Sunday's D3 Daily Action
Our national monuments and public lands tell a special story of who we are as Americans — a story that is under threat by President Trump. And there's no better day to celebrate our natural heritage than the Fourth of July — and no more important time to help save it.
Please take two minutes today to channel your patriotism into helping protect America's national monuments and public lands.
President Trump wants to strip away protections for some of America's most cherished national treasures, including the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, Grand Staircase-Escalante, also in Utah, and the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts off the coast of Cape Cod.
This move will open them up to oil and gas drilling, uranium and coal mining, tar sands extraction and other industrial dangers. It's an unprecedented assault on our natural heritage and the Antiquities Act itself — and we can't allow it to happen.
The Interior Department is collecting public comments on this despicable proposal until July 10. So it's critical that they hear from you immediately.
Trump's executive order requires Secretary Zinke to review all monuments created since 1996 — a clear signal that the president's ultimate goal is to open them up to dirty, dangerous drilling and mining operations for profit.
In addition to Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah, other monuments at risk include Berryessa Snow Mountain, Carrizo Plain and Giant Sequoia in California; Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks in New Mexico; Basin and Range in Nevada; Vermilion Cliffs and Grand Canyon-Parashant in Arizona, and many more.
Millions of people visit our beloved national monuments, bringing them joy, peace and adventure. But they also protect some of the Earth's most threatened wildlife, protect sources of drinking water for millions of Americans and preserve sacred tribal lands and cultural sites that are fundamental to indigenous communities who have lived here for thousands of years.