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PRESS RELEASE: FCV to Spkr. Oliva and Pres. Galvano: Climate Change Action Needed Now

published on: November 26, 2018

For Immediate Release: November 26, 2018
Contact: Aliki Moncrief, Executive Director, [email protected], 850-629-4656
Twitter: @fcvoters

FCV to Legislative Leadership: Climate Change Action Needed Now

FCV’s Aliki Moncrief calls on Jose Oliva and Bill Galvano to create Select Committee on Climate Change

Tallahassee, FL (November 26, 2018) – Today Florida Conservation Voters sent a letter to Speaker of the Florida House-Designate Jose Oliva and Florida Senate President-Designate Bill Galvano urging them to create a Joint Select Committee on Climate Change. The full letter can be found here:

“After a horrific year of red tide, algae blooms, and increasingly-worse hurricanes, Florida’s incoming legislative leadership has an urgent responsibility to protect our state from the harmful effects of climate change,” said Aliki Moncrief, Executive Director, Florida Conservation Voters. “The Florida Constitution is clear about the role of the legislature as it pertains to protecting our natural resources and scenic beauty. Our elected officials have a moral responsibility to enact laws to reduce water and air pollution and to protect our communities from the grave dangers posed by climate change.”

Last month, the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change released a report with a dire warning: humans have 12 years to make a difference before climate change dramatically alters life on earth as we know it. Just last week, thirteen U.S. government scientific agencies including NASA, NOAA, and the Department of Defense released the fourth National Climate Assessment, which documents the serious damages climate change has already wrought throughout the country.

Moncrief continued, “To Rep. Oliva and Sen. Galvano: it is time to put politics aside and get to work solving the biggest challenge of our time. I urge you to create a Joint Select Committee on Climate Change immediately. Continued inaction would be gross disregard of your responsibilities to the people of Florida. Our time is up.”