Pages tagged "in the news"

  • Statement regarding California Bill AB345

    SanDiego350 and Mothers Out Front CA Strongly Condemn Senator Hueso’s No Vote on AB 345

    Call on him to reverse vote when bill is reconsidered next week

    Today, the Natural Resources Committee of the California State Senate voted down California Assembly Bill 345, which would have protected California families and children from the health impacts of oil and gas drilling.

    SanDiego350 and Mothers Out Front California expressed their disappointment with Senator Ben Hueso who voted against AB 345. Hueso represents South Bay San Diego out to Imperial County.

    Over 5 million Californians—overwhelming people of color—live within a mile of drilling sites. AB 345 would have recommended a 2,500 ft public health buffer between oil extraction sites and the communities living, working, attending school, and playing near them.

    Although 79% of Californians supported the proposed buffer zone and thousands of San Diegans voiced their support as well, the Committee voted against the health of the communities they represent.

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  • No Mother or Child should live in fear

    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.

     

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  • The circle game: Covid-19, climate and change by Melissa Ludtke, Cambridge Mother Out Front

    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. 

    Melissa begins: 

    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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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, May 15, 2020
    For more information:  Camila Gallardo
      camila.Gallardo@mothersoutfront.org
      (305)215-4259

     

    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. 

    Visit: www.mothersoutfront.org

      

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  • NEWS - Gas Stoves: Health and Air Quality Impacts and Solutions

    REPORT/PAPER

    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.

     

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  • Information and Resources for Current Outbreak of Coronavirus

    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 michele.gielis@mothersoutfront.org.


     

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  • VA - NEWS: What will it take for Virginia to get all-electric school buses?

    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.

    After the Fairfax County chapter of Mothers Out Front brought the issue to Keam’s attention, he began to view the matter as equally urgent.

    “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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  • VA - Dominion’s Role in Electric School Bus Plan

    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.

    See the whole story:

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  • CA - Rally at State of the State calls on Newsom to phase out oil production

    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.”

    See the whole story:

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  • NY - District Mothers Urge Tarrytown Schools to Switch to Electric School Buses

    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.

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