October 13, 2015
Auduboners Glenda Booth and Jenny Campbell attended a three-hour meeting in Lorton on September 28 sponsored by Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) officials who are preparing the state's plan to implement President Obama's Clean Power Plan, a plan to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change.
Glenda cited the National Audubon Society's 2014 landmark report on the impact of climate change on birds, a study which concluded that 314 North American bird species could be threatened in some fashion by the end of the century. She stressed the importance of healthy habitat to wildlife and to people and urged state officials to prepare a strong plan that reduces carbon dioxide emissions, strengthens energy efficiency and transitions to increased use of non-carbon-based, cleaner-burning fuels.
You can learn more about the state's efforts at www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Air/GreenhouseGasPlan.aspx. DEQ is accepting comments until October 13. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auduboners could let state officials, both DEQ and electeds, know of the importance of implementing a strong plan to curb climate change. Legislation to block the Clean Power Plan is anticipated in the 2016 Virginia General Assembly session.