I live right outside Washington, DC in Silver Spring, Maryland, and although I adore my adopted hometown and region, it has some of the worst air quality in the nation. I am raising my children in an area where they frequent some of the world’s greatest museums, attend celebrated public schools, and are growing up in strong, diverse faith and neighborhood communities. But every day they breathe air that the American Lung Association has given an F grade for ozone levels.
This means my family is breathing in unhealthy levels of emissions from industrial facilities, vehicle exhaust, electric utilities, gasoline vapors and chemical solvents. Breathing this ozone pollution can trigger a variety of health problems, particularly for children and the elderly, as well as for people of all ages with lung diseases such as asthma. (Source: EPA.gov)
This cortisol-rising Presidential election is overshadowing so many of the issues important to us parents. But one thing that we can all agree on is that we would like our children to breathe clean air and protect their health. I identified with this mom who is concerned with air pollution in her community.
This is why I am supportive of Clean Air Moms Action, a collation reminding us all to vote on November 8 with the issue of clean air for our children in mind.
Clean Air Moms Action is traveling the country with a documentary film crew to capture the stories of parents who are fighting daily to protect their children’s health effects of exposure to oil and gas productions, high-tide flood waters and ground water contamination from coal ash waste sites. Clean Air Moms Action is also fighting for improved air quality for low-income communities, the sick, the elderly and our kids.
As we prepare to vote in the upcoming local, state and federal elections this November, join me in reading about the candidates’ and initiatives’ stances on cleaner air.
This post was produced with support from Clean Air Moms Action. All opinions are, of course, my own