SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Over a dozen young climate activists gathered outside Congressman Richard Neal’s house in Springfield Saturday morning, to bring attention to the issue of climate change.
The rally was organized by members of the Sunrise Movement from the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School. The purpose of the gathering was to urge Congressman Neal to endorse the Green New Deal.
The activists held banners with messages like “Wake Up Richard Neal,” and “No justice, No Sleep.“
Event co-organizer Eliza Cormier told 22News, “We’ve been asking Richard Neal to sign on for over a year now, and we are continuing to do so, until he realizes that this is a crisis and we cannot be bought out by fossil fuel corporations.”
22News reached out to Representative Neal’s office for comment. He said in part:
“Climate change is real, and it’s a threat that requires our bold action. We’re already seeing the effects of a warming Earth, including more extreme weather events, like wildfires in our western states and devastating hurricanes across the South. I’m proud to have a long record of supporting congressional efforts to protect our planet, including the Biomass Thermal Utilization Act, the implementation of a cap-and-trade system, select committees on climate change, and The Paris Agreement.
“I welcome my constituents’ input on this issue, and I’m glad that supporters of the Green New Deal have energized the climate conversation across our country and in Congress. Under my leadership, the Ways and Means Committee has been on the frontlines of crafting important and monumental legislation that makes unprecedented investments in green technologies and efficiencies using our tax code while creating programs to reduce our carbon footprint. The numerous new green jobs that will be created because of the Green Act that I introduced with Congressman Thompson (CA-05) make it an important feature of the Moving Forward Act that passed the House this past July. We are fighting a climate crisis that requires innovative, bold action, and that’s why we need to move quickly to get the Senate to pass the GREEN Act and sign it into law.
“The planet our children and grandchildren inherit depends on the action we take in the next few years. It’s our responsibility to make sensible changes now that prevent a catastrophic future. The Green Act will help bring down emissions; modernize our infrastructure and improve its efficiency; encourage the development and use of green energy; and slow the troubling ecological trends we’ve seen in recent decades.”Congressman Richard Neal