This December 16th the Environmental Protection Agency will post a very important new ruling called Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. The EPA urgently needs your support for these new standards. The President, your Senators and your Congressional Representatives must hear from you, telling them you want strong regulation of mercury--because it is a terrible poison.
Now there's a powerful group supporting our right to clean air: Moms Clean Air Force. Moms have passion and power -- an unbeatable combination. We are harnessing the strength of mother love to fight back against polluters.
Read what these bloggers have to say about the fight for clean air and then join them in fighting for our kids' health.
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Let me get this out of the way: I'm not a mom. Never wanted to be one. Perfectly happy not to be one. And to be even more frank: While babies are objectively adorable, and kids can be perfectly fine, I don't sit there and think "what about the children?" on a regular basis.
I don't need children, though, to have a stake in the future.
When Moms Clean Air Force asked me to join it didn’t take long for me to agree to partner with them. I’ve already been concerned about levels of methyl mercury in my seafood. Actually, I’m concerned about any kind of contaminant in my food and what I serve to my family. Even before joining with MCAF I knew how potent mercury is in babies who are in utero and what it can do to the nervous system. It’s dangerous and entirely preventable and that’s something I can get behind. Here’s the thing: we can fix this. It doesn’t have to be that difficult, right?
The longer a fish lives, and the larger it is, the more contaminates accumulate. King mackerel, tilefish, grouper, halibut, Atlantic salmon, tuna, swordfish, shark, ray, barramundi, gemfish and orange roughy contain high levels of mercury. According to Consumer Reports, nearly a quarter of the seafood we buy may be mislabeled and contain methylmercury. You should investigate and find out the source of your seafood, especially when feeding it to your kids.
This week, I'm devoting this post and BlogHer's weekly newsletter to making it easy for you to take action to protect yourself and those you love in one minute from your computer. The Environmental Protection Agency is issuing new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards at the end of this week. The problem? A utility lobby doesn't want to have to act on these standards, and is pressuring Congress and President Obama.
Motherhood hit me like a sweet, squishy ton of bricks. I had no idea that I could just look at this little person who is the perfect mix of TC and me and I’d just burst into tears. How does that happen? My heart aches when I just look at either of those sweet boys.
Now that I’m a mom, I’ve realized so many things are important to me that I never even considered before becoming a mom. And I’m passionate about them. Passion drives me because I love my boys so much.
After my first was born, I remember quizzing the pediatrician, "I can eat tuna again, right?" I will never, ever forget her non-answer: "I don't think anyone should ever eat tuna. It's just not worth the risk since we don't know enough about it." She was talking about mercury poisoning.
(Editor's Note: Read what being a good mom means to blogger Eva Smith from Tech. Food. Life.) Being a good mom means protecting my children by feeding them healthy, chemical-free foods, providing toxic-free shelter for them, and protecting them from harm. Whether our children are infants or adults, fighting to protect their children is the number one role of moms worldwide....more
(Editor's Note: This compelling story comes from Angélica Pérez-Litwin at New Latina) Asthma has been linked to a number of pollutants.
My daughter’s experience with asthma marked much of her childhood experience, from the uncomfortable asthma attacks and the daily treatments to feeling easily out of breath while running around with her friends.
This is why the Moms Clean Air Force is such an important initiative and coalition....more
Still, it is always up to us, their mothers, to protect them. As vigilant as I am about things like avoiding buying fish high in mercury, making sure the products I use to clean our home are free of toxins, and always buying organic fruits and vegetables, I rarely think about one of the biggest daily dangers we face: the air we breathe. And whereas when it comes to buying food or cleaning products you can use your wallet to protect your children, clean air is something that simply can’t be bought....more