It’s Earth Day,
but today we must also take time to acknowledge that the conviction of Derrick Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd is a step towards accountability, but only a small step. Environmental destruction requires a belief that some people and communities are disposable. These burdens are most heavily placed on Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian, and other communities of color. Only long-term structural change will upend these systems of hate.
We must dismantle systemic racism and create communities where everyone can thrive, with clean air, water, energy, and a stable and safe climate. We continue to work with allies and coalition partners to provide access to fresh air, clean water, access to nature, and healthy communities for everyone.
To make this planet livable for all we have a “30 by 30” goal—preserving 30% of land and water by 2030 to increase access to nature for everyone, especially communities who have been denied this basic human right.
But our work to create a more just, equitable, and sustainable future takes resources. Connecting with coalition partners, pushing the Senate to pass the Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act—all while keeping up the work we do every day fighting anti-environment forces—needs your immediate support.
The administration’s first 100 days have marked a notable change and offers significant promise for bold work that protects our environment and starts to heal our communities. But as we look to the next 100 days and beyond, it’s clear we must continue to hold our leaders accountable.
We must ensure permanent protections of our wild places like Tongass National Forest, Bears Ears National Monument, and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. We must push for the shut down of pipelines like the Dakota Access Pipeline and Line 3, and stop the buildout of destructive fossil fuel infrastructure. We must increase access to the outdoors, especially for communities of color and low-income communities, because nature is a human right.
If we’ve learned anything in the last few years, it’s that no victory comes easy—and if we want to protect our public lands and our families’ health from anti-environment forces in Congress and Big Energy interests, we know we must keep showing up—on Earth Day and every day. We also know that we have a small window of opportunity, and that we must get this right. But we can’t do it without your help today.
This Earth Day is another chance to remind ourselves that we are all connected, and we must take care of and support each other just as we take care of the Earth. Thank you for being part of our community and showing up every day for the planet we share.
This is statement is a modified posting by, Chris Hill, Acting Campaign Director, Our Wild America
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