3,597 HAVE SIGNED!

For every 1,000 signatures, NationofChange will send a letter to Congress asking them to block any legislation that would allow for America’s shared public lands to be eligible to be sold.

Update: We have surpassed 3,000 signatures! NationofChange is sending a letter to Congress with your signatures attached, asking them not to sell our wilderness. We will continue to send letters for every 1000 signatures.

New findings have shown catastrophic declines in Earth’s wilderness over the last 20 years.

Researchers reporting in the journal “Current Biology” have presented new findings that show an area twice the size of Alaska and half the pie of the Amazon has disappeared from Earth’s wilderness since the 1990s. This is equal to about 10% of global wilderness.

As Dr. James Watson of the University of Queensland in Australia states, “Without any policies to protect these areas, they are falling victim to widespread development. International policy mechanisms must recognize the actions needed to maintain wilderness areas before it is too late. We probably have one to two decades to turn this around.”

Although there has been efforts to preserve the loss of specific species, there are few policies that actually deal with large-scale lose of entire ecosystems and wilderness areas that haven’t been studied heavily.

Dr. Watson says that “If we don’t act soon, there will only be tiny remnants of wilderness around the planet, and this is a disaster for conservation, for climate change and for some of the most vulnerable human communities on the planet.”

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In the United States wilderness areas have been given to states to do with what they want. Many times this means that our recreation lands are sold to mining, oil and gas and other development – in other words the “highest bidder.”

We must take action before this gets further out of hand. Tell Congress that you do not support legislation that will allow America’s shared public lands to be sold to the highest bidder.




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Petition Text:

This is the petition as it will be sent to the recipients with your signatures attached.

Sincerely yours,

NationofChange and our readers, whose signatures are attached.

RECENT SIGNATURES

Michelle

signed 8 hours ago

Gertrude

signed 15 hours ago

This is the PUBLIC's land to be maintained as is. It is not the government's land to destroy for the profit of polluters.

Robert

signed 17 hours ago

David

signed 2 days ago

MELANIE

signed 2 days ago

THESE PUBLIC LANDS ARE FOR THE PUBLIC DOMAIN; NOT PRIVATE CORPORATIONS. PRESERVE OUR COMMONS AS U.S. CITIZENS PROUD OF THEIR OPEN SPACE!