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Patagonia Is Suing The Trump Administration

by: Well Made Clothes Staff | 2 years ago | News

Image: the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Image source

Patagonia is passionate about protecting the planet, so it should come as little surprise that the outdoor clothing company is also vocal about its efforts to protect federal land in the United States. But few people understood just how far Patagonia would go in order to achieve this. That was, until the California-based company announced that it plans to sue the Trump Administration. This move comes after President Trump’s announcement that his government will shrink the size of two national monuments. In particular, the Trump Administration plans to shrink the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah by 85% and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in the same state by 50%.

"Americans have overwhelmingly spoken out against the Trump Administration's unprecedented attempt to shut down our national monuments," said Patagonia President and CEO Rose Marcario in a statement, noting that such "unlawful actions" will result in the largest elimination of protected land in American history. "We've fought to protect these places since we were founded and now we'll continue that fight in the courts." To generate awareness around this issue even further, Patagonia changed its homepage on Monday to a bold, black screen that read: "The President Stole Your Land. In an illegal move, the president just reduced the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. This is the largest elimination of protected land in American history."

As the New York Times points out, Donald Trump is not the first president to have downscaled monuments, following in the footsteps of both Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt. But it is the first time that a court will weigh in on the president's right to do so. And Patagonia isn’t the only company riled up about the POTUS' latest announcement, either, with groups such as Friends of Cedar Mesa, Utah Dine Bikeyah and Archeaology Southwest also joining them in the lawsuit. According to AdAge, Patagonia plans to file its lawsuit after the settlement of another case by the Inter Tribal Coalition, proving that there is great power in banding together for a cause.

Via AdAge


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