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Former Md. Governor Says It’s Time to Push Back

(This eighth installment in our series, What’s It Going to Take?, looks at how the environmental community can regain the initiative and build the political will necessary to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.)

Whats It Going to Take?

In this exclusive interview on the state of the Chesapeake Bay, former Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening tells the Bay Action Plan that it’s time to broaden the base of citizens willing to speak out on behalf of the Bay:

“We have got to get the message out. Social media is a good opportunity to do this. We have got to reach people who don’t automatically think of themselves as environmentalists. We have to reach the younger enthusiastic generation that can easily depose a dictator in Egypt or start a whole movement here. But they can’t get together and do something that is so essential as getting mercury out of our air and water?”

“A good healthy Bay and good healthy communities surrounding the Bay are just good economics,” the former governor says. “I’ve got a beautiful 9-year-old daughter. There are regular times when we are afraid to even let her go in the Bay. Now that is just truly ridiculous.”

Watch the entire interview here:

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