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The water will make you sick

Posted February 5th, 2014 by

I’m from West Virginia, and the recent chemical spill breaks my heart, makes me very angry, and makes me scared for my friends and family. Imagine not being able to give your children a glass of water to drink. Imagine not being able to cook for them, or having to tell them that they can’t bathe [...]

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Is the Polar Vortex Another Glimpse of Our Future?

Posted January 9th, 2014 by

Already in these first days of 2014, my spirits are dampened by the vision of a frightening climate future coming at us at warp speed. Like in a science fiction story, Arctic winds have been swooping in from the far north, grabbing regions as far south as the bayous of Louisiana in an icicle grip, [...]

Moms on Climate – Our Time is Now

Posted November 15th, 2013 by

  When I learned that Mom’s Rising was hosting a teleconference and twitter chat with the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy, I was thrilled; so thrilled, in fact, that I tweeted the following: “#MomsonClimate We see this national call as an important turning point for climate sanity!”  The tide is finally [...]

Why I’m going to the MomsRising and EPA Teleconference and TwitterChat

Posted November 12th, 2013 by

The EPA is asking for our input. From people like you and me. Regular parents. They want to know what you think about climate, clean air and child’s health. This week, MomsRising is hosting a teleconference and TwitterChat with none other than Gina McCarthy, head of the EPA. Here’s why I am attending this important event, and [...]

A Doctor Tells the EPA About Why We Need Carbon Emissions Standards

Posted November 8th, 2013 by

All day yesterday, the EPA held a public hearing for comments regarding proposals to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants.  Here is what I said during my speaking slot last night: Existing power plants create 38 percent of the carbon pollution in the United States, making them the largest single source of carbon in [...]

Are you a worried mom or dad? EPA is listening

Posted November 5th, 2013 by

Why are you worried about clean air and/or climate change? What questions and suggestions do you have?     Me? I worry about the toxins and greenhouse gasses in the air that provoke breathing problems and also contribute to climate change. I worry because my daughter, Cole, was severely asthmatic from age one through seven, [...]

Moms Who Roar Get Heard – Time to Roar for Clean Air

Posted October 24th, 2013 by

Because moms and family members across the country united our voices and signed on to’s petitions and letters calling on our government to defend clean air and fight climate change…. We were LOUD, and we were HEARD. Here’s how we know: Before the business of government was so rudely interrupted by the government shutdown, [...]

Protecting the Planet for Our Children

Posted July 31st, 2013 by

Yesterday I had the honor and privilege of speaking at Harvard Law School about the future of EPA – our challenges, and our incredible opportunities. The highlight of my day, however, wasn’t the fact that I got to speak about issues that I care very deeply about. About how working to fight climate change can [...] at Netroots Nation — Pics and Audio Included! #nn13

Posted June 28th, 2013 by

The staff members who attended Netroots Nation from left to right: Angélique Roché, dream hampton, Elisa Batista, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Karen Showalter, and Anita Sarah Jackson SAN JOSE, Calif. — Six staff members were in San Jose, California last week to partake in a series of activities at the Netroots Nation activism conference. It’s [...]

The Birth of Cool!

Posted June 28th, 2013 by

The internet is abuzz with the impending birth of Kate Middleton’s royal baby. Meanwhile, Rachel, Nina and Natalie, three amazing young women I know, are also welcoming little ones this summer.  Like Kate, they want the best for their babies and are thoughtfully preparing their nurseries. This period of anticipation is the perfect time to [...]

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