Recently I testified at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment public hearing on the Clean Power Plan to let them know Colorado moms care about clean air for our kids.
In 2013, 64% of the electricity generated in Colorado came from coal. All of us know Colorado can do better. Right now, we’re on track to meet over 85% of the Clean Power Plan’s emissions reductions due to programs already in place. That is a fantastic start – but it’s only the beginning.
The Clean Power Plan standards give Colorado flexibility in developing a plan that works for our own state’s families, economy, and unique Western way of life. That quality of life is exactly what I highlighted when I went to testify at the CPPHE hearing, and I shared letters from moms from all over Colorado about why we are passionate about clean power and the clean air that comes with it.
Our message is simple: clean Air means healthy kids. If we want to keep our families safe and healthy, then there’s no room for pollution in Colorado. Fortunately, thanks to our state’s past history of working together to tackle air quality issues, Colorado is well positioned to meet the Clean Power Plan’s carbon reduction goals. We can do this!
I grew up running in the woods near my house with my sister and other neighbor kids. That unfettered joy of running in wild spaces is why we love Colorado – it is the joy we want to pass on to our children. Clean air is the foundation of good health for our children and future generations after them.
The next public hearing is November 9, from 4:30-6 P.M at Fort Lewis College in Durango. We hope to see you there. If you can’t make it, we will continue to post information about future hearings on Facebook as we get information about them, so please check back often. I hope you will join us at least once over the next year – we need as many voices as we can to stand up for healthy kids. If you can’t feel free to email us here with your concerns about pollution in Colorado.
– Emma Pinter, Colorado Moms Know Best Head Mom