ANS Says Beltway Expansion Could Worsen Climate Crisis

Issues Statement from Conservation Director and Participates in News Conference Today

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CHEVY CHASE, MD – Eliza Cava, Director of Conservation at Audubon Naturalist Society, issued the following statement:

In case Governor Hogan isn’t aware, we are living in a climate crisis. His proposed expansion could exacerbate the harmful effects of climate change by putting the nature that sustains us at risk and locking us into a future of more car-oriented growth at a time in human history when we need it the least. Our stream valley parks cool and clean our air, filter our water, provide home and habitat to wildlife, such as migrating birds, foxes, and turtles, and give people in our densely populated region a much-needed physical and mental health boost. If ever there was a time to think differently about how we develop and move around, it’s now. Let’s take the opportunity to develop better, with an eye toward the sustainability of our planet and new generations.


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About ANS: Throughout its history, ANS has championed nature for all by playing a pivotal role in conserving our region’s iconic natural places from development including the C&O Canal, Dyke Marsh and, most recently, Ten Mile Creek. Past ANS member and board president, Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, is credited with launching the now global environmental movement. ANS‘s nature experts provide hundreds of opportunities each year for children and adults to enjoy, learn about, and protect the environment.