Back to Nature (Published on TBNWeekly.com - Jan. 10, 2008)
You made a difference
Have you seen Venus shining bright in the morning sky? Early risers have been
fortunate to observe (without the need for telescopes or binoculars) the stunning
beauty of Venus shining brilliantly to the east before sunrise.
|Environmentalists witness a
glimmer of hopeful light shining above the horizon.
So stunning is this sight that one can easily imagine another celestial event some
two-thousand years ago during the week of the winter solstice that spurred viewers
to turn their eyes and attention toward the sky and believe in miracles.
The winter solstice is when the shortest day and the longest night occurs from our
point of view on planet earth. If there is any possibility you can unfurl yourself
from the cozy security of your soft, warm bed, this spectacle is well worth the
effort. With the dawning of a new day, with the dawning of a new year, 2008 may be
the dawning of a new era.
You have made a difference in 2007. Environmentalists are witnessing a glimmer of
hopeful light shining above the horizon. Environmental Defense press releases over
the past year have included alerts on issues of concern, but have readily announced
environmental victories of 2007, as well.
1) 2007 may be remembered as the year of the eagle the American bald eagle
to be more precise.
Just before the July 4th holiday, Environmental Defense joined Interior Secretary
Dirk Kempthorne for the historic announcement that the American bald eagle had
officially recovered and was being removed from the threatened and endangered
Bald eagles were once down to just 417 nesting pairs. But our work to ban the use
of DDT a generation ago combined with decades of implementing Endangered Species
Act recovery management practices helped restore Americas national symbol and
one of natures most majestic creatures.
2) (Washington, Dec. 18, 2007) In a press release from Steve Cochran, Director of
Strategic Communications: Environmental Defense today applauded House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi on the passage of legislation that will promote fuel efficiency and reduce
U.S. dependence on foreign oil. House passed the final version of the Energy
Independence and Security Act of 2007 (H.R. 6). The bill won overwhelming support
from both parties in an 86-8 vote.
WASHINGTON (AFP) The energy bill would require the auto industry to
reduce fuel consumption in most cars and light trucks by 40 percent, raising the
fuel efficiency standard to 35 miles per gallon (15 kilometers per liter) by
The speaker has said the energy bill will lay the groundwork for the Congress to
move forward next year with comprehensive action on global warming.
3) States take on global warming: This summer, three states Hawaii, New
Jersey and Florida joined California to enact tough statewide global warming
Several other states also took action to promote cleaner energy, including North
Carolina where Environmental Defense helped pass a landmark energy bill, which
includes a renewable energy standard and makes North Carolina one of only a handful
of states to include a standard for energy efficiency.
4) Gulf catch program a success for all: Our oceans team made a big splash this
year by showing how innovative catch share programs conserve fisheries and improve
a fishermans bottom line. A precedent-setting catch program for the red
snapper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico is already producing results. Catch shares
dedicate a secure share of fish to fishermen, fishing communities or associations.
Amounts are determined before each season begins and fishermen are allowed to buy
and sell shares in order to maximize their profit.
5) First interstate marine park created from North Carolina to Florida:
Environmental Defense helped design and win approval for the first interstate
system of marine parks, stretching from North Carolina to the Florida Keys. The
500,000-acre network comprises eight tracts of stunning deep-water corals that
serve as critical habitat for 73 species of grouper, snapper and tilefish.
The new network complements reserves, protecting shallow reef habitat in areas
such as Floridas Dry Tortugas.
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