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Expert: AZ's Dirty Energy Negatively Impacts Kids, Federal Dollars Could Help

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Thursday, March 30, 2023   

April is Earth Month, and for many climate scientists and advocates across the world, it's a time to raise environmental awareness.

In Arizona, a group called Science Moms wants families to know about new rebates and tax credits available to them through landmark federal clean energy laws.

Joellen Russell, professor of geosciences at the University of Arizona and co-founder of Science Moms, said many are still not aware of the tools at their disposal or the reasons why they should make the switch to cleaner energy.

"So by talking to moms honestly about how dirty energy harms our kids' health, and how switching to clean energy is an act of 'mom love,' we can help ensure this record investment in fighting climate change and cleaning our air is put to good use," Russell explained.

Russell added dirty energy causes many adverse health effects, especially for children. She pointed out recently passed federal climate laws have now allocated billions of dollars toward making clean energy more affordable. She encouraged families to take advantage of the rebates and tax credits to purchase products like heat pumps, which she noted are a clean way to heat and cool your house while significantly slashing your utility bill and reducing air pollution.

As a professional and a mom herself, Russell said she understands moms are always busy, but still encouraged families to take action.

She urged people to not "give in to climate despair." Russell emphasized the United States has dropped more than 20% off its peak carbon emissions since 2007, and added the U.S. is the fastest-reducing country in the world while simultaneously growing our economy and population.

She stressed federal dollars will only help accelerate the decrease in carbon emissions.

"If we keep on the trajectory we are on right now we'll have cut 50% by 2032," Russell asserted. "And we will have dropped from 22% of global emissions to 6%. Not only is there hope, we are leading the way here in the U.S. and here in Arizona."

Russell also urged parents to engage with local schools and let them know electric school buses will cut toxic fumes emitted from diesel buses and suggested starting conversations about cleaner energy with family and friends in-person and on social media.


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