President Barack Obama traveled to the Florida Everglades this Earth Day, April 22, to draw attention to the threat climate change poses to U.S. parks and natural resources.
The New York Times (4/22) quoted President Obama saying that climate change “can no longer be denied” and that its impacts are already visible in the Everglades.
The Washington Post (4/23) quoted the president saying that nowhere will climate change have a bigger impact than in South Florida but that “if we take action now, we can do something about it.”
The Wall Street Journal (4/22) identified the president’s visit as “part of a broad administration-wide push to show the present-day impacts of climate change and to underscore the president’s commitment to addressing the issue.”
A White House fact sheet (4/22) released ahead of the visit gave a detailed description of the impacts climate change is having in the Everglades. It went on to announce several initiatives.
The U.S. National Park Service announced $26 million for 100 restoration projects at national parks, with more than half the investment coming from non-governmental partners.
The Park Service also released two new reports: the National Park 2014 Visitor Spending Effects report shows that every $1 invested by U.S. taxpayers in the National Park Service returns $10 to the economy, while the Terrestrial Carbon Sequestration report aims to quantify the economic value of the climate regulation benefits that national parks provide.