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My name is Lakshmi Johal-Dominguez and I live in Orem, Utah.  I am 58 years old, a mother and a grandmother.

My husband and I have been married over 38 years; we met when we were 14 years old.  East meets West: immigrant kids---his dad from Mexico and my dad from northern Punjab, India. David is a law professor and I am a realtor. Our daughter Kira married a Swedish-German guy, Andy, so our grandkids are from Mexico, India, Germany, Sweden!  Andy is a chemical engineer turned environmental analyst and she is a clothing designer/storyteller. Our son Gabe is an environmental activist musician who co-founded www.BicycleMusicFestival.com in San Francisco.

Having grown up in Los Angeles and never being able to see the Hollywood Hills because the smog was so thick, clean air has always been a topic of concern for me.  Fast forward five decades and clean air is an even graver concern today.  Mothers and grandmothers across America are fighting for their family’s right to breathe and although we may not be scientists---we even acknowledge the current climate crisis!  Our leaders need to have the political will to implement changes today, not expend precious time on yet another study or half-hearted attempt to move in the direction of change.

We need to put global health first and show committed leadership to the rest of the nations---show that change is possible, and that putting business profits ahead of people is unwise!  We need to quit “green washing” and using oxymoron phrases like "clean coal".  Please “get real” so that my grandkids can have a future!  In this great country we have the tools, the technology, and the resources---let’s get it done!

This will be top of mind for me when I vote this November.


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