Center for Biological Diversity Releases Action Plan
TUCSON, Ariz.—(ENEWSPF)–January 27, 2017. The Center for Biological Diversity yesterday released its 100 Days of Resistance plan to stop Donald Trump’s unprecedented attack on wildlife, people, civil rights and democracy.
The 25-point plan includes mobilizing 1 million people to take the Pledge of Resistance; halting the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines; fighting the confirmation of Trump’s corrupt, unqualified cabinet nominees; hiring 10 new attorneys, investigators and activists to aggressively hold the administration accountable; protecting the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act for the benefit of people and wildlife; defeating efforts to give away or turn management of our public lands over to states and corporations; and strengthening alliances with groups fighting for gender and racial equality, American Indian sovereignty, LGBTQ rights, freedom of speech, press and religion, workers’ rights and other civil rights and values.
“Trump has awoken a fierce resistance movement such as this country has never seen,” said Kierán Suckling, the Center’s executive director. “His authoritarian agenda has galvanized people from every walk of life to fight for the protection of wildlife and the environment, civil rights, equality and a democracy that serves everyone, not just the corporate elite. He should know this: We’re in it for the long haul. We’ll fight him every day in the courts, every week in the halls of power, and in every street of this nation.”
The Center’s Earth2Trump Resistance Roadshow just completed a very successful, high energy cross-country tour of 16 cities, rallying thousands of people from Seattle to Salt Lake City, to Houston, Denver and Omaha to organize, resist, and to write personal #Earth2Trump messages which we carried to the inauguration protest in a huge globe. More than 180,000 have signed the Center’s Pledge of Resistance in person or online.
The 100 Days of Resistance plan:
1. Mobilize 1 million Americans to sign the Pledge of Resistance and commit to fighting Trump’s attack on our environment and civil rights.
2. Hold #Earth2Trump rallies in cities and towns across the country to engage, educate and empower people to take action locally and nationally.
3. Strengthen alliances with groups fighting for gender and racial equality, American Indian sovereignty, LGBTQ rights, freedom of speech, press and religion, workers’ rights and other civil rights and values.
4. Hire 10 new attorneys, investigators and activists to aggressively hold the Trump administration accountable when it violates America’s federal environmental laws.
5. Fight the confirmation of Trump’s extremist, financially conflicted, unqualified cabinet nominations.
6. Stop the repeal or weakening of the Endangered Species Act.
7. Block efforts to rescind, radically shrink or defund America’s national monuments.
8. Stop the dangerous, unnecessary Keystone XL pipeline from being resurrected.
9. Defend the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to reroute the Dakota Access Pipeline to protect the culture, history and water of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.
10. Stop the construction of a massive new wall on the U.S.-Mexico border that would destroy wildlife habitat, pollute rivers, violate national parks, wildlife refuges, forests and rivers, and cause massive social and economic disruption of border towns and cities.
11. Stand with reproductive-rights organizations defending the Affordable Care Act, abortion rights, access to birth control, and international funding for family-planning programs.
12. Stop the weakening of the Clean Air Act and revocation of the EPA’s responsibility to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
13. Stop Trump from revoking the Clean Power Plan.
14. Stop Trump from weakening protection for wetlands and streams.
15. Maintain the moratorium on new federal coal leases and ensure a national assessment is completed of the environmental, human-health and financial costs of the federal coal-mining program.
16. Stop new offshore oil drilling in the Arctic, Atlantic and eastern Gulf of Mexico by defending the five-year offshore leasing program and preventing the repeal of permanent protections against oil and gas leasing in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.
17. Fight in the courts — along with the state of California, environmental and indigenous groups — to stop ocean fracking along the California coast.
18. File suit to stop intensive pollution of our oceans by industrial plastics.
19. Defeat proposals to weaken trophy-hunting regulations and expand U.S. imports of endangered species including elephants, lions and polar bears.
20. Defeat efforts to give away federal public lands or turn their management over to states and corporations.
21. Prevent the stripping of federal protection from grizzly bears and wolves.
22. Prevent rollback of protections for imperiled greater sage grouse and more than 300 other species dependent on healthy Sagebrush Sea habitat.
23. Mobilize college students across the country around clean energy, sustainable food and population issues.
24. Petition the U.S. Department of Agriculture to cease the use of dangerous, unnecessary predator-killing poisons.
25. Ensure the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Department of Agriculture are not stripped of their authority and responsibility to protect people and wildlife from dangerous pesticides.
The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.2 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places. www.biologicaldiversity.org