Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and in the spirit of writer Robert Macfarlane’s urging to be “good ancestors,” I’m proud to announce the exciting personal endorsement of nationally renowned climate-change and environmental-policy expert, Professor Michael B. Gerrard.

Gerrard, founder of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law through Columbia Law, is a prolific writer in environmental law and climate change, as well as a respected professor of environmental law, climate-change law, and energy regulation.

I am proud and humbled to have his support.

As I think about what it means to be a responsible steward of our planet, Earth Day provides an opportunity to recommit to the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge that my campaign proudly took in February.

This means that our campaign does not take contributions from oil, gas, or coal industry executives, lobbyists, and PACs. While this pledge continues to be a point of pride for my campaign, it is, of course, not nearly enough. Those ruining our planet and standing in the way of sustainable innovation will try to buy off every politician they can.

Throughout my career as a prosecutor, I’ve been proud to fight against anyone who puts profits ahead of the health of our children and our planet. The people of this district deserve a member of Congress they can be sure will prioritize protecting our environment and tackling our climate crisis.

As your member of Congress, I will fight for a progressive carbon tax that will permit clean, green technology to compete fairly and bring the innovations needed to save our planet and create great 21st-century jobs. Staying independent of the fossil fuel industry is the only way we’ll have a chance to restore respect for science and our EPA, and protect our environment for future generations.

For Earth Day, I’m asking you to stand up and show you’ll fight with me. If you believe that our clean air and water are something worth fighting for, then please join us today!

We need leaders in Washington who are committed to doing the hard work necessary to fix this crisis. I’m ready to be one of those leaders with you by my side.

Thank you for your support and happy #EarthDay,