Moms are working in Colorado to fight for clean air and a stable climate. We host events, share information about what’s going on, and create opportunities for mothers to talk to their legislators about their concerns. Please join us in Colorado, and let us know about your priorities.
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How we’re making a difference in Colorado
Colorado Moms Respond to Covid-19
As we cope with the Covid-19 response in Colorado, Moms Clean Air Force is cancelling our in-person April events. Keeping our families safe is our top priority.
Hope will not be cancelled. We are stronger together, and a better future for our children keeps us motivated. All staff are working from home. We are meeting with each other and our lawmakers virtually, and we are exploring ways to best support Colorado communities, especially those for which Covid-19 is an extreme hardship. Read how Colorado moms and families are coping with Covid-19 here.
But as the science shows that breathing polluted air can worsen the impacts of Covid-19, the EPA continues to push forward dangerous proposals that weaken lifesaving pollution regulations. For the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we are asking that everyone take this Earth Day action from home: Join Moms Clean Air Force in demanding that EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler must go so that EPA can do its job and protect the health of our children and communities.
Colorado Moms Testify to Oppose Weakening the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
On February 11th, Colorado Field Organizers Shaina Oliver and Laurie Anderson testified against the rollback of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in Denver, Colorado. One of America’s first environmental protection laws from 1970, NEPA helps to ensure that federal projects do not have significant adverse health, environmental, economic, or social impacts on our communities.
“Rolling back National Environmental Policy Act rules would make it easier for polluting projects to get the green light, regardless of the impact they may have on the air our children breathe, or the climate impacts our children will inherit. As parents, we deserve to know the impacts of proposed projects to our children’s health, our communities, and the climate.”
— Laurie Anderson
“Poorly-planned polluting projects add insult to injury for indigenous families like mine, who have struggled with inequities for generations. NEPA has been a critical tool for public engagement on industrial projects, providing a voice for the community in places where our voices are otherwise ignored.”
— Shaina Oliver
Click here to learn more about NEPA as well as read longer excerpts of Shaina and Laurie’s testimonies.
Moms Clean Air Force helps Colorado push for bold climate legislation.
In November 2019, Congressman Donald McEachin (VA-04) introduced the 100% Clean Economy Act of 2019 with Representatives Deb Haaland (NM-01), Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Earl Blumenauer (OR-3), Paul Tonko (NY-20), and Chellie Pingree (ME-01). This ambitious national bill aims to eliminate all climate pollution—including from transportation, electricity, buildings, and agriculture—by no later than 2050.
In the months leading up to the release of the bill, Colorado moms met with Members of Congress across the state to urge them to join as co-sponsors. Moms Clean Air Force Colorado thanks Representatives Jason Crow (CO-06), Diana DeGette (CO-01), Joe Neguse (CO-02), and Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) for being among the over 150 original co-sponsors leading on this issue.
Click here to learn more about the bill.
Field organizer, Shaina Oliver, elevates the voice of Colorado Native American communities at the only EPA public hearing on the rollback of the federal methane standards in Dallas, Texas.
Moms Clean Air Force members from around the country testified in Dallas against the rollback of our national methane emissions standards. Among them was Colorado organizer, Shaina Oliver. Shaina’s testimony was featured in the Dallas Morning News in the article, “Feelings of ‘despair’: Climate change activists testify against EPA plans to roll back methane emissions standards.”
Colorado adopts landmark climate bill — and Colorado moms helped make it happen.
On May 1, 2019, after months of work, Moms Clean Air Force Colorado celebrated the passing of a major climate bill, the Climate Action Plan to Reduce Pollution. Colorado will aim to reduce greenhouse gas pollution from 2005 levels by at least 25 percent by 2026, 50 percent by 2030, and 90 percent by 2050.
To build strong support for the bill, Moms Clean Air Force Colorado organized a lobby day to meet with members of the Colorado State Legislature, made phone calls, and sent emails — sending the message loud and clear that Colorado moms want a plan to reduce greenhouse gas pollution in our state to protect our children’s health and future.
Thank you to Representatives KC Becker and Dominique Jackson, and Senators Faith Winter and Angela Williams for your strong leadership.
We helped push landmark oil and gas legislation across the finish line to protect Colorado families and communities.
In April 2019, a bill to strengthen Colorado’s existing oil and gas regulations was signed into law. The bill will bolster oversight, allowing state officials to focus more on health and safety while giving local governments more power in deciding where drilling takes place. The bill also directs the state’s Air Quality Control Commission to introduce the next generation of methane pollution protections that build on what Colorado currently has in place.
