Washington, D.C. – Today, White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Brenda Mallory, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, State Senator Stephanie Chang, State Senator Mallory McMorrow, and other Michigan climate leaders underscored the urgent need for Congress to pass the bold climate action outlined in the Build Back Better framework. The event, held at Utility Workers Union Hall Local 223 in Dearborn, was hosted by Climate Power and the Michigan League of Conservation Voters as part of the Climate Action Now: Great American Build Tour.

During the event, the speakers highlighted the urgent state of the climate crisis in Michigan, the devastation of extreme weather and toxic pollution, while remaining hopeful about the opportunities created by investing in clean energy and resilience. In pre recorded videos, Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow also discussed recent legislative action to help lay the groundwork for climate action. Bold investments in clean energy would create tens of thousands of new good-paying jobs in Michigan, while also mitigating the toxic pollution and worsening effects of the climate crisis. The speakers noted that Michiganders are paying the price of climate inaction, as deadly and dangerous extreme weather ravages their communities.

Here are some highlights from the event:

In the environmental justice panel, participants discussed how the Build Back Better framework would give Michigan the opportunity to address the environmental crisis in communities of color. 

Participants of the labor panel highlighted the importance of building back justly, drawing on their experiences as Michigan union members to emphasize the need to protect the state while creating good-paying jobs and opportunities for people across the state.

In the state climate champions panel, elected officials from across Michigan discussed how their constituents are dealing with the worsening effects of climate change and the need for federal leadership to underpin the work happening at the state level.

In a one-on one panel, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell described how the climate crisis continues affecting Michiganders and discussed the urgent need for bold legislative action to help vulnerable communities.

Michigander Jasmin Maciel-Gutierrez shared her personal experience with the climate crisis, described how Latino communities are more vulnerable to extreme weather,  are more at risk, and called for leaders to act now to address climate change.

You can view the full event here.

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