#COVID19 has made us more cognizant of a microscopic threat. Earth Day asks us to zoom out.

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The #COVID19 pandemic has brought with it many hardships—but on #EarthDay. I want to reflect on one thing we’ve all been able to appreciate: walks under clear blue skies.

California has seen historically clean air quality. As have cities around the world. Some are moving to keep the gains.

In Italy, Milan is moving to keep these cuts in emissions post-#COVID19. But here in the US—Trump has used this crisis to suspend environmental rule enforcement, ease restrictions on mercury in power plants, & made it harder to use science in policymaking.

#COVID19 has made us more cognizant of a microscopic threat.

#EarthDay asks us to zoom out— “Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of—every human being who ever was, lived out their lives.”

Originally posted on Twitter. Re-posted with permission.

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Before being elected to the California State Assembly in 2018, Buffy worked as a community organizer, an advocate for kids, and a grassroots activist with experience at the local, state and federal level. She was born in a small town in rural California and grew up in a trailer, raised by working class parents who pushed her to work hard and think big.

Buffy is proud to have been an architect of President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns. She is credited with innovating Obama’s grassroots organizing model – from right here in Oakland. In addition to playing a critical role in his momentous electoral victories, Buffy served alongside him in the White House. In her leadership role at the Office of Public Engagement, Buffy brought stakeholders and advocates from across the country together to support and eventually pass the Affordable Care Act, which has provided more than 20 million Americans with health care, including 5 million here in California.

Since arriving in Sacramento, Buffy has been a tireless advocate for working families across California, using her experience as an organizer and leader on policy to fight for and pass bills defending the rights and strengthen the livelihood of all her constituents.

Buffy lives in Oakland with her husband Peter and her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Josephine, also known as JoJo.

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