The Endangered Species Act: A Wild Success
Center-supporter actions in 2013 to celebrate the Act's 40th Year
2013 is shaping up to be a big year for the plants and animals we fight for every day. And one of the world's most powerful and most successful laws protecting wildlife from extinction — the Endangered Species Act — is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
Some of our most iconic species, including the California condor, Mexican gray wolf and black-footed ferret, have been saved from extinction as a result of the Act's protections. But despite its unparalleled 40-year track record of saving endangered species, the Act is still under attack.
To honor this landmark law during this landmark year — as well as to keep it strong for species still in dire need of its help — the Center is in the midst of a year-long, national campaign recruiting “ESActivists.” As an ESActivist, you’ll play an important role in helping us spread the word about the Act’s incredible effectiveness by writing letters to the editor and educating friends and neighbors on the need to protect biodiversity. Letters to the editor are very important because they can build support for species protection and help bring the issue to the political forefront.
Each month we reach out to supporters in a different U.S. region to recruit ESActivists who generate LTEs and op-eds about the Act’s achievements. Here are just a few of these activists’ own achievements (so far this year). Checkem out and then become an ESActivist yourself.
PUBLISHED LETTERS TO THE EDITOR BY CENTER SUPPORTERS— BROWSE BY REGION:
OP-EDS HONORING THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT'S 40TH ANNIVERSARY:
November 23, 2013 – "Axel Ringe: Endangered Species Act also Protects Nature, People, Economy,"Axel Ringe, Knoxville News Sentinel
May 24, 2013 – "Political Meddling + Endangered Species Act = Trouble," Noah Greenwald, The Huffington Post
May 11, 2013 – "Protecting wild, endangered species a benefit to us all," Glenn Normandeau, Concord Monitor
April 29, 2013 – "Grijalva: My Colleagues Want to Gut Endangered Species Act," Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, Roll Call
April 24, 2013 – "Don't weaken the successful Endangered Species Act," Jeff Miller, The Oakland Tribune
April 20, 2013 – "A 21st-century blueprint for saving Oregon species from climate change," Bill Bradbury, The Oregonian
April 18, 2013 – "Endangered Species Act deserves protection," Michael Lehnert, The San Diego Union-Tribune