Modernize legislation to conserve national parks for our children

Surmountable Environmental Issues
Sep 1, 2022
4 min read
Conserve Yellowstone National Park and others for our children / Photo by author

Issue 33 • Week of August 28, 2022

Yellowstone became our first national park 150 years ago when signed into law by President Ulysses Grant after the first American expedition explored the area September 6, 1869. The National Park Service (NPS) was later created in 1916 to conserve these and other public lands.

Many of us did not begin to fully appreciate America's Best Idea until recently thanks to an influx of domestic travel, the proliferation of social media, and the 2009 documentary miniseries by Ken Burns. Only after 2020 have we finally started to grapple with the conservation movement's controversial beginnings and evolution. Ultimately the concept of a national park, despite its original flaws, has led to some amazing results and was soon imitated around the world.

Modern conservationists are celebrating their first win in a long time as the newly passed Inflation Reduction Act allocates nearly $1 billion to the NPS.

Why focus on national parks now?

This content is only available to members

Sign up for free to read the potential solutions for this topic and find out what you can do today for a better tomorrow or pre-order our second book that will compile 100 issues on making a difference.

Unlock content

Get full access to our issues and a sneak peek of our second book!

Sign up for free or support our mission.

Oops! There was an error sending the email, please try again.

Thanks! Now check your inbox and click the link to confirm your membership.