Sunday's D3 Daily Action

Photo Credit -  The Hill

Photo Credit - The Hill

Submit a comment to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and President Trump to let them know that you oppose efforts to eliminate or shrink national monuments.  Comment period closes on July 10.

President Donald Trump has launched an unprecedented attack on America’s national parks, public lands, and oceans. The U.S. Department of the Interior, led by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, is considering eliminating or shrinking at least 27 national monuments established by presidents from both parties since 1996.

National monuments are sites owned by all Americans who honor our nation’s cultural, historical, and outdoor heritage. Places from the Grand Canyon to Bears Ears, the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, and Stonewall have all been protected as national monuments. These places help define who we are as a nation, and any attempt to revoke or change the fabric of national monuments must be stopped.

The Department of the Interior has opened a public comment period for members of the public to weigh in on the protected status of these monuments.  Please make your voice heard before the July 10 deadline.  The more personal your letter, the better.

According to Heather Swift, press secretary for the DOI, “Each comment counts equally.” So comments like “undo everything obama did !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” and “Please be strong and resist those liberals” will carry the same weight as the pleas for preservation and conservation.  Then, each comment will likely be tallied depending on whether it’s a vote for or against the review. “Many of the comments are general and say something along the lines of ‘I like monuments’ or ‘I don’t like monuments,’” Swift says. “Those will be counted, of course,” but the DOI will also note the comments that come in for each specific monument. - Outside Magazine

With thanks to Center for American Progress Action Fund for this D3 Daily Action.

More info:

4 things you need to know about Trump’s attack on National Parks and Monuments - Millions of acres could see protections removed – Think Progress

Interior Department Releases List of Monuments Under Review, Announces First-Ever Formal Public Comment Period for Antiquities Act Monuments – US Department of Interior

Comments About the National Monument Review Are Flooding In. What Now? - Outside Magazine