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Texas Moms Respond to Covid-19
As we cope with the Covid-19 response in Texas, Moms Clean Air Force is holding all events virtually. Keeping our families safe is our top priority. We encourage all our members to participate in the Covid-19 Registry.
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 Texas communities, especially those for which Covid-19 is an extreme hardship.
But as the science shows that breathing polluted air can worsen the impacts of Covid-19, the EPA continues to push forward a dangerous, racist agenda that weakens lifesaving pollution regulations. Join Moms Clean Air Force in demanding that EPA do its job and protect the health of our children and communities.
Moms Clean Air Force’s Houston organizer, Catherine Flowers, joins Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps.
In July 2020, Houston organizer Catherine Flowers participated in and graduated from the Climate Reality Leadership Corps’ intensive one-week virtual training program. Program attendees learn about the science of climate change, the way it’s transforming daily life for people around the world, and solutions available to us today. They also receive training in powerful storytelling and public speaking techniques, media engagement strategies, and grassroots organizing.
Catherine found it uniquely gratifying to spend this week with climate leaders from around the world. This impactful experience will guide her work for Moms Clean Air Force in Houston and across Texas.
Texas Moms join members of Moms Clean Air Force across the country to demand stronger protections against deadly soot.
In May 2020, Moms Clean Air Force Texas joined more than 65 Moms Clean Air Force staff and volunteers from 18 states and DC to deliver testimony at the EPA’s virtual public hearing on PM 2.5, or deadly soot. In April 2020, Trump’s EPA proposed to retain the current standards for particle pollution, ignoring science and putting thousands of lives at risk. Even in the midst of a national public health emergency from COVID-19, moms participated in the public hearing in record numbers. It’s one of many ways Moms Clean Air Force Texas is continuing to engage in serious and consequential advocacy and outreach during the coronavirus pandemic.
Texas organizer Catherine Flowers offered testimony, as did four Moms Clean Air Force members from around the state.
Moms Clean Air Force helps Texas 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, Texas moms met with members of Congress across the state to urge them to join as co-sponsors. Moms Clean Air Force Texas thanks Representatives Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Lloyd Doggett (TX-35), Veronica Escobar (TX-16), and Marc Veasy (TX-33) for being among the over 150 original co-sponsors leading on this issue.
Click here to learn more about the bill.
Members of Moms Clean Air Force brought national attention to the rollback of federal methane standards in Dallas.
Members of Moms Clean Air Force from six states around the country testified in Dallas at the only EPA public hearing on the proposed repeal of the federal methane standards. Their testimony featured prominently in coverage in the Dallas Morning News, Public News Service (PA), and the Albuquerque Journal, among other news outlets. Read the Dallas Morning News story, “Feelings of ‘Despair’: Climate Change Activists Testify against EPA Plans to Roll Back Methane Emissions Standards,” featuring Supermom Myrelis Diaz.
Moving San Antonio toward a just, sustainable future.
On October 17, 2019, San Antonio’s City Council passed the city’s first Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP). The plan commits the city to a goal of carbon neutrality by 2050 and to addressing climate equity, building resiliency against climate impacts, and developing strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
After the plan passed with a 10-1 vote, Texas field organizer DeeDee Belmares issued the following statement:
“Climate change is a public health emergency, jeopardizing the health and future of our children. Today’s action is a signal that our local leaders understand the need for strong action to protect San Antonio families. Moms Clean Air Force is proud to have worked closely with city leaders to help bring this historic plan across the finish line. The San Antonio community looks forward to working with city leaders on implementing strategies that move us toward our 2050 carbon neutrality goal.”
DeeDee has been working on the plan since September 2018, when she was appointed to serve on the Steering Committee for the CAAP. As a committee member, DeeDee worked to build a grassroots movement to support the plan and bring the voices of frontline communities to the table.
Supporting local leadership for climate action.
Our Moms & Mayors program connects moms with their mayors and local leaders to improve children’s health and build resilient communities. In Texas, we are working with mayors around the state for local action on climate change.
In December, Climate Mayors, a group of 438 mayors around the U.S. committed to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement, launched a new steering committee focused on city-led climate initiatives. Three of the 24 mayors that make up this group of climate leaders are from Texas. Moms applaud their commitment to bold climate action and look forward to continuing to work with them to move our state toward a clean air and energy future.
