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Just Launched: The Story We Want - a five part documentary series
Stories from across America share new day-to-day for American moms
Nationwide - Moms Clean Air Force and Climate Listening Project release The Story We Want, a five part documentary series highlighting the impact of pollution and climate change on the health of families in the United States. The series features women who are working together to protect their children and communities.
The first chapter in the series, Persistence: The Power of People and Prayer, features North Carolina moms, Tracey and Caroline who share their personal stories with Climate Listening Project Director, Dayna Reggero. Tracey and Caroline discuss the impact of coal ash in North Carolina and what compelled them to become activists, educating and uniting their community.
“This is supposed to be good living here. Fresh country air. Living off the land. That sounds wonderful, sounds beautiful, don’t it? But when you’re ingesting poison, not knowing, that’s heartbreaking, not knowing what you’re doing to your family,” says Tracey, a mother of two living in Stokes County.
There are more than 1,400 coal ash dump sites in communities across the United States. In 2014, the impact of coal ash in North Carolina became national news with the Dan River coal ash spill, but communities have been impacted by coal ash and related health issues for decades - and these moms are tired of being poisoned for the profits of irresponsible fossil fuel companies.
From toxic coal ash ponds in North Carolina to oil and gas operations in southwest Pennsylvania, from disastrous natural gas blowout in California to sea level rise in south Florida, and the extensive fossil fuel infrastructure in Native American communities across New Mexico, the courageous moms featured in the series share personal stories of the real-life impacts of air pollution and climate change on their families. These American stories demonstrate the new day-to-day reality for many moms across the United States - women who are talking mom to mom, researching and sharing information, participating in events, educating and empowering youth, and holding their elected officials accountable.
Moms Clean Air Force gives audiences an inside look at this reality for many women across the United States as seen through the unique lens of motherhood. “The more than one million members of Moms Clean Air Force care deeply about protecting the health of their children and grandchildren and are empowered to advocate for good policies that put their children’s health ahead of polluter profits,” said Gretchen Dahlkemper, National Field Director for Moms Clean Air Force.
"This administration has begun rolling back bedrock public-health safeguards that protect our bodies from dirty air, foul water and toxic food. Our bi-partisan membership is pushing back with motherly love, a force stronger than polluters' greed. We will take this message to the streets for the People's Climate March in Washington on April 29th and to our ongoing work advancing commonsense priorities for our families at every level of government."
The moms featured in the series are working together to protect their families and communities, for not only their children but all families across the United States. The primary goal of the series is to connect audiences to inspirational women and parents across this country who challenge us all to join the chorus to fight for a better today and a healthy tomorrow. “These stories weave together a powerful narrative about motherly love, resilience and hope in a climate-changing world; they also compel us to take action for the love of all children and those to come,” said Dayna Reggero, the series’ filmmaker.
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