Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act: H.R. 3764
The Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act (OBCSA) seeks to implement a suite of ocean-based climate solutions such as: protecting blue carbon ecosystems like mangroves and salt marshes; expanding marine protected areas and setting a goal to protect 30% of the ocean by 203; supporting climate-ready fisheries by acquiring additional funds and investing in new technology; and tackling ocean-health challenges like harmful algal blooms. This massive bill will provide jobs, protect front-line communities, and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. The ocean is a key player in the fight against climate change – and it’s time the United States leveraged the potential of the ocean to address climate change impacts.
Zero Waste Act: B23-0506
While recycling in the District of Columbia (“D.C.”) has increased from 20 to 30 percent recently, the city faces serious problems with solid waste and recycling. D.C. has no composting guidelines or programs, sends 77 percent of solid waste to landfills, and continues to incinerate trash, impacting public health and the environment. Proper recycling and composting procedures benefit natural resources and help fight climate change, while saving taxpayer dollars and providing jobs for underskilled and underemployed workers. Fortunately, there’s an effort to improve recycling in DC. B23-0506: Zero Waste Omnibus Amendment Act of 2019 “Zero Waste Act” would ensure the District of Columbia revamps recycling and composting in the district.
If you live in Washington, D.C. urge your councilmember and the mayor to pass this bill. Take Action!
Kenilworth Park Landfill Site
Kenilworth Park Landfill Site is located within Anacostia Park on the eastern bank of the Anacostia River and is a textbook example of environmental justice and racism in Washington, DC. In the early 1940s, Washington, DC was making more garbage than it could process, so government agencies allowed the city to dump its trash on the riverside in Kenilworth Park. Every afternoon, the trash was set on fire, and toxic smoke would pollute nearby communities, becoming the single worst source of air pollution in the district by the 1960s. The National Park System is starting the clean-up process and is asking for input.
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