Groups Gather to Voice Concerns About Climate Change’s Impact on Health

 

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) joined Moms Clean Air Force on July 11, 2018, to raise awareness about the health impacts of climate change.

The Play-In for Climate Action was held on the National Mall. Hundreds of parents and their children from across the U.S. participated in the event to draw attention to the harmful effects of air pollution. Studies show that air pollution can worsen asthma symptoms. Climate change also creates longer and heavier pollen seasons. 

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A young girl fills out an AAFA activity page to learn more about the effect of air pollution on asthma. Photo credit: Brenda Silvia-Torma


At the event, AAFA hosted a booth with educational activities to teach kids about asthma and air pollution. The event also had music, family-friendly activities and guest speakers supporting climate action.

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Children color activity sheets at AAFA table at the Play-In. Photo credit: Brenda Silvia-Torma

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Speakers address attendees. Photo credit: Sanaz Eftekhari

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A drum line entertains the crowd gathered at the National Mall. Photo credit: Brenda Silvia-Torma

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A mother and her child visit the AAFA table to learn more about climate change's impact on asthma. Photo credit: Brenda Silvia-Torma


In 2017, the House of Representatives passed the Ozone Standards Implementation Act (H.R. 806). This bill would weaken the Clean Air Act, increasing asthma rates, especially among children and the elderly. The bill is now waiting on a Senate vote. 

Tell the Senate how important it is to take action against climate change. Use our tool below to email this letter to your senator. You can also use our tool to connect with your senator on Twitter, Facebook or by phone. Just follow the steps:

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