This is a transcript of the video, produced as a partnership between NRDC and Next100.
Robert Garcia, civil rights attorney and founding director of the City Project, Los Angeles: Going up the San Gabriel Mountains is a great thing to do for all the people of L.A. County, especially for underserved people. Once you're up there on that trail going up into the mountains, you totally forget that you're in one of the two largest cities in the nation.
My connection to the San Gabriel Mountains goes back to when I was growing up in L.A. as a child. I am an immigrant. I came to the United States when I was four years old from Guatemala with my family, and I remember going to the San Gabriels with my mother, father, and sister.
What is special about the San Gabriel Mountains is that it's so close to L.A. Within an hour's drive of most of Los Angeles County, you can hike up into wilderness areas along the San Gabriel River and see wild animals.
We went there recently with a group of friends. We saw nobody else. There were bighorn sheep—came right up to the river.
It's not just about conservation, clean air, clean water, clean land, habitat protection. It's about the people.
Dozens of cities and diverse groups—from fishermen's groups to hiking groups to civil rights and social justice groups—have all banded together to support the creation of the national monument.
President Obama: Today I'm using my executive authority to designate the San Gabriel Mountains as a national monument. (audience cheering)
Garcia: President Obama specifically said there are not enough parks in L.A. County, especially for children of color and low-income children. The smiles on children's faces who have never seen these places before, that's priceless. I see myself when I was a little boy, and it's such a joy to be able to bring that to more children.
And for this administration to step in, in the last few months and say, We're starting over, we're revisiting this, we're reexamining this, is wrong.
It's wrong on environmental grounds, it's wrong on social justice grounds, it's wrong because it violates the will of the people, for no good reason.
The latest executive order takes aim at iconic public places that store carbon, protect ecosystems, and keep fossil fuels in the ground.
After years of work by NRDC and its partners, about 5,000 square miles of ocean—with massive canyons, majestic underwater mountains, and more than 1,000 species—have received permanent protection.
From undersea coral canyons to deep northern woods, these seven places deserve to be part of the president’s legacy.
The interior secretary’s proposal to hand over park management to private companies has riled up some very unhappy campers.
As the interior secretary ponders the fates of 27 national monuments, he seems to be hearing some voices more acutely than others.
This month’s National Park Service centennial presents an opportunity to create a parks system that is reflective of—and accessible to—all Americans.
President Trump and the Republican-led Congress are poised to wipe out crucial environmental safeguards. Here’s how you can join the fight.
If we don’t address these increasingly severe threats, America’s most treasured lands might soon be unrecognizable.
These iconic American vacation spots will soon become unrecognizable—or worse, vanish. Pack your bags, quick!
Why are there so many names for legally protected waterways? And what do they all mean?
Trump likens our “inner cities” to war zones . . . then guts the programs geared to safeguard clean air and water for low-income communities of color.
With a new series of bills, California promises to protect the environment no matter what happens on the federal level.
Use NRDC's toolkit to help you take action against the Trump administration's agenda.
The administration’s assault on our environment and health is unlike any threat we’ve ever faced.
For archaeologist Angel Peña, this national monument is more than just home to cultural and geological artifacts—it’s where memories and history are made.
As our national monuments come under attack by Trump, park conservationist Audrey Peterman reminds us that protecting our monuments is also about protecting the legacy of America’s people.
Former BLM employee Hillerie Patton describes this Nevada landscape as the essence of “This Land is Our Land”—and how preserving wildlife, archaeological sites, and recreation is about quality of life.
The Trump administration’s review of national monuments threatens America’s culture and natural beauty.
Dr. Michael Anthony Mendez on his new book, "Climate Change from the Streets", and the readiness of Latinos to act on climate and justice.
Vulnerable communities across America pay the highest price for environmental justice issues brought upon by polluters.