Congressman Sam Farr (D-Carmel) released the following Earth Day statement:
"Today, the entire world gathers in celebration of Earth Day, a day set aside to remind us to be responsible stewards of our planet. On the Central Coast, we understand the relationship between the environment and our community. I am proud of our local efforts to have a positive impact on a global scale.
"We live in one of the most environmentally responsible regions of the world. For instance, many Central Coast communities have enacted a ban on non-biodegradable plastic shopping bags reducing the amount of harmful garbage that litters our waterways. We have joined together to protect special places both on the land and in the ocean for future generations to benefit from. Our local growers have led efforts to remove harmful chemicals from our food supply to provide healthy fruits and vegetables for families to eat. Understanding the role that humans have played in global climate change, many of our residents and local business have done their part to reduce emissions and shrink their carbon footprint.
"As great as our successes have been, we still have much work to do. Even as we celebrate, there are many who would like to roll back much of the progress we have made so far. There is a continued effort to open Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling and to build the Keystone XL pipeline, further increasing our dependence on oil rather than investing in green energy alternatives. Back home, there has even been a renewed focus on drilling in the southern portion of Monterey and San Benito counties.
"So on this Earth Day, I call on all of us to remember that every day is Earth Day. From simple changes in our daily routine to increased civic participation and raising awareness on these important issues, we can ensure that not just the Central Coast but that our entire planet is healthier for generations to come.
"Happy Earth Day everyone!"