Global Conservation Act 2010
An announcement about important Washington DC news is making the rounds. On Friday, March 26th, members of the U.S. Congress from both parties introduced legislation called the Global Conservation Act of 2010. This broad reaching legislation would help direct the strategic and diplomatic resources of the American government towards helping to stop animal extinctions and natural resources depletions around our world.
This is exciting legislation, that gives greater hope for our world’s wildlife. The U.S. government does not have a coordinated umbrella strategy for stopping the destruction of our natural world, in spite of the fact that six federal agencies conduct conservation programs. The Global Conservation Act of 2010 would require that these agencies develop a plan to:
– Protect millions of square miles of land and sea,
– Address illegal and unregulated fishing around the world,
– Safeguard the natural sources of fresh water to several major population centers around the world,
– Stop the worst wildlife trafficking operations, and
– Stabilize environmental destruction trends in areas vulnerable to conflict and instability
The legislation includes plans to help protect our world’s most ecologically and economically important wilderness and marine areas. Doing this will promote global security.
Beyond the shores of the United States, the bill encourages the involvement of other countries, including the EU, Japan, China and India.
If you live in any of the regions that the cosponsors are from, how about calling their office to say thank you? Or if you live elsewhere in the U.S., how about calling your congress representative and providing your support for this legislation? It’s such a great example of political representatives putting the interests of our world ahead of their narrower party interests, and they deserve our support. The bill is cosponsored by Russ Carnahan (D-MO), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), Dave Reichert (R-WA), Norman Dicks (D-WA), James Moran (D-VA), Albio Sires (D-NJ), Vernon Ehlers (R-MI), Judy Biggert (R-IL), and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY).
If you’d like to read more about this legislation, check out the Pew Charitable Trusts website.