The Endangered Species Act deserves a thoughtful, bipartisan process
Earlier this month, the United Nations Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) released a staggering report putting the world on notice that one million species face the threat of extinction. The report, based on work by more than 400 experts from 50 countries, identifies five primary drivers of “unprecedented” biodiversity and ecosystem change over the past 50 years” as: changes in land and sea use; direct exploitation of organisms; climate change; pollution; and invasive species.
Here in the United States, since 1973, we have been fortunate to have one of the world’s preeminent species conservation laws: the Endangered Species Act (ESA). ESA was passed unanimously by the U.S. Senate, nearly unanimously by the U.S. House of Representatives and signed by President Nixon. The shared vision of ESA was to “provide a means whereby the ecosystems upon which endangered species and threatened species depend may be conserved” and “to provide a program for the conservation of such endangered species and threatened species.”
ESA is an incredibly effective law, with more than 4 out of 5 Americans supporting it, but it needs resources. Take action today, and tell Congress not to abandon this bipartisan success story.
Please give the ESA the thoughtful, bipartisan process it deserves
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