Thurs., May 30, 2013
Contact: Jenny Davies-Schley, 720-296-9545
Moms Launch “Colorado Moms Know Best” to Protect Colorado Kids & Lifestyle
Will educate, engage and empower moms to advocate for clean air and outdoors
DENVER – A new grassroots network called Colorado Moms Know Best has formed to educate, engage and empower moms who love Colorado and the outdoor lifestyle it allows their families to live. Their first issue focuses on air pollution that is harming the health of Colorado children.
“Colorado Moms Know Best hopes to be an education resource and activity outlet for moms who care about the outdoors, land and water conservation, clean air and protecting child and community health,” said Jaime Travis, Colorado Moms Know Best coordinator. “We will make the case for the mom side of the story on clean air – and we can always tell policy-makers, ‘Because I said so!’”
After being shocked that most Front Range counties received D’s and F’s on the recent American Lung Association State of the Air report card on air pollution, the moms decided their first campaign would focus on advocating for clean air rules to protect Colorado children’s health.
Oil and gas development is growing in Colorado – since 2000, statewide drilling for oil and gas has more than doubled and drilling has nearly tripled in the Front Range. With that development we’re seeing an increase in smog-inducing air pollution around oil and gas sites –many close to our neighborhoods, schools and playgrounds – that emit noxious chemicals that worsen and even cause asthma, gastrointestinal problems and other illnesses. Already 1 out of 10 children have asthma in Colorado, an even higher rate than in adults because their lungs are still developing.
“Living among oil and gas operations in Erie, I know firsthand the fear you experience when you are left wondering how the toxic chemicals might be harming your kids,” said Andrea Roy, a member of Colorado Moms Know Best and Erie Rising. “We will ask the Air Quality Control Commission and the Governor to dramatically reduce lung-damaging ozone pollution and dangerous climate change emissions coming from oil and gas operations to protect the health of our growing families.”
The moms are calling for common sense yet innovative standards that require the oil and gas industry to:
- Detect and repair drilling leaks
- Stop natural gas venting
- Use capture technologies on storage tanks
- Disclose chemical emissions
While much of Colorado Moms Know Best’s activity will be online at their website and through social media, the group occasionally will bring moms together for special events. For more information, please visit http://coloradomomsknowbest.com.
Colorado Moms Know Best is a casual network of moms and friends that are looking out for our children’s health and wellbeing by protecting Colorado’s outdoors and quality of life.