Cross-posted from the Co2ncequence Blog
Welcome to the 40th Earth Day.
As the world celebrates 40 years of moving toward a cleaner, more environmentally friendly future, here in the biggest fight of our lives, this day is about work.
As youth, we see a future with a vastly different climate than what we have today, less jobs and dependence on foreign countries for energy. We see a country mired in 20th century policy as we delve deep into the 21st century. We will see more and more young Americans go off to fight wars that are funded on both sides by our insatiable desire for oil.
That is why the work cannot stop. We need a Senate brave enough to make to make history. We need to cut our dependence on oil, by building a clean energy economy. We need to cut our use of coal by putting a cap on carbon. We need to fight climate change by passing comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation, making our world livable and our economy strong.
There is no option of failure. This day, some 40 years after the first one, represents that. This is the fight of our lives, but the one we absolutely cannot lose.
- Rep. Ed Markey, half of the namesake of the House-passed climate bill, says there is no time like now to pass legislation. He would know – it has been nearly 10 months since the House set things in motion.
- Presidential Energy Advisor Carol Browner says, “Hill or no, we will be capping carbon.”
- It is a far different world that it was when Denis Hayes skipped out of grad school to coordinate the first Earth Day some 40 years ago. One the hand, we have come a long way, but on the other, we have seemingly farther to go.
- The Soul of a Citizen, how an evangelical leader became a leading voice in the fight against climate change.
It is a gorgeous day here to celebrate Earth Day and the National Mall is full of support for comprehensive climate legislation. It is time to make sure that those in the building these people stand in the shadow of today understand that we have no choice. We need legislation now.
Happy Earth Day.