Daley, McCarter to host town hall on environmental issues

HARRISBURG, April 20 – State Reps. Mary Jo Daley and Stephen McCarter, both D-Montgomery, will host an environmental town hall meeting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 27 at the Ambler Borough Hall, 131 Rosemary Ave., in Ambler.

Both Daley and McCarter are members of the bipartisan, bicameral Climate Caucus, which was formed to provide a free-flowing and informal discussion forum for legislators to address all manner of issues relating to climate change in Pennsylvania -- jobs, industry, manufacturing, clean air, clean water, and specific regional impacts among them. Both said the need for detailed, up-to-the-minute information and dialogue surrounding climate change is now greater than ever.

“I am delighted to co-host a Town Hall in Ambler Borough on the environment along with my colleague, Representative Steve McCarter,” Daley said. “We are also pleased that Matt Stepp of PennFuture will join us for a lively discussion on important issues that affect all of us.”

The evening will include a discussion about the following topics:

  • Impact of climate change;

  • Environmental protections and regulations nationwide and within Pennsylvania;

  • Impact of budget and regulatory changes on clean air and water;

  • What citizens can do to help protect the environment in Pennsylvania

  • Storm water management; and

  • Methane;

“Our climate is changing. 2016 was the nation’s second-warmest year on record and the 20th straight year the U.S. was warmer than average,” McCarter said. “But the context in which we’re experiencing climate disruption is also changing. The new administration in Washington, D.C., is taking an aggressive approach in rolling back many previously enacted environmental regulations, which means it’s more crucial than ever that  legislators and citizens alike actively engage in issues of climate change at a state level.

“We, at the state level, must be informed, proactive and collaborative to preserve the environment of the commonwealth and to protect current and future generations of Pennsylvanians economically,” McCarter said.

The legislators will also be joined by a representative of PennFuture, a statewide, nonpartisan environmental advocacy organization.

For more information, contact Daley’s district office at 610-837-1697, or McCarter’s Glenside office at 215-572-5210.