State of the air: OHIO

Laura BurnsContact Laura Burns at to learn more or volunteer.

Laura Burns lives with her husband and two children in North Central Ohio where they are active in their community. Laura has a degree in Biology from Oral Roberts University and developed a deep passion for the environment and creation as a result of field study in ecology and biology where her professors charged their students with the knowledge that action on climate would one day fall in their laps as it wasn’t a myth to be ignored. Laura came to Moms following a career as a toxicologist in a pharmaceutical research lab. During her tenure there, she saw first hand the chemicals that have become a part of everyday life often have very negative health impacts. Laura began as a blogger and volunteer for Moms Clean Air Force in 2011 and became the Ohio Field Consultant in 2015.


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Here’s what we’re working on in Ohio:

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio 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 educate and activate moms and their families to work with local, state and federal leaders to advance clean air policies and climate solutions.  We are building a community of moms who care by meeting with elected officials, 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 Ohio that is rooted in the love we have for our children.

Ohio is a coal producing state that sits atop the Marcellus and Utica shale formations, with a long history of energy extraction and a flourishing industry disposing of fracking waste in injection wells. Ohioans have felt the health impacts of these industries for decades, and we understand that the way we get our energy has a direct impact on our families. As a Presidential swing state, Ohio has an opportunity engage in and influence the national conversation around climate change and clean energy investment.

Ohio borders the world’s largest group of freshwater lakes on earth, the Great Lakes. Source of drinking water to more than 40 million people, the Great Lakes are threatened by pollution and declining water levels, which is already resulting in increased algal bloom production. In August of 2014, a toxic algal bloom in the western basin of Lake Erie left nearly half a million Toledo residents without drinking water for three days. Scientists predict that climate change will cause water levels in the Great Lakes to drop significantly in coming decades, threatening this source of not only vital drinking water, but also transportation, tourism, commercial fishing operations, manufacturing operations, and sportsmen industries. This is another way that Ohioans understand the personal, immediate impacts of climate change on our homes and communities.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio is a founding partner of the Ohio Energy Table, a statewide coalition of environmental, conservation, health, faith, and labor partners working to promote clean energy and energy efficiency. Through our participation in the Energy Table, we work closely with state lawmakers and administration officials on energy decisions.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio was a contributing member to the production of a report that demonstrates the environmental and public health benefits to Ohio of the clean energy standards, and worked to educate Ohioans about how these standards will impact their families and communities.

April 2017 Update: Just months after Governor John Kasich vetoed House Bill 554, demonstrating his commitment to a clean energy future for Ohio, members of the House of Representatives have passed a bill that sets our state even further behind.

House Bill 114, sponsored by Representative Lou Blessing, Jr. of Cincinnati, removes all teeth from our state’s clean energy policy by converting the renewable energy and energy efficiency standards that we just welcomed back into unenforceable, voluntary “goals” indefinitely. House Bill 114 passed the House. The bill is now in the Ohio Senate where we are hopeful there will be a more thorough process to develop a comprehensive energy policy for the state. Take action now to tell Senator Obhof to protect Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards! 

Moms Clean Air Force is a committed partner in the Ohio Methane Coalition, supporting strong, effective US EPA regulations to reduce harmful methane emissions from both new and existing natural gas and oil wells.

Please join us in this fight for cleaner air and climate solutions in Ohio.

Moms Clean Air Force Programs in Ohio:

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.

Our Baby Power program educates and engages expectant and new moms on our issues with the message:  every baby has the power to make you want to change the world.

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

Stopping the Rollbacks of Environmental Protections:  We are working hard to oppose the assaults on our bedrock environmental laws by the Trump Administration and EPA leadership, including:

  • Climate Change: We are fighting the Trump Administration’s attempt to repeal America’s Clean Power Plan that sought to reduce carbon emissions, decrease dangerous co-pollutants, and achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Accord.
  • Smog: We are opposing the Trump Administration’s EPA proposal to weaken national smog standards.
  • 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.
  • Mercury: We are opposing the attempt by the Trump Administration to loosen regulations that reduce the harmful mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.
  • Chemical Policy Reform: We are fighting to implement the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (2016) that keeps toxic chemicals out of the products we use every day.
  • Natural Gas Pollution: We are opposing the Trump Administration’s attempt to roll back Federal 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 budget is fully funded, opposing the Trump Administration’s proposal to gut its budget by more than 25%.

