Our champions in Congress have been honoring Earth Day throughout the week by introducing new legislation and calling for action on climate change and other environmental priorities through floor speeches, opinion editorials, and other activities.
Many Champs introduced new legislation meant to complement the President's Climate Action Plan and curb the impacts of climate change:
Here are a few other highlights:
Senator Tammy Baldwin (WI) hosted an #EarthDayTweetIn engaging many of her colleagues and the people across the country in an important conversation. She posted a blog, and Senator Bob Casey (PA) also posted a blog.
In the House, the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, the Safe Climate Caucus, and members from the Committee on Natural Resources called for action in a variety of ways. Check out the links above for recaps of their members’ activities.
Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-38), Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, released a video message.
Senator Harry Reid (NV) released a statement: “Earth Day is a time to appreciate the beauty of those small, special places in our communities just as much as it is about the larger planet we must protect. Nevada’s canyons, alpine lakes, and desert vistas are part of who we are in Nevada and the diversity of our lands reflects the diversity of our identities. …”
Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) wrote an opinion editorial: “…While we are planning for the economic future we must also be considering how our economic growth will impact our public health and the sustainability of our communities. Including the social cost of carbon in policy and rule making is the smart, and responsible, thing to do…”
Congresswoman Norma Torres (CA-35) wrote an opinion editorial: “…my home state of California is already facing the effects of climate change and is working tirelessly to deal with its effects. From reduced snowpack to a rising sea level, warming temperatures will continue to strain our state’s water supply and threaten millions of acres of farmland.”
In New Mexico, Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall and Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham marked the occasion and called for protecting our planet for future generations.
Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) joined the Safe Climate Caucus on Earth Day.
And many other Champs released videos and statements and tweeted about Earth Day: