While PA Representative Danielle Friel Otten’s platform is focused on social justice at every level – strong public schools, making health care more affordable and accessible, public safety, workforce development and family-sustaining jobs – it was environmental justice that first called her to run for office.
Today is is not just the first day of summer, it’s also #ShowYourStripes Day on Twitter. We love these powerful visuals that convey the dramatic impact fossil fuel burning is having on our climate!
While smoggy particles and carbon dioxide are still primary sources of air pollution, much concern has turned to airborne plastic, too. Here’s how plastic becomes an air pollutant, why plastic pollution is an increasing problem, and what parents can do about it.
Donald Trump and EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler are gutting a plan that would reduce carbon pollution, slow climate change, and protect our children’s health. If anything, the Clean Power Plan should be made stronger, not gutted with a replacement plan that does nothing to put us on the path to climate safety.
“95% of school buses in the US run on diesel. But we know there’s no safe level of exposure to diesel exhaust for children,” says new report. Students and their communities, breathe exhaust fumes every single day. That diesel plume – a harmful carcinogen – contributes to lung cancer, asthma, and other respiratory illnesses.
The US comes in third for asthma-related air pollution (behind China and India), with 236,000 cases per year.This group of new studies from researchers around the world confirms that air pollution harms children’s health.
Experts agree that we have only ten years to take real action to safeguard our children’s future from climate crisis. Cutting methane pollution is one of our best chances to do just that. Together, we can create a safe future for every child.
A new report from the National Parks Conservation Association shows that the air in our national parks – a vast 85-million-acre system of 419 sites in every state, ranging from monuments to battlefields to historic sites and more – is also sub-par. In fact, 96% of our national parks are plagued with significant air pollution problems.
Moms Clean Air Force’s Heather McTeer Toney joined other leading experts to testify in opposition to Trump’s EPA controversial proposal to undermine our country’s mercury pollution standards. “Why Administrator Wheeler would ever consider weakening a rule that protects babies’ brains is senseless.”
A concerned mom questions the health effects of breathing silica dust in the NY subway system.
This is the full text of the testimony of Heather McTeer Toney, Moms Clean Air Force’s National Field Director, in support of strengthening the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.
Photos from the reception Moms Clean Air Force hosted with partners to honor the women of the 116th Congress who are committed to fighting for climate safety to keep our families safe and healthy.