By Tommy Hough
On this Earth Day I want to congratulate President Biden on his just-announced commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030. While this is great news and a tangible goal, not to mention a welcome breath of fresh air following the change of administrations in January, we still have plenty of pressing environmental work to do at both the national and local level.
For one, the Biden administration and the federal government must cease the Trump administration's destructive Border Wall building program that has devastated National Monuments, wilderness, and private property in extraordinarily wild, rugged areas across our southern border with Mexico since 2017.
And while Earth Day is a cause for celebration as we acknowledge the strides our nation has made in the preservation of wilderness and wildlife, and in ensuring enforceable clean air and water policy, here in San Diego County we're fighting a two-front battle against our climate emergency in the form of rising sea levels and increased, more unpredictable wildfires.
As we continue to fill our seas with plastic and our sky with exhaust, we San Diegans must double down on moving critical environmental policy forward – and ensure any policy passed in San Diego also advances our city's landmark Climate Action Plan. We are not without challenges.
As a San Diego County Planning Commissioner, environmental leader, Surfrider veteran, founder of San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action, and coordinator of the ReWild Mission Bay campaign, I'm ready to roll up my sleeves to lead the way finding solutions, build upon the work elected officials and agencies have already done, and support our allies in the Tijuana River Valley – site of by far the most overriding, overarching environmental crisis anywhere in our region.
But to get there, I need your support for my San Diego City Council campaign for District 6 today. We know the Republicans' hand-picked successor will have all the resources the GOP can muster to hold District 6 – the last Republican seat on San Diego City Council. That's why I need your help and support this Earth Day to fund our marathon campaign effort.
If you've already given, thank you. Please tell your friends and family to support our campaign for San Diego City Council, and add your name to our community endorsement list. While you're at it, follow us on Facebook.
A San Diego County planning commissioner and former radio host at 91X and FM 94/9, Tommy Hough works as an environmental consultant with the ReWild Mission Bay campaign, and is a California Democratic Party delegate and the co-founder and former president of San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action.