Advocacy Updates: Oil + gas on public lands, Bears Ears, wildfires & more!

Salutations outdoorists, 

Remember last year, when we teamed up with Public Land Solutions to help stop oil and gas leasing near Moab, UT (and gathered over 36,000 signatures––and the lease sale got cancelled)? While that campaign was a victorious success, it wasn’t enough.

It’s time for oil and gas leasing reform on our public lands.

President Biden recently put a pause on all new oil and gas leasing on federal public lands, but that is a temporary halt giving the administration an opportunity to make major changes to the role fossil fuel exploration and extraction plays on our public lands.

Need scientific evidence on why we need oil and gas reform on public lands? This report recently released by Public Land Solutions details the ways inactive oil and gas wells are negatively impacting wildlife, recreation and rural communities. Here’s additional reading from Center for American Progress on why oil and gas + public lands = no bueno.

Outdoor Alliance has a letter-writing tool you can use to directly submit a comment to Interior’s comment portal––deadline is TOMORROW!

Note: Be sure personalize your message for the greatest impact––during Interior’s forum last month they specifically requested “quality over quantity” for these comments. Set a timer for 5 minutes and get personal with your comment! 

The comment period ends 4/15, but our work getting educated and activated on oil and gas reform is just getting started. More to come soon!

Other outdoorsy news you oughta know right now:

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Advocacy Updates: Today is a New Beginning

Outdoorists, today is a new beginning.

The last OAP newsletter was intended to hit your inbox two weeks ago, on January 6th––and every day since then, we’ve opened up the draft, stared at it, attempted to focus, and ended up in a fury of doomscrolling instead. Today, as our country prepares to officially inaugurate our next President today, we’re committing to hitting send and moving towards good changes ahead. 

As the first weeks of 2021 have shown us, we are not out of the woods––we are still deep in it––but the transition of power today is a major fork in the trail, pointing us towards a brighter tomorrow. It’s going to take all of us, and everything we’ve got within, to get through this time and to move forward. We can do this, together.

Amidst the chaotic news cycles of the last few weeks (and months? and entire last year?), a lot has happened in the outdoor and environmental spaces––and as we step into a new era for outdoor advocacy, we want you to feel informed, empowered and ready to take action.

Outdoorsy news you oughta know right now––this week is a doozy, lace up your boots:

Phew, that’s a lot–and a wrap for this week. Stay safe out there, and take extra care of yourself + the community around you. Don’t let this moment pass without taking a pause to reflect on how hard you’ve worked the last four years, and how much more work we have ahead. We’re proud of you.

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Advocacy Updates: Meet the Woman In Charge of Public Lands

Outdoorists, we finally have something to be merry and bright about.

Meet your (soon-to-be) next Secretary of the Interior: Deb Haaland.

After much speculation about who would be the next leader of our nation’s federal parks, public lands, natural resources and more, President-elect Biden named Congresswoman Deb Haaland as his choice for the most outdoorsy Cabinet position. Haaland makes history as the first Native American to serve in a Presidential Cabinet.

Not sure exactly what a Secretary of Interior does? In their own words, the Interior’s job is to “uses sound science to manage and sustain America’s lands, water, wildlife, and energy resources, honors our nation’s responsibilities to tribal nations, and advocates for America’s island communities.”

We are stoked about this news, and look forward to working with Rep. Haaland and the Biden administration to not only reverse the damage done during the current administration, but to forge progress ahead in protecting our public lands and focusing on the intersections of climate change, social justice, biodiversity and our communities.

Other outdoorsy things you ought know:

That’s a wrap for this week. However you’re celebrating the holidays this season, we hope you get out there (safely and Recreate Responsibly), and tag us as you do good on your outdoorsy adventures: #outdooradvocacy!

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Advocacy Updates: It’s Our ONE YEAR Outdoor Advocacy Anniversary!

Feliz cumpleaños, to us!

Can you believe it’s been one year–tomorrow–since we officially launched Outdoor Advocacy Project? We sparked this community 364 days ago, and jettisoned into a whirlwind of advocacy and creativity.

Remember the way we felt the day of Climate Rally 2020 in January? We joined hands to march through the streets of Denver, demanding that the outdoor industry be held accountable to the intersections of climate and social justice. I remember our booming collective voice, the power of all our bodies coming together, the energy of a community sharing a rallying cry.

