Protests have erupted around the country in response to racist incidents and killings of Black men and women. These incidents and murders come at a time when the nation is particularly vulnerable as it contends with the first deadly pandemic in a century.
Sadly, when we need national leadership to tackle these life-threatening issues and chart a clear path forward, galvanizing citizens around a common solution, we have a president who incites division, encourages violence, and nurtures insecurity in the American people.
The overt racist acts in the spotlight over the last several weeks must be condemned, but beyond that the insidious and institutional forms of racism at work every day in this country need to end. As an organization of mothers dedicated to working to curb climate change and stop our dependence on fossil fuels, we know our Black moms wake up everyday with the fear of not only climate change, but also the fear that their Black sons and daughters will not make it home. No mother should live with this fear, and justice must be served and a new way of policing must be practiced today.
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.
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
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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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Mothers Out Front Fairfax County were mentioned in this article as proponents of #CleanBuses4Kids in their community!
As for the school buses, Frisch said while running for office that they were one of his top goals. (The initiative also supported by Del. Mark Keam (D-35th District) and groups like Mothers Out Front Fairfax.)
Now, as the program is becoming a reality, he said it is a “fantastic” opportunity for the district.
“Dominion Energy will cover the difference in cost so that school districts pay no more for electric buses than they would for diesel models,” according to the FCPS website, which added that the company will also cover the cost of the charging stations.
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Mothers Out Front California were present and accounted for at the Rally at the State of the State on February 19th! Together with our allies, we were also #InTheNews!
Adelita Serena from Woodland, an organizer from Mothers Out Front, said, “We are here today asking the governor to listen to us as we share our three demands. We are putting pressure on him to be the climate leader that he has to be for the state and the nation. California is seen nationally as one of the most progressive states, yet it is still a major oil producer. I’m so happy that there are so many diverse people from young to old here today.”
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Mothers Out Front Westchester Rivertowns team showed up to speak for #ElectricSchoolBuses in their district! 15 moms were in the house and two are quoted in this article!
Two volunteers for the group Mothers Out Front used the public comment portion of the February 13 Tarrytown School Board meeting to urge the Board to commit to a plan that would phase out diesel-powered school buses in favor of zero emission electric buses. Thirteen other Mothers Out Front members were there to show support.
Arline Segal, a resident of Sleepy Hollow whose two grown sons were K-12 Tarrytown students, spoke about the deleterious health and environmental impacts of diesel buses. Switching to electric, she contended, can reduce a vehicle’s emissions by 70%, as electric buses produce no exhaust. Currently, students are exposed to high levels of particulate matter emitted from diesel exhaust, which contains 40 chemicals classified as “hazardous air pollutants” under the Clean Air Act. These pollutants are linked to decreased lung function, respiratory illness, cancer, and poor school performance.
Mothers Out Front was proud to join our allies from the Last Chance Alliance to call for climate action in Sacramento on Wednesday, February 19th during Governor Gavin Newsom's State of the State Address.
A group called Last Chance Alliance was among those represented at the rally and they want the governor to end all new fossil fuel projects in California, create a plan to phase out all drilling for crude oil and natural gas, and provide support people in related jobs most impacted by such a transition.
"Parents around the state are appalled that California allows fossil-fuel production right next door to where our children live, study and play--prioritizing fossil-fuel profits over the health of our children and communities," insisted Linda Hutchins-Knowles, Senior California Organizer for Mothers Out Front.