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Western PA families headed to D.C. for Moms Clean Air Force demonstration

An image from the Moms Clean Air Force's Facebook page.
An image from the Moms Clean Air Force's Facebook page.

Clean air matters, now and for future generations.

That’s the message hundreds of parents and their kids, including several families from Western Pennsylvania, will deliver Thursday when they travel to Washington to demonstrate and lobby legislators for clean air protections, officials said.

“Climate change is a huge issue, perhaps the hugest issue facing not just people right now but future generations,” said Joylette Portlock, 38, of Swissvale, who will attend the rally with her 5- and 8-year-old children. “For me, this is very much about our legacy and doing right by all the people who come after us, as well as the people here now.”

Organized by Moms Clean Air Force, the fourth annual “Play-In” demonstration takes on heightened meaning this year in light of President Trump’s decision to pull America out of the Paris Climate Agreement, organizers said. The Paris agreement is aimed at addressing climate change.

“We can’t walk away from our responsibilities,” said Portluck, the board president of Communitopia, a Pittsburgh nonprofit that advocates for a fossil-free energy future. “The U.S. has a responsibility … to join and lead the world community, which unfortunately seems like we’re walking away from.”

About 700 to 1,400 people are expected to attend the rally, said Alex Frank, a rally spokesman. The demonstration is scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Upper Senate Park, 200 New Jersey Avenue NW on Capitol Hill.

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Chris Togneri is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at [email protected] or on Twitter @ChrisTogneri.

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