This is an exciting summer for those who want to make their voices heard about President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative. The America’s Great Outdoors Initiative was signed at a White House Conference on April 16. You can read the remarks and see video of President Obama, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, and others.
At the April conference, President Obama noted:
“When we see America’s land, we understand what an incredible bounty that we have been given, and it’s our obligation to make sure that the next generation enjoys that same bounty.
In the months ahead, members of this administration will host regional listing sessions across America. We’ll meet with everybody from tribal leaders to farmers, from young people to business people, from elected officials to recreation and conservation groups. Their ideas will help us form a 21st century strategy for America’s Great Outdoors to better protect our national landscape and our history for generations to come.”
Listening sessions have occurred in Annapolis, MD; Charleston, SC; Seattle, and Los Angeles. Upcoming sessions are scheduled for Grand Island, NE; Asheville, NC; Grand Junction and Denver, CO; Albuquerque, NM; and Philadelphia, PA. More are being added all the time.
In addition, the newly formed coalition, Outdoors Alliance for Kids, which includes the Children & Nature Network, has made its own set of recommendations regarding the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative. Recommendations include increasing the number of safe and accessible green spaces, better outreach to youth and people of color, funding of important studies on children and nature, supporting passage of the “Moving Outdoors in Nature” section of the Healthy CHOICES act that’s currently in the U.S. House of Representatives, and much more.
See how you can get involved in a public listening session near you and help shape the national agenda about America’s Great Outdoors.