(WBIR - Knoxville) A national tour with local implications kicked off its campaign in Knoxville on Thursday.
The national I WILL ACT ON CLIMATE tour is urging people to stand behind stricter climate laws and invest in the American wilderness. The project, led by an evangelical group, wants people to know that environmental awareness is something conservative, Christian groups care about too.
While the smog has lifted from the peaks of the Smoky Mountains, many park rangers, along with local clergy and businesses still say there's room for improvement.
"We ask people to go beyond organic. Find out who is producing your food, where you're getting your products from. For instance, Tennessee's toxins law hasn't been updated since 1972, so you wanna know what's happening, in terms of the products you're buying," said Alexi Laushkin with the Evangelical Environmental Network.
Two weeks ago, President Obama announced the country's first-ever caps on carbon pollution, and outlined ways he believes to improve environmental health through infrastructure.