State of the Air: NORTH CAROLINA

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Here’s what we’re working on in North Carolina:

In North Carolina, we care deeply about our environmental resources, and we place a high value on protecting children. We have a strong history of land and wildlife conservation, and we are keenly aware of our special vulnerability to sea level rise and extreme weather events. Climate change threatens our land and our children. As parents, and as North Carolinians, we feel we must protect both.

In recent years, North Carolinians have felt the effects of our nation’s reliance on fossil fuels through coal ash spills that have contaminated our drinking water and compromised our communities. Those most impacted by coal waste – whether through coal ash spills, or just by living near industrial facilities and storage sites – are low-income communities and communities of color. We are working to educate our members, communities, and policymakers about these disparities, and seeking solutions to fossil fuel pollution.

Moms Clean Air Force North Carolina has joined forces with the NC Climate Coalition, a statewide collaborative established by the national Climate Action Campaign, to defend historical limits on greenhouse gases from new and existing power plants imposed by EPA.

Heavy Metals: We are supporting strong limits on toxic heavy metals from coal-fired power plants, including lead, mercury, and arsenic. We are working to illuminate the threat that child populations face from big polluters, especially children of color from low income households.

Climate Change: We are fighting global warming by supporting policies, namely America’s Clean Power Plan, that will reduce carbon emissions and decrease dangerous co-pollutants. We support America’s Clean Power Plan, and are urging the North Carolina Governor to immediately lead the implementation of the proposal in North Carolina.

We work to educate students and families on the importance of climate action and to garner support from all stakeholders – including children. We provide community education on the human cost of fossil fuel dependence such as coal, prevention hydraulic fracturing extracted natural gas and offshore oil.

Smog: We are promoting smog monitoring throughout North Carolina.

Clean Energy: We are ensuring that our energy future is renewable, clean, and healthy — for the sake of our children’s health. In North Carolina, we are working to replace fossil fuel dependence with use of renewable energy. We are a key supporter of Repower Our Schools, a partnership of grassroots groups and parents advocating that Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district reinvest in students instead of investing in dirty fuel by committing to 100% solar energy.

Chemical Policy Reform: We are fighting to keep toxic chemicals out of the products we use every day, through joining local efforts to protect families from toxic chemicals and advocating for strong implementation of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (2016). In North Carolina, we are advocating for the elimination of toxic substances from schools and daycare facilities.

Natural Gas Pollution: We are demanding strong protections from methane, volatile organic compounds, and other harmful air pollutants associated with fracking and natural gas development.

Asthma: In North Carolina, asthma is the number one cause of school absences and accounts for about 35% of chronic childhood illness affecting over 100,000 students each year (Source: NC Department of Health and Human Services).


Asthma affects over 100,000 North Carolina students each year.

We are educating parents and child health advocates on how they can demand energy policies that prioritize children’s health.

North Carolina’s electricity generation by source, 2014:

  • Coal (39%)

  • Nuclear (32%)

  • Natural Gas (23%)

  • Hydro (4%)

  • Renewables (2%)

In 2015 North Carolina’s clean energy industry generated $7 Billion in revenue a 45% increase since 2014

According to the American Lung Association’s 2016 State of the Air report, Asheville-Brevard, NC ranked 3rd in the nation for cleanest U.S. city for short-term particle pollution

Almost a third of children in North Carolina visited an emergency department or urgent care center in the past year because of asthma

The pollution reductions from the Mercury and Air Toxics Rule are expected to save up to 480 lives in North Carolina and provide about $3.9 billion in benefits to North Carolina each year

According to the American Lung Association’s 2016 State of the Air report, 11.4 percent of North Carolina children suffer from asthma

According to the state and EPA, 100% of North Carolina’s waterways are impaired due to mercury contamination

Duke Energy 2032 will increase capacity for renewable energy by a mere 2% in the next fifteen years in the state

Introducing Community Rx

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON February 14, 2019
This was written by Shakeila Stuckey James, Moms Clean Air Force Regional Field Manager: As the mom of two black girls and one black boy, I am deeply concerned about the disproportionate environmental health risks for African-American children. Black communities are more likely to be...

TOPICS: Activism, African-American Community, Air Pollution, Asthma, Children's Health, Environment, Georgia, Motherhood, North Carolina, Pollution, Social Justice

Climate Change May Increase Risk of Heart Defects in Babies

BY Laura Dorwart ON February 5, 2019
Any mom who has experienced heat exposure while pregnant knows just how harrowing it can be. Having entered the last trimester of my pregnancy during a summer in San Diego with unreliable air conditioning, I still remember how uncomfortable and vulnerable I felt. That feeling...

TOPICS: California, Children's Health, Climate Change, Georgia, Heat and Extreme Weather, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Utah

Wheeler Will Not Protect North Carolina

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON February 4, 2019
This op-ed was written by Kelle Pressley-Perkins. She is a Moms Clean Air Force member from Charlotte, North Carolina. The post originally appeared on One of the real perks of being a mother to nine home-schooled children is that I make sure our family talks...

TOPICS: Activism, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, EPA, Motherhood, North Carolina, Politics, Pollution, Pregnancy

Mercury Pollution in North Carolina

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON November 21, 2018
Mercury standards under attack: The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards are a lifesaving, fully implemented, effective pollution prevention program that specifically protects pregnant women and babies from harm. Since 2012, the mercury standards have helped to dramatically lower mercury emissions from coal plants. Moms want...

