Restore U.S. Parks to United Nations Reserves List

Target: Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.)

Goal: Advocate for the reinstatement of 17 U.S. parks and natural reserves to the U.N.’s Biosphere Reserve Network.

At a recent gathering of the Man and the Biosphere Program, a part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), 23 critical sites for biodiversity were added to the U.N.’s Biosphere Reserve Network worldwide. The United States, however, decided to withdraw 17 sites, including several wildlife refuges recognized as biodiversity hotspots, from the program.

The U.N.’s Biosphere Reserve Network was founded to create spaces for scientific research into issues of sustainability and biodiversity. By removing these sites, the United States is effectively deciding to no longer use them as a part of this ongoing research, which may hinder scientific efforts. While over the past 20 years, seven other nations have withdrawn a total of 18 sites, the United States’ sudden decision to remove 17 in one year is unprecedented.

Many believe the change has been spurred by some conservative lawmakers and advocacy groups who have called the program a “U.N. land grab” even though all U.N. Biosphere Reserve Network sites remain under the control of whatever nation they happen to be in. Anti-scientific sentiment and paranoia appears to be the driving force behind this removal, and it must be countered. Sign this petition to demand that these sites be reinstated so this research can continue unhindered.


Dear Ambassador Haley,

In the recent meeting of the Man and the Biosphere Program, the U.S. decided to remove 17 sites from the U.N.’s Biosphere Reserve Network in an unprecedented move. Many of these sites represent rich biodiversity hotspots such as the Aleutian Islands National Wildlife Refuge and the California Coast Ranges. Without the participation of these sites in the program, it is likely that important research into managing biodiversity and coming up with sustainable solutions could be hindered.

Important programs such as the Biosphere Reserve Network depend upon a wide pool of data to be scientifically relevant. I urge you to advocate for the reinstatement of these sites so that the U.S. can continue to contribute toward the noble goals the network was founded upon.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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  1. Restore these crucial 17 parks and preserves to their prior status, otherwise you will be responsible for the planet upon which your children and grandchildren will suffer. There is no “UN land-grab” conspiracy and anyone who believes that is reading too much from Breitbart and Jones. Surely that doesn’t describe you, right?


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