice

Big News from Walmart on Climate Action

BY Molly Rauch ON April 25, 2017
Walmart is not just a superstore, it’s the tenth largest economic entity in the world, slightly larger than the economy of Spain. So when Walmart recently announced its commitment to help reduce the carbon dioxide emissions of its suppliers by one billion metric tons, it...

TOPICS: Economics, Toxics

Interview: Pennsylvania State Representative Leanne Krueger-Braneky

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON April 4, 2017
This is an exclusive Moms Clean air Force interview with State Representative Leanne Krueger-Braneky of Pennsylvania: What is unique about protecting Pennsylvania’s resources? Right now Pennsylvania’s resources feel uniquely under attack by almost every front. We’re facing attacks on common sense regulations protecting our air and water and the budget...

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Children's Health, Climate Change, Pennsylvania

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 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...


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