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Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action!
Medical Champions for Climate & Health Weekly Newsletter
Volume 1 | Issue 6 
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Monthly State Edition:

Virginia
Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action!
Once a month, we will replace our regularly scheduled Weekly News Roundup with a special spotlight of state-specific activity regarding health and climate news. This month, we are featuring Virginia.
Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action (VCCA), an affiliate organization of the Consortium, is a coalition of clinicians in Virginia focused on the important relationship our changing climate has on our health.
VCCA offered full a day of a full day of education. Speakers included scientists, physicians, medical student, an advocacy director from American Lung Association, and a communication expert, all speaking about how the changing climate influences the health of Virginians. LEARN MORE
Virginia News
Governor proposes state carbon cap
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) ordered state officials Tuesday to create regulations that will reduce carbon emissions from power plants and emphasize clean energy sources such as solar  READ MORE
VA board can regulate carbon emissions
According to state Attorney General Mark Herring, a Virginia regulatory board has the power to set a statewide carbon emissions cap on new and existing power plants. "It's very significant and much different than the air control board has approached this issue in the past" - State House Minority Leader Toscano
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Mayor announces push to reduce Richmond greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050
The city says the program includes goals on open space, energy use, alternative energy sources, air quality, green jobs and water quality, among others.
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Take Action
VCCA NEEDS YOUR HELP: 
 
1) Write Op Eds/LTEs supporting the governor/AG's plans to cap carbon. It is critical the public and the legislature hears our perspective on this now. If you would like assistance gathering information or help with writing, please contact: virginiaclinicians@gmail.com

2) Meet with legislators this summer. Tell them why you, as clinicians, support capping carbon emissions. We can help get you information.
 
3) Arrange for a grand rounds/educational event at your institution on climate change and health intersections. We can help arrange the speakers.
 
4) We are looking for clinicians in Richmond. Richmond's bold 2050 plan proposes reducing the city's emissions 80% by 2050. The health community should be a part of the 2050 planning process. We are planning a meeting with city staff and want local physicians to be engaged!
For more information on how to get involved in Virginia, please contact: virginiaclinicians@gmail.com
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