ECO-ACTIONS

 

Supporting Our Santa Cruz County Environmental Groups

Grant yourself the satisfaction of giving to causes you hold dear!
Please consider giving locally to some of the several dozen dedicated local environmental groups that rely on our support. Check out a few that you aren’t familiar with.
Amah Mutsun Land Trust
Bike Santa Cruz County
Citizens Climate Lobby
Coastal Watershed Council
Community AgroEcology Network
Eat For The Earth
Ecology Action
Farm Discovery At Live Earth
Groundswell Coastal Ecology
Homeless Garden Project
Land Trust of Santa Cruz County
Life Lab
Novasutras
Regeneracion Pájaro Valley
Santa Cruz Bird Club
Santa Cruz Climate Action Network

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Santa Cruz Permaculture
Save Our Shores
Sierra Club Santa Cruz
Surfrider
Valley Women’s Club
Watsonville Wetlands Watch


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Earthworks: Help Stop A Massive New Crude Oil Terminal

“You can end 2021 by helping put a stop to SPOT. The Sea Port Oil Terminal (also known as SPOT) is a massive proposed oil export hub proposed for construction off the Brazoria County Coast in Texas. The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) wants public comments on SPOT. The proposed SPOT project is leading the race to be the first crude oil exports facility on the Gulf Coast able to export 2 million barrels of crude oil a day. This massive crude oil storage facility includes a huge crude oil storage facility, onshore and offshore pipelines through Harris and Brazoria counties in addition to an oil export terminal. This could devastate wildlife, community health, local economies, and our global climate. Tell MARAD to Stop SPOT!” Act HERE.


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Environment California: Tell The Interior Department – Don’t Subsidize Coal

“The Interior Department gave the second-largest coal company in the nation a huge discount on the cost of extracting coal from public land. Fossil fuels are dirty. Coal is the dirtiest. Burning coal emits toxic smog into our air. It leaves us with acid rain and mercury pollution. In the power sector, it accounts for three-fifths of America’s global warming pollution. And right now, the Interior Department is subsidizing more coal mining. We have a chance to reverse this wrong-headed decision and put a stop to this senseless subsidy. Will you make your voice heard? Tell the Interior Department to reverse the Arch Resources coal subsidy.” Take action HERE.


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SEIU 521: Rally to Support Carbon Neutrality In Contract, Dec 7, 8:30 am

Let’s Green CA! has partnered with SEIU Local 521, a union representing Santa Cruz County employees. SEIU 521 is demanding that a commitment to carbon neutrality be part of their contract with Santa Cruz County, and they need our support. Please send a message to your county supervisor in support of SEIU 521 HERE.
Rally with Let’s Green CA! and SEIU 521 ahead of a decisive meeting of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisor. Rally location: Outside 701 Ocean Street, Room 500 in Santa Cruz, CA


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Save Our Shores: Scott Creek Beach Cleanup, Dec 11, 9 – 11 am

Please meet us on the concrete platform at the entrance of the beach. There are no restrooms or drinking fountains on site. Parking is limited, so please plan accordingly. Please note that this location is not handicap accessible. Due to public health and safety concerns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we are limiting our cleanup events to 20 participants. Registration is required. All volunteers will be required to follow the Covid-19 safety instructions. Volunteers under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Every participant must complete TWO waivers, the volunteer waiver AND the Covid-19 waiver. We will have waivers available at the event, however, participants are encouraged to complete this paperwork in advance to save time and bring it with you on the day of the event. More info and signup HERE.


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Save Our Shores: Moran Lake Beach Cleanup, Dec 18, 9 – 11 am

Please meet us at the seating area across from the parking lot. Restrooms and drinking fountains are available onsite. Parking may be limited, so please plan accordingly.  Due to public health and safety concerns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we are limiting our cleanup events to 20 participants. Registration is required. All volunteers will be required to follow the Covid-19 safety instructions. Volunteers under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Every participant must complete TWO waivers, the volunteer waiver AND the Covid-19 waiver. We will have waivers available at the event, however, participants are encouraged to complete this paperwork in advance to save time and bring it with you on the day of the event. More INFO.


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Amah Mutsun Land Trust: Tending to the Amah Mutsun garden at the Pie Ranch, Dec 18, 1 – 4 pm

“Volunteers have been an essential part of our repair and regeneration efforts after the CZU August Lightning Complex fire burned through Pie Ranch. Designed by tribal member, Matthew Lopez, the Native Garden is shaped like a pie with pathways representing the four directions. Each “pie slice” represents different ethnobotanical native plants featuring grassland foods, fibers and basketry plants, nuts and berries, and personal care. Some of us will stay in the garden for the whole work shift and some will venture to other projects around the farm. The type of jobs we do on volunteer days depend on what needs to get done on the farm each season. Volunteers help with planting, weeding, harvests, culling and mulching. There is also maintenance work to be done. Volunteer work days at  Pie Ranch are on the third Saturday of each month. Pie Ranch, 2080 Green Oaks Way, Pescadero.” To RSVP go HERE  or email: aarganbright@amahmutsun.org


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Forest Of Nisene Marks Trail Work Day, Dec 19, 9:30 am – 2 pm, 2 – 4 hour shifts

“Join us for a trail work day in Nisene Marks SP! You’ll feel great to be of service and give back to the park we all love! Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and comfortable shoes you can hike to work site in as well as work/garden gloves if you have them. Bring a bag lunch and water. State Parks will provide liability release and all tools needed. Past work days have included installing and removing seasonal bridges, rebuilding wash outs, cutting trees that have fallen across the trail, removing ivy, and brushing back overgrown trails. Wide range of jobs to fit everyone! 3rd Sunday of each month, 9:30 am, 2 – 4hr. Covid safe. Meet at 9:30am at the entrance Kiosk, coffee and baked goods will be available!” Info and signup HERE.


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Groundswell Coastal Ecology: Seabright Coastal Restoration, Dec 20, 9 am – 12:30 pm

“Come join your local community in coastal restoration at Seabright Beach. Help make our coast a better place and learn about coastal ecology. Activities vary by season: Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter, clearing invasive plants; Late Summer/Fall, native plant propagation; Fall/Winter, planting native plants. Every Monday!” More Info HERE.


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Homeless Garden Project: Volunteer At Our Downtown Holiday Store, Now Thru Dec 24!

“During the holiday season, the HGP Store (1338 Pacific Ave) generates crucial income that supports our transitional employment program for individuals experiencing homelessness … and we can’t do it without YOU! Volunteers sign up for 2-hour shifts, and support the store’s operations by providing excellent customer service (greeting and answering customer questions) and supporting our staff in keeping the store looking in great shape (re-stocking, cleaning, etc.). Interested in joining our team of dedicated holiday store volunteers?  Fill out this FORM, and our team will follow up with you to schedule a brief orientation!” 


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Seymour Marine Discovery Center: Now Recruiting Docent & School Programs Instructor Volunteers

“Over 200 volunteers support the Center each year. They lead tours and lessons for school groups, take care of a live animal collection, and support day-to-day operations and education programs. In return, our volunteers get a lifelong learning opportunity and sense of purpose from their commitment to conservation and sustainability.  We’re now recruiting Docents and School Programs Instructors, including interns. Find more information and apply HERE.


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Environmental Defense Fund: Tell The EPA To Slash Methane Pollution

“Cutting methane emissions is the fastest opportunity we have to immediately slow the rate of global warming. That’s why the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) latest rule is a game changer. EPA has recently introduced a rule that will cut methane pollution from thousands of oil and gas facilities, protecting the health of millions of Americans in the process. These rules will bring nearly 1 million older, pre-existing oil and gas wells under federal oversight for the first time. And though that’s a strong start, they still need to go farther. The proposed rules must be strengthened before they are finalized to ensure that key pollution sources like smaller leak-prone wells and flaring are addressed. The oil and gas industry shouldn’t remain unchecked! It’s time for the EPA to enforce limits on methane pollution that will combat the climate crisis and protect our air! Demand the EPA strengthen their new rules today to ensure we meet the moment on climate change.” Action HERE.


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Environment California: Tell the EPA To Stop the plastic to fuel pipeline

“Single-use plastics can contain more than 100,000 chemicals. Now, a process that burns these plastics, emits toxic pollution, and produces more oil to be burned sounds like a bad idea, right? Well, we can break it down together. Let’s say 100 tons of plastic enters a facility. Here’s what happens next. Processors fire up the engines and begin burning fuel to start melting that plastic. At least 50 tons — more than half — of the plastic that enters the facility leaves immediately as a form of harmful pollution. Not to mention melting plastic releases toxic ash into our air and sludge that seeps into our water. Once all is said and done, voila: the remaining plastics are successfully converted to oil, which will be burned for fuel and worsen the climate crisis.” Take action HERE.


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Chumash Sanctuary.Org: Support Creation Of Chumash National Marine Sanctuary

Preserve our unique and irreplaceable coastal ecosystems and safeguard thousands of years of Chumash cultural heritage by protecting sacred sites. Strengthen the tourism-based economy of the Central Coast by generating an estimated $23 million in economic activity and creating 600 new jobs. Stop the threats of offshore oil expansion and acoustic testing and provide funding for much needed local marine research. You can move designation of  Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary forward by posting comments, which is easy to do. (Comments due 1/10/22).  (The docket number is NOAA-NOS-2021-0080) Write your comment HERE.


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Environmental Action: Right whales need stronger protections to avoid extinction.

“They stopped being hunted in the early 20th century — but they haven’t stopped being killed. Only about 350 whales remain in existence today. Millions of commercial fishing lines connecting buoys at the surface to lobster pots on the ocean floor have turned the migratory path they’ve taken for millennia into a dangerous trek.  More than half of all deaths today occur because of these entanglements — which can force the whale to drag as much as two and a half tons’ worth of equipment. To save the whales, we need to do everything we can to stop them from getting entangled. Tell Secretary Raimondo that the Right whales need all the help they can get.” Take ACTION.


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Project Drawdown: Climate Solutions At Work

“Climate Solutions at Work, presented by Project Drawdown, is a how-to guide for employees to make every job a climate job. The all-encompassing climate crisis demands an equally expansive system of solutions, calling on everyone, everywhere to find their inroad—especially in the workplace. Employees are the backbone of a company’s ability to function, innovate, and survive through uncertain times. Even for the most passionate climate advocates, it can be hard to know how to accelerate action in the workplace. Where to begin? This 100% FREE, easy-to-browse guide explores creative ways to bring the world’s best private-sector climate solutions to life, while helping employees hold their companies accountable for sweeping climate action.” Learn more HERE.


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American Forests: Support Historic Funding for America’s Forests

“Global warming is an epic crisis. But there is an epic solution — $30 billion in federal funding to save existing forests and bring degraded and destroyed forests back to life. This includes an unprecedented $2.5 billion to advance Tree Equity by protecting and expanding urban tree canopy for environmental justice, climate justice and health equity. Congressional leaders are set to vote imminently on the Build Back Better Act, also known as the budget reconciliation bill, which contains never-before-seen investments in forest-climate solutions. Ask your Congressional leaders to make history by securing this transformational funding for our forests.” Action HERE.


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The Wilderness Society: Urge Senators To Approve the Historic Build Back Better Act

“The U.S. House has just passed the Build Back Better Act! This is the country’s largest investment in climate action and a launching pad to make public lands part of the solution. We now need senators to bring it across the finish line. The bill will invest $555 million to tackle the climate crisis, including key programs on public lands. Among other provisions, the deal will protect forests that absorb carbon emissions and repeal the disastrous oil and gas drilling plans in the Arctic Refuge. As climate change threatens our health, economy and environment, we cannot ignore opportunities to fight back. Urge senators to pass the Build Back Better Act HERE.”


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Center For Biological Diversity: Save African Leopards From U.S. Trophy Hunters

“U.S. trophy hunters bring home more than half of all leopard trophies worldwide — an average of nearly 300 leopards shot in cold blood every year.  Scientists fear leopard populations in Africa are plummeting. The animals are losing their habitat and prey, dying in conflicts with humans, and being poached for their coveted fur and gunned down by trophy hunters. That’s why the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must stop letting trophy hunters bring leopard trophies into the country unless, and until, the Service knows how dire the leopard’s decline is.” Take action to help save Africa’s leopards HERE.


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Rainforest Action Network: U.S. Insurers Get Failing Grade on Climate Action

In the middle of the world’s most important climate negotiations, we’re calling out Liberty Mutual and the rest of the U.S. insurance industry for FAILING our climate. Today, along with our partners, we released a scorecard ranking global insurers on their fossil fuel, human rights, and investing policies. The results: U.S. Insurers — like Liberty Mutual, AIG, and Travelers — all get a failing grade for their lack of ambitious climate action. See report HERE. Right now, as bankers and world leaders are gathered in Glasgow discussing the fate of the climate, fossil fuel projects are continuing to pollute communities and destroy the climate. But these life-threatening fossil fuel projects can’t exist without INSURANCE. So we need YOU to tell the top U.S. insurers that they’re contributing to an uninsurable world. Take action HERE.


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Environment California: Tell your U.S. senators to make the biggest polluters pay

“A new plan to hold the largest polluters accountable for climate change could fund the solutions we need — but we need your help to make this plan a reality. “Make Polluters Pay,” introduced by U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (Md.), would make the largest fossil fuel companies pay into a fund that would aid the transition to renewable energy and help climate-impacted communities. This plan would make sure the American people are no longer bearing the cost of climate change alone. Instead, the megacorporations responsible for the most pollution will finally pay for their own mess. Tell our U.S. senators to hold polluters accountable by including “Make Polluters Pay” in the reconciliation package.” Speak up HERE.


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Environmental Action: Save The American Bumblebee

“In the past two decades, American bumblebee populations have dropped by 90%. Pesticides, development and climate change are poisoning this bee and destroying its habitat. If the decline of bees like this native pollinator isn’t halted, plants and ecosystems across the country will suffer. A range that once stretched coast to coast has been reduced to a fraction of its former extent. In the Midwest and southeast, as many as 1 in every 2 American bumblebees has disappeared. In other states, that number rises dramatically — in New York, as many as 99% of the bumblebees have disappeared. And in eight states, the bee has vanished entirely. Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to grant protections under the Endangered Species Act to the American bumblebee.” Act HERE.


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Environment California: Protect The Arctic From More Drilling

“Australian oil company 88 Energy is once again trying to drill at the doorstep of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Gates of the Arctic National Park. And this time the company found oil — potentially 1.6 billion barrels of it. The Arctic should be a safe haven for the rare and wondrous wildlife that call it home. Tell 88 Energy not to drill in the Arctic. From polar bears to caribou to snowy owls, the Arctic is full of unique creatures perfectly adapted for the untouched tundra. When oil companies move in, oil spills and toxic human impacts put the fragile Arctic ecosystem in grave danger. 88 Energy’s new discovery could be one of the largest sources of recoverable oil, but extracting oil from this remote location would require huge amounts of habitat destruction.” Sign petition HERE.


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Environment California, Oct 3: Massive Oil Spill Off Huntington Beach = Take Action Now!

“It should have been another beautiful Sunday morning. Instead, residents in Orange County woke up to the news that more than one hundred thousand gallons of oil from a decades-old pipeline had spilled off Huntington Beach. The oil that gushed into the sea and onto local beaches created toxic fumes, forcing locals to stay away from the area. Dead fish and birds have already begun washing ashore, and officials fear ecological disaster as the oil seeps into the nearby Talbert Marsh wetlands, home to vibrant birdlife, including great blue herons, pelicans and endangered California least terns, which migrate up the Pacific Coast. Coming just a month after Hurricane Ida left dozens of oil spills in its wake in the Gulf, this disaster off the Southern California coast is a stark reminder that when we drill, we spill — and that it’s time to stop.” Action HERE.


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Friends Of The Earth: End U.S. Funding Of International Coal Plants

“The U.S. government provides billions of dollars — yes billions — to fossil fuel financing abroad every year. From South Africa to India to the U.S., the government is backing Big Polluters’ destruction of the only Earth we’ll ever have.
One project the U.S. is propping up is the Kusile Coal Plant in South Africa. It’s polluting nearby communities. It produces carbon dioxide, mercury and sulfur dioxide — which have been linked to acid rain. And coal is one of the leading contributors to climate change — which has already impacted 85% of people around the world. You can stop the U.S. from continuing to fund the Kusile plant by signing our PETITION.”


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World Beyond War: 325 Organizations Propose Climate Solution To close Major Loophole

The petition: “The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change obliges signatories to publish annual greenhouse gas emissions, but military emissions reporting is voluntary and often not included. NATO has acknowledged the problem but not created any specific requirements to address it. There is no reasonable basis for this gaping loophole. War and war preparations are major greenhouse gas emitters. All greenhouse gas emissions need to be included in mandatory greenhouse gas emission reduction standards. There must be no more exception for military pollution. We ask COP26 to set strict greenhouse gas emissions limits that make no exception for militarism, include transparent reporting requirements and independent verification, and do not rely on schemes to “offset” emissions. Greenhouse gas emissions from a country’s overseas military bases must be fully reported and charged to that country, not the country where the base is located.” Sign HERE.


