Help Save Utah's National Monuments

What is ‘crowdspeaking’ and how can it help us Protect Bears Ears National Monument & Grand Staircase Escalante?
Photo by Patagonia

Help Save Utah's National Monuments

What is ‘crowdspeaking’ and how can it help us Protect Bears Ears National Monument & Grand Staircase Escalante?
Photo by Mason Cummings

Help Save Utah's National Monuments

What is ‘crowdspeaking’ and how can it help us Protect Bears Ears National Monument & Grand Staircase Escalante?
Photo by Yin Yang

Help Save Utah's National Monuments

What is ‘crowdspeaking’ and how can it help us Protect Bears Ears National Monument & Grand Staircase Escalante?
Photo by Marc Toso

Help Save Utah's National Monuments

What is ‘crowdspeaking’ and how can it help us Protect Bears Ears National Monument & Grand Staircase Escalante?
Photo By Bureau of Land Management

Help Save Utah's National Monuments

What is ‘crowdspeaking’ and how can it help us Protect Bears Ears National Monument & Grand Staircase Escalante?
Photo by Unknown

Help Save Utah's National Monuments

What is ‘crowdspeaking’ and how can it help us Protect Bears Ears National Monument & Grand Staircase Escalante?
Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo

Why this is important

Members of Congress are trying to push through legislation to give the President the authority he seeks. They are ignoring standard legislative procedure as they maneuver bills through without comment or debate. One of the immediate threats is to Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument. If Bears Ears National Monument is diminished, the area will be subject to the devastating damage of oil and gas drilling, uranium and potash mining, mineral exploitation, uncontrolled off-road vehicle use, and widespread vandalism and looting of archaeological artifacts.

We’ll lose invaluable and irreplaceable archaeological, paleontological, and faunal information. If this unprecedented and unlawful action is allowed, not only Bears Ears but all of the 129 national monuments across the United States will be at risk. The historic and cherished national monument system will be destabilized.

The Antiquities Act of 1906 authorizes presidents to designate national monuments, but not to diminish existing monuments. The Act was enacted to preserve America’s historic and scientific heritage for the benefit of current and future generations. Congress reserved to itself the authority to revoke or modify those monuments.

Because of this unprecedented threat to our national monuments system, the Native American Rights Fund is ready to fight: for the Native nations who have spent years to protect their sacred ancestral lands, and for the millions of people who declared their support for our national monuments. We will not allow the rights of our Native nations and our local people to be willfully pushed to the side for the benefit of corporate interests. We will stand firm for justice.

Bears Ears National Monument

Removing federal protections would give control of Bears Ears National Monument to the state of Utah, allowing them to sell the land or permit additional revenue-generating resource extractions, such as oil and gas drilling.

Historically, when states have control, 70 percent of the land is sold off to the highest bidder. Putting land into the hands of an owner willing to extract economic resources at the cost of the vast cultural, historical, archeological, geological, and recreational resources present within the Bears Ears borders would irreversibly change the landscape and likely destroy part of many local tribes’ heritage.

Petitions

Care-2 Petition

Sierra Club

The Wilderness Society

Donate

Native Americans Rights Fund (NARF)

Your generosity today will enable the Native American Rights Fund to keep fighting for justice against the diminishment of the Bears Ears National Monument.

Bears Ears Education Center Kickstarter

Resources

Establishment of the National Monument

Protecting Utah’s National Monuments

Bears Ears Coalition – A Native Perspective

How to Contact Your Elected Officials

What is Crowdspeaking?

Crowdspeaking is a way of coordinating social media support together for one campaign in order to amplify a message on social networks. Crowdspeaking campaigns raise awareness for a cause, a project, or an event.

How you can help

A large group of caring citizens will be posting on Instagram and other social platforms.

Please join in!

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Instagram Post

Time:  anytime of the day

Start Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017

End Date: until protection is restored

Use this link for all social media platforms (Instagram profile link, Instagram Stories swipe up, Facebook, Twitter, etc.): https://huskysquad.com/bears-ears-national-monument

Image: any beautiful landscape picture, or an image of you exploring the outdoors.

Caption Example #1: 

First they came for Bears Ears, and I did not speak out—
Because I have never been there.
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Then they came for
(name of a national park or monument A), and I did not speak out—
because I have never been there.
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Then they came for (name of national park or monument B), and it was too late to speak for it—
Because logging, mining, and drilling has already begun.
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Bears Ears and the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments in Utah, USA are under attack as officials try to strip them of their protective rights leaving them vulnerable to exploitation.
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With your help, we can collectively stop the diminishment of national monuments now before it’s too late. Here is what we can do as a group:
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1. Visit the link in my bio for information about petitions, donations, and other ways you can help.
2. Repost this message with your own photo that shows your love for the outdoors.
3. Share this message across all social media platforms.

Caption Example #2: 

(Type an inspiring nature quote, or pick a quote from below.)

“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.  -Theodore Roosevelt
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“If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.”  -Lyndon B. Johnson
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Bears Ears and the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments in Utah, USA are under attack as officials try to strip them of their protective rights leaving them vulnerable to exploitation.
.
With your help, we can collectively stop the diminishment of national monuments now before it’s too late. Here is what we can do as a group:
.
1. Visit the link in my bio for information about petitions, donations, and other ways you can help.
2. Repost this message with your own photo that shows your love for the outdoors.
3. Share this message across all social media platforms.

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Use hashtags

Use hashtags that you would normally use in your posts. For example, a nature/adventure photographer may use hashtags such as #exploremore #ourplanetdaily #discoverearth and so on. Using your niche-relevant hashtags will help you reach people who may not be aware of what’s currently happening in Utah.

Include hashtags that are relevant to this cause, such as:

Variation #1:

#monumentsforall #bearsears #grandstaircase #keepitwild #stayandwander #keepitpublic #sheexplores #getoutside

Variation #2:

#standwithbearsears #savegrandstaircase #monumentalmistake #wildernessculture #theoutbound #mypubliclands #choosemountains

Share on Instagram Stories

Copy each image to your smartphone and share in your Instagram Stories in consecutive order. All business Instagram accounts with 10,000 or more followers can add (Swipe Up) links in Instagram Stories. (Note: the last slide was designed for those who do not have the ‘Swipe Up’ feature.)

High quality images can be downloaded here: http://bit.ly/bears-ears-ig-stories

    
    

This is not a political campaign. This is a ‘crowdspeaking’ effort for Native Nations, Environmental and Wildlife Conservation.

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