Our April (Earth Month) Speaker Takes a Stand

Sustainability Director Mike Foley is our monthly speaker. Come join us April 13th at 7 p.m. He and County Executive Armond Budish wrote this letter to the Plain Dealer.

 Other Voices  on March 29, 2017 at 2:35 PM
 President Trump recently signed an executive order that essentially guts the mission of the Environmental Protection Agency. In a deeply disturbing order, President Trump wants to:
  1. Roll back the Clean Power Plan, which reduces coal plant CO2 emissions
  2. Allow more mining for coal
  3. Reduce restrictions on methane emissions from fracking

Together with his request to eliminate funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, President Trump is enacting policies that directly contradict the mission of the EPA and the federal government.

State and local governments cannot alone solve climate change and Great Lakes sustainability. The federal government’s purpose is to deal with issues that affect matters of national concern. Both global warming and the health of the Great Lakes (80 percent of fresh water in the United States) are of national concern.

President Trump’s actions hurt Ohioans and Midwesterners and particularly Millennials and the generations of children who follow them. These deeply distressing announcements are dangerous! We urge Cuyahoga County residents to make their voices heard. Please Consider participating in the national March for Science which takes place April 22. This is not the time for complacency or despair. We can and we must protect our environment for generations to come.

Armond Budish,

County Executive

Mike Foley,

Director, Department of Sustainability