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Recently, the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released a report on the Congressional Action Plan to fight for clean energy in the United States. This plan will help promote a cleaner future for the next generation.

The plan involves transforming our everyday actions to become sustainable in our society. Our own congressional member, Mike Levin, is a part of the Select Committee. It should be motivating to see the person that we voted in to Congress taking an initiative to help fight climate change, including our adored coast.

As a graduate of San Clemente High School, I’ve witnessed the negative impacts of pollution on San Clemente’s coast.

While it is exciting that the climate report plans to protect ocean ecosystems, the work truly begins when these plans are supported from local leaders. This includes the action of addressing water pollution. Last year, our water quality at the San Clemente Pier was graded the most polluted in California.

According to a previous article in the San Clemente Times on the pollution grade, it seemed debatable if the reasons for this grade stemmed from human activities. However, it should be taken as a wake-up call for how sensitive our water can be from any source of pollution.

It is time for us to tackle the problems within our control that lead to polluted waters. In San Clemente, we thrive off living near the sea; to continue that, we need to embrace a symbiotic relationship with our ocean.

Without addressing these issues of water quality that this climate report has plans to enact, we may encounter more problems with polluted water and damage coastal ecosystems. This may affect the ocean activities, such as surfing, that we cherish in San Clemente.

We, as a community, have a voice to promote change that can have drastic impacts on our beloved coastal city. We have the ability to bring sustainable practices to town.

This could include advocating for better pollution maintenance for beachgoers. It’s time to set aside different beliefs and focus on changing our actions for the treasured sea. 

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