First and foremost, how are you? If you’re like me, that question may be difficult to answer. The last few weeks – or even the last few months – have unearthed many truths that are driving us to deeply consider our viewpoints and how we respond to them. Yesterday, CVSC responded to the recent events that have overwhelmed our news outlets and our hearts with a profound statement.

Personally, I did not know that I needed those words until I read them. They were not only heartfelt, they also offered a generous amount of hope. That hope will be further elaborated through our work in the coming months.

Our webinar series, Conversations with Conservationists, hosted by the SC Conservation Coalition is back for the summer! While we took last week off, please know that we have been listening to you. Over the next several weeks, you’ll be able to tune in to great conservation discussions that address what you care about in our state. Some topics include illegal wildlife trade, protections under the Clean Water Act, local food, energy efficiency, and much more. As we open registrations, please check out our website for more information.

Staying engaged with CVSC:

  • CVSC, the South Carolina Wildlife Federation and Audubon SC will host a conversation on illegal wildlife trading legislation with SC DNR (fondly known as the turtle bill) on June 10th at 12:30 pm. Register here.
  • Save the date for June 17th at 12:30 PM when we’ll hear from the Southern Environmental Law Center and SC Environmental Law Project about Clean Water Act rollbacks. We’ll update the website when the registration link is live!

Click here to register for these webinars and to catch up on any of our previous episodes.

Last week, our podcast team talked about everything water: Will South Carolina have enough of it? Too much? Is it fishable, swimmable, and drinkable? They also talked with State Representative Gary Clary from Pickens County and Megan Chase from Upstate Forever. Click here to listen to their conversation and to subscribe to Public Concern. New episodes come out now every Tuesday. Tune in this week for a discussion on race, equity, and environmental advocacy.

Getting to know you through this avenue has been purposeful. I hope that you have enjoyed our updates this legislative session. We will keep you informed this summer on ways you can stay engaged; and, as our Executive Director stated yesterday, thank you for your commitment to conservation, and thank you in advance for working to bring about the change that ensures ALL South Carolinians live in pollution-free communities and ensure they have the power and voice to keep it that way.

TAKE ACTION TODAY!