Vice President Joe Biden will travel to the Everglades in Miami-Dade County, Florida on Monday.
After touring part of Everglades National Park, the Vice President will deliver remarks on the Administration’s efforts to restore the Everglades.
Over the past three years, the Obama Administration has made restoration of the iconic Everglades a top environmental priority by significantly increasing federal funding and breaking ground on several key projects.
These efforts remain vital to the state of Florida, as the Everglades are the primary source of drinking water for more than 7 million Floridians and their natural beauty makes them a critically important part of the state’s tourism industry.
President Obama issued an Earth Day Proclamation stating:
"On April 22, 1970, millions of Americans came together to
celebrate the first Earth Day. Students, teachers, activists,
elected officials, and countless others challenged our Nation to
confront our most urgent environmental issues and rallied around
a single message: the success of future generations depends
upon how we act today. As we commemorate Earth Day this year,
we reflect on the challenges that remain before us and recommit
to the spirit of togetherness and shared responsibility that
galvanized a movement 42 years ago.
America rose to meet the call to action in the months and
years that followed the first Earth Day. We passed the Clean
Air, Clean Water, Endangered Species, and Marine Mammal
Protection Acts; founded the Environmental Protection Agency;
and ignited a spirit of stewardship that has driven progress for
over four decades. Today, our air and water are cleaner,
pollution has been greatly reduced, and Americans everywhere are
living in a healthier environment."