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. With the federal government surrendering its chance to lead on climate action, 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.

Ohio’s electricity generation by source, 2017:

  • Coal (62%)

  • Natural Gas (20%)

  • Nuclear (13%)

  • Wind (2%)

  • Other (3%)

America’s Clean Power Plan will save 2,800 cumulative lives in Ohio from 2020-2030

According to the American Lung Association’s 2018 State of the Air report, Lake County, Ohio reported 22 code orange high ozone days in 2017

2 of the top 25 polluting coal-fired power plants in the nation are located in Ohio

Ohio currently boasts the dubious distinction of ranking second worst in the nation when it comes to exposing residents to toxic air pollution from coal-fired power plants, emitting more than 36.4 million pounds of harmful chemicals

Emissions from power plants accounted for 62% of all air pollution in Ohio

According to the American Lung Association’s 2018 State of the Air report, Cleveland-Akron-Canton, Ohio is the 10th most polluted metropolitan area for year-round particle pollution


Play-in for Climate Action 2018 Photos and More!

BY Ronnie Citron-Fink ON July 15, 2018
We were excited to host our 5th annual Play-In for Climate Action this week. Hundreds of parents and children from 30 states gathered near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC to call for meaningful action on climate change. This family-friendly protest against the air pollution that...

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July 2018

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

June 2018

Field organizer, Laura Burns spoke at All Souls UU Church.

May 2018

Field organizer, Laura Burns joined Midwest field organizer, Kelly Nichols in Detroit to deliver over 13,000 petition signatures from Moms Clean Air Force members demanding that the big 3 automakers–Ford, Chrysler and GM–continue enforcing Clean Cars Standard

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio hosted a Mama Summit in Columbus to learn about and celebrate local action on climate change. Representatives from the Columbus mayor’s office, Councilwoman Liz Brown’s office and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty’s office were present.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio tabled at the UMW assembly with Beth Bond from Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN).

April 2018

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio is tabled at the Coshoctan Earth Day Festival.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio spoke on a bipartisan climate solutions panel.

Moms Clean Air Force participated in the Malone Faith and Creation event in partnership with EEN and YECA.

March 2018

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio participated in the kick-off of the 22nd Anniversary Earth Stewardship Celebration in Mansfield.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio participated in WooTalks Methane and Pipelines.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio hosted a showing of the climate movie, Keeping Watch.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio hosted a house party to connect with new and existing members and learn more about climate and health issues.

February 2018

Field organizer, Laura Burns spoke on a Climate Solutions panel at OSU.

January 2018

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio hosted a State of the Union watch party at Gateway Film Center.

December 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio hosted a Health Summit in Cincinnati.

September 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio members traveled to Washington, DC to meet with lawmakers and urge them to protect EPA’s budget.

August 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio tabled at the Madsion Farmer’s market.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio tabled at OSU Mansfield for the Involvement Fair.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio members testified at a Citizen Hearing focused on the EPA budget.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio attended a free screening of An Inconvenient Sequel Truth to Power in Columbus.

July 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio tabled at the Oneness Family Fest in Cincinnati.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio members attended the 2017 Play-In for Climate Action in Washington, DC, where they met with Senator Brown and Senator Portman’s staff.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio marched in the Columbus Red White and Boom parade.

Field consultant, Laura Burns spoke at an accountability event at Senator Portman’s Cincinnati office.

June 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio attended the Cuyahoga River memorial event.

Field Consultant, Laura Burns participated in a DC fly-in organized by Earthjustice focused on communicating with members of Congress and EPA staff on ozone and children’s health.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio tabled and spoke at the Cincinnati Climate Rally.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio tabled at event with OEC at the Women’s Club in Cincinnati.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio sponsored the Green Cincinnati Thought Leader event.

May 2017

Field consultant, Laura Burns spoke during the Sunday service at the Bellville UU church.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio hosted Mama Summit 2017 at the Statehouse in Columbus. Participants joined for advocacy training and lobby visits to advocate for the health and wellness of our children.

