Clean Air for Our Children
My son: five months old.
My daughter: three years.
I sleep sitting up on the couch,
holding my son in my arms every night
because that’s the only way
my son (and my family) can get any rest,
just as I did with my daughter for one year.
We scrape each month to
live up to our commitment
to save for their college funds.
We do the best we can to
support the development
of their minds, bodies, and spirits
in every way:
My daughter is not allowed to eat fruit snacks
unless she first makes a bar graph comparing different colors in the package.
But we wonder...
Can we call ourselves good parents if we continue to live in Utah?
When air pollution has been linked to
permanent lung tissue scarring
harmful outcomes for pregnant women and babies
increased rates of cancer
impaired cognitive development.
Clean air for our children:
as important to their well-being
as college funds,
as snuggles and bedtime stories,
as healthy snacks,
as adequate rest.
Utah is a family-oriented state.
The time is now
to ensure clean air for our children.
Amy Wilson-Lopez is a mother of two beautiful, fun, smart, and strong-willed children. She is also an associate professor of education at Utah State University.