Clean Air Activist Dominique Browning Receives Audubon’s 2016 Rachel Carson Award

Not satisfied with reaching only adults, Browning, with co-author, Maya Ajmera, has just published a children’s book about air. Every Breath We Take  is written for children aged 4 to 7. As Browning explains on her blog, “I wanted to write a children’s book about air—as there was nothing on the market to introduce our smallest citizens to something so necessary and invisible.”

Illustrated with sharp, brightly colored photographs, the book educates these young citizens —and budding activists—about air, air pollution, and climate change. The book also includes an introduction by MCAF member and Academy Award­–winning actor Julianne Moore, who recorded a video  for MCAF in 2012, after Browning wrote to her “out of the blue.”

Having her name linked with Rachel Carson’s is a particular honor, Browning says, noting, “Her ocean books are among my personal bibles.”

Like Carson, whose truthful treatise, Silent Spring,  was attacked from all sides, Browning and her MCAF team have also encountered their share of sexism and condescension. The award, she says, counteracts those who would diminish their efforts and success.

“It boosts MCAF’s visibility, and trust in who we are, what we are doing, and in our efficacy. It is a complete reinforcement of our goals, messages, and ambitions.”

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  • ellensue jacobson May 17, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Kudos for Dominique Browning on what she has done and is doing. Air pollution is a difficult topic because we cannot touch it or see it.