On Saturday, May 16th, Laura Davis tells us of a Virtual House Party meeting with leaders from multiple teams in Massachusetts.
"We have added an interactive ACTION component to our house party! We informed participants of the national Mothers Out Front campaign to push for a cleaner, more just future through a green stimulus and #NoFossilFuelBailout.
We asked each of them to write a key word, phrase, or hashtag so we could take a picture to feature on Mothers Out Front social media accounts.
Massachusetts mothers want a livable future for all children, and that means an economic recovery that puts families over fossils. Let's make a plan to #BuildBackBetter by centering #CleanEnergy and #ClimateJustice. Mothers Out Front says #NoFossilFuelBailout!"
Mother Out Front from Cambridge, MA, Melissa Ludtke was recently published in Cambridge Day sharing her perspective on the relationship between COVD-19 and climate change.
The Covid-19 pandemic has called on each of us to respond in ways that most of us never anticipated. Similarly, there will be little about our gradual return to our daily lives that will feel normal. Nor should they, since medical experts caution that a return to normal endangers all of us.
We know this about Covid-19.
But do we hear this in the frequent warnings about climate change? Do we understand that a return to our normal ways of burning fossil fuels endangers all of us, too?
See the article published in Cambridge Day here or read the remainder below.
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Mothers Out Front Calls Out Congress on Efforts to Bailout the Fossil Fuel Industry
As Congress prepares to vote on a new stimulus package, Mothers Out Front issued the following statement:
We were dismayed to learn that the newest stimulus bill being developed by Congress includes funds to be used for bailing out oil and gas companies, yet no funds allocated to building a green economy. The fossil fuel industry has deliberately misled the public for decades, polluted our air and water, leading to negative health impacts for those of us who live on the frontlines of extraction and processing, and led to climate change which affects us all.
Mothers around the country are clear on the links that the coronavirus has to the climate crisis. We see the connections between industrial pollution and those who suffer the most from the virus. Americans who live on the frontlines of fossil fuel and other industries that pollute our air and water, many of whom are Black and Latino families, are contracting the virus in higher numbers and are dying from it at disproportionate rates.
At a time when the effects of environmental destruction are so clearly linked to the health of people around the world, it seems impossible to imagine that our government would not be doing everything within its power to build a clean energy sector—one that provides a just transition for workers in the energy industry and ensures that all children will have the hope of a livable climate for their lifetime. We call on Congress to learn the lessons that the pandemic so urgently brings to us all and to acknowledge the links of industry to public health. We must transition away from fossil fuels and towards clean, renewable energy.
Mothers Out Front is a national movement that brings together mothers to take action on climate change and work towards a just transition away from fossil fuels to clean and renewable energy.
2020 | By Brady Seal and Andee Krasner
Health Effects from Gas Stove Pollution
Rocky Mountain Institute, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Mothers Out Front, Sierra Club
Across the United States, millions of homes and apartments rely on gas appliances for heating and cooking. Burning gas in buildings is not only a threat to climate action but also to human health, as these appliances are sources of indoor air pollution. Gas stoves, particularly when unvented, can be a primary source of indoor air pollution. What’s more, a robust body of scientific research shows the pollutants released by gas stoves can have negative health effects, often exacerbating respiratory conditions like asthma.
Despite this growing body of evidence, indoor air pollution remains largely unregulated. In this report, we synthesize the last two decades of research and offer recommendations for policymakers, researchers, health care professionals, and the public to work swiftly to mitigate the health risks associated with gas stoves. Air pollution is preventable, and we hope this report can spur the necessary action to protect public health.
By Andee Krasner
Every time my mother came to visit me from the West Coast she would walk into the kitchen and get a headache from the smell of gas. I didn’t smell anything. Perhaps I’d adapted to the odor, or maybe my mom was overly sensitive. This made me curious. What was in the gas I cooked my food with? Was whatever my mom smelled bad for my children to breathe?
