Vote for Clean Air for Your Children on Election Day
Photo of Veronica Butcher courtesy of Clean Air Moms Action
As parents, we feel a deep responsibility to protect our children, whose little lungs are more vulnerable to effects of toxic air pollution. In North Carolina asthma is the number one medical reason why kids miss school. When our kids miss school we as parents miss work and our medical bills rise.
No parent rushing to the emergency room predawn because their child cannot breathe ever thinks about political party or what might be an “allowable” level of pollution. No, that parent only wants their child to be able to breathe.
The same air pollution that is making our children sick is contributing to the disruption of our climate leading to more weird and extreme weather events. This year is on track to be the hottest ever. But climate change is more than heat. Severe historical flooding, more frequent wildfires, and longer growing seasons resulting in longer allergy seasons are becoming a new normal. In North Carolina, this is happening right now, and we need to find solutions.
Parents are a powerful force, and we have an important responsibility on Election Day in the voting booth. Sometimes being a good parent means being an informed and engaged citizen. As parents, we can play an active role in teaching our children about our democracy before and after Election Day.
This Tuesday, Nov. 8, the health of our children is on the ballot. Our children's health is not a red or a blue issue. We must demand answers from our elected leaders and candidates — from all political parties — about how they will improve the quality of our air which will also help reduce climate pollution.
My son and his friends’ health are what inspires me to raise my voice on these issues. My dearest friend’s little girl has suffered from asthma since she was a baby. Over the years, I've gotten many calls from her after a long night in the emergency room watching her daughter struggle to breathe. Breathing treatments, inhalers, checking oxygen levels and the day’s air quality are normal.
This election is the most critical race we’ve ever seen, and the results will impact the quality of the air our children breathe for years to come.
I am knocking on doors, making phone calls and encouraging parents everywhere to vote on Election Day. I want all North Carolina parents go to the polls and elect politicians that will stand with our children to make sure that we’re all addressing the impacts of toxic air pollution.
Veronica Butcher is the National Campaign Manager for Clean Air Moms Action, the political action partner of Moms Clean Air Force