A Commitment to Sacred Spaces: Celebrating National Public Lands Day

2020 is a year for the record books — and if climate change wasn’t top of mind for you last year, it’s hard to ignore this year. Our forests are burning, oceans are churning, and the effects of climate change are undeniable. There’s never been a more obvious time to commit to protecting and preserving the sacred spaces on our beautiful planet… we should all be on a quest to make sure the fires and hurricanes don’t win. Combating climate change is a foundational value for us at CoPeace.

Of the many ways we can each take part to be the change we want to see in the world, celebrating National Public Lands Day — which was last weekend — is at the top of our list. National Public Lands Day is the largest single-day volunteer effort to celebrate the connection between people and green space. It’s a day to get out and make a difference, however — and wherever — you can.

The History of National Public Lands Day

In 1994, three federal agencies and over 700 volunteers launched the first National Public Lands Day. It’s grown substantially over the last few decades. Each year, hundreds of thousands of volunteers participate in land clean-up events, tree planting events, seed collection, wild animal habitat improvements, and more. There’s a tradition on National Public Lands Day to encourage people to visit parks and green space all over the country — it’s a fee-free day at many federally managed parks and natural areas.

2020 Theme: “More Ways to Connect to Nature.”

This year things look a little different (or let’s face it… a lot different) in terms of getting out and about and involved in group activities. So if you didn’t get out in the fresh air to enjoy our beautiful lands, we understand. Due to social distancing guidelines and various local regulations that prevent large gatherings and volunteer events, National Public Lands Day hosted a series of virtual events this year. The virtual events allowed people to connect to iconic parks, national forests, marine estuaries, and various other land sites via the internet. Just like everyone’s doing this year — we’re finding new ways to support causes we care about here at CoPeace. We’re deeply committed to environmental stewardship and protecting our planet, and climate crisis solutions is at the top of our list of priorities. We want to do everything in our power to preserve our planet for future generations. That’s why we’ve invested in our holdings, Uncharted Power and AST. Uncharted Power is working on data infrastructure technology to provide universal access to clean, reliable, affordable power. AST is a new-generation waste management solution using plasma technology that is environmentally-friendly, safe, and financially viable.

We’re committed to positive change and protecting our planet, not just on National Public Lands Day, but also every day.

Lindsay Hope is a copywriter and marketing strategist with CoPeace. As a forward-thinking holding company, CoPeace is building a portfolio of carefully selected for-profit companies with measurable social and environmental impact. To learn more about impact investing, check out CoPeace’s Intro to Impact Investing.