NH Mom Goes to Washington

“MOMMY, WHAT IS CARBON?”

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Maureen Reno and daughter, Satori at Play-In for Climate Action.
Written by Maureen Reno:

When MCAF invited my daughter, Satori, and I to represent New Hampshire at its first PLAY-IN for Climate Action in Washington D.C., I was excited by the opportunity to teach my six year old a very important civics lesson. Like most lessons, Satori learns by asking a barrage of questions. During this event, however, she asked a couple pertinent questions that made this mamma proud.

Mommy, what is carbon?

Shortly after the PLAY-IN children’s events of yoga and parachute games, Satori was sitting on the Upper Senate Park lawn hiding between me and our New Hampshire poster – hiding from the crowds around us, from the noise of the press conference. In her silence, I should have realized that her mind was racing, but instead I took this as one of her moods. While we were listening to Senator Whitehouse’s speech, she looked up at me and asked, “Mommy, what is carbon?”

My heart soared in that moment because I realized that she was listening and understood enough to ask such a specific question. I explained that carbon is a building block of life on Earth, and one of the most important elements on our planet. We breathe it out, and plants breathe it in. But right now there is too much of it going into our atmosphere, and that is changing the atmosphere and the weather. Carbon is on of the many elements that are released into our air from power plants to produce electricity, run our cars and make lots of the stuff we buy. I also explained that we were about to march to visit our Senators and tell them how worried we are about the air we breathe. I also told her carbon released by polluters is causing climate change, and that is making children sick. For the first time I didn’t dumb things down. Again, she fell silent and looked at the ground for what seemed to be an eternity.

Read More… visit Moms for Clean Air Force

A NH Citizens Hearing on Climate Change

stackThe NH LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS is sponsoring a public hearing this Monday July 28th from 6-8pm at the Concord Public Library to discuss the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed the Clean Power Plan.

This is an innovative and flexible approach to meeting the challenges of climate change by encouraging the development of alternative forms of energy while protecting our public health and the environment.

The Clean Power Plan cuts carbon pollution – power plants account for roughly one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions. The Clean Power Plan will help cut carbon pollution from the power sector by 30% below 2005 levels.

Our future is at stake – New Hampshire is experiencing the impacts of climate change. Add your voice by commenting at the hearing! Learn what you can do to make a difference! Comments to the EPA must be received by October 16th, 2014.

For more information download the  EPA Carbon Rule Factsheet

Cole Marsh a Great Place to Explore

Join us this Saturday as we explore Cole Marsh.

Cole Marsh can be accessed from 2 points. The Fran Cormier trail starts on Damren Rd. Near Walnut Hill Rd. and the entrance to Hidden Valley Camp Ground. The other trail is on the Valley Access Rd. off of Rte 121 in Hampstead.

Cole Marsh

Our walk this Saturday (June 21) will start off of Damren Rd. at 9:00am. It is a pleasant wooded trail that leads you to the Francis Cormier Loop Trail which goes around the marsh. You may see evidence of beaver, turtles, frogs, dragon flies and many birds. This is our first official walk of the season and it is always a big hit.

See you there!