State of the Air: CALIFORNIA

Gabriela RiveraContact Gaby Rivera at grivera@momscleanairforce.org to learn more or volunteer.

Gaby has a long history of constituency and political organizing, both at the state and national level. She organized to increase Latino civic engagement and access to higher education in California and Arizona. Coming from a diverse community herself, Gabriela brings her organizing experience to Moms Clean Air Force because she understands that the health of children from diverse communities are disproportionately and adversely impacted by the environment in which they live.

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WE HAVE MORE THAN 90,650 CALIFORNIA MEMBERS

Here’s what we’re working on in California:

Moms Clean Air Force California brings attention to issues and policies that impact clean air, climate change and children’s health. We fight for a world free of harmful chemicals in our air, water and food, so children can grow up healthy with every opportunity to thrive. We are building a community of moms in California who take action, including working with local, state and federal leaders to advance clean air policies and climate solutions, organizing and attending local events, speaking at community meetings and press conferences, and serving as a media resource on behalf of our children’s and community’s health. By collectively speaking out against air pollution and climate change, we are creating a powerful force in California that is rooted in the love we have for our children.

In California we also advocate for strong protections from methane, volatile organic compounds, and other harmful air pollutants associated with oil and gas operations and fracking. As California families experience the health impacts of oil and gas extraction, we are galvanizing parents to call for action to reduce pollution from the oil and gas sector.

Please join us in this fight for cleaner air and climate solutions in California by becoming a member of Moms Clean Air Force California. 

Moms Clean Air Force Programs in California

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 advance climate solutions.  We also train Moms to be voices for change by joining boards and commissions and running for office.

Our Baby Power program educates expectant and new moms about the importance of clean air for their baby’s health, and mobilizes moms to demand solutions to pollution and climate change. Because every baby has the power to make you want to change the world.

In addition to state-specific work, Moms Clean Air Force California is supporting national campaigns:

Stopping the Rollbacks of Environmental Protections:  We are working hard to oppose the Trump Administration’s and the EPA Administrator efforts to undermine and roll back bedrock environmental laws, including:

  • Climate Change: We are fighting the Trump Administration’s attempts to undermine progress on addressing climate change. We fought the repeal of America’s Clean Power Plan through participating in public hearings, speaking at listening sessions, submitting tens of thousands of comments into the public dockets, speaking to the media, and educating parents about the health impacts of climate change. When the US withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement, becoming the only nation on Earth to decline to participate in the historic global agreement, we mobilized moms and dads to raise their voices in protest. And we continue to fight policies and practices that undermine climate action, including rollbacks of methane regulations and the sidelining of mainstream climate science at government agencies.
  • Smog: We are opposing the Trump Administration’s efforts to undermine and weaken National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ground level ozone, or smog. Rolling back regulations on methane emissions from the oil and gas industry will increase smog-forming pollution in shale plays throughout the country. Smog is a powerful lung irritant, and it’s important to asthma families and all families that we continue to clean up this dangerous pollutant.
  • Clean Cars: We are opposing the Trump Administration’s attempt to roll back sensible fuel-efficiency standards for cars and light trucks. The current clean car standards would prevent 6 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution by 2025 and save American families $1.7 trillion in fuel costs.  Moms and dads don’t want to see rollbacks to these standards which reduce carbon emissions, save us money at the pump while protecting our children’s health.
  • Mercury: We are opposing any attempts by the Trump Administration to loosen regulations that reduce harmful mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.
  • Chemical Policy Reform: We are pushing for strong implementation of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (2016), to keep toxic chemicals out of the products we use every day and protect our children from toxic chemical exposures.
  • Natural Gas Pollution: We are opposing the Trump Administration’s attempt to roll back methane rules for new sources, weakening the limits on the amount of methane pollution that the oil and gas industry is allowed to vent, leak and burn. We are demanding strong protections from methane, volatile organic compounds, and other harmful air pollutants associated with fracking and natural gas development.
  • EPA Budget: We are fighting to ensure the EPA has ample funding to carry out its life-saving work of protecting public health and the environment.

Fighting to Make Climate Progress:

  • Clean Energy: We are working to build support at the local, state and federal level to ensure that our energy future is renewable, clean, and healthy — for the sake of our children’s health.
  • Tell Your Governor: Take the Lead on Climate Action:  With America’s departure from the historic Paris Climate Agreement, the responsibility for climate action now falls on others: States, municipalities, businesses, universities and communities. Our states must be as aggressive as possible in the effort to thwart global warming and protect the health of our children. Let your governor know that you demand climate action and you need them to take the lead.

