The Obama Administration’s new strategy to help protect our nation’s wildlife and plants from climate change is not only vague – it’s also optional. Released last Tuesday, the “National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy” has seven key points for conservation, yet it stops short of mandating that officials in power abide by the suggestions. The conservation and protection techniques include ambiguous points such as “increase knowledge and information on impacts and responses of fish, wildlife and plants” and “increase awareness and motivate action to safeguard” these animals.
The plan was created after two years of dialogue and surveys of 55,000 Americans across the country on concerns and ideas to help safeguard fish, wildlife, plants and ecosystems in our increasingly changing climate. Input from 15 non-governmental organizations, 17 government entities and 5 tribes were taken into account and translated into the seven point plan.
The plan, which generally addresses the issues of climate change, lays out points concerning conservation of habitat, managing species and habitats to protect and provide sustainable space, and reducing non-climate stressors. Another point is the very general “enhance capacity for effective management in a changing climate,” which calls for new ways of assessing information and management tools.
The underwhelming list of seven goals doesn’t enact specific plans to offset the effects of climate change or pollution on wildlife or ecosystems – instead it simply brings attention to many factors that most Americans are already aware of.