Coming out of the election there is a lot of concern, particularly within the environmental community, about the direction that federal policy will go over the next four years. What parts of campaign rhetoric will become reality? On that subject, only time will tell.
Here at The Piedmont Environmental Council we have historically tried not to rely on federal policies, but rather the direct actions of residents, landowners, and businesses in the Piedmont region. It’s a bi-partisan approach, and something we have found people of all political stripes can rally around.
In that vein, here are some post-election thoughts from PEC’s President, Chris Miller:
As president of a local nonprofit I wanted to reach out, and remind PEC friends and supporters about why groups like ours exist in the first place. It is because so much of what impacts our environment and quality of life is determined by decision-makers at the local, regional, and state level. It is because we have never in our history been able to rely solely on the federal government for the changes or protections our communities need. And it is because individuals, like you, can and do make a difference.
So it doesn’t matter whether you’re a republican, democrat or independent. If you care about the water we drink or the lands we rely on for so many things, I would urge you to increase your engagement and double down on your commitment to groups close to home, like PEC.
There is much work to be done.
P.S. If you’re able to make a donation towards that work, please visit pecva.org/donate.