VENTURA, Calif. -
Outdoor apparel company, Patagonia is threatening to sue the White House over President Trump’s new national monument order.
The Ventura based retailer says it will fight with everything is has to preserve the nation’s monuments, and while Patagonia’s recent statement has put them in the spotlight this week, fighting for the environment is something the company has been passionate about for decades.
President Donald Trump signed the executive order this week that puts 24 national monuments at risk of losing their federally protected status. It’s a move that is infuriating outdoor apparel company Patagonia.
“We see it as a real threat. A threat to millions of acres of protected land that deserve to be protected,” said Hans Cole, Patagonia’s Director of Environmental Activism.
The order instructs the department of the interior to review any national monuments designated since 1996. One of the most talked about is Bears Ears National Monument, 1.3 million acres in Utah that the Obama Administration set aside during the final days of Mister Obama’s presidency.
“We really see this executive order as a threat to undermine theses protections and leave the place open for development, fossil fuel extraction, whatever it might be. And Bears Ears in particular it is really an amazing place that all American people and all of our children and grandchildren and generations to come should experience,” said Cole.
Patagonia is not new to fighting for the environment. The company has not only campaigned for saving public lands, but it has also donated millions to environmental causes.
“We wouldn’t have a business frankly if we didn’t have protected places where ourselves, our employees, our customers could get out there and climb, hike, camp and bike and get out there and do all those things they love to do. So these landscapes mean something very deeply to us and we actually rely on them for our very business,” said Cole.
The outdoor retailer believes that the president does not have the authority to rescind a national monument and says it will not be backing down on this fight.
“We are watching closely and we are willing to do whatever it takes, and whatever is necessary to defend these public landscapes. That involves at the minimum encouraging our audience to speak out and to say these mean something to us, and so from that all the way through to legal action if necessary. We are ready to take whatever steps are needed to protect these places,” said Cole.
Other monuments on the list for review include Giant Sequoia National Park in California, Grand Canyon- Parashant National Monument in Arizona, and the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument in Montana.