By Jennifer Peters, National Water Campaigns Coordinator – follow Jennifer on Twitter (@EarthAvenger)
Why do kids (and many grown-ups) love superheroes so much? Because superheroes remind us that when faced with danger or challenging obstacles, ordinary people can rise to do extraordinary things. Spiderman was a nerdy orphan living in Queens before he was bitten by a radioactive spider that gave him his superhuman strength and agility. As a child Batman witnessed the brutal murder of his parents and vowed to fight criminals when he grew up.
Here at Clean Water Action, our staff of superheroes have been fighting for clean water for over four decades. Nearly 42 years after Congress enacted the Clean Water Act, our nation’s first line of defense against water pollution, we are facing an epic battle against polluters and their buddies in Congress who want to roll back decades of progress cleaning up our nations’ rivers, lakes, streams and bays. Just last week, Congress voted to kill an important proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which would better protect our water, dead in its tracks.
How are we fighting back? We don’t have the millions of dollars the polluters and special interests do, but we DO have the power of people just like you. Every night our organizers knock on thousands of doors across the country and invite people to speak up for clean water. So far we’ve collected nearly 40,000 handwritten letters from people who get that we need to do more to protect our water now and for future generations. And their kids get it too – like the little girl who drew this picture of Wonder Woman and Batman fighting for clean water. Read the rest of this entry »