Air Quality Should be the Primary Issue for Moms This Election – Here’s Why

Air Quality Should be the Primary Issue for Moms This Election – Here’s Why
Makeba Giles

Makeba Giles

Makeba Giles is an Health, Family, and Lifestyle Blogger. She is also a Midwest Mother of four, and the Founder and Creative Director of MELISASource.com. |

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Having one child who suffers from respiratory illnesses can be a challenge. When you have three children who three children with the same problems, it can be downright draining for a parent.

Just ask me. Three of my four children have asthma and struggle with allergies. I, too have asthma. It is no wonder why none of us look forward to the seasonal weather changes throughout the year.

But there is another element that we have to be mindful of, too. That is the air quality. In our home, I can manage the quality of the air with proper cleaning, product selection, and devices like air purifiers. However, the moment we step foot outdoors, things are out of my control. As a mom, I feel helpless, as there is nothing much that I can do to improve or control the quality of the air my children breathe.

I know that there are millions of moms out there just like me who feel the same way that I do. As moms, we want the very best for our children. We want to protect them and their health at all costs. However, while there are some ways that we can play the role of ‘supermom,’ there are some things that we simply cannot change alone. Outdoor air quality is one of them.

That is why it is important for moms to unite together in order to raise more awareness of the environmental problems our nation. We must work to increase support of improving air quality for our children and for future generations.

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One of the key ways to do this is to study the political candidates that are currently up for election, and vote for the ones who are passionate about making our air quality better. Candidates who understand the health risks of harmful pollution, climate change, and toxic chemicals to our children and grandchildren are the ones who can be trusted to work on our children’s behalf to make a change for the better.

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Here are three of the issues moms should look for when choosing candidates – and why

Clean air. Air pollution from fossil fuels leads to bad air quality in too many communities. Increases in smog can trigger asthma attacks and exacerbate other chronic health problems.

Climate change. The same harmful pollution that is making our children sick is causing rising temperatures and extreme weather events. Our changing climate is making smog worse. It increases respiratory health threats, particularly for people with allergies and asthma. Also intense heat waves exacerbate heart and lung conditions.

Toxic chemicals. Dangerous chemicals are found in our daily lives. They often enter our homes and bodies without our realizing it. In fact, these chemicals may not even have been disclosed, identified or studied. Thousands of toxic chemicals found in everyday products are linked to potential reproductive and developmental toxicity, endocrine disruption, birth defects, cancer, asthma, headaches and skin irritants. Children are among the most vulnerable to such chemicals.

There has been a plethora of other issues shown at the forefront this election. While there may be disagreements on some of them, there is one thing that we all should be able to agree on: harmful pollution, climate change, and toxic chemicals are putting our families at risk — and it doesn’t have to be that way.

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As moms, our primary job is to do all that we can to stand up for our children and to protect their health and wellbeing. Part of the fight is getting out to the polls this election season, and casting our vote for the leaders who understand our position, and support clean energy and will protect our children’s right to clean air. It is up to us to make things better.

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air qualityTo learn more and to Join the fight to protect tiny lungs at cleanairmomsaction.org. And be sure to make your voice heard on election day.

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  • Karla Ramos

    Sadly, climate change is something that our top people have been ignoring. If you think about it, clean air is something so basic for survival yet we take it for granted.

  • Chrissy Hme

    We suffer from allergies and asthma. The air we breathe has a huge effect on our health and this is so important to raise awareness for.

  • Christina Richard

    I can relate to this because my son and I have bad allergies, but to make it worse, my son has terrible eczema. This flares up terribly when the seasons change along with our allergies taking a huge toll on us. We keep up with the indoor air staying as clean as we can, but we cant control outside and that’s hard to do.

  • Melissa Chapman

    As mothers we need to advocate for our kids and their health which IS why I am definitely joining clean air moms! Thanks for the information! This election has so many issues that as mothers we need to be aware of-especially when it comes to clean air and the environment!

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    These are very serious issues. We need to have someone who cares about the environment and climate change.

  • These are some important issues, as there are many in this election.
    You have a beautiful family and it is sweet and touching you have the utmost concern for them.

  • RachelFerrucci

    Yes air quality is important for our children and generations to come. I do think we all need to take our part to keep our planet cleaner

  • Theresa

    As a mom, I can totally relate to this post. I want my girls to grow up in a world where we don’t have to fight for clean air. It’s definitely something that the candidates need to address and then actually do something about!

  • Marcie W.

    Climate change and caring for our planet is extremely important to me. We need to remember that all of the money in the world can not buy more fresh air or clean water.

  • TheNewClassy

    Air quality is definitely an issue for me. I struggle with asthma and allergies daily. Each and every year it seems as though they get worse. So, air quality is definitely a priority for me in this election.

  • Catherine Sargent

    This is a great post. I have asthma and I will be looking into all of these issues and the candidates before voting.

  • Pam W

    It is important to vote on the issues that are important to you. People should look beyond parties and people to find out what the policies are and what the candidates are going to do about them.

  • I love this post! Our earth is slowly dying. Bit by bit, people are killing this planet. I’m interested in candidates who are interested in helping to stop that.