Protecting The Environment In The Trump Era

Local organizations and activists must play “a much bigger role” in protecting the environment because of policy changes in Washington and the financial limitations of federal, state and local governments.

“You must do more. It is time to step up,” former state Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel Esty told an Aspetuck Land Trust (ALT) gathering on Nov. 15.

Describing it as “an incredibly challenging moment” for environmentalists, Esty said people volunteering their time and donating money at the local level “does make a difference.”

Esty spoke on “Environmental Protection in the Trump Era: What’s Next?” as part of ALT’s Haskins Lecture Series. Close to 200 people attended the event, which included a question-and-answer session, at the Pequot Library in Southport.

The nonprofit ALT has more than 1,000 dues-paying members and owns about 1,800 acres of open space in Easton, Weston, Fairfield, and Westport...