Moms Clean Air Force Colorado was instrumental in the adoption of the bill. Over the past several years, Colorado moms have testified numerous times at the State Capitol, including in March 2019 in favor of this bill; organized press conferences in impacted communities; met with mayors, council members, commissioners and state legislators; testified at former Governor Hickenlooper’s Oil and Gas Taskforce; and signed onto numerous letters in support of greater regulations and protections.
Moms Clean Air Force Colorado showed up to fight the proposed methane pollution rollbacks and were heard loud and far.
In November 2018, impacted moms from Colorado testified in Denver against the proposed EPA rollback of the New Source Performance Standards. Moms brought national attention to this issue through moving testimony and poignant interviews by our supermom volunteers. Our interviews reached viewers on Telemundo, Channel 7, Channel 9, and Fox 31.
Read more here.
Moms Clean Air Force successfully helped move forward the shutdown of two coal fired power plants.
In 2018, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission approved a $2.5 billion plan by Xcel Energy to close two coal-fired power plants and increase wind and solar generation; by 2026, 55 percent of the utility’s electricity will come from clean energy. According to Xcel, the plan will not only cut the company’s CO2 emissions by nearly 60%, but will also save customers approximately $213 million.
Moms Clean Air Force was a critical voice in helping move this forward, testifying in favor of the shutdown in Spring 2018 at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.
Working towards stronger protections from oil and gas pollution.
In 2014, Colorado became the first state in the nation to directly regulate methane emissions from oil and gas operations. Each year, Colorado will reduce more than 100,000 tons of methane and nearly 90,000 tons of smog-forming volatile organic compounds.
With over 50,000 active oil and gas wells, compressors, and processors in the state, and 247,000 Coloradans living within a designated threat radius of half a mile from these facilities, the state’s methane regulations are critical to protecting Colorado families. Moms Clean Air Force is working to continue moving Colorado towards even stronger regulations, while protecting frontline communities living near oil and gas operations.
Colorado moms were also vocal in fighting the proposed rollback of the New Source Performance Standards, a federal regulation that protects communities around the country from pollution from new oil and gas operations. At the only EPA public hearing in Denver, Colorado, moms showed up in force to testify against the rollback, garnering media attention throughout the state and country.
Connecting Colorado moms to local leadership for citywide change.
As the former mayor of Lafayette, Colorado mom and Moms Clean Air Force organizer Christine Berg knows the importance of municipal outreach. Christine connects moms in Colorado to their mayors and local city officials through the Moms & Mayors Program to help moms achieve healthier communities – whether through addressing local air pollution issues, adding community solar projects, or developing a strong city sustainability plan.
We are transitioning to renewable energy.
Colorado is working hard to tackle emissions from transportation. In January, 2019, as one of his first actions in office, Colorado Governor Jared Polis, signed an executive order outlining several directives that will accelerate electrification of the transportation sector. As the second largest CO2 emitting industry in Colorado after power plants, tackling transportation emissions would have a huge impact on Colorado’s overall greenhouse gas emissions.
While Colorado ranks among the top five highest producing natural gas states, Colorado is also taking big steps to expand renewable energy production and use in the state. In 2018, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission approved a $2.5 billion plan by Xcel Energy to close coal-fired power plants and increase wind and solar generation; by 2026, 55% of the utility’s electricity will come from clean energy. Colorado moms urged the state to move forward with the shutdown through strong testimony at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission in Spring, 2018.
Our children are at risk from dangerous climate warming.
Curbing emissions in Colorado and nationwide is critical for the health and safety of Colorado families. 2018 was one of the worst wildfire seasons in Colorado on record with over 430,000 acres burned. The fires in Colorado are not only growing more frequent, but also growing larger, with the 2018 fires ranking among the largest wildfires in the state’s history. These fires are dangerous for families and communities and erode air quality across the state.
Wildfires, however, are just one of the many risks Colorado families face due to climate change. According to the 2018 NRDC report “Climate Change and Health in Colorado,” Coloradans can also expect more extreme heat, decreasing snowpack, and increased drought. The Colorado River, the source of drinking water for 40 million people in Colorado and six other states, is also declining at a dangerous rate due to the decreasing snowpack and drought.
Colorado families must continue to push for local, state, and federal policies that quickly reduce climate warming greenhouse gases.
Our children breathe unsafe air.
