Concord, NH – New Hampshire families rallied on the State House Lawn in Concord to highlight the need to protect our children’s health and the environment and show New Hampshire leaders that they demand a clean and healthy future for their children.
There were over 50 people who attended the free event, more than half of whom were children. A press conference followed kid-friendly fun activities and opportunities for activism. The event and press conference were organized by Moms Clean Air Force, a community of over one million moms and dads united against air pollution – including the urgent crisis of our changing climate – to protect our children’s health.
The New Hampshire Sierra Club ran an electric car Ride and Drive and there was a musical performance from Robert Hodgman, founder and lead performer of Creative Concerts. Kasia Beznoska, from Growing with Yoga led a children’s yoga class and Danielle Baudrand helped the children make a quilt using the Zero Waste Approach.
“I am proud to stand with Moms Clean Air Force today in support of a healthier future for all children,” stated Sarah Robinson, Mom of two young children and Director of the River Guild in Concord. “Our children are watching us. When they see us take action, they see it as a valuable part of the experience of life, of being part of a strong and loving community. This planet is so beautiful and so fragile – let’s show our kids how to fight for it.”
Catherine Corkery, Chapter Director for the New Hampshire Sierra Club spoke about her personal experience with Lyme disease this summer. “Climate change isn’t a distant concept; it affects us every day in our backyards. It’s affecting our way of life in New Hampshire. If you spend time outdoors, like we love to do in NH, it’s hard to ignore the significant increase in the tick population over the past few years. With climate change translating to unpredictable weather patterns and warmer temperatures, the tick population is thriving and multiplying faster than ever before. Shorter, warmer winters are enabling ticks to survive for longer periods of time and flourish.”
At the event, Becky Whitley, Moms Clean Air Force’s New Hampshire organizer called for New Hampshire families to stand up against Trump’s proposed budget for FY 2018 which will slash the EPA budget by more than 31%, gutting bedrock pollution protection programs and hobbling enforcement of basic clean air standards. “As parents, we are outraged at this proposal,” she stated. “We depend on the EPA to protect our families from asthma, heart attacks, preterm birth, neurological damage, cancer, strokes, and other health issues linked directly to air pollution. Though the Administration has the power to propose budgets, Congress alone holds the power to approve them. We must let our members of Congress know that we will not stand for anything but clean air, clean water, and good health—and a commitment to preserving the EPA.”
Ms. Whitley also called upon local leaders to take action on climate change and lauded New Hampshire and the others states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) for pledging to cut emissions from power plants by at least 30 percent between 2020 and 2030. “It is heartening to see regional leadership in light of federal inaction and irresponsibility. Now we need elected officials in New Hampshire, from the Governor to local city councilors and select board members to recognize that climate change is a New Hampshire issue and needs to be addressed to protect the future of our children and grandchildren.”
Senator Shaheen, Senator Hassan and Congresswoman Kuster were not able to attend the event but sent letters that were read at the event.
More about Mom’s Clean Air Force here: http://www.momscleanairforce.org