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Turtle Island Restoration: Stop the Deadly Use of Driftnets in U.S. Waters

We are on the brink of banning the last driftnet fishery in the United States. Please urge your representatives to ban the deadly and unnecessary use of driftnets in our waters! Last week the Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan bill that would phase out harmful large mesh drift gillnets used in federal waters off the coast of California — the only place the nets are still used in the United States. Drift gillnets, which are between a mile and a mile-and-a-half long, can extend 200 feet below the ocean surface and are left in the ocean overnight to catch swordfish and thresher sharks. However, at least 60 other marine species — including whales, dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles, fish and sharks — can also become entangled in the large mesh net “walls,” injuring or killing them. Most of these animals, referred to as bycatch, are then discarded. Please urge your representatives to finally ban the deadly driftnets in U.S. waters. Act HERE.


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Center For Biological Diversity: Stop the Use of Wildlife-killing ‘Cyanide Bombs’

In 2020 a rogue government wildlife-killing program slaughtered more than 7600 animals using barbaric M-44 “cyanide bombs.” These small, metal-cylinder traps are staked into the ground and covered with bait that lures coyotes, foxes and other unsuspecting wildlife — then cruelly shoots sodium-cyanide powder into their faces. The result is horrible poisoning followed by death. These indiscriminate death-traps pose a high risk to endangered animals such as grizzly bears, lynx and wolves. More than 200 deaths in 2019 were unintentional, including a black bear and dozens of foxes. In past years they’ve killed numerous family dogs and even injured a child. Send a letter to the EPA insisting that it protect wildlife and ban the use of sodium cyanide in M-44s. Act HERE.


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National Wildlife Fund: Restore Point Reyes National Seashore

“The Point Reyes National Seashore is a beloved national park. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, its sandy beaches, open grasslands, bushy hillsides, and forested ridges are a sight to see. It is home to over 1,500 species of plants and wildlife—including the majestic tule elk. But a new management plan developed by the Trump Administration prioritizes special interest industrial ranching on Park land. Industrial ranching has already caused devastating impacts to the Park, including significant soil erosion, loss of native plant species, infestation by invasive plants, declines in fish and bird populations, conflicts with wildlife, and some of the most polluted streams in all of California. If finalized, this new plan would make ranching, dairies, and farming a permanent fixture in the Park and ensure continued degradation of thousands of acres of these cherished lands and wildlife habitat. Please, tell the Department of Interior to let ranching leases expire, so that heavily damaged land and wildlife habitat can be restored.” Action HERE.


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Environment California: Stop the Uranium Reserve Program from contaminating our air and water

“Every uranium mine ever operated in the United States has needed toxic waste cleanup, some over hundreds of acres of land. Despite this reality, a leftover plan from the Trump administration could put $75 million toward mining the radioactive element. Contaminated water and airborne uranium dust pour out of uranium mines, threatening local residents, visitors and every downstream community — not to mention the entire ecosystem. The Department of Energy is holding a public comment period on its Uranium Reserve Program, which would fund expanded uranium mining — and the toxic contamination that results. Sign our petition HERE asking the Department of Energy not to fund toxic uranium mines.”


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Center For Biological Diversity: Save The American Bumblebee

“The American bumblebee is an iconic native pollinator whose range once stretched from coast to coast. But the past 20 years have been a disaster for the species. Due to threats including habitat loss, pesticide use and disease, sightings of the bee have declined by 89%, and it’s disappeared completely from eight states. The decline of this once-common native bee is alarming and heartbreaking — and a harbinger of massive biodiversity loss across the country. To prevent the extinction of this fuzzy teddy bear of a bee, the Center for Biological Diversity has petitioned to protect it under the Endangered Species Act. Yell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that now is the time to protect American bumblebees — before it’s too late.” Act HERE.


PFAS_General_upstreamarrow_part.text_Environmental Action: Protect our water from toxic chemicals

PFAS, nicknamed “forever chemicals,” are being dumped into our waterways, contaminating the drinking water of as many as 200 million Americans. Exposure to PFAS has been linked to several types of cancer and developmental, immunological and reproductive issues. Once PFAS enter our water, they are almost impossible to remove completely. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, about 44,000 facilities that use PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, discharge waste directly or indirectly into our waterways.5 By strengthening its pollution standards, the EPA has the potential to protect not only our rivers, lakes and streams, but every ecosystem, animal and community that relies on them. The EPA is accepting comments on its PFAS safety standards until Oct. 14. Tell the EPA to protect our drinking water by stopping PFAS pollution. Take action HERE.


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CALPIRG: Mending Is Better Than Ending

“It shouldn’t be so difficult to get our devices fixed. But too often, manufacturers throw up roadblocks to repair that create more cost for consumers — and more waste. In fact, the United States produces some 6.9 million tons of electronic waste each year. Your smartphone or computer breaks and you want to repair it. But it turns out that you can’t get the parts or service information you need — in fact, not even your local repair shop can. So you have to bring your device back to the manufacturer, who can charge an arm and a leg because there’s no competition, and sometimes won’t fix it all. So you end up replacing it. Now for the first time ever, we have a comprehensive bill in Congress that would lower repair restrictions nationwide: the Digital Fair Repair Act. This legislation is likely to meet with significant industry opposition in the months to come — which is why we need to make sure our U.S. representatives know the public supports this bill. Urge your U.S. representative to support the Digital Fair Repair Act.” Act HERE.


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CALPIRG: Make Polluters Pay To Clean Up Toxic Waste

“It’s outrageous that so many of our communities are threatened by toxic waste due to Congress’ failure to renew the “polluter pays” tax that once funded the Superfund cleanup program. And the potential for these sites to overflow into nearby towns reminds us just how urgent it is that our leaders act to address the problem. The Senate voted to make polluters pay to clean up their toxic waste. Now, we need to tell the House to do the same. Tell your U.S. House representative: Renew the “polluter pays” tax to protect public health and clean up dangerous toxic waste sites.” Take ACTION.


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Patagonia: Feel Good About Doing Good With Patagonia Action Works

For almost 40 years, Patagonia has supported grassroots groups working to find solutions to the environmental crisis. But in this time of unprecedented threats, it’s often hard to know the best way to get involved. That’s why we’re connecting individuals with our grantees, in order to take action on the most pressing issues facing the world today. Patagonia Action Works makes it easy to do your part to protect people and the planet. Get matched with a grassroots environmental group looking for your particular brand of genius today. Check out the many skilled volunteering opportunities HERE.


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Friends Of The Earth: Stop California From Importing Rainforest Destructive Products

A world without rainforests? That could be our reality in less than 100 years if corporations don’t stop fueling forest destruction. Once the world’s rainforests are wiped out, the rainfall they create and the wildlife that relies on them will be quick to follow. Beautifully spotted jaguars and vibrantly colored scarlet macaws will be driven to extinction after losing their homes. Who’s fueling the destruction? Greedy corporations like Aramark and Procter & Gamble. But they aren’t the only culprit. Our very own state is enabling forest destruction by purchasing goods from companies like Procter & Gamble instead of putting an end to these harmful practices. But right now, you have the power to demand the state use its buying power to push forest-wrecking corporations down a more sustainable path. Tell your State Senator: Stop supporting forest-destroying corporations! Take ACTION.


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Surfrider: Skip the throw away Plastic

Californians have a chance to help pass an important law – AB 1276. This bill would expand the straws upon request law to include other single-use foodware accessories, such as cups, utensils and condiments, to be given to consumers only upon request. Currently, most restaurants automatically add these items into takeout and delivery food orders. This costs each restaurant money, even though the items are often unwanted. Every year in the United States, an estimated 561 billion disposable foodware items are used, resulting in 4.9 million tons of waste. Decreasing unnecessary single-use plastic foodware accessories at the source is a simple win-win solution. It reduces waste, saves businesses money, helps to keep our environment and communities clean and relieves recyclers, composters and local governments from the complications and costs associated with all of this unnecessary extra plastic. Take ACTION.


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Environmental Defense Fund: Support The California Climate Crisis Act – AB1395

“The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change made clearer than ever what Californians already know: The climate crisis is here. California urgently needs to take bold and swift action to meet our goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below the 1990 level by 2030. Not only that, but we must also focus on the long-term and ensure that we achieve net-zero emissions as quickly as possible — no later than by 2045. EDF Action is calling on California to adopt the new Climate Crisis Act (AB 1395). This bill would cement our state’s commitment to a pathway that aligns with science and achieves net-zero emissions while safeguarding communities. The bill has passed the Assembly and now is in the Senate. Your state senator’s decision is key to the eventual success of this bill.” Please speak out for California’s future HERE.


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Environmental Action: Bring Sea Otters Back to Oregon

Without sea otters, Oregon’s coast is turning into a wasteland. Generations ago, sea otters were hunted nearly to extinction along parts of the Pacific Northwest. That’s a tragedy in and of itself — but it has also been a disaster for the ocean ecosystem.  The sleek dense fur that sea otters use to insulate themselves from the cold Pacific waters made them a target of fur trappers, which led to their population collapsing. Without the otters, Oregon’s coastal ecosystems are suffering. In their absence, the population of purple sea urchins has exploded by 10,000%, destroying the kelp forest ecosystems that so many marine species rely on. Sign our petition HERE to reintroduce otters to Oregon’s coast.


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Environmental Action: Protect CAlifornia waterways and wildlife from polystyrene pollution

“Just 10 single-use products are responsible for 75 percent of plastic pollution in our world’s oceans. Food containers and cups, often made from polystyrene foam, ranked highly among the throwaway items that are littering our shorelines and seafloors. Because these foam products break apart easily and degrade exceedingly slowly, they present one of the most persistent threats to our environment. When eaten by wildlife, polystyrene foam has been found to reduce fertility, decrease energy and impair development. Plastics also occupy space in animals’ stomachs, creating a false feeling of fullness or physical blockages that can lead to starvation. One of the best ways to prevent plastic pollution is by banning the polystyrene products that we don’t need. That’s why we’re calling for states across the country to ban foam cups and takeout containers. Send a message urging our governor to support a ban on polystyrene foam cups and containers.” Act HERE.


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The Action Network: Ban New Oil and Gas Leases On Public Lands

During the 2020 presidential campaign, Joe Biden promised he would “ban new oil and gas leasing on public lands and waters.” And while he did issue an executive order in January to temporarily pause such leases, it was temporary and has now been blocked by a judge. Now, according to a shocking new report from the Associated Press, “approvals for companies to drill for oil and gas on U.S. public lands are on pace this year to reach their highest level since George W. Bush was president.” That’s right: The Biden administration is approving new oil and gas drilling faster than the Trump or Obama administrations. As heat waves, floods and other extreme weather events wreak havoc and devastate our communities, it’s up to us to make sure Pres. Biden knows that continuing to allow business as usual in the oil and gas industry is completely unacceptable. Sign the petition HERE.


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Union Of Concerned Scientists: Self-driving Cars Must Be Electric
 

“Self-driving cars — or autonomous vehicles — seem to be the wave of the future, and it’s not hard to see why. They have the potential to make driving more convenient, safer, and cheaper, especially for industries that currently hire human drivers. However, those very same traits could result in many more miles driven than if people had to operate every vehicle, which could mean much more emissions and congestion. Given that transportation is California’s number one source of both global warming and air pollution, we cannot afford to let these autonomous vehicles develop without assurance they will be zero-emission. Write today and tell Assemblymember Mark Stone the self-driving cars of the future must be run on zero-emission electricity.” Take ACTION.


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Solar Rights: Protect Rooftop Solar

California is on fire—again. The Dixie fire has ravaged nearly 500k acres of land, and it should come as no surprise that it was likely started by faulty PG&E equipment. This latest tragedy is why we need to protect, and grow, rooftop solar. Rooftop solar and storage – and programs like net metering – are (crucial elements on the) path out of these endless summers of destruction. Our house is on fire and we have to act. The Governor and the CPUC need to hear from you TODAY. Please use this LINK to sign our petition to Governor Newsom and the CPUC.


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Environmental Defense Fund: Tell The EPA To Do It’s Job Protecting Us From Dangerous Chemicals

“The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has many important roles — and one of the most crucial ones is the task of informing the American public about chemicals in our air, water and everyday products and keeping us safe from those found to be dangerous. But the EPA is considering dramatically scaling back the chemical information that manufacturers must report to the agency. This would significantly reduce what we know about thousands of chemicals in use today, even though this information is crucial for EPA to do its job. The American people have a right to know about and be protected from harmful chemicals in our homes, schools, and workplaces.” Speak out HERE.


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League Of Conservation Voters: SUPPORT CLEAN CAR STANDARDS TODAY

“The United Nations released its latest and most dire report on the state of climate change, warning that countries have failed to cut fossil fuel emissions despite commitments following the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Last week, President Biden announced that his administration will update clean vehicle standards — undoing the damage done by the Trump administration and strengthening one of our best tools in fighting the climate crisis. Tailpipe pollution is the largest source of carbon emissions — and by reinstating, and going even further than the Obama administration did with clean cars rules, it will help us as a nation fight the climate crisis while we still can. But in order for these standards to be the strongest possible, the EPA needs to hear from you. The EPA just opened a new comment period, and will take input from the public into account before setting a final emissions rule.” Speak up HERE.


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Environmental Action: Protect Spotted Owl Habitat

“The spotted owl is a beautiful bird, its chocolate-brown feathers dappled with white speckles like snowflakes. They’re an amazing part of forest ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest — but they’re in trouble. Spotted owls have lost 70 percent of their habitat — and without more federal protection, they could go extinct. The owls depend on healthy forest habitat for survival. The Biden administration is taking comments from the public right now as it decides whether to restore protection for over 3 million acres of forest the spotted owls need. Take action today to help save spotted owls from extinction.” Speak out HERE.


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CalPIRG: Move Our National Parks Past Plastic

The last thing you want to see when visiting a national park is pollution from plastic products we don’t even need. And since a mere 9 percent of plastic gets recycled, there’s really only one way to protect our communities and environment from this harmful and pervasive form of waste: Use less of it in the first place. Every year, the National Park Service contends with around 70 million pounds of waste — the same weight as 155 Statues of Liberty. Instead of creating unnecessary waste pollution in our national parks, let’s move beyond plastic. Urge U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland: Eliminate the sale and distribution of single-use plastics in national parks. Act HERE.


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Endangered Species Coalition: “President Biden, institute an emergency listing for gray wolves”

The Washington Post just published an Op-Ed from Former U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe calling on the Biden Administration to protect gray wolves. In it, he calls the current situation an ecocide, pointing to the draconian actions by the Idaho and Montana legislatures in targeting 90 percent of their states’ wolves for death as cause to relist these wolves under the Endangered Species Act. It is crucial that the White House hears this call to action and moves quickly to carry it out. Idaho is already permitting wide scale slaughter of wolves and Montana is soon to follow. And states outside the Northern Rockies are planning their own aggressive, unsustainable hunting and trapping seasons. Act HERE.


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Friends Of The Earth: Restore The National Environmental Policy Act

“Last year the Trump administration rolled back five decades of environmental protection to favor Big Polluters — silencing community input. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is a critical protection for our health and environment — it is often called the “Magna Carta of environmental law.” It requires the government to weigh environmental and community concerns before approving pipelines, highways, drilling permits, and new factories on federal lands. Trump’s rollback has already exposed more communities to toxic air pollution. We need your help to push the Biden administration to reverse the rollback and protect this bedrock environmental law. Demand the Biden administration reverse the rollback of the NEPA.” Take action HERE.


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Natural Resources Defense Fund: Urge Stone and Laird to Crack down On Plastic Pollution in CA

Every year, we throw enough plastic away to circle the earth FOUR TIMES. As a result, scientists predict that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the world’s oceans than fish. California has a chance to lead the way. California state lawmakers are considering a package of bills that would help reduce plastic pollution and unnecessary waste in a BIG way, protect our oceans and marine life, fight climate change, and boost economic recovery by creating new jobs and saving local businesses money. But legislators must pass these critical bills by the beginning of September, so we need your help to get them over the finish line so that they become California law. Tell Assemblymember Mark Stone and Senator John Laird to help crack down on plastic pollution, protect our ocean ecosystems, fight the climate crisis, and support economy recovery! Take action HERE.


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Center For Biological Diversity: Help Save This Biodiversity Hotspot – Tesla Park

“We have a chance to protect Alameda County’s Tesla Park, a biodiversity hotspot hailed by naturalists, tribes, ecologists and communities alike. Will you help? Tesla Park is home to a multitude of threatened, endangered and special-status species. It provides sensitive vegetation habitats and is part of a critical wildlife corridor. But for more than 20 years, it’s been threatened by off-highway vehicle use. Unfortunately, the Newsom administration did not support including Tesla Park preservation in the recently passed budget. But Governor Newsom can change course and still support other legislative efforts through a budget trailer and AB 1512 (Bauer-Kahan) to ensure Tesla Park will be permanently preserved for nonmotorized use. Tell Secretary Crowfoot of the California Natural Resources Agency to stand up for California’s biodiversity by requesting protections for Tesla Park.” Act HERE.


