Letter: A parent’s fight

Published: 7/31/2017 12:01:18 AM
A parent’s fight

As lawmakers have laid to rest a contentious health care bill, let’s redouble our efforts to advance the other ways to make it easier for our families to get well and harder to get sick.

As a mom of a 1-year-old, I traveled to Washington, D.C., on July 13 to tell my elected officials that cutting the Environmental Protection Agency and withdrawing from the Paris agreement are part of a national prescription for sickness, not wellness.

Like other moms, I want the places where our families live, work and play to be free from pollution and hazardous waste. I don’t think that anyone voted in the last election to Make America Dirty Again with dirty air, dirty water and runaway climate change.

I joined hundreds of moms from across the country for Moms Clean Air Force’s annual Play-In for Climate Action. We were there to tell Washington to take urgent action on climate change and air pollution, which threaten the health and future of our children. Without leadership, our children and our communities will get sicker from pollution and climate change.

My daughter and I met with Sens. Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen, and Congresswoman Annie Kuster. We asked them to continue to stand up like a parent would against any polluting agenda. Parents won’t relent in fighting for what is right. Nor should our leaders.




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