“The strength and moral standing of Climate Mayors is derived from the broad and diverse population we represent. Whether you are a big city or a small city, in a red state or a blue state, climate change affects us all. Mayors across the country are making a bold commitment to build stronger, more resilient cities and a more sustainable future. We are stronger together and I look forward to working with these mayors as we face this great challenge.”
—Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Co-chair of Climate Mayors
Creating a resilient and sustainable Houston.
Moms Clean Air Force is working with the City of Houston’s Office of Sustainability and regional partners to develop a plan for a more sustainable Houston.
Houston is the largest city in Texas with a population of 2.3 million, and it has been devastated by six federally declared flooding disasters since 2015, including Hurricane Harvey in 2017. It is poised to become a national leader on the issues of air and climate pollution.
Texas organizer Catherine Flowers is currently working to ensure that the city’s sustainability plan includes robust measures to address air and climate pollution and also addresses social justice issues unique to Houston. With no zoning, Houston is home to many fence-line communities and neighborhoods adjacent to oil and gas development and other sources of industrial pollution. Moms Clean Air Force is elevating the voices of these fence-line community members as the city develops its sustainability plan.
Elevating work on clean air across Harris County.
Moms Clean Air Force has joined the One Breath Partnership, a collaborative effort to educate Texans about air quality and the impacts air pollution can have on our health and our communities.
In 2019, Texas recorded six major chemical disasters and a tropical storm that led to the unpermitted release of 100,000 pounds of industrial pollution into the air. Through the One Breath Partnership, Moms Clean Air Force Texas seeks government and industry accountability for this air pollution to protect the health and safety of our children.
Collaborating across generations on environmental justice.
“The promises of Houston’s economic prosperity have long come with environmental compromises.” As part of Our Shared Home, Moms Clean Air Force works with partners across Houston—from the youth-led Sunrise Movement to the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees—to amplify the issues important to those most impacted by air pollution, chemical spills, and flooding.
Fighting for protections from oil and gas infrastructure and pollution.
At a time when it is crucial to act on reducing air pollution that contributes to climate change, the federal government is working to roll back or outright repeal existing regulations at the national level that limit methane pollution from oil and gas operations. Methane is the main part of natural gas and is a potent greenhouse gas contributing to climate change. Methane pollution accounts for 25% of the global warming we are experiencing today, and the oil and gas industry is the largest methane polluter in the U.S.
In 2018, the Trump administration proposed a rollback of the 2016 methane rules that would result in 480,000 tons of methane being added to the atmosphere over the subsequent seven years. Because Texas is the number one producer of natural gas and oil in the nation, Texas would be a significant source of oil and gas pollution—and its communities would be significantly impacted by it. Members of Moms Clean Air Force Texas joined moms from across the nation in Denver, Colorado, to testify at the only EPA public hearing on this federal methane rollback in November 2018. This proposed rollback has not been finalized.
In 2019, the Trump administration proposed the total repeal of the methane rule despite the support of large oil and gas companies to keep the rule in place. In October 2019, Texas organizer Catherine Flowers joined Moms from across the county to testify at the only EPA public hearing on this proposed repeal. Like the 2018 proposed rollback, the repeal has not been finalized.
Creating a sustainable San Antonio.
Moms Clean Air Force is taking on a substantial leadership role in San Antonio to address air quality and climate change. San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the United States—and with a population of over 1.5 million people, the city is actually larger than 11 states.
What happens in San Antonio has a significant impact not only on Texas but on the U.S. as a whole.
San Antonio became a national leader in its response to dangerous global warming when it passed its Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) in October 2019. Texas organizer DeeDee Belmares served on the Steering Committee for the CAAP.
Moms Clean Air Force is currently working to ensure that the city’s climate plan is implemented. The plan provides strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, evaluate climate-related impacts, and adapt and improve resiliency in the city. Throughout the development of the plan, our volunteers built support for the passage of the plan in local frontline communities, met with city council members, and participated in community-based technical working groups to ensure the plan addressed social justice and emphasized the health benefits of reducing climate pollution.
Building a network of Latina moms through Ecomadres.
Launched in September 2018, the Ecomadres program brings Latina moms together to address issues of clean air, climate, and toxics, which affect the health of Latinx children and families. Ecomadres is a collaboration of Moms Clean Air Force and a number of partner organizations across the U.S.
Cafecitos in San Antonio and around Texas provide opportunities for communities to discuss air quality and climate change. In June 2019, Ecomadres hosted the first cafecito in Laredo, Texas. Watch the news story.