April 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio attended and spoke at the Peoples Climate Rally in Cincinnati.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio attended the Coshocton Earth Day Celebration.

Field consultant, Laura Burns spoke on a panel at a Keep Wayne Wild event.

March 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio hosted a press conference in Mansfield to highlight disapproval of President Trump’s executive order that attacks clean air safeguards.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio attended the Raising Richland County Community Garden Summit.

February 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio hosted a rally outside of Senator Portman’s Columbus office to let him know that moms disapprove of his vote to confirm Scott Pruitt to head EPA. View a video clip here.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio hosted a rally to thank Senator Brown for his commitment to vote no on Scott Pruitt’s nomination to head EPA.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio attended Earth Stewardship Celebration Kick off.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio joined the Richland County Environmental Stewardship Committee.

January 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio field consultant, Laura Burns traveled to DC with her children to meet with her Senators to express why the nomination of Scott Pruitt to head EPA is concerning for Ohioans. Later in the month, Laura attended Scott Pruitt’s EPA nomination committee hearing in DC.

November 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio mobilized “Front Line Moms” in response to legislation that would turn Ohio’s clean energy standards into unenforceable goals for the next three years and allow Ohio’s largest mercantile customers to opt out of energy efficiency programs completely.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio attended a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on SB 320.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio was represented at the CAC Thought Leaders Forum at Ohio State University with speakers from Ohio State’s Byrd Polar Climate and Research Center, and public health speaker from OSU.

Field manager, Tracy Sabetta attended an editorial board meeting with the Canton Repository.

September 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio field organizer, Laura Burns attended a “Thought Leaders on Climate” event in Cleveland.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio attended the Ohio EPA Rover Pipeline hearing in Wooster.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio hosted a GOTV breakfast at the NC State Urban Center in Mansfield.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio hosted a Play-In for Climate Action in Mansfield.

August 2016

Representatives from Ohio Environmental Council, Moms Clean Air Force and other local environmental groups discussed the health and environmental impacts of compressor stations at an Environmental Health Town Hall.

June 2016

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

Field organizer, Laura Burns taught a summer science class on pollution and clean energy at Little Buckeye Children’s Museum.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio attended the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference.

May 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio attended the Audubon Grange Gardening for Climate event.

Field organizer, Laura Burns was interviewed by Cincinnati Fox19 news for a report on the air pollution in Hamilton county.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio attended the Energy and Natural Resources committee hearing on Senate Bill 320.

Field Manager, Tracy Sabetta represented Moms Clean Air Force during a presentation to the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus on May 4. Tracy discussed the health benefits of implementing the Clean Power Plan at the state level and reinstating Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards. All 10 State Senators and their staff were present and asked questions about the information presented.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio recruited mother, Rashay Layman to participate in a roundtable discussion with Columbus City Councilwoman Liz Brown linking climate change and the need to fill the current Supreme Court vacancy.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio appeared as a guest on Mansfield Public Television show “I Love my Job”. 

April 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio will attend Shelby Earth Day Festival.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio hosted a Read-In at Ashland public school.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio tabled at Coshoctan EARTH day festival.

Moms Clean Air Force worked with partners to host “Faith and Climate Day of Action”–a combined press conference and advocacy day with 15 diverse Ohio faith-based organizations.

A Moms Clean Air Force Ohio representative spoke at American Heritage Girls (junior high/high school troop).

March 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio attended a Women in Conservation event in Columbus.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio hosted a Play-In for Climate Action at Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, featuring educational kids’ activities and a press conference.

Moms Clean Air Force hosted a Read-In and “Pollution and You” presentation at Ashland Junior High.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio hosted a “Read-In” at the Coshocton public library.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio hosted a State of the Climate simulcast with OH Interfaith Power & Light at the Ontario Library.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio hosted a Read-In at Mansfield Christian school.

February 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio co-hosted a Moms and Docs Roundtable with Environment Ohio.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio helped host a discussion of climate and clean energy in Ohio’s communities with NextGen Founder and President Tom Steyer at the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Cleveland. In attendance were more than 100 state and local elected officials, business owners, faith leaders, public health officials and others. Speakers included: Tom Steyer, NextGen Climate; Rev. Otis Moss, Senior Pastor of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ; Claire Boettler, President of the Ohio Public Health Association; David Beach, Director of the Green City Blue Lake Institute at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, emcee.

