Moms Clean Air Force is a community of over 1,000,000 moms and dads united against air pollution – including the urgent crisis of our changing climate – to protect our children’s health. We arm members with reliable information and solutions through online resources, articles, action tools, and on-the-ground events. We work across the US on national and local policy issues, through a vibrant network of state-based field teams. Our moms meet with lawmakers at every level of government to build support for commonsense solutions to pollution. Moms have passion and power – an unbeatable combination. We are harnessing the strength of mother love to fight back against polluters.
Connecting the dots between climate change and children’s health;
Building support for standards that limit climate pollution from carbon, methane, and ozone;
Protecting children from potentially harmful chemical exposures through education and advocacy focused on toxic chemicals in consumer products and other sources;
Bringing the voices of parents to decision makers at the local, regional, and national levels;
Driving solutions that support clean, renewable energy for a strong economy and healthy families; and
Fostering a national conversation about climate change that moves beyond partisanship, to focus on families and communities.
Moms have passion and power — an unbeatable combination. Moms will do everything we can to keep our children safe and sound. That’s why we are uniting to ensure that our children have clean air right now, and for their future.
This year has been the hottest year on record and this has been a trend for the past 3 consecutive years. Fire season has moved from summer to February in many wildfire hotspot locations. For 3 days last week, I was trained by Al Gore on the current state of the climate and how to become a leader in the topic – a Climate Reality Leader. 972 people being in Denver, CO wanting to learn, network, connect, motivate and take action had me certain that the most successful people would see the possibility of tackling this pertinent issue head on.
With 97% of scientists aware that the climate is changing due to human causes, climate change is no longer a liberal or conservative issue. Al Gore calls it the Sustainability Revolution. Like the Industrial Revolution and the Digital Revolution, sustainability is finding its way into every industry and its making business more efficient and cost-effective, and with it comes a better quality of life. Yet deniers still wave their hands in protest.
Climate denial comes in various forms:
Climate change is not happening
All is due to natural causes
Sure it’s happening, but we’re going to love it. (more beach days)
We can’t afford to do anything
Perhaps the facts are too big to take on – they are relentlessly suggesting urgency in climate action. Global warming is a global issue with planet-wide variables and consequences, so an individual can get lost in the crowd and wonder why they must be the one to change and ask why today, rather than next year?
If we stopped emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere tomorrow, 50 percent would fall out of the atmosphere within one generation. That would make a world of difference for our environmental hazards like flash floods, droughts, wildfires and ocean acidification that now affect every population, not just the residents in coastal Florida or the divers in Australia. We have a renewable market that is currently competitive and is already replacing coal and natural gas. Does this mean you have to install solar panels today? There are a world of possibilities from changing your light bulbs to turning off power strips when you leave the house to installing a Nest thermometer. Whether you make these small changes or can afford larger ones like an electric car, everyone has a place in transitioning.
And if you think its up to liberals and people of the green mentality, the red state of Texas is today’s leader in renewable energy. Why? Because renewables are a growing industry with pay off, both financially and for the health of the planet. With financial payoff, even if you’re a climate skeptic, there’s a monetary reason to reverse our impacts and plan for our future.
What would you do if you were locked in a room with the biggest corporate polluters on the planet? Would you give a speech on climate change or a powerpoint on your Clean Power Plan? Maybe team up with Leo diCaprio, Ed Begley and Mark Ruffalo and try a little corporate waterboarding on a few evil fossil fuel execs? Well, the League of Conservation Voters teamed up with Jeff Goldblum and Funny or Die to spoof the Fixer theme and share a few laughs while pricking our collective eco-conscience. In the video, executives gather to try and find a tobacco industry-like fix to their problems. Nevermind Big Tobacco or Volkswagen, these “nincompoops” and “garbage people” are about to be Goldblumed by “The Fixer.” Check out the video (and then sign the serious petition to help stop big polluters).
