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Protecting our environment hits home for Tennesseans

Protecting our environment hits home for Tennesseans

Protecting our environment hits home for Tennesseans
  • Senator Bill Frist is a surgeon who performs heart and lung transplants, was formerly a U.S. Senate Majority Leader and was vice chair of The Nature Conservancy’s global board.
  • Benji Backer is the founder and president of the American Conservation Coalition.

The Volunteer State presents a new opportunity for us to revive our love of our natural environment.

Tennesseans believe that the state’s natural wonders are intertwined with their culture, their homes, and their way of living. We all have a responsibility to ensure that they are protected.

It is high time that we took action, from the Smoky Mountain to the Mississippi River to protect our state’s natural beauty and resources.

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Changes in the climate put us all at risk

The words “climate change” can trigger polarizing reactions in Tennessee. Some people see it as a rallying cry to save our planet. Others see it as excessive alarmism that causes them to completely tune out of the conversation.

View of Mount LeConte in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.

The climate is changing, despite the semantics. This change is having an impact on our daily lives, and it has the potential to cause irreversible damage to natural resources and environmental destruction.

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Our Volunteer State is blessed by fertile farmland, majestic mountain ranges, extensive freshwater system, and the natural beauty of the Volunteer State. The most visited national park in America.

Tennessee is home to many people who love the land and water. All of these are at risk from a changing climate. Thankfully, however, our state has a strong and deeply-rooted conservation ethos.

Conservatives are known for their commitment to protecting our natural resources.

Tennessee’s conservative leadership was key to the passage of many of our country’s environmental policies.

Howard Baker, a former senator from Tennessee and Senate Majority Leader, was instrumental in the management of this landmark. Clean Air Act of 1970The bill was passed by Senator Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee senator 50 years later. Great American Outdoors ActOur national parks and federal lands were funded by the, It is time to build on their legacy.

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