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A Mom’s Pride and Worry

A Mom’s Pride and Worry


By Judith Ross, guest blogger for Moms Clean Air Force

This morning I watched my 25-year-old son head out for a job interview. Dressed in crisp grey slacks, a shirt and tie, and some shiny new shoes, his face glowed with optimism. If he gets it, this job will keep him busy for the next few months until he leaves again ó this time for Central Asia as a Peace Corps volunteer.

He literally has a world of opportunity ahead of him ó what all of us parents want for our children.

As I watched him pull out of the driveway on this brilliant September morning I felt that mixture of pride and worry that most moms are familiar with. I want todayís sunny skies to last through his old age and beyond. I donít want him to look back on 2011 as ďthe good old days.Ē

That is why I joined Moms Clean Air Force. I want us all to have clear skies above and a beautiful world at our feet. But unless we control air pollution, we wonít. Clean air is as basic to our well being as nutritious food and regular exercise.

Sadly, many polluters donít think the way I do. They canít see beyond the profits they are making. But that money wonít undo the damage if they, or someone they love loses their health because of bad air.

Nor will it buy them fancy vacations if thereís nowhere to go because pollution has destroyed our amazing landscapes and natural resources.

They donít make the connection between our Mother Earthís health and their own.

So what can one person do? She can join with others to build a strong voice that our government and the polluters canít ignore.

Thanks to MCAF, I not only understand the health hazards of mercury spewed into our air by some coal plants, I also have the facts about how dirty air impacts us all. MCAF keeps me abreast of important legislation impacting these and other issues that will protect ó or harm ó our environment and our health.

Most importantly, MCAF lets me know how I can help. As a woman in her fifties, I am well aware of how little time I have left to make a difference. Sitting passively and hoping that our politicians will do the right thing is not an option. I want my voice to be heard, and what I say to count!

My children may be grown, but Iíll never stop fighting for their future. I want to leave all of our children a legacy that really matters.

Judith A. Ross is a contributing writer and columnist for Talking Writing, an online literary magazine. She has written numerous articles, profiles, and reports for academic, corporate, and nonprofit organizations, including Harvard Business Review and several publications published by Harvard Business School. Judith also blogs at Open Salon.

Judith, thank you so much for caring about our children and fighting for clean air!

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8:13AM PST on Nov 15, 2011

Thank YOU - you're awesome!

12:19PM PDT on Oct 14, 2011

Thanks for the informative article!!

2:00AM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

thank you

3:59PM PDT on Oct 11, 2011


9:29AM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

Thanks for sharing.

5:26PM PDT on Oct 10, 2011


3:36AM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

Thanks for being a "doer"!

1:35AM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

thanks for what your doing and the article.

5:52PM PDT on Oct 9, 2011

Thank You, Judith, for your article. It is truly inspiring and very helpful to me as I have three little ones that I am trying to steer to the right road about clean air ..

Thanks Again,

3:03PM PDT on Oct 9, 2011


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