Patagonia is suing the Trump Administration over Bears Ears: "The President Stole Your Land"

December 5, 2017 by  
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Patagonia won’t let President Donald Trump shrink Bears Ears and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments without a fight. After the president announced yesterday he aims to slash the monuments by around by two million acres, Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario said they’ll continue the fight to protect the land in court. Today, the company’s home page – instead of featuring photographs of adventurers exploring nature – is black, bearing the stark statement “The President stole your land.” Patagonia calls Trump’s move illegal, and says his decision marks “the largest elimination of protected land in American history.” Trump aims to reduce Bears Ears from 1.35 million acres to a mere 220,000 acres, and cut Grand Staircase-Escalante, which is nearly two million acres, in half. The area, which includes sacred Native American lands and archaeological sites, could be opened up to energy exploration and coal mining . Related: President Trump shrinks Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments by 2 million acres Patagonia points to overwhelming public support for public lands – there were more than 2.7 million public comments during the Department of the Interior’s 60-day period – and over 98 percent supported maintaining or even expanding national monuments. The company also says it’s a myth that America needs to open more public lands for oil and gas development. They quoted a 2017 statistic from The Wilderness Society: “90 percent of U.S. public lands are open to oil and gas leasing and development; only 10 percent are protected for recreation, conservation , and wildlife.” Meanwhile, the company pointed out the value of the outdoor recreation industry. According to Patagonia, relying on information from the 2017 Outdoor Industry Association Economic Report, the industry contributes 7.6 million jobs and $887 billion in consumer spending every year, “far outpacing the jobs and spending generated by the oil and gas industry.” Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard told CNN , “I’m going to sue him. It seems the only thing this administration understands is lawsuits. I think it’s a shame that only four percent of American lands are national parks . Costa Rica’s got 10 percent…We need more, not less. This government is evil and I’m not going to sit back and let evil win.” Patagonia has a take action page on their website allowing users to tweet to the administration telling them they can’t take these lands away. They also listed 15 organizations fighting for public lands that you can support. + Patagonia Images via Patagonia , Depositphotos , and IIP Photo Archive on Flickr

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Patagonia boycotts huge Outdoor Retailer show to protest Utah Republicans

February 8, 2017 by  
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Sustainable outdoor gear company Patagonia is putting their popularity, and revenue, towards defending conservation in Utah . After Republican governor Gary Herbert urged Donald Trump’s administration to snatch away protection for the newly created national monument Bears Ears, Patagonia announced their boycott of Outdoor Retailer , a show that rakes in millions of dollars for Salt Lake City. Founder Yvon Chouinard wrote in a recent opinion editorial , “If Governor Herbert doesn’t need us, we can find a more welcoming home.” President Obama created the Bears Ears National Monument in December. But Utah’s governor recently signed a resolution calling on the new administration to yank away protection for Bears Ears, and Patagonia isn’t happy about it. CEO Rose Marcario announced in a February 7 press release Patagonia would withdraw from Outdoor Retailer, and felt confident other retailers and manufacturers would “join us in moving our investment to a state that values our industry and promotes public lands conservation.” Related: Obama creates two new western national monuments in last minute effort In his opinion piece, titled “The Outdoor Industry Loves Utah; Does Utah Love the Outdoor Industry?” Chouinard said outdoor recreation supports 122,000 jobs in Utah, and generates $12 billion in consumer spending. He described Outdoor Retailer as a cash cow for Salt Lake City, noting hundreds of companies spend loads of money to show off products at the event, and USA Today said the show brings in $45 million in annual direct spending for Utah. But due to the new overture to rescind public land protection, Chouinard accused Herbert of creating “a hostile environment that puts our industry at risk.” “The outdoor industry creates three times the amount of jobs than the fossil fuels industry, yet the Governor has spent most of his time in office trying to rip taxpayer-owned lands out from under us and hand them over to drilling and mining companies,” wrote Chouinard. He said Bears Ears contains archaeological treasures from thousands of years of Native American history, and beautiful red rocks cherished by rock climbers worldwide. “Politicians in the state don’t seem to get that the outdoor industry – and their own economy – depend on access to public lands for recreation.” Via Patagonia Images via Bureau of Land Management on Flickr ( 1 , 2 )

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Obama halts new mining leases on public land, citing climate change concerns

January 18, 2016 by  
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On Friday, President Obama announced that all new mining leases on public land would be halted pending a program overhaul, marking yet another blow against dirty energy. The move follows on the heels of his state of the union address, in which Obama pledged to look at the out-of-date program, which essentially subsidizes fossil fuel and hastens climate change at the tax payer’s expense. Read the rest of Obama halts new mining leases on public land, citing climate change concerns

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New ‘Valdemars Have’ residential block will reinterpret old red brick townhouses in Denmark

January 18, 2016 by  
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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects is always ahead of the curve when it comes to cutting-edge design. The Danish design studio recently won the competition to design a new residential development in Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city. The ‘Valdemars Have’ urban residential block will reinterpret the concept of old red brick townhouses and create a unique public urban garden. This won’t be the studio’s first project in Aarhus-they recently completed Dokk1, Scandinavia’s largest library and the largest construction project ever built by the Municipality of Aarhus. Read the rest of New ‘Valdemars Have’ residential block will reinterpret old red brick townhouses in Denmark

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For today’s companies, nature is a top recruiter

August 12, 2015 by  
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Facebook and Google already know that information workers want freedom to roam outdoors. Preserving public lands is good for business.

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Farm sensors, software and growing more food with less water

August 12, 2015 by  
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Tule Technologies, Rubicon Water and other ag-tech companies as well as university and government researchers have devised tools to grow more food with less water.

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America’s National Parks Closed to Citizens (But Still Open for Oil & Gas Companies)

October 10, 2013 by  
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Glacier Park photo from Shutterstock Want a good example of political hypocrisy and blatant favoritism? The government shutdown mandates that all national parks and monuments be closed to visitors – however the oil and gas industry has been allowed to waltz right in . While veterans and other citizens are forced to “break in” to national parks paid for with their own tax dollars, it seems that our public lands are always open for business with the fossil fuel industry – government shutdown or not. Read the rest of America’s National Parks Closed to Citizens (But Still Open for Oil & Gas Companies) Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: fracking , gas drilling , gas industry , gop , government shutdown , National Monuments , national parks , oil drilling , oil industry , public lands        

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