Last Wednesday, citizen environmental advocates from the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters stormed Capitol Hill. Their objective? To make the case for action on climate, toxins in our water, and more.
Four topics of concern topped the day’s lobbying agenda:
- Action on the climate crisis
- Regulation of dangerous PFAS chemicals like GenX
- Protecting our coast from offshore drilling
- Fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
NCLCV staff and volunteers were a part of the annual Conservation Voters Movement Lobby Day which the national LCV organizes. This year’s was the biggest ever, with over 200 people from 29 states meeting with their members of Congress. The 11-member North Carolina delegation met with Rep. David Price (NC-4) and staff for Sen. Thom Tillis, Sen. Richard Burr, Rep. G.K. Butterfield (NC-1), and Rep. Alma Adams (NC-12).
Price’s, Butterfield’s, and Adams’ advocacy and voting records make them environmental champions, so NCLCV thanked them for acting on PFAS and the LWCF. Tillis and Burr are relatively strong on those issues, but overall are weak on the environment. Therefore, advocates pressed them to oppose President Trump’s offshore drilling plan and to do more for our climate.
Dustin Ingalls, NCLCV’s Director of Strategic Communications, said, “Our elected leaders need to hear from their constituents, and we were proud to bring your voice to Washington. But you can continue our efforts by telling Sen. Tillis to protect our coast from offshore drilling.”
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