REMARKS AS PREPARED
Governor Kate Brown
Earth Day Student Rally
Monday, April 22, 2019
Thank you so much for coming to the Capitol today to celebrate Earth Day.
And while in Oregon, every day is Earth Day, I’m excited to take this moment with you to highlight all the important work we’re doing about protecting our climate.
Climate change threatens our communities, our economy, our ecosystems, and our way of life in Oregon. We see the effects of climate change in record temperatures, declining snowpack, reduced summer streamflow, water scarcity, increased wildfires, and elevated public health risks.
We have to make sure that future generations — yours — inherit an Oregon as beautiful and bountiful as the one we know and love today.
Each and every one of you is a reminder to those of us who are, ahem, a little older that we have very important reasons to push forward on policies that protect our lands, our air, and water.
We can’t just think about your future — we have to fight hard to protect it.
We have to act now, and we don’t have a minute to waste.
That’s why in Oregon we’re taking bold action. I’m proud to say we are leading the way in the United States on climate policy.
This session, I’ve already signed a ban on offshore drilling on the coast into law.
We’re making steady progress to ensure that we can rely on continued protections for clean air and clean water in spite of federal environmental rollbacks via the Oregon Environmental Protection Act.
And in addition to speaking out for what we don’t want, we’re speaking up for what we do.
Our cap and invest policy, HB 2020, allows us to combat climate change as we grow our economy and create new jobs.
It’s critically important to pass cap-and-invest this session and make progress on our other clean energy priorities, and we must do so in a way that is equitable and invests in the communities and sectors that are most impacted by climate change.
My agenda this session is about our children’s futures. They deserve to be able to count on a good education, good jobs, and clean air.
Thank you all for using your voices — and one day, your votes — to advocate for the change you want to see.
Together, we can build a better Oregon.
Happy Earth Day!