ENVIRONMENT Details missing in worthy report
The OBSERVER's View
The Biden administration has a lot planned in the coming decade. It recently announced the goal of conserving at least 30% of U.S. lands and waters by 2030. It was all detailed in the “America the Beautiful” report.
All the broad strokes are there — preserve public, private and tribal areas, create jobs, address climate change. Those are important goals, but the devil is in the details.
One of those details is a clever attempt by the Biden administration to play on the memories of those from the generation that will recall the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps. President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal effort did, indeed, do a lot of good. President Joe Biden is hoping for a “civilian climate corps” to work on conservation and restoration projects nationwide.
“Where this path leads over the next decade will be determined not by our agencies, but by the ideas and leadership of local communities,” wrote the authors of the report.
The ideas in the “America the Beautiful” report carry the seeds of something good — if they are done right. It is essential then, that the administration listens to local communities. It does little good to devote attention to preserving our natural wonders if we must sacrifice those living in them.