I wrote this for the Franklin Goose Blog but wanted to share since this is a very important topic right now!
With 4 months until elections and the finalization of the EPA’s first-ever national policy created to reduce mercury emissions from the electricity sector,Franklin Goosehas teamed up withMoms Clean Air Forceto help educate parents on clean air and how we can protect our children.
I attended awebinara few weeks ago hosted byMoms Clean Air Forceand have been blown away by the discussion ever since. Before I attended, I had no idea that mercury, arsenic, chromium, nickle, and other chemicals were released into the air from coal mined plants.
According toMoms Clean Air Force, “American coal plants produce 386,000 tons of hazardous air pollutants every year. These poisons affect every part of the human body, leading to disease, birth defects, brain damage, premature death and cancers. Children are especially vulnerable.”
Thewebinarwas hosted byDominique Browning, author ofSlow Love, blogger atSlow Love Life, former editor-in-chief of House & Garden, and lead blogger for theMoms Clean Air Force. Jessica Capshaw, star of “Grey’s Anatomy”, andVickie Patton, General Counsel for the Environmental Defense Fund also joined the discussion. You can catch a video of thewebinar here.
After listening to these amazing women speak and doing a little research on my own, I knew this was something thatFranklin Gooseneeded to be a part of. We have 4 months before election time and the EPA has introduced a rule called the “Mercury and Air Toxic Standards,” which will hopefully be finalized in November 2011.This is the first-ever national policy created to reduce mercury emissions from the electricity sector!
I was rather shocked at what I learned by just visiting those sites. It made me start thinking about all of the children I know with breathing problems like asthma. I also have known several non-smokers that died from lung cancer. All of these things started making me think more about the effect of our air on our health and well being. Then when we had consecutive code orange air quality days, I decided it was time to start writing my local government officials as well as getting more involved with our air quality.
I know that some parents don’t have the time to write their officials, but you can help by: