Environmentalists for Kelly Mazeski

November 7, 2017

We have devoted most of our professional lives to conservation and environmental protection, and all support Kelly Mazeski’s candidacy for Illinois’ Sixth Congressional District.

No matter our race, gender, faith or age, we all rely on clean land, air and water for our health, the health of our children and the health of our communities. Kelly believes renewable energy provides a great economic opportunity to create thousands of high-paying jobs for our country while also reducing climate change. The current Republican Congress has ignored its responsibility to protect our natural resources and invest in a renewable energy future. Unlike Republicans, Kelly has demonstrated a commitment to defend the only planet we have as follows:

Clean Energy
Innovation has always been the American way, which is why Kelly knows we should focus on enhancing energy technology that is better for the environment and spurs economic growth. Kelly understands we can combat climate change and create millions of jobs by turning America into a clean energy superpower that leads world development in solar, wind and fuel cell technology while expanding energy efficiency. An additional benefit of a clean energy economy is the creation of thousands of high-paying manufacturing jobs, the kind we need here in America.

Climate Change
Kelly knows the Earth’s climate is changing – that is a fact. She believes how we deal with climate change and what kind of environment we leave to our children is up to us. As a strong supporter of the Paris Climate Accord, Kelly believes the United States should be adhering to it. We cannot let the Trump Administration roll back environmental protections that only benefit billionaires and dirty-fuel corporations at the expense of the American people. We support Kelly because she will fight the Trump Administration’s efforts to defund the EPA. She knows this would undermine existing critical health protections for all Americans.

Position on Land
Kelly opposes selling any federally protected land and will fight to prevent drilling for oil on federal land. She believes it is imperative to protect these areas of our country that have irreplaceable natural beauty, ensuring future generations can visit and enjoy them.

Water
Kelly has always been a supporter of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative while recent constituent pressure forced Peter Roskam to do so. She believes the EPA should have increased funding to prevent disasters like the one taking place in Flint, Michigan. Kelly realizes how critical it is to ensure people everywhere have access to clean drinking water.

Kelly has been an advocate for conservation and environmental protections long before she decided to run for Congress in the Sixth Illinois Congressional District. She helped lead the 2007-2008 Obama-Biden National Energy & Environment Team a decade ago because of her strong belief in the connection between a healthy environment and our health. Her commitment to a new public policy priority on health is spelled out at http://www.kellymazeski.com/.

As such, we proudly endorse Kelly Mazeski for Congress in the Primary and General Election in Illinois’s 6th Congressional District so that we can leave our state, nation, planet and future generations – healthier and more prosperous.

Respectfully Submitted*,

Jon Carson
Founder, Trajectory Energy Partners & Former National Field Director, Obama For America

Wendy Paulson
Chairman, Bobolink Foundation & Volunteer,
Citizens for Conservation*

*Name, title and organization for identification purposes only; no organizational endorsement is stated or implied.

Dale Bryson
Illinois Environmental Advocate

Diane Bodkin
Chair, South Barrington Conservancy &
Former Secretary, Citizens for Conservation
Trust*

*Name, title and organization for identification purposes only; no organizational endorsement is stated or implied.

Karen Selman
Co-Founder, Friends of Spring Creek Forest
Preserves*

*Name, title and organization for identification purposes only; no organizational endorsement is stated or implied.

Karen Rosene
Member, Citizens for Conservation & Steward,
Spring Creek Forest Preserves*

*Name, title and organization for identification purposes only; no organizational endorsement is stated or implied.

Jim Voris
Former Board Member & Current Volunteer,
Citizens for Conservation*

*Name, title and organization for identification purposes only; no organizational endorsement is stated or implied.

Steven Gross
Illinois Environmental Educator

Edith Auchter
Treasurer & Former President, Citizens
For Conservation*

*Name, title and organization for identification purposes only; no organizational endorsement is stated or implied.

Cameron Davis
Obama-Biden ‘08 National Spokesperson on Water Issues

Sophia Twichell
Illinois Environmental Advocate

Karen Yancey
Former Executive Director, Barrington Area
Conservation Trust*

*Name, title and organization for identification purposes only; no organizational endorsement is stated or implied.

Lauren Rosenthal
Board Member, Illinois Environmental Council &
Board Member, FamilyFarmed*

*Name, title and organization for identification purposes only; no organizational endorsement is stated or implied.

Ginger Underwood
Steward, Cook County Forest Preserve*
*Name, title and organization for identification purposes only; no organizational endorsement is stated or implied.

John Schweizer
30-year volunteer, Citizens for Conservation,
Barrington*

*Name, title and organization for identification purposes only; no organizational endorsement is stated or implied.

Tamara Voris
Volunteer, Citizens for Conservation &
Volunteer, Spring Creek Forest Preserves*

*Name, title and organization for identification purposes only; no organizational endorsement is stated or implied.

John Cawood
Illinois Environmental Advocate

Albert Ettinger
Environmental Attorney