Moms are working in West Virginia 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 West Virginia, and let us know about your priorities.
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How we’re making a difference in West Virginia
West Virginia Moms Respond to Covid-19
As we cope with the Covid-19 response in West Virginia, 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 West Virginia communities, especially those for which Covid-19 is an extreme hardship. Read how West Virginia moms and families are coping with Covid-19 here.
West Virginia Moms Testify to Oppose Weakening the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
On February 25, West Virginia Supermom Ellie Bell testified against the rollback of the National Environmental Policy Act in Washington, DC. One of America’s first environmental protection laws, NEPA helps to ensure that federal projects do not have significant adverse health, environmental, economic, or social impacts on our communities.
I live in Snowshoe, West Virginia, where I have seen firsthand how important the NEPA process is to give my community the right to know and the ability to comment on how local projects directly, indirectly, and cumulatively impact our health, safety, economy, and environment.
Read the full story here.
Moms & Mayors
Our Moms & Mayors program connects moms with their mayors and local leaders to improve children’s health and build resilient communities. In Buckhannon, West Virginia, Field Organizer Leah Barbor is working with Mayor McCauley to implement clean air strategies, reduce toxins in the community, and take action on climate change.
We rely too heavily on coal.
Second only to Wyoming, West Virginia produces nearly 13% of coal in the United States. While an important source of income to many West Virginian families, our reliance on coal is taking a toll on our communities. One in 5 coal miners in our state develop Black Lung Disease, and this deadly disease can cost coal miners up to a million dollars for lung transplants.
In 2018, 92% of West Virginia’s electricity generation was powered by coal. But we have the potential, as a state, to move toward clean energy—especially solar. Many experts even encourage transforming former mine sites into solar projects.
Moms Clean Air Force is working to build this clean energy future for our state to protect the health of our children, families, and communities.
Flash floods are endangering our communities.
West Virginia is the U.S. state most prone to flash floods. In just 10 years, West Virginia experienced 12 FEMA disaster declarations because of flash floods. Climate change will increase this danger to our families. Along with more extreme weather, it is predicted that in West Virginia, there will be a 10% increase in precipitation in this century.
West Virginia organizer, Leah Barbor, attended a Town Hall with Senator Joe Manchin in Huntington, WV.
On February 18, West Virginia organizer, Leah Barbor, attended a Climate Mayor Meeting with Mayor McCauley of Buckhannon.
Moms Clean Air Force West Virginia hosted a Creation Care Prayer Breakfast with Del. Danielle Walker, West Virginia Interfaith Power and Light, West Virginia Council of Churches, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, and Christians for the Mountains in Charleston.
Members of Moms Clean Air Force from Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and DC, testified at the Washington, DC, public hearing on the rollback the National Environmental Policy Act. Moms spoke out against the White House’s plan to weaken this important safeguard. Read more here.
Field organizer Leah Barbor hosted a Communing for Climate house party.
- My Buckhannon, Moms Clean Air Force seeking members to take everyday actions that protect environment for future generations
- Charleston Gazette-Mail, Penny Dacks: Capito should protect WV from Wheeler’s dodgy record (Gazette Opinion)
- WOWK 13 News, EPA Clean Power Plan Hearings End in WV
- CBS FOX 59, EPA Clean Power Plan Hearings End in WV
- Courthouse News Service, 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
- Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition, Nearly 300 slated to speak at epic W.Va. hearing today
- West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Clean Power Plan’s Repeal Gets Hearing In Coal Country
- The Washington Post, In the heart of coal country, EPA gets an earful about Clean Power Plan’s fate