America's Sportsmen Target Global Warming

America's sportsmen take aim at Congress: global warming threatens hunting, fishing traditions

02-11-2008 // NWF Media Team

Washington, DC (February 12) – More than 670 hunting and fishing organizations from all 50 states, representing the millions of Americans who share America’s sporting tradition, are urging their U.S. Senators and Representatives to target global warming with strong climate legislation.

“America’s sportsmen have a special connection to the outdoors, and for that reason we are on the front lines of global warming,” said Larry Schweiger, President & CEO, National Wildlife Federation. “It has been impossible to ignore the changes happening before our eyes – you don’t need to be a scientist to feel that something is seriously wrong. As a grandfather who looks forward to a time when I can fish with my grandson, I strongly believe we must work together to preserve America’s sporting traditions for our children’s future.”

“This is not a matter of liberal versus conservative,” said Simon Roosevelt, sportsman and great-great grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt. “And it’s not about being red or blue—or even green. It’s a matter of common sense. It’s about the future.”

To fight global warming, America’s sportsmen are calling for comprehensive climate change legislation that cuts global warming by 2 percent per year through a cap-and-trade system and including dedicated funding for fish and wildlife conservation and restoration.

Hunting and fishing have traditionally been pillars of American economic prosperity: 34 million people who hunt or fish in the United States spend $75 billion annually, supporting 1.6 million jobs.

“Sportsmen want America to lead on global warming solutions,” said David Crockett, sportsman and descendant of the legendary outdoorsman. “We have used cap-and-trade systems – and American ingenuity – successfully in the past to cut pollution. Now, similar measures will not only protect our heritage, but also bring new jobs to our cities and rural communities while bolstering a stronger economy.”

The fish and wildlife that support American sporting traditions are feeling the heat. For example, trout populations are declining from increased water temperatures, wetlands critical to waterfowl populations are threatened due to increasing temperatures and sea level rise, and in some areas moose populations have plummeted due to warmer weather.

“We who hunt and fish believe we have a moral responsibility to confront climate change in order to protect our outdoor heritage and our children’s future,” say the more than 670 groups of hunters and anglers, in a letter to Congress.

National Wildlife Federation is America's conservation organization inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future.

Immediate Release: February 12, 2008

Contacts:
Aileo Weinmann, communications manager, 202-797-6801, weinmanna@nwf.org

Christine Dorsey, communications manager, 802-229-0650 ext.334, dorsey@nwf.org

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