Online Campaign Asks Secretary Jewell: What Would Teddy Do?

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Mary Rafferty

Calls on President Obama and Secretary Jewell to Protect America’s Public Lands

Environment America

Washington, D.C. — Today, Environment America launched an online campaign, including Facebook ads, calling on President Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to continue President Teddy Roosevelt’s vision of protecting America’s public lands by asking, “What would Teddy do?”

More than 100 years ago, President Theodore Roosevelt began a presidential tradition of permanently protecting America’s national treasures. President Teddy Roosevelt’s leadership, helped create and expand more than 20 national parks and monuments including the Grand Canyon during his presidency.

“Today, despite record visits and popularity, our public lands are at risk from increased oil and gas development, industrial clear cut logging, toxic mining and underfunding,” said Mary Rafferty, conservation program coordinator with Environment America. “If President Theodore Roosevelt were alive today, what would Teddy do?”

Environment America is asking President Obama and his Secretary of the Interior Jewell to continue Teddy Roosevelt’s vision by investing in, protecting and adding to our network of protected public lands.

“It was encouraging to hear Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell put forward a strong conservation agenda for her tenure with the Obama administration. We are calling on the administration to start acting upon this agenda by expanding the California Coastal Monument and permanently protecting the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks outside Las Cruces, New Mexico,” continued Rafferty. “As Secretary Jewell said in her conservation speech, ‘some places are too special to develop.’”

The ads will run on Facebook through Jan. 30. You can learn more about the campaign and take action at or follow the campaign on twitter at #WhatWouldTeddyDo.


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