Today, President Obama celebrated Earth Day by visiting Everglades National Park and announced a series of new steps to protect wild places and communities threatened by climate disruption.
In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:
“President Obama celebrated Earth Day today the way it was meant to be celebrated, lifting up the intrinsic and economic value of our special places, highlighting the urgent need to protect them, and announcing new steps to do just that.
The effects of climate disruption striking the Everglades and South Florida are a frightening example of what too many of our communities will continue to face if we don’t take real steps to tackle this crisis. The investments announced today to make our national parks more resilient are worth applauding, as is President Obama’s continued effort to lift up climate solutions like our thriving clean energy economy. Alongside the Clean Power Plan, these and other steps can help open the door to curbing the climate crisis while creating the space for a significant international climate agreement in Paris later this year.”
The Sierra Club is America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 2.4 million members and supporters. In addition to helping people from all backgrounds explore nature and our outdoor heritage, the Sierra Club works to promote clean energy, safeguard the health of our communities, protect wildlife, and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying, and legal action. For more information, visit www.sierraclub.org.