We need your help amplifying a crucial point in your local paper.
Recently, an opinion article in your local paper discussed the ways that climate change may already be impacting the health of our community every day—in ways that are often missed in the climate change discussion, but will indeed have lasting effects on public health.
We’ve prepared a Letter to the Editor to reply to this piece to make sure it gets the attention it deserves. But we need your help to get it published.
Letters to the Editor are crucially important. Even while in D.C., your members of Congress are paying close attention to their local papers—especially when they mention their names and set off their Google alerts.
Sign your name to EDF Action’s Letter to the Editor of the Miami Herald and amplify the voice of your climate action allies in FL-27!
Letter to the Editor: Florida has to be a climate leader -- for the sake of our communities' health.
Dear Editor of the Miami Herald,
As Alex Harris pointed out in a recent article, doctors across Florida are banding together to discuss the health impacts of climate change. Florida has long been used as an example of the threats of climate change, in terms of severe hurricanes and coastal erosion -- but the risks to public health that climate change poses is often forgotten. This is why Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen must take decisive action to combat rising global temperatures and hazardous pollution in our air. But this can only happen if our leaders -- including Rep. Ros-Lehtinen -- stand in support of climate action. For example, the Clean Power Plan -- our only nationwide limits on carbon pollution from power plants -- is currently under attack by the Trump Administration. We need Rep. Ros-Lehtinen to fight back against this repeal effort and protect the people of Florida by supporting this crucial safeguard for our environment, economy, and public health.The EPA has estimated that the Clean Power Plan would annually prevent up to 4,500 premature deaths, 1,700 heart attacks, and 90,000 childhood asthma attacks once it is fully implemented. Air quality is dependent on all states meeting standards- the air you breathe today was likely in another state yesterday. In addition to protecting our health, the plan would empower lawmakers to work with power companies and implement innovative policies -- such as energy efficiency incentives -- that create jobs and reduce electricity bills for people like you and me. Not to mention, in 2016 alone, wind and solar comprised more than 60% of new utility-scale generating capacity -- clearly indicating that renewable energy will continue to bolster vibrant economies, while fossil fuels will continue to become an obsolete and inefficient power source of the past. If Rep. Ros-Lehtinen wants to keep Florida's economy competitive, communities healthy, and skies free of toxic pollution, she will show bipartisan leadership and fight against efforts to repeal the Clean Power Plan -- and pave the way to a clean energy future that puts the people of Florida first.