Happy Monday, Friends of the Planet! Summer is now in full swing, and Congress is back in town after a week-long district work period. Here is what is happening, for your situational awareness.
On The Hill: The House Natural Resources Committee has hearings on National Parks and Public Lands and on Indigenous Peoples on Wednesday. But, but, but, the staff will be short-handed because #FOTP Lora S is out on maternity leave — congrats to her and her new baby girl! And the House Select Committee on Intelligence will hold a hearing on the National Security Implications of Climate Change on Wednesday as well.
Around D.C.: It is Capitol Hill Oceans Week, sponsored by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and Monica will be doing a daily blog of the week’s events. If you want to receive those updates, email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also live stream the entire event here. The attendees will be hitting the Hill on Thursday. #CHOW
In the Courts: The lawsuit brought by 21 children who are fighting for the right to sue the Trump Administration over its failure to address the climate crisis will go to oral arguments on Tuesday in a federal appeals court in Oregon.
In Detroit: Sustainable Brands will be holding its annual flagship event – this year’s theme is “Transforming Brands Through Sustainable Innovation.” Miro will be there for all the action.
Around the Blue Planet: Saturday, June 8 is World Ocean Day. There will be hundreds of celebrations, activities and actions around the world to celebrate. The World Oceans Day website has a variety of free resources including plastic pollution action resources developed by the Youth Advisory Council, and you can take part on social media by joining the 2019 campaign #TogetherWeCan?- a simple way to get involved and show support, plus be sure to utilize the hashtag #TogetherWeCan? in your World Oceans Day messaging — be sure to tag @WorldOceansDay!
ICYMI: Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday night worked at a bar in Jackson Heights, Queens to draw attention to increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour nationwide.