During these unprecedented times, normality can seem far away. However, we can still celebrate time honored traditions like getting outdoors to enjoy and preserve nature while we practice social distancing. Today is Earth Day, and this week, I challenge you to take part in what I am calling the First District Stewardship Week.
Throughout my time in Congress, I've made it a top priority to ensure the health of our environment so that it can be enjoyed by future generations. I’m working across the aisle to make sure we preserve the public lands Americans need to visit, explore, fish, hunt and enjoy wildlife and the outdoors for generations to come. This Congress, I’ve had three of my bipartisan bills pass out of the Natural Resources Committee: the National Fish Habitat Conservation Through Partnerships Act, the North American Wetlands Conservation Extension Act, and the Keep America’s Waterfronts Working Act. These three bills work to increase conservation of fish habitat and wetlands, as well as preserve our working waterfronts.
This week, while continuing to practice safe social distancing measures, I encourage you to learn more about ways you can help preserve our natural world and teach others about the joys of nature conservancy. Planting trees, recycling, and learning are easy to do while ensuring the safety and health of our communities during these difficult times.
The first Earth Day was celebrated 50 years ago. We have come a long way, but we also have a long way to go. Protecting our unique ecosystem along the Bay and the abundant natural beauty that exists here in the Commonwealth remains one of my key goals during these times.