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On Earth Day

by Suzanne Bonamici

Forty-five years ago today, a grassroots movement took shape to put a spotlight on the need for environmental protections and Earth Day was established.

Earth Day has been about so much more than awareness. Because of the actions of past generations, important changes have taken place, leaving lasting legacies, including the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

Earth Day gives us a time to celebrate our planet, to remember our shared responsibility, to renew our commitment to the environment, and to call on one another to action.

But we must do more. To celebrate Earth Day, and do my part, I am speaking out and taking action to fight climate change.

President Obama recently announced that the United States will be moving forward with a concrete plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by a third over the next decade.

He is standing up to attacks from climate change deniers and is moving ahead with a plan that will establish a new set of Environmental Protection Agency regulations that will aggressively cut carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants in our country.

At last count, 1,727 people had signed my petition urging Congress to support the EPA’s effort to reduce pollution and fight climate change.

Today, on Earth Day, I am asking that you add your name and tell Congress to support the clean power plan!

As a member of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, I’m working hard to find additional solutions to the climate crisis and to put pressure on my colleagues to listen to the scientific community and join the fight to address climate change. I will do my best to educate them about the clean power plan and why it is good for the U.S. and our planet, but your help will go a long way. Join me by signing this petition today!

We are making progress together, Greg. Thank you for standing with me!

Posted on April 22, 2015.