For Immediate Release
February 8, 2023
Program Manager, Climate & Clean Energy Advocacy
Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments
ANHE Official Statement on the 2023 State of the Union Address
Washington, D.C.- “The State of the Union is strong” proclaimed President Biden after delivering a hopeful address to the American public. Throughout his address the President detailed commitments to building a stronger country through expansion of infrastructure, access to life-saving prescription medications, replacement of harmful lead service lines, and the roll out of programs under the Inflation Reduction Act that will address the climate crisis. “The climate crisis doesn’t care if you’re in a red or blue state”, remarked President Biden, recounting numerous visits to states after natural disasters heightened by climate change.
In response to the State of the Union address, the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE) Executive Director Katie Huffling, DNP, RN, CNM, FAAN released the following statement:
“Nurses remain committed to working with President Biden and his Administration on strategies to protect public health in the wake of climate change. Since the beginning of his Administration the President has made known his intentions of championing climate action and clean energy investments that will address devastating effects of climate change and protect the public from harmful pollutants. The time to continue those actions is now.
“It is an indisputable fact that the climate crisis is a public health emergency that demands swift and strong action. President Biden must use all of his existing executive authority and direct his Administration to deliver solutions that create jobs, advance environmental justice, protect our health, and deliver on his promise to cut deadly pollution by 50% by 2030.”
About The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments
The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments is the only national nursing organization focused solely on the intersection of health and the environment. The mission of the Alliance is to promote healthy people and healthy environments by educating and leading the nursing profession, advancing research, incorporating evidence-based practice, and influencing policy.