Monuments need your help more than ever

Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
Photo credit: Greg McFall (NOAA), flickr.

The Department of the Interior is "reviewing" previous national monument designations to recommend changes in their status, and it's up to the public to weigh in and defend the shared lands that matter to us. Your voice is crucial right now. 

Because of a radical executive order from President Trump, at least 27 national monuments designated since the beginning of 1996--including places like Hawaii’s Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument--are immediately in danger.

The goals of the Trump administration and its anti-public lands and waters allies are clear: shrinking monument boundaries, reducing protection and chipping away at the great tradition of preserving shared lands and waters for all Americans to enjoy. 

In trying to weaken safeguards for the wildest and most pristine places in our oceans like Papahānaumokuākea and Northeast Canyons and Seamounts, Trump is not only threatening stunning underwater wonders, but impairing our oceans' ability to adapt to climate change. We must use this public comment period to show the administration what a bad idea that is. 

Please submit a comment to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross today. We only have until July 10--and May 26, in Bears Ears National Monument's case--to speak up for America’s national monuments and other public lands and waters.

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