I could expound for ages on the importance of protecting and rehabilitating the environment, but I’ll keep this brief. I started the recycling program at the White House on January 20, 1993. One day prior- there was no program. Today, it is a model for our Federal Government. Our planet cannot sustain the environmental damages that have led to the poisoning of our air, water, and land, and climate change. We must take a stand now before the damage becomes wholly irreversible.