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Standing Up For Clean Air In My Community

Standing Up For Clean Air In My Community

 

By Molly Rauch

On a Saturday last month, people all over the world got together for a climate action day Ė a day to express our deep concern about climate change and to insist that governments and citizens everywhere take action to reduce the amount of carbon in our atmosphere.

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network asked the Moms Clean Air Force to speak at their Annapolis ďRolling RallyĒ Ė a high-spirited bunch of bikers, roller skaters, skateboarders and kids on scooters (including my two sons) at the Maryland State House.

I had the great honor of representing MCAF there. Iíd never done anything like it before, and I was nervous, but getting up in front of these committed, engaged strangers was one of the greatest moments of civic engagement Iíve had.

Thanks, MCAF, for inspiring me to get involved!

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The following text is from my speech:

Iím a mom, and a member of the Moms Clean Air Force, a national group fighting for clean air for our kids. Iím here today to talk about the health effects of dirty energy, and why wind works for our health.

How is Marylandís air? Every year, the American Lung Association gives counties grades for their air quality. This year, ALA gave four fifths of Maryland counties a failing grade for ground level ozone, a very common and dangerous air pollutant. Counties that didnít get Fís got Cís and Dís.

Marylandís air is dangerous, especially to children, the elderly and people who are already sick with diabetes, heart disease, asthma or other illnesses.

Where is this pollution coming from? It comes from cars, factories and power plants. Power plants are a big factor in Marylandís dirty air. Most of Marylandís electricity comes from coal-fired power plants. And burning coal to make electricity makes our air dirty.

  • Ozone shortens peopleís lives. People die because of ozone.
  • It causes asthma, triggers asthma attacks, and increases emergency room visits for asthma.
  • It puts people in the hospital for pneumonia and COPD.
  • And along with other pollutants, itís been linked to heart attacks, stroke, cancer and even diabetes.

In Maryland, we know that 9% of children Ė thatís 123,000 children Ė have asthma. What does this mean?

  • Kids are uncomfortable
  • Kids are unable to sleep at night
  • Kids are missing school
  • Kids are going to the ER
  • The parents of these children are missing work

In 2007, 43,000 Marylanders Ė adults and children, visited the ER for asthma. There were $32 million in charges associated with these visits. And the burden of asthma falls disproportionately on Marylandís poorest.

So asthma is a big problem in Maryland, and rates of asthma are increasing. Meanwhile, asthma is only one of many air-related diseases.

If we clean up our air, some of this suffering and cost will be relieved. If we clean up our air, our kids, our grandparents, all of us will be healthier. Moving away from coal-fired power plants will clean up our air. Off-shore wind can help us get there.

We canít afford to continue paying medical bills for asthma attacks, ER visits and lung disease that are caused by something we know how to prevent.

We need to move away from dirty power. There is another way.

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12:11PM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

Standing Up For Clean Air In My Community

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/standing-up-for-clean-air-in-my-community.html#ixzz1ySNBqoKZ

1:05AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

Intresting post.

10:27AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Thankyou. Fresh air is a basic human right.

12:33AM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

Outdoor air quality is important. Since we spend more than 80% of our time indoors, indoor air quality cannot be ignored either.

If you child’s academic performance is poor, it can be because something is in the air.
http://www.atnir.com/magazine/article_abs.php?artid=5&issid=2

9:21AM PDT on Oct 23, 2011

thanks

9:11PM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

One of the ways to stop dirty fuels is to get a list of candidates that have a proven track record for trying to stop the destruction of our environment, and vote for them! I live in a state where the senators and congressman have consistently voted big corporation over the good of the constituents. Petitions are a waste of time. Voting them out of office is not.

11:11AM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

thanks for the article!

8:50AM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

Thank you for the information.

3:02AM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

thanks

7:27PM PDT on Oct 21, 2011

need clean air..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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