Every Virginian is affected by climate change. From the coast to Appalachia, more frequent and more extreme weather events — like floods, droughts and wildfires — impact our farms, forests and rivers. These events also have community impacts, driving up the price of food and insurance, harming businesses and limiting opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Decision-makers in Washington, D.C., are taking our nation backward, not forward. It’s time to take action at the state level. Virginia is joining with other states, as well as cities and counties across the country that understand the urgent need to act on climate — particularly in light of President Trump’s continued attacks on climate policies, including pulling out of the Paris Agreement. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has issued Executive Directive 11 to cut carbon pollution from the power sector in the commonwealth. It’s a significant step in the right direction, but our work does not stop here.
We need your help to ensure the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) uses its full authority to draft the strongest rules possible to reduce carbon emissions from power plants, tackle climate change and grow a clean energy economy in the commonwealth. As Virginians, we have the right to weigh in during this process to ensure the outcome is strong, equitable and scientifically sound.
Tell DEQ you care about climate action by signing the petition below.