Happy Earth Week! Now Let’s Protect It: A Message from Rep. Huffman

April 27, 2024

Hello and Happy Earth Week! 
This is one of my favorite weeks of the year because some of the most impactful work I do in Congress is centered around protecting this planet we call home. My fellow climate champions and I have made a lot of progress in the past few years under President Joe Biden - I’m talking historic stuff here. We’ve been working on:   

  • Protecting the Arctic and our public lands from Big Oil development;  
  • Cutting down plastic pollution at the source;  
  • Transitioning to a clean energy future;   
  • Getting off our planet-killing addiction to fossil fuels; and 
  • Our capstone Inflation Reduction Act – the most comprehensive climate action ever signed into law.  


To celebrate Earth Week, I re-introduced the Protecting Communities from Plastics Act with Senator Cory Booker, which would shift our economy away from single-use plastics and strengthen environmental justice protections. That was the perfect precursor for my trip to the UN conference in Ottawa earlier this week, the INC-4. I had the honor of representing America as we met with world leaders to develop an ambitious international treaty to address the global plastic pollution crisis.

The fossil fuel industry wants to keep us addicted to their plan B – plastic – but climate leaders in California and I will continue fighting for our vision of a plastic-free future, where we protect frontline communities, public health, and our planet. We only have one Earth, and I won’t stop working to keep it safe and healthy for future generations. 


Rep. Huffman addresses attendees at INC-4 in Ottawa. 

What supporters of my legislation are saying:

"Plastic production is toxic at every stage beginning with the extraction of fossil fuels, continuing by polluting the air and water of communities near production facilities, poisoning our very bodies and ultimately harming our ocean upon which all life depends. We applaud the Protecting Communities from Plastics Act for seeking to stop this egregious harm and providing a much-needed course correction toward the cleaner, healthier and more sensible future we all deserve.” 

- Jennifer Savage, Surfrider Foundation 

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Thank you, and stay well, 

Jared Huffman
Member of Congress