Babies need clean air for healthy brain development, but burning fossil fuels creates toxic air pollution that harms developing brains. As clean, renewable energy becomes more affordable and accessible, communities are becoming less dependent on fossil fuels. The Health and Clean Energy project builds awareness of the links between air pollution and harm to babies’ brains. In the process, we help clean energy advocates end our reliance on fossil fuels.


  • Over the past 20 years, more than three-quarters of all human-caused emissions of air pollutants has come from the burning of fossil fuels. 

  • Many scientific studies link outdoor air pollution to harmful brain impacts.

  • The chemicals in air pollution are “prime examples of toxic chemicals that can contribute to learning, behavioral or intellectual impairment, as well as specific neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD or autism,” according to a definitive, published scientific consensus by 47 leading scientists, healthcare providers and children’s health advocates.

  • Pollutants from burning fossil fuel include tiny particles — too small to see with the naked eye — that get trapped in the lungs, brain and blood stream; toxic metals like lead and mercury; black carbon; and hundreds of toxic chemicals called PAHs. 

Read more about the Link Between Fossil Fuels and Neurological Harm

Read more about the Damages to Health from Coal-Fired Power Plants

Helpful Resources

Moms Clean Air Force 
Mothers Out Front
Clean Energy For All
Beyond Coal

Mother and baby looking across river at smoke stacks