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Volunteers mobilize to support new EPA regulations

Power plants are responsible for 40% of the carbon pollution in the United States, contributing to health risks that negatively affect millions of Americans, especially children. These harmful emissions also contribute to climate change, which is causing extreme weather and disaster all over the world.

That's why the President is taking action—proposing the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants. Folks like the New York Times have called this "the strongest action ever taken by an American president to tackle climate change."

Last Tuesday, OFA volunteers organized across the country to make their voices heard and get the word out about the President's plan. Supporters took to the streets to collect signatures in support of the proposed EPA standards and say that our health, our economy, and our future depend on whether we act on climate right now.

Here are some of the highlights:

Knoxville, Tennessee—Organizers held an event in front of Market Square's fountains that brought out supporters and community members to raise their voices together on climate change.

Pasadena, California—This little organizer-in-training joined volunteers who collected comments and talked to passersby, drawing in other willing hands.

Chicago, Illinois—Over 150 people came out for an event with OFA-Illinois, Sierra Club, and Climate Action at the Spertus Institute in downtown Chicago.

Dallas, Texas—Volunteers collected signatures from enthusiastic supporters and recruited more volunteers to help out at the next event.

New York City, New York—Volunteers attended a panel discussion to learn more about how the EPA's carbon emission standards will reduce dangerous pollution and provide a real opportunity to combat climate change. Columbia University Professors Patrick Kinney and John Mutter spoke about how President Obama’s action to reduce carbon in the atmosphere was bold.

If we want to see real, meaningful action to fight climate change, we need to fight for it. Take a stand with President Obama—add your name today.

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