We are already being impacted by climate change.
Although Texas produces the most wind energy of any state, it also leads the country in oil and gas production and emits the most CO2 of any state.
In 2016, Texas emitted 653.8 million metric tons of CO2—nearly double the second highest emitting state.
Not only do these emissions create significant air pollution issues, but they also contribute to dangerous climate change. Texans are already seeing the impact. Scientists agree that Hurricane Harvey and many of the hurricanes that have devastated the country in the recent years were made worse by climate change. Houston is still rebuilding, and Texans must take drastic climate action for the health and safety of communities across the state and country.
Petrochemical facilities put our communities at risk.
The largest city in a state where everything’s bigger, Houston is the oil capital of the nation. Dozens of refineries and chemical facilities line the Houston Ship Channel, part of the Port of Houston and one of the most heavily trafficked waterways in the world. These facilities put the surrounding communities at risk from toxic leaks, explosions, and fires and add to the pollution burden of a city that fails to meet air quality standards for smog.
In the span of a few weeks between March and April 2019, there were two major chemical fires in Houston. Near Deer Park on March 17, a petrochemical storage facility caught fire, releasing toxic chemicals. These chemicals, including benzene, naphtha, and xylene, can cause nausea, headaches, trouble breathing, and even cancer. Schools were closed, re-opened, and closed again because the air still was unsafe to breathe.
Only two weeks later, another chemical fire began in Crosby, endangering the health of yet another community. During this fire, isobutylene, ethanol, and ethyl acrylate were burned and released.
Moms Clean Air Force is fighting for stronger regulations and protections for communities that border these petrochemical facilities. In Houston, there is a chemical spill every 6 weeks. Without stronger health-protective standards that prioritize the health of people over the profits of an industry, our children and communities are at risk.
Our children breathe polluted air.
Smog, or ground-level ozone, is a harmful lung irritant. It is formed in the atmosphere when pollutants combine with heat and sunlight. Smog-forming pollutants include volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as methane and benzene, and nitrogen oxides (NOX) from oil and gas development, cars, trucks, power plants, and factories. With extensive oil and gas infrastructure across the state, Texas has a serious smog problem.
Only 34 of 254 counties in Texas monitor ground-level ozone. Sixteen out of the 34 received an F grade based on the number of high ozone days.
Moms Clean Air Force is especially concerned with pollution from oil and gas production in Texas’s Eagle Ford Shale (just outside San Antonio) and Barnett Shale regions. Both are contributing to an increase in air pollution in San Antonio and other Texas communities. The San Antonio region has been especially hard hit by recent increases in smog related to oil and gas. In July 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designated Bexar County (San Antonio) as a “nonattainment” area under federally mandated air quality standards. There are 8 nonattainment areas in Texas. Moms Clean Air Force Texas is educating San Antonio members about the dangers of oil and gas pollution and working with regulatory bodies, elected and appointed leaders, and the media to shed light on the health impacts.
We are leading on renewable energy.
There is no arguing that Texas is an oil and gas state. But Texas is also a wind state—the wind state. Texas leads the nation in wind production, producing more wind energy than the next three states combined. With solar energy poised to take off in Texas, a renewable energy Texas may soon be in sight.
A September 2018 study from Rice University found that Texas has the potential to quit coal completely by transitioning to wind and solar.
With its unique geography and wind patterns, Rice researchers found that wind and solar could power the state around the clock—even during peak demand times.
Texas cities are stepping up to the plate to take on significant climate work. In 2019, Austin and San Antonio were named Climate Challenge winners in the American Cities Climate Challenge—an unprecedented opportunity for 25 ambitious cities to significantly deepen and accelerate their efforts to tackle climate change and promote a sustainable future for their residents. Moms Clean Air Force Texas is at the front lines of this work in San Antonio.
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In honor of Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States (June 19, 1865), the Community Rx initiative of Moms Clean Air Force convened an online conversation to address equity, justice and climate in the African American community. Texas organizer Catherine Flowers spoke on the panel, elevating equity issues in Texas. Watch the full panel here.
Texas Moms joined Moms Clean Air Force members across the country to testify in the EPA’s virtual hearing on its proposal to retain the current National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter. Houston organizer Catherine Flowers and several Moms Clean Air Force members from Houston testified in favor of following science and strengthening the existing rule.
