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Yesterday, the U.S. Congress, as well as the City of Baltimore, lost one of its most beloved colleagues and public servants, Rep. Elijah Cummings. Cummings, the 20+ year representative of Maryland’s 7th District as well as the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, was admired and respected by his own party but also by many of his colleagues across the aisle–a rare feat in these heavily partisan times.
Rep. Cummings will be remembered for many things: his decency, his devotion to truth and democracy, but also for his ardent championship of the environment and environmental justice. He fought for his beloved Baltimore to have the same clean air and water as all other communities and was a staunch supporter of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. More than anything, he knew that climate injustice had no place in an America worth fighting for:
“The climate crisis has enormous implications for the health, safety, and well-being of Maryland citizens, as well as people across the country and the world, and far too often, those most affected by climate change are the most vulnerable members of our community.”
Our hearts are so heavy to hear of his passing. We’re sending our deepest sympathies to Rep. Cummings’ family, staff, and his community that is reeling from his loss.
This week, we marked the grim milestone of 500,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19. We know that many among them cared deeply about the environment and climate change, and many were public servants. In their honor, we want to tell the story of one — Jennifer “Jen” Pizza, who died suddenly last Sunday of […]
A 21-year old woman from the U.K., Jasmine Harrison, became the youngest female to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean — she did it in just over 70 days — surviving capsizing twice and a near collision with a giant tanker ship. Why did she do it, you ask? She said on her website, “I […]
This week we wanted to learn about how to make our politics less divisive, particularly when it comes to making progress on climate change and environmental issues. So we reached out to Mo — an original Friend of the Planet — who has been studying civility in politics for years. In GU Politics’ most recent […]
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