Today's citizen hearing in Arlington, Virginia brought together more than 40 people committed to acting on climate change. The event opened with a statement from Environment Virginia's Madison Poche about Hurricane Sandy, climate change, and the EPA's carbon pollution standard. The event also featured Bill Brockhou, former economist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and current Climate Reality representative. Local elected official Paul Ferguson talked about why he advocates for "green" policies and how the EPA carbon pollution standards are an important step forward on climate action.
During the second half of the event, local citizens gave their personal stories about how climate change has impacted their families and communities. Life-long residents of Virginia were very concerned with flooding in Hampton Roads and air quality in Northern Virginia. The testimonies from the event will be officially submitted to the EPA.