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Montana moms are pleased to voice enthusiastic support for Gov. Steve Bullock making good on his promise to map out a responsible energy future for the children of Montana and committing to protect our air and water from pollution.

For the last several months, Montana Mountain Mamas along with Moms Clean Air Force have been organizing hundreds of children and parents across the state, creating tiny handprint artwork to remind Gov. Bullock that “the future is in our hands.” We are all in this together.

In April, Moms Clean Air Force and the Montana Mountain Mamas organized over 100 children and parents to join Gov. Steve Bullock at the Montana State Capitol to discuss the importance of protecting Montana’s healthy environment. We also floated the Madison River with First Lady Lisa Bullock to celebrate Mother’s Day and discuss clean air, clean water and the importance of access to our public lands.

Gov. Bullock recently released the Montana Energy Plan, which increases Montana’s potential for wind and solar and cuts unnecessary energy waste. With this plan, we can protect the clean air and water that Montana kids need to grow up healthy. We can do this, while protecting traditional energy jobs.

Montana Mountain Mamas and Moms Clean Air Force are particularly pleased by two specific points of the plan. Montana can and will double our solar development and reduce energy use 10 percent by 2025. These are commonsense goals we can collectively reach for. To help, we also fully support a $5 million proposal to the 2017 Montana Legislature to fund energy conservation projects in schools across the state. Energy conservation saves money in the long-term and will help school districts lower their long-term energy bills.

The announcement of the energy plan is a huge win for Montana families and we think parents and kids across the state will be excited to learn more about Gov. Bullock's positive steps forward on clean energy. By creating a made-in-Montana plan for clean energy and lessening our dependence on fossil fuels, we are taking a huge step forward to safeguard Montana's clean air and water.

As Montana parents we raise our kids outdoors with plenty of clean air, clean water and access to it all. We will stand up for family fishing and floating trips on the Blackfoot, weeklong backpacking adventures in the Pintlers, surrounded by fresh air, and kicking the summer heat by snorkeling Fort Peck Reservoir to spy monster walleye. In order to maintain these and all of the ways we teach and grow our children under the Big Sky, we need clean air and clean water to do it.

We greatly appreciate Gov. Bullock's leadership and the hard work he has dedicated toward building a strong vision for Montana's future. For us, it's simple: our children need clean air and water -- and access to it all -- to grow and thrive. Thank you Gov. Bullock for demonstrating vital courage and vision for our future generations of leaders.

Becky Edwards of Bozeman is the Director of the Montana Mountain Mamas and Michelle Uberugua of Livingston is the Montana State Director for Moms Clean Air Force.

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