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Center For Food Safety: Corruption At The EPA

“An ‘atmosphere of fear’ at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  NPR’s Science Friday interview with EPA whistleblowers revealed that leadership at EPA has been censoring the hazardous ramifications of new chemical products! Four EPA scientists have come forward to speak out about high-level staff pressuring employees to downplay the potential for harm when completing assessments for new chemical products. A statement from the four whistleblowers declared that the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) is fundamentally broken. The whistleblowers reported multiple instances of interference in order to get approval for chemicals with potential to cause significant harm — including cancer, miscarriages, and birth defects! When the scientists who spoke up raised concerns within OCSPP, they were often transferred to other departments within EPA. The chemical assessments they were working on were changed so the products could be approved. Urge Congress to investigate corruption at EPA!” Take ACTION.


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Plug In America: EV Funding Is In Peril

“In March, President Biden put forward a bold plan to invest $174 billion in electrifying the nation’s transportation system. The transformation this would bring cannot be overstated, with the proposal providing $100 billion for EV consumer rebates, $15 billion for EV charging infrastructure, and $25 billion to electrify 40% of the nation’s transit fleet. Now it appears that this number has been cut down to $5 billion for EV charging and $2.5 billion for zero-emission school buses, as details emerge from the recently negotiated bipartisan infrastructure bill in the Senate. The EV purchase incentive has not been included in this bill. This development puts our EV future in peril! It is hoped that the president’s vision can be made whole again by adding EV funding into the upcoming reconciliation bill in the Senate. The prospect of this happening is FAR from a done deal, due to opposition to adequate EV funding in Congress and potential issues with procedural rules.” Tell the White House and your Congress member to support the president’s original proposal  HERE.


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Center For Biological Diversity: Create a Healthy and Fair Food System

“Industrialized meat and dairy production are killing the planet, poisoning rural communities and hurting independent farmers. The Farm System Reform Act would end some of the worst practices and begin building a just food system for people and the planet. Meat and dairy production in the United States is based on heavily subsidized factory farming — a leading contributor to climate change, pollution, pesticide use, biodiversity loss, wildlife killings and worker exploitation. This broken system is the result of the unequal power that multinational meat corporations wield over federal farm policy. The Farm System Reform Act will put a moratorium on new and expanding factory farms, strengthen the Packers & Stockyards Act to protect family farmers, and restore mandatory country-of-origin labeling requirements.
Urge your Congress member to support this important legislation.” Act HERE.


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Cornell Lab of Ornithology: 10 Ways to Help Birds

It’s easy to make real progress in helping birds by taking a few simple, everyday actions. Here are 5 (of the 10) ideas to get you started. Brew a Bird-Friendly Roast; Make Windows Safer, Day and Night; Keep Cats Indoors; Lend Us Your Eyes and Ears For Citizen Science; Help a Child Discover Birds; Garden with Native Plants. Read more about these and 5 more ways of helping birds HERE.


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Dream Corps: Eliminate ‘diesel-death zones’ in California

Did you know that more Americans die from vehicle pollution than car accidents? Toxic pollution from diesel-powered cars, trucks, and buses can cause asthma, cancer, and even heart attacks. In California, soot from these vehicles causes 3,100 early deaths per year. Low-income communities and communities of color who live in “diesel death zones” — neighborhoods with the dirtiest air — pay the highest price. Luckily, California has the chance to pass a regulation that gets us to 100% zero-emissions truck sales by 2035. But we need to ramp up the pressure to make sure that our state closes the door on diesel trucks by the target year. That will bring us relief from diesel pollution sooner rather than later. Can you join us in taking action? Take action today to let the California Air Resources Board know we need bold action to deploy 100% zero-emission trucks by 2035! Action HERE.


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Lakota People’s Law Project: Protect The Water Protectors

As the resistance to the Line 3 pipeline on unceded treaty lands in what is now called Minnesota heats up — with multiple camps standing against militarized police there to ensure the destruction of sacred lands and water systems — a newly proposed law before the U.S. Senate could drastically increase the danger to water protectors. The bill (HR 1374), innocuously titled the Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Emergency Preparedness Act of 2021, would create a federal law that potentially weaponizes state forces and codifies a money pipeline for states to accept and solicit private funding from anyone, including mega-donors and private corporations. Under the guise of creating “energy security plans” — specifically around so-called “critical infrastructure,” which, of course, includes pipelines — this new bill not only paves the way, but legally standardizes requirements for companies like Line 3 parent Enbridge and Keystone XL (KXL) parent TransCanada to fund state forces to put down Native-led dissent.
Please use your voice now to defend dissent and protect the protectors: tell your senators to vote NO on HR 1374. Take ACTION.


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Novasutras: Local Organizing for Actions to Stop The Line 3 Pipeline

Calling All Santa Cruz Climate Activists! We’re trying to rapidly organize one or more local demonstrations for the efforts to #StopLine3, and we need your help! The Line 3 pipeline is a project of Canadian fossil fuel company Enbridge, to expand their exports of tarsands oil. Enbridge is more than 60% done constructing their proposed Line 3 project, and on July 15 the last restrictions keeping them from drilling under waterways where wild rice grows were lifted. We anticipate Enbridge attempting their final river crossings, including one under the headwaters of the Mississippi, in late July. We were part of a team that went to support indigenous water protectors in Minnesota at the beginning of June. The Anishinaabe women of the RISE Coalition are now calling on people to join them in northern Minnesota to protect the wild rice waters July 19-31. We’d like to offer an option for those who aren’t ready or able to travel to Minnesota to be acting in support locally. We’ve set up a sign-up form HERE.


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Environmental Defense Fund: Control Methane Pollution

“A new rule to reduce methane pollution from the oil and gas industry is under consideration at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). If the EPA’s new rule doesn’t take sweeping action now, methane pollution from the oil and gas industry will only continue to skyrocket and warm the planet at an increasing pace — even though the technology we have today makes it possible to cut it by up to 65% over the next four years. Please urge EPA Administrator Regan to create ambitious and comprehensive rules to put methane under control — before the deadline this Friday, July 30.” Take ACTION.


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Endangered Species Coalition: Grave Threat To Gray Wolves

Gray wolves in our country are facing threats the likes of which we have not seen in decades. Wisconsin unleashed an unethical and poorly-managed 3-day killing season resulting in the deaths of more than one-third of its wolves. Montana and Idaho are in the process of executing and planning their own wolf eradication campaigns that target a staggering 90% of the wolves in their borders. The Biden Administration can no longer delay. It must act promptly and decisively to protect America’s gray wolves. There is a sign-on letter circulating in Congress that your representative needs to support. This letter calls upon the Secretary of Interior, Deb Haaland, to relist gray wolves under the Endangered Species Act. Please email your representative today, asking that they join this vitally-important letter to the Biden Administration pushing them into needed action. Take ACTION


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Citizen’s Climate Lobby: Ask Your Senator To put a Price on Carbon

“We’ve been waiting decades for this moment in the U.S. Senate. Your Senators are, right now, deciding what to do about climate change. In a nutshell: they can go big or they can stay small. Email them to tell them to go big with a price on carbon. America leads the world with technology innovation. When government puts a price on carbon, it sends a signal through the economy. Businesses respond by becoming more energy efficient and developing new sources of clean, renewable energy. These innovations will not only lead to reduced greenhouse gas emissions, but also provide abundant, affordable, and reliable clean energy and drive us faster toward net zero carbon pollution.” Take action HERE.


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Ecology Action: We Have Volunteer Opportunities!

“We have volunteer programs in the following areas: Youth Education Walking & Bike Safety; Electric Vehicles; Adult Bike Programs; Earth Day & Community Events. You can use your skills and talents for environmental good; Get involved in local climate action; Engage and inspire other community members; Be a part of something that will positively change our future; Receive green job training; & Gain experience in business, education, outreach, sales, and research.” Find out more HERE.


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Environment California: Stand Up For the Okefenokee Swamp

“Home to the largest wildlife refuge east of the Mississippi River, the Okefenokee Swamp houses hundreds of plant and animal species, some even threatened or endangered. For centuries, this ecological treasure has been neighbors with creeks, forests and state parks — but now a dangerous titanium mine could be moving in next door. Right now, plans to develop a titanium mine a stone’s throw away from the Okefenokee are moving forward. Even though the Okefenokee shelters some of our nation’s rarest species from the storm of our current extinction crisis, it still didn’t receive the protections it needed from the Trump administration. And that’s when Twin Pines Minerals swooped in: The company has applied for five permits to develop a titanium mine on 500 acres of ancient beach dunes near the Okefenokee. Tell the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to stop Twin Pines from building this dangerous mine.” Action HERE.


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Surfrider Santa Cruz Needs Volunteers!

Here are some of our ongoing volunteer opportunities:
• We are in need of a Beach Cleanup Coordinator, and volunteers to help run cleanups.
• Blue Water Task Force water sample collection and testing.
• The Campaign Committee is always looking for local activists to help lead the charge on ocean and coastal protection.
• Education Committee is also in need of passionate and knowledgeable volunteers to help with tabling and educational field trips and classroom visits.
Contact Surfrider by emailing the Volunteer Coordinator


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Homeless Garden Project: Volunteering At Our Downtown Store

“We welcome back store volunteers, whether you have volunteered before, or are just starting out!
Customer Service Volunteers play an important role at HGP that extends far beyond the Store. Volunteers help make all feel welcome both at the Store, and at HGP in general. As well as typical store duties, volunteers at the store engage the community to help spread the word about HGP and what we do here. If you’re interested in being a Customer Service volunteer, please fill out the interest form HERE.”


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Surfrider Foundation: Tell Congress To Permanently Ban New Offshore Oil Drilling!

“Earlier this year, the Biden administration announced a “temporary pause” on new oil and gas drilling on public lands and waters. While this welcome action provides temporary protection from new offshore drilling – at least for now – our nation’s coasts remain highly vulnerable to oil and gas development in the upcoming five-year drilling plan. To address the future threat of offshore drilling, Congressional leaders have introduced a package of bills to permanently prohibit oil and gas development in the Atlantic, Pacific, Eastern Gulf of Mexico and Arctic Ocean. Successful passage of these bills will ensure that no future administration can expand offshore oil drilling in U.S. waters. Please tell your federal representatives to support legislation to ban new offshore oil and gas drilling!” Act HERE.


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Homeless Garden Project: Welcome Back Farm Volunteers!

“As the state continues to move forward in opening up, we would like to welcome back all volunteers to our beautiful farm! A strong community has always been crucial to the mission of HGP, and it has been sorely missed over the last year and a half. We are so much stronger together, and our trainees are more likely to be successful with a resilient community behind them. Folks are no longer required to sign up in advance, but are still welcome to sign up to receive reminders and additional information about their volunteer shift. Drop-in volunteer days Thursday – Sunday from 10am – 2pm.” Sign up HERE.


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Oceana: Ban The Trade Of Shark Fins In The U.S.

“Fins from up to 73 million sharks end up in the global fin trade every year. We must act now to ban the buying and selling of shark fins in the United States and protect sharks and our oceans. The Senate just passed the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act (S. 1106) as part of a broader legislative package known as the United States Innovation and Competition Act (S. 1260). Now it’s the House’s turn — a bill to ban the sale of in shark fins in the U.S. (H.R. 2811) has been introduced in the House of Representatives and currently has more than 130 bipartisan cosponsors.” Take action HERE.


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Friends Of The Earth: Tell California To Stop dangerous oil and gas drilling now!

“Nearly 30,000 acres of land in California has already been burned by fires in 2021. And a historic heatwave is sweeping Western states in what could be an unprecedented wildfire season. Meanwhile, Big Polluters are pushing to get new fracking and drilling projects approved that will only hurtle us closer to climate catastrophe. Oil and gas drilling releases methane — a greenhouse gas 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide — into our atmosphere. This contributes to rising global temperatures, which leads to droughts and uncontrollable wildfires like we witnessed just last summer.” Take action HERE.


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Santa Cruz Land Trust: Seeking Volunteer Stewards

“There are a variety of ways to volunteer for the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County. We are looking for volunteers to help with ongoing stewardship and monitoring work, or to lend a hand at our annual broom pull events. There are also opportunities for group volunteer events for your company or school. Listed below are four areas for which we are seeking Land Trust Volunteer Stewards – these are independent volunteers who can take on the tasks of stewardship and property monitoring for our public access lands. We request a commitment of four hours per month for six months or longer. We provide equipment and training. The four areas are: Antonelli Pond on their westside of Santa Cruz, Byrne-Milliron Forest near Corralitos, Davenport Bluffs, and Glenwood Open Space Preserve in Scotts Valley.” More info HERE.


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Save Our Shores: Help stop plastic pollution in the Monterey Bay. SIGN & SHARE!

“The Plastic Industry is trashing our planet! With one million plastic beverage bottles sold every minute, plastic bottles and bottle caps have earned their rank as the third and fourth most littered items worldwide. These plastics are breaking down in our oceans and making their way into our food webs, and into our own bodies. That’s why Save Our Shores is calling Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties to sign and share our petition to minimize impacts from single-use plastic beverage bottles. We are petitioning our local and regional legislators to: ACT to stop this ocean pollution and climate change accelerator: and PASS LEGISLATION to mandate bottled beverages of any kind (24 ounces or less) be sold only in BPA/BPS-free aluminum or glass containers.” More info & sign HERE.


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Elkhorn Slough Foundation: Calling all photographers!

The Elkhorn Slough Foundation is excited to announce an open call for photos for use in our 2022 wall calendar! Images must be taken in the Elkhorn Slough watershed and may feature subject matter including landscapes, wildlife, plants, and people. Winning entries will be featured in our full-color, 8.5″ x 11″ calendar. All proceeds of the 2022 Elkhorn Slough calendar benefit ESF’s work to conserve and restore the Elkhorn Slough and its watershed. Photos may feature any appropriate content, provided the photo is taken in the Elkhorn Slough watershed. Enter photos by July 31. More info HERE.


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Plastic Free Ecochallenge, July 1 – 31

Join the movement to refuse single-use plastics. Plastic Free Ecochallenge is a month-long effort for all of us to shift away from our single-use plastic dependency and to care for our ecosystems. Together, let’s create a plastic-free world. Once more, we’re partnering with a network of zoos + aquariums to help you find new and creative ways to go plastic free. As plastics continue to disrupt our water streams, wildlife habitats, and the very air we breathe, it’s more important than ever to challenge our choices and spread the word. More info and signup HERE.


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Santa Cruz Museum Of Natural History: Volunteer with us!

From welcoming visitors to the Museum, to interacting with the public through community outreach tables, there are plenty of ways to connect with your community while helping them connect with nature. Volunteers are essential in supporting our mission of connecting people with nature and inspiring stewardship of the natural world. Sign up HERE.


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SC Museum Of Natural History: CZU Lightning Complex and Community Science

Curious about the impacts of the CZU Lightning Complex on our wildlands and neighborhoods? Interested in contributing to our understanding? Want to learn more about our local flora?
The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History needs your help monitoring wildlife regeneration in the 86,509 acre burn zone of the CZU Lightning Complex as a Community Science Volunteer. Community science (also known as citizen science) is scientific research conducted by amateur (or nonprofessional) scientists. The CZU Lightning Complex and Community Science Project is a long-term, volunteer driven, community science monitoring project to collect biodiversity data for broad community use from areas impacted by the CZU Lightning Complex of August 2020. We aim to empower our community to make meaningful observations of our natural world while deepening understanding of fire ecology in the region through regular lectures and trainings. Learn more HERE.


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Sempervirens Fund: Big Basin Recovery Volunteering

“As the fires still burned at Big Basin and in the Santa Cruz Mountains last year, many of you were already asking: how can I help? Thanks to your support — and patience — California State Parks has made considerable progress and is ready to organize volunteer support for some of the recovery work to come. You can help!” Visit their registration form and learn more. Big Basin Recovery Volunteer Application


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National Resource Defense Council: Urge The EPA To Ban This Toxic Pesticide

“A federal court recently ordered the EPA to ban chlorpyrifos — a toxic pesticide commonly sprayed on food crops that poses significant health risks to pregnant women and children — unless the EPA can identify uses that won’t pose health risks. But even after a recent bombshell report exposed how pesticide makers have managed to infiltrate the EPA and poison America1 through special interest lobbying and congressional pressure — allowing their toxic products to get “rubber stamped” by the agency — agro-industry lobbyists are doubling down on their pressure to continue to put dollar signs over our health. They’re trying to stop the EPA from banning this toxic pesticide so they can continue to make a buck. So, we need to build up immense grassroots pressure on the EPA to show the agency that millions of people want toxic chlorpyrifos out of our food once and for all! Send a letter to the EPA urging them to follow the court’s order, put people’s health over industry profits, and immediately take steps to ban chlorpyrifos.” Act HERE.


