If you have spent any amount of time over the past decades searching for the best gear in the outdoor industry, then you have most likely came across Patagonia. The company was founded by the climbing and outdoor legend, Yvon Chouinard and has always supported efforts to protect and better the wild places we all enjoy.
When they heard that the Trump administration had pulled back protections on national monuments, they stepped up to the plate.
GQ Magazine released a story on Monday, saying after the president announced he was cutting back protections Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah, that Patagonia was taking action. That led to Yvon telling CNN, “I am going to sue him.”
According to GQ, the argument Patagonia has against the administration is centered around the details in the Antiquities Act, which gives the president the ability to set up national monuments, but doesn’t specifically state he has the right to later take that land back.
Hans Cole, Patagonia’s directer of environmental activism, states, “…we don’t think that authority is something Trump processes.”
This lawsuit is extremely important, since it will legally set in stone whether or not the Antiquities Act was only for giving land and not taking land back. This would allow for legitimate protection of other national landmarks in the future.