After all, as Pope Francis reminds us so eloquently, this planet is a gift from God – and our common home. We should leave it to our kids in better shape than we found it.
President Obama tackled climate change—both the progress being made to fight it and the challenges ahead—in his weekly address this morning, laying out the achievements of his administration: more acreage set aside as public lands, local alliances created to protect endangered wildlife, creation of numerous sanctuaries, and joining an international coalition to fight illegal overfishing.
He also pointed to America’s leadership in lowering emissions and working on clean energy solutions, claiming that this leadership will help guide the Paris talks in December when countries will work together to tackle climate change challenges. But there’s more to be done domestically, and he knows where to start:
Now Congress has to do its job. This month, even
Republicans in Congress barely managed to keep our government open, they shut down something called the Land and Water Conservation Fund. For more than half a century, this fund has protected more than 5 million acres of land – from playgrounds to parks to priceless landscapes – all without costing taxpayers a dime. Nearly every single county in America has benefited from this program. It has bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate. Republicans in Congress should reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund without delay.
To read the transcript in full, check below the fold or visit the White House website.