One of the biggest misconceptions about conservatives is that they don’t care about the environment or the changing climate—but the truth is exactly the opposite.

Conservatives, just like liberals, do indeed care about preserving the earth they inhabit and keeping the environment clean, but the point of contention is that many of them disagree is the Left’s radical solutions for “global warming” and “climate change.”

To address this disconnect between conservatives and popular opinion, the American Conservative Coalition held what is billed as a “first-of-its-kind” conservative climate rally in Miami earlier this month.

About 200 Floridians arrived at the event held at Bayfront Park in Miami, where they were joined by two current members of Congress, two former members of Congress, and a handful of state legislators.

Benji Backer, founder and president of the ACC, organized the rally to move conservatives “to the forefront of climate change action,” by “putting forward real, tangible, and innovative policies.”

The event was met with strong support from a variety of Republican-branded organizations including College Republicans, Florida Federation of Republican Women, and many more, with which Backer hopes to form a coalition on this issue.

“We made history [on June 5] with the first conservative climate rally, because for the first time ever, conservatives have a voice on climate change,” Backer told FreedomWire in an exclusive interview.

He also noted that, because conservatives are constantly told that because their “values don’t go hand-in-hand with fighting climate change,” they “should be deniers or skeptics on the issues.” But in reality, Backer counters, “conservatives have the most impressive heritage on conservation and protecting the environment out of any political movement in history.”

Listing several Republican former U.S. presidents, including Teddy Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, the Bush’s, and Donald Trump, the ACC founder said conservatives should use this heritage “to our advantage in the conversation around climate change.”

“Because the climate is changing,” he acknowledged, “but that doesn’t mean we have to implement policies that are liberal… that doesn’t mean we have to implement policies that are top-down or government-led.”

Instead, Backer argues that conservatism can be “the movement that champions American-based, innovation-based, market-based solutions, and if we can do that, we can boost the economy and save the environment and save the planet at the same time.”

“We are at a crossroads in history where the Left is taking control of this issue, and whether you believe in climate change or not, we cannot continue to allow this issue to be stolen from us,” he emphasized.

Urging conservatives to stop “sitting on the sidelines,” Backer said the way they can affect change is by examining “the problems that exist in our environment and come up with solutions to solve them in our ways which is a federalist way of local action, markets, and using the economy to come up with new solutions that put America first.”

Shedding light on the financial spending disparity on environmental issues, the ACC founder added the Left spends more than a billion dollars every year on climate-related campaigning, while the Right doesn’t even spend a few million dollars on environmental advocacy.

“We need to talk about it, we need to run elections on it, we need to create a grassroots movement around it,” said Backer.

“And by holding this rally, we’re showing that the conservative environmental movement is starting now, the conservative climate movement is starting now, and that we’re not gonna wait any longer, that we actually have to stand up and use our voice for action,” he told FreedomWire. “And the first-ever conservative climate rally is perfect proof that the conservative movement will be the movement of environmental and climate challenge.”

Because of the first-ever conservative climate rally’s success, the ACC says they plan to hold more rallies in the near future and continue expanding their presence across the country to motivate conservatives to embrace environmentalism.

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