On the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, Moms Clean Air Force Texas hosted kids and adults of all ages for Earth Day Bingo.
Texas organizer Catherine Flowers attended the Houston Youth Climate Summit at Texas State University on February 22. The event was hosted by Mi Familia Vota, OCA-Greater Houston, JOLT Texas, Texas Rising, Coalition for Equity and Environment Resilience, and the Sunrise Movement and was attended by representatives of 2020 presidential and congressional campaigns.
Texas organizer Catherine Flowers participated in the Greater Houston Community Foundation “Understanding Houston” Report Luncheon. The report features the Understanding Houston initiative’s high-level findings and delves into eight major issue topics, including the environment.
On January 28, 2020, Houston organizer Catherine Flowers and Moms National Field Director Heather Toney spoke at the “Trouble in the Air” press conference held by Environment Texas.
Members of Moms Clean Air Force in Houston attended the December 6 US Climate Strike.
On December 3, Moms Clean Air Force Texas joined a presentation by the University of Texas Law School Environmental Clinic hosted by a coalition of community organizations at True Love Missionary Baptist Church.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas hosted a “Mix and Mingle” on November 20 to talk about solutions to the climate crisis.
Members of Moms Clean Air Force Texas attended an environmental stakeholders meeting with Mayor Nirenberg to discuss next steps for the San Antonio Climate Action Plan implementation.
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 proposed repeal of the methane rule. Read more here.
Moms Clean Air Force members attended the Houston Global Climate Strike on September 20.
On September 12, Moms Clean Air Force hosted our first ever Mom Power Summit in Houston. The day included powerful speakers, a DJ, and thoughtful conversation on how to take action on climate change.
Moms Clean Air Force organizer DeeDee Belmares hosted an Ecomadres community event in Laredo on August 10, 2019. The ecomadres set up two interactive displays to highlight waste and surveyed participants to find out their top five environmental concerns in Laredo.
Ecomadres Texas hosted a Climate Action Cafecito at Revolucion Coffee + Juice in San Antonio to discuss the transition to renewable energy and work to demand 100% clean energy for the city.
Members of Moms Clean Air Force Texas attended the sixth annual Play-In for Climate Action on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Ecomadres hosted a cafecito in Laredo, Texas, to discuss environmental issues in the community. Watch the news story.
Moms Clean Air Force organizer DeeDee Belmares attended and participated in the Frontlines Oil and Gas Conference in Ponca, Oklahoma.
On May 13, Moms Clean Air Force Texas hosted a Climate Cocktail Hour to bring together individuals working on environmental justice issues.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas participated in the Clean Energy Rally at the capitol on April 27, 2019. Texas organizer DeeDee Belmares spoke at the event.
On Earth Day, Moms Clean Air Force participated in the annual San Antonio celebration.
On March 18, 2019, members of Moms Clean Air Force Texas traveled to Washington, DC, to testify in support of the lifesaving Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) at EPA’s hearing on the proposal to undermine MATS.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas field organizer DeeDee Belmares met with members of Congress in DC to discuss 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 Texas gathered to celebrate the shutdown of the Deely coal plant in San Antonio.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas hosted a “Health Cafecito” at Folklores Coffee Shop in San Antonio.
Field organizer DeeDee Belmares attended a series of open houses for the City of San Antonio’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP). DeeDee is a member of the steering committee for the CAAP and joined the open houses to get community feedback and support for the plan.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas participated in the Learning Disabilities of Texas Press Event “Healthy Kids Project ” in Dallas to speak on the potential rollback of the Clean Car Standards.
On September 12, Moms Clean Air Force Texas hosted a Climate Action Power Summit at Emancipation Park in Houston.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas participated in GreenLatinos Advocacy Day in Washington, DC. Field organizer DeeDee Belmares, along with Latinos from all over the country, united on Capitol Hill to meet with senators from their respective states to advocate for various environmental and health issues.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas participated in local Peoples Climate Movement events.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas attended the Healthy Families and Community Fair.
Field organizer DeeDee Belmares was appointed to the Steering Committee for San Antonio’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan.
Members of Moms Clean Air Force Texas attended the fifth annual Play-In for Climate Action on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas met with the San Antonio Sustainability team to discuss a pilot program to reduce idling in area schools.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas tabled at the Climate San Antonio Community Forum.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas tabled at the San Antonio Climate Action and Adaptability Plan Community Event.
