Moms are working in New York 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 New York, and let us know about your priorities.
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Here’s what we’ve been working on in the Empire 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.
We are a leader in addressing climate change.
In December 2018, Governor Cuomo announced the most ambitious climate goal of any state: 100% carbon neutrality by 2040.
Before this announcement, New York was already committed to moving the state’s electricity sector to 50% renewable energy by 2030, and reducing emissions across sectors in New York by 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.
Our children breathe polluted air.
Smog, or ground level ozone, is a big issue in New York.
4 out 5 of New York City’s boroughs, Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island, all received an F grade from the American Lung Association for ground level ozone pollution in the 2019 State of the Air report.
But New York’s smog issues extend beyond the state’s largest city; while only 26 counties throughout the state monitor ozone air pollution, 11 out of the 26, including Erie County (Buffalo) and Westchester County, both received F grades for their ozone air pollution.
Ozone irritates the lungs, can trigger asthma attacks, interferes with normal lung development, and increases the risk of respiratory infections.
Our lakes are at risk.
New York borders the world’s largest group of freshwater lakes on earth, the Great Lakes. The source of drinking water to more than 40 million people, the Great Lakes are threatened by pollution and declining water levels, which has already resulted in increased algal blooms. 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.
Moms Clean Air Force joined the welcome group for Greta Thunberg as she arrived to New York for the September 20 Climate Strike.
Members of Moms Clean Air Force New York attended the sixth annual Play-In for Climate Action on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Members of Moms Clean Air Force New York attended the fifth annual Play-In for Climate Action on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Moms Clean Air Force members testified at a hearing focused on America’s Clean Power Plan in New York City.
Moms Clean Air Force New York members attended the 2017 Play-In for Climate Action in Washington, DC, where they met with Senator Schumer’s and Senator Gillibrand’s staff.
Wendy Cole, Director of Maple Street School, conducted a Read-In of Every Breath We Take at Maple Street School, 21 Lincoln Rd, Brooklyn, NY.
Moms Clean Air Force New York attended Dear Tomorrow and 100% Campaign’s ‘Toast To The Mamas’ Event in Brooklyn, NY. The event kicked-off a Mother’s and Father’s Day campaign launched by DearTomorrow in partnership with the Solutions Project, Climate Parents and Moms Clean Air Force.
Moms Clean Air Force New York participated in two special screenings of Love Thy Nature at Cinema Village. After the screening, attendees enjoyed a Q&A with the film director Sylvie Rokab and a special presentation of “Every Breath We Take”.
- ABC News, Poverty, pollution and neglect: How the Bronx became a coronavirus ‘formula for disaster’
- Press Release, Moms in the Great Lakes region are outraged at EPA’s attack on the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards in the midst of a global respiratory pandemic: Sabotaging these standards is an unforgivable assault on our health
- New York Post, Trump’s rollback of mileage standards guts climate change push
- Press Release, NY Climate-Striking Youth and Her Mom Join Members of Congress on Capitol Hill as Part of Sweeping Movement for Climate Solutions
- The Buffalo News, Letter: Cuts to EPA will degrade our health, environment
- Albany Times Union, Letter: Energy spending will pay dividends
- The Legislative Gazette, Moms meet with lawmakers in hopes of banning certain chemicals in toys
- The New York Times, The Climate Movement Is About Much More Than Just Climate
- amNewYork, People’s Climate March call for global action ahead of United Nations meeting
- NBC News, Climate Change March Highlights Global Issue
- AlterNet, A Is for Activism: Why I Took My 10-Month-Old to the People’s Climate March
- La Voce di New York, People’s Climate March: le voci della marcia
- Getty Images, MANHATTAN, NY – SEPTEMBER 21