Awesome new graphic from CustomMade that takes an in-depth look at the growing global water footprint and provides ideas on how we can cut back on our individual water consumption to help sustain this valuable resource for future generations.
The average American lifestyle requires about 2,000 gallons of water every day. Fresh water consumption has doubled since World War II and is expected to rise 25% by 2030. All of this water use takes a toll on the planet and can create water scarcity which effects up to 2.8 billion people around the world at least one month out of the year. Explore ways you can reduce your water footprint in your home.
Reducing our Water Footprint
Dual flush toilets, turning off the tap while scrubbing dishes, and using a rain barrel to collect outdoor water are all great ways to reduce your water footprint. There are many simple changes you can make in your day to day life that can positively impact your water use and lessen the effects of water scarcity.
So, Halloween is the holiday most known for it’s spooky amounts of candy.
It starts out as a sweet little, “we’ll buy a bag to hand out to the disguised kids knocking on our door”; but then develops growing more horrific by the minute. “Okay, I’ll take one for myself.” “Let’s get an extra bag for us”. “Wow! I haven’t seen this candy since last year! Let’s get some!” From innocence to guiltiness, one by one we consume more and more candy; the result? – feeling terrible the following day, your face breaks out like a leprous zombie, and the creepy monster that roared the night before is feeling shameful and disappointed in itself.
To appease the candy vampire within, try serving one of these alternatives for yourself and/or the costumed minions rapping on your door.
Apples, Bananas, & Oranges all make great snacks and are sturdy enough to survive the night in a trick-or-treaters bag.
Chopped celery with peanut butter and raisins make a cute “ant on a stick” look that will make kids smile. Other raw foods like garlic (appeal to the vampire fandom), corn on the cob (appeal to the scarecrows), mini cabbages (look like brains for the zombie invasion), or baby carrots work as a fun and creative alternative to cursed candy.
3) Trail Mix
This can be found in snack packs, easy for handing out; but, provides the protein and fats our bodies need instead of the mass amounts of sugar infestation from candy. Plus, kids don’t mind this option too much!
4) Cheap Toys
Cheap toys can be found in bulk through different places, my personal favorite (for best bang for your buck) is oriental trading company. Maybe activity books, festive pencils, paddles, or rubber duckies sound more exciting to pass out. These don’t offer any sugar or fake ingredients to be gobbled up by the kids and will even work out their mind grapes.
5) Protein/energy bars
Always a healthier option. Protein and energy bars, such as KIND or CLIFF, offer vitamins, minerals, and proteins / fats the body craves. These would be a healthier option to pass out to the little Padawon or Princess Elsa at your front door.
6) Toothbrush & Toothpaste
It is always important to encourage good hygiene to all creepy crawlers. What better time than the Great Hallow’s Eve, to provide a new clean toothbrush to all the candy-stuffed children.
You probably do not want to break the bank to pass these out, but check out Woobamboo‘s selection of bamboo toothbrushes (maybe to spoil yourself!)
7) Oatmeal Packets
Easy to hand out and available in bulk, this snack provides warmth, comfort, and vitamins the body hungers for. Head’s up, the little rascals will probably prefer the brown sugar flavor.
Popcorn is by far one of the most fun snacks out there. Pop it before hand with the lightest amount of butter (to give it flavor and encourage the kids to enjoy) and stuff in festive bags for handing out. Popcorn is a grain that is natural from the Earth, unlike its candy competitors, which are synthetically made.
Want some eco-friendly popcorn packs? Check out Gold Medal at GYGI in Salt Lake City, UT!
9) Pumpkin Seeds
The most festive of all the alternatives – pumpkin seeds. So, you went to Sprouts, bought some pumpkins for the kids to carve, and thought, “What am I to do with all these seeds and guts inside?” Roast em’ up in the oven and hand them out to the mischievous masked creatures on this spooky night.
These options may not be budget-friendly or most popular among the kiddos, but they are sure to encourage the green-friendly, health-conscious spirit we all share here at Green Businesses!