While statewide methane pollution controls are helping to improve Colorado’s air, Colorado still has a major smog problem. Smog, or ground level ozone, irritates the lungs, can trigger asthma attacks, interferes with normal lung development, and increases the incidence of respiratory infections.
11 counties in Colorado received a D or F grade for ozone pollution– including both Denver and Boulder.
According to the 2019 State of the Air Report, 11 counties in Colorado received a D or F grade for ozone pollution—including both Denver and Boulder. Denver and Fort Collins also made the 25 Most Polluted Cities list for ozone pollution, ranking 12th and 24th respectively.
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The Northeast Denver Metro Community Discussion on May 31 featured James Skeet, tribal member of the Navajo Nation and organizer for Covenant Pathways. Skeet spoke about regenerative agriculture. Watch the video here.
Organizer Shaina Oliver hosted biweekly Northeast Denver Metro Community Discussions. On May 17, Organizer Laurie Anderson joined to discuss oil and gas impacts on her community in Broomfield, Colorado. The discussion also included updates from Ean Tafoya of GreenLatinos, Kristi Douglas of North Range Concerned Citizens, Lucy Molina of Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Adams County Commissioner Steve O’Dorisio. Watch the video here.
Colorado organizers Shaina Oliver and Laurie Anderson participated in the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission’s public hearing on a series of rulemakings to adopt the next generation of methane and air pollution standards from the oil and gas industry. She argued that these protections are critical for cleaning up the air our children breathe and addressing climate change.
Moms Clean Air Force Colorado hosted a Mother’s Day Virtual Action Tea Party with singing and kids’ crafts. Watch the video here.
Colorado organizer Shaina Oliver participated in a virtual community discussion of air pollution’s effects on environmental justice communities.
On Earth Day, Colorado field organizer Shaina Oliver was invited as a guest speaker on Colorado House candidate Kyra Storojev’s weekly meetup. Shaina shared her perspective as an indigenous person.
Members of Moms Clean Air Force testified at the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) public hearings to urge the state to adopt stronger oil and gas pollution and ozone smog pollution standards. Moms’ powerful testimonies made this message loud and clear: We want to protect Colorado’s children from air pollution and climate change.
Members of Moms Clean Air Force from around the country including Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas testified in Dallas at the only public hearing on the EPA’s New Source Performance Standards for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry. Moms spoke out against the EPA’s plan to weaken methane pollution standards. Read more here.
Members of Moms Clean Air Force Colorado attended the sixth annual Play-In for Climate Action on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
On March 18, 2019, members of Moms Clean Air Force Colorado traveled to Washington, DC to testify in support of the lifesaving Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) at EPA’s hearing on their proposal to undermine MATS.
Moms Clean Air Force, Ecomadres, and our friends at Mister G teamed up for “Mister G’s Econiños”, a pop-up celebration in Denver.
Moms Clean Air Force volunteer, Julie met with her members of Congress in D.C. to communicate on the dangerous nomination of Andrew Wheeler to head EPA. On January 16, 2019, Moms Clean Air Force members (including kids!) attended Wheeler’s nomination hearing to make it clear that as an ex-coal lobbyist, Wheeler is unfit to run EPA. View photos from the meetings and hearing here.
Moms Clean Air Force attended and presented at Family Day at the Americas Latino Eco Festival.
Moms Clean Air Force members testified in support of strong methane protections at an EPA hearing in Denver.
Moms Clean Air Force Colorado field organizer, Christine Berg spoke up against speeding up the permitting process for some oil and gas wells on public lands at a meeting in Lakewood.
Field organizer, Christine Berg gave a brief presentation and spoke on a panel at the “Prelude to the Latino EcoFestival, Climate Solidarity: Powering Cultural and Ecological Resilience” event.
Moms Clean Air Force Colorado joined Defend Our Future, Conservation Colorado, and the CO Health Institute for a press conference focused on wildfires and encouraging lawmakers to connect the growing number of fires with climate change.
Moms Clean Air Force Colorado hosted a Mama Summit in Aurora, working with local officials to build a healthier, safer, and cleaner Aurora for the sake of our kids.
Members of Moms Clean Air Force Colorado testified at the Clean Power Plan listening session in Gillette, WY.
Field organizer, Christine Berg served on a panel discussion during a screening of Chasing Coral.
Moms Clean Air Force Colorado members testified at the Public Utilities Commission in favor of closing two coal-fired power plants; decreasing air pollution and moving toward a more sustainable energy future in Colorado!
Moms Clean Air Force Colorado testified at the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission hearing on new permits.
