‘We need climate action, environmental justice’

3/1/2018, 2:32 a.m.
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Recklessly repealing these lifesaving safeguards would mean more sick kids, more expensive hospital visits and thousands of premature deaths that could have been prevented — all at a time when health insurance itself is under attack.

Our elected officials, including U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, must defend against Secretary Pruitt’s and President Trump’s proposed rollback of the Clean Power Plan.

The Trump administration must reconsider its policies about environmental justice and the Clean Power Plan. We need both to thrive. Because like all freedoms and rights long denied to African-Americans, clean air, clean water and a safe future for our children and grandchildren should be guaranteed for all.

It is up to all of us to speak up because, as was said by Frederick Douglass, “This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them.”

The writer is director of Virginia Interfaith Power & Light.