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Mom to Mom: The Controversy of Clean Air

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MomsRising, Mocha Moms and the Moms Clean Air Force present this Internet radio discussion with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, who joins moms for an online conversation about the "controversy" of clean air.

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, MomsRising executive director, moderates the program, with other panel members Dr. Sumita B. Khatri, co-director of the Asthma Center at the Cleveland Clinic, and asthma mom Lydia Rojas, also known as Steph’s Mom.

Get the inside scoop on why Lisa Jackson fights with passion in Washington, D.C. Find out why an asthma doctor became an advocate, and about how one day changed a mom's life forever.

Asthma afflicts about 7 million children in the United States. It is the reason for some 800,000 emergency room visits a year, and is the 3rd leading cause of hospitalization among children under the age of 15. From 2001 to 2009, Americans with asthma grew from 20.1 million to 24.6 million, a jump of more than 12% over 8 years, with children disproportionately affected.

Yet even in the midst of an asthma epidemic, the idea that children need clean air is up for debate among many policy makers who prioritize energy interests over children’s health. In this Internet radio program, moms look at the connection between air pollution and asthma and the “controversy” of clean air. Finally, we'll talk about parenting, why the fight for clean air is absolutely personal, and how we can win.

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