I took this photo of a mama bear and her triplet cubs while on vacation in Alaska
I’m not a confrontational person. Arguments make me really uncomfortable and I do my best to avoid them. I don’t need to “win” and am happier to just smile and nod when I disagree with someone about something trivial. It helps that I have a lot of patience and that I respect people’s right to their own opinion. But when it comes to my son Joshua’s well being, that’s a different story.
I’ve actually seen mama bears defend their cubs in the wild. Believe me, it is terrifying. And now that I’m a mother, I understand. I’m most likely never going to have to defend him physically, with tooth and claw, but I will stand up to the meanest, scariest, biggest grizzly bear if that’s what I have to do.
So when I think about all the great big scary polluters who threaten my son’s health and future, I have no problem standing up to them. I’m not afraid to tell them it’s their turn to act.
It can seem overwhelming to think of my one, tiny little voice telling Great Big Companies to clean up their act. It’s worth it for my child’s future, and I am not alone. We are not alone. All around the world, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers are banding together to tell polluters that we’re not letting them off the hook. We’re contacting our representatives and the EPA, organizing public demonstrations and events, launching online events on Facebook and Twitter, and teaching our children to stand up for themselves. Our voices are united, and I believe we will triumph.
I never thought I’d say this, but I’m a Mama Bear. Are you?
Cross-posted at Moms Clean Air Force
How many premature deaths due to air pollution are acceptable? American Electric Power (AEP) says 34,000 in two years ia A-okay. AEP is a huge polluter and they’re spending a ton of money to try to limit clean air standards. They’ve even drafted legislation that would allow them to continue polluting.
Why does AEP think they can change the laws to allow them to continue polluting? Ordinary citizens, mothers and fathers and children, have the right to stand up to AEP and tell them to stop polluting. We have the duty to tell our representatives to protect our families’ health. Why should we allow AEP to continue to pollute? Why should we AGREE to let an estimated 34,000 people die due to air pollution?
Let’s ask AEP: How many lives are you willing to sacrifice with your assault on clean air standards? #WhatsYourNumber?
Send AEP an email, then spread the word with these tweets:
34k premature deaths from @AEPnews’s dirty air bill. How many deaths are ok? #WhatsYourNumber #CleanAir http://goo.gl/34syA Tweet this!
@AEPnews’s Dirty Air Bill = 240k asthma attacks and 34k premature deaths. Acceptable? #WhatsYourNumber http://goo.gl/34syA Tweet this!
No advanced pollution controls on 40% of @AEPnews’s plants. How many lives is that costing? #WhatsYourNumber http://goo.gl/34syA Tweet this!
@AEPnews #1 polluter spends 0.5% on #energy efficiency. Their legislation would cost 34k lives #WhatsYourNumber http://goo.gl/34syA Tweet this!
@AEPnews #1 polluter dirty air bill = more mercury, more asthma, 34k early deaths. #WhatsYourNumber http://goo.gl/34syA Tweet this!
@AEPnews $1.2 billion in profits and their bill would cause 34k premature deaths. #WhatsYourNumber http://goo.gl/34syA Tweet this!
@AEPnews’s Dirty Air Bill = More kids exposed to toxic mercury, more worry for moms. #WhatsYourNumber http://goo.gl/34syA Tweet this!