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Yesterday was historic as the Senate confirmed the first Native American Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland! When she was nominated she tweeted, “A voice like mine has never been a Cabinet secretary or at the head of the Department of Interior. Growing up in my mother’s Pueblo household made me fierce. I’ll be fierce for all of us, our planet, and all of our protected land.” We also commend to you the newest treasure that Secretary Haaland will oversee. In its final bill of 2020, Congress created New River Gorge National Park and Preserve — the country’s 63rd national park. Previously a “national river,” the area located about 300 miles from Washington, D.C. has spectacular hikes and rock climbing. It also attracts more than one million visitors annually who spend more than $60 million in nearby communities and that supports 846 jobs locally. It’s so close — hopefully, the new Secretary will get to visit our newest crown jewel soon!
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The earliest iteration of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society was founded in 1977 to “defend, conserve and protect our ocean.” Meet three women, featured by Vogue, who are carrying out the organization’s mission: Eva Hidalgo: 31-year-old Spanish scientist who was part of the team that possibly identified a new […]
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer A bill sitting on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s desk could take away local government’s decision-making about their energy choices, including where to build large-scale solar arrays. The outcome will impact the historically Black town of Archer, where Origis Energy and Gainesville Regional Utilities want to build a 50-megawatt solar […]
The American Jobs Plan is an unmissable moment for communities across the country to address the legacy of urban freeways and set a new course for a more equitable future. It’s absolutely critical that as we begin to reimagine and build the transportation infrastructure of the 21st century that we do not repeat the mistakes […]
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