Climate change is a monumental test of global leadership. It transcends borders and economic status. Every nation has a responsibility to step up and respond to this threat because every nation is at risk. Thirteen of the 14 warmest years on record have occurred since 2000, and 2014 is on track to be the warmest of all. 

Read more from Secretary Kerry’s op-ed on climate change on DipNote.


Check Out What Happened Last Week at the BLM: June 2-6, 2014

Announcements, Events, and News

As another milestone in the President’s Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week released its Clean Power Plan that calls for cuts in carbon pollution from existing power plants, the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States.  Learn more about the President’s plan to cut carbon pollution in America, and view Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s statement - Dealing with Climate Change: A Moral Obligation. The BLM shared information about the plan on multiple social media channels with #ActOnClimate:  My Public Lands Tumblr, @BLMNational Twitter and BLM state Twitter and Facebook accounts (see for a full list).

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 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.



Check out this awesome new climate-themed benandjerrys flavor, Save Our Swirled!

“Since the very beginning, Ben & Jerry’s has been a company with a passion for social justice. We’ve advocated for a broad range of causes over the years, and climate change is one we take particularly seriously. While we’ve been working tirelessly at cleaning up our own act and spreading the word around the world, we recognize that there’s power in numbers and know that our passionate fans hold the greatest potential for positive change.

2015 is a critical year for climate change. Later this year, leaders from around the world will gather in Paris, France for the U.N. Climate Summit—a meeting we hope will produce a legally binding agreement to keep global warming in check.

If it’s melted, it’s ruined.” 

Applies to our polar ice and ice cream, too. :(