Today was a National Day of Climate Action, marked by events in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The D.C. event was held in from of the Capitol reflecting pool at 3rd Street NW. Speakers for the event included D.C. Councilmembers Phil Mendelson (D - At-Large) and Mary Cheh (D - Ward 3). Cheh and Mendelson support legislation to impose new standards for energy efficiency and emission reductions within Washington, D.C. Two bills are pending before the D.C. Council:
- District of Columbia Clean Cars Act of 2007 - Create emissions standards for new cars sold in Washington that match those under California law.
- Green Building Amendment Act of 2007 - Speed the creation of the energy-efficient building codes required by legislation adopted last year.
Here are a few photographs from today's event.
- For the Environment, Rallies Great and Small (NY Times)
- Military Sharpens Focus on Climate Change (Washington Post)
- Interior Reviewed Studies Weighing Risk to Polar Bear (Washington Post)
- Climate Change Scenarios Scare, and Motivate, Kids (Washington Post) - Most of the 'kids' interviewed for this article were elementary school students, but a few college students were included. I will say that the crowd on Saturday seemed fairly young, so this article may be on to something. This is one issue that could see further political involvement from young adults.