The Endangered Species Act is one of the most powerful tools we have in the U.S. to protect the environment–and also fight climate change. The legislation helps conserve habitat for threatened species, landscapes that also help sequester carbon and mitigate climate change more than developed ones.
In September, the Trump Administration put into motion an effort to roll back some of the key protections of the Endangered Species Act. These rollbacks would make the extraction of fossil fuels easier, and push threatened species towards the brink of extinction.
However, members of both the Senate and the House of Representatives are standing up to the proposed rule changes by introducing new legislation. The “Protect America’s Wildlife and Fish in Need of Protection Act of 2019” (or PAW and FIN Act for short) would block the rollbacks. A coalition of environmental groups have endorsed the legislation, including Greenpeace, League of Conservation Voters, and the Center for Biological Diversity have endorsed the bill.
Last week, representatives from the coalition met with members of Congress in person. This week, they need to hear from their constituents. Call your Senators and Representative in the House and ask them to support efforts that would protect endangered species.
Calling is one of the most persuasive ways to contact Congress, but you can also use the tool below from Green to write an email to your elected officials.