ACTION: Whitehouse & Cartwright's SAFE ACT- Endorsers needed!

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Thursday, November 30, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA) will introduce Safeguarding America’s Future and Environment (SAFE) Act, a bill to protect the country’s wildlife and natural resources from climate change, and they are looking for ORGANIZATIONAL endorsements.  The bill, which is virtually unchanged from previous iterations, requires the President to establish an interagency National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy Joint Implementation Working Group to adopt the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy, codifies the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, and creates under Interior an Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Sciences to advise the working group on the state of the science regarding the effects of extreme weather and climate change on fish, wildlife, and plants and strategies and mechanisms for fish, wildlife, and plants adaptation. To be eligible to receive funding under the bill, the states (including, the District of Columbia, Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands) must submit to Interior and the Department of Commerce for review and approval a state fish, wildlife, and plant adaptation plan that details efforts to address the effects of climate change on fish, wildlife, and plants and coastal areas.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1601

If your ORGANIZATION can endorse the bill, please send confirmation to Aimee Delach (adelach@defenders.org) and copy Erin.Dykstra@mail.house.gov.​