Miami, FL- Today, Sierra Club’s Executive Director, Michael Brune, headlined a GOTV day of action for the Joe Garcia campaign alongside Sierra Club Florida Chair Mark Walters, former Florida Secretary of Commerce Charles Dusseau and dozens of Sierra Club and Joe Garcia volunteers. The Sierra Club has endorsed Joe Garcia in the race for Florida’s 26th congressional district because of his long-standing commitment to protecting South Florida’s natural resources and combating climate change.
During today’s GOTV kickoff, Brune spoke about the importance of working to elected climate leaders who will stand up and protect our lands.
"Time and again, Joe Garcia has proven to be the climate champion south Florida needs," said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune. "The Sierra Club is proud to endorse Joe, who has secured hundreds of millions of dollars to restore the Everglades and is a champion of clean air and water for the region."
Following the kickoff, dozens of volunteers went out to knock on doors to urge voters to support the best candidate for combating climate change and protecting the environment, Joe Garcia.
“Making sure we protect our environment for my daughter, our children and future generations is one of my top priorities,” said Joe Garcia. “I want to thank Mike and the Sierra Club’s Victory Corps program for all their support. To have their members out in full force getting people in our community to the polls shows how important protecting our environment is in this election. I plan to go back to Congress to continue advocating for clean air, clean water, and to ensure our natural resources are protected.”
In Congress, Garcia secured $200 million for everglades restoration and an additional $2 million in funding for water quality improvements in the Florida Keys. Clean water is a major focus of Garcia’s campaign platform. He has joined other candidates and elected officials in signing the Now or Neverglades declaration to advocate for the purchasing of Florida land for conservation. He opposes offshore oil drilling and fracking, and thinks solar energy is an essential component to America’s future economic growth and long-term environmental sustainability.
Meanwhile, his Republican opponent claims to be an environmentalist but his record paints a very different picture. Curbelo has taken over $94,000 from the oil and gas industry for his re-election alone, and has a record of advocating for special interests in Congress. Curbelo voted to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, voted to protect subsidies for oil produced on public land and even expressed his strong support for offshore oil drilling while visiting a rig in the Gulf of Mexico. He also voted to declassify toxic coal ash as hazardous so that coal polluters could store their waste in aquifer impoundments that leak into the groundwater, including the waters surrounding Florida’s 78 coal waste storage facilities.