California’s electricity generation by source, 2017:

  • Natural Gas (35%)

  • Hyrdro (25%)

  • Solar (10%)

  • Nuclear (10%)

  • Wind (9%)

  • Geothermal (7%)

  • Other  (4%)

According to the American Lung Association’s 2018 State of the Air report, Visalia, CA ranked number two for most polluted city in the country for year round particle pollution and short-term particle pollution

According to the American Lung Association’s 2018 State of the Air report, over 54,000 children suffer from asthma in Orange County

In 2017, there were 233 reported code orange ozone days and 84 reported code red days in Riverside County, California

Cleaner air can help Californians avoid nearly 30,000 hospital admissions and emergency room visits over a two year period resulting in over $193 million dollars in savings

Air pollution has been estimated by the California Air Resources Board to cause 9,200 deaths in California per year, with more recent research indicating that approximately 21,000 deaths per year in California are caused by roadway pollution.

Childhood asthma has become an epidemic in California; the American Lung Association says it is the leading cause of hospitalizations among children due to a chronic condition in California. Asthma rates have increased 75% for all Californians since 1980

According to the California Department of Education, asthma in children is the leading cause of school absenteeism

The transportation sector is the largest source of pollution in California, contributing close to 70% of smog-forming gases and 40% of the state’s climate change pollution every year.

Read all blog posts by Moms Clean Air Force California blogger, Vanessa Bulkacz

Join Us and Rise For Climate

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON August 30, 2018
On September 8, we’re joining a global day of action at the Rise For Climate rally. Moms Clean Air Force will march with thousands of climate activists at rallies in cities and towns around the world to demand our local leaders commit to put our families...

TOPICS: Activism, California, Carbon Pollution, Climate Change, Economics, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Politics, Renewable Energy, Social Justice, Texas

Climate Change Increases Wildfires: Find Out How Your Region Is Affected

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON July 27, 2018
This wildfire resource is from Climate Signals: Climate change has increased the risk of wildfires through warmer temperatures and drier conditions that lengthen wildfire season, increase the chances of a fire starting, and help a burning fire spread. Warmer and drier conditions also contribute to...

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September 2018

Moms Clean Air Force co-hosted an affiliate event at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, “Climate Action is Female: How Women are Supercharging Local Leadership for Climate Solutions”.

July 2018

Members of Moms Clean Air Force California attended the fifth annual Play-In for Climate Action on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

February 2018

Moms Clean Air Force California members testified in opposition to the repeal of America’s Clean Power Plan in San Francisco.

March 2017

Moms Clean Air Force super mom, Jennifer Moeller presented at a California Air Resources Board meeting on oil/natural gas methane emissions.

January 2017

Moms Clean Air Force California testified at an Aliso Canyon hearing.

Moms Clean Air Force California attended Green CA Summit.

Moms Clean Air Force California participated in the San Francisco Women’s March, part of a network of marches held across the country.

October 2016

Field organizer, Jennifer Moeller attended the “One Year Gas Blowout Aliso Canyon Anniversary” remembering the largest natural gas blowout in history. The event called on California Governor Brown to keep the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility closed and decommission the facility.

September 2016

Moms Clean Air Force California attended the Fossil Free L.A Campaign Kickoff Press Conference in Los Angeles City Hall on September 16th to support Sierra Club in their efforts to get Los Angeles to 100% clean energy by 2030.

Los Angeles field organizer, Jennifer Moeller spoke at the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) West Region Policy Forum at University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA). Her topic was “Health Impacts Associated with Climate Change,” hosted by NHMA’s CEO/President Dr. Rios. Jennifer hosted a Moms Clean Air Force table providing resources on asthma and how climate change and air pollution impacts the Latino community to the 40 healthcare professionals in attendance.

Moms Clean Air Force California hosted a Play-In for Climate Action at Holleigh Bernson Memorial Park (Porter Ranch).

August 2016

Moms Clean Air Force California attended Green Advocacy Day in Sacramento.

July 2016

Moms Clean Air Force California attended a California Air Resources Board Meeting on the proposed methane rule. 

Deputy field manager, Loni Russell and field organizer, Jennifer Moeller mobilized members to testify at the California Air Resources Board in support of strong state methane pollution rules.

Moms Clean Air Force California signed on to a SB 1441 letter, addressed to the Chair of Assembly Appropriations to express strong support for SB 1441–a bill to add needed accountability to reduce methane leaks that occur before natural gas is delivered to California consumers.

June 2016

Moms Clean Air Force California hosted a “School’s Out Food Drive” contributing to the over 4,542 pounds of food collected by Moms Clean Air Force chapters nationwide.

On June 30, the City of Oakland voted to ban the export of coal from the Port of Oakland. Leading the charge for parents was Moms Clean Air Force Supermom, Carolyn Norr.

April 2016

House party with Administrator McCarthy in San Francisco, CA

On April 27, Moms Clean Air Force hosted EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for a house party with 60 moms and women in San Francisco, CA. A diverse group of moms, kids, health professionals and women community leaders were in attendance. Moms Clean Air Force partnered with Green For All and held a 40 minute Q&A with the Administrator on EPA’s Safer Choice Label, methane pollution, America’s Clean Power Plan, environmental and social justice, and more. The Administrator stressed the significant role that moms and parents play in shaping the national conversation and the importance of sharing personal stories and the impacts of climate change and air pollution on our families.

