"You Cannot Buy Clean Air"

MCAFrWhen we were down at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum for the Green Metropolis Fair event a couple of weeks ago, we had a chance to sit down with Kelly Nichols, an organizer for Moms Clean Air Force Illinois.

This is an environmental group which is advocating for full implementation of the Clean Air Act through the angle of "fighting for our kids' health". The Moms Clean Air Force is a national organization that works through state affiliates for specific projects.

On their website, part of their mission statement reads:

Air pollution isn’t just dirty. It is toxic. We show you how pollution connects to disease.

Moms will do everything they can to keep their children safe and sound. We look for the healthiest foods we can afford; we avoid toxic chemicals in our products.

But there are some things we simply can’t buy. Clean air is one. We need job-creating regulations to assure that our children have clean air right now, and for their future.

At Moms Clean Air Force, we believe in Naptime Activism. With our online action center, we make it easy and fast for busy parents to make their voices heard—while baby naps.

Sometimes, being a good mom means being an active citizen.

Our children can’t fight for themselves. We have to fight for them.

Although the Illinois chapter is relatively new, they already have twenty thousand members, and a list of projects which include activities addressing Mercury, Climate Change, Clean Energy, Chemical Policy Reform, and Natural Gas Pollution. It appears that their model is based on having a lot of people doing little bits of effort "during nap time", so offers a way of making a difference even when you can't dedicate much time to it.

Here's what Ms. Nichols had to say:

There's quite a bit of additional information on their site, including contact info for Ms. Nichols, who is the "field organizer" for the Illinois group, setting up volunteer programs, etc.

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