This is an interview with Betsy Carr, Virginia House of Delegates:
What is unique about protecting Virginia’s resources?
The state of VA is a place of natural beauty — with its the mountains, sea, farms, and forests. With our treasured lands, there is a tradition of valuing the preservation of our environment. There are many environmental groups and interested citizens that are helping to keep VA beautiful. The district is in an urban district with a river running through it and it contains several noted parks. Our constituents care about the river and the environment.
As a parent and grandparent, are you worried about the effects of climate change on your children and the children of Virginia?
I am concerned about climate change. Education and opportunities for children and families to learn about saving and protecting our environment is key. My children helped spur recycling in my home years ago. Our public schools can incorporate initiatives for conservation and towards improving climate change. When children learn green techniques at school, they can carry them home to their families and into the community.
Why is a bipartisan effort so important and how can these efforts be achieved in our politically polarizing culture?
Bipartisan effort is key to accomplishment and success. The environment and conservation is a family value and a human issue; it is important common ground for both conservatives and progressives.
Is there anything you’d like to share that is important for Moms Clean Air Force members to know?
I have been contacted by citizens concerned about non-GMO labeling — they want to know what is in the food they eat, as well as what is in the air they breathe. I am still working on legislative issues for the upcoming session.I am still working on legislative issues for the upcoming session.
Betsy Carr was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2009. In the House of Delegates she serves on the Commerce & Labor, Transportation, Finance, and General Laws Committees. She also serves as the Treasurer of the House Democratic Caucus as well as co-chair of the bi-partisan Capital Region Caucus. She has three sons and two grandsons.