Continuing with the trend of rolling back environmental protections and regulations, President Trump signed a controversial executive order that threatens public lands designations, conservation efforts and insults the cultural and historical diversity of the United States. The order also undermines the Antiquities Act, a law passed in 1906 that gives presidents the power to designate public lands. Signed on April 26, 2017, this executive order will review any monument designated between September 1996 and 2016. This puts thousands of miles of land and water under review, as well as...Read More
May 27 marked the conclusion of the 43rd Group of 7 (G7) Summit. The Summit, hosted in Sicily, Italy, was a gathering of leaders from seven nations – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States – plus the European Union. At its core, the G7 is a space for the leaders of the world’s most powerful and developed nations to dialogue informally about the world’s most pressing issues and to devise strategies to address them.
Among other topics, the representatives discussed trade, security and migration. A major theme of the summit was climate change...Read More
After weeks of meetings, speculation, and deliberation, the question of whether or not the United States will remain a signatory to the Paris Climate Agreement remains unresolved. The decision, rumored to be announced May 9, has been postponed until after the Group of 7 (G7) summit in Italy at the end of the month.
President Trump promised on the campaign trail that he would “cancel” the agreement if elected. Delays in announcing any plans to withdraw from the Paris Agreement are viewed positively by those supporting the agreement. The Paris Agreement is a historic and...Read More
Senator Edward Markey (MA) and Congressman Jared Huffman (CA) recently introduced important legislation, S. 820 and H.R. 1889, respectively, that would designate the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a Wilderness area.
Designated by President Eisenhower in 1960, and expanded by President Carter in 1980, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge stands as one of America’s last true uninterrupted nature areas. The Refuge, located on Alaska’s northeast coast, is roughly 19 million square acres (approximately the size of South Carolina) and contains numerous fragile...Read More
“I am just a human. I am just a boy,” he said. “Please consider my rights when you make your decision.” These are the words of Gavin Grimm, a transgender high school student whose quest to use the restroom that aligns with his gender identity took him all the way to the Supreme Court.
While the LGBTQ community has experienced a broad expansion of rights and protections over the past several years, the transgender community has long been uniquely vulnerable despite this important progress. This has been further exacerbated by recent setbacks. On February 10, 2017, the Trump...Read More
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