A Breath of Fresh Air
By Karen Duggan, Founder, Playful Planet
One of the main motivations for me to start Playful Planet was the self-knowledge that, while I have every good intention of being a good role model for my child, I KNOW that there is so much more I could be doing on a daily basis to impact our world.
This is not to get down on myself – I’ve gotten past self-flagellation as sport. I simply recognize that life is complex. There is a constant stream of information coming into my life providing me with suggestions of how I can ‘be greener,’ ‘eat more healthily,’ be a ‘more conscious citizen’ on the planet. It’s all well and good, AND it can be a little overwhelming.
This is why I decided that Playful Planet was a perfect thing for me to focus my attention on. NOT because I am the perfect role model, oh no. But exactly because I am the perfect target market for the mission we have established – “empower kids and their families to be healthy and live sustainably.” A grand mission to be sure. But one that we have decided can be approached with simplicity, accessibility, and yes, even fun.
What I didn’t know as I got onto this path was all the amazing information, organizations and groups that I would be introduced to along the way. I was recently led to the Moms Clean Air Force which I am now allied with because of the great work they are doing with a very specific goal: ‘defending clean air and our kids health’! Now that is something I can get behind!
Moms Clean Air Force is a group of powerhouse bloggers and writers who are committed to the preserving the Clean Air Act and a new ‘Mercury and Air Toxics Standards’ rule introduced by the Environmental Protection Agency. This new rule is in the part of the process where it is open to public comments – the time when opponents (think ‘big industry’) will work to water down the standards.
What I have learned from the Moms Clean Air Force is that my voice can be heard. By taking the simple action of Joining the Force, I am speaking up for my child’s rights (and all children’s rights) to CLEAN AIR. Doesn’t seem too much to ask for, right?
I like how focused Moms Clean Air Force is and how much great information is packed into digestable bites. For example, did you know, the Clean Air Act was signed into law in 1970 by Richard Nixon? And, that this Act delivers $30 in measurable health and economic benefits for every $1 invested? You can learn more here.
I am so grateful for organizations like MCAF that help me realize my goal to be involved in creating a better future in a way that is so very manageable for my busy lifestyle.