Letter: Fighting for a cleaner future

Published: 7/23/2018 12:00:52 AM

My two sons are lucky to grow up in the beautiful state of New Hampshire, but kids today face more danger than I did during my childhood in the Granite State.

As a mom living with Lyme disease, it’s terrifying that our family’s outdoor adventures carry a growing risk of exposure to illness. We use bug spray and tick checks to try to keep our families safe, but infection rates climb as climate change creates a more hospitable environment for ticks.

Despite these serious concerns, the Trump administration is putting polluters’ profits above public health by slashing common-sense health and environmental protections. These cuts endanger New Hampshire kids and increase exposure to tick and mosquito-borne illnesses and cancer-causing pollutants.

That’s why, on July 11, I joined dozens of concerned families like mine in Washington, D.C., for the Moms Clean Air Force Play-In for Climate Action. It was inspiring to speak with moms from across the country who are fighting against the impacts of climate change in their hometowns. My family met with our full congressional delegation and was heartened by their commitment to climate action and children’s health.

As the moms of Moms Clean Air Force, we wanted to show our kids the power of standing up for issues that matter. We traveled to Washington to fight for a cleaner future, and we won’t stop until our children’s health is the top priority of leaders in New Hampshire and across the nation.




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