In the news over at MOMS CLEAN AIR FORCE, my colleague Abbie Walston, a young mother in Connecticut, writes a piece about how she, as a Republican, is furious at last week's slew of legislative attacks on environmental protection--decades-old legislation that was a jewel in the crown of political bipartisan craftsmanship (something we could use more of today).
We have entered a period of unprecedented efforts to dismantle and gut the EPA, with people going so far as to blame EPA for today's budgets woes. This is politics at their worst: EPA has a relatively small budget already, and a track record for using it efficiently--and its regulations have spurred a terrific host of engineering and manufacturing breakthroughs not only on cleaner energy sources, but on cleaning up our older sources.
The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments has joined MOMS CLEAN AIR FORCE! Welcome all of you, and thanks so much for your support. Their first post is a must-read for anyone considering getting pregnant, or already so.
For my friends in Texas, please take a look at Gina Carroll's piece on how Texas is the Number One state for mercury pollution, from its electricity sector.
And finally, for my friends in Utah, a piece from Cherise Udell, the formidable mama bear behind Utah Moms for Clean Air. She took her young daughters to the sentencing of Tim DeChristopher, who made false bids during an auction of public land to oil and gas leases, as a protest. Udell didn't take her daughters to see a villian. She wanted to show them what an American hero looked like.
To all readers of Slow Love Life: We are in an urgent time; we must engage as citizens to protect our right to clean air. Please, if you have not already done so, join us at Moms Clean Air Force. Ask your friends to sign up. Together, we can make our voices heard. When you sign up, it makes it possible for me to send you instruction on how to make a difference, quickly and easily, over the next few months. And our team can send information, too, so that you can stay informed about the issues.
If you have already joined, we have only one week left to send the EPA support for its new mercury rulings. Use our easy form to tell the EPA you want to limit toxic mercury pollution.
Motherhood is powerful! Sisterhood is powerful! Humanity is powerful! Dads, brothers, uncles and nephews are always welcome in our ranks--after all, you were once babies, who looked to your moms for protection. We're here for you still!