Preserving National Parks

IMG_7236 On Thursday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended that Donald Trump alter at least three national monuments established by his predecessors. Zinke recommended reducing the size of Bear’s Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah along with Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Trump ordered Zinke to examine more than two dozen sites established by Clinton, Obama and George W. Bush under the 1906 Antiquities Act. The report also calls for changing management rules for several sites, like allowing fishing in marine monuments where it is currently prohibited. In addition, there are fears that releasing national lands for private use is in order to allow oil and gas drilling where it’s not been allowed before.

IMG_7306“Teddy Roosevelt would roll over in his grave if he could see what Donald Trump and Ryan Zinke are trying to do to our national treasures today,” said Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell, the top Democrat on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. “Secretary Zinke’s secret report to the president is the latest step in a rigged process to try and turn over our public lands to oil and gas companies.”  

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Over the past three years, I’ve visited National Parks in nine states as I traveled the country with my family. I believe national parks are important because we need to preserve the natural world for the health and beauty of our planet. If we turned everything into parking lots and drilling sites, all of the world’s natural beauty would be lost. My goal in life used to be to see as much of the world as possible before I die, but now it’s to see as much as possible before it all is destroyed by man.

(See Article Here)

All photos by me, summer 2017 in Colorado. IMG_7275IMG_7255

 

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The Events at Charlottesville

  On Saturday, August 11, white supremacists and the KKK marched to protest the removal of Confederate statues in Charlottesville, Virginia. White nationalists gathered to march for white supremacy, yielding bats, clubs, shields, Nazi flags, and Confederate flags. The march quickly turned violent when the marchers clashed with counter protestors. After the march was officially disbanded by police, a car plowed through a group of counter protestors, killing thirty-two-year-old Heather D. Heyer. The man driving the vehicle, James Alex Fields Jr., 20, is facing an array of charges, including a count of second degree murder. In addition, two state troopers were killed in a helicopter crash while attempting to preserve the peace and to protect our first amendment right to assemble.

  This story is news worthy because it is emotional, gut-wrenching, and it matters. It matters because it is a major step backwards for our country, and it goes agains everything this country was founded on. The people who started this were there because they didn’t want a statue taken down. A Confederate statue. There aren’t statues in memory of Hitler in Germany, there are statues in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Statues like the one that started all of this (along with peoples bitter hatred for someone simply because of the color of their skin) belongs in a museum (if anywhere at all) not the front lawn of our government buildings. This article is relevant and affects the lives of everyone in this country.