May 23, 2022

Neguse Leads Request for Robust Funding of Programs to Support the Civilian Climate Corps

The proposed funding would help expand and leverage existing programs within the federal government, putting to work the next generation of Americans to protect and restore our environment

Washington D.C.— Congressman Joe Neguse (D-CO), Chair of the U.S. House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, and one of the chief architects of the Civilian Climate Corps (CCC) in Congress, announced today a letter to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies requesting support for programs that support the goals of the CCC. 

“Our communities cannot wait any longer for bold, urgent action on climate change. The impacts of the climate crisis are at our doorstep.” said Congressman Neguse. “This funding would go a long way in creating a brighter future for Colorado, for the West and for our planet. We have a huge opportunity to address multiple challenges, including climate change and wildfire risk, all at the same time. The 21st Century Civilian Climate Corps enables us to do just that.”

Read the letter HERE

Background: 

Since entering Congress, Neguse has been a tireless advocate for the reimagining of a 21st Century Conservation Corps. Taking a page from President FDR’s New Deal program to put a new generation of Americans back to work in our country’s federal lands, the 21st Century Conservation Corps Act would tackle the issue of western wildfires, work to restore our lands and communities and address the critical roots of climate change. His vision for the program calls for recruitment from frontline environmental justice communities and strong labor standards, including a living wage, health care and child care benefits and more, in order to build an equitable workforce.

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