Senator Brian Schatz visits to address climate change
US Senator Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, will visit Pomona College for a talk on climate change at 4:30 p.m. today, Friday, April 8, at the College’s Argue Auditorium (Millikan Laboratory, 610 N. College Ave., Claremont). The event is free and open to the public.
In the talk, titled “Climate Change: A Call to Action,” Mr. Schatz will urge students and young people to take action on this critical issue. The talk is followed by a question and answer period.
Mr. Schatz is a key advocate for research and tax incentives for clean energy and for regulating carbon pollution, among other environmental issues. As he noted last year after President Barack Obama and China’s President Xi Jinping announced new steps to fight climate change: “The momentum is palpable. People, governments, companies and institutions are beginning to take the kinds of actions that give us a legitimate chance to solve this problem. I’ve never been so hopeful on this issue.”
Mr. Schatz graduated from Pomona College in 1994 with a major in philosophy. He then returned to Hawaii, starting a nonprofit organization to get young people involved in community service, engaging in environmental restoration and activism. He later went on to run Helping Hands Hawaii, a major social service agency.
Mr. Schatz served in the Hawaii House of Representatives from 1998 to 2006 and then as chairman of the Democratic Party of Hawaii from 2008 to 2010. He was lieutenant governor of Hawaii from 2010 to 2012 before being appointed to the US Senate to replace Senator Daniel Inouye after his death in 2012. Mr. Schatz won a 2014 special election to complete Mr. Inouye’s term. He is running for a full, six-year term this year.
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