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Family Traditions That Come Back To Bite Us

Family Traditions That Come Back To Bite Us

 

By Lamar and Ronnie Tyler, Moms Clean Air Force

I grew up in the Tidewater Area of Virginia. Our family loves to go to the beach, and we absolutely love seafood. We cannot have a family function without fried fish and blue crabs. We donít purchase frozen fish fillets from the supermarket. We either catch them ourselves, or we purchase them from a local seafood market thatís right near a pier.

I fondly recollect my father and uncles going on fishing excursions before most of our family functions. And I have lasting childhood memories of going crabbing with my father. Yes, crabbing. I remember taking traps and chicken pieces (I think they were rotten) out to a pier to catch crabs. Itís fun, and an incredible bonding experience for the family. My two oldest kids now look forward to the crabbing and fishing trips with my father. The best part about it is the delicious crabs that we are able to bring home, cook and eat. Yummmmm.

However, joining the Moms Clean Air Force has made me more conscious of the environment and the effects that certain industries can have on the air that we breathe and the food that we eat. Could our family traditions be harming us? Are there any dangerous air polluting plants near our favorite fishing spots in Virginia?

The answer is, Yes. According to this Map of polluting coal plants, there are several coal-fired power plants in the VA, MD, and DC area. There is one just minutes away from my parentís home. As reported by the American Observer: ďCoal-fired power plants are major causes of the nitrogen build-up that suffocates underwater life in the Chesapeake Bay.Ē

Since the 1990′s, pollution has caused a dramatic decline in the blue crab population of the Chesapeake Bay. Itís been such a problem that Congress declared a Blue Crab disaster in 2008. Since then, Congress and organizations such as the Chesapeake Bay Foundation have stepped in to replenish the declining population by implementing programs to clean up the dirty coal plants and reduce the amount of crabbing that is done by commercial crabbers. Of course, crab fishers are not happy about the limits on crabbing, as this affects their livelihood.

President Obama declared the Chesapeake Bay a national treasure in 2009 because of what the area has to offer: parks, museums, seafood, military installationsÖthe list goes on. But if you grew up in the Tidewater area, or anywhere near the Chesapeake Bay, you didnít need this declaration. You already knew you were extremely blessed to be living in an area rich in environmental treasures.

What do people with treasures do? They protect them.

Here are 6 things you can do to protect the environmental treasures near you:

  1. Please check out this Map to find out if there is a polluting coal plant near you and your loved ones.
  2. Warn your family and friends if they are living close to a dangerous plants.
  3. Get involved with efforts to ensure that your local representatives are supporting legislation that supports the EPA and the Clean Air Act.
  4. Hold your representatives accountable if they are working with lobbyists and corporations that are trying to dismantle the EPA.
  5. Donate to local and national organizations working to protect the environment.
  6. Join the Moms Clean Air Force, which is an easy way to get involved. MCAF will provide you with the resources and the tools to learn whatís happening in your area. They will also help you to connect with your member of Congress and let them know that you support the Clean Air Act.

I joined the Clean Air Force because my kids have a right to clean air. My kids have a right to enjoy all of the beauty that comes with living near the Chesapeake Bay. I want them to continue to enjoy trips to the beach, crabbing with their granddad, and all the delicious seafood they can catch.

Do you have any similar family traditions that may be harming you? Do you live close to a polluting coal plant?

Related:
Clean Air: How the States Stack Up
Pollution Hurts Animals Too
Standing Up For Clean Air In My Community

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73 comments

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6:09PM PDT on Apr 21, 2012

Thanks

4:41PM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

well put our Mother Earth is in peril

4:06PM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

Thanks Lamar and Ronnie for the posting. Interesting article and good actions to be taken.

6:45PM PST on Nov 28, 2011

thnx for this

9:07AM PST on Nov 16, 2011

thanks!

7:49AM PST on Nov 10, 2011

brings back memories for me as well i also have noticed that there arent as many crab as there used to be but i didnt know why thank you very much

6:32PM PST on Nov 9, 2011

Thank you

2:06PM PST on Nov 9, 2011

may be one day we will learn to have LESS CHILDREN...BEFORE IT IS TO LATE!

7:45PM PST on Nov 7, 2011

Simply put, we all need to address pollution and consider environmental issues now, to help secure changes needed. Our planet is suffering and degrading---we all can make a difference!~ Thanks for posting~

2:24PM PST on Nov 7, 2011

thanks for the knowledge and links!

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