Ask the White House to Protect the Boundary Waters

If you’re a fan of “The West Wing“, you know what “Big Block of Cheese Day” is. If you aren’t, I’ll explain. In 1837, President Andrew Jackson put out a 1,400 pound block of cheese in the White House foyer and held an open house where citizens could talk about issues with White House staff. On January 21st the Obama White House will hold an online “Big Block of Cheese” day where you can engage with White House staff and executive agencies. Please help us use this opportunity to tell the White House how the importance of protecting the Boundary Waters and Lake Superior from sulfide mining pollution. While you won’t get any cheddar, you’ll help us keep protecting the Boundary Waters on the front burner in Washington, D.C.

It’s easy to do – you have three choices. If you have a Tumblr account, you can post a question directly to the White House Tumblr blog. If you use Twitter, we’ll be tweeting at the White House all day at twitter.com/FriendsBWCAW. And if you use Facebook or Twitter, you can just use the hashtag #AsktheWH.

12 – 1 PM (Central) is the best time for engaging the agencies responsible for protecting the Boundary Waters and Lake Superior from polluting mine proposals. At that time, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell (@SecretaryJewell), the Interior Department (@Interior) and the Environmental Protection Agency (@EPA) will be responding to citizen questions in real time. Here are some of the questions we are asking them – you can too, just by clicking the Tweet button after each one.

It's not as gouda as a real block of cheese, but you can help us protect the BWCA.

It’s not as gouda as a real block of cheese, but you can help us protect the BWCA.

  • .@SecretaryJewell Did you know the Boundary Waters is the most visited wilderness in the US? Please protect it. #AsktheWH                                   Tweet: .@SecretaryJewell Did you know the Boundary Waters is the most visited wilderness in the US? Please protect it. #AsktheWH
  • .@Interior Did you know the Boundary Waters is the most visited wilderness in the US? Please protect it. #AsktheWH         Tweet: .@Interior Did you know the Boundary Waters is the most visited wilderness in the US? Please protect it. #AsktheWH
  • .@EPA Please protect MN water from PolyMet’s pollution by requiring EIS to fix water model + protect wetlands http://ctt.ec/58Auf+ #AsktheWH

    Tweet: .@EPA Please protect MN water from PolyMet's pollution by requiring EIS to fix water model + protect wetlands http://ctt.ec/58Auf+ #AsktheWH

  • .@StateDept Please give @IJCSharedWaters a Reference to study sulfide mining pollution in Lake Superior http://ctt.ec/8M6Sn+ #AsktheWH                                           Tweet: .@StateDept Please give @IJCSharedWaters a Reference to study sulfide mining pollution in Lake Superior http://ctt.ec/8M6Sn+ #AsktheWH
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