I’ll admit it. I’m addicted to Grey’s Anatomy. My dad was a surgeon, and as a kid I really wanted to go to medical school when I grew up. But I couldn’t even get through premed. Advanced calculus undid me. Now I get my medical thrills from TV.
So when Jessica Capshaw reached out to help us at Moms Clean Air Force, it was all I could do to keep from suiting up and slapping a scalpel into her waiting hand. Capshaw plays Dr. Arizona Robbins on the ABC show, Grey’s Anatomy; she’s the new head of pediatric surgery. Jessica and her husband, Christopher Gavigan, who is a co-founder of The Honest Company, have two children, Luke and Eve, and are expecting a third child in early summer.
Years ago, I had a volunteer job at a New York City hospital, in the pediatric oncology ward. While it was heartbreaking to see the suffering of tiny patients, it was also astonishing to bear witness to their bravery and strength. I felt honored to read and play games with them. Some of those faces, swathed in white bandages, are forever engraved in my memory. I think of them whenever I read research linking childhood cancers to certain pollutants.
We can prevent toxic air pollution. The more I learn about what is spewing out of coal-fired power plants, the more outraged I become that this is legal. We have to end it. Capshaw has it right: polluters have money and influence, but moms have love. Lots of love. And mother love is the strongest force of all.
Right now, we are awaiting finalization of the strong new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards–twenty-one years in the making–signed by Administrator and Mom Lisa Jackson (whose son suffers from asthma). But we can’t wait silently. The opposition is in full gear to kill or delay these rules.
Moms have to tell Washington: Listen to your mothers! Stop toxic air pollution. Who is going to protect our children if we don’t?
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