Field consultant Krystal Henagan presented at the Greater Bexar County Council of Cities Mayors Meeting.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas attended the City of San Antonio’s public launch event of the Climate Action and Adaptation Planning Process.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas hosted a screening of From the Ashes at the Brick, San Antonio.
Field consultant Krystal Henagan presented and tabled at the Imagine a Coal-Free San Antonio event hosted by the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas attended a Climate Change in San Antonio panel discussion.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas field consultant Krystal Henagan hosted Texas’s Oil and Gas Threat Map telepresser. Speakers included Dr. Adelita Cantu, a public health nurse, and Raquel Lara, mother and grandmother living near oil and gas operations in the Eagle Ford Shale.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas participated in the San Antonio Climate Action Coalition petition delivery at the San Antonio City Council Meeting.
Field consultant Krystal Henagan gave a guest lecture at University of Texas Austin’s undergraduate Children’s Environmental Health class.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas presented at the Being Green Social and Environmental Justice Forum in San Antonio.
Field consultant Krystal Henagan spoke at the telepresser The Shaky Economics of the J.K. Spruce Power Plant: Weighing the Costs of a Coal Plant Against Renewable Energy Options, Report by Synapse Energy Economics, Inc.
Field consultant Krystal Henagan spoke at a press conference in San Antonio on the Public Citizen Texas Climate Change Tour.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas members attended Congressman Will Hurd’s Town Hall in Helotes.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas co-hosted Lorax Storytime at the Capitol in Austin with the Defend Texas Trees Coalition.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas attended the Monarchs & Climate Change: family-friendly STEM event.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas members attended the 2017 Play-In for Climate Action in Washington, DC.
Field consultant Krystal Henagan testified at an EPA public hearing on the Oil and Gas New Source Performance Standards: Proposed Three-Month Stay and Two-Year Stay held in Washington, DC.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas attended the LULAC National Convention in San Antonio.
Field consultant Krystal Henagan and volunteer Camille Fiorillo attended and spoke during “Citizens to Be Heard” at San Antonio City Hall.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas tabled at MommyCon in Austin.
Field consultant Krystal Henagan testified at the TCEQ Public Meeting for Air Quality Permit Application by Sand Mining of Texas in Pleasanton.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas hosted a Mama Summit in San Antonio.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas attended the March for Science in San Antonio.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas attended and tabled at Earth Day Dallas.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas attended the Poteet Strawberry Festival in Poteet, Texas.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas attended the Esparanza Peace and Justice Center Mayoral Forum on Social, Economic, Gender, and Environmental Justice Issues in San Antonio.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas attended the City of San Antonio Climate Resiliency Workshop in San Antonio.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas presented at the U.S. Green Building Council Luncheon in San Antonio.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas advised neighbors of Pollos Asados to navigate the complaint reporting process, resulting in the restaurant agreeing to make changes to cut down on smoke.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas helped coordinate signature collection for San Antonio’s Climate Action Plan petition during a screening of Before the Flood.
Moms Clean Air Force tabled at Fresh Air Friday.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas met with Rep. Will Hurd’s (TX-23) district director and counsel to discuss Hurd’s vote to repeal the Bureau of Land Management Methane Waste rule.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas hosted a Valentine-making party to express to Congressman Smith our love for clean water, air, and land and our desire to provide our children and future generations a safe, healthy planet. Moms Clean Air Force members delivered these Valentines to Congressman Smith’s office on Valentine’s Day.
Field consultant Krystal Henagan attending a kick off meeting for TX 23 Indivisibles.
Field consultant Krystal Henagan responded to questions from a seventh grade Girl Scout troop in Flower Mound, Texas, during their “Breathe Journey,” a national Girl Scout initiative.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas attended the TX 21 Indivisible Kickoff Meeting, an Indivisible chapter for Rep. Lamar Smith’s district, to discuss the nomination of Scott Pruitt to EPA.
Field organizer Krystal Henagan attended the Air and Health Collaborative of San Antonio meeting. The meeting highlighted what expectations members of the Air and Health Collaborative have as the City of San Antonio enters into a contract agreement to carry out the study for the City of San Antonio’s 2017 budget item “Public Health Impact Study of Non-Attainment.” Moms Clean Air Force played a leading role advocating for study and its approval.
Krystal Henagan presented at Los Reyes Career Day.
Krystal Henagan, along with her son Tanner and six San Antonio Superparents, met with U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro (TX-20) to voice Moms Clean Air Force’s strong opposition about the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the EPA.
