Editor: Virginians want a healthy environment and we need leaders in the Virginia General Assembly who will support policies that prioritize the health of our citizens and our natural environment.
Temperatures in Virginia, and around the world, are rising – unnaturally fast by historical patterns – and it is because of excessive carbon dioxide emissions. We have a moment in time – ten to maybe fifteen years – to act aggressively to bring things back into balance so we don’t see the worst impacts of a warming climate.
Already, Virginia is seeing increased rates of Lyme Disease and mosquito borne illnesses and an earlier start to pollen season with much higher pollen counts – making it hard for people with allergies and asthma to be outside. (source: Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action.)
Our warming climate is causing severe and unpredictable weather, including, paradoxically, both flooding and drought. Normal patterns are being replaced by the abnormal. Virginia’s unique Tangier Island could be uninhabitable in as few as 25 years due to sea level rise.
We have the ability to reduce carbon dioxide pollution by setting meaningful renewable energy goals for Virginia, investing in clean energy technologies, and boosting energy efficiency and so much more. But the time to act is now, before it is too late.
On November 5, Virginians will head to the polls to vote in Virginia General Assembly elections. In the last legislative session, foes of the environment and renewable energy threatened all citizens of our state with their inaction. We must elect delegates and senators who will act swiftly and boldly on climate change.
That is why 1Planet strongly supports Delegate Wendy Gooditis and encourages you to vote for her on November 5th.
Christine Matthews, Susanna Carey and Jennifer Roda, 1Planet