27 January 2014 To make a difference, find your voice – and your Congressman’s vote Posted by: Haley McKey | 9 comments | Share: Two true conservation heroes, Representative George Miller and Representative Jim Moran, announced their retirements earlier this month. Their legacy of leadership has helped protect our nation’s land and wildlife for decades, and they will be missed by the conservation community. California Representative George Miller has worked hard to protect his state’s water resources, combat the effects of climate change, and ensure thriving wildlife populations across the nation for years to come. He has fought harmful amendments to the Endangered Species Act, and stood in direct opposition to then- Representative Richard Pombo’s attempts to severely weaken the act in 2005. And he has opposed all attempts to open the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, truly a last bastion of wilderness in the United States, to greedy oil developers. Like Congressman Miller, Virginia Representative Jim Moran has fought tirelessly to protect the integrity of the Endangered Species Act. As senior member of the Appropriations Committee, he has also supported funding for vital wildlife programs and repeatedly fought numerous anti-environmental riders in the appropriations process. Congressman Moran has also championed the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and protecting our nation’s waters from environmental toxins. Indeed, over the past decade, if you heard a booming, impassioned voice speaking out for conservation from the House floor, chances are it was either Rep. Miller or Rep. Moran. And what these esteemed legislators remind us is that we all need to speak up forcefully for conservation and take action, because if we don’t who will? Our representatives in Congress should represent our values with their votes. And they help decide how our government will approach our nation’s conservation issues, from endangered species to habitat to climate change. If your representative isn’t voting to protect wildlife, we urge you to reach out and make sure they understand that you value wildlife and our nation’s natural heritage and want to see it protected. Congressman Jim Moran and Congressman George Miller will leave behind a conservation record they can be proud of. And the debt we owe them for their decades of dedication cannot ever be repaid. So when was the last time you called or wrote to your representative? It’s never too late to start and it’s a right all citizens share. And soon enough, you’ll have a record of speaking up for wildlife you can be proud of as well. Haley McKey, Communications Associate 9 Responses to “To make a difference, find your voice – and your Congressman’s vote” Janet Sorenson January 27th, 2014 We desperately need help with the possibly delisting of our wolves. They need our help, hunters are already trying to wipe out the entire wolf population. I urge your protection and assistance with the Endangered Species Act and to keep our wolves as Endangered Species and protect them. Janet Sorenson January 27th, 2014 We are the voices of these wolves, we have to protect them from extinction. mel rowland January 27th, 2014 keep all wildlife protected under the esa and ban all hunting and trapping. treasure the wildlife and heritage and not destroy it Marie Maroney January 27th, 2014 You know how it starts? You delist one animal, then another follows…then many follow. Unless you want to show your great grand children pictures or videos of the “wolf we once had”, a majestic, proud, social creature, or possibly a Polar Bear, please act now! Do not let these and those that will follow be a thing of the past for our great country. Thank you Karen Rusch January 27th, 2014 We need to protect. We can co-exist. oneyda perez January 27th, 2014 Relist the wolves. Stop the madness…. Moira Gentry-Moore January 28th, 2014 I’ve met Congressman Jim Moran and he’s a good man. Garry Rogers January 29th, 2014 Pinned, tweeted, and scooped your post (see the scoop at http://scoop.it/t/ecoscifi). Thank you. Garry Alice Alvarado January 30th, 2014 May we ALL CONTINUE IN OBEDIENCE TO OUR CREATOR TO PROTECT THIS PRECIOUS GIFT(earth&creatures) Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap- Up California wavering on protection for gray wolves under state law; Defenders of Wildlife featured on the HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell show tonight; A close up look at the science: wolf breeding pairs in Idaho; bad bills for Mexican gray wolves in Arizona. The Votes Are In… You voted, and we listened – now the winners of Defenders’ 2014 Photo Contest are here! 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