Sportsmen Target Congress on Climate Action
National Wildlife Federation s new campaign unites hunters and anglers behind climate change pledge
WASHINGTON, DC -- Dozens of hunters and anglers from across the nation descended on Capitol Hill today, asking their members of Congress to take strong action on climate change. Organized by the National Wildlife Federation, the unique effort brought sportsmen from 12 states to the nation's capital. They urged Congress to support cap-and-trade legislation cutting carbon emissions two percent a year, putting the U.S. on a path to cut emissions 80% by 2050, with a portion of proceeds going to help wildlife survive the impacts of global warming.
The Congressional visits included hunters and anglers from Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Their varied backgrounds break traditional stereotypes of global warming activists. They include:
- David Crockett, former Chattanooga City Council president and descendent of legendary American frontiersman Davy Crockett
- Brett Fitzgerald, a former Special Forces paratrooper and current Florida Snook Federation board member
- Carol Rose of Michigan United Conservation Clubs, a regular brook trout fisher in Michigan's Tahquamenon River
With the effects of global warming already impacting fish and wildlife across the United States, strong majorities of hunters and anglers recognize the need for immediate, decisive action. A 2006 National Wildlife Federation poll showed 75% of hunters and anglers say Congress must pass mandatory reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.
The National Wildlife Federation's Hunter and Angler Pledge to Confront Climate Change asks outdoor enthusiasts to make their voices heard and talk about their concerns--both with their friends and with their elected officials. To learn more about the pledge and to sign it, visit TargetGlobalWarming.org.
The National Wildlife Federation is America's conservation organization inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future.
Miles Grant, communications manager, National Wildlife Federation, 703-864-9599, email@example.com