At the National Audubon Society, we take great pride in our bipartisan membership and our work on both sides of the aisle. But for several weeks, some Republican leaders – including those whom we have been proud to work alongside – have continued to sow distrust in the honorable work of our election officials. Such actions undermine democracy and distract from the critical work that must be done to realize a cleaner environment and stronger communities for both birds and people.
We oppose any action that would:
•disenfranchise any voter;
•undermine the credibility of certified election results;
•undermine the validity of mail-in ballots;
•undermine the rule of law and the peaceful transition of power;
•threaten or act with violence toward public officials, courts, political candidates, poll workers or any community members.
As we look ahead to our future collaboration, it’s important to be honest with each other— it is time to accept the results of the presidential election that have been affirmed repeatedly by multiple courts. Everyone — regardless of race, ethnicity, or neighborhood — should have access to clean air and water and feel safe and welcome in the outdoors. We must focus our efforts to advocate together for a resilient and inclusive economy with more green jobs and stronger policies that protect birds, conserve water, restore wetlands, and reduce emissions.
Audubon’s 1.9 million members have persevered through many uncertain times in our nation’s history and we will be here, advocating for communities, birds and the environment, no matter what comes next, as we have for 115 years. It is time to accept the will of the people and embrace the work ahead.
The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. Audubon works throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. State programs, nature centers, chapters, and partners give Audubon an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. A nonprofit conservation organization since 1905, Audubon believes in a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Learn more at www.audubon.org and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @audubonsociety.
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