Advocacy Year in Review

Endangered Species Act Fly-In

Celebrating the 50th year anniversary of the Endangered Species Act

In September, with Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club, American Bird Conservancy, and the Endangered Species Coalition, WWF held a fly-in celebrating the 50th year anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. As we’re seeing more frequent attacks on this very popular and successful law, the need to highlight the importance of the ESA and prevent any congressional attacks comes at a crucial time. In all, 70 participants representing 12 key states met with their representatives’ offices in support of the ESA.

people standing in front of the US capitol Grace Lee

Policy Wins

A crab caught in a plastic bag in the ocean Carl Johnson/Alaska Stock

First draft of UN Global Treaty to End Plastic Pollution released

This fall, countries put to paper what the global plastics treaty should look like with the release of the “zero draft.” The draft is just a starting point, but it provides the foundation as negotiations turn from exploratory discussions to content negotiations. Over the course of the negotiations, countries have provided their inputs, and the draft reflects where countries currently stand and what they collectively agree and disagree on.

Protections for Alaska’s Bristol Bay

Early in the year, EPA issued its Final Determination on protections for Alaska’s Bristol Bay under Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act, a major victory for Bristol Bay as well as Alaska Native communities. The decision rightly follows scientific consensus and the wishes of the majority of Alaskans. Home to the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world, Bristol Bay supports a sustainable fishery worth over $2 billion and more than 15,000 jobs.

Landscape of water, grass, and mountains in remote Alaska AdobeStock

Lobby Day 2023

WWF’s 7th annual Lobby Day was held in-person for the first time since 2020 and brought together a group of dedicated advocates in Washington D.C. to appeal to members of Congress for increased federal funding for international conservation programs. On the first day of the event participants received training at WWF’s Headquarters, where they learned about Congress's budget process and best practices for meeting etiquette, received a policy overview, and honed their advocacy skills. On March 7th, the second day of the event, participants joined together in groups organized by home state and met with their congressional representatives on Capitol Hill. This Lobby Day was marked by a palpable energy and a shared commitment to strengthening international conversation programs that will safeguard the future of nature, leaving participants invigorated and hopeful for the future.

  • 45 participants
  • 13 states
  • 49 meetings

Listen now

Listen directly from Lobby Day participants on their experience meeting with Congress this year on Nature Breaking: Bringing the Nature Agenda to Congress.

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