Suzanne M. Hume
Founder, Director of Educational Programs and Outreach
Founder, CIO (Chief Information Officer)
Director of Green Teams, Online Education and Grants
Stacey - Parent Liaison
Teddy - Captain of Cool
Gideon - Youth Photography Team Lead
Hannah - Youth Athletic Director
Kaylee - Smile Ambassador
Li - Presentations
Vaughn - Co-President, Kid’s Team
Victoria - Co-President, Kid’s Team
Phinix - Co-President, Kid’s Team
We are dedicated to protecting children’s health, clean air, clean water and non-toxic public lands through education, activities, contests, challenges and collaboration. We promote education, health, happiness and integrity. We are actively working on many projects. We work with city councils, school boards, state legislatures, and work collaboratively with other groups for positive change.
Our goal is to be global. Children everywhere need clean air, clean water, non-toxic lands and free educational opportunities, materials and encouragement to thrive. We are advocates who would like to provide examples, models, templates, blueprints and lessons for a healthier future and path forward. Our volunteers select projects of interest. Please see our Action Plan.
We create and provide free online educational resources and tutorials. We provide opportunities for youth to lead and participate in free events, hands-on STEM/STEAM activities and other academic programs. We offer free public workshops, events and activities for children, parents, teachers, communities and city staff.
CleanEarth4Kids is a non-profit organization.
We do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or military status in any of our activities or operations.
We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment.
Who We Are
Hi. My name is Suzanne M. Hume. I am teacher, reading specialist and advocate for children’s health, clean air, clean water, non-toxic lands and educational opportunities for students and communities. I founded CleanEarth4Kids.org because I know that positive changes can happen through passion, creativity, connection, collaboration, understanding, speaking with decision makers and representatives on a local, state and federal level.
Pesticide exposure, from a helicopter spraying crops, burned my lungs and made it difficult for me to speak. My life changed. My voice returned and my lungs are healing but in the process I had to move from my home, leaving others in my community behind. Stopping the helicopters spraying pesticides through a petition was not enough. I knew that I must work for change and build awareness. I must find a way to protect air, water and lands from pesticides and dangerous chemicals that are poisoning our people and wildlife.
After my lungs were burned, I became acutely aware of air pollution. Smoke from a nearby fire pit knocked me to the ground- twice. Car exhaust burned my lungs. When I researched the dangers of car exhaust, I was shocked. 1 minute of idling has more carbon monoxide than 3 packs of cigarettes and contains many toxic chemicals and Greenhouse gases. Why didn’t I know this as a teacher? How can we build awareness of pollution solutions and ways to protect health?
If idling is reduced in Vista, Vista will reduce over 90,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year!
In Oceanside, if idling is reduced, it will reduce over 100,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year!
I am proud to work with fellow board members, John Bottorff (IT) and Jay Klopfenstein (Green Teams and Grants), as well as our parent volunteers, Youth and Kid’s Boards.