March 2016

California Supermom Carolyn Norr met with Oakland City Council on the proposed Oakland coal terminal.

Moms Clean Air Force California members testified at the Lakewood, CO BLM Hearing on new methane emissions standards.

February 2016

Moms Clean Air Force California held a Los Angeles press conference on the Aliso Canyon disaster.

May 2015

Mama Summit 2015 | California families gathered at the state capitol on Sacramento to call on elected officials to take climate action. The California Mama Summit was hosted by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, a Southern Californian mother of two and member of the Latino Caucus. More than 50 participants met with nearly 30 legislators to talk about why they care about climate change.

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Jerry Brown 

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Dianne Feinstein

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Kamala Harris 

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US House of Representatives

Doug LaMalfa (District 1)

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Jared Huffman (District 2)

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John Garamendi (District 3)

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Tom McClintock (District 4)

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Mike Thompson (District 5)

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Doris Matsui (District 6)

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Ami Bera (District 7)

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  • 11070 White Rock Road
    Suite 195
    Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
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  • Phone: (916) 635-0505
  • Twitter: @RepBera

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Paul Cook (District 8)

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  • 14955 Dale Evans Parkway
    Apple Valley Town Hall
    Apple Valley, CA 92307
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  • Phone: (760) 247-1815
  • Twitter: @RepPaulCook

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Jerry McNerney (District 9)

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Jeff Denham (District 10)

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Mark DeSaulnier (District 11)

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Nancy Pelosi (District 12)

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  • 90 7th Street
    Suite 2-800
    San Francisco, CA 94103
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  • Phone: (415) 556-4862
  • Twitter: @NancyPelosi

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Barbara Lee (District 13)

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Jackie Speier (District 14)

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  • 155 Bovet Rd, Suite 780
    San Mateo, CA 94402
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  • Phone: (650) 342-0300
  • Twitter: @RepSpeier

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Eric Swalwell (District 15)

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Jim Costa (District 16)

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Ro Khanna (District 17) 

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Anna G. Eshoo (District 18)

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Zoe Lofgren (District 19)

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Jimmy Panetta (District 20)

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David G. Valadao (District 21)

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Devin Nunes (District 22)

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Kevin McCarthy (District 23)

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  • 4100 Empire Drive
    Suite 150
    Bakersfield, CA 93309
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  • Phone: (661) 327-3611
  • Twitter: @GOPWhip

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Salud Carbajal (District 24)

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Steve Knight (District 25)

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  • 1008 West Avenue
    M-14
    Palmdale, CA 93551
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  • Phone: (202) 225-1956
  • Twitter: @HouseGOP

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Julia Brownley (District 26)

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Judy Chu (District 27)

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  • 415 W. Foothill Blvd, Ste 122
    Claremont, CA 91711
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  • Phone: (909) 625-5394
  • Twitter: @RepJudyChu

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Adam Schiff (District 28)

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Tony Cárdenas (District 29)

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  • 9300 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
    Second Floor
    Arleta, CA 91331
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  • Phone: (818) 504-0090
  • Twitter: @RepCardenas

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Brad Sherman (District 30)

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  • 5000 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 420
    Sherman Oaks, CA  91403
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  • Phone: (818) 501-9200
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Pete Aguilar (District 31)

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Grace Napolitano (District 32)

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Ted Lieu (District 33)

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Jimmy Gomez (District 34)

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Norma Torres (District 35) 

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Raul Ruiz (District 36)

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Karen Bass (District 37)

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Linda Sanchez (District 38)

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Ed Royce (District 39)

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Lucille Roybal-Allard (District 40)

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Mark Takano (District 41)

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Ken Calvert (District 42)

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  • 4160 Temescal Canyon Rd., Ste 214
    Corona, CA 92883
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  • Phone: (951) 277-0042
  • Twitter: @KenCalvert

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Maxine Waters (District 43)

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Nanette Barragán (District 44)

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Mimi Walters (District 45)

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  • 236 Cannon House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515
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  • Phone: (202) 225-5611
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Luis Correa (District 46)

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  • 2323 N Broadway
    Suite 404-1
    Santa Ana, CA 92706
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  • Phone: (202) 225-2965

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Alan Lowenthal (District 47)

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Dana Rohrabacher (District 48)

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Darrell Issa (District 49)

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Duncan Hunter (District 50)

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  • 1611 N. Magnolia Ave., Ste 310
    El Cajon, CA 92020
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  • Phone: (619) 448-5201
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Juan Vargas (District 51)

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Scott Peters (District 52)

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Susan Davis (District 53)

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