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The Promise to Protect Kids from Dangerous Air Pollution

Pete Altman

Posted July 26, 2011 in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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Today the League of Women Voters is announcing a new campaign to make sure Americans can breathe clean air, by calling on elected officials, community leaders and citizens to make a promise – and keep it.

Who is the promise to?

The promise is to all of America’s kids who suffer from dirty air. To the kids that have severe asthma attacks on high pollution days and have to be rushed to the hospital so they can breathe again. To the kids who live near dirty factories and grow up breathing in a deadly cocktail of chemicals and poisons. To the kids who should get to grow up without having their mental abilities impaired by brain poisons like mercury from power plants.

The promise is to kids like these, featured in LWV’s ad which heralds the new campaign:

 

Here’s what the League says about the Promise campaign:

"Americans from all walks of life will be asked to make the 'Clean Air Promise,’" said Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the national League of Women Voters.

"We are deeply concerned about attacks on EPA and health protections. Any action to block the EPA from updating Clean Air Act protections, or any delay on behalf of the Administration to avoid implementing new clean air and industrial pollution requirements, is an attack on the health of our children and families, plain and simple," she said.

The Clean Air Promise Campaign will call on citizens, elected officials and community leaders around the country to join in making this simple promise to protect the health of our children and families:

"I promise to protect America's children and families from dangerous air pollution.

"Because toxics and pollutants such as mercury, smog, carbon, and soot, cause thousands of hospital visits, asthma attacks, and even deaths.

I will support clean air policies and other protections that scientists and public health experts have recommended to the EPA to safeguard our air quality."

Take a moment now and visit the League’s site http://www.peoplenotpolluters.org, watch the video – and make a promise: to protect kids from dangerous air pollution.

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