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Dream Corps: Green For All – Bipartisan Action Plan

“The Common Ground Platform is an action plan for reducing emissions and putting millions of Americans back to work with good-paying jobs, all while making our communities safer and more healthy. At a time of intense political division, the urgency of the climate crisis has brought both liberal and conservative organizations together to build consensus on this platform for immediate action. These are FIVE common ground solutions that Congress can enact right now to get Americans back to work and on a path toward a better future for all:
Save Money on Energy: Weatherize and solarize homes, schools, and businesses.
Clean The Air: Deploy zero-emission school and transit buses, electrify ports, and add EV charging stations at public and non-profit gathering places.
Cool Off: Plant trees and conserve forests.
Expand Public Transit: Invest in more convenient and frequent service to increase low-emission transportation choices and better access to jobs and services.
Support sustainable and regenerative agriculture: Reward farmers for long-term emissions reductions and sustainable farming practices.”
Add your voice to build bipartisan action HERE.


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Eartjustice: Demand strong protections against chemical disasters

“Over 100 times per year, facilities using or storing toxic chemicals catch fire, explode, or release hazardous substances into the air. Exposure to these chemicals can cause immediate death or injury, reproductive, developmental, and respiratory damage, along with cancer and other harm to the nervous, endocrine, and cardiovascular systems. 177 million people (half the United States population) live close enough to facilities that could, at any moment, have a disaster and damage their health irreparably. Chemical disasters are a glaring example of environmental injustice — the harmful impacts on health and safety from these disasters are not shared equally. Hazardous facilities like petroleum refineries, chemical plants, and petrochemical plants have long been disproportionately located in Black and Latinx communities and the chemical industry has consistently failed to address environmental racism. Fortunately, the Biden administration has begun the process to finally protect our health by starting a new rulemaking. Join us in urging the administration to develop a robust, new Chemical Disaster Rule that ends the dangerous cycle of chemical disasters in our communities.” Take ACTION.


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Environmental Defense Fund: Get Methane Policy Back On Track

“This week your leaders in the House will vote to get the regulation of methane back on track. With one simple vote your representative can help us restore common-sense protections to hold polluters accountable by empowering the EPA to regulate one of the most powerful climate pollutants — methane. This is a critical moment for climate. Make the most of this opportunity and encourage your representative to clear the way for next-generation methane standards. Don’t let your elected officials vote without hearing from you! Send a message today HERE and tell them to vote yes on HJ Res. 34.”


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CalPIRG: Get The Lead Out Act

Exposure to even small amounts of lead can harm children’s learning, growth and development.1 But lead still contaminates drinking water in thousands of communities around the country. Lead service lines are the pipes that connect homes, schools and day care centers to the water main in the street. In homes that have them, they’re the single greatest source of lead-contaminated drinking water. As even low levels of lead exposure can harm kids’ health, ripping up and replacing our lead service lines as quickly as possible must be a priority. But there are still roughly 9 million lead service lines in use around the country. Replacing these toxic pipes requires funding and a firm deadline — and the Get the Lead Out Act has both. The legislation sets aside $46.5 billion in federal funding and would require that all the country’s lead service lines be replaced by 2031. We’re calling on California’s U.S. House representatives to support recently introduced bipartisan legislation that would remove a major source of lead contamination in our drinking water: lead service lines. Take ACTION.


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Plug In America: Tell the CA Assembly, All autonomous vehicles should be electric

As self-driving vehicles are being developed here in California, we need to make sure they are clean, zero-emission vehicles. SB 500, which passed the Senate and is now being considered by the Assembly, would require that all autonomous vehicles (AVs) be zero-emission. This is important because AVs may soon be used for deliveries, ride-hailing, and other applications that keep those vehicles on the road for more miles than typical passenger vehicles. If they are spewing toxic emissions, it would have a dangerous effect on our air quality. As is often the case, California sets the trends for these types of policies. If California requires that all AVs be EVs, this will likely be the standard for the whole country. We need to lock this in now before AVs become more common! Take ACTION.


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Amah Mutsun Land Trust: Cascade Ranch Volunteer Team, April 2021 – Jan 2022

AMLT is partnering with Pie Ranch and State Parks to propagate over 120,000 native plants at Cascade Ranch on Año Nuevo Point. Most of these plants will be planted in beds, where they will be tended to produce seeds that will be sown at Quiroste Valley Cultural Preserve in Año Nuevo State Park for restoration of native coastal prairie landscapes. A portion of the plants will also be installed directly in the ground at Quiroste Valley. Time Commitment: At least 8 hours per month for at least three months. Cascade Ranch (3100 Cabrillo Hwy, Pescadero, CA)  All shifts are filled up.


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Wilderness Society: We need a Civilian Climate Corps

“President Biden asked Congress to include a Civilian Climate Corps as part of the infrastructure bill. This army of workers would strengthen the country’s natural defenses against climate change—exactly what we need as droughts, wildfires and other climate change impacts increasingly threaten our health and well-being. The Civilian Climate Corps would work to conserve public lands and waters, from restoring forests that absorb dangerous climate change emissions to improving parks that help communities beat the heat. Meanwhile, the program would offer good-paying jobs and new career opportunities for hundreds of thousands of young people and veterans. Call on lawmakers to create a Civilian Climate Corps to tackle the climate crisis.” Act HERE.


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Environmental Defense Fund: Urge EPA To Act On Dangerous Methane Pollution

“Right now, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working to craft a new rule to tackle methane pollution from oil and gas operations, and they want to hear from you. Methane pollution is a severe threat to our climate, our health and our communities, and we need everyone to urge EPA Administrator Regan to protect our health and slow the rate of climate change by taking sweeping action on methane.We have the tools and technology today to cut methane pollution from the oil and gas sector by 65% by 2025. And there is no time to waste. Every year, the oil and gas industry releases 16 million metric tons of methane into the atmosphere, along with other health-harming local air pollution.” Speak up HERE.


American Forests: Support the Climate Stewardship Act

Forests are the best nature-based solution to slowing climate change. And trees, when planted in all urban neighborhoods equitably, help advance social equity by creating jobs and improving public health. The Climate Stewardship Act would harness the full potential of trees and, more broadly, forests. It would result in 100 million new trees in urban areas and several billion new trees in large forest landscapes, all in the United States and mostly on public land, by 2030. Saving lives. Slowing climate change. And creating new jobs. These would be just some of the benefits from planting more trees. Ask your Congressional leaders to support this legislation. Take ACTION.


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Environment California: Support a gillnet fishing ban

A fishing gillnet is a dangerous tool used to trap fish by their gills — but that’s not all they’re catching. Gillnets are nonselective in their catch, meaning from sea turtles to seagulls, these nets catch and even kill at least 60 marine species in addition to the fish they’re meant to catch. Our precious marine ecosystems are already facing an ocean of threats — we can’t afford to lose any more senselessly to gillnets. Thankfully, there’s a bipartisan bill in Congress that can ban these dangerous nets. So we’re gathering support to convince our senators to take action, HERE.


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Greenpeace: End Federal Subsides For Fossil Fuel Industry

Interior Secretary Haaland “has suspended oil leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge! This would not have been possible without the Gwich’in and Iñupiat Indigenous leaders and hundreds of thousands of people like you who have spoken out, submitted public comments, called their elected representatives, got out the vote for climate leadership, and fought tirelessly to protect the Arctic from oil drilling. The Refuge is the sacred homeland of the Gwich’in people. We want to express gratitude and huge respect to their tireless leadership and perseverance in this fight. We are also grateful to our allies in the environmental movement, like Earthjustice that have led the legal effort to stop ANWR oil leasing. To bring an end to the age of fossil fuels, President Biden and Congress must cut off the $15 billion in direct federal subsidies that they give out to oil and gas companies every. single. year.” Take Action HERE.


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Audubon: Speak Up For Environmental Justice For All

A healthy environment with clean air and water is inseparably linked to the larger issue of racial justice and environmental equity. All Americans deserve equitable access to the outdoors where we can breathe the same clean air and drink the same clean water, but communities of color have long suffered disproportionate environmental and health impacts from polluting industries. Protecting the environment for people also ensures healthy habitats for birds, especially at this time of year when they are streaming through communities all across the country as they migrate to their breeding grounds. Please urge your Members of Congress to cosponsor the Environmental Justice for All Act, which would help to reverse decades of harmful environmental impacts on communities of color. Action HERE.


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Friends Of The Earth: Demand conservation funding for all endangered species

Did you know that hundreds of endangered animals and plants receive less than $1,000 a year to support their recovery? Multiple species receive no funding at all. Thousands of species will face extinction in the coming decades due to climate change, habitat loss, wildlife exploitation, and pollution. Without proper funding, we could lose them forever. Take action NOW.


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Rainforest Action Network: Tell The Big Banks To Stop Funding Climate Chaos 

Just last week, the International Energy Agency (IEA) announced a new report calling for an end to all new fossil fuel extraction. Why is that a BIG deal? Well, we’ve been saying for years that we need to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground — this isn’t new — but the IEA was founded to protect oil security! So hearing them publicly say that in order to stop runaway climate chaos, we have to stop drilling new oil and gas wells is HUGE! We’re less than 6 months away from Glasgow — the most important international climate talks since the Paris Climate Agreement. I promise you that these banks are talking behind closed doors about what commitments they’re willing to make publicly between now and then. We need them to commit to exactly what the IEA is calling for — what we and our partners have been calling for for years now — an end to financing ALL new fossil fuels, starting now. Send a message to the CEOs HERE.


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Beyond Pesticides: EPA Must Protect Farmworkers 

Farmworkers are at greatest risk from pesticides. EPA’s policies toward farmworkers comprise a blatant example of systemic racism. Although everyone suffers from pesticide poisoning, farmworkers and their families shoulder a disproportionate burden of the hazards. In 2015, EPA finally released its new regulations to strengthen the standards, however, the Trump Administration weakened these standards. Agricultural justice demands that we ensure a workplace with fair wages and benefits, no discrimination or coercion, and protection from hazards, such as harmful chemicals, including pesticides. Acknowledging, respecting, and sustaining the workers who plant, cultivate, and harvest our food is central to the basic values and principles that advance sustainable practices. Tell EPA to protect farmworkers HERE.


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Care2: Urge Biden to Restore Protections To Bears Ears

“When former president Barack Obama established Bears Ears National Monument in 2016, it was almost 1.5 million protected acres of gorgeous, wild, historic land. Many Indigenous tribes can trace their ancestry back to that very region, which has remained sacred to them to this day. But less than a year after this environmentally and culturally significant gesture, a certain disgraced ex-president slashed Bears Ears National Monument by nearly 85%. This opened the area up to uranium mining, oil drilling, and other fossil fuel extraction that rips apart and poisons the land.If Bears Ears was expanded to its original acreage, the entire area would be afforded federal protection and maintenance. Tell Joe Biden and Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland to take action immediately, and expand Bears Ears National Monument’s size and protections!” Action HERE.


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Friends of the Earth: Demand That Lowe’s and Home Depot stop selling Roundup

The science is clear that Bayer-Monsanto’s toxic weedkiller Roundup® is putting people and pollinators at risk. Yet Lowe’s and Home Depot still continue to sell this pesticide. We need your help to get it off their shelves. Glyphosate exposure has been linked to cancer. And the EPA’s own draft assessment found that 93% of endangered species are at risk of being harmed or killed from glyphosate — including bees and butterflies. Take action HERE.


Oceana: Protect North Atlantic Right Whales

A critically endangered North Atlantic right whale calf has been found dead due to two fatal vessel strikes. Critically endangered North Atlantic right whales are on the verge of extinction, and 7% of the population died in just the past three years. Only around 360 North Atlantic right whales remain. Without aggressive action now, this could be the first large whale to go extinct in the Atlantic Ocean in centuries. Collisions with vessels and entanglements in fishing gear are the leading causes of death – both of which are preventable. We’re calling on the U.S. and Canadian governments to take urgent action to protect North Atlantic right whales from collisions with vessels and entanglements in fishing gear. Speak out HERE.


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Environmental Action: California Solar Is Under Threat

A new bill could undercut clean energy progress in California. Rooftop solar is one of our greatest tools to combat climate change and keep pollution out of our air and water. It’s clean, sustainable and produces power right where we need it. But AB 1139 will make going solar more expensive for every ratepayer, including non-residential consumers like schools and farms and including those on CARE rates or living in multi-family affordable housing. We can’t go backwards on solar energy in California. Send a message to your legislators urging them to oppose AB 1139. Act HERE.


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Audubon Society: Protect Our Seabirds Food Source

Today, there are three hundred million fewer seabirds in the world than there were in 1950, a population decline of seventy percent. These magnificent birds such as Ospreys, Black Terns, and Black-footed Albatrosses rely on fish as their primary food source, but they often can’t find enough to eat. Forage fish are small, schooling fish such as anchovies and herring that fuel the entire marine ecosystem. The Forage Fish Conservation Act will ensure proper management of forage fish that seabirds need to survive. This bipartisan bill would allow these essential fish populations to rebound and become more stable so that the seabirds and other marine wildlife, people, and economies that depend on them can continue to thrive. Urge your U.S. Senators to protect seabirds by protecting the fish they need to survive. Take ACTION.


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Environmental Action: Tell the FWS to protect our manatees

More than 500 manatees died in the first two and a half months of 2021. That’s about six deaths every day. At this rate, we could lose a third of Florida’s manatees by the end of the year. In many cases, Florida’s manatees are threatened by the impact of human activity on their habitats. Various overlapping threats and pressures could pose an existential threat to Florida’s manatees. After the Trump administration downgraded manatees from “endangered” to “threatened” in 2017, Florida’s iconic sea cows have fewer protections to help them deal with the challenges they face. Now more than ever, manatees need the protections that come with “endangered” status. For that reason, I urge the Fish and Wildlife Service to re-classify manatees as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. Send message HERE.


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Earthjustice: Help Protect Sea Turtles from Drowning in Nets

“Every year, the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic shrimp fleets needlessly kill thousands of threatened and endangered sea turtles. Turtles get swept into shrimp nets along with many other non-target species. Without Turtle Extruding Devices (TEDs) to give them a chance to escape, these turtles cannot surface to breathe, and thus suffer substantial injury or—for too many—drowning. The Endangered Species Act requires the National Marine Fisheries Service to prevent harm and actively promote the recovery of these beleaguered species. It is unacceptable that NMFS continues to allow a substantial portion of the shrimp fleets to operate without simple, effective technology that could prevent thousands of turtles from dying in shrimp nets. We need your voice before the May 20 deadline.” Act HERE.


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Friends Of The Earth: Stop The Senate From Giving Polluters A License To Poison Communities

“The Senate is trying to give Big Polluters a free pass to keep polluting through carbon trading — harming people and our climate. The climate crisis cannot be solved without addressing the role of agriculture. But Congress is trying to use agriculture as a means to allow Big Polluters to keep polluting frontline communities. The proposed Growing Climate Solutions Act would allow farmers to receive credits for storing carbon that can be sold to Big Polluters — giving them a green light to continue business as usual.  Carbon trading does not work. Over the last decade carbon markets have failed to reduce emissions while increasing pollution in low-income communities and communities of color.  Demand your Senators create true climate solutions instead of giveaways to Big Polluters.” Take action HERE.


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Save Our Shores: Help Stop Plastic Pollution in Our Bay

The Plastic Industry is trashing our planet! With one million plastic beverage bottles sold every minute, plastic bottles and bottle caps have earned their rank as the third and fourth most littered items worldwide. These plastics are breaking down in our oceans and making their way into our food webs, and into our own bodies. It is estimated that humans ingest about a credit card’s worth of plastic every week! Additionally, the creation of these bottles is a huge contributor to global climate change, with 17 million barrels of oil being used every year to produce plastic water and soda bottles in the US alone. Save Our Shores is calling our community to action with this campaign to minimize pollution from plastic beverage bottles.
Sign our petition HERE!


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Eartjustice: Restore Methane Reduction Standards

In 2016, the Obama administration’s EPA finalized the first-ever nationwide requirements to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. Methane is 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide, and is responsible for 20% of the planet’s warming. The Trump administration rolled back this commonsense standard in 2020 despite the bipartisan support behind it. Tell Congress to reverse Trump’s damage and restore our methane regulations. Act HERE.


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League Of Conservation Voters: Replace Dirty Diesel School Buses

Our children are breathing in toxic air on their way to school. Our nation’s school buses — which are primarily outdated dirty diesel vehicles — are putting schoolchildren at risk of respiratory illnesses. That’s 25 million children who are unnecessarily exposed to air pollution just because they need a ride to school. The time to electrify school buses is NOW! That’s why we launched a petition to tell the Biden-Harris Administration to prioritize the electrification of our nation’s school bus fleet in his #AmericanJobsPlan. Both President Biden and Vice President Harris visited electric school bus factories just last month, so we know that with pressure from our communities, we can have a real impact. Take action HERE.