Who knew that sense of advocacy togetherness would become such forbidden fruit? So much changed, so quickly for our budding organization and the world around us–but like the desert in drought, we adapted. We slowed down, transitioning into survival mode, and buckled up for a rough ride.

Even through the darkness of this last year, we’ve accomplished much you oughta be proud of, including: 

  • We built a community with over 12,000 outdoor advocates within 24 hours of launching––now we’re at 23K!
     
  • Co-organized the Climate Rally 2020, marching from Outdoor Retailer to the Denver Capitol with 500 activists.
     
  • Led social media strategy during the nationwide launch of the #RecreateResponsibly coalition, which has generated over 3.2 billion impressions.
     
  • Generated over 35,000 signatures to stop oil and gas leasing in Moab –– and it worked!
     
  • Strategized social for the 2020 #VoteTheOutdoors campaign with Outdoor Industry Association.
     
  • Committed our name to policy-related sign on letters that support the issues we identified as crucial the organization, including:
    • Letter to Senate and House NR Committees on JEDI Recreation Priorities (Our first official action as an organization!)
    • Coalition letter to reject the nomination of William Perry Pendley for Director of the Bureau of Land Management
    • Business Statement on Need to Protect the Arctic Refuge
    • Letter to Sec. Bernhardt to reinstate protections for LGBTQ employees
    • Sign on letter in support of the SOAR Act 
       
  • Hired our first staffer (we love you, Vivian)!

It’s been a hard, dark year–and we’re grateful for every ounce of energy you’ve lent to this outdoor advocacy movement while navigating your own life’s rollercoaster. Thank you for being part of this community. Here’s to another, bigger, better year ahead.

That’s a wrap for this week. Go write a letter to protect the Arctic today. Then get out there (safely and Recreate Responsibly), and tag us as you do good on your outdoorsy adventures: #outdooradvocacy!

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Advocacy Updates: Outdoorists, It’s Been A Doozy

Hola, outdoor advocates.

It’s been one h*ck of a year –– and it’s hard to believe our one-year anniversary is coming up on December 10th. So much has happened (or, often, not happened) in the last 365 days. Remember when we organized a 500+ person climate rally in Denver? It feels like so long ago that we gathered in person to march and raise our voices together.

But that’s the thing about time: it flies. Through a pandemic, social injustices, civil uprising, and the most important election of our lifetime–time has flown. So while we take a collective sigh of relief that this calendar year is ending, we must ask: what’s coming next?

We’re using the rest of 2020 to gear up and develop strategic planning to support the work ahead – we’re looking forward to becoming more proactive, creative and joyous in this work. This work we do is hard, but it’s beautiful too. We hope you find time this holiday season to reflect on all the work you’ve done, take a deep breath, and get energized for what’s to come.

Next week, our bi-weekly newsletter officially re-launches. Until then, here are some outdoorsy things you ought to know:

That’s a wrap for this week. Get out there (safely and Recreate Responsibly), and tag us as you do good on your outdoorsy adventures: #outdooradvocacy!

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Advocacy Updates: Meet the Great American Outdoors Act

We have good news, outdoor advocates!

Outdoorists–and the world at large–could really use some good news right about now. You’ve likely heard the ruckus around Trump’s tweet about finally fully funding LWCF (despite his budget proposal that cuts funding by 97%). We’re giving this shady behavior a pass, because while these actions are clearly driven by the upcoming elections, we now have an unprecedented opportunity to fund our public lands and parks.

Here’s the deal: with the sudden push for Land and Water Conservation Fund full funding, another public lands bill swooped into the mix: the Restore Our Parks Act (ROPA). This bill is all about addressing the $20 billion in deferred maintenance for our national parks–but NPS parks aren’t the only public lands with a backlog, so advocacy groups rallied to get funding for National Forests, BLM, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Indian Education included too. And we succeeded!

This leads us to the Great American Outdoors Act–the new package including both permanent funding for LWCF and funding for ROPA. There is strong bipartisan support for the Great American Outdoors Act, but we need to keep the pressure on our senators to support and push it across the finish line.

What can you do? Get educated and take action via our friends at Outdoor Alliance.

Other outdoorsy things you ought to know:

That’s a wrap for this week. Get out there this week, and tag us as you do good on your outdoorsy adventures: #outdooradvocacy!

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