Two things: With darkness, comes light—tomorrow is the Winter Solstice. And even on the shortest of days comes the promise of light, including, this week, an opportunity for action on an important federal commitment to Vermont wildlife. And the 2022 VECAN Conference is a wrap—find session recordings and resources below. We wish you well as 2022 comes to a close, and consider ourselves lucky to count you as a friend, supporter, and co-champion of the environment.
Stay informed, stay connected. Two things!
Vermont Wildlife Needs You: Urge Congress to Vote Yes on the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act
From brook trout to moose, Vermont is home to some of our nation’s most cherished wildlife. But right now, nearly 1,000 species across the state are in decline or require conservation attention, as they face threats from habitat loss and fragmentation, invasive species, toxic chemical pollution, climate change, and other challenges. It’s part of a larger national trend where more than one-third of America’s wildlife are edging toward extinction.
Congress is poised to pass the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, a bold, bipartisan solution to the wildlife crisis, but it needs Vermont’s support. This bill will give Vermont $11.5 million a year for proactive, collaborative efforts to help at-risk fish, wildlife and plants. It’s a solution that matches the magnitude of the wildlife crisis. Show your support here. And, I encourage you to read this op-ed which I co-authored with Collin O’Mara, Executive Director of the National Wildlife Federation.
Also, a big thank you to all who joined us for VECAN’s 15th annual conference
All materials from this year’s conference, including session recordings, slides, links to further resources, and more, are now available here. VECAN is also kicking off a Winter 2023 Community Energy & Climate Action Workshop Series, to continue staying connected and digging into many big topics related to this essential work. Click here to learn more and register for the upcoming workshops.