Re: “On Earth Day, student activists push for more action on climate change” [April 26 Daily News]:
On the first Earth Day in 1970 there was no Clean Air Act, no Clean Water Act, and no EPA. Then 20 million people came out to protest in cities across America on April 22, and the national conversation shifted. By the end of that year, Congress had authorized the creation of the EPA, and within two years enacted both the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts.
The student activists from Project 9 pushing for action at the Massachusetts State House are acting in the spirit of that first Earth Day. I am not old enough to remember the 1970 event, but I have attended my share of Earth Day events in the decades since, and often T-shirt sales seemed to dwarf the calls for change.
State Reps. Maria Robinson and David LeBoeuf are ready to meet the students’ cry for action with their bill, “An Act providing for building justice with jobs.” This act will retrofit one million homes throughout the state in ways that reduce carbon emissions. State Senate Leader Spilka should also give this bill her attention and support. The young folks have got the right idea — Earth Day should be about legislative action, not T-shirts, and we need to follow their lead!