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Oceana: Protect Our Marine Life From Plastic

California and the world’s oceans face a massive plastic crisis. You’ve seen the result of plastic pollution: Sea turtles, whales and other marine life killed by swallowing or becoming entangled in plastic. Single-use plastics are made to last forever… but often are used only for a few moments. An estimated 33 billion pounds of plastic enter our oceans globally every year. That’s the equivalent of two garbage trucks worth of plastic being dumped into our oceans every minute. Flexible plastic — the category of plastic used in e-commerce shipments (those plastic mailing envelopes, air pillows and bubble wrap) — is now known to be the deadliest type of plastic to marine animals. Assembly Bill 1371 (AB 1371) in the state legislature would meaningfully reduce the amount of plastic waste generated from unnecessary plastic packaging that accompanies our online purchases. Contact your state representatives HERE.


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Center For Biological Diversity: Ban Elephant Trophy Imports

“Recently leaked footage of a National Rifle Association leader botching an elephant hunt is a sickening reminder that trophy hunters are still allowed to kill precious, gravely threatened species like elephants purely for entertainment. The video shows the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre firing an initial wounding shot. LaPierre then shoots the suffering animal three times in the wrong place, unable to make the kill. Trophies from this brutal 2013 hunt came into the United States, highlighting how our federal policies support the colonialist practice of killing imperiled animals in other countries, then bringing their body parts back to display on our walls and floors. These animals desperately need our help. Savanna elephant populations plunged 50% over the past 75 years, according to international experts. Sign our petition urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to ban elephant trophy imports.” Take action HERE.


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Environment California: Support The Grand Canyon Protection Act

“We’ve lost vast swaths of our country’s wild places — their beauty, the wildlife they shelter, the ecosystems they support — to development, mining, logging, and oil and gas drilling. Even the beloved Grand Canyon has been threatened by the return of uranium mining. But right now, we have an opportunity to take mining at the Grand Canyon off the table. If passed, the Grand Canyon Protection Act would do just that — and to win, we need it to pass in the U.S. Senate. This bill would withdraw over a million acres of land around the Grand Canyon from mining claims. That’s where we need your help. Tell Senators Padilla and Feinstein to stand with our lands and vote yes.” Take ACTION.


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National Wildlife Foundation: Support The REPLANT Act

“A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives (including Jimmy Panetta) and Senate today reintroduced legislation to significantly expand reforestation work on federal lands. The Repairing Existing Public Land by Adding Necessary Trees Act (REPLANT) Act – first introduced in the previous Congress – sets a goal for the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to address its reforestation backlog within 10 years. To support this goal, the bill would eliminate the annual funding cap for the federal Reforestation Trust Fund, currently set at $30 million. The USFS estimates that 1.3 million acres of national forest land need reforestation, including lands that experienced wildfires and other major disturbances. Despite this need, current funding only addresses about 15 percent of the reforestation backlog every year.” Contact your representative HERE.


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Ocean Conservancy: Support the Coastal and Ocean Acidification Stressors and Threats (COAST) Research Act

“As seawater absorbs much of the carbon dioxide pollution we pump into the atmosphere, the ocean becomes more acidic. This change makes it harder for oysters to build their shells, grow normally, and keep our bays and estuaries clean. But, changing ocean chemistry means that oysters — and the ecosystems and communities that rely on them — are at risk. We need strong legislation to protect marine ecosystems from the effects of ocean acidification, and we can’t wait until it’s too late. Congress made great strides in confronting the challenges of acidification in 2009 when they passed the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act. Now, they have the chance to take even stronger action.
Tell Congress to support the COAST Research Act today.” Take ACTION.


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Oceana: TELL PRESIDENT BIDEN To PERMANENTLY PROTECT OUR COAST FROM OFFSHORE DRILLING

“April 20 marks 11 years since the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, one of the worst environmental disasters in our country’s history – and still, the risk of expanded offshore oil drilling and spilling persists. Offshore drilling puts vibrant ocean ecosystems and critical marine life at risk and worsens climate change. President Biden paused all new offshore oil and gas lease sales—a great first step—but far greater action is required immediately. With sea levels rising and devastating extreme weather accelerating, permanent offshore drilling protections are crucial for the future of our clean coast economy and addressing the climate crisis. Urge President Biden to permanently protect our coasts against dangerous offshore drilling and take action against climate change to protect our ocean and coasts.” Take Action HERE.


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Center For Biological Diversity: Extinction Crisis – It’s Time to Declare a National Emergency

There isn’t a moment to lose in the global extinction crisis. A species vanishes from the world every hour, and more than a million could be lost in the coming decades. It’s time for President Biden to declare the wildlife extinction crisis a national emergency. The declaration, under the National Emergencies Act, wouldn’t just be symbolic. It would unlock key presidential powers to stem the loss of animals and plants in the United States and beyond. It must include several key requirements: protecting hundreds of species on the waiting list for Endangered Species Act protection, curtailing wildlife exploitation, and safeguarding critical habitat from coast to coast. We can halt this crisis — but only with swift, bold and visionary action by the United States. Join us in calling for a national emergency declaration. Take ACTION.


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Juggernaut Project: Tell Biden Administration to Protect Memphis By Blocking The Byhalia Pipeline

“Access to safe water is a human right. But that right is threatened by our fossil fuel addiction. Right now, Valero Energy Corp. and Plains All American Pipeline are working to build the Byhalia Connection Pipeline which will cut directly through the predominantly Black South Memphis and threaten the Memphis Sand Aquifer, which provides clean and safe drinking water to residents around Memphis, TN. The pipeline’s proposed route runs through several African American communities in Southwest Memphis, including one known as Boxtown, a historic community already burdened by dozens of industrial facilities. A pipeline through Black Memphis is an assault not just on the environment, but on Black communities everywhere.” Speak out HERE.


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Allterra Solar: Protect Solar, Battery Storage and Micro-grids in California

Central Coast Community Energy (3CE), your local energy provider, and the Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) are both taking steps to increase the costs for homeowners and businesses that install solar panels, storage and microgrids. Tell 3CE: To not change its solar rates until after the IOUs’ solar rates are set this year; To keep its commitment to beat the IOUs’ state mandated rates for solar customers; and To support local customer owned solar, storage and microgrids in 3CE territory. Please help Protect 3CE Customers’ Rights to Go Solar by signing this PETITION.


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Fossil Free California: CalSTERS Funds Line 3 Pipeline

“This Earth Day, teachers across the state are telling CalSTRS, our retirement system, to divest from Enbridge, the company that is building the destructive, dirty and dangerous Line 3 pipeline through the headwaters of the Mississippi river and the ancestral home of the Anishinaabe people. We’re in this profession because we care about our students and their future. But who has time for activism between online teaching and school reopenings? Here’s one quick thing that you can do to make a difference! Teachers, send a letter to CalSTRS HERE.


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The Wilderness Society: Tell Congress to protect the Arctic Refuge now!

Three years after pro-drilling forces opened the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling, legislation has been introduced in both the House and the Senate to reinstate protections and restore food security to the Indigenous Gwich’in and Iñupiat peoples who live on this land and depend on the Porcupine Caribou Herd to feed their families. Oil and gas drilling would have devastating impacts on this pristine and fragile ecosystem. The 19.2 million-acre refuge in northeastern Alaska is home to polar bears, wolves, migratory birds and the Porcupine Herd, which consists of more than 200,000 animals. The Arctic Refuge Protection Act introduced by Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) would protect this vital landscape. The legislation has 123 co-sponsors across both houses of Congress, but we need other representatives and senators to step up. Tell your legislators: We cannot wait any longer to protect the Arctic Refuge from drilling. Action HERE.


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Environmental Defense Fund: Support the largest eco-restoration project in U.S. history

Louisiana’s Barataria Basin is one of the nation’s most valuable estuaries. But since the 1930s, the Basin has seen some of the highest rates of land loss on Earth, threatening the future of coastal communities and ecosystems across the Mississippi River Delta. The Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion project would harness the land-building power of the Mississippi River by reconnecting it to its deteriorating wetlands. It’s cost-effective, based on decades of solid science, and designed for the scale of the challenges that face not only Louisiana but the entire nation. Right now, the Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public feedback on the project through a public comment period. It is a critical moment for the project — its future hangs in the balance. Please submit a public comment today, and help turn the tide on this devastating land loss crisis.


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Environment California: Tell Costco to Help Save the Boreal

“Costco, a major seller of toilet paper, has a chance to make a major difference on preventing widespread deforestation in the boreal forest. This forest is one of the world’s biggest carbon sinks, and we can’t afford to turn it into toilet paper. But sellers won’t act until they hear that from us. Tell Costco CEO Craig Jelinek: Help save North America’s biggest and most vital forest by committing your company to only sell products made sustainably.” Take ACTION!


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Plug In America: Save The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project

“It’s an exciting time for the electric vehicle (EV) world. President Biden introduced a plan to invest $174 billion into electric transportation, our California senators are urging the EPA to overturn the Trump Administration’s clean car standards, and it’s Drive Electric Earth Day! Yet, why is it that in California, we have to keep fighting for strong policies to advance the EV market? Our governor set a goal that by 2035, all sales of new cars and trucks should be zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), yet a cornerstone policy to achieving this goal is threatened right now. The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) funding, which provides rebates to ALL Californians, will expire in about 30 days, with no outlook for renewal on the horizon. Tell the governor and legislature to renew the CVRP!” Act HERE.


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Homeless Garden Project: Community Supported Agriculture Intern Needed

The Homeless Garden Project (HGP), founded in 1990 and based in Santa Cruz, California, provides job training, transitional employment and support services to people experiencing homelessness. In addition, HGP operates a thriving community education and volunteer program. Our programs take place on our 3.5 acre organic farm and related social enterprises. We are seeking an enthusiastic and hardworking intern who will support our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program in the Spring and Summer. The CSA Intern will lead member pick-up and u-pick hours and will develop the weekly newsletter to members. This is a volunteer, unpaid internship. If you are using this internship to gain course credit or seek out grants with your college, please include this information in your cover letter. 20 hours per week, from May 15, 2021 to November 19, 2021. For info email Atalanta


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Oil Change International: Tell the World Bank to stop being Fossil Fools

“Since the adoption of the Paris Agreement, the World Bank has financed at least $12 billion in fossil fuels. Additional fossil fuel finance will continue increase emissions and exacerbate the climate crisis, particularly amongst most vulnerable communities, and result in stranded assets. The Bank is preparing to release their Climate Change Action Plan for 2021 to 2025, and we have heard the Banks’ own Executive Directors are split on whether to end their remaining fossil fuel finance. And they will meet on April 1st to decide. As well as financing fossil fuel projects directly, the bank also takes advantage of loopholes to continue to finance fossil fuels indirectly. We demand an end to the direct financing of fossil fuels and also for the closing of loopholes which support fossil fuel expansion through intermediaries, Development Policy Finance and technical assistance.” Take Action NOW.


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Homeless Garden Project: Looking For New Volunteer Cooks!

“We provide a hot lunch for the trainees in our program every day that they work (Tuesday-Friday). Lunch is usually for 20-30 people. During the winter months (November – April) trainees are at the workshop, this year located at Peace United Church, and during the summer months (April – October) trainees are at the farm, located at Shaffer and Delaware. We’re looking for someone to commit to cooking lunch a couple of times a month on Tuesdays or Fridays for at least 3 months (though we know that sometimes life happens – so if you need a sub for a day or two, we can make that work). There is a basic kitchen at the farm where you can cook the meals, or you can choose to prepare food at home. You can also harvest produce at the farm to complete the meal. Trainees and staff will take care of cleaning up and doing the dishes. Next steps will include an orientation, and the opportunity to shadow a current cook before starting. Please email volunteer@homelessgardenproject.org if this is something that would interest you!”


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Farm Discovery At Live Earth: Teen Leader In Training Positions Open

“In the summer of 2021 Farm Discovery will host eight weeks of summer camp at Live Earth Farm. They offer 8 Leader in Training (LIT) positions for teens, ages 14 and up. The camps are limited to 28 kids in order to create an intimate, low risk experience. LITs help to develop a compassionate, multi-age community of young farmers, artists, foodies, naturalists, and environmentalists. The LIT positions at Live Earth Farm camps offer teens an opportunity to develop leadership skills and teach and learn farming, food preparation and ecology alongside their campers. Each teen works with their co-LIT and staff to help manage 10-12 campers. Farm Discovery’s experienced education team will work with your teen on skills that will serve them well in interviews, applying for college and jobs, advocating for their education, and navigating the workforce. In a challenging, outdoor environment your teen will learn positive communication, strategic thinking, public speaking and practice leading group activities from, hikes, to planting and art projects.” More INFO.


Watsonville Wetlands Watch: Climate Corps Leadership Institute

“Watsonville Wetlands Watch is a non-profit organization based out of Pajaro Valley High School. We are looking for high school student interns who are looking to gain some leadership experience, and take what they learn in this program to further encourage more green projects to take place in their community! This program is a youth centered job experience program, aimed at educating students about tree care through hands-on experience, working with our restoration staff in planting trees both on school campus and throughout the city’s parks. Most days of the program will be filled with lessons on climate change, carbon sequestration, waste reduction, and energy conservation. Interns will be working on sustainability projects surrounding topics like energy, composting, and native habitats. Simultaneously, interns will also take part in citizen science projects collecting real time data on wetland health. Wetlands Education Resource Center (WERC) located at the top of Pajaro Valley High School Campus (next to the basketball courts). 500 Harkins Slough Rd, Watsonville.” Application and INFO.   Not Accepting Applicants At This Time


Environment California: Reinstating this Rule Could Save West Coast Salmon

“Salmon are a critical part of the West Coast’s ecosystems, economy and cuisine. They are beautiful fish, with silver-green scales that flash in the sun. They fertilize trees, feed bears, and delight fishermen. Yet wild salmon are critically threatened, as their spawning grounds are rapidly disappearing. Protecting the waters where salmon spawn is a crucial part of saving the various species of salmon that thrill fishers, adorn tables and serve as the backbone of many Indigenous cultures. The best way to protect salmon is to preserve wild places by limiting development and resource extraction in the places where they swim and spawn. Yet the Trump administration removed a crucial protection – the Roadless Rule, that prohibits road-building in heretofore untouched areas of our national forests – from the Tongass National Forest, where 25 percent of the West Coast’s salmon are spawned (that’s a lot of fish). We’re working to reinstate the Roadless Rule, but we need your help.” Take Action HERE.


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Earthjustice: Now is the time for Biden to shut down DAPL

“The fight to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline, now in its third presidential administration, is quickly approaching what could be a crucial turning point. On April 9, the US Army Corps of Engineers will have a court hearing to explain what its plan is for DAPL. The hearing is forcing the Biden administration’s hand — it has to come up with a plan and let us know if DAPL will continue to operate. In the run-up to the hearing, we need your help reminding the Biden administration that we know the facts on DAPL — and they are damning. Not only is DAPL operating without a permit, a court told the Army Corps it didn’t adequately study the threat the pipeline poses to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe — so the Corps is only now working on a more robust Environmental Impact Statement.” Send message HERE.


Rainforest Action Network: Protect the Water from Line 3 Pipeline

“Water is life (and) the beautiful, nutrient-dense land stretching from Canada to the Great Lakes is being threatened with destruction by the Line 3 pipeline. Who’s one of the biggest drivers of this destruction of life and Indigenous culture? JPMorgan Chase and its Executives. Indigenous Water Protectors in Minnesota have continuously put their life on the line to save their land and the water that gives life to millions of people, and they need your help. Last month, while activists showed up at Chase’s door, you shut down Chase Executive Daniel Pinto’s phone line by calling him over 500 times to tell him to stop financing this deadly pipeline. We have to keep the pressure on : Tell Chase Executives that as long as they are backing Line 3, you won’t back down. Send a message this World Water Day, and tell Chase to #DefundLine3.


Surfrider: Break Free From Plastics Act

“Every year, about 11 million metric tons of plastic waste escapes into the ocean from coastal nations. The United States generates the most plastic waste per capita of any country in the world and is among the top contributors to plastic pollution in the coastal environment, either illegally dumped in the U.S. or collected in the U.S. for recycling and exported to countries where it was inadequately managed. This bill recognizes that we cannot recycle our way out of this problem and provides a comprehensive approach to reduce plastic pollution, including policies to reduce unnecessary plastic packaging and shift responsibility to producers, as well as to improve recycling infrastructure.” Take ACTION.


NRDC: Support a transition from toxic pesticides to sustainable agriculture in California!

Right here in California, toxic pesticides are threatening the health of communities and wreaking havoc on our environment, wildlife, and food supply. And now, exposure to dangerous pesticides has even been linked to increased vulnerability to COVID-19. Now, California has a huge opportunity to transition from farming with harmful pesticides to safe and sustainable agriculture. State lawmakers are considering Governor Newsom’s budget proposal that could help protect communities from these pesticides and make our food and agricultural systems healthier for future generations. This proposal would modernize the fees imposed on pesticide sales, which haven’t been updated in nearly two decades, to better reflect the risks and burdens posed by the most dangerous pesticides. It would also invest in critical new health and safety programs. Send message HERE.


Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition: Tell President Biden to declare climate change a national emergency

“From Oregon to Texas, from wildfires to winter storms, the results of our inaction on climate change are visible every day. It’s a disaster and a grave threat to the future of our country and planet. We’ve nibbled at the edges of the problem for too long. It’s time for bold action. One key step? President Biden should declare climate change a national emergency. That declaration will elevate climate change as a national security priority and allow us to devote more resources to cut carbon emissions, invest in clean energy, hold polluters accountable, and ensure climate justice for frontline communities. Congressional Republicans continue to deny the scientific consensus, and have made clear their intention to block any meaningful action to curb carbon emissions. We can’t wait. Each day they refuse to act is another day the problem becomes harder to fix.” Sign PETITION.


Earthjustice: Wolves Are Being Slaughtered – They Need Your Help

“During the last week of February, hunters in Wisconsin slaughtered at least 216 gray wolves in just three days. The hunt resulted in more than 100 wolves killed than the state-set quota — essentially overruling the decision by local tribes to conserve the wolf population by not using their share of the hunting permits.
This happened because the Trump administration delisted the gray wolf in late 2020, stripping vital Endangered Species Act protections and allowing states to declare open season for wolf hunting. Those 216 wolves killed — an estimated 20% of Wisconsin’s wolf population —would still be contributing to their species’ recovery but for that misguided rollback.” Take ACTION!


 

 

Natural Resources Defense Council: California can help protect irreplaceable forests

“Forests like the Canadian boreal and the Amazon are indispensable in the fight against climate change — but these vital forests are under threat, being lost to feed global markets for toilet paper, palm oil, beef, lumber, and other products. Fortunately, right now California state lawmakers are considering a groundbreaking bill — AB 416 — that would help ensure that California doesn’t buy products that contribute to forest destruction in sensitive tropical and boreal regions. The boreal and tropical forests are the lungs of the earth, regulating global temperatures through absorbing and storing carbon dioxide and converting it into life-giving oxygen — making them vital to combating climate change. These forests are also vital for wildlife and the homelands of Indigenous peoples, who have lived on and stewarded them for millennia.” Take action NOW.


Fossil Free California: CalPERS Must Comply with Coal Divestment Law

“California Public Employees Retirement System still holds $8.5 million in thermal coal producers in violation of SB 185, a 2015 state law on thermal coal divestment. This act requires CalPERS to divest from companies that earn the majority of their revenue from thermal coal production. When the fund divested from several coal companies in 2017, it stayed invested in three thermal coal companies that met the criteria—Exxaro, Adaro, and Banpu—because “they had indicated plans to transition their business models to adapt to clean energy generation (such as through a decrease in reliance on thermal coal mining as a revenue source).” However, four years later, all three of these companies continue to make well over 50% of their revenue from thermal coal (according to data from the Global Coal Exit List at coalexit.org) and show few signs of transitioning their business models. Instead, all of these companies have documented expansion plans for their coal operations.” Take ACTION.


Sempervirens Fund: Take A Stand For Our Redwoods

“Climate change is creating the most dangerous threats people and wildlife face today. If we don’t act now, climate-induced wildfires will do even more serious harm to California’s coast redwoods and our entire natural landscape as we know it. I know I am not alone in saying I remain shocked that wildfire scorched nearly 90,000 acres of forests in the Santa Cruz Mountains this past fall. Yet I also know with supporters like you, together we can take a strong stance against climate change and save the redwoods that still stand. We need more petition signatures from supporters like you who want to fight climate change to protect redwoods.” Take ACTION.


Allterra Solar: Save California’s Solar Support Program

“California utilities are trying to turn back the clock on solar, calling for drastic and catastrophic changes to Net Energy Metering (whereby solar home owners are reimbursed for the energy they produce) that, in some instances, would make rooftop solar power 5 times more expensive than it is today. If they are successful, they would essentially eliminate the market in California just like they did in Nevada a few years ago. With ongoing blackouts, wildfires, and ever-rising energy bills, utilities are concerned that rooftop solar, especially when coupled with a battery, spells trouble for their 100-year reign as the electricity monopoly as well as their short-term profits. You see, California utilities don’t earn a profit by selling electricity, or even by providing reliable power. Instead, they get a guaranteed 10% rate of return for every pole and wire they build to transmit electricity. The bigger the wires and the greater the distance the electricity has to travel, the more we pay for our electricity and the more they profit.” Take action with Save California Solar.


Environmental Action: Protect California’s Rivers From Harmful Mining

California’s gold mining legacy has left a mark on its water quality — and harmful mining practices are still impacting waterways and vulnerable species today. To prospect for gold, some miners use a method called suction dredge mining, which vacuums rocks, gravel and sediment from the bottom of rivers or creeks. This practice can kill young fish and disrupt their habitat. The California Water Resources Control Board just proposed restrictions on suction dredge mining — but its proposed rules don’t go far enough to protect wildlife. We’re calling on the Water Board to go further in protecting critical habitat and public lands from this harmful mining practice. Help us protect California’s wildlife by making a public comment before March 8. Take ACTION.


Wilderness Watch: Speak up for the Wild Scapegoat Wilderness and All of its Native Inhabitants!

“The U.S. Forest Service (FS) is considering a proposal by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) to poison 67 miles of streams and three small lakes in the North Fork Blackfoot watershed in the Scapegoat Wilderness, part of the famed Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. Please speak up by the March 12 deadline. The State’s goal is to kill the fish they’ve been stocking in these headwater streams for several decades and replace them with westslope cutthroat trout, a species they deem to be more attractive to anglers. The plan involves massive amounts of helicopter and motorized equipment use, in addition to spreading hundreds of gallons of the poison rotenone. The lakes and streams in the upper North Fork are all naturally fishless and should not be managed as an artificial “fishery”.” Take ACTION.


Oceana: Ban Deadly Drift Gillnets, “Walls Of Death”

Mile long large-mesh drift gillnets targeting swordfish off the coast of California kill so indiscriminately that they have been nicknamed “walls of death” for the toll they take on marine life.
When a dolphin encounters a drift gillnet, she can become entangled. The net cuts into her body while she slowly runs out of air and drowns. When the net is pulled back onboard after soaking overnight, the dolphin’s tailfin is cut off to free her lifeless body. Right now, YOU can help stop the senseless, indiscriminate killing of dolphins like this one in U.S. waters. Earlier this month, the bipartisan Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act was introduced in Congress. This federal legislation will end the destructive use of large-mesh drift gillnets in ALL U.S. ocean waters. Enacting a federal ban will ensure that countless vulnerable dolphins like the one below don’t suffer excruciating deaths in unsustainable large-mesh drift net fishing gear. Tell your Members of Congress to support legislation to end the use of destructive large mesh drift gillnets in American waters, once and for all. Take ACTION.


Environmental Action: End Fossil Fuel Subsides

“Last year, as tragic wildfires burned and supercharged hurricanes became more frequent, the impacts of climate change were devastatingly clear. But our federal government is still funding an industry that’s causing this crisis. The United States gives the fossil fuel industry $20 billion in tax breaks, incentives and other subsidies every year. Right now, we have a chance to end these subsidies. President Biden just directed federal agencies to end fossil fuel subsidies, and it’s now up to Congress to eliminate the fossil fuel subsidies, tax breaks and incentives that are currently on the books. Tell your U.S. House representative: The federal government shouldn’t fund an industry that’s destroying our planet.” Act HERE.


 

EcoChallenge: Seeing Systems, 30-Day Exploration Of Peace, Justice & Sustainability

Engage in 30 days of exploring peace, justice, and sustainability with our new Seeing Systems email series.
Reflecting the themes of our Seeing Systems book, this email series offers daily prompts & insights framed in bite-sized pieces for your individual learning and enrichment. For 30 days, immerse yourself in and take action on three of humanity’s most inspiring visions and most pressing challenges: peace, justice, and sustainability. HOW IT WORKS: A daily email lands in your inbox offering a single action and supporting resources. An action may take form as learning, reading, watching, listening, conversing, researching, or sharing. Each email is designed to be bite-sized – simple, focused learning. Six themes center these emails: It’s All Connected; Peaceful Communication; Justice for the Whole Community; Conflict Transformation; Responding to Systemic Violence; Co-Creating Living Peace. FREE, explore HERE.


CALPIRG: Support Producer Responsibility Legislation

Single-use plastics are nearly impossible to avoid. But it’s consumers who foot the bill for cleaning them up. We’re calling for a new approach: “producer responsibility.” Companies that make products designed to become waste should also be financially responsible for the cleanup. Add your name to tell your state senator to support producer responsibility legislation in California. Take ACTION.


Earth Month Ecochallenge: Drawdown, April 2021

This action program is offered by Ecochallenge.org in partnership with Project Drawdown. “Together, we’re taking action on 80 of the most substantive solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to stop climate change. Sign up for the Ecochallenge, create a team, and see how 30 days of action add up to a lifetime of positive change for you and the planet. Ecochallenge.org offers this social change platform + Project Drawdown-aligned curriculum to connect a global community of changemakers, each doing what we can, in the places where we can, to make this great spinning dot we call home a healthier, more equitable, more sustainable place.”  Access a wealth of support materials and join a team or form your own! Info HERE.


Oceana: FIGHT SEAFOOD FRAUD AND ILLEGAL FISHING

“Seafood fraud deceives consumers who fall victim to a bait and switch, disguises conservation and health risks, and hurts honest fishermen and seafood businesses. Seafood traceability—from boat to plate—is critical to ensure that all seafood sold in the U.S. is safe, legally caught and honestly labeled. 87% of American voters agree that the government needs to do more to ensure that consumers are purchasing properly labeled seafood, according to a recent poll commissioned by Oceana. Right now, we have a chance to make progress on this issue to protect the health and abundance of our oceans – but the Monday, February 22 deadline is approaching fast! Tell the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) you support boat-to-plate traceability to ensure seafood sold in the U.S. is safe, legally caught, and honestly labeled.” Take ACTION.



Regeneración, GreenPower, Community Environmental CouncilEcology Action: Volunteers Needed to Support Equitable Access to Electric Vehicles

“Ecology Action is excited to bust the myth that electric cars are only for the well-off. As many of you already know, Ecology Action was awarded funding to increase transportation equity and justice throughout the Central Coast of California in partnership with three other community-based organizations: Regeneración, GreenPower, and Community Environmental Council. The primary goal of this initiative is to help residents of underserved communities unlock valuable incentives to purchase their own low-maintenance, clean driving electric vehicles.
Our approach to help individuals is to provide one-on-one assistance through the entire process of buying an electric car through our NEW Purchase Guidance Program. Our person-to-person approach is supported by online tools, staff, and volunteers. We are building a team of volunteers to serve as Purchase Guidance advisors and be Every Day Electric Vehicle Champions.” Learn more HERE.


Greenpeace: Protect Whales By Calling For A Strong Global Oceans Treaty

“Overfishing, degraded ecosystems, and other natural and human-caused threats, all conspire to put these magnificent creatures in danger every day. But there is hope — one of the most meaningful things we can do is to create a series of ocean sanctuaries to give them safety to thrive. And it’s not just for the whales — healthy oceans help communities, support other species, and even help mitigate the worst effects of climate change. That’s why we’re using World Whale Day (Feb 21) to ask the new Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, to ensure that the US fights for a strong global oceans treaty at the United Nations.” Take action HERE.


National Wildlife Federation: Imperiled Wild Salmon Need Your Help

The negative impacts of dams, worsened by climate change, are raising water temperatures and pushing our wild salmon closer to the brink of extinction. Congress must take steps to restore the Columbia River basin to protect this ecologically, economically, and culturally important fish. Decades of delay and costly projects have left our wild salmon and Columbia River ecosystem in crisis. But just last week, Congressman Mike Simpson unveiled a plan to restore the Northwest’s abundant salmon runs and help transition the region to affordable clean energy—both of which would create tens of thousands of good jobs. Now is the time for Congress to properly restore the region’s rivers and habitat. Tell Congress to take action to restore the Snake River and Columbia River basin ecosystem before wild salmon go extinct. Take ACTION.


Environment California: Restore Spotted Owl Protections

“In one of its final acts, the Trump administration struck down vital protections for Northern spotted owls: The administration opened up 3.4 million acres of their protected habitat for logging and other development. Scientists believe that all of their unprotected habitat could disappear by 2030 at the earliest, making one thing clear: Our nation’s dwindling spotted owl populations needed these protections. With populations plummeting and habitat vanishing, spotted owls need the protections restored now. That’s why we’re calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to swiftly stand up for spotted owls. Tell the FWS to restore their protections.” Take ACTION.


Bob Spiegel and Shannon Lisa of the Edison Wetlands Association test the waters coming from the Ringwood Mines and Landfill Superfund site in New Jersey. They are worried toxic chemicals may reach a reservoir serving millions of people. (Karl Schneider/News21)

 

CALPIRG: Reinstate Polluters Pay Tax To clean Up Toxic Waste

“At least 53 million Americans live within three miles of a proposed or designated Superfund site, where hazardous waste has been dumped, spilled or left out. This toxic pollution is costing the American public. Living near these toxic waste sites is linked to a higher incidence of cancer, birth defects and other diseases. And, to make matters worse, taxpayer dollars are funding toxic waste cleanup programs. Polluters should pay to clean up their own waste. That’s why CALPIRG is launching our Make Polluters Pay campaign, which advocates for reinstating the Polluter Pays Tax to fund waste cleanup efforts. Tell your U.S. representative: Reinstate the Polluter Pays Tax for the Superfund toxic waste program.” Take ACTION.



350.org: Shut Down the Illegally Operating Dakota Access Pipeline

“An Appeals Court agreed that Dakota Access Pipeline River Crossing is illegal. Now, the Biden Administration must decide whether to shut it down while the government does a court-ordered environmental review — or allow it to continue to operate illegally. President Biden can shut down this pipeline now while we wait for a robust review that could shut down the pipeline permanently. But that will only happen if his administration feels the pressure from our movement. I’m collecting signatures for a letter to send to President Biden and I would love to add your name. Please speak out to stop DAPL once and for all.” Take ACTION !


Environment California: Restore the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

Endangered whales, magnificent dolphins and centuries-old deep-sea corals can be found in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument off the coast of New England. This special and historic place was protected in 2016 to keep its amazing wildlife safe. But it was once again put at risk when the Trump administration took away its protections last year. The Biden administration is reviewing the Trump administration’s decision to open this special place to fishing — and it’s crucial that we take this opportunity to encourage President Biden to restore protections for the region. Take action HERE.


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Center For Biological Diversity: Protect the Endangered Species Act

“The Endangered Species Act is the best tool we have to save animals and plants from extinction. But right before it ended, the Trump administration’s eleventh-hour proposed rule would undercut protections for endangered species on public lands across the country. If finalized, the rule would allow federal agencies to ignore new scientific information on harms to endangered species, including climate change. That would let agencies carry out destructive logging, drilling, roadbuilding, livestock grazing and other projects — even if new data show that those activities are pushing a rare animal or plant toward extinction. You can help stop this rule and save countless species if you take action now. Tell the Biden administration to drop the Trump proposal and put the protection of public lands, water and wildlife before the profits of special-interest groups.” Take ACTION.


CENTER for BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY: Help Stop Formosa Plastics

The fight to stop Formosa Plastics from building a mega-polluting petrochemical plant in St. James Parish, Louisiana, has reached a crucial turning point. After a lot of hard work — through the power of the people and robust legal opposition — construction has been delayed. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has suspended the project’s federal permit and is now reevaluating it. Any meaningful analysis will make it clear that the permit should be revoked entirely. The plant would pollute a predominantly Black community, disturb unmarked burial sites of formerly enslaved people, degrade wetlands, and deepen the plastic pollution crisis. Urge the Army Corps of Engineers to prioritize environmental justice and protect wetlands by revoking Formosa Plastics’ federal permit today. Take ACTION.


Clean Water Action: Cut Out Plastic Cutlery

“Clean Water Action has joined Habits of Waste, to pressure third-party delivery services to allow us to say NO to unnecessary and wasteful items. We’re asking DoorDash, Grubhub, and Seamless to add an “OPT IN” option for accessory items. Currently, you have to “opt-out” or specifically ask for “no utensils” or other accessories. Due to our grassroots efforts, Postmates and UberEats have already made these changes and we need the rest to follow suit in order to avoid confusion for restaurants! Now we are targeting our efforts on DoorDash, Grubhub and Seamless. Most of us are ordering take-out to be eaten at home these days, so why do we automatically get disposable plastics that we don’t need, to subsequently stay on our planet for hundreds of years? You can easily send an email to DoorDash, Grubhub and Seamless by clicking HERE.”


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Environmental Action: Support critical protections for gray wolves

Gray wolves are in danger of extinction — especially since the Trump administration stripped them of Endangered Species Act protections. This means that states are now free to manage their wolf populations as they please, and some are already planning hunting and trapping season. President Biden can halt the slaughter by beginning the process of restoring endangered species protections for gray wolves. Send a message to him today. Take ACTION.


