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Family-Friendly Protest at Nation's Capital

Parents from around the nation brought their kids to the U.S. Capitol for a rally calling for action on air pollution. (Mom's Clean Air Force)
Parents from around the nation brought their kids to the U.S. Capitol for a rally calling for action on air pollution. (Mom's Clean Air Force)
July 14, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Parents and children from around the country converged on the nation's capital this week to call for action on air pollution. They're petitioning lawmakers to support slashing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, and methane emissions from oil and gas operations.

A "Play-in for Climate Action" was held in Upper Senate Park in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. The annual event is a family-friendly protest to ask for a renewable energy future, said Kay Mills, a field organizer with the Missouri chapter of Mom's Clean Air Force, who hoped to highlight the importance of working together for change.

"I can make sure they eat the right food, I can make sure they're going to bed on time and getting their homework done and going to the right schools,” Mills said. “But when it comes to pollution and climate change, I can do my part but alone I can't make significant changes. That's why it's so important that parents work together."

Missouri joined a lawsuit with more than two dozen other states against the Clean Power Plan in October 2015. Mills said her group collected petitions from families all over the state making clear to elected officials that the health and future of Missouri's children was more important than campaign contributions from coal companies.

According to Mills, Mom's Clean Air Force has active chapters in 19 states.

"Primarily we're trying to make sure that our elected officials know that parents want to see action on climate change,” she said. "So we are working hard to make sure the Clean Power Plan here in Missouri is implemented."

Learn more about Mom’s Clean Air Force here.

Veronica Carter, Public News Service - MO