Secretary Kerry takes a selfie with Indonesian students attending his climate change speech in Jakarta, Indonesia today. In his speech, he asked citizens around the world to speak out and #ActOnClimate.
On June 6, 2014, Ruth Welch was officially sworn in as the BLM Colorado State Director by BLM Director Neil Kornze at the BLM Colorado State Office. Read the press release.
Social Media Highlights
On June 1, 2014, the BLM kicked off a month-long social media campaign for the annual Great Outdoors Month in June. June is designated as Great Outdoors Month each year through a Presidential Proclamation, and highlights the numerous benefits of getting outdoors on our American parks, forests, refuges, and other public lands and waters. Great Outdoors Month features include National Trails Day, National Fishing and Boating Week, the Great American Backyard Campout, and National Get Outdoors Day. All month, the BLM will post recreation opportunities with #backyard2backcountry #getoutdoors and/or #greatoutdoorsmonth on My Public Lands Tumblr, @BLMNational Twitter and My Public Lands Instagram. BLM states will post information about recreation opportunities on their Twitter and Facebook accounts (see blm.gov/socialmedia for a full list).
The Octopuses are back! BLM Oregon/Washington staff captured a short video of a Giant Pacific Octopus in the tide pools at Cobble Beach at the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. It was hiding under a boulder at the north end of the beach and emerged for only a moment before going into hiding again. View the video on the @BLMOregon Facebook page.
BLM Daily (Internal Blog) Features
As a part of BLM Idaho’s Historic Preservation and Archaeology Month, Upper Snake Field Office Archaeologist Marissa Guenther led a tour to the Fisher Bottoms property located on the South Fork of the Snake River. A dozen people gathered to visit the original homestead and historical ranch complex associated with the Fisher family and well-known author of the frontier Americana genre, Vardis Fisher. Read the full story, republished externally on the My Public Lands Tumblr.
URGENT: Stop the Senate from approving Keystone XL!
The Senate will vote today to force the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, and reports suggest it could come down to a few votes.
Approving Keystone XL would open the floodgates of climate-killing tar sands crude flowing through the U.S. It would ensure more disastrous oil spills, threaten sources of drinking water for millions, disrupt wildlife, and increase rates of cancer and other health problems in Canada and in refinery communities here in the United States. Take Action now: https://secure.sierraclub.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=14697&s_src=714LSNFB07
This photo of me snowboarding was taken by @petermorning as the sun settled behind the #minarettes… I love to spend my time outdoors, surrounding myself by nature and everything it provides us… This is a reason for me to protect our earth and #actonclimate ~ What is yours? #pow @protectourwinters #snowboarding #love #mountaims #japanair #flying #nature #outdoorwomen #natureaddict #attitudeofgratitude 🙏✌️
Climate change is one of the defining challenges of our time & President Obama’s Clean Power Plan is an important step. The New York Times called it “the strongest action ever taken by an American president to tackle climate change.”
The Clean Power Plan is a vital step in the fight against climate change. Add your name today, and tell the EPA you support strong standards for carbon pollution.
“Today I call on all concerned citizens around the world to demand the resolve that is necessary from your leaders. Speak out. Make climate change an issue that no public official can ignore for another day.”