The Trump administration has been nothing short of a disaster for pretty much every special interest out there except for corporations or the wealthy. Pretty much every one of them has done something to fight back against his philistine policies. Even departments of his own administration have taken to social media to #resist by posting what he and his cohorts would rather them not; things like science. Well, Patagonia has followed suit and made a stark statement on their website and has asked the country to help. Take a look at what they’ve done and why they did it.
1. ‘The President stole your land’
If you headed over to Patagonia.com recently, this was the first thing you were greeted with. “The president stole your land” is a sharp allegation and a harsh reality for a lot of people that are concerned about the administration’s recent actions. The banner claims that president has made an “illegal move” with his recent executive orders to cull some 2 million acres of protected lands — a move that should have any outdoor enthusiast worried.
Next: Here’s why the president made the largest reduction in public lands in U.S. history.
2. ‘An abuse of the antiquities act’
In two executive orders signed recently, President Trump shrunk the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante by about almost 2 million acres altogether. Trump believes that his Democratic predecessors have been abusing the Antiquities Act that was established over a century ago. Trump claims that there is too much “federal overreach” and he thinks that “some people think that the natural resources of Utah should be controlled by a small handful of very distant bureaucrats located in Washington. And guess what? They’re wrong.”
Next: People don’t think this will actually benefit the local economies of the area.
3. Tourism is thriving in the area
The general purpose of the executive order is to spur economic growth in the area. Amy Roberts, executive director of the Outdoor Industry Association, said in an interview with the Washington Post that “is flat out wrong.” Many detractors say that this action will only hurt the local economies. A large part of the local economy around these monuments is dependent on tourism. The concern now is whether or not people will want to come after hearing so much of the monuments will be unavailable.
Next: Here’s what is going to happen to the land.
4. Fears of energy development
Many opponents of the action are fearful that these lands will be rapidly developed for oil and gas opportunities, but more than likely it will be mining operations. Governor Gary R. Herbert of Utah said that “the only thing that smacks of energy is the uranium.” So instead of fields of oil and gas derricks, we can just get a bunch of mines instead.
Next: Lawsuits have already been filed.
5. Earth Justice is the first to file suit
Late into the evening following the announcement that these lands will be rescinded, Earth Justice filed suit against the administration. Earth Justice is representing eight environmental groups and suing over Grand Staircase-Escalante. The Ute Indian Tribe, Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and Pueblo of Zuni announced that they will be suing over Bears Ears.
Next: There is a legal precedent that says the president cannot do this.
6. The law says he can’t
In an interview with the Washington Post, Douglas Wheeler said “Congress made very clear, as a matter of law, that they intend to delegate only that which has been expressly delegated in terms of management of federal lands,” in the 1976 Federal Land Policy and Management Act. This would mean that the president cannot “rescind or substantially reduce” those monuments. Douglas Wheeler is a Partner at Hogan Lovells which represents groups close to the monuments.
Next: Here is what Patagonia is doing to resist the actions of the president.
7. Patagonia’s call to action
Patagonia is calling for viral blitz at the Whitehouse and Trump to tell them to not take our land away. On the site, you can click the “take action” tab which will bring you to another page to ran by Phone2Action, which is a platform used to connect supporters of certain causes to their politicians. From there you will communicate with the president in the only way he knows how: Through Twitter.
You’re probably thinking that this won’t do much, but it will. Patagonia is drawing massive attention to a very serious problem. Through there brand advocacy, they are able to direct you to the groups that truly do need support to be able to fight the administration on this possibly illegal action.
Next: They are also asking you to support these groups.
8. Groups you need to support to protect these lands
If you have the opportunity, go check out any of the groups listed here and see how you can help protect your land from Trump’s draconian policies. From Patagonia:
The fate of our national monuments is in the hands of the Trump administration. Public lands—from Maine to Hawai’i—provide enormous cultural, ecological and recreational value, and they are at risk. Removing protections for these wild places to open them up for development will not make us energy independent, and history shows that when states control these lands, they are sold to the highest bidder. This is not a chance we are willing to take.
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