FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2022
Program Manager, Climate & Clean Energy Advocacy
Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments
Nurses Respond to Senator Manchin’s Decision Against Climate and Public Health
[Washington, DC] (July 18, 2022) – On Thursday July 14, 2022 Senator Manchin derailed critical investments in climate, justice, clean energy, and public health.
In response to the decision today, the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE) Executive Director, Katie Huffling, released the following statement:
“As nurses, we know that climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time and action is needed now. Nurses are very concerned about the public health effects of this decision to not move on climate action. We know this decision will increase the human and public health costs of the climate crisis being felt by all Americans, and particularly for historically overburdened communities that are the most vulnerable to the impacts of the climate crisis. Nurses will continue to do everything in our power to hold Congress and the President to their promises to provide a cleaner, more just, and more equitable future for all Americans.”
Senator Manchin’s decision comes at a time when large swaths of the country are experiencing extreme weather caused by climate change and 50 million people last weekend suffered through heat warnings and advisories. The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments and their partners will continue to demand that President Biden and his administration use every tool at their disposal to make good on the President’s promise to cut climate pollution in half by 2030.
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.