“Protecting the planet and defending the environment must be a key priority for all of us. I am proud to represent a Congressional District where we care deeply about protecting our environment for generations to come. Earth Day has a strong history in our region, with community leader Denis Hayes serving as the coordinator for the first Earth Day in 1970. Today, those that call the Pacific Northwest home aspire to have a sustainable relationship with nature.

“As we celebrate Earth Day this year, we focus on the theme of 'Environmental and Climate Literacy' recognizing that we need to build a global community aware of and ready to tackle the problem of climate change. Efforts to combat climate change face unprecedented opposition in today's political climate. In response to this, leaders across the U. S. and around the world must look to the future with a renewed focus to create green job opportunities, provide energy savings, and build a healthier environment.

“In defense of our planet, I will continue to fight for communities, both around the world and in the U.S., who are the most vulnerable. As the second-largest emitter of pollution, with only about five percent of the world’s population, it is our responsibility to lead by example in reducing carbon emissions and ensure that people and communities of color are not forgotten. I am focused on ensuring these groups are fully engaged in designing and implementing policy solutions to ensure equitable outcomes. Together, we can save our planet and allow for future generations to lead promising and healthy lives.”