Hardy Garden Club

                Conservation Committee

            GCA Current Position Papers

 

Agriculture, Seed Diversity, and Food Security: The GCA encourages agricultural policies that address runoff and support conservation of healthy soil on farms, including a strong and well-funded conservation title in the Farm Bill.

 

 

Clean Air: The GCA supports the Clean Air Act and urges a reduction in greenhouse gases through an integrated strategy of regulated emission caps, improved energy efficiency, and greater use of renewable energy sources.

 

Clean Water: The GCA supports policies to protect the quality and quantity of our nation’s water resources.  This includes preserving ecosystems and reducing water pollution through a vital and broad-based Clean Water Act as well as protecting coastal waters and the world’s oceans through initiatives. 

 

Climate Change: With an emphasis on encouraging action to preserve biodiversity, the GCA is committed to educating members and communities about the causes of climate change and constructive responses.  The GCA supports public and private policies and regulations, as well as individual initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Environmentally Responsible Transportation Legislation: The GCA favors legislation that encourages biodiversity in roadside plantings, fosters the creation and maintenance of scenic byways, emphasizes protection of the natural landscape, addresses the hazards of electronic billboards, and underscores the importance of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process.

 

National Parks: Recognizing the national parks as irreplaceable treasures as well as critical habitats for protecting native plant communities and whole ecosystems, the GCA supports making conservation a top priority, along with ensuring adequate resource levels to maintain the parks.

 

National Public Lands:   Recognizing the ever- increasing pressure for multiple uses of federal lands, the GCA supports strengthening public policy to make resource protection and preservation the first priority in establishing public land policy. This includes full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the use of the federal portion of that fund to purchase and restore public lands. 

 

Native Plants:  Viewing the Endangered Species Act as one of America’s landmark pieces of conservation legislation, the GCA supports the measures to protect the nation’s rare, threatened, and endangered plants and their habitat and the wildlife they support.  The GCA supports workable science-based recovery programs for all species.

Oceans: The GCA recognizes that oceans are the largest ecosystem, covering nearly three-quarters of Earth. The GCA supports policies to protect the quality of our nation’s oceans, protecting coastal waters and oceans through nationwide initiatives.  The GCA believes in protecting our coastal areas and oceans from all types of pollution and environmental degradation using best management practices.  

 

Waste Management: The Garden Club of America supports wise waste management practices in order to mitigate the adverse environmental effects of waste disposal. Waste management practices are significant determinants of the quality of our overall environment.