Charlottesville Activists Push to Curb Carbon Pollution

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People are gathering in downtown Charlottesville Wednesday night to show support for combating climate change.

Organizing For Action (OFA) volunteers across Virginia are holding a protest as part of a nationwide day of action to back new standards that will help curb carbon pollution. At the Free Speech Wall on the downtown mall, the group of organizers is gearing up to discuss why it’s important to support this cause now.

OFA says the impacts of climate change are currently threatening our homes, our communities, and our health. The nonprofit is spotlighting new carbon pollution standards proposed by President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency.

“I believe it will make a difference because it is cutting carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, and if we want to see a sustainable future for our health, our economy and just our way of life, we need to start doing some action now,” said Nqobile Mthethwa, climate change leader for OFA’s Shenandoah Chapter.

The volunteers at the protest also stress that people who deny the basic science of climate change are working against addressing this problem. They hope to spread the word and eventually spur action through this event.

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