Join EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson for a Mom-to-Mom Discussion about Air Pollution and Kid's Health

Did you know there are people in Congress who don’t believe that children need clean air to be healthy? Yes, these days, clean air is “controversial”! If moms aren’t vigilant, the pro-pollution business lobby will achieve their dream of dismantling of the 1970 landmark Clean Air Act.

On March 19, 2012, 4:15-5:00 PM EST/1:15-2:00 PST, United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator (EPA) Lisa Jackson will join other moms for an online conversation about the "controversy" of clean air in the midst of an asthma epidemic.

Presented by MomsRising, Mocha Moms and the Moms Clean Air Force, this online event will take place on BlogTalkRadio. Participants will be able to ask questions, comment and engage each other and panel speakers via live chat and Twitter.

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director of MomsRising, will moderate. The other moms on the panel will be 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 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator 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 seven million children in the United States, or about one in 10 kids. It is the reason for some 800,000 emergency room visits a year,and is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under the age of 15. And the numbers are only getting worse: From 2001 to 2009, Americans with asthma grew from 20.1 million to 24.6 million, a jump of more than 12% over eight 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, we will look at the connection between air pollution and asthma and the “controversy” of clean air. Finally, we will talk about parenting, why the fight for clean air is absolutely personal and how we can win.

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