Krystal Henagan attended a Karnes County Health Study meeting with partner organizations and health industry professionals.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas participated in the National Hispanic Medical Association Southwest Region Policy Forum in San Antonio.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas hosted a San Antonio screening of Before the Flood. A discussion followed the screening with esteemed climate scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe; San Antonio Councilman Ron Nirenberg, who serves as chair of the Alamo Area Council of Government’s Air Improvement Resources Executive Committee; and the City of San Antonio’s Sustainability Director Doug Melnik.
Field organizer Krystal Henagan attended a community workshop on sustainable development in San Antonio’s Eastside Promise Zone, a critical San Antonio environmental justice community.
Field organizer Krystal Henagan attended the U.S. Green Building Council’s Texas Chapter Allied Partner Luncheon.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas participated in the EPA’s Smart City Air Challenge Webinar titled “Air Quality Sensors.” The EPA’s Smart City Air Challenge funding is designed for communities to demonstrate their leadership in managing hundreds of air quality sensors at the local level. Field organizer Krystal Henagan is organizing a local collaboration for this grant with individuals from the University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio, the Alamo Area Council of Governments, the Air and Health Collaborative of San Antonio, Moms Clean Air Force, and the Environmental Defense Fund.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas participated in the Texas SEED Coalition/Public Citizen teleconference.
Field organizer Krystal Henagan, Ana Sandoval (Air and Health Collaborative of San Antonio), and Supermom Megan Arredondo delivered 70 letters to all San Antonio council members and Mayor Taylor. The letters were collected in support of the San Antonio Office of Sustainability’s FY17 funding request for a public health impact study for nonattainment.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas participated in the EPA Texas Environmental Justice Quarterly Teleconference.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas attended a public hearing for City of San Antonio Fiscal Year 2017 Proposed Budget.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas attended the Bexar County Progressive Organizing Conference.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas attended a Regional Air Quality Branding Committee Meeting.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas attended the Air Quality and Health Collaborative of San Antonio meeting and presented two agenda items. Collaborative members were encouraged to contact their San Antonio council members in support of the proposed 2017 city budget funding request for a public health impact study for nonattainment.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas attended the EPA’s Region 6 Environmental Justice Summit. EPA asked field organizer Krystal Henagan to present during the summit on the efforts and successes Moms Clean Air Force in San Antonio and South Central Texas.
Field organizer Krystal Henagan attended the Climate Reality Leadership Training held in Houston, Texas.
Field organizer Krystal Henagan delivered testimony with her asthmatic seven-year-old son Tanner during a San Antonio City Council Public Hearing for San Antonio’s “SA Tomorrow” Sustainability component planning initiative as part of the City of San Antonio’s Master Plan.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas presented on air quality and health at EcoCentro.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas hosted a “School’s Out Food Drive” contributing to the over 4,542 pounds of food collected by Moms Clean Air Force chapters nationwide.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas hosted a Mama Summit in San Antonio.
Field organizer Krystal Henagan delivered a presentation, “Air Quality and Health in San Antonio,” at EcoCentro. In attendance was Representative Lloyd Doggett’s (D-TX 35th District) district director, MaryEllen Veliz.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas participated in an EPA Environmental Justice Meeting.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas hosted a Mama Summit & Read-In with Judge Nelson Wolff in San Antonio.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas attended Palo Alto College PACfest.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas participated in an Earth Day Texas Stroller Brigade at Earth Day Texas.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas presented at an educational assembly for Tuscany Heights Elementary students.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas tabled at Earth Day Houston.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas hosted a Read-in with Boerne Councilwoman Woolard at the Patrick Heath Public Library in Boerne, Texas.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas hosted a Read-In with San Antonio Councilman Nirenberg at Howsman Elementary School.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas tabled at Fresh Air Friday.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas tabled at Colonial Hills Health Fair.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas hosted a Read-in with Leon Valley Mayor Riley at Leon Valley Public Library.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas attended Windcrest Health Fair.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas tabled and hosted Read-Ins at Cibolo Nature Center Family Festival.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas hosted a Read-In at the Spring Family Festival in Boerne, Texas.
Field organizer Krystal Henagan attended a presentation by Texas State Climatologist Dr. Nielsen-Gammon, who proudly accepted Moms Clean Air Force’s book Every Breath We Take.
