Tuesday, June 06, 2017

ICYMI: Rep. Friese announces new coalition of state legislators to combat climate change

State Legislators United for Climate Action will serve as a clearinghouse for state legislative solutions to uphold the Paris Climate Agreement and take more aggressive local action to reduce climate change.

Contact: Cheryl Cage, 520-360-9016/cherylcageAZ@gmail.com

Tucson, Arizona – State Representative Randy Friese, M.D. today announced the formation of a working coalition to encourage state legislators to unite against climate change.

“President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Change Accord is a complete abdication of responsibility and leadership,” said Representative Friese.

“It is time for all elected officials to stand up and be counted,” Rep. Friese continued. “For this reason I am working together with legislative leaders from all states to launch the State Legislators United for Climate Action coalition.”

Our members will be legislators who are firm in their support of the Paris Accord. The group’s mission will be to act as a clearinghouse of ideas to help legislators share solutions and gather the science available in order to draft and pass best-practices climate change legislation in their states.

 “We will ask every state legislator in the U.S. to join this cause,” Rep. Friese said. “I am confident that my colleagues, both in Arizona and around the country, will stand together to ensure our children inherit a healthy planet.”

Joining Representative Friese in this coalition kickoff is Representative Becky Carney, N.C. General Assembly, Representative Pricey Harrison, N.C. General Assembly and Representative Kirsten Engel, Arizona State Legislature.

The group is establishing a social media footprint with a current Facebook page (State Legislators United for Climate Action) and a website under construction, www.StateLegislatorsUnitedForClimateAction.org.

Rep. Randy Friese, M.D. is a trauma surgeon at the University of Arizona and is the Assistant Democratic Leader in the Arizona State House of Representatives.  Rep. Friese is also on the Board of Advisors for 314 Action, a national organization that is promoting evidence-based solutions to combat climate change and strengthen public health and education policy, and recruiting and training individuals with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and math to run for public office. 

*This information provided by State Legislators United for Climate Action

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