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Cheyenne River Sioux Chair Offers to Rip Down Mount Rushmore—”Free of Charge… By Myself If I Must”

Describing the iconic South Dakota mountain carving that depicts the heads of famous U.S presidents as nothing but a monument to “our molesters,” the chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Nation Harold Frazier this week said he would willingly tear down Mount Rushmore if given the chance—with or without help—and pay for its destruction personally. […]

A small bipartisan step toward environmental justice passes in the Senate: Great American Outdoors Act

As we face the COVID-19 pandemic while once again confronting our greatest national sin—racism—coming together for reconciliation and healing is more important than ever. Passage of the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) in the Senate does just that. By Rev. Mitch Hescox Evangelical Environmental Network For many, the best place to seek freedom, healing, and […]

‘Quietly putting hundreds of species at risk,’ Trump opens marine protected areas to commercial fishing

In a move that environmentalists warned could further imperil hundreds of endangered species and a protected habitat for the sake of profit, President Donald Trump on Friday signed a proclamation rolling back an Obama-era order and opening nearly 5,000 square miles off the coast of New England to commercial fishing. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams “We’re opening […]

Restoring our national parks: Evangelicals support the Great American Outdoors Act

With the current COVID-19 crisis, safe and easy access to the gift of America’s beautiful outdoors has never been more important for our spiritual, physical, and emotional health. Years of deferred maintenance have left our National Parks and other public lands with deteriorating infrastructure and crumbling trails, roads, and visitor centers. By establishing the National […]

Coronavirus closures could lead to a radical revolution in conservation

In the early days of the COVID-19 lockdowns, social media was flooded with reports of animals reclaiming abandoned environments. According to one widely shared post, dolphins had returned to the canals of Venice.  While many of those stories have since been debunked, conservationists are providing legitimate reports of cleaner air and water, and wildlife reclaiming […]

Living with Coronavirus: Parks matter more than ever during a time of sickness – something Frederick Law Olmsted understood in the 19th century

The Coronavirus pandemic has altered humans’ relationship with natural landscapes in ways that may be long-lasting. One of its most direct effects on people’s daily lives is reduced access to public parks. Looking south from New York City’s Central Park. Ajay Suresh/Wikipedia, CC BY By Richard leBrasseur, Dalhousie University The Conversation The COVID-19 pandemic has […]

GOP and Dem senators unite to save our national parks

On March 4th, Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced an important bill that would address the growing National Park Service deferred maintenance backlog and provide full, permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). It is well past time to restore and repair our national parks and we are thankful […]

Trump’s border wall is the exact opposite of where our priorities should be (It’s the climate change, stupid!)

The Trump administration has undertaken a massive, unprecedented response to the climate crisis. In fact, they clearly see this enormous undertaking as their signature project  – the legacy this administration will leave the nation. I’m not talking about some tree-planting pledge or a sudden change of heart about windmills. Folks, I’m talking about Trump’s border […]

February 24th

Natives and eco-activists begin duel with Trump over national monuments

Nearly two weeks ago, plaintiffs filed a pair of motions in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking summary judgments against Donald Trump’s shrinking of two national monuments in Utah—Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante. “The proposed summary judgment motions will be ‘partial’ in the sense that they seek to resolve plaintiffs’ entitlement to relief on their core claims that […]

February 22nd

Despite lawsuits against shrinking of Utah nat’l monuments, Trump regime OKs drilling, mining there

Even though several lawsuits challenging the shrinking of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments by the Trump regime are working their way through the federal courts, the Interior Department on Wednesday signed off on plans issued by the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service to allow mining, oil and gas drilling, and grazing on land that is within the Obama-set boundaries of the two […]

February 10th