Representative Lee Zeldin (R-New York, First Congressional District)
1517 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3826
This is not your ordinary Earth Day. There’s some big stuff happening in our politics right now (not to mention globally). We have an administration that is not just apathetic but openly hostile to the catastrophic effects of climate change and the harm of deregulating industries that often disregard human and environmental concerns in favor of the monetary bottom line. This is not just a talking point. This is the reality.
Right now, protestors are marching all over the country – with the locus being in my beloved Washington, D.C. – in favor of bringing attention to the importance of science, and how it can help us combat the harm being done to our environs and ourselves. Because of the mass industrial use of non-renewable energy sources and the lack of care given ecosystems and our place in them, our planet is under a serious threat that is reversible. For now. It’s important to arm yourself with knowledge, first. I’ve curated a “Science” section in the library on this site, so that’s a good place to start.
The politics aspect of Earth Day aside, it’s always important to volunteer in your community. Work to remove invasive plants species in your neighborhood. Understand which kinds of vegetation and flowers to plant that will be most likely to help, rather than hurt, your surroundings (this is also a good time to think about ways you can help to revitalize certain bee populations). Utilize your national and local parks – the more we use them, the harder they will be to dismantle. I know it’s redundant to say, but recycle. Get solar panels. It seems obvious but it doesn’t hurt to repeat. I know not everyone has the means to install solar panels or take the time to grow a garden, but do whatever you can, wherever. Any little bit counts.
And dear lord, please don’t litter. You have to be pretty gross to just throw trash on the ground. Sorry not sorry.
(Lastly, Senator Cory Booker sent out a link to a petition to express your concern about the President’s feelings towards climate change [because feeling over fact seems to matter more] and you can sign it by clicking here. But don’t stop there – keep the phone calls, letters, and protests going.)
Photo: The grounds of Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia