Happy Earth Day! This April 22 marks the 43rd anniversary of this global event for celebration, education, and activism in support of our environment. This is a time to recognize the beauty and fragility of our planet, and to recommit ourselves to protecting it.
Earth Day has strong roots in our community. The very first Earth Day, co-chaired by former Congressman Pete McCloskey of San Mateo County, was a response to the devastating 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill. Concerned Californians came together to push business, government, and the broader community to recognize that we are not isolated from the natural world--we all depend upon the health of our environment.
This grassroots energy has fueled the environmental movement ever since. From the early fights to limit pesticide use and protect our coast to more recent efforts to reduce greenhouse gasses, promote renewable energy, and move towards zero waste, active and engaged citizens are leading the way and elected leaders are listening. I have introduced my own legislation in Congress to fund habitat restoration and protection around the San Francisco Bay, which becomes even more critical as we witness the consequences of climate change.
In honor of Earth Day, I invite you to join one of many local events, including habitat restoration at regional parks, science exhibits at local museums, and festivals cross San Francisco and the Peninsula. We are fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Take some time to enjoy and give back to our environment.
All the best,