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Rep. Yvette D. Clarke Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day

A Day Dedicated to Protecting Our Planet

Today, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke celebrated Earth Day and pledged to continue her work in Congress to protect the environment, combat climate change, and spur a cleaner and greener job market to help fortify our economy for the American people.

“We have a solemn responsibility to protect our planet,” said Rep. Clarke. “Democrats have taken key steps forward, but there is still a long way to go.”

“If we answer President Obama’s call to solve the climate crisis and work towards a green economy,” remarked Rep. Clarke, “We will not just help safeguard a planet for our children, but ensure that we all have clean air to breathe and water to drink for generations to come.”

This year, Earth Day will focus on educating Americans about the benefits of sustainable development, conservation, and biodiversity. A cleaner Brooklyn means a cleaner NYC, and a cleaner planet. “We need to continue to fund sustainable capital development. A green economy is a healthy economy, both environmentally and financially,” added Rep. Clarke.

“Across my district, groups are celebrating! This weekend the North Flatbush BID hosts their 4th annual Children’s Earth Day at the Brooklyn Bears Garden. Check out Prospect Park’s Audubon Center on Saturday, where you can calculate your carbon footprint and recycle old clothes into eco-friendly totes. We must congratulate the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, which has just become the first LEED Certified green museum in New York City!”

“Earth Day 2010 offers the opportunity to recommit ourselves to building a healthier global community. We must advance policy that prevents radical climate change,” concluded Rep. Clarke.