From forest fires to smog-inducing pollution, Colorado is feeling the effects of climate change and dirty fossil fuels. Fortunately, we have been leading the nation in encouraging renewable energy within our state. But, there’s still a long way to go.
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…)