The mission of Elected Officials to Protect America’s Public Lands is to keep our public lands out of the hands of developers and corporate interests, and to protect watersheds and groundwater thereby keeping the land vibrant for future generations.
Launched in September 2018, Elected Officials to Protect America’s Public Lands organized 80 bipartisan lawmakers, who are veterans from all 50 states, to sign a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to support the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
LWCF had been stalled in Congress for a year. We organized a Washington D.C. fly in, had full-page spreads in The Washington Post and Politico, placed seven lawmaker op-eds in newspapers in key states, and earned coverage in Politico.
Within a week of our campaign, LWCF advanced out of committee. We kept up the pressure and our members wrote 14 more op-eds in favor of LWCF.
In January of 2019 reauthorization of LWCF was signed into law.
This success has led us to organize our Emergency Bus Tour with these lawmakers who are veterans.
Emergency Bus Tour and Legislation
Our national bus tour will be led by EOPA lawmakers who are veterans. We will raise awareness of climate disasters and solutions, while we call for federal legislation that creates a National Climate Emergency Plan to address the escalating climate crisis.
The bus tour will educate, train, and organize lawmakers, media, and the public in 16 states, and stop in at least 32 cities. A sign on letter calling for a Climate Emergency Plan will support the tour, as well as state and local declarations.
At each stop, we will engage local frontline partners, educate lawmakers, media, community leaders, and the public through visual value-based storytelling that includes videos on climate dangers and solutions. We will conduct values-based communications training, and hold a press conference.
Making Legislation for the National Energy Transition
Fossil fuel production and burning are the primary drivers of climate change. They cause environmental degradation and catastrophic as well as chronic health problems. Air pollution, water contamination, gas and oil leaks, explosions and other dangers are constant threats to innocent communities.
The impacts from the production of oil, gas, and coal disproportionately harm low-income communities, communities of color, and other minority communities while exacerbating social inequalities.
By empowering elected officials to act boldly to protect public health and communities, we can shift the political mainstream standard for climate leadership to keep fossil fuels in the ground and justly the transition to a 100% clean energy economy. This helps lay the groundwork for a bold national climate policy.
Aligning Public Investments with Climate Leadership