TOPICS: Mercury Poisoning, North Carolina

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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Upcoming Events

Past Events

January 2017

Moms Clean Air Force North Carolina members traveled to Washington, DC to meet with their Senators and urge them to oppose the nomination of Scott Pruitt to head EPA.

June 2016

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

May 2016

Moms Clean Air Force North Carolina tabled at the Asthma Alliance Summit.

Moms Clean Air Force North Carolina hosted a Mama Summit at the NC General Assembly in Raleigh.

April 2016

Moms Clean Air Force North Carolina hosted a Read-In at Childtime Learning Center.

4th grade teacher, Debbie Baucom conducted a Read-In at Blair Elementary School, in Wilmington.

Moms Clean Air Force North Carolina attended the Breathe Conference.

Moms Clean Air Force North Carolina attended NC Breathe Conference and tabled for the first time with the Healthy Air Alliance, which Moms Clean Air Force created.

Moms Clean Air Force North Carolina hosted a luncheon–Meet, Eat, & Discover: Health Benefits of Clean Renewable Energy with Katharine Hayhoe & evening Townhall with Greg Fishel.

Moms Clean Air Force North Carolina hosted a Raleigh Read-In of “Every Breath We Take” in partnership with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Over 75 kids and 15 adults were in attendance.

December 2015-January 2016

North Carolina Public Hearings on the Clean Power Plan held in Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington. 

North Carolina has been feeling the effects of our nation’s reliance on fossil fuels for decades. Breathing healthy air is essential to life, and a North Carolina Clean Power Plan can continue our state’s tradition of preserving healthy air for generations to come. For the sake of our children’s health we must ensure that our energy future is renewable, clean, and healthy. Governor McCrory can protect public health by creating a real plan to cut pollution. An effective plan will keep kids out of the hospital and in school or playing outside, and help keep older adults, athletes and outdoor workers breathing easier. We urge Governor McCrory to stop playing politics with public health. He should create a real plan to continue North Carolina’s tradition of reducing air pollution and building our clean energy economy.

November 2015

Moms Clean Air Force North Carolina co-facilitated  a full-day Clean Power Plan strategy meeting with state coalition climate partners.

Moms Clean Air Force North Carolina attended the 22nd annual NC Climate Justice Summit.

Moms Clean Air Force North Carolina met with NC Attorney General’s office to discuss America’s Clean Power Plan.

Moms Clean Air Force North Carolina attended the NC Environmental Management Commission Meeting.

October 22, 2015: Moms Clean Air Force North Carolina attended “Leadership in a Time of Rapid Change: Envisioning Solutions to Environmental Challenges” at Duke University Nicholas Institute for the Environment.

May 2015: Mama Summit 2015 | Moms Clean Air Force members gathered at the state capitol in Raleigh to call on elected officials to take action on climate. The North Carolina Mama Summit delivered a powerful message that moms, dads, grandparents, health advocates and faith leaders are united and serious about holding legislators accountable for clean air and climate justice. The impetus to act on air quality and climate is strong for North Carolina Moms Clean Air Force members, many of whom live in counties that received a failing grade from the American Lung Association’s State of the Air Report, and where imminent sea level rise and oil and gas exploration threaten the health and economy of residents throughout the state.

May 29, 2014: Moms Clean Air Force North Carolina hosted a Charlotte, NC Town Hall on Children’s Health & Climate Change

October 2014: Moms Clean Air Force volunteers and organizers collected almost 1,000 comments in support of EPA’s carbon rule on new power plants at the annual Lake Eden Arts Festival, also known as LEAF, in Black Mountain, NC. Our team got record participation from festivalgoers from throughout the Southeast.

Senator Kay Hagan writes to Moms Clean Air Force [PDF]


Roy Cooper

Contact information:

  • Office of the Governor
    20301 Mail Service Center
    Raleigh, NC 27699-0301
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (919) 814-2000
  • Twitter: @NC_governor

US Senate

Richard Burr

Contact information:

  • Federal Building
    151 Patton Avenue, Suite 204
    Asheville, NC 28801
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (828) 350-2437
  • Twitter: @SenatorBurr

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Thom Tillis

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US House of Representatives

G.K. Butterfield (District 1)

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George Holding (District 2)

Contact information:

  • 3725 National Drive
    Suite 101
    Raleigh, NC 27612
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (919) 782-4400
  • Twitter: @RepHolding

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Walter Jones (District 3)

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David E. Price (District 4)

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Virginia Foxx (District 5)

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Mark Walker (District 6)

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David Rouzer (District 7)

Contact information:

  • 310 Government Center Drive
    Unit 1
    Bolivia, NC 28422
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (202) 225-2731
  • Twitter: @HouseGOP

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Richard Hudson (District 8)

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Robert Pittenger (District 9)

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Patrick McHenry (District 10)

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Mark Meadows (District 11)

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Alma Adams (District 12)

  • 1230 W. Morehead St.
    Suite 306
    Charlotte, NC 28208
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (704) 344-9950
  • Twitter: @RepAdams

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Ted Budd (District 13)

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