Today, FCV’s South Florida Lead Organizer Olivia Nedd and I are braving the chill of Washington DC to advocate for Clean Rides for Kids, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and Clean Energy for All. Laura Forero, our colleague at the national League of Conservation Voters helped us navigate the Capitol complex. We were delighted that Laura could join us – she’s a Floridian that just-so-happens to now be living in DC!
Every day, in Florida and DC, we fight for the electrification of our communities’ school bus fleets. It’s time to upgrade our aging diesel-powered school buses to zero-emission school buses. Electric school buses reduce air pollution, helping to prevent harmful health impacts like asthma that disproportionately affect Black and Latinx children. It’s time to bring Clean Ride for Kids across the country.
The Land and Water Conservation fund has helped to protect many special places in Florida. Now we need Congress to fully fund it. Full, permanent funding will help save America’s natural, cultural, and historic treasures. We met with our friend Rep. Darren Soto to ask that LWCF receive the full and dedicated funding it deserves to save America’s best places. The LWCF is America’s best parks program and we need $900 million to save our important outdoor recreation destinations.
We’re asking Congress to support a 100% Clean Economy Act to achieve a 100% clean economy by 2050, in order to build pollution-free communities. We know that climate change is already affecting Florida’s families and we thank those leaders who are standing up for the health of all Floridians.
We were glad to spend some one-on-one time with Florida elected officials, including Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Rep. Kathy Castor, Rep. Lois Frankel, and Rep. Stephanie Murphy, among many others.
Thanks to those of you at home, we can continue to fight for Florida families at our nation’s capital. With your support, we speak up for our land, water, and democracy, and demand climate and energy action.