What I found out is when gas is burned it releases nitrogen dioxide, small particulate matter, and carbon monoxide, all of which are components of air pollution. I also learned that the air in my kitchen was likely more polluted than the air outside my house. Reading more, I discovered that cooking on a gas stove increased my kids’ risk of asthma by 42 percent, and that wasn’t a risk I was willing to take.
Searching for options, I learned that ventilation can work well to remove air pollution if the exhaust hood over the gas stove is strong enough. But my over-the-stove hood didn’t vent outdoors so it was essentially useless. To be honest, I never turned it on because of its noise, which meant that I couldn’t hear what my kids were doing in another room.
My gas stove was nearly nine years old and had a broken burner so I decided to replace it with an induction stove. I had never liked my mother’s electric stove, which took forever to heat food. I selected an induction stove after cooking with a friend who showed me how to use hers.
After the brief training, Kathie Piccagli, Maia Piccagli, and Cherie Salonga jumped right in and texted hundreds of nonvoters in Pennsylvania, a key swing state. It was fast, easy, fun, and they received more positive than negative replies. (Whew!)
The Environmental Voter Project is offering a training for texting and calling non-voting environmentalists on Friday, April 24, from 12-12:45pm EDT (9-9:45am PDT): RSVP here to get the link. While texting can reach lots of people quickly, calling folks is super important in this time of shelter-in-place when door-to-door canvassing is not a possibility.
In April, we began our virtual strike in collaboration with climateactionpwc and The Greater Prince William Climate Action Network. Our strike theme this week is People over Profit, and that means doing that by addressing the climate crisis and the coronavirus crisis.
Over-development can lead to increased flooding and erosion in PWC, contributing to the larger issues of climate change and environmental destruction. Often the new developments don't commit to significant renewable energy or green initiatives. Residents are very aware and often push back, only to be voted over anyway. It's time we put people over profit and loosen the grip of real estate companies and fossil fuel companies in the county.
We are asking our Board of County Supervisors to explicitly include in the county budget measures that will ensure a clean and sustainable environment for all.
In addressing the COVID-19 crisis, local representatives must prioritize people over profit, especially supporting our gig/retail/service industry workers, medical workers and other at risk people by expanding social safety net programs, providing accessible health treatment and providing economic relief to PWC residents. #PeopleOverProfit
Mothers Out Front San Francisco community team members, Tina Martin and Kathie Piccagli, attended a state regulatory hearing in Oakland on March 9th regarding setbacks for new oil and gas drilling and fracking operations. At the last CalGEM Public Health Pre-Rulemaking Workshop before California’s shelter-in-place order took effect, they joined Last Chance Alliance allies to advocate for a 2500-foot health-and-safety buffer zone to separate toxic drilling from schools, playgrounds, homes, and hospitals, etc. To help make their case, they displayed a vivid poster of a child swinging near oil derricks, painted by Mothers Out Front South Bay team member Susan Butler-Graham.
Thanks to everyone who spoke up to protect the health of our communities and the future of all children!
In the face of the COVID-19 outbreak, we want to ensure that our staff and members are placing their health and wellbeing at the forefront. It is important that we adapt how we work in the near term to ensure as best we can that we are prioritizing the health and safety of our staff and members.
In accordance with CDC and WHO protocols of social distancing, Mothers Out Front staff and member leaders will be looking at how we creatively continue to move our campaigns forward in a digital capacity while also ensuring access to all who need it.
Some ways we’ll be moving digital include:
- Moving portions of upcoming state leader meetings to online gatherings
- Host trainings in messaging, social media and other digital tools to help teams move campaigns to a digital space
- Offer training videos to support digital work
- Offer digital campaign tools to create social media, call-in and email, etc., campaigns to teams
We will be updating this page frequently with the latest information and resources. If you have a resource you'd like to contribute, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mothers Out Front Fairfax County are in the news and credited with raising the sense of urgency for a transition to Electric School Buses for Delegate Mark Keam.
“I have two kids, one with severe allergies and seasonal asthma. I never put two and two together about the health impacts of using diesel school buses,” he said. “We’re exposing a lot of kids to one of the most toxic fuels on the roadway: diesel.”
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