In & About the Park Blog
April 10, 2017
By:Dana Mancini - Advocacy and Outreach Assistant - Adirondack Council
On April 29, the Adirondack Council will be attending the People’s Climate Movement - a march on Washington - to show our solidarity with others who are fighting against climate change. Just as important, we want to remind the nation that regulations aimed at curbing greenhouse gases would help reduce acid rain in the Adirondacks too.
The Adirondack Council has been fighting acid rain for more than 30 years. Acid rain has harmed Adirondack waters, forests, communities, and wildlife for decades. Loon and fish populations had declined, and Park residents were exposed to mercury and heavy metal contamination. Emissions from coal-fired power plants were found to be the cause.
In response, the Council worked tirelessly with the Environmental Protection Agency and members of Congress on the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, and later on the Clean Air Interstate Rule (renamed the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule). These two measures provided the largest reduction to date in nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxides, the pollutants that cause acid rain, smog, soot, and fine-particle pollution. These legislative and administrative changes helped to protect the people and wildlife of the Adirondacks, while allowing the Park’s ecological recovery to begin.
More recently, President Obama put into place the Clean Power Plan, which aimed to cut greenhouse gas emissions. While primarily aiming to reduce climate-altering carbon emissions, this plan also provided a key victory in the continued fight against acid rain. In order to comply with the plan, power companies would switch fuels or install new equipment that would result in the side-benefit of cutting acid rain emissions another 25 percent. Unfortunately, efforts by the Trump administration have put the residents, water and wildlife at great risk by attempting to roll- back the environmental regulations.
The Adirondack Council remains dedicated to fighting for the protection of our Adirondack Park. That’s why we will be participating in the People’s Climate Movement - March on Washington! We are joining the fight against climate change and acid rain, and standing up for the people and wildlife of our Adirondacks and the entire planet.
We welcome everyone to come and join us in Washington, D.C!
People’s Climate Movement
April 29, 2017
Here is the schedule of events for the day:
11:00am: Gather in front of the Capitol Building to come together as a community, no matter what issues we are all fighting for
1:30pm: Surround the White House on all sides, and take powerful collective action
3:00pm: Reconvene at the Washington Monument grounds to connect and share the stories that brought us to D.C.
To RSVP: Please fill out our form HERE to let us know if you can make it!
For more information about the People’s Climate Movement, visit their website.
If you can’t make the march, make your voice heard online and show your support by sharing this image with the hashtag #PeoplesClimate and #ClimateMarch