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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To 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.