Environmental Protection

Rocky Mountain goat standing on cliff with mountains in distance (© Viktor Posnov/Alamy)

Sister Parks program links countries around the world

The United States is a partner with more than 30 countries around the world through the Sister Parks program, promoting environmental conservation.
Illustrated poster depicting people watering an Earth-shaped tree (State Dept./D. Thompson)

For Earth Day 2021, download this free poster

Earth Day, first marked in the United States in 1970, has grown into a worldwide movement. Download our Earth Day poster.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaking while sitting at table with U.S. and Mexican flags in background (© Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Images)

Blinken’s first trip reaffirms relationships with Canada and Mexico

Secretary of State Antony Blinken reaffirmed the United States' relationships with its northern and southern neighbors during his first virtual trip.
Great blue heron wading through wetlands as sun rises in background (© Suzy Mast)

The U.S. protects wetlands large and small

Coastal and land-bound wetlands cover 5.5 percent of the United States. Learn more about how the U.S. federal and state governments protect them.
Person in lab coat, mask and gloves looking at instrument placed on fabric (© Bolt Threads)

Fashion from American innovators spares the environment

American companies Allbirds, Nothing New, Bolt Threads, and MycoWorks are tackling fast fashion's environmental footprint with biotech solutions.
Child wading through trash-filled water while carrying bag (© Solo Imaji/Barcroft Media/Getty Images)

U.S. invests in cleaning up plastic in oceans

The United States plans to invest in projects that aim to clear the plastic out of the world's oceans. Learn more about the initiative here.
Orangutan in tree (© Nature Picture Library/Alamy Stock Photo)

China’s international building projects threaten biodiversity

The People's Republic of China’s One Belt, One Road initiative is destroying habitats and threatening endangered species, according to conservationists.
Rows of shark fins on display (© Fiscalia General del Ecuador/AP Images)

Illegal fishing degrades the environment

Illegal, irregular and unreported fishing hurts more than economies; it also destroys the environment through habitat destruction and overfishing.
Dead fish (State Dept.)video

China’s overfishing and pollution harm the world’s oceans [video]

By engaging in illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing around the world, China destroys invaluable marine ecosystems. Learn more here.