If you want to make change, you have to get involved. It's an ethos we live by at Clean Water Action and it was embodied by one of our founding board members, Peter Lockwood.
Peter was a tax lawyer and a champion for clean water. He was a law clerk for Justice Thurgood Marshall during his first term on the Supreme Court. He traveled to the south during Freedom Summer and was part of the civil rights movement throughout the 60s. He helped found Clean Water Action in 1972 and was a guiding light for the organization for more than 40 years. He will be missed, sorely.
This proposal is a pathetic attempt to hide the fact that even Scott Pruitt knows he can't justify his reckless plan to repeal commonsense protections for precious water resources, including drinking water sources. If Pruitt truly cared about clean water, he would instruct EPA to enforce the Clean Water Rule as soon as his agency is able to. But he knows once people see the Rule works and his special interest talking points claiming government overreach have no basis in reality, his case to eliminate the Rule will collapse.
We can change the world. We can fight for the things that are right and stop the really bad ideas and the injustices we see. But we have to get involved. We have to do the work. That is what Clean Water Action members are doing. I am gobsmacked by their engagement and their passion.
The world is awash in plastic trash. We've produced more than 9 billion tons of plastic since the middle of the 20th century and most of it lingers in landfills and recycling piles, in our oceans, on our beaches, and in our bodies. It's not going anywhere anytime soon. It's our toxic legacy.
The President can ignore reality all he wants, but he can't stop us from taking action to fight climate change and protect clean water. We know we can't count on the federal government to protect the future anymore, so we're going to take our fight to the states.
Make sure your elected officials hear from you about water. - whether they are home during a "home work period" or in DC. Make sure they know that you expect them to join you to protect clean water. Make sure they know who they work for - you.
Methane is a climate change steroid. It is 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide in the near term. It's polluting our air and making communities sick.