As a new mom, Danielle Hilton could not wait to take her baby for walks near her home in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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But concern soon replaced excitement after Hilton went to a meeting about plans to build a new power plant nearby. She learned about the health impacts of coal-fired power, and was surprised to find out air quality was already a problem in her neighborhood.

Hilton: “I had no idea that I had birthed a child into the world who I would expose – just from merely being here where I live – to toxic air.”

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Hilton’s concern inspired her to become an activist for clean energy. She began reaching out to other moms and helping them understand the link between environmental issues and everyday concerns.

Hilton with daughter

Hilton: “They’ll talk about energy bills being expensive, food being expensive, transportation being inaccessible. And all of those issues relate to climate and fossil fuel dependency.”

Today, Hilton works for the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters. And as she advocates for clean energy, her now seven-year-old daughter is often by her side … learning first-hand how to be part of the solution.

Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media.
Photos: Clean energy graphic (copyright protected); Danielle Hilton and daughter (source: North Carolina League of Conservation Voters).

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