As a pregnant woman, I am deeply concerned about the air I breathe for my developing baby and her future health.
I grew up in a somewhat rural area in Pennsylvania, where being outside in the fresh air was part of my everyday life. Now as an adult, I continue to enjoy time spent outdoors, whether it's running, biking, hiking or gardening. I have always taken for granted the notion of breathing fresh, clean air and made the assumption that the air we breathe is healthy and can't make us sick. I know now that is not the case. As a pregnant woman, I am deeply concerned about the air I breathe for my developing baby and her future health.
In Pennsylvania, we are concerned about power plants, especially coal-fired plants that emit toxic chemicals and particulate matter into the air. I am also concerned about Marcellus Shale gas drilling and the implications it has for our water and air.
I feel strongly that we are only given one earth to live on, and we need to be stewards of our earth, to protect it for ourselves and future generations. We need to develop and strengthen standards that limit the amount of toxic pollution companies are allowed to release into the environment.