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Colorado Moms Rally for Kids' Sports, Clean Air

Colorado moms are rallying for kids' sports and clean air. (Pixabay)
Colorado moms are rallying for kids' sports and clean air. (Pixabay)
October 11, 2016

DENVER – With fall in full swing, kids are heading out to play soccer, football, and other sports across the state. To ensure kids have clean air to compete, and to avoid asthma and other breathing problems exacerbated by air pollution, the group, Colorado Moms Know Best has launched a petition urging Gov. John Hickenlooper to make good on his promise to implement the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan.

Jen Clanahan is the group's head mom.

"My number one concern with my kid is always her health," she said. "When I see her running around on the soccer field and know she's just taking in that much more air, it's concerning."

Denver, Fort Collins and Glenwood Springs ranked in the top 25 most-polluted cities in the nation, according to this year's State of the Air Report from the American Lung Association.

Data from the Sports and Fitness Industry Association shows that more than 21 million kids in the U.S. between ages six and 17 regularly play team sports.

The EPA's plan would for the first time regulate pollution from power plants, the single largest source of carbon pollution in the U.S. Power generation is responsible for nearly 40 percent of the CO2 emissions driving climate change.

Clanahan said it's important for federal and state governments to protect air quality, but parents don't have to wait to help kids breathe cleaner air.

"Because it impacts our kids' health," she added. "And to know that somebody could make a change as simple as turning off their car while they're waiting to pick up their child and have a positive effect, I think parents want to know that."

The Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration's signature effort to reach climate goals set in Paris, has been put on hold until a federal appeals court rules on a legal challenge brought by coal-producing states and businesses.

Colorado moms delivered coal to Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman last Christmas for her efforts to defeat the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

Eric Galatas, Public News Service - CO