En­vi­ron­men­tal ad­vo­cates call for more united ef­fort from the pub­lic

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - OBITUARIES - By Brian Zahn bzahn@newhaven­reg­is­ter.com @brizahn on Twit­ter

NEW HAVEN >> State en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivists be­lieve there can be a fu­ture, both for jobs in Con­necti­cut and for life on Earth, as long as peo­ple are will­ing to unite for a cause and find com­mon ground.

Ad­vo­cates from en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist groups, unions, churches and the U.S. Se­nate said Tues­day at Com­mon Ground High School, a farm­ing and en­vi­ron­men­tally-fo­cused char­ter school, that the need for cli­mate ac­tion is ur­gent, es­pe­cially as Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion con­tin­ues to roll back en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tions from the Obama era.

“It is lit­er­ally a fight for the fu­ture in the most fun­da­men­tal way,” said John Har­rity, pres­i­dent of the Con­necti­cut State Coun­cil of Ma­chin­ists. “The so­lu­tion to cli­mate change rests with the peo­ple.”

The Con­necti­cut Roundtable on Cli­mate and Jobs, which or­ga­nized the event, is a statewide ini­tia­tive that strives to find mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial so­lu­tions for en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists and la­bor­ers through so­lu­tions such as cre­at­ing green en­ergy jobs or im­prov­ing pub­lic trans­porta­tion in­fra­struc­ture.

U.S. Sen. Chris Mur­phy said cli­mate change is “a me­teor that is hurtling to­wards Earth” and “the clock is tick­ing on our abil­ity to pre­vent dis­as­ter.”

Mur­phy, D-Conn., said things un­der Obama were “on the right path,” and the peel­ing back of reg­u­la­tions by the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is “an un­prece­dented as­sault on sci­ence.”

His col­league, U.S. Sen. Richard Blu­men­thal, agreed. He said Trump’s bud­get propos­ing cuts of 60 per­cent to en­force­ment within the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency will re­verse progress on some­thing that was proven to work. The Paris Agree­ment, he said, must be main­tained.

Sev­eral speak­ers em­pha­sized sev­eral com­ing events: on April 22, Earth Day, there will be the ninth an­nual Rock to Rock fundraiser at which more than 1,000 cy­clists will ride from West Rock to East Rock, im­me­di­ately fol­lowed by the lo­cal March For Sci­ence, an event hap­pen­ing across the na­tion, at the fin­ish line.

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