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This week we had the opportunity to sit down with Congressman Mike Levin of California’s 49th congressional district. During a week in which President Biden announced the nation’s boldest climate agenda to date, it was especially opportune to speak with the Congressman who worked as a cleantech entrepreneur before running for office. We asked him where he sees opportunities for Congress to work with the Biden administration, how military bases–like Camp Pendleton in his district–can become hubs for renewable energy, and the climate benefits of protecting nature.
It’s also worth noting that Rep. Levin’s district is a recent red-to-blue and he’s been able to win reelection while also championing a bold climate agenda. When we asked him how he connects with Republicans on issues of climate he told us that,
“I’ve tried my best to meet my colleagues where they are and to talk about the economic benefits of climate action and to remind them that the economic consequences of doing nothing are worse than whatever cost there is to taking action.”
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By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer In October 2020, Prince William created the EarthShot Prize, a £1 million reward for five innovations that help improve climate and conservation issues. This year, fifteen finalists have been selected. Winners will be chosen from across five categories: Protect and Restore Nature; Clean Our Air; Revive our Oceans; Build […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Young people worldwide are feeling chronic stress about the climate crisis, a new study shows. The largest study on young people’s climate anxiety to date surveyed thousands of 16 to 25-year-olds from the UK, Finland, France, US, Australia, Portugal, Brazil, India, the Philippines, and Nigeria. It found that young […]
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