CALPIRG: Tell The EPA To ban Roundup

“The weed killer Roundup isn’t worth the risk to our health or the environment. Mounting research links Roundup exposure to cancer and other health problems. And according to a new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Study, the main active ingredient in Roundup — glyphosate — is likely to harm 93 percent of endangered species. But we have a chance to tell the EPA to ban this weed killer. The EPA is reviewing the weed killer’s registration, and it’s required to take input from the public. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer has determined glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic.” Tell the EPA: Ban glyphosate unless or until it’s proven safe. Take ACTION.


City of Santa Cruz Climate Action Plan 2030

The City of Santa Cruz Climate Action Plan (CAP) was adopted in 2012. The CAP outlines the actions the City will take between 2012 and 2020 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% from a 1990 baseline. The City is now embarking upon an equitable, community-driven Climate Action Plan 2030 process! Learn about the City’s Climate Action Plan Process and sign up if you would like to be added to the mailing list for this project.  Learn MORE


Environmental Action: Tell Whole Foods Market To Put our planet over plastic

“Plastic pollution isn’t on anyone’s grocery list — but at most grocery stores, it’s unavoidable. In a recent plastic waste report, Whole Foods received an “F” for its efforts to address wasteful plastic packaging. Plastic packaging is flooding landfills, polluting oceans and hurting marine life — but we have a chance to mitigate this waste by convincing Whole Foods to reduce its plastic footprint. Tell Whole Foods to protect beaches and marine life from plastic pollution by ditching single-use plastic packaging in its stores.” Send message HERE.


Environment California: Support Passage of the Roadless Area Conservation Act

Known as “America’s Amazon,” the Tongass National Forest is the biggest national forest in the United States — and the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world. Forty percent of the Pacific’s wild salmon are spawned under its branches, and it’s home to Sitka black-tailed deer, bald eagles, and more bears than in the Lower 48 states combined. The Tongass is also one of the world’s largest carbon sinks, storing more carbon than any other forest in the country. Many of its trees are over 800 years old. Opening the Tongass to logging operations would threaten wildlife, destroy trees older than the United States, and release carbon into the atmosphere. Call on your U.S. House representative to pass the Roadless Area Conservation Act. Take Action HERE.



Environment California: Protect The Okefenokee Swamp

“The Okefenokee Swamp isn’t just home to the largest wildlife refuge in the eastern United States. It’s also home to hundreds of plant, reptile, bird and mammal species. And it needs our protection. The plan to build the dangerous Twin Pines Minerals titanium mine in Georgia could yield catastrophic effects for the fragile ecosystem in the Okefenokee Swamp — not to mention the threatened and endangered species that need the swamp to survive.” Contact Georgia Governor Brian Kemp about protecting the Okefenokee Swamp HERE.



CALPIRG: EPA Considering Approval Of Aldicarb Which Is Classified As An “Extremely Hazardous” Pesticide

“A pesticide that the World Health Organization (WHO) places in its highest toxicity category could be approved for more uses in the United States. Aldicarb is considered “extremely hazardous” by the WHO. It’s known to contaminate drinking water, and it can cause brain damage in children. If the aldicarb application is approved, the pesticide would be used on 400,000 acres of citrus trees — but the public has a chance to weigh in on the proposal. Tell the Environmental Protection Agency: Keep the public safe from this neurotoxin.” Take ACTION.



Earthworks: Tell the Army Corps to Reject GulfLink

The oil and gas industry is encroaching on the wetlands, dunes, beaches, and waterways of the Gulf Coast—jeopardizing the health and wellbeing of the people and wildlife in the region. Now, oil company Sentinel Midstream and financier Freepoint Commodities are proposing to build a massive, dangerous crude export terminal off the coast of Freeport, Texas. The project is called the Texas GulfLink, and we have until January 4th to make our voices heard. The GulfLink project includes a total of over 46 miles of pipeline, both on and offshore. The pipelines would traverse through fragile wetlands, the longtime industrially polluted Brazos River Delta, the Justin Hurst Wildlife Management Area, and out into gulf waters. A spill anywhere along the route will be nearly impossible to clean up, altering these fragile ecosystems forever. Tell the Army Corps of Engineers that the GulfLink export terminal puts our water at risk! Speak up HERE.


Center For Biological Diversity: Help Save This Desert Tortoise

“An icon of the desert needs your help. Threatened by habitat loss, unnatural wildfires, drought and climate change, the tortoises of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert are at risk of disappearing. Despite continued dangers, in 2015 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed the tortoises from the waiting list for federal protection. This August a court order forced the Service to return the tortoises to the list and reconsider them for Endangered Species Act protection. Now’s our chance to tell the agency to protect Sonoran desert tortoises before it’s too late.” Take ACTION.



Lakota People’s Law Project: Tell Biden to Cancel the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines

Tell president-elect Joe Biden to keep his promise to cancel Keystone XL pipeline and the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) once and for all. Protect the planet and the Lakota people. No mancamps. No destruction of the earth. No endangering our water. Mni wiconi — water is life. Sign petition HERE.


Ocean Conservancy: RISE UP For Our Ocean

“The ocean sustains all life on our planet and is fundamental to human survival and well-being. Now is the time to RISE UP in its defense. Coral reefs only take up about 1% of the ocean floor, but host an estimated 25% of all ocean species. We will lose up to 99% of our tropical coral reefs if the planet warms by two degrees Celsius. Coral reef die-offs, collapsing fish populations and species extinctions are evidence of the escalating ocean crisis brought about by overfishing, climate change, pollution and other stressors. They are eroding the ocean’s ability to function as our life support system. RISE UP is a coalition of more than 400 organizations from around the world who are calling on governments and businesses to save our ocean. RISE UP outlines a list of action steps we need to take now from investing in a zero-carbon emission future to restoring critical ocean ecosystems. We know we need ambitious action in order to ensure we have a thriving ocean for generations to come. We are asking you to join the call and RISE UP for the ocean.” Take ACTION.


Greenpeace: “Walmart: Remove false recycling labels from plastic products”

“This spring, a shocking Greenpeace investigative report revealed that many common plastics labeled “recyclable” by Walmart and other major plastic polluting companies are actually not recyclable. This means that the majority of single-use plastics you dutifully “recycle” during the holidays and year-round are likely to be incinerated, landfilled, or wind up in the environment. Greenpeace thought Walmart would be shocked too… but we were wrong. Even after being informed months ago, Walmart is still misleading consumers about the recyclability of its throwaway plastic products and packaging. Because of these false recycling claims, Greenpeace has filed a lawsuit demanding that Walmart immediately stop using false and misleading recyclability labels on disposable plastic products and packaging sold under Walmart’s private labels.” Take action HERE


Environment California: Protect Our Remaining Birds

We’ve already lost 3 billion birds in the last 50 years in North America alone. And now, the Trump administration is rushing to roll back a bedrock bird protection. The proposed rollback? Letting companies “incidentally” kill scores of birds with no consequences at all. Right now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is finalizing its rule to remove some protections granted to birds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. So we’re speaking up to defend this important bird conservation law. We only have until Dec. 28 to tell the FWS: Don’t let companies freely kill birds. Take ACTION.


Ocean Conservancy: Take Action to Protect Arctic Sea Life

“With climate change and loss of seasonal sea ice, more vessels are operating in the Arctic Ocean, one of the most remote and challenging environments in the world. The Arctic hosts an abundance of marine wildlife—and Indigenous peoples have hunted and fished in these waters for untold generations. With all that’s at stake in the Arctic, it’s critical that vessels operate safely and minimize their impacts to the marine environment and the people who live in the region. Write to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and tell them to strengthen navigation and communication requirements for vessels using Arctic waters. New “e-navigation” or “e-NAV” technologies can provide mariners with relevant, up-to-date navigational, safety and environmental information in real time. These new technologies can improve safety and protect the Arctic marine environment—but only if ships are required to carry and use them.” Take ACTION.


Coastal Watershed Council: San Lorenzo River Actions Project Guide

There are several ways we can all help protect our San Lorenzo River, the main source of drinking water for local residents and habitat for hundreds of incredible plant and animal species. This San Lorenzo River Action Projects Guide provides opportunities to learn about, explore, and protect the San Lorenzo River from inside your home, around your neighborhood, and along the Santa Cruz Riverwalk! All-ages activities for youth, adults, and families. Some activities require adult supervision. For details and specific links, go HERE.


Earth Justice: Call for a National Biodiversity Strategy

Colorado Congressman Joe Neguse just introduced a resolution calling for the establishment of a National Biodiversity Strategy — a blueprint for reversing the Trump administration’s damage and protecting wildlife. This resolution seeks to set us on a path toward global leadership in the fight to save the nearly one million species threatened by extinction in this century. Implementing this resolution would mean preventing widespread pesticide use and its harmful impact on pollinators like bees and birds, and would protect the people who grow and consume toxic-sprayed foods. It’ll also help clean up lakes and rivers and preserve wild places like old growth forests that provide a long-term, low-cost source of clean air and water. Tell your member of Congress to cosponsor the resolution! Take Action HERE.


Environment California: Chance To Protect Boreal Forest

“Shareholders of Procter & Gamble took an amazing first step to protect the ancient boreal forest in Canada from clear-cutting. Now we need to make sure leadership follows through. But just a few weeks ago, 67% of the shareholders of P&G voted for a proposal asking the company to report on its efforts to reduce deforestation and forest degradation in its supply chains. This ancient Canadian wilderness is home to migratory birds, wandering wolves, and old-growth trees that suck enough carbon from the atmosphere to offset 24 million cars each year. It’s also disappearing — due in part to logging to make tissue products for companies such as Procter & Gamble (P&G). Join us in urging Procter & Gamble to stop using virgin wood to create tissue products. Now, will you send a message to P&G asking it to listen to its shareholders and take steps to protect the boreal forest?”


Audubon: Plants For Birds

Bring birds to your home today by growing native plants. With Audubon’s Native Plant Database, you can find the best plants for the birds in your area. Growing bird-friendly plants will attract and protect the birds you love while making your space beautiful, easy to care for, and better for the environment. Explore all of our native plant resources here, including our factsheets on creating a native plant garden and how it can save you money. Learn MORE about providing for our birds.


Environmental Action: Protect The Greater Sage Grouse

Greater sage-grouse numbers have dropped from 16 million to a few hundred thousand today — a decline of approximately 95 percent, leading to serious concerns about the bird’s survival. The greater sage-grouse is a keystone species, which means its survival is critical to the health and stability of the greater environment. The bird’s precipitous decline has cascading effects in the Sagebrush Sea ecosystem, which stretches across 11 states and supports more than 350 other species. Habitat destruction and oil and gas production are largely responsible for the greater sage-grouse’s decline. However, climate change and worsening wildfire seasons are presenting additional cause for concern. More than half of the greater sage-grouse’s Washington habitat was burned this season. And yet, the U.S. House of Representatives is discussing legislation that would prohibit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from even considering Endangered Species Act protections for the greater sage-grouse. This would further threaten the bird’s future. Send a message to your U.S. representative to protect the greater sage-grouse HERE.


Rainforest Action Network: Candy Makers Contributing to the Destruction Of Tropical Rainforests

What was your favorite candy growing up? Did you like Starburst and Skittles or Snickers and Butterfingers? Maybe Now & Laters were more of your jam? Those sweet candy centers are hiding something sinister from you, Andrew: there’s an ingredient lurking in your favorite candy that’s scarier than any Halloween horror movie you might have picked out to watch this year. That’s because chainsaws were used to massacre rainforests in the name of candymakers like Mars, Mondelēz, and Ferrero. Land is stolen from Indigenous and local communities, rainforests are destroyed, fires spew carbon into the atmosphere, and critical habitat is fractured so that Conflict Palm Oil plantations can move in. Send candy makers a message HERE.


NRDC: Help Bring Healthy, Organic, and Climate-Friendly Food to CALIF Students!

California schools are preparing meals for millions of low-income students and students of color during the COVID-19 pandemic. Given how many California students rely on school meals as their primary source of sustenance, we want them to be as nourishing as possible. That’s why California state leaders recently funded a $8.5 million “Farm-to-School” program. This critical new program has the potential to provide California’s most vulnerable children with healthy, high-quality food so they are ready to learn and thrive in school. And it can help support local farmers, including farmers of color, bolster economic recovery, and help fight climate change. Take ACTION.


Environmental Defense Fund: Stop the Line 3 Dirty Tar Sands Pipeline

“Life-changing decisions are being made for the future construction of the destructive Line 3 tar sands pipeline in Minnesota. This pipeline runs from Canada to Wisconsin and has devastating impacts on Indigenous rights and culture, the water of millions of people, and a livable climate for us all. Both the Governor of Minnesota and the Biden administration have explicitly expressed their commitment to taking action to stop the climate crisis. The response from Indigenous Peoples, activists on the ground, and RAN: The ONLY decision consistent with acting on climate and respecting Native treaty rights is to STOP Line 3. Biden has already called for a stop to the KXL pipeline. Tell the new administration that it must show climate leadership and oppose Line 3”. Take Action HERE.


Earthjustice: Save the Tongass — America’s Climate Forest

“The Trump administration removed crucial protections for Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, opening the door to clear-cutting of countless century-old trees at the behest of the logging industry. Alaska Natives such as the Tlingit, who have stewarded the land since time immemorial, asked the Trump administration to delay until the pandemic is contained and tribal leaders have the bandwidth to engage with the process — and they were ignored, to the detriment of tribes, the public, and our climate. Please join us in telling Congress to protect the Tongass by passing the Roadless Area Conservation Act.” Take ACTION.


 

Environmental Action: Tell NOAA to Protect Right Whales

“With only about 400 left in existence, North Atlantic right whales could become the first great whale in modern history to go extinct. We can’t afford to let this happen. For 40 years, scientists and conservationists have fought hard to save the endangered North Atlantic right whale, but the number of these beautiful creatures left in the wild is dwindling fast — since 2017, this species has seen an unprecedented 31 deaths. The situation is dire, but there’s still hope. By early next year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is set to issue a rule to protect them. Join us in calling on NOAA to make this rule as strong as possible.” Take action HERE.


Oceana: Support The Ocean-based Climate Solutions Act

“Our oceans are bearing the brunt of global warming. Ocean wildlife such as dolphins and whales are suffering from warmer, more acidic oceans. The Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act aims to help by prohibitibg new offshore oil drilling, protecting habitat, supporting fisheries, and more. This pioneering legislation is essential to protecting our oceans and we need Congress to pass it now, before it is too late. Contact your members of Congress about the Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act to protect ocean wildlife and our oceans from the impacts of climate change.” Take Action HERE.


National Wildlife Federation: Congratulate The Eastern Shoshone Tribe

Bison, also known as buffalo, were once a story of American tragedy — but they are becoming a beacon of hope. This National Bison Day, we are thrilled to share that the Eastern Shoshone Tribe has welcomed 12 new buffalo calves on their native lands in the past four years. Just four years ago, the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and the National Wildlife Federation introduced buffalo back to the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming after an absence of over 130 years. Please join us in sending a card of congratulations to the incredible Tribal stewards of the Eastern Shoshone. Sign HERE.


Oceana: Save Southern Resident Orcas from Extinction

These orcas have been literally starving to death, bones visible through their skin. They primarily feed on salmon, especially Chinook salmon —once-abundant, many Chinook salmon runs are now also threatened or endangered with extinction because of dams, habitat loss and other threats. Time is running out for critically endangered Southern Resident orcas. The Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) are considering measures that would help ensure more food is available to starving Southern Resident orcas through active and responsible fishery management – and we must make sure they take action, before it’s too late. Tell the PFMC and NMFS to take meaningful actions to increase the availability of food for these critically endangered orcas.  Take action HERE.


Center For Biological Diversity: Tell Governors That Now’s the Time to Protect Wolves

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has stripped federal protection from nearly every wolf in the lower 48. While we challenge this disastrous move in court, the fate of wolves rests with the states. States will decide where wolves can be shot, trapped and poisoned — so that’s where we’re ramping up our fight to protect them. Please take a moment to tell governors with wolves in their states to do everything in their power to ensure the species’ survival and recovery. The decision to end federal wolf protection means that states will soon manage wolves — so governors play a critical role in the future of wolf families in places like California, Colorado, Utah, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Oregon, Washington and the Dakotas.” Take action HERE.


Environment California: Support The Moving forward Act

Wildfires shouldn’t be burning in the Arctic — but they are. The phrase “Siberian heat wave” should appear in science fiction novels, not news coverage. Before our eyes, the effects of climate change are becoming more apparent and growing worse by the day. There’s also some good news: Legislation that could help us combat climate change has already passed the U.S. House of Representatives. Now, it’s waiting on the Senate. The Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2) is a sweeping infrastructure package that will rebuild and modernize our country. It will protect our environment and health by expanding access to clean transportation, rehabilitating drinking water infrastructure, updating the electric grid, and more. It will take on our climate’s number one enemy: pollution from transportation.
Tell Sens. Alex Padilla and Dianne Feinstein to support the Moving Forward Act today.


