Sen. Cardin Makes the Case for Climate Urgency
By Marisa Olszewski,
On Tuesday, April 19, Maryland League of Conservation Voters (MD LCV), in partnership with the Sarah T. Hughes Center for Politics at Goucher College hosted a public conversation with Senator Ben Cardin on climate and the environment. The event was open to the public and featured three Goucher students majoring in political science who facilitated the conversation with questions for Senator Cardin about climate change, the Chesapeake Bay and how he is approaching these issues from his position in the US Senate.
During the program, Senator Cardin detailed the climate positive policies and funding that were included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed in the fall. He also spoke of the urgency for further federal action on climate, stating “the stakes could not be higher and we need your engagement.” Senator Cardin highlighted how climate change is particularly affecting communities in Maryland – through flooding and sea level rise, and the disparate health impacts our overburdened communities face. With a final question from MD LCV Director, Kim Coble, Senator Cardin ended on a hopeful note, remarking how far we have come on restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and how that reminds him that while collective action to restore our environment is difficult and takes time, it is achievable. “Don’t give up. We can’t afford to.”
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