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ND makes the grade in a national report evaluating public school support; SCOTUS justices express free speech concerns about GOP-backed social media laws; NH "kids on campus" program boosts retention; proposed law bans hemp sales to Hoosiers younger than 21.

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All These NV Moms Want for Mother’s Day is a Cleaner Environment

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Friday, May 11, 2018   

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Mother's Day is coming up this weekend, and many Nevada moms are coming together to ask for a healthier future for their children.

At the "Mama Summit" events this Saturday in Reno and Las Vegas, mothers and families will ask local governments to adopt more environmental protections for the state. The National Wildlife Federation and Moms Clean Air Force say they're concerned about federal rollbacks of clean air and water regulations under current leadership at the EPA.

That's why Rebekah Stetson, Nevada grassroots climate outreach consultant with the National Wildlife Federation says locally focused, grassroots efforts have the best chance of making an impact.

"We have a capacity to make a lot of change,” says Stetson. “It's really powerful when our state leaders or federal leaders see mothers standing up and saying, 'I need more protection for my children. My children deserve clean air; my children deserve clean water.'"

The groups are asking for local policies for clean energy, pollution reduction, and preparedness for extreme weather conditions. Climate Central reports Reno is the fastest-warming city in the nation, and Las Vegas the third-fastest. Both areas receive failing grades from the American Lung Association for ozone pollution.

Jennifer Cantley, an organizer with Moms Clean Air Force, says she wants politicians to understand that climate change isn't a far-off future threat. In Nevada, she says changes like a lengthening wildfire season are already making an impact.

"My son having asthma, when those fires are going on, it makes it really hard for me to sleep at night and know if he's breathing,” says Cantley, “because he'll wake up gasping for breath, and I can't always hear it if he's in the other room. So that's what, for me, climate change is doing for my family."

The mayors of Reno and Carson City, along with other state and local politicians, are expected to attend Mama Summit events.


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