Hour for Conservation – Week of 4/20/2020

April 20, 2020

What could you do with an hour each week to support AMC’s conservation mission and protect the outdoors?

The outdoors needs you as much as ever right now. AMC is urging our members and supporters to limit their outdoor recreation pursuits to brief, local outings in support of the effort to stem the COVID-19 pandemic. But there are many things you can do in the meantime to support conservation from home!

AMC will provide weekly suggestions and actions for you to take—whether in an hour a week or an hour a day – whatever works for your time and interests.

The first thing you can do is stay informed. Environmental news is moving fast and to help you keep up, we’re starting with an update on conservation news and developing issues below:

Environmental News Updates:

In recent weeks, as the nation’s attention is focused on COVID-19, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has continued to weaken environmental protections:

But on the hopeful side, we are also seeing some of nature’s capacity to rebound. Helen McDonald of the NYTimes discusses all those videos you’re seeing of animals reclaiming our towns and cities. “They are emissaries of hope and possibility, letting us dare to dream of a better world when this nightmarish darkness is gone.” Read the full article.

Action Items:

The second thing you can do is act! There are numerous virtual activism opportunities available while we observe physical distancing and other public health protection measures. There will be a wide variety of engagement options coming your way in the following weeks, so stay tuned.

  1. If the EPA’s regulatory rollbacks frustrate you, ask Congress to ensure EPA will protect the environment and our health. Further information and instructions are on our Conservation Action Network.
  2. If you’re looking to help minimize environmental degradation, join the Environmental Voter Project (EVP) Executive Director for a special briefing on EVP’s plans for 2020, then get trained by webinar to call non-voting environmentalists in Pennsylvania to help them sign up for vote-by-mail. This will include a special update on how EVP is continuing to safely mobilize environmental voters in the time of COVID-19. Sign up for the special briefing, Wednesday, April 22nd, 4-6pm EDT +and don’t forget to pledge to vote for the environment yourself!
  3. If you miss the careful observation and experimentation of Earth Science class, download iNaturalist, free wherever you get your apps. Help expand AMC’s research capacity by learning about all of AMC’s Citizen Science.
  4. If you’re more of a night owl, we’ve got citizen science for you too! Globe at Night is an international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution by inviting citizen-scientists to measure & submit their night sky brightness observations.
  5. Find a local conservation story. As we discover (and rediscover) the beauty that exists closer to home, dig a little deeper into the story behind a favorite place you like to visit. Find out why and how that place was protected, and who originally inhabited those lands. Who cares for the trails and other points of access, including parking lots? Who funds it? Share what you learn so others recognize the importance of individual action and community partnership in protecting our shared outdoor spaces.