Yesterday, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released Environmental Quality in Connecticut 2016, its annual report on the condition of the state's air, water, land and wildlife. The report is built upon 30 environmental indicators that measure the state's progress towards meeting its goals during the past ten years or longer.
We are fortunate to be able to rely upon CEQ to give us an independent and objective analysis of the conditions that impact our state's environment and public health. I urge you to read the report cover to cover; but prepare yourself.
The news is sobering, if not alarming, with the report showing a regression or lack of progress in meeting many of our state's environmental goals, including those for land conservation.
And the icing on the cake? CEQ - the state's only environmental watchdog agency - is proposed for elimination under the Governor's budget. Couple this news with the continuous assaults on the environment coming from Washington, D.C. and it is hard not to feel defeated.
But we will NOT be defeated!
Whether you write a letter to the editor, volunteer at a clean-up event, participate in a March for Science, or just go for a walk in the woods, Earth Day (April 22) is a perfect day to recharge your commitment to taking action to protect all that we care about.
The stakes have never been higher.