ANNOUNCING: Mountain Mamas! (+ our latest poll results)
BIG NEWS: Montana Mountain Mamas and Colorado Moms Know Best are officially merging to become Mountain Mamas…. starting TODAY!
Why are we merging? Because we want to start a movement. As you’ll see from our press release below, mamas in Montana and Colorado have a lot of passions in common – including advocating for clean air, clean water, and protecting the West’s public lands. So why not join forces and make our voices even stronger?
We wanted you to be the first to know: Moms in Colorado and Montana want clean air and public lands for their kids even, maybe especially, in this time of coronavirus. It makes complete sense to us! We are dealing with a respiratory pandemic after all and pollution makes respiratory issues worse.
And we all want to get outside with our kids after a long day of homeschooling, maybe homeschooling while also working. Our local trails and parks are helping to keep us sane during these crazy times. Everyone must share that sentiment with us because some trails and parks are getting so crowded that they have been closed to maintain social distancing!
To kick off our very first day as a new organization, we’re releasing our recent poll results to show our decision makers in Colorado and Montana that moms want to see clean air and open spaces protected for our kids and the generations to come! Check out our first official press release below:
New Poll: Moms Overwhelmingly Agree- In Times of Coronavirus They Want Public Spaces with Clean Air for Their Kids
Montana Mountain Mamas and Colorado Moms Know Best combine forces on poll and announce organizational merger
Bozeman, MT + Denver, CO: Colorado and Montana mothers shared their thoughts with pollsters including their concerns about the coronavirus and their support for prioritizing clean air and investment in access and protection of public lands and water. The poll conducted May 1st thru 3rd by Public Policy Polling, showed support for policies and investment in the outdoors and public lands.
Nearly every mom in Colorado and Montana (95%) think it is important that their children and grandchildren can play outside without air pollution or smog affecting their health and 91% want to live in a place where their family has access to parks, trails and open space. Also, 65% of moms support swift passage of funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund – which is responsible for so many of the outdoor playgrounds we use every day as families. Moms clearly want to share their love of the outdoors with their kids and they want that opportunity preserved for their kids.
Montana Mountain Mamas and Colorado Moms Know Best commissioned the poll together and are eager to announce their merger and creation of the Mountain Mamas – with staff and board leadership in both Montana and Colorado. Both groups have been focused on lifting up mamas’ voices regarding conservation and climate issues, and ensuring our elected officials are listening to quality of life and issues central to how we raise our families. They also have been pivotal spokespeople for issues such as responsible energy and climate action, full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund and more.
The combined organization’s mission is: Mountain Mamas amplifies women’s voices into a movement to ensure our kids grow up in a healthy climate with clean air and access to our public lands. For more information regarding our issues, and organization or about the poll, visit our website at www.mtnmamas.org.
From: Katherine Patterson, Public Policy Polling
To: Mountain Mamas and Interested Parties
Subject: Colorado and Montana Mothers share concerns around Coronavirus, Prioritize Clean Air, Investment in Access and Protection of Outdoors and Public Lands
Date: May 7, 2020
A new Public Policy Polling survey finds 95% Colorado and Montana mothers think it is important that their children and grandchildren can play outside without air pollution or smog affecting their health and that 91% want to live in a place where their family has access to parks, trails and open space.
The survey also finds that a majority (65%) of Colorado and Montana mothers think it is important for Congress to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
Colorado and Montana mothers also have serious concerns about both the coronavirus and access to the outdoors.
· 91% are concerned about kids and people with pre-existing asthma and respiratory conditions being more susceptible to the coronavirus.
· 79% are concerned about the coronavirus in general, with just 20% saying they are not that concerned.
· 77% are concerned about their family’s future access to the outdoors and public lands as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
· 64% are concerned about keeping their kids active, playing outside, and exercising during coronavirus social distancing.
With time spent outdoors holding such importance among Colorado and Montana mothers, a large majority (95%) feel that it is important to make sure their kids can play outside regularly and aren’t spending all their time in front of screens. These mothers also prioritize a number of issues related to clean air, outdoor access, and protection of public lands.
· 99% say that living in a state with clean water is important—with a large majority (95%) saying it is very important.
· 94% say it is important that their grandchildren are learning to hike, camp, and fish with their parents and grandparents.
· 88% say investing in public lands and outdoor recreation sites is important.
· 88% say ensuring new investments protect and maintain access to public lands and public waters is important.
Other key findings include:
· 62% of Colorado mothers also support the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act, which would increase protections for additional public lands in Colorado. Just 9% oppose it.
· 56% of Colorado and Montana mothers consider themselves a mountain mama—someone who values and supports protecting public lands and outdoor quality of life as well as addressing the climate crisis for future generations.
Public Policy Polling surveyed 1,090 Colorado and Montana mothers from May 1-3, 2020. The margin of error is +/- 3.0%. 50% of interviews for the survey were conducted by telephone, and 50% by text message.