Posts Tagged 'environmental policy'

Celebrating Our Nation’s Eco-Friendly Presidents!

Happy President’s Day! In honor of today’s holiday, we’re celebrating some of our history’s most environmentally-friendly heads of state:

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Image via Wikipedia Commons.

Thomas Jefferson

As our nation’s third president, Thomas Jefferson was responsible for laying down a lot of the groundwork for the way that our country functions. In his spare time, Jefferson spent a good deal nurturing his own curiosity in nature. Did you know? Thomas Jefferson was an avid horticulturist at his Monticello home!

In addition to his own personal admiration for the natural world, Jefferson commissioned the Lewis and Clark expedition, during which a great deal was discovered about our country’s natural landscape and native wildlife!

Theodore Roosevelt

“There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy, and its charm.” – President “Teddy” Roosevelt

President Roosevelt is widely-regarded as our history’s most environmentally-active leader. During his two terms in office, Roosevelt established the U.S. Forest Service and created the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Did you know? Over 200 million acres of land were placed under federal protection during Roosevelt’s presidency!

Franklin D. Roosevelt

In addition to guiding America through the Great Depression and World War II, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt championed the creation of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

As the country’s first nationally-united conservation team, the CCC planted billions of trees, cleared up waterways and streams and constructed close to 1,000 parks across the country!

Lyndon B. Johnson

“We see that there is another course…Down this course lies a natural America restored to her people. The promise is clear rivers, tall forests, and clear air – a sane environment for man.” – President Lyndon B. Johnson

During his two terms in office, President Johnson was responsible for creating the Wilderness Act of 1964, the Endangered Species Act of 1966 and the Land and Water Conservation Act of 1965!

Johnson was also the first president to sign acts concerning clean air and water quality into law. Policies like the Clean Air Act and Water Quality Act established quality standards and government authority to combat air and water pollution.

Richard Nixon

Despite leaving a scandalous legacy, President Richard Nixon did many positive things for the environment during his time in office.

In addition to creating the Environmental Protection Agency, Nixon signed the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1974 and the Endangered Species Act of 1973, which has successfully protected 99 percent of its listed species from going extinct in the last 40 years.

Barack Obama

After many decades of resource abuse and habitat degradation, President Barack Obama has been faced with many challenges when it comes to managing our country’s environmental impact and policies.

In addition to his plans to curb carbon pollution in the US, President Obama is responsible for creating our nation’s first-ever National Ocean Policy. The goal of this policy and its corresponding implementation plan is to streamline how Federal agencies work together to manage the ocean economy, marine planning, habitat protection/restoration and research and exploration.

Did you celebrate President’s Day by getting out and enjoying the natural world? Tell us about it in the comments section!

Gearing Up for a Busy Legislative Session in Maryland!

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Today at noon, Maryland’s lawmakers will gather for the 433rd session in the state’s history to deliberate on an estimated 2,500 bills (ranging from education funding to what to name the official state sandwich!).

For the next 90 days, these lawmakers will debate and pass legislation that will affect not only Maryland’s waterways but the health of the Chesapeake Bay and the sustainability of the world’s oceans. As part of National Aquarium’s mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures, our Government Affairs team is committed to shaping conservation and environmental policy at the local, state and federal levels.

National Aquarium’s Government Affairs team will be fighting for the following conservation priorities at the State level:

  • Shark Fin Bill: Legislation that would make Maryland the first East Coast state to ban the possession, sale and trade of shark fins in order to provide critical protection to endangered shark populations;
  • Plastic Bag Bill: Legislation to curb the use of plastic bags, similar to laws passed in Washington, D.C. and Montgomery County;
  • Container Deposit Bill: Legislation to incentivize the recycling of beverage containers that would increase recycling rates from (a dismal) 25 percent to 75 percent or more.

Want to stay informed? The National Aquarium Government Affairs team will be sending regular legislative updates on these conservation policy priorities and ways you can get involved throughout the session!

CLICK HERE to sign up for legislative updates!
For more information on how the National Aquarium is living its mission in Maryland, visit www.aqua.org/Maryland.

Want to know who represents you? Find your legislator here.

We will also be bringing you periodic legislative updates on our WATERblog! In addition to pushing for these top conservation priorities, there are numerous bills being discussed that impact our community and environment. Is there an issue you’re passionate about this session? Join the conservation on Twitter and/or Facebook and let us know!


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