Your DGB for today is to read over our list of suggested ways to help protect our national monuments from Trump’s agenda and choose at least one.
On Monday, the same president who was so keen to protect *Confederate* monuments from harm signed an executive order that shrank Bears Ears National Monument by a stunning 85%, and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by HALF. Trump claimed this was to restore grazing and hunting rights to the people of Utah. Fact check #1: national monument status on this land does not impinge on grazing or hunting; it does, however, protect the land from new drilling, mining, and fracking endeavors. Hm… Fact check #2: the people of Utah, especially the indigenous folk who consider these lands sacred, overwhelmingly do not want Trump’s “help” removing these protections.
It may seem like a done deal, but there are things we can do:
1) Donate to environmental groups that have already filed suit on behalf of Grand Staircase-Escalante, like the Sierra Club https://www.sierraclub.org/ , Natural Resources Defense Council https://www.nrdc.org/ , and the Wilderness Society http://wilderness.org/
2) Wear your support or buy it for friends. Surely someone on your Christmas list wears t-shirts and cares about environmental conservation and/or indigenous rights: http://utahdinebikeyah.org/t-shirts/
3) Join the League of Conservation Voters https://www.lcv.org/. Fight greed and shortsightedness at the ballot box.
4) Support the five tribes - Navajo, Ute Mountain Ute, Ute Indian Tribe, Hopi and Zuni - who are suing the government to protect Bears Ears: http://bearsearscoalition.org/