Field organizer Krystal Henagan was selected by the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) as a committee member for their Public Education Committee. Krystal will be involved in programming for their “Clear the Air” public education and outreach campaign throughout the 13-county Alamo planning region.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas participated in a press conference on disasters related to extreme weather at San Antonio City Hall.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas tabled at the 6th Annual Run for the Heights, 5K Run/Walk, Kids’ Fun Run, & Health Fair.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. Pre-March Civil Rights for Kids Experience at the Martin Luther King Jr. Academy in San Antonio. The MLK Jr. Pre-March Civil Rights for Kids Experience provided an opportunity for youth of all ages to learn about our nation’s history, discuss current events, and brainstorm how they can make a difference in the community.
Moms Clean Air Force and Environment Texas teamed up to host an evening watching President Obama give his final State of the Union Address in San Antonio.
The Moms Clean Air Force Texas Launch Event brought together community members, public health experts, and elected leaders to discuss Moms Clean Air Force Texas’s scope of work on regional and national campaigns. Speakers included San Antonio Councilman Ron Nirenberg; Diane Rhodes, award-winning Asthma Education program developer for Northeast ISD; and Ana Sandoval MPH. More than thirty people attended, including media and a representative of Texas State Senator Jose Menedez’s office.
On October 15, Moms Clean Air Force Texas traveled to La Vernia to meet with Dr. Zac Hildenbrand, with UTA C.L.E.A.R, to discuss air quality research in the Eagle Ford Shale.
On October 14, Moms Clean Air Force Texas participated in the NIEHS/EPA Children’s Centers 2015 Webinar Series: Protecting Children’s Health for a Lifetime.
On October 13, Moms Clean Air Force Texas attended the Alamo Group of the Sierra Club Conservation Committee meeting and gave an overview of our work in the San Antonio region.
On September 23, Moms Clean Air Force Texas members testified at an EPA public hearing on Oil and Natural Gas Air Pollution Standards in support of strong methane standards for new sources of natural gas pollution. They urged EPA to consider existing sources as well.
Moms Clean Air Force Texas tabled at Earth Day Dallas–the largest Earth Day festival in all of Texas, with hundreds of organizations congregating to connect with the community about the environment. During the event, Moms Clean Air Force volunteers met with hundreds of Dallas area families. We collected signatures for our Play-In for Climate Action petition urging Senator Cruz and Senator Cornyn to protect Texas children for carbon pollution.
Moms Clean Air Force staff and members testified at an EPA public hearing on National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ground-Level Ozone in support of stronger federal smog protections in Arlington, Texas.
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- The New York Times, Climate Change Tied to Pregnancy Risks, Affecting Black Mothers Most
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- Houston Chronicle, Ground control to Senator John
- Public Citizen, Houston’s Climate Plan Is a Good First Step, but More Is Needed
- ABC News, Climate making air pollution worse, almost half of Americans exposed to unhealthy levels: Report
- The Houston Chronicle, Trump officials reject stricter air quality standards despite link between pollution, respiratory risks
- Press Release, Texas Moms are outraged at EPA’s attack on the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards in the midst of a global respiratory pandemic: Sabotaging these standards is an unforgivable assault on our health
- Mother Jones, Your City’s Air Pollution Could Make COVID-19 Even More Dangerous
- The Center for Public Integrity, A Likely but Hidden Coronavirus Risk Factor: Pollution
- Life Is Good, The Moms Clean Air Force: Fighting for Our Kids’ Health
- Houston Public Media, Report: Houston Had Over 100 Days of Poor Air Quality In 2018
- KUT 90.5 Austin NPR, Port Neches Plant Rocked By Multiple Explosions Was Declared High Priority Violator By EPA
- Waco Tribune Heral, Port Neches plant rocked by multiple explosions was declared high priority violator by EPA
- The Texas Tribune, Port Neches plant rocked by multiple explosions has history of environmental missteps
- Public Citizen, DeeDee Belmares Hired as Public Citizen’s San Antonio Organizer
