By Michelle Talsma Everson
A special project of the Environmental Defense Fund, the Moms Clean Air Force is a community of more than one million parents across the U.S. who are passionate about addressing air pollution and climate change to protect the health of their children.
Moms Clean Air Force arms members with reliable information and solutions through online resources, articles, action tools, and on-the-ground events. “We work across the U.S. on national and local policy issues, through a vibrant network of state-based field teams. Our moms meet with lawmakers at every level of government to build support for commonsense solutions to pollution. Moms have passion and power – an unbeatable combination. We are harnessing the strength of mother love to fight back against polluters,” according to the organization’s website.
“I saw the need for an organization like Moms Clean Air Force after I realized there was really no effective way for parents to join their voices to fight toxic air pollution on behalf of our children’s health,” said Dominique Browning, the organization’s co-founder and senior director. “I have always been interested in global warming; I think it is the biggest problem facing humankind. The idea of forming an organization that would both empower parents and work toward solving such a major issue really hit home,” she continued.
Using what they refer to as “naptime activism,” Moms Clean Air Force makes it easy for even the busiest of parents to make a difference.
“Air pollution is at the heart of our biggest environmental problems. Parents are such a powerful force. It seemed natural that an organization harnessed the power of that commanding voice to fight for clean air,” Browning explained. “But, we had to do it in way that was simple, yet still effective. We know moms are really busy. So we make it easy to be engaged citizens while the baby naps. Sign a petition, make your voice heard – with enough time left over for a nap yourself! It is effective because we respect the craziness of a mom’s schedule, but we don’t count her out either. Sometimes, being a good mom means being an engaged citizen.”
On the Moms Clean Air Force website, interested parents can find petitions and other resources to share on social media.
Locally, Browning noted that, while there is no formal Arizona chapter, there are volunteers here. “We encourage parents and concerned citizens to join the force where we provide easy ways to take action and make your voices heard,” she added.
Essentially, Moms Clean Air Force is focused on political outcomes around clean air legislation.
“We are using all the tools at our disposal – letter-writing, petitioning, phoning, tweeting, office visits – to let our political representatives know that moms expect them to clean the poisons out of our air,” Browning said. “I am hopeful that we can change the way we use resources. I’m hopeful that we can clean up our mess,” she continued.
To learn more, visit momscleanairforce.org.
Michelle Talsma Everson is a freelance writer, editor, public relations consultant and mom based in Phoenix. With degrees in both journalism and PR from Northern Arizona University, she writes for several Valley publications. Find out more at mteverson.com.
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