This Q&A series is from MCAF’s Virtual Mama Summit Twitter chat featuring EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy:
1. Appalachian Mountain Club: How has your No Child Left Inside work at Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection shaped your EPA work on air pollution & kids’ health?
Gina McCarthy: It’s important to reconnect our kids to nature & we want to assure our kids are playing outside in clean air.
2. Climate Parents: What do you see as the best way to make the link between stopping dirty energy and scaling up clean energy?
EPA’s power plant rules are coming soon & we want to hear from parents about why they matter to you & your family; talk in your communities about what these rules mean for kids’ health.
3. Clean Water Action, Michigan: How will the upcoming existing source rule – expected on June 1st – protect the Great Lakes from dangerous pollution?
Cutting carbon pollution helps mitigate the impacts of climate change; damaging climate impacts include more frequent and intense droughts, floods and storms.
4. Clean Water Action, New Jersey: Will the upcoming power plants rule force power plants to make significant cuts in their toxic discharges?
EPA’s proposal will cut carbon pollution from the largest source in the United States.
5. Evangelical Environmental Network: How does carbon pollution impact the health of children?
Carbon pollution can lead to more smog, which means worse asthma. 1 in 10 children live with asthma – read more about pollution and asthma triggers.
6. Healthy Child, Healthy World: How can moms work with pediatricians & families to create safer environments for kids? What toxins should expectant moms know about to protect themselves from air pollution?
Visit http://airnow.gov to check outdoor air quality before going to play outside. Avoid household products and “invisible” chemicals that are harmful to your health. Learn more about how to create safe indoor environments for our kids. Always read the label! Learn More.
7. Women for a Healthy Environment: Pittsburgh ranks in country’s top 10 list for poor air. What can citizens do to advocate for policy changes to improve our air?
Stay involved and stay informed! You provide a voice for your community. Together we can find solutions that make a difference.
A big thank you to our wonderful partners for their insightful questions, and to the always inspiring Administrator McCarthy for her informative answers!