Submitted by Kaija Gibbs
On February 23-25, over 1,700 garden club members virtually attended the 2021 GCA NAL Conference. While we missed out on our conversations over cocktails, our tours of the national monuments and our museum visits, what we didn’t miss were nationally renowned speakers passionately sharing their research and ideas for solving the world’s climate change crisis.
GCA Supported Legislation of 2021 - Every year the NAL and Conservation Committees of the GCA work diligently researching proposed legislation to pick a few bills which they feel have a reasonably good chance of bipartisan passage, are pragmatic approaches and address our conference’s focus. In 2020, the GCA supported 6 bills, 3 of which became law. These included the most important National Parks legislation in decades, The Great American Outdoors Act, and Save Our Seas 2.0, providing funds to address plastics and trash in our oceans and waterways. The five bills supported this year are:
New Technology to Combat Climate Change - In keeping with the theme of Climate Change Solutions, we had presentations on five new technologies currently in various stages of development. Google them if you have an interest in seeing the future of conservation technology.
You may ask, “What Can I Do?”
Amazing Facts I learned this week:
“The Earth is a fine place and worth fighting for.”