Moms Clean Air Force Colorado participated in the Women’s March in Denver.
Moms Clean Air Force Colorado attended and spoke at the National Day of Climate Action in Denver.
Moms Clean Air Force Colorado members gave testimony at Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission as they consider whether to strengthen air pollution standards for oil and gas operations.
Moms Clean Air Force Colorado participated in an Oil and Gas Threat Map Press Conference highlighting the advent of 500 new wells in a 4×6 mile area that includes an elementary, middle and high school. An impacted mom and high school student spoke about air pollutants and safety concerns.
Moms Clean Air Force Colorado traveled to Washington, DC to meet with lawmakers and urge them to protect EPA’s budget.
Moms Clean Air Force Colorado attended “Moving Forward: Beyond Paris” with Congresswoman Diana DeGette and Conservation Colorado.
Moms Clean Air Force Colorado attended a Suncor public hearing in Commerce City.
In partnership with Sierra Club and the 100% Campaign, Moms Clean Air Force Colorado hosted a letter-writing party in Stapleton for families to write letters and kids to color postcards urging Denver Mayor Hancock to commit to 100% renewable by 2030.
Moms Clean Air Force Colorado met with Senator Bennet in Washington, DC during the 2017 Play-In for Climate Action.
Moms Clean Air Force Colorado attended the League of Oil and Gas Impacted Coloradoans Citizens Policy Summit.
Moms Clean Air Force Colorado tabled at the Colorado Latino Festival.
Moms Clean Air Force partnered with Together We Will Colorado to host a “Lunchtime Meet and Greet” to thank EPA Employees at the Region 8 Headquarters in Denver.
Moms Clean Air Force Colorado attended the Peoples Climate March in Denver.
Moms Clean Air Force Colorado partnered with the League of Oil and Gas Impacted Coloradoans on a legislative advocacy day, which included testimony in favor of a school oil and gas set-back rule.
Congressman Jared Polis shared the story of Moms Clean Air Force member, Stacy Lambright on the House of Representatives floor.
Moms Clean Air Force Colorado members traveled to Washington, DC to meet with their Senators and urge them to oppose the nomination of Scott Pruitt to head EPA.
Moms Clean Air Force Colorado partnered with Conservation Colorado to host a town hall style event with Congresswoman Diana DeGette to highlight work in Colorado including the BLM rule, methane regulations, Rush Creek Wind Project and more.
Moms Clean Air Force Colorado met with staff from Congressman Polis’s office, Senator Gardner’s office, Senator Bennet’s office, Congressman Jared Polis, and Colorado State Senator Matt Jones.
Moms Clean Air Force Colorado attended the American Public Health Association Roundtable regarding their “Year in Climate” efforts and met with Susan Pollen, Public Affairs and Advocacy Executive Director to see how Moms Clean Air Force can partner statewide and nationally on their public policy campaign to build awareness around climate change and its impact on public health.
Field organizer, Christine Berg organized a press event with State Representative Joe Salazar, Thornton Councilman, Josh Zygielbaum, community leaders and concerned parents at a neighborhood park next to a well site that has recently leaked to discuss the new data in a report that highlights a public health threat to Denver Metro Area residents and Latino communities in particular. The group urged continued enforcement on existing rules and strengthening efforts to crack down on air emissions from the oil and gas industry.
State Representative, Joe Salazar
Thornton City Councilman, Josh Zygielbaum
Sara Loflin, League of Oil and Gas Impacted Coloradoans (LOGIC)
Stacy Lambright, Impacted Mom
Arturo Garcia, Father, Cancer survivor
Moms Clean Air Force Colorado hosted a hike with Colorado Lt. Governor Donna Lynne in Boulder. Participants hiked Sawhill Ponds Trailhead, a gentle 1.8 mile hike full of ponds and wildlife.
Field organizer, Christine Berg hosted an event on methane and the threat map.
Colorado Supermom, Anne Ekblad, spoke at a telepress conference on the new methane threat map.
Moms Clean Air Force Colorado hosted a Mama Summit in Denver.
Members of Moms Clean Air Force Colorado attended and testified at an EPA Clean Power Plan hearing in Denver.
- Grist, Sheltering Near Fracking
- Colorado Independent, Pollution protections vitally important during and after coronavirus crisis
- Westword, Driven to Exhaustion: Can Denver End Its Love Affair With the Car?
