Mercury Rising

Did you know that fishing sites across Colorado are under “unsafe mercury levels” warnings according to the Colorado Department of Public Health? Ugh, and just in time for my town’s annual 4th of July children’s fishing derby! I grew up fishing with my parents and have passed this fun tradition on to our kids. I’m shocked that I have to worry about exposing my kids to such harmful pollution in our air and waterways.

CMKBkidgraphicThis week the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to make it harder for the EPA to limit Mercury emissions. We know that mercury can causes tremors, birth defects and other serious problems so I have only one conclusion: The justices who voted for this must not have any children or grandchildren!

Disagreeing with the decision, Justice Elena Kagan wrote that the EPA acted reasonably, and accused the court of micromanaging of the regulatory process. Those of us at Colorado Moms Know Best couldn’t agree more!

I’m fighting for my family to be able to fish and eat our fresh-caught meal without the fear of being poisoned. Who will stick with me and work clean air, clean water and the right to enjoy our great state for generations to come?

– Emma Pinter, Head Mom

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GUEST BLOG: On the Pope’s Encyclical

Hello Moms!

I am thrilled to be writing you today to applaud Pope Francis’ encyclical on reversing climate change. The document clearly articulates the need to limit fossil fuel pollution as a way to protect humanity and the natural world. I couldn’t agree more.

As a Catholic, I believe we have a moral obligation to protect the health of all people and be faithful stewards of Creation. Carbon pollution is not only making our kids sick with asthma and other illnesses, it’s driving climate change that’s causing hardship for children and families over the globe. 

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An encyclical is a letter from the pope that, in recent decades, has typically been addressed to “all people of goodwill.” Pope Francis’s encyclical on ecology and climate change draws from the deep well of Church teaching on these issues. St. John Paul II spoke about human-caused climate change in 1990, and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI spoke about climate change and sustainability many times. Even before that, US bishops wrote about the threat of climate change in 1981 in a statement on energy.

I am blessed to live on a beautiful piece of land in Adams County and want to make sure that my children grow up free to play outdoors and enjoy all Colorado has to offer. As a mom and a Catholic I am looking forward to a year of supporting my children and praying for our earth. I hope you all will join me in doing all we can take care of our earth, our children and our future.

For more on the encyclical, read the Colorado Moms Know Best press release here.

– Robin  O’Dorisio

PS: Join other Colorado Moms Know Best on Facebook and share this image to raise awareness about this monumental day in the fight against climate change.

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Introducing Emma & Pics from the Mama Summit

Have you heard?

Colorado Moms Know Best has a new Head Mom: Emma Pinter. Read about her on the bio page and be sure to stop by on Facebook and welcome her.

On Friday, we attended Moms Clean Air Force’s “Mama Summit” at the State Capital in Denver. Mama Summit was a chance for moms, dads, grandparents, and kids from across the country to show broad and united support for children’s health. Together in a bipartisan, or MOMpartisan, setting we demanded action to protect the air our children breathe and called for action on climate change. May 29th was the first Colorado Mama Summit. Check out our Facebook photo album from the day on Facebook by clicking here.

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