The Loma Prietan - July/August 2010

Pete McCloskey Wins Environmental Hero Award

by Larry Reed

The Chapter is pleased to announce that its first Environmental Hero Award will be given to Congressman Pete McCloskey. The award is to honor individuals who personify our mission of advocacy for the environment. The Congressman was one of the nation's first environmental lawyers and co-founder of the first Earth Day. He represented California's 11th district in Congress from 1969 to 1983 (when the 11th district included parts of the Peninsula). Renowned for his environmental focus, one of McCloskey's enduring legacies is his co-authorship of the 1973 Endangered Species Act.

On the afternoon of October 2, Pete will accept the award. His talk at the event will include discussion of the co-founding of Earth Day and the mood of the country when he coauthored the Endangered Species Act. He will also tell us what he is currently doing and will hold a question-and-answer session. The master of ceremonies for the event will be former ABC television news South Bay Bureau Chief Rigo Chacon. See the sidebar for details.

Recently, Chapter leadership was privileged to spend some time with Pete McCloskey in preparation for the October 2nd event. It is evident that through his experiences in the Marines and Congress, and his work as an environmentalist, his active citizenship over the years has made our country a better place to live. Pete McCloskey, sometimes known as the outspoken "Teddy Roosevelt" Republican, is his own person, always has been and always will be. He is a true environmental hero, and his work has shown us that we can all make a difference when it comes to making the land a cleaner and better place.

Larry Reed is the Chapter's Executive Director.