Gallup Finds Fewer Americans Prioritize the Environment During the Pandemic

Gallup Finds Fewer Americans Prioritize the Environment During the Pandemic

Continuing its set of opinion surveys in the run-up to Earth Day, Gallup has released the results of another poll, finding that the percent of American adults who say that “protection of the environment should be given priority even at the risk of curbing economic growth” has dropped by 15% since 2018. Experts say that this number often correlates with unemployment, which the COVID-19 pandemic greatly increased.

Why This Matters: President Biden has worked hard to debunk the jobs vs. environment arguments of Republicans — he instead argues that job creation and economic growth must go hand in hand with investment in clean energy and other “green” policies.

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Bald Eagle Numbers Soar Thanks to Endangered Species Act

Bald Eagle Numbers Soar Thanks to Endangered Species Act

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The bald eagle population in the lower 48 U.S. states is now more than 316,000, quadrupling their numbers since 2009. Once close to extinction, the symbolic bird has made an impressive comeback in recent decades. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland called it a “historic conservation success story” when the U.S. […]

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Interview of the Week: Beth Allgood, Founder of One Nature click button

Interview of the Week: Beth Allgood, Founder of One Nature

This week we got to sit down with one of our first #FriendsOfThePlanet, Beth Allgood who is now the founder and president of One Nature–a group focused on the wellbeing of all beings. Beth had spent her career in conservation policy and developed a passion for “wellbeing policy”–which measures the health of an economy not […]

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WWF-Mongolia Completes Nationwide Survey of Snow Leopard Population

WWF-Mongolia Completes Nationwide Survey of Snow Leopard Population

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Mongolia has released its first nationwide snow leopard survey and the results are hopeful. Thanks to the survey, conservationists now know that Mongolia has about 953 snow leopards, whose numbers have been decreasing due to habitat fragmentation and clashes with humans.  This survey, conducted by WWF-Mongolia and partners including […]

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House Passes Historic Conservation Bill to Protect 3M Acres

House Passes Historic Conservation Bill to Protect 3M Acres

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Nearly 3 million acres of federal land could gain new protections after the House of Representatives passed a major conservation bill last Friday. The bill, called the Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act, rolls together eight bills previously introduced. If passed in the Senate, it would: Designate 1.5 […]

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The Conservation Presidents You Don’t Know

The Conservation Presidents You Don’t Know

Presidents Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt are well known for their contributions to land conservation in the U.S.  But the Department of Interior’s list of the top Presidents who shaped America’s public lands also contains a few surprises.   Abraham Lincoln saved the union but he also set aside some of the most iconic lands we own […]

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