The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed several pieces of locally-supported legislation on Nov. 13 that would protect irreplaceable wild landscapes, signaling hope for the current “lame duck” session of Congress.
WASHINGTON D.C. — In 1993 American Heritage magazine called Earth Day "one of the most remarkable happenings in the history of democracy." Twenty million people participated. And as we approach this anniversary (Thursday, April 22), we thought you might want to find out exactly how Earth Day was born.
The person who hatched the idea was Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. At the time, he was a U.S. Senator. Here’s his account, from a 1998 speech:
WASHINGTON – After eight years coming up on the short end of Halloween-like pranks, the Interior Department and Forest Service are getting a treat this year – a $4.6 billion funding increase for 2010. The 16.8-percent increase passed by both the U.S. House and Senate today will provide a much needed boost for a wide range of initiatives including wildfire suppression, climate change research and the National Wildlife Refuge System.
This morning, the Senate took a critical step in addressing the threat of global warming with the introduction of the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act. It is a strong beginning to meeting the most serious challenge of our time.
WASHINGTON — This is a great day for American wilderness and for America. Today’s action clears the way for protecting some of the country’s most cherished landscapes. If signed into law, this legislation would provide for the greatest expansion of the National Wilderness Preservation System in 15 years.
A diverse coalition of 173 public interest groups from 41 states — including The Wilderness Society — sent a letter to House and Senate leadership, asking them to prioritize land, water and wildlife bills during the lame duck session this year.
The Wilderness Society is advocating for 21 wildland and Wilderness bills that would protect a total of almost 2 million acres of Wilderness designations and 2 million acres of other wildlands protections from coast to coast.