Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day:
“Today, we observe the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Since we marked the first Earth Day, so many activists have fought dearly to honor our responsibility to protect our planet. Much work remains and our incremental progress has been just that—incremental and gradual—despite the increasingly clear signs and devastation of environmental degradation. Too many communities remain exposed to harmful chemicals, and the climate crisis is causing rising sea levels, ocean acidification, and more extreme and devastating weather events. The link between the importance of clean air, clean water, and public health is more clear now than ever before. Indeed, many of the factors polluting our air and driving climate change, such as carbon emissions, also worsen the risk of respiratory diseases, like the COVID-19 pandemic our nation is currently battling.
“House Democrats have taken action to deliver science-based leadership, which comes in stark contrast to the Trump Administration’s regulatory rollbacks and inaction. Last year, House Democrats passed H.R.9, the Climate Action Now Act, to reaffirm the Global Paris Climate Agreement after the Trump Administration’s misguided announcement to withdraw the United States from this agreement.
“Climate change is a global crisis that requires a global response. Being a Floridian means cherishing our land, water, and community. Today, we celebrate our environment and reaffirm our shared responsibility to act now to preserve our planet for our children and future generations.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Rules Committee, Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.