Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the EPA Connect blog. See the original post here.
Our children mean the world to us. So as moms, when we say we must meet our moral obligation to leave the next generation a world that is safe and healthy, we mean it. For us moms, it’s personal. It’s our children and grandchildren who are currently suffering from the effects of pollution. It’s our children and grandchildren who make up the future generations each one of us is obligated to protect. This March marks Women’s History Month; a time to recognize the unwavering strength of the mothers coming together to organize, speak out, and stand up for the health of their children.
EPA plays a critical role in protecting our children from pollution by keeping our air and water clean and safe, and by taking historic steps to fight climate change. And it turns out, efforts to combat climate change double as public health protection, too. The carbon pollution that fuels climate change comes packaged with other dangerous pollutants that cause smog and soot. With 1-in-10 children in the U.S. today already dealing with asthma—and even higher rates in communities of color—we must do all that we can to reduce harmful exposure.
That’s why EPA’s effort to set first-ever limits on our biggest source of pollution, power plants, is so important. And EPA is proud to work with mothers like us around the country, compelled to action on behalf of our kids’ health—and the health of generations to come.
It’s with pleasure that we highlight the words of us moms who choose to bear the burden of fighting pollution and climate change, so our kids don’t have to bear a greater health burden if we fail to act:
Eleanor Roosevelt once said “a woman is like a tea bag—you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” Climate change puts us all in hot water. We all see it. Many of our families feel it. Thanks to smart, strong women and moms coming together, we can be confident that we have what it takes to do something about it.