Happy Summer from the EA team! You’ll notice an intentional theme to the content of this month’s digest. It harkens to a favorite quote from Edward Abbey about the exigency of nature to the human spirit and well-being: nature not as a luxury or an amenity but as essential as water. The following blog posts and news items highlight this vital connection - particularly the unmistakable, disproportionate health impacts on communities that lack this essential natural infrastructure. Nature is essential, not a luxury, if communities are to achieve and/or sustain physical, psychological, and economic well-being.
Our work is rooted in driving more investment in the protection and restoration of vital natural systems across the region AND prioritizing investments in the communities with the greatest need for this natural infrastructure. As the Biden Administration’s Infrastructure Package winds its way through Congress, by next month we hope to report on progress toward the passage of this vital plan that includes a pathway to prioritizing the communities with the greatest need.
- The EA Team