- Date: February 17, 2011
Some lawmakers in Congress are trying to brutally strip away U.S. funding that is critical to saving the world’s forests, fisheries and coral reefs, as well as the last remaining wild tigers, African elephants and great apes. Browse the photo gallery for wildlife that would be in jeopardy. Tell your members of Congress not to slash funding for the environment and conservation.
Environmental protection in the United States, international conservation efforts to save threatened species and wild places, basic funding for earth sciences and research into clean energy, efforts to study and solve climate change: all of these priorities would be cut to the bone if current budget proposals were to pass.
As our head of U.S. government relations, Bill Eichbaum says “Times are tough in America, with economic pain plentiful and a need to address budget deficits. But there is a difference between reasonable and radical. This is simply an all-out assault on science and reason.”
What’s Getting the Ax?
The proposed budget in the House of Representatives would result in dramatic cuts for successful conservation programs in the United States and aboard currently underway. Proposed budget cuts include:
- US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Multinational Species Conservation Funds – 32%
- Global Environment Facility (GEF) - 63%
- USAID - 30%
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - 22%
- Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) - 100%
What You Can Do
Take action today by contacting your members of Congress urging them to oppose deep cuts to these essential programs. Remind them that our budget woes are temporary, but extinction is forever.