Millions of Acres To Be Rolled Back From National Monuments; Here’s What You Can Do

Despite nearly 3 million Americans writing in to their government to oppose the roll back on two National Monuments in Utah, President Trump still decided to move forward with his decision to cut back the acreage of Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante by a whopping 85 and 50%, respectively, to “make way for local industry”.

Large pieces of these Monuments will be cut away, including coal-rich portions of the Kaiparowits Plateau, to be reopened for mineral leasing, mining and other non-environmentally friendly things. This would be the largest roll back of protected lands in our nation’s history and would account for more land than the whole state of Delaware.

But all hope is not lost! Environmental groups and outdoor companies like Patagonia and REI are rallying together, filing lawsuits and pushing back after this unfortunate announcement. Many Native American tribes who use the mentioned Monuments for sacred rituals are also coming together to fight back.

Trump claimed this reduction of “government over-reach” would benefit Native Americans. “We’ve seen how this tragic overreach has prevented many Native Americans from having a voice on their sacred lands,” Trump said. Never mind the fact that the tribes were the ones that had, for years, been asking the Obama administration for the monument protections. Trump’s actions are an abuse of executive privilege and if these actions are not challenged, hundreds of other National Monuments and parks will be at risk.

Our public protected lands are one of this county’s greatest treasures, to be enjoyed and explored, not developed and demolished. But we can come together as well to help rectify this injustice.

What You Can Do To Help:

  • Change your Facebook profile to “We Love Our Public Lands” or similar images to raise awareness
  • Post this article or similar ones on your Instagram Stories!
  • Write your government officials
  • Talk to any environmental lawyers you know

Donate to the groups working to oppose these measures like:

Access Fund

Grand Staircase Escalante Partners

Utah Diné Bikéyah

NRDC

Grand Canyon Trust

Sierra Club

Earthjustice

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