As a parent, you worry for the safety of your children -- not only from the threats you can see -- but also from the things you can't see. You wonder, what's in that water they are drinking?
My lifelong commitment to protecting the environment began by pulling abandoned tires out of the San Francisco Bay as a child on the first Earth Day. I continued by working for the Natural Resources Defense Council in law school, helping to preserve open space as a local official, pushing to successfully ban dangerous toxins from children's food and toys as a state legislator, and fighting as a community activist to reverse decades of pollution in Connecticut's rivers.
We must craft national policies that are good for both the environment and our economy. The dramatic increase in extreme weather incidents around the world -- disturbed rainfall, tornadoes, hurricanes -- are wreaking great human and economic havoc, and should be a wake-up call to all countries that we need to take seriously the impact of human actions on the global environment.
Protect our air and water. Every family deserves clean air to breathe and clean water to drink. We pay for air and water pollution with increased incidents of asthma, cancer and other health problems. I strongly oppose Republican attempts to dismantle critical environment protections.
Make polluters pay. I am committed to cleaning up brownfields to restore economic growth and reduce the health risks of pollution. We must hold polluters accountable by making them pay to clean up their own mess.
Develop a clean and energy-efficient future. We must move quickly to a more energy-efficient and clean-energy future, that includes incentives for renewable energy like wind, solar, and bio-fuels, and the building of more fuel efficient vehicles.
Environmental Leaders Supporting Elizabeth Esty*
Gordon Binder - former Chief of Staff, US EPA
Paul Bledsoe - Spokesman, American Energy Innovation Council
Russell Brenneman - Environmental Attorney
Ralph Cavanagh - Energy Program Co-Director, Natural Resources Defense Council
Marian Chertow - Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Aimee Christensen - CEO, Christensen Global Strategies
Terry Davies - former official, US EPA
John DeVillars - former New England Administrator, US EPA
Bill Dietel - former Board Chair, American Farmland Trust
Ridgway Hall - former Board Member, Environmental Law Institute
Larry Linden - Founding Trustee, Linden Trust for Conservation
Frank Loy - Board Member, Environmental Defense Fund
Dan Magraw - President Emeritus, Center for International Environmental Law
Peter Mandelstam - Environmental Leader
State Senator Edward Meyer (D-12) - Co-Chair, CT General Assembly Environment Committee
William Reilly - former Administrator, US EPA
State Rep. Dick Roy (D-119) - Co-Chair, CT General Assembly Environment Committee
State Rep. Linda Schofield (D-16) - Environmental Leader
Kath Schomaker - Gray Is Green Director, Hamden Land Conservation Trust
Jerome Silbert - Environmental Activist
Carla Skodinski - former Treasurer of the Board, American Farmland Trust
Bill Snape - Senior Counsel, Center for Biodiversity
Marc Taylor - Director and Immediate Past Chairman, River Network
B. Holt Thrasher - Environmental Leader
Joanna Underwood - Founder and President, Energy Vision
Jay Winthrop - Board Member, Conservation Fund & former Chairman, American Farmland Trust
* Title and Organization listed for identification purposes only and do not indicate or imply endorsement by organization or employer.