As we gear up for Power Shift 2011, a lot of things are going on. Next month, 10,000 young environmental activists will come to DC to make their voices heard, learn about environmental organizing, and make change happen. Yesterday, a group of young Ohioans, Sierra Club organizers, and Ohio's Energy Action Coalition got the ball rolling on this power shift.
The group convened in front of Speaker John Boehner's field office in Cincinnati, OH, to protest Boehner's support of anti-EPA legislation. In 2009, the EPA issued a finding declaring that six key greenhouse gases are dangerous for our public health. The republican-proposed legislation would strip the EPAs ability to regulate these greenhouse gases as outlined in the Clean Air Act.
Katie McChesney, the Ohio representative for the Energy Action Coalition, said, "Protecting the Clean Air Act is an essential way of protecting the healthy of children and families in Ohio and across the country. We hope that Congressman Boehner will listen to the call of young people in Ohio and put our interests before those of corporate polluters."