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CCAN Activists Call on Governors Hogan and Northam to Only Reopen Based on Best Available Science

"If the fight against the climate crisis has taught us anything, it is that ignoring science leads to lives lost"

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From the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN):

CCAN Activists Call on Governors Hogan and Northam to Only Reopen Based on Best Available Science

TAKOMA PARK, MD — Thousands of residents of Maryland and Virginia have signed petitions calling on Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to ground reopen policies in “the best available science and medical advice.”

As of the time of this release, 1121 have signed the petition to Northam and and 1494 have signed the petition to Hogan. Both petitions state that a “science-based and proactive approach is precisely what we need not only in the current crisis, but for the broader crisis of climate change looming on the horizon.”

Harrison Wallace, Virginia Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, stated in response:

“If the fight against the climate crisis has taught us anything, it is that ignoring science leads to lives lost, with the majority of those deaths occurring in vulnerable communities. Reopening our economy against the advice of health professionals is dangerous and a slap in the face of the essential workers who are keeping us safe.”

Mike Tidwell, Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, stated:

“When it comes to the Covid-19 virus in Maryland, our message to Governor Larry Hogan is: Not so fast. Hogan must hear the voices of residents statewide who demand he follow the science — not the partisan protestors — when reopening the state as we recover from Covid-19. Nearly 1500 Marylanders have signed a petition thanking the governor for science-based precautions to this point, but demanding data-driven discipline as we enter the hardest part of the recovery.”

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The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is the first grassroots organization dedicated exclusively to raising awareness about the impacts and solutions associated with global warming in the Chesapeake Bay region. For 17 years, CCAN has been at the center of the fight for clean energy and wise climate policy in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.