STATEMENT OF THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND ON THE INAUGURATION OF PRESIDENT BIDEN AND VICE PRESIDENT HARRIS
“The peaceful transfer of power is a sacred hallmark of our democracy,” said Diane Regas, President and CEO of The Trust for Public Land. “I have been privileged to work with Republicans and Democrats throughout my career. The best among them, regardless of party, shared the core values that underpin democracy: the right to vote, beliefs and actions that all people are created equal, a free press, freedom of religion, the rule of law—even when vehemently disagreeing on how to express them or achieve them. And democracy also depends on being able to assemble safely in our shared public space—the lands that connect us, inspire us to take a walk in someone else’s shoes, and create a platform for peaceful protest.
“The Trust for Public Land understands the power of bringing all voices from a community to the table to create a better future together. We are eager to work with the new Biden-Harris administration, as well as Republicans and Democrats in the new Congress, to eradicate the longstanding racial injustices that can be seen through the decades of inequitable investments in redlined neighborhoods that lack trees, parks, and trails. We know must work together to protect vulnerable communities from the devasting impacts of climate change and reduce the carbon pollution that causes it, including with new parks, green schoolyards, conservation and natural climate solutions. And we know that all people need access to the mental and physical health benefits of living close to a quality park or green space, especially as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to ensure that everyone, regardless of their zip code, can have the opportunity to understand our connection to nature and each other. Only with the power of that connection, will we will build a better future together.”