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Activists Rally in Charlottesville to Support Carbon Reduction Bill

Posted: Updated: Apr 02, 2016 07:33 PM
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Environmental activists in Charlottesville are calling on Gov. Terry McAuliffe to stand strong on a clean power plan for the Commonwealth.

Charlottesville is one of 12 communities rallying in support of carbon reduction.

Saturday, activists joined together on the downtown mall in support of a bill that would require Virginia uphold specific standards set out by federal law.

It's called the Clean Power Plan.

Supporters say that it's not enough to wait 10 or 15 years from now. They say change is possible if we focus our energy on doing something now.

Joanie Freeman is a member of the Green Grannies. Even though she is a proud grandmother, herself, she says this is an issue that involves people of every age.

"Our survival on this planet is a unifying topic. It is more important than anything else that we can address," Freeman said.

Freeman and dozens of environmental activists took to downtown Charlottesville Saturday to encourage Gov. McAuliffe to stand with them.

"Governor is a very good supporter of the Clean Power Plan. The General Assembly is not such a strong supporter of the Clean Power Plan. So, we want to show the governor that we're behind him,” Robert Walters, co-moderator of 357 Virginia, said.

They're rallying in favor of a bill that targets the reduction of carbon pollution from power plants.

Caroline Bray is part of the Climate Action Society at the University of Virginia. She says, as it stands, this bill could go either way.

“To have this win would be really encouraging and something we can take back to UVA with us and keep us going," Bray said.

That means pulling carbon out of the air, keeping fossil fuels in the ground, and coming up with alternative energy sources.

“It impacts the children, children that aren't even born yet, future generations, all the way up to us grannies,” Freeman said.

Activists say this is a bill that extends beyond the commonwealth of Virginia. They hope it will have effects around the country.

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