A Madera health professional joined more than 100 clean-air ambassadors from all over the country to lobby lawmakers for stronger protections against air pollution. For Phillip Bautista, a native of the San Joaquin Valley who has lived in Madera all his life, the issue hit too close to home to pass up a chance to speak about it in Washington, D.C.
Bautista, who is a registered nurse, joined a delegation comprised of representatives of multiple organizations from all 50 states. He is the California membership director for the American Nurses Association, which was invited to send representatives by Earthjustice, a nonprofit public interest law organization that advocates for the environment.
“They wanted people who represent the community and healthcare to come forward and bring their clean air concerns to the federal level,” said Bautista.
The group met with California representatives including Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Reps. Jim Costa (D-Merced) and John Garamendi (D-Walnut Grove), calling on them to help communities that are struggling with the negative environmental and health impacts of climate change...