Environmental justice requires taking the stance that climate change is man-made, threatening our planet, and needs to be hard fought with progressive policy. When I was in the fifth grade, I tied myself to a tree to save it from being bulldozed. Like many neighborhoods in Northern Virginia, our backyard was zoned for more high density housing and my favorite childhood tree was marked for death. But because I stood between it and a bulldozer, I saved it—launching a career in activism.
There is no Planet B. This issue is NOT about a debate on climate science or global warming. It is about putting forward progressive policies that rise to the level of environmental threat that we face and transform our economies for the better. We have to put forward economic and environmental policies that do not simply perpetuate the status quo because that is exactly what got us in this mess in the first place. One way to do that is to keep fossil fuels in the ground. That is why I do not support the Mountain Vally Pipeline. We can do better, people. We can think bigger. We can make Virginia a leader in green technologies and manufacturing, we just need the leaders that will help us get there.
We cannot do anything meaningful to address climate change in Virginia until we take Dominion Power and other utility companies out of public policymaking. I have signed the Activate Pledge to refuse any money from Dominion or Appalachian Power. I understand that making decisions about the environment must be free from the monetary influence of fossil fuel and other industries that are not working to protect it. Plain and simple.
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