Putting the “Mother” in Mother NatureApril 22, 2011
Happy Earth Day! Today is a day to promote awareness and action about the many issues plaguing our environment. Throughout history, women have taken a special interest in environmental issues because of their roles as caregivers for the next generation (and let’s face it, because of their common sense). From ecologist and writer Rachel Carson to past Women of Distinction such as National Park Service trailblazer Lorraine Mintzmyer and urban sustainability pioneer Majora Carter, women have long been leaders of the environmental movement.
Recently, a group of “mommy bloggers” have joined this tradition of activism, banding together for an issue that is important to their children’s future well-being: clean air. Moms Clean Air Force is a community blog that raises awareness about the need for clean air regulations, especially for children and future generations, and provides guidance on how to take action.
The group’s biggest issue right now is rallying support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s newly introduced mercury and toxic air standards, the first-ever national policy created to reduce mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants. The policy is still being finalized, but because Moms Clear Air Force recognizes the danger that mercury poses to young children, the motherly activists are spearheading a movement to keep these standards strong.
Today, AAUW celebrates the women leaders of the environmental movement. And attendees of the 2011 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders will be applauding another woman environmentalist this summer when they see EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson honored as a Woman of Distinction on June 2.
What environmental issues are you concerned about in your own community, as a parent or not?
This post was written by AAUW Leadership Programs Fellow Jessica Kelly.