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Conservation in the West 2020 Poll voters want a more aggressive agenda for protecting public lands and the "outdoor way of life" from energy development. A call for more aggressive actions to protect air, land, and water in response to climate induced impacts is important to 69% of the voters who self-describe as conservationists. Loss of wildlife habitat is again identified as an extremely serious problem among voters. Nearly half of the voters in the eight Rocky Mountain states consider political support of conservation issues from elected officials as a primary factor in consideration of electing government officials.
“Support for conservation on public lands has remained consistent and strong over the decade-long history of our poll,” said Corina McKendry, Director of the State of the Rockies Project and an Associate Professor of Political Science at Colorado College. “The urgency and demand for action behind those feelings is now intensifying as voters in the West increasingly believe their lands and lifestyles are coming under attack from the impacts of climate change and energy development.”
The State of the Rockies project invites students to submit up to three photos and a description of each photo(s) taken from the Rocky Mountain West that reminds us of the importance of conservation efforts given recent significant evidence of climate change and the Trump administration's continued efforts to tap the nation's public lands for natural resources. Please submit your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight April 8, 2020.
Submitted photos should address areas of concern for wildlife, outdoor recreation, shifting climate patterns and processes, public lands, and water availability. Finalists will be determined by a juried panel. Finalists' photos will be posted on social media outlets during Earthweek, April 18-22, 2020.
All winners will be determined by a jury of faculty and staff expert photographers. Emma Powell, photography Faculty, Stephen Weaver, Geology Technical Director, and Jennifer Coombes, CC Communications staff photographer. The popular vote will be determined via vote-by- text. Photos will be posted on social media with a link to follow to cast a vote for the photo and description most compelling -- the most popular photo wins. Follow the vote-by-text instructions (details to follow).