- Press Release, Moms Clean Air Force Applauds Passage of San Antonio’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan
- Dallas Morning News, Feelings of ‘despair’: Climate change activists testify against EPA plans to roll back methane emissions standards
- Press Release, Moms Clean Air Force to Host Inaugural “Climate Action Power Summit” to Mobilize Communities & Lawmakers to Act on Climate Now
- Salud America, Salud Talks Podcast Episode One: “On Fire”
- Press Release, Moms Clean Air Force Opposes Trump’s Plan to Gut Critical EPA Methane Safeguards for Texas Families
- Press Release, TX Moms Join Members of Congress on Capitol Hill as Part of Sweeping Movement for Climate Solutions
- LMTonline, Ecomadres discuss clean air and climate issues
- KGNS.tv, Local groups discuss environmental issues in Laredo
- Press Statement, Moms Clean Air Force Issues Statement About Petrochemical Fires In Texas
- Public News Service, Texas Moms Testify to Keep Mercury Protections
- Noticiero Telemundo Houston, Video Clip from EPA’s Mercury Pollution Proposal Hearing
- The Rivard Report, Full Accounting of Climate Plan’s Costs and Benefits Called for at CPS Energy Hearing
- San Antonio Express-News, Texas industrial polluters targeted in new report by environmental group
- Times Free Press, Pace: Rep. Black should choose children over glider trucks
- Commercial Appeal, Clean car standards help Tennessee kids breathe easier
- Times Free Press, Protect our clean air; keep emission tests and more letters to the editors
- WVLT TV, Moms & Their Vehicles
- The Journal, EPA greenhouse gas rule hearing in W.Va. draws supporters, opponents
- US News, EPA Hears Worries About Climate in Heart of Coal Country
- Deutsche Welle, Activists voice opposition to Obama climate plan repeal in coal country
- Courthouse News, Scores Turn Out In Coal Country to Air Views on Clean Power Plan’s End
- Charleston Gazette-Mail, EPA greenhouse gas rule hearing in WV draws supporters, opponents
- NY Daily News, EPA hears worries about climate in heart of coal country
- The Washington Post, In the heart of coal country, EPA gets an earful about Clean Power Plan’s fate
- Knoxville News Sentinel, Cutting EPA budget harms Tennesseans
- Marion County Messenger, TN at Risk? Report Examines Proposed EPA Cuts
- Knoxville News Sentinel, Senators urged to oppose EPA budget cuts: Letters, Sept. 7
- Public News Service, TN at Risk? Report Examines Proposed EPA Cuts
- Lamar Alexander, Latest from Lamar: Week of July 10
- Medill Washington, Nashville Moms driving force at Climate Change March
- Knoxville Mercury, Marches to Protest Rollback of Environmental Protections
- Public News Service, Trump’s EPA Pick Concerns Some Parents in Tennessee
- MyInforms USA, Tenn. enviro group opposes Trump EPA nominee
- WMOT Roots Radio, Tenn. enviro group opposes Trump EPA nominee
- Nooga News, Chattanooga mom visits D.C. leaders to oppose Trump’s EPA nomination
- The Chattanoogan, Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events
- Times Free Press, Clean air a top priority for children
- Times Free Press, Support plan to cut carbon emissions
- The Chattanoogan, Tennessee Play-In For Clean Air Is Friday
- The Tennessean, Massive gas compressor would harm Joelton families
- Vox, It’s hard to talk about climate change. This storytelling project wants to make it easier.
- The Tennessean, Bipartisan toxin legislation a good thing
- Times Free Press, EPA should toughen toxic chemical rules
- Knoxville News Sentinel, Better air means healthier children
- The Tennessean, Support eco-friendly candidates
- Times Free Press, Letters to the Editors
- The Tennessean, Strong climate agreement protects Tennessee’s children
- Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Climate Change and Our Health – Protecting Our Most Vulnerable Communities
- PPP Focus, EPA says clean power plan will protect public health
- Talk Radio 102.3, Tennessee Radio Spot
- The Chattanoogan, Local Residents Hold Cool Down ChattTown Festival
- WTVC News Channel 9, Community Gathers For “Cool Down ChattTown Festival”
- The Chattanoogan, Community Leaders Attend Effects Of The Environment On Public Health Forum
- Times Free Press, Pace: Why a mom joined a D.C. climate protest
- The Tennessean, Protect climate for our children
- The Chattanoogan, “Cool Down Chatt Town” Event Set For Aug. 8 To Celebrate The EPA’s Clean Power Plan Passing
- The Tennessean, Hendersonville mom joins D.C. ‘play-in’
- WTVC News Channel 9, Clean Air For All
- WUOT FM, Dialogue: The State Of Our Air
- The Tennessean, Lamar right to acknowledge climate change reality
- The Chattanoogan, Local Mom Travels To Texas To Testify For Stronger Protections From Smog