Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Our country's national parks:

Diane --

Over the weekend I visited two of our country's spectacular national parks. I can tell you that seeing Carlsbad Caverns or Yosemite Valley in person is an experience that you just can't capture on a screen or in a picture. You've got to see it in person and breathe it in yourself.

National Parks -- spectacular natural treasures that are available to everybody, not just the lucky few -- have been called America's best idea. Under my administration, we've protected more than 265 million acres of public lands and waters -- more than any administration in history. I've been proud to build on the work of the giants of conservation and environmental protection who came before me, like President Lincoln who first protected the Yosemite Valley in 1864, and President Teddy Roosevelt, who spoke so eloquently about why our strength and future as a nation relied on protecting our precious natural resources.

But there is more we must do to protect our parks and to protect this planet for generations to come. Make no mistake: The biggest challenge we are going to face in protecting them is climate change.

That's why we've worked so hard to jump-start a clean energy revolution and to build a solar industry that's growing by leaps and bounds. That's why we're tackling carbon pollution through the Clean Power Plan here in America and by rallying the whole world to tackle climate change together through the Paris Agreement.

OFA is one of the groups working to support effective responses to the threats of climate change. If you're ready to stand up for decisive action on climate change, you can add your name with them today.

Climate change is no longer just a threat; it's already a reality. Yosemite meadows are drying up. Bird ranges are shifting further north. Alpine mammals are being forced further upslope to escape higher temperatures. We're also seeing longer, more expensive, and more dangerous wildfire seasons -- fires that are raging across the West right now.

In the coming years and decades, rising temperatures could mean no more glaciers at Glacier National Park and no more Joshua trees at Joshua Tree National Park. Rising seas could destroy vital ecosystems in the Everglades and at some point might even threaten landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Doing nothing to stop those changes is not the example we want to set for the next generation.

We have to take seriously the idea that these treasured places could be marred or lost to history. We can't deal with it later or think that it's somebody else's problem. And we can't let climate change deniers carelessly suggest that we don't need to get serious about the carbon pollution being released into our atmosphere or that we should scrap an international climate treaty that we spent years putting together. We can't afford to go backward.

Add your name with OFA today to take a stand for decisive action to fight climate change:



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