Pollution in our National Parks!

This July, the cousins came out for a visit. We were eager to share what makes Colorado special so, we packed a bag, packed the car, and headed for the mountains! 20150703_122348

It was a spectacular day. Our National Parks hold so much beauty and communicate in an instant our Colorado way of life – and, Rocky Mountain National Park never fails to deliver, including on that day.

That’s why I was shocked to read in the Denver Post a couple weeks ago that Rocky Mountain National Park’s “air exceeded the health standard three times in 2013.”

Because of that, Rangers have been working with local officials to lower levels. However, the problem persists across Colorado.

According to the Denver Post,20150703_150558 “air pollution in national parks, including four in Colorado, has reached unhealthy levels, obscuring the most stunning landscapes.” Sadly, those four parks are Colorado favorites: Rocky Mountain, Great Sand Dunes, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and Mesa Verde.

I want to continue to enjoy our natural landscapes, as well as show-off to out-of-state cousins.

If you care about clean air, please join me in a letter writing campaign! If you are interested in writing a letter to your local paper, please email us at CMKB!


Emma Pinter,
Head Mom

A reason to celebrate!

Moms have a reason to celebrate today – the EPA released Clean Power Plan rules that will improve the health of our kids!

We all expect that the air we breathe is safe. But right now, power plants dump carbon and other pollution into the air that causes childhood asthma and other respiratory illnesses. No one wants that.

As a mom I am willing to fight all day long for my kids to play in the great outdoors, just like I did growing up. So I couldn’t be more excited that the EPA is standing with parents to create a Clean Power Plan that will offer credits and other incentives to shift to renewable energy.

Climate change and a lack of clean air are hurting our children and their future. As Dr. Ivor Douglas from Denver Health said, “Compared with my patients today, a girl born in 2015 will have a three-fold higher chance of extreme heat exposure and critical illness than her parents.”

We have a moral obligation to continue making Colorado a cleaner and healthier state to raise our families. Today is a great day for families who want their kids to run and play outdoors without risking their health. Thanks, Clean Power Plan!

Spread the word about the good news by sharing this photo on Facebook or Twitter — we need to show Colorado that moms support clean air for our kids!

– Emma


PS: Don’t forget to check out our press release below too:

Moms Applaud Clean Power Plan Rules to Clean Up Air Kids Breathe
Optimistic about the positive health benefits for kids and families

DENVER – Parents active with Colorado Moms Know Best are celebrating the Environmental Protection Agency’s release of Clean Power Plan rules today. The rules are expected to lead to a 35% decrease in carbon emissions in Colorado by 2030, which will improve air quality and kids’ health.

“Moms believe we have a moral obligation to protect children’s health and future, ensuring they have clean air is one of the very basics,” said Emma Pinter, “head mom” with Colorado Moms Know Best. “Cleaning up air pollution from power plants will decrease illnesses like childhood asthma that not only slow our kids down but also cost us billions of dollars each year.”

Air pollution is a major contributor to childhood asthma, a serious illness that accounts for more hospitalizations than any other chronic illness. One out of 10 Colorado kids have asthma, more than 135,000 kids across the state, and over 40% of those reported missing at least one day of school last year due to the condition.

“Colorado is in great shape to meet the standards since we’re already on track to reduce carbon pollution by 75% with policies already in place,” said Dana Gutwein. “I’m so proud to be a Coloradan, knowing we will be committed to putting the rules into motion because we value clean air, healthy kids and our outdoor lifestyle.”

Colorado has been a leader in renewable energy. In 2004, Coloradans passed the first state ballot initiative to establish a renewable energy standards; 29 states and the District of Columbia have since adopted similar standards. In the years since, Colorado has added tens of thousands of clean tech jobs with an average salary of $78,000, according to the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Energy Cluster report.   

Colorado Moms Know Best helped influence Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission to adopt stricter air quality standards for oil and gas operations in the state of Colorado – and has been engaged in a campaign to promote the EPA’s Clean Air Power Plant rules.


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

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. 


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.

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.

We Need Your Help To Protect Kid’s Health and Renewable Energy Standards

IMG_4159Last 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.


Strong Air Quality Standards Finally Approved!

Denver Post Headline
By Bruce Finley 02/23/2014


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:


Colorado Moms Know Best Send Valentine Singing Telegram to Governor Hickenlooper

Colorado Moms Know Best Send Valentine Singing Telegram to Governor

DENVER – Today Colorado Moms Know Best sent a Valentine’s Day singing telegram to the Governor to show their appreciation for his leadership in crafting strong Air Quality Control Commission standards.
“Colorado moms are so happy that the Governor has shown leadership in bringing together affected families, nonprofit organizations and industry leaders to find solutions that protect the health of our kids and the air they breathe,” said Jaime Travis, “head mom” of Colorado Moms Know Best. “So moms wanted to take this opportunity to ask Gov. Hickenlooper: Will you be our Valentine for championing clean, healthy air for all Colorado kids?”