1.19.2015

THE WHITE HOUSE CALLS MOMS CLEAN AIR FORCE!

I am over the moon! Moms Clean Air Force was invited to sit in the First Lady’s box Tuesday evening as President Obama delivers the State of the Union. Surely this signals the president’s commitment to doing all he can--and more than any other president to date--to tackle the dangerous problem of climate pollution.

 Representing our 400,000 members--and I hope that includes many of you readers of Slow Love Life--Nicole Hernandez Hammer, who was born in Guatemala and moved to the US when she was four, is the mother of a seven year old son, and the Field Manager for the Florida chapter of Moms Clean Air Force. I first met Nicole when she popped her son and her husband in their car, and drove from Fort Lauderdale to Washington, DC to join me for a meeting between members of Moms Clean Air Force and EPA Administrator McCarthy. 

As I listened to Nicole talk passionately, urgently, about the porous limestone bedrock on which Miami is built, and how sewage and drainage systems are increasingly compromised as seawater rises through the ground—I thought: I want her working for Moms Clean Air Force. I want her to take her knowledge and her passion to the people of Florida, and urge them to act on climate change.   

That's exactly what has happened. Nicole  left academia to work for Moms Clean Air Force, and she has concentrated her work in the Latina community. She says, "The debate is settled, our climate is changing, our seas are rising. Now is the time for action. I worked to confirm that the climate is changing and now I am working on behalf of my son for action -- we need to fight climate change today.”

I could not be more proud of my fantastic colleagues. I could not be more thrilled to have created, and to be leading, an organization that is doing such important work: protecting those closest to our hearts. The love we all feel--for our families, and for this beautiful world into which we are born--will win the day. Love has to be stronger than pollution.

Thank you, all of you, for being on this journey with me. We have come far, in a short time. But we have a long road ahead. I know my work with Moms has taken me far from this blog, but then again, what I write about here is at the heart of our work on climate. I knew that the work would be demanding--no one said it would be easy--but I could never have predicted how deeply, and spiritually, rewarding it would be.

15 comments:

Judith said...

As one of the 400,000, I'm over the moon about this too. The fight to halt climate change is connected every other battle seeking to make this world a more fair and just place for us all. Nicole, I am thrilled that you will be there to represent!

Molly Culbertson said...

Congratulations to Dominique, and to the Moms Clean Air Force!

Elizabeth Marcus said...

Congratulations, Dominique! All your hard work is paying off. Gives us all hope!

mary tindukasiri said...

Congratulations! This is a huge milestone. I've been with "Moms" since you first talked about it here. xoxo Mary

Bill Buzenberg said...

Hearty congratulations! A shout out from the podium as just the best boost for all the good work you've been doing. Enjoy it.

Jill Dale said...

Congratulations! What progress! I am so happy to know your
efforts are paying off. Certainly as one who has followed your blog, I
know how dedicated you are to raising awareness at high levels about
the dangers of climate change . Thank you for taking action.

Leslie in Oregon said...

Congratulations and Bravo, Dominique! Thank you for all that you and the Moms Clean Air Force are doing on this urgently-important root issue of our times. Among else, you are inspiring us all to do more and better.

karensandburg said...

Well done! Nice way to reinvent yourself. Enjoy many victory laps...

William said...

Yes, I am particularly impressed that Obama is proposing a open a huge chunk of the Atlantic coastline to oil exploration! R.I.P. Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Kristina said...

Hi Dominique,

My comment is unrelated to this post. That said, I am elated to learn that you write a blog. You have made a lifelong follower out of me.

Your book, Slow Love, was given to me on Wednesday of last week. I tried to read slowly - in honour of its title - but I was finished within hours (spread across a few days).

I cannot tell you how profoundly your book has changed my life. When it was handed to me, I had found myself amidst a bout of anxiety. My thoughts flowing rapidly, endlessly and disruptively; I did not know where to turn. I felt crippled by an uncontrollable tendency to live my life as quickly – which I then deemed productively – as possible.

Your concept of slow love was one greatly unknown to me, but one that I desperately needed. It is for this reason that upon reading the prologue, I was instantly brought to tears. Suddenly, I am able to breathe deeply, indulge in one thought at a time, appreciate and savour each moment, and truly live my life no longer in fear. Your book quite honestly pulled me from the dark shadows of my anxiety and allowed me to enter new light. I wanted to take a moment to thank you. If you are at all interested, I wrote about the profound impact your novel had on my life here: http://kristinalauren.blogspot.ca/2015/02/letting-go-of-expectations-learning-to.html

Thank you for sharing your story. I can’t wait to read more of your work.

Sincerely,
Kristina

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Julie Kang said...

The play in event in DC sounds like a wonderful way for mom and dads to support the environmental cause. I was wondering if you could reconsider distributing free plastic water bottles and unrecyclable chia snack pouches and encourage parents to bring their own refillable water bottles and zero waste snacks. It seems antithetical to hands these out in an environmental event.