DID YOU KNOW?
Americans have spoken and 74% agree the country should do whatever it takes to protect the environment, and 55% ranked the environment as one of the top policy issues the President and Congress should address this year.1
ARE THEY BEING HEARD?
62% percent of Americans say “NO!” The government is currently doing too little to protect the environment – this is the highest response in 12 years. 2
This Christmas, we’re stepping in, joining forces and speaking up for our parks and have committed to donate $1 for every holiday gift sold*!As part of The Body Shop’s International commitment to re-wilding and deforestation, we’re taking an even greater stance to help protect our own backyard and precious national parks – a cause that millions of Americans feel passionately about. Our commitment will help to protect 3 core pillars that maintain our local U.S. eco-system and prevent any harm to our public lands and our national parks: Healthy wildlife, clean water and sustainable energy.
NPCA has been the independent, nonpartisan voice working to strengthen and protect America's favorite places. With more than 1.3 million members and supporters, NPCA is the voice of America’s national parks, working to protect and preserve our most iconic and inspirational places for present and future generations.
From their national headquarters in Washington, D.C., and 27 offices nationwide, NPCA calls on its local program and policy experts, committed volunteers, staff lobbyists, community organizers and communications specialists to inform and inspire the public and to influence decision makers to ensure that our national parks are well protected.
NPCA is committed to using every dollar you donate efficiently and effectively. They receive such high ratings from charity watchdog organizations, including meeting all of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability.
During their last fiscal year, NPCA used 79.9% of their resources to support their program and advocacy work. The Better Business Bureau applauds program efficiencies above 66%.
In addition, the NPCA headquarters in Washington, D.C., is LEED Gold certified and designed to cut energy usage, reduce water consumption and benefit from more natural light.
“MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SAY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS DOING TOO LITTLE TO PROTECT KEY ASPECTS OF THE ENVIRONMENT INCLUDING WATER (69%) AND AIR QUALITY (64%). EVEN MORE, TWO-THIRDS OF AMERICANS (67%) SAY THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING TOO LITTLE TO REDUCE THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE!” 3
National parks support broader conservation, serving as anchors of larger ecosystems, pathways linking wildlife habitat and catalysts for resource protection.
Water gives life to our national parks, shaping land and sustaining plants and animals. Yet, outside the parks, the health of these waters is being threatened.
Our national parks provide some of the best, and sadly some of the last, remaining habitats for countless animal species.
Drilling and mining for resources in and around national park lands can harm fragile ecosystems, impact wildlife habitat and the visitor experience, and contaminate air and water in the communities that surround them.
1) According to a study from Pew Research Center: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/04/20/for-earth-day-heres-how-americans-view-environmental-issues/
2) According to a study from GALLUP: https://news.gallup.com/poll/232007/americans-want-government-more-environment.aspx
3) According to a study from Pew Research Center: http://www.pewinternet.org/2018/05/14/majorities-see-government-efforts-to-protect-the-environment-as-insufficient/
*up to $20,000
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