Clean Air Muscatine is working to improve the environment and thus the lives of the citizens and neighbors of Muscatine, Iowa through the advocacy of common sense moves toward a cleaner, healthier world.

We regularly attend the Board of Water, Electric and Communications meetings (Last Tuesdays at 5:30 pm at the MPW headquarters on Cedar St.) to stay up-to-date on the current situation and intentions of the local power sector. We also speak at the city council meetings (1st, 2nd, and 3rd Thursdays at 7pm, online and at city hall) occasionally to share insights and advertise the local programs that citizens need to be aware of.

Why do this?

  • Because if the people and corporations in power kept everyone’s best interests at heart at all times then we wouldn’t have to worry.
  • Because there are currently dozens of people solving the problems of today but are not being heard because of economic, social, and environmental injustice.

The future of the planet is not at stake. The planet will outlive us and continue on long after our species has gone extinct. However, our short lives on this planet are impacting everything that shares this planet with us and is negatively impacting the future of everything that will be born after us.

What can we do about it:

  • Sharing the insights of those who are progressing towards solutions instead of just continuing the status quo
  • Changing our own and encouraging others to change aspects of their life for the better
  • Listen to the youth who are living through a time that we can’t prepare them for
  • Recording the changes we see, both the good and the bad, for posterity

CLAM has been a part of Muscatine for over a decade now and has fought for the health of the citizenry against a corruption and won the largest settlement in Iowa history. (View this video explaining the hardship the South end community endured before CLAM pushed for this lawsuit) But we didn’t stop paying attention to the needs of the community and today another opportunity has arisen that could greatly benefit all Muscatinians and our neighbors or continue the status quo to the greatest benefit of the industrial executives and not the people. (Link to the blog)

We hope that you will join us on this journey. It will not be smooth, it will not be fair, it will not be easy. But before the United States put a man on the moon, President Kennedy said “We choose to go to the moon…not because it is easy, but because it is hard.” And truly, the difficulty of something has never mattered to the human race. We conquered every continent and populate everywhere habitable (and some places uninhabitable) because we can. If we choose to do something, even something that seems impossible today, we will make it possible and do it.

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