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Congressman Darren Soto

Representing the 9th District of Florida

Soto Announces Climate Change Prevention Advocate as Guest to French President Emmanuel Macron Joint Session of Congress

April 23, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  Today, U.S. Rep. Darren Soto (FL-09) announced Julie Hill-Gabriel, VP Water Conservation at National Audubon Society, will be his special guest for the joint session of Congress by French President Emmanuel Macron, scheduled for Wednesday, April 25th:

Julie Hill-Gabriel coordinates National Audubon’s water strategy, which is a key conservation element of Audubon’s strategic plan focusing on climate change, coastal conservation, working lands and bird friendly communities. Julie coordinates a team of science and policy staff across the U.S., focusing on water issues and restoration in the Everglades, Great Lakes, Delaware River, Upper Mississippi River and the Colorado River. Prior to this role, Julie served as Audubon Florida’s Deputy Director and Policy Director, where she coordinated science, advocacy and education around Everglades restoration, including the importance of Everglades restoration as an adaptation measure to sea level rise and climate change. As an attorney, Julie also oversees Audubon’s legal participation in cases relating to its water conservation mission.

“As the United States became the only country ceasing participation from the Paris Agreement on climate change, Julie along with many environmental groups in Florida became the voice for those passionate about protecting our environment,” U.S. Rep. Soto said. “Julie’s efforts are an inspirational reminder of the work we have left to do to tackle the climate crisis. I am honored to bring her as my guest for this historic event, and together, send a message to President Macron that American citizens stand ready to combat climate change.

“It’s an honor to join Rep. Soto in welcoming President Macron. Climate change is the most important conservation issue of our time,” said Julie Hill-Gabriel VP, Water Conservation at National Audubon Society. “I’m pleased so see that climate change is part of the conversation during President Macron’s visit—it will take leadership across all parties and nations if we are going to make any progress on lowering our carbon emissions.”