One-Minute Activism: How You Can Remove Poisons From Our Food and Air
By Lisa Stone on December 14, 2011
BlogHer Original Post
Disclosure: Welcome to an important sponsorship for healthier food and air. Non-partisan, nonprofit Moms Clean Air Force contacted BlogHer for help asking women to support new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards the Environmental Protection Agency will release Dec. 15. Together we developed a sponsored program with nine bloggers who care about the environment, and BlogHer matched the Force's investment in this program with a donation of media support. Lisa's post is #8 in the series.
When I talk about the environment, particularly the new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards being issued at the end of this week, sometimes I try to come across as eloquently and positively as the one woman who can give my mama a run for her money as the world's most elegant grandma, Blythe Danner:
"This is such a perfect opportunity…we've got to protect our kids and grandkids." ~ Blythe Danner. Watch her:
Other times, I'm all pissed-off Mama Lion, and I want to high-five Ayelet Waldman, whose baby daughter's terrifying experience with poisoned tuna fish will stop your heart:
"As the mother of a child who quite nearly suffered permanent brain damage as a result of mercury exposure? How dare they poison my children? How dare they poison your children?" ~ Ayelet Waldman. Here's the video:
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. Specifically, according to the non-partisan, nonprofit Moms Clean Air Force:
"Hazardous air pollution comes from our oldest and dirtiest coal-fired power plants. Many utility executives have cleaned up their plants—and it has not hurt their financial health, or our economy. But now a handful of other coal utility companies, armed with powerful polluter lobbyists, is urging that clean-up be delayed—and fighting to weaken clean air standards for the most toxic pollutants."
BlogHer is non-partisan, too -- but I think we can all agree that it's important to support the new standards aimed at reducing the 17,000 deaths caused by air toxicity every year. And we're in good company: The American Lung Association, American Medical Association, American Heart Association, American Academy of Pediatricians, and the American Nurses Association support these standards, as do BlogHers Elizabeth Ballance, Megan Marshall, Catherine McCord, Angelica Perez-Litwin, Eva Smith, Erin Carroll, and Stephanie O'Dea with more to come (you can find links to all the posts here).
Will you join us and help make sure Congress knows we support these standards and that we want them upheld? Here's how:
Thank you, on behalf of all the children who can't vote and the many people who do not have access to computers to help get the word out.
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