Protect Critical Habitats from Big Corporations Seeking to Destroy Them

Target: Aurelia Skipwith, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Protect critical habitats and their endangered species by keeping big corporations out of preservation decisions.

The natural world has already suffered greatly at the hands of humans, as we prioritize our industry and economy over our health and environment. The Trump administration would like to continue this pattern by undermining laws that are in place to protect critical habitats. A proposed rule change would allow anyone—including developers or fossil fuel companies—to veto critical habitat designations.

In designating critical habitats, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service weighs the environmental and economic benefits. The proposed change would allow developers and polluters to veto any critical habitat based on economic impacts without any proof. This gives companies even more influence than ever before to destroy nature in the name of the economy.

Many regions are home to endangered species that will die out if their habitat is not protected. Wildlife is an important part of American pride and identity, and much of the nation’s biodiversity is already being destroyed. If we allow developers and oil companies to have even more power to wreck critical habitats, there won’t be any of America’s beautiful landscape for future generations to enjoy.

It should be scientists determining critical habitats for protection, not companies with a vested interest in industrialization. Sign the petition to call for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect habitats by not allowing companies to veto critical habitats based on economic impacts.


Dear Ms. Skipwith,

Critical habitat protections are needed to ensure endangered species and ecosystems can recover. Allowing companies to veto critical habitats will defeat their purpose. Any land could be denied critical habitat protection just because a company doesn’t want it. These habitats are home to many endangered species that could go extinct if they aren’t protected from expanded industry.

Economic boost is not an equal replacement for environmental recovery because we need the resources that our environment provides. The protection of habitats should not be up to the companies that pollute and destroy it. I demand that you not allow companies to veto critical habitats based on economic impact.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Port of Tacoma


  1. Milantia Roy says:

    This world is sick, sick, sick!

  2. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    This is a GLARING conflict of interest, Director Skipwith. It must be DISALLOWED.

  3. Now, how can anyone with a brain think that a corporation best interest would be for the the environment? Unless anyone calls the green of money the environment, is not happening. There is a sickness in the world worst than any disease, from the beginning of time and is called greed. In order to cure it humans would have to be extinct, so the best to do is to keep it under control.

  4. It’s past due that we open up our eyes and truly SEE what we are doing to our home. There is no other Earth! Not being good stewards of her is just selfish. We have enjoyed our time here and now it is necessary to change our fossil fuel guzzling ways and to pass her on to the next generations to enjoy.

  5. Justin Recht says:

    The amount of petitions we sign is a clear indicator of how many people have cushy jobs and give a damn of what they should protect.

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