The Three Biggest Threats to Public Lands and Waters in Congress this Earth Day
While the first Earth Day 45 years ago united Democrats and Republicans in Congress around common values of protecting our environment, a lot has changed since then.
Backed by more than $720 million from coal, oil, and gas companies, today’s Republican-controlled Congress is advancing an aggressive anti-environmental agenda that puts our air, land, water and wildlife at risk. In fact, in the first 100 days of 2015, this Congress voted more on fossil fuel and anti-environmental priorities than on any other legislative area, with no results to show. The U.S. Senate cast more votes to remove protections for natural resources, block action to address climate change, and sell-off public lands than to address defense, immigration, and veterans’ issues combined.
A new video from the Center for American Progress highlights the top 3 threats to America’s public lands and waters in the 114th Congress.
Even on Earth Day, Republicans in Congress continue to threaten America’s public lands and waters.
The President, on the other hand, continues to take action to address climate change and to protect America’s land, water and wildlife. At Florida’s Everglades National Park today, the President highlighted the critical role of America’s natural resources and announced new steps “to protect the people and places climate change puts at risk.” And outside of politics, there are some really meaningful things happening this Earth Day as well.
BOTTOM LINE: With more than $720 million from coal, oil and gas companies, this Congress is trying to stop the creation of new national parks, give away public lands and waters to special interests, and block action to address climate change. But with no results to show, the 114th Congress needs to shift course and pursue an agenda that echoes Earth Day’s bipartisan beginnings and the values of sustaining our environment for future generations. (CAP-4/21/15)
Before her death last spring at the age of 86, author and poet Maya Angelou was working on a new project — one that puts her words to music. An album was recently released, giving listeners a taste of an unusual collaboration that crosses generations.
In a music video called “Harlem Hopscotch,” inspired by a poem Angelou wrote in 1969, dancers on a Los Angeles rooftop move to a hip-hop beat laced with Angelou’s poetry. The song is about encouraging everyone, especially young people to persevere through life despite any obstacles! The game of hopscotch is symbolic of the difficulties of life and the obstacles that some face, whether they be wealthy or poor.
“One foot down, then hop! It’s hot.
Good things for the ones that’s got.
Another jump, now to the left.
Everybody for his-self.
In the air, now both feet down.
Since you black, don’t stick around.
Food is gone, rent is due,
Curse and cry and then jump two.
All the peoples out of work,
Hold for three, now twist and jerk.
Cross the line, they count you out.
That’s what hopping’s all about.
Both feet flat, the game is done.
They think I lost, I think I won.”
Earth Day is a time of year to promote awareness of the environmental issues that are occurring on Earth. It is also time for us to protect the natural gifts it has given us.
Earth Day started in 1970, when Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. senator from Wisconsin, when he wanted a nation-wide teach-in on the environment. He brought the idea to state governors, mayors of big cities, editors of college newspapers, and to Scholastic Magazine, which is circulated in U.S. elementary and secondary schools. Eventually, the idea of Earth Day spread to many people across the country. Earth Day was a big success. Many organizations were developed to on behalf of Earth Day and to help protect where we live now.
Now, Earth Day has turned into a universal concern and many people are now aware of what is happening to our planet. More and more people are turning their attention to what it happening because of Global Warming and are taking time to help out on Earth Day.