March and April Environmental Concerns Speakers

March 9: Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity believes that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of animals and plants. They work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. This is done through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive. They want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.

On July 12, 2011, the Center for Biological Diversity struck an historic legal settlement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The settlement , requiring the agency to make decisions on whether to add hundreds of imperiled plants and animals to the endangered species list by 2018. The Endangered Species Act is America’s strongest environmental law and surest way to save species threatened with extinction. By now many more than 100 species have won final Endangered Species Act protections through this settlement.

April 13: Environmental Protection Agency

Join us to learn how EPA programs and actions affect our area. In 2014, EPA awarded millions of dollars in grants to promote green technology, to design safer products, to help fight asthma in schools, and to restore water quality and wetlands; recognized companies using green chemistry to create renewable and plant-based fuels; addressed Bay contamination including a major Clean Water Act settlement with the East Bay Municipal Utility District and East Bay communities to stop discharges of untreated and partially treated sewage to San Francisco Bay; and recognized regional water-saving partnerships through EPA-sponsored WaterSense, which seeks to protect our nation’s water supply.

While great progress has been made to reduce smog, improve water quality, clean up hazardous waste and create sustainable, healthy communities, the EPA needs to keep working to achieve its goals of protecting our environment and ensuring public health.

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