Kuster Statement on 50th Anniversary of Earth Day
Concord, NH - Today, on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement. Earlier this year, Kuster unveiled her Clean Energy Agenda which would promote investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean transportation, environmental protection and protecting public lands, clean energy jobs, and national security and global action. The agenda can be viewed here.
“I fondly remember the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970, when I was a student at Rundlett Junior High in Concord. We organized students to pick up roadside trash all over town. It’s hard to believe that people routinely threw wrappers, cans, and trash right out the window!
“The environmental movement in the early 1970s led to the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts and the creation of both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). I was an Environmental Studies major in college, an intern at the EPA, and an environmental legislative aide for Congressman Pete McCloskey, a leader in the environmental movement.
“For the young climate activists, stay strong, be bold. Your voice is important and you will create lasting change in our world – I know because we brought about meaningful change back then, and working together, we will again. And to all who have found themselves spending more time outdoors and reconnecting with nature as we take measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 – on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, let’s recommit ourselves to protecting our environment for future generations.”