Fischer compared the effort to that of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, who “were really able to change the culture around drunk driving. Moms really are the bedrocks of communities. They talk to each other, and when they decide to get something done, it just gets done.”
Fischer and Burt are friends. They exchange hand-me-downs, and find comfort in having each other as a resource for their work, parenting and this new Science Moms group.
“It is hard to talk about science and your personal life at the same time,” Fischer said.
“But I think that’s the beauty of this project, that we really want people to know and to connect with their hearts and to connect with us as individuals,” Burt said. “This is something that should matter to all of us, right? The number one job for you as a mom is to protect your kid, and you want the life of your kid to be better than your own life.”
Burt is also the assistant dean for diversity and inclusion for the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering at CSU. She notes that climate change disproportionately impacts communities of color.