450 State and Local Officials Support Biden on #30×30 Executive Order

450 State and Local Officials Support Biden on #30×30 Executive Order

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer In an open letter, 450 elected officials from all around the U.S. support President Biden’s Executive Order action this week to protect 30% of U.S. lands and waters by 2030. The officials hope that the president will lead a swift and aggressive campaign to combat global warming and the […]

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And The Winner Is…Local Ballot Initiatives on Climate and Environment

And The Winner Is…Local Ballot Initiatives on Climate and Environment

OK so there may not have been a big blue wave at the federal level this week, but several ballot initiatives at the state and local level proved that when climate and conservation were on the ballot, they won.

Why This Matters: Regardless of what happens at the federal level, measures like these at the state and local level are the key to achieving 30% of the land and waters in the U.S. protected from development by 2030, as well as for combatting climate change.

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Confederate Monuments Must Go. Parks Must Be For Everyone.

Confederate Monuments Must Go. Parks Must Be For Everyone.

By Monica Medina and Miro Korenha Monuments have been much in the news lately. In Decatur, Georgia on Thursday night, thanks to a Judge’s order, the county finally took down the Confederate Monument in the central square.  It is one of a few monuments to the Confederacy remaining in Atlanta.  State law protects them, unfortunately, […]

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Permanent Funding for Land and Water Conservation Close, Ocean Monument Order Draws Suit

Permanent Funding for Land and Water Conservation Close, Ocean Monument Order Draws Suit

The Senate voted overwhelmingly to pass the Great American Outdoors Act and put $900m each year in perpetuity into the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which can be used to create, further protect, and expand federal, state, and local parks. In order to preserve the first fully protected area in the Atlantic Ocean, environmental groups yesterday challenged President Trump’s order opening up the NE Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument to commercial fishing.

Why This Matters:  The public overwhelmingly supports conserving our most precious areas of historic importance and natural beauty.

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Minority Communities Raise Their Voices Against Trump’s Environmental Rule Rollbacks

Minority Communities Raise Their Voices Against Trump’s Environmental Rule Rollbacks

The rallying cry “I Can’t Breathe” that has been heard and seen at protests across the country was invoked by environmental justice advocates on Tuesday in Congress because it also applies to the harmful impact of pollution being experienced by these communities, and it is especially acute in minority communities also seeing disproportionate impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why This Matters:  Under the guise of “helping” communities after the COVID crisis, the administration is making things even worse for so many Americans that are already struggling under the burden of discriminatory pollution and its cascading harms to their health and well-being.

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One Cool Thing: The Top Cities For Parks

One Cool Thing: The Top Cities For Parks

Having access to parks is a key to the quality of life no matter where you live. Today, according to the Trust for Public Land, 100 million Americans don’t have a park within a ten-minute walk from home.  They have studied the maps and other data on park access for most of the cities and […]

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