Claire is part of Our Climate's Fellowship Program. She is a sophomore at Willamette University in Salem, OR.
I am supporting the Clean Energy Jobs Bill because we need new forward-thinking legislation in order to secure a just and resilient climate future for all. Climate change is not just an issue facing far-off lands, it is all around us. Since moving to Oregon, I have seen extreme droughts, the effects of forest fires, and irregular temperature. I am from Minnesota and out of any state in the U.S., Minnesota has the fastest warming winters. Between these two states I have seen major climate impacts that will affect me and the world around me for the rest of my life, and that's why I am called to this work.
The Clean Energy Jobs Bill is legislation that gives me hope. It gives me hope for a just transition that centers equity, it gives me hope that the nature I feel so connected to might be preserved, and most of all it gives me hope for a future in which we are no longer reliant on fossil fuels. This legislation cannot wait. We cannot allow our voices to fade as it rests in committee. I am fighting for the idea that everyone, including future generations, deserves access to a healthy environment, and good paying jobs in the clean energy sector. This legislation is a crucial step toward combating the climate crisis and it cannot wait.
We need new, forward-thinking legislation like the Clean Energy Jobs Bill (HS 2020) now. This bill must be voted through committee and passed on the floor, because we cannot wait another moment to address the climate crisis. We have to get this done now. I am proud to be a part of the generation that woke up to the reality of climate change, and has committed to shape and influence climate policy and lead the just transition to a fossil fuel free society.
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