- Press Release, Moms Clean Air Force Applauds Colorado for Adopting Stronger Oil and Gas Air Pollution Rules to Protect Families’ Health and the Climate
- Press Release, Moms Clean Air Force Calls for Stronger Protections from Oil and Gas Air Pollution
- Dallas Morning News, Feelings of ‘despair’: Climate change activists testify against EPA plans to roll back methane emissions standards
- Press Release, Colorado Moms Testify Against Trump’s Plan to Gut Critical EPA Methane Safeguards for Families
- Los Angeles Times, Colorado invites EPA to lower its air quality rating
- PBS News Hour, Colorado asks EPA to lower state’s air rating
- AP News, In a twist, Colorado asks EPA to lower state’s air rating
- Press Release, Moms Clean Air Force Opposes Trump’s Plan to Gut Critical EPA Methane Safeguards for Colorado Families
- Press Release, CO Families Join Members of Congress on Capitol Hill as Part of Sweeping Movement for Climate Solutions
- Daily Camera, Jen Clanahan and Christine Berg: Celebrate Father’s Day and the governor’s move to a more sustainable future
- Public News Service, New Bill Would Curb Methane Pollution from Oil and Gas
- Press Release, Moms Applaud New Bill to Cut Methane and Protect Colorado Families
- Conservation Colorado, Colorado Leaders Applaud Passage of HB 19-1261
- The Rocky Mountain Collegian, Defend Our Future condemns proposed rollback on mercury standards
- The Burlington Record, Letters: Open the door for rent control; Time to act on climate change; Bill St. John; A Denver hero (4/22/19)
- Havasu News, EPA plan to ease mercury standards raises ire of moms’ group, activists
- Public News Service, Moms Not Backing Down Over EPA Mercury Pollution Proposal
- Colorado Politics, OPINION | Pending pick for EPA chief is bad for kids, bad for Colorado
- CBS Denver, Colorado’s First Gentleman Visits Nonprofit Urban Farm
- Public News Service, Colorado Moms Weigh In on Trump’s EPA Nominee
- Aurora Sentinel, Moms step on the global warming gas
- EcoWatch, Why Aren’t School Buses Electric? These Coloradans Are Sick of Diesel
- The Denver Post, Denver ground zero for public airing of Trump administration’s proposed rollback of methane rules
- WTOP, Trump panel wants changes in royalties from public oil, gas
- Aspen Daily News, Trump panel wants changes in royalties from public oil, gas
- CNBC, Trump panel wants changes in royalties from public oil, gas
- The Missoulian, Trump panel wants changes in royalties from public oil, gas
- Las Vegas Sun, Trump panel wants changes in royalties from public oil, gas
- Albany Democrat Herald, Trump panel wants changes in royalties from public oil, gas
- The Register Herald, Trump panel wants changes in royalties from public oil, gas
- Press Release, NEW REPORT: Trump Administration Attacks on Methane Safeguards Threaten Rural and Urban Families, Adds to Pollution Burden of Vulnerable Populations
- Governors’ Biofuels Coalition, Colo. toughens car rules
- We Got the Funk, 5 Ways YOU Can Promote Air Quality with Moms Clean Air Force
- Peace But Not Quiet, 5 Ways to Improve Your Air Quality Right Now
- Aurora TV, Mama Summit Proclamation
- Denver Parent, Guest post: Harnessing the Power of Moms to Change the World
- Mile High Mamas, Honoring Mother’s Day by Taking Action
- Black Hills Fox KEVN, People in Gillette speak out on proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan
- Wyoming Public Media, Hundreds Gather To Debate The Clean Power Plan, Future Of Coal
- Colorado Politics, Q&A with Christine Berg: Proudly progressive Lafayette mayor jousts with oil and gas
- Denver Post, State pressured to reduce Front Range smog caused by oil and gas producers
- CBS News 4 Denver, Groups Rally For Oil & Gas Operation Changes
- Environment Guru, Annual festival reinforces strong Latino connection to the environment
- Boulder Daily Camera, Tekla Ayers: Help fight pollution
- Fox 21 News, Colorado Springs group unveils new billboards promoting clean air
- Colorado Politics, Moms Know Best have a billboard message for Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner
- The Gazette, Moms Know Best have a billboard message for Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner
- The Colorado Independent, GUEST POST: Keep on marching for clean air and for kids’ health
- Boulder Daily Camera, Afton Surwillo: No return to dirty energy on my watch
- Colorado Springs Gazette, Criticism of Colorado health department report minimizing oil & gas dangers
- Denver Post, Cardboard Cory Gardner not ideal