…so we fight for it. And our children. Every day. We want our kids to grow up healthy, breathing in clean air, not sitting inside because of another day of bad air quality.
Brand-new research published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that decreasing air pollution leads to bigger, stronger lungs in school-age children. Researchers found that as nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter levels dropped in the Los Angeles basin, kids’ respiratory health improved.
Last week, mamas with Colorado Moms Know Best and their kids went on an adventure to the Denver Children’s Museum for Children’s Hospital’s “Healthy Kids-Mountain Air” event. It was a fun way to connect the need for clean air with kids’ health and the joys of kids playing in Colorado’s great outdoors – one of our most basic values. As you know, CMKB exists to ask Colorado’s elected officials to keep our kids healthy and work for their bright future by protecting our air, land and water – and we can’t keep Colorado healthy without their leadership and support.
This past weekend the Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) passed the strong air quality standards Governor Hickenlooper proposed without any weakening amendments. It’s a huge victory for clean air and the health or our kids! There’s no denying that the phone calls, emails and testimony from moms supporting these rules played a big role, not only in getting this approved but also in preventing the oil & gas industry’s many attempts to weaken it. Just goes to show when Colorado moms work together we can enact real change for Colorado families!
I wanted to share with you an excerpt of my remarks at the AQCC hearing last week about the importance of enacting strong air quality rules:
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After meetings at the capitol, running some ads with health professionals and even getting a guest editorial printed in the Denver Post; Governor Hickenlooper proposed the strongest air quality standards for oil & gas emissions in the country! (more…)
* Stop natural gas venting (including methane)* Use capture technologies on storage tanks* Disclose chemical emissions* Use state of the art infrared cameras to detect leaks and repair drilling leaks quickly
It was a packed house this morning at the Air Quality Control Commission’s (AQCC) final monthly meeting prior to releasing its highly anticipated air quality regulations. Already 1 out of every 10 kids in Colorado have asthma and a report released today by the World Health Organization named air pollution as “a leading environmental cause of cancer deaths” so it’s imperative that the AQCC set high air quality standards so the air our families breathe won’t make them sick.
We at Colorado Moms Know Best (CMKB) were very proud of our very own Andrea Roy who spoke eloquently about the need for the Commission and the Governor to reinforce the public’s faith that the state values and protects the health of all Coloradoans by enacting common-sense standards.
— ConservationColorado (@ConservationCO) October 17, 2013
Along with CMKB, representatives from a number of different organizations, as well as everyday citizens, spoke about the need for the commission to enact strong air-quality standards. The speakers included a doctor from National Jewish Hospital in Denver who spoke of the vast negative health effects of oil and gas emissions; a pastor who spoke on behalf of his many parishioners asking the AQCC to protect our State’s water and air, and several moms who spoke passionately on behalf of protecting the health of Colorado’s children. It was clear from the diversity of speakers that Coloradoans are serious about wanting their government to protect the health of its citizens as well as the beauty of our state.
We at CMKB are hopeful that the AQCC will indeed protect the health of our children and families by standing strong and creating air quality standards which dramatically reduce lung-damaging ozone pollution and dangerous climate change emissions coming from oil and gas operations. This is a critical time, the AQCC is expected to release its draft rules prior to its next meeting in late November, so if you’re concerned about the effect of these emissions on your family’s health please join the 8,000 plus moms who have already signed our letter to Governor Hickenlooper.