Trust For Public Land Statement On President’s Climate Program

Will Rogers, President of The Trust for Public Land, today issued the following statement about President Obama’s climate program announcement:

“We welcome the President’s proposals and leadership on this issue. Our nation needs to act, and act soon, to deal with climate change—from reducing carbon emissions to preparing for climate-fueled extreme weather events like Superstorm Sandy. We agree with the President that green, resilient cities and conserving natural carbon sinks like forests should be part of our nation’s response. Green cities can help lower carbon emissions, but must become more climate resilient through actions such as buffering coastlines and creating more natural shading and cooling. Today’s proposal is a good first step, and we look forward to working with the President, his administration, and Congressional leaders to advance these strategies.”

Founded in 1972, The Trust for Public Land is the leading nonprofit working to conserve land for people. Operating from more than 30 offices nationwide, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than three million acres from the inner city to the wilderness and helped generate more than $34 billion in public funds for conservation. Nearly ten million people live within a ten-minute walk of a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year.