The League of Conservation Voters held our largest ever Capital Dinner last night, which included speeches by Senators Elizabeth Warren and Al Franken, who spoke about the urgent need to combat the climate crisis.
LCV’s President Gene Karpinski commented on how we can continue tackling the climate crisis: “We saw an unprecedented enthusiasm this year fighting for action on climate change. The President has said all the right things on combating the climate crisis, and it’s more important than ever that those words are backed up with action.”
Featured speaker Senator Elizabeth Warren outlined strategies to act on climate change. “This is a fight for our future,” Senator Warren said during her remarks at the dinner. “We want to invest in our future – invest in a future that can create jobs, strengthen our national security and at the same time save our planet.”
LCV inaugurated the John Hunting Winning for the Environment Award to honor LCV Honorary Board Member John Hunting’s legacy of service and expertise given to the conservation movement, and to recognize the rising power of the state LCV movement and the Winning for the Environment Campaign.
The Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) accepted the John Hunting Winning for the Environment Award for their exemplary leadership on helping elect the greenest governor in the country, Jay Inslee. Inslee made a surprise video congratulating WCV and thanking them for their help during his campaign.
LCV board member and former EPA Administrator Carol Browner introduced Senator Al Franken and thanked him for working hard for environmental priorities in Congress.
One of LCV’s featured speakers, Al Franken, gave a speech on the importance of addressing climate change. Senator Franken commented, “We can’t leave the challenge of climate change to future generations… we have to keep fighting.… It’s our moral obligation to protect the planet for future generations.”
LCV’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Tiernan Sittenfeld, honored the Late Senator Frank Lautenberg for his tremendous environmental accomplishments. In addition to working to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act, he was a powerful voice on the Environment and Public Works Committee, wrote the Toxics Release Inventory, and was a longtime leader on Superfund issues.
LCV hosted our largest Capital Dinner to date, with 560 attendees including congressmen, LCV state league and national staff, business leaders, and members of non-profit organizations.