Climate change holds a dramatic impact on the well-being of our children, causing an estimated 150,000 asthma attacks annually. Which is why faith leaders joined Moms Clean Air Force this past week as they held a ‘play-in,’ where over 400 mothers gathered their children to play and learn about climate change in a Washington DC park.
Blessed Tomorrow Leader, Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley commented, “…every person has the right to clean air — it is a civil right — and I am here to fight for the civil rights of all children. We are here to stand up and speak out…” A sentiment echoed by the hundreds of mothers in attendance as they sought to secure a Blessed Tomorrow for God’s most precious of creations: children. For ways to organize your own event, check out our guide to hosting a creation care meeting.
WASHINGTON, July 7, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Raising the alarm about hundreds of premature deaths and 150,000 child asthma attacks per year linked to climate change and carbon pollution, an estimated 400 moms and kids gathered in a park on Capitol Hill to hold a "Play-In" protest. Organized by the Moms Clean Air Force, the mothers and their children called for action on climate change and air pollution, as well as to voice support for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Power Plan.
Photos of the 2nd annual protest will be available on line as of 2 p.m. EDT today at https://www.flickr.com/photos/momscleanairforce.
In making the case for the Clean Power Plan, organizers and speakers cited the following EPA data: "These reductions will lead to climate and health benefits worth an estimated $55 billion to $93 billion per year in 2030. This includes avoiding 2,700 to 6,600 premature deaths and 140,000 to 150,000 asthma attacks in children. These climate and health benefits far outweigh the estimated annual costs of the plan, which are $7.3 billion to $8.8 billion in 2030. From the soot and smog reductions alone, for every dollar invested through the Clean Power Plan, American families will see up to $7 in health benefits."
The family-friendly "Play-In" protest began at 930 a.m. with family activities, including music, hula-hoops, capoeira instruction, yoga, puppets, storytelling, and crafts. At 11 a.m., a news conference was held featuring the views of protest event attendees from across the U.S. The morning's activities ended with an 1130 a.m.-noon march on US. Senate offices.
Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley, retired senior pastor, Providence Missionary Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, said: "We have all come to Washington DC because I believe that every person has the right to clean air — it is a civil right — and I am here to fight for the civil rights of all children. We are here to stand up and speak out — we won't sit down."