Fortunately, we live in the country that created the world’s first national parks. At our best, we as a people have acted out of a deep desire to protect the places we love, both those that are close to home as well as those that define our country and our people, from the Grand Canyon to the Great Lakes, from the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters.
That’s why Environment America Research & Policy Center is running campaigns for more open spaces, more wild places and more wildlife:
Wildlife Over Waste: We’re protecting whales, dolphins, birds, fish and other water creatures from the harm of needless plastic pollution by educating the public about the issue and calling for solutions, such as bans on take-out foam cups and containers.
No Bees, No Food: We’re fighting to save bees and other pollinators by calling on the EPA to stop the most problematic uses of bee-killing pesticides and urging communities to plant pollinator-friendly vegetation.
Environmental Defense: Our Public Lands: We’re standing up for our national monuments and other public lands by blocking attempts to shrink their boundaries, allow more destructive activities, or remove their protections.
Environmental Defense: Our Oceans: We’re defending our oceans, marine wildlife and beaches by opposing plans for new oil and gas drilling along nearly the entire coastline of the country.
None of this will be easy. Some opponents will push in the opposite direction because they hold different values. Some will oppose us out of self-interest. But it’s up to us to stand up for America’s special places and all the life they support.