Unless we act now, our most treasured national monuments will be on President Trump’s chopping block.
Trump, buoyed by big oil and gas companies, signed an executive order that puts 26 national monuments in jeopardy, including Washington’s Hanford Reach and the San Juan Islands. Just this week, we learned the devastating news that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is considering shrinking the borders of Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, in order to open it to corporate mining and drilling.
But we still have a chance to protect Bears Ears and the rest of our cherished national monuments.
Earlier this week, I asked progressives across the country to submit public comments in support of our national monuments. In two short days, we have already received more than 7,000 responses.
Comments have poured in, from every corner of Washington state and all across the country. Here are just a few of the over 7,000 responses we’ve received so far:
We can not afford to let up. We are the last line of defense protecting many of the most beautiful places in America from devastation — the future of these parks depends on us. The Trump administration’s assault on our environment will not stop, and neither can we.