A Day in the Life of a Conservation Advocate

Follow Tina Sablan, former representative of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, as she goes to Washington, D.C., to advocate for a management plan for the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument—and for the inclusion of the Indigenous people of the Mariana Islands in the conservation of their lands and water.

Front-line advocates of the America the Beautiful for All Coalition came to Washington to meet with elected officials to support a just and equitable implementation of President Joe Biden’s America the Beautiful initiative. The coalition’s goals? To protect 30 percent of U.S. lands and waters by 2030, and to ensure that at least 40 percent of the investments of the America the Beautiful initiative are made in communities of color and front-line communities that have historically seen little to no investment in conservation or equitable access to nature. Tina Sablan, former representative of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (D), spent the day highlighting the important role that the Indigenous people of the U.S. territories have to play in this movement.

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