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 take action.
Here’s what we’ve been working on in the Mountain State!
Moms & Mayors
Our Moms & Mayors program connects moms with their mayors and local leaders to improve children’s health and build resilient communities. We educate, empower and mobilize Moms in their hometowns to work with their local elected leaders to implement clean air strategies, reduce toxins in the community, and take action on climate change. We also train Moms to join boards and commissions and urge them to run for office.
Launched in September 2018, the Ecomadres program brings Latina moms together to address issues of clean air, climate, and toxics that affect the health of Latino children and families. Ecomadres is a collaboration between GreenLatinos and Moms Clean Air Force.
The program provides comadres with reliable information and solutions through online resources, articles, action tools, and on-the-ground events. Our inclusive community empowers and lifts up the voices of comadres for the benefit of our families and communities. Ecomadres has a vibrant network of state-based field teams and allies across the country.
We host cafecitos around the country that provide opportunities for the communities to discuss air quality and climate change.
Moms Clean Air Force is committed to exposing environmental injustices in the African-American community by taking a stand against environmental discrimination, holding legislators accountable for lack of resources, educating communities on their rights and their issues, standing with impacted communities, and fighting for clean air and climate solutions to promote healthy children and healthy communities.
Through our environmental health justice program Community Rx, our goal is to advocate, educate, and amplify through partnering with impacted communities and environmental justice organizations on events and resource development. We hold Table Talks around the country, casual gatherings that organize, motivate, and activate volunteers, partner with churches to use our “Breath of Life” Bible Study, and provide information on environmental health issues in African-American communities.
Our Baby Power program educates and engages expectant and new moms on our issues with the message that every baby has the power to make you want to change the world.
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. 1 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 towards 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 most prone state to flash floods in the country. In just ten years, West Virginia experienced 12 FEMA disaster declarations due to flash floods. Climate change will increase this danger to our families. Along with more extreme weather, in West Virginia it is predicted that there will be a 10% increase in precipitation in this century.
Check back soon for new events!
- 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