January 2016

Ladies Who Lead event, Ohio Statehouse, Ladies’ Gallery. Speakers included Super Mom Michele Timmons, Teresa Brown of Women of Steel, and Representative Nickie Antonio

December 2015

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio held a Play-In for Climate Action at the Dublin City Recreation Center in Dublin, Ohio.

Speakers included:

  • Laura Burns, Moms Clean Air Force
  • Dr. Benjamin Kopp, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • Richard Hicks, Columbus Public Health

November 2015

Moms Clean Air Force Super Mom, Dr. Julie Novel participated in the Climate Central report release & launch of America’s Preparedness Report Card. The press event focused on extreme heat events in Ohio and the need for state and local climate preparedness. Additional speakers included State Representative David Leland and Franklin County Commissioner Marilyn Brown.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio presented at Organizing for Peace and Sustainability held in the Bayley Room of Beeghly Library.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio attended and presented at the citizen methane hearing in Carrollton, Ohio.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio organizer, Laura Burns presented on methane at the Mansfield, OH City Council, Home Protection Act to ensure financial safety for homeowners in the event that a drill or waste site comes within city limits.

October 2015

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio attended a round table discussion on climate change in Canfield, Ohio.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio spoke at Ursuline Center as part of a three person panel on global responsibility and climate change.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio co-hosted clean energy forums in Cleveland and Cincinnati.

May 2015: Mama Summit in Columbus | Moms Clean Air Force Ohio members gathered for the second annual Ohio Mama Summit at the state capitol. The Ohio Mama Summit brought together a contingent of mostly brand new moms who completed 15 visits to lawmakers’ offices to discuss climate change. State Representative Nickie Antonio was the keynote speaker for the press conference, which received local radio coverage.

June 2014: Moms Clean Air Force sent two Ohioans to be present at EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s release of America’s Clean Power Plan.

May 2014: Moms Clean Air Force Ohio hosted the state’s first ]Mama Summit, with more than 50 parents and advocates from around Ohio conducting 30 legislative visits and meeting with a member of Governor Kasich’s staff to present signatures in support of clean energy in Ohio.

March 2014: More than 500 postcards from Ohioans in support of EPA’s proposed standards to limit carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants were delivered to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in person by Ohio student activist Emily Harrell and her mom.

2014: We made more than 100 legislative visits with Ohio lawmakers and their staff at the state and federal level, in Columbus and in Washington, DC, raising the concerns of moms and dads across the state.

Moms Clean Air Force Ohio was recognized on the floor of the Ohio House of Representatives for their advocacy efforts in 2014 while the Ohio State University Marching Band paraded up the aisle of the chamber playing the school’s fight song.

MCAF members standing outside Senator Sherrod Brown's DC office

A visit to Senator Sherrod Brown’s office in DC.


John Kasich

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  • Riffe Center, 30th Floor
    77 South High Street
    Columbus, OH 43215-6117
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (614) 466-3555
  • Twitter: @OHPressSec

US Senate

Sherrod Brown

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Rob Portman

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US House of Representatives

Steve Chabot (District 1)

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Brad Wenstrup (District 2)

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Joyce Beatty (District 3)

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  • 471 East Broad Street
    Suite 1100
    Columbus, OH 43215
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (614) 220-0003
  • Twitter: @RepBeatty

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Jim Jordan (District 4)

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Bob Latta (District 5)

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  • 1045 North Main St, Ste 6
    Bowling Green, OH 43402
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (419) 354-8700
  • Twitter: @boblatta

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Bill Johnson (District 6)

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Bob Gibbs (District 7)

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Warren Davidson (District 8)

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Marcy Kaptur (District 9)

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Michael Turner (District 10)

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Marcia Fudge (District 11)

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District 12 – Currently Vacant 

Tim Ryan (District 13)

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Dave Joyce (District 14)

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Steve Stivers (District 15)

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Jim Renacci (District 16)

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Take a look at what we’ve been up to in Ohio: