A Call for Climate Legislation by Earth Day
NWF President Larry Schweiger and Earth Day Network call on Congress to pass meaningful climate and energy legislation by Earth Day, 2010
National Wildlife Federation and Earth Day Network are urging Congress to pass ambitious and comprehensive climate legislation by Earth Day, April 22, 2010.
At a press conference held at the National Press Press Club, NWF President and CEO Larry Schweiger joined elected officials and leaders from the environmental community to set a deadline for federal action against climate change.
"It's time for political leadership" said Schweiger. "Making our planet’s health and welfare a top priority has paid huge dividends for our generation and today we have an urgent need to pay it forward to our children and future generations."
Forty years ago, when the first Earth Day was declared, Congress began passing important legislation that has saved countless species from extinction, protected wild places from disappearing and saved countless communities from environmental destruction. Earth Day is the next opportunity to unite and mobilize the environmental community in the fight against climate change. As a global leader, the United States has a responsibility to demonstrate a commitment to the environment – by passing and implementing strong climate legislation before it is too late.
"As usual, the public is far ahead of the politicians. And the science is overwhelming," said Schweiger. "The time to pass a meaningful cap on carbon pollution is right now so we can jumpstart a clean energy economy and get control over climate change. That’s why National Wildlife Federation supports this effort to pass meaningful climate and energy legislation by Earth Day 2010."