Stephen Colbert: environmental activist

If you haven’t heard of the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative before, no worries… neither had I (and I watch out for these things). But, while most of us have been watching for news of climate change legislation out of Washington (that’s still hung up), President Obama launched this effort “…to promote and support innovative community-level efforts to conserve outdoor spaces and to reconnect Americans to the outdoors” back in April. There have been listening sessions around the country all Summer long. And now, the deadline for a report from the the Secretaries of the Interior and of Agriculture, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is coming due (on November 15th).

So, how are the involved parties hoping to increase input from the public on outdoor spaces? By bringing in Stephen Colbert, of course.

Yep, fresh off of his testimony before Congress last week, Colbert is now serving as the face of green space conservation. The  Great Outdoors America campaign has created a final push for public comment featuring the satirist, and even partnered up with to create an e-card for spreading the word. If you want to give your input about conserving outdoor spaces, and getting more Americans into the outdoors, just use the form the campaign’s created to share your thoughts… and then send an e-card to family, friends, and colleagues who also may want to comment.

Hardly the way to keep fear alive…. but a great way to bring attention to this overlooked effort.


Image courtesy of Great Outdoors America campaign