The day before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit hears oral arguments on the Clean Power Plan, Americansfrom around the country met to discuss the impacts of climate change on their communities. The event also featured the delivery of over 375,000 petitions from individuals and leaders across the U.S. asking polluters and their political allies to drop their lawsuit against the Clean Power Plan and acknowledge the harmful impacts of climate change.
The petitions were gathered by a broad coalition of groups who are fighting for action on climate change, including Environment America, Environmental Defense Fund, League of Conservation Voters, Natural Resources Defense Fund, National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club, Public Citizen, and Save our Environment.
The Clean Power Plan is the most significant step our country has ever taken to address climate change, which presents a clear and growing threat to America’s public health, safety, and economy. Rising sea levels, extreme weather, increased risk of heat-related illness, and more asthma attacks are just some of the ways that climate change is reshaping our country. These petitions, presented by a group of individuals who spoke to the challenges climate change poses to our country and the solutions the Clean Power Plan offers, demonstrate the fact that the public supports the Clean Power Plan and is urgently calling for action on climate change.