Sierra Club: The THRIVE (Transform, Heal, and Renew by Investing in a Vibrant Economy) Resolution

This is our road map to a just recovery — a recently introduced congressional resolution with a plan to put millions of people back to work building an economy that prioritizes climate, racial, and economic justice. Like the Green New Deal, the THRIVE Agenda will help us build a society that fosters justice, not crisis. The THRIVE Agenda is the result of months of collaboration between dozens of grassroots groups advocating for climate, economic, and racial justice. In just over a month, 100 members of Congress have signed on to (House Res 1102) a Green New Deal-aligned recovery that will put 16 million people back to work building an economy that advances climate, economic, and racial justice. Call Jimmy Panetta to urge him to sign on – (831) 429-1976


Center For Food Safety: Support Strong Pesticide Protections

One out every three bites of food we eat comes from a crop pollinated by bees. Yet over the past decade, honey bees and other pollinator populations have severely declined around the world. There are an overwhelming number of scientific studies linking bee declines to the use of pesticides, such as neonicotinoids, and illustrating the far reaching impacts toxic pesticides have on a wide range of environments. Unfortunately, the Trump Administration has been anything but tough on harmful pesticides, and their close ties to the chemical industry don’t leave us too hopeful things will improve anytime soon.
Thankfully, Representatives John Conyers (D, MI) and Earl Blumenauer (D, OR) introduced the Saving America’s Pollinators Act (H.R. 1337), which would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take immediate action to protect bees and other pollinators by suspending the use of neonicotinoid insecticides. Take ACTION.


CALPIRG: TELL EPA ADMINISTRATOR ANDREW WHEELER: GET THE LEAD OUT OF OUR DRINKING WATER

The EPA is preparing to update the Lead and Copper Rule. But so far, the agency has left out expert recommendations to require the replacement of lead service lines — which still service an estimated 9.3 million homes, child care centers and small businesses. Will you contact the EPA to require the replacement of all lead service lines in the United States within 10 years?
Act HERE.


Ocean Conservancy: Support Ocean Climate Solutions

We are already seeing the impacts of a changing climate on our ocean. From ocean acidification to deoxygenation, the ocean experiences firsthand the devastating effects of an increasingly warm planet. But it can also be an important part of how we tackle climate change. From blue carbon ecosystems to offshore renewable energy, our ocean offers a vast array of solutions to address the climate crisis. We need our ocean advocates more than ever to take a stand to protect the ocean and ensure we do not overlook the sustainable climate solutions it provides. Will you ask your representative to stand for our ocean and coastal communities and become a cosponsor of the Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act? Take ACTION.


Watsonville Wetlands Watch: Conserving Water and Storing Rainwater Benefits our Wetlands

With the rainy season quickly approaching comes the opportunity to lower our water usage by storing rainwater! Reducing water usage does a plethora of good for the wetlands and Watsonville as a whole. It helps keep water stored in our aquifers so that they have more time to recharge, it reduces the energy output needed to deliver water to households, it creates less of a burden on our wastewater treatment facilities, and it saves money! With the rainy season approaching one great way to act for the wetlands is by using a water catchment system to gather what rain you can and use it in the future for tasks such as watering a garden or lawn. Water catchment systems come in a variety of forms and prices, you can set up a home-wide system or go as simple as placing a bucket at the bottom of a gutter or area where rain will fall, then putting a lid on it for later use. Starting a catchment system now is a great way to help the environment in both the immediate and long-term, and save money and home gardens over time. Get started HERE!


Environment California: Protect our biggest ocean monument

Hawaii’s Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument is a national treasure. Established under the Bush administration and expanded by President Obama, it’s one of the largest marine protected areas in the world, a priceless sanctuary to 7,000 species of marine creatures. A quarter of the wildlife it protects are unique to the Hawaiian Islands. But industry wants to open it to large-scale fishing, which would be disastrous for the monument’s rich biodiversity and the sensitive species recovering in its critical habitat. Contact your Senators  HERE to protect this treasure.


Environmental Action: Ban offshore drilling permanently

“Oil spills are detrimental to coastal ecosystems and especially wildlife. Young sea turtles can become trapped in oil and even mistake it for food. Whales and dolphins can inhale oil, harming their lungs, reproduction and immune function. For seabirds, oil can coat their feathers, ruining the water repellency and exposing them to harsh elements. The only way to stop oil spills is to stop offshore drilling. Tell your senators to support a permanent ban on offshore drilling off of Florida’s Gulf coast.” Take ACTION.


Environment California: Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to List monarch butterflies as endangered

Monarch butterflies are important pollinators, but their population and habitat are being destroyed as a result of human activity and climate change. In the past year alone, the eastern monarch population has declined by a whopping 53 percent. If we act now, we can save these beautiful creatures by giving them the federal protection they need. Tell the U.S. FWS to list the monarch butterfly as endangered under the Endangered Species Act today. Act HERE.


350.org: Tell Gov. Newsom we want action now

On Sept 23, Gavin Newsom signed an executive order in response to the climate-fueled fires ravaging our state. We won some significant measures including a ban on sale of new gas-fueled cars by 2035. But we need to level with you. We combed through the details and read the fine print – and what we found is a lot of rhetoric rather than real action.
Newsom’s order:  recycles his campaign promise to enact a ban on fracking by passing the task to the legislature when he could enact a ban himself; voices support for a health and safety setback, but doesn’t actually implement one or name the 2,500 feet minimum setback distance; &  lacks any plan to phase out oil and gas drilling across the state.
So we’re launching an urgent petition to let Newsom know that Californians … demand real action that keeps fossil fuels in the ground and protects the health of California communities now. ACTION.


Environment America: Speak Up For The Tongas

The Trump administration has removed federal protections for the Tongass National Forest, paving the way for new logging in the wildest parts of our nation’s largest forest. At Environment America, we believe that our natural places should stay wild. It would be a tragedy to lose an 800-year-old forest and the rare and vulnerable wildlife that call it home. We’re urging Congress to enact the Roadless Area Conservation Act, which would permanently protect 58.5 million acres of wilderness, including the Tongass, from logging and roads. The Tongass National Forest, an ancient wilderness the size of West Virginia, is our world’s largest remaining intact temperate rainforest. It’s full of towering old-growth trees, some twice as old as America itself.2 The world’s largest population of black bears and the largest concentration of nesting bald eagles make the remote coastline their home. Take action HERE.


National Wildlife Federation: Protect the only designated bald eagle preserve

The Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve was created by the state of Alaska in 1982 to protect the habitat for one of the world’s largest concentrations of bald eagles. The Preserve consists of 48,000 acres of river bottom land—vital habitat for these magnificent raptors. But if heavy metals and sulfuric acid from the mine pour into the watershed, bald eagles may lose this pristine habitat in Southeast Alaska forever. Even worse, the proposed mine would be located in an area prone to earthquakes. A sizable seismic event could result in a massive spill of toxic, acid mine wastewater into the watershed.  Speak out for bald eagles today to help prevent this kind of environmental catastrophe. Action HERE.


Capital & Main: Reform the Calif Dept of Toxic Substances Control

A bill currently sits on Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk that proponents say will provide long-needed oversight of the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), the state agency responsible for regulating hazardous waste generation, management and toxic cleanup in California. Broadly prescriptive, Assembly Bill 995 includes a requirement to develop a hazardous waste management plan, and significant changes to the way hazardous waste fees are calculated and managed in an attempt to help plug major financial holes within the agency. According to community advocates, it also creates new and vital safeguards for some of the state’s most vulnerable, environmentally burdened communities. Many DTSC critics say sweeping agency reforms like those included in the bill are a long time in coming – and needed to prevent another environmental and fiscal disaster like Exide from happening again. Call the Governor’s office now at: (916) 445-2841.


Braver Angels: With Malice Toward None Pledge

“With malice toward none, with charity for all…” – Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865

Take the pledge: “I will not hold hate, disdain, or ridicule for those who voted differently from me. Whether I am pleased or upset about the outcome, I will seek to understand the concerns and aspirations of those who voted differently and will look for opportunities to work with people with whom I disagree.”
SIGN THE PLEDGE.


CALPIRG: THE RIGHT TO REPAIR

Fifty-nine million tons of e-waste were produced globally last year — but manufacturers still make it unnecessarily difficult for us to fix our electronic devices rather than replace them with new ones. Not only do these repair restrictions create extra cost for consumers, but they feed into massive amounts of waste. Support our right to repair so that we can reduce our e-waste. Contact your State legislator HERE


Green America: Climate Victory Gardens

During WWII, 20 million victory gardens in the US produced 8 million tons of food—that’s around 40% of the fresh fruits and vegetables consumed at the time. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Green America to do it again, but this time for people and the planet. Act for the climate now by growing a Climate Victory Garden! Climate Victory Gardening is all about protecting and building healthy soils. This healthy soil sequesters carbon from the atmosphere and stores it in the ground. Join thousands of individuals and communities around the country taking meaningful, collective action on the climate through Climate Victory Gardening. Help us reach our goal of 10,000 gardens. Take action HERE.


The Santa Cruz Coastal Adaptation Plan

Resilient Coast Santa Cruz – Input on Coastal Adaptation
Learn about Santa Cruz’s coastal vulnerabilities and provide feedback on adaptation pathways and strategies for West Cliff Drive and adjacent beaches. Link HERE.


Ocean Conservancy: Take Action Against Single-Use Plastics in California

“Each year an estimated 11 million metric tons of plastic waste flow into the global ocean, threatening marine life and coastal ecosystems. Right now we have an opportunity in California to help protect our communities, beaches, and ocean from plastic pollution by passing The California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act (AB 1080/ SB 54).” Take Action HERE.


CALPIRG: Support The Moving Forward Act

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Moving Forward Act, which would invest in cleaner infrastructure. Now we need your help to urge the U.S. Senate to do the same. This Act would invest $1.5 trillion in our nation’s infrastructure to create sweeping change. In particular, the legislation provides funding for removing dangerous toxins from local water supplies, transforming the electric grid to accommodate more renewable energy, and deploying more electric transit buses. Rather than continuing to invest in outdated infrastructure that pollutes our environment and endangers public health, it’s time to build a future with cleaner air and water. Take ACTION


Daily Kos: Tell US companies to stop contributing to the burning of the Amazon

“A new report by Amazon Watch shows for the first time how firms that fuel the destruction of the Brazilian Amazon openly trade with and receive financing from a range of companies and major investors in the U.S. Although these producers of soy, cattle, and timber for export have documented links to illegal deforestation, corruption, slave labor, and other crimes, they nonetheless do business with investors and companies based in America. This means U.S. companies are not only financing rainforest destruction, they also financed the disastrous Amazon fire. American based companies like Cargill, JPMorgan Chase, BlackRock, Vanguard, and State Street, among others, are in dealings with or bankroll the bad-acting Brazilian companies. Sign the Petition: Demand U.S. companies stop contributing to rainforest destruction immediately!”


Environment California: Choose Wildlife Over Waste

Each year, Americans throw away millions of foam cups and take-out containers. Too often, this pollution ends up in our waterways, and eventually the ocean, where it can harm or even kill birds and marine animals such as turtles and whales. Nothing we use for a few minutes should pollute our environment for hundreds of years. Tell your legislators to support a ban on one of the worst types of plastic pollution: polystyrene foam cups and containers. Act HERE.


Change.org: Petition to Protect Neary Lagoon

“The 101 Felix Street proposed development would amend and weaken the City’s General Plan and the Local Coastal Protection Plan in order to build five, 3-story, large buildings and cut 22 large trees on the banks of beautiful Neary Lagoon Wildlife Refuge and Laurel Creek Watershed. It will have significant negative impacts for the environment, for the wildlife, for the people who love to visit Neary Lagoon and live nearby! This development site will add 160 to 300 plus residents, their cars, and up to 160 more pets to the habitat and to Cypress Point Apartments. Neary Lagoon wetland and riparian habitat is home to 228 species of birds and other endangered wildlife that are sensitive to human activity, light and noise.” Petition HERE.


Environment California: Protect your drinking water from rocket fuel chemicals

“A chemical used in rocket fuel, explosives and fireworks could also be in drinking water, but no one is protecting us from it. The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will not set regulations on perchlorate — a chemical known to harm brain development that is found in rocket fuel and other explosive products — in our drinking water. Found in the water, soil or sediment of 45 states, this chemical can harm the brain development in fetuses and young children, and disrupt thyroid function. The chemical has been classified as a drinking water contaminant under the Safe Drinking Water Act since 2011. Yet, the EPA is revoking its 2008 finding that no more than 15 parts per billion (ppb) of perchlorate in drinking water was safe. The Food and Drug Administration suggests that if any drinking water has levels higher than 15 ppb, it is too dangerous for infants and pregnant women. Now, the agency is suggesting that levels almost four times that would be safe.” Take ACTION.


Clean Water Action: Break Free of Plastic Pollution Act

Instead of emphasizing consumer choices, littering, or clean-ups, the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act would help the supply side of the economy shift toward waste reduction and reuse and create a more systemic solution to plastic pollution. It will establish minimum recycled content requirements for packaging and will create a national beverage container refund program. It will also reduce and ban some common single-use disposable plastics.
It’s time to hold brands, manufacturers, and the plastics industry accountable for their role in the plastic pollution crisis! Please contact your representatives in the U.S. Congress about co-sponsoring the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act (S3263/HR5845) which would hold the plastic industry and other companies responsible for the waste they produce. Take action HERE.


NRDC: Tell Your Senators To Support Moving Forward Act

The House of Representatives just passed a sweeping new bill — the Moving Forward Act — that would do exactly that — and now we need to turn up the pressure on the U.S. Senate to do the same. We desperately need equitable, sustainable investments. We need real improvements that build towards the clean energy future we deserve. And we need policies that cut carbon emissions, improve resilience, create jobs, and ensure that every family — regardless of race or income — has access to clean air, safe drinking water, and reliable transportation.
Tell your senators to take bold action to rebuild the country and our economy by supporting the Moving Forward Act without delay! Action HERE.


Change.org: Urge Amazon to Offer Plastic-Free Packaging Options

“Thousands of the products on Amazon are shipped with plastic wrapping and cushioning materials unnecessarily. Much of the plastic included in e-commerce shipping is not recyclable at all or is very difficult to recycle given the lack of facilities. 91% of all plastic ends up as litter, in landfills or incinerated. Paper and other biodegradable materials are as effective and similar in price to plastic and bubble-wrap, which Amazon requires from it’s marketplace sellers. It’s time they updated both their checkout options and their marketplace requirements to remove the ‘bubble-wrap non-compliance’ We are petitioning for a ‘Plastic-free’ option at checkout and ‘Plastic-free’ labeling available for sellers who already choose eco alternatives.” Take ACTION.


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Sustainable America: Building a Better Local Food System Toolkit To Take Action

Filled with tips and insights for food lovers of all skill sets and knowledge levels, this toolkit offers ideas and resources for strengthening the local food systems in your area, including: ways you can support local farmers and producers; advice for growing your own food; resources to help you share food with your neighbors; & opportunities to invest and advocate for a stronger local food system. Download for free HERE.


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Source: California Air Resources Board – Air pollution from small gas engines.


Environmental Action: Tell the FWS to Protect the Alexander Archipelago wolf

“Up to 97 percent of the Alexander Archipelago wolves on Prince of Wales Island were killed during this past trapping season. This tragedy is unsustainable. Alexander Archipelago wolves are a unique population of wolves with jet-black fur that call a string of islands in southeastern Alaska home. The most recent estimate of the wolves’ population on Prince of Wales Island — the largest in the archipelago — indicated that about 170 animals remained there. But during this year’s trapping season, 165 wolves were killed — that’s 97 percent of the population. It’s irresponsible for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to continue to allow trapping of these beautiful and vulnerable animals. If they aren’t protected soon, we could lose them forever.
Send a message HERE to Drew Crane, the Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Endangered Species Coordinator for Alaska, urging him to protect these incredibly rare wolves before they’re gone forever.


Oceana: Save Marine Life From Single-Use Plastics

First-of-its-kind bill introduced in Congress that would reduce single-use plastics polluting our oceans. The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act would phase out certain single-use plastics and shift the burden of plastic waste to the companies producing it. We must seize this opportunity. The equivalent of roughly a garbage truck’s worth of plastic enters our oceans every minute. You’ve seen the result: Dolphins, whales and other marine life killed by ingesting plastic debris or being entangled in it. Now is the time for the federal government to act. Tell your members of Congress to protect our oceans and marine life from plastic pollution. Act HERE.


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Santa Cruz County Zero Carbon by 2030

Zero Carbon by 2030 is a list of proposed greenhouse gas reduction strategies for Santa Cruz City and County to implement in the next ten years. SCCAN has compiled a list of greenhouse gas reduction strategies and recommendations that will address the local challenges of climate change moving forward. Support the campaign HERE.


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National Wildlife Federation: Help Stop Oil and Gas Drilling in Sagebrush Country

Sagebrush country is home to 350 species of wildlife across the West. This vast landscape defines the West and is home to the beautiful greater sage-grouse and many species that live nowhere else on earth. Help protect the sage grouse and the hundreds of species that depend on sagebrush country from oil and gas drilling. Tell the Bureau of Land Management to go back to the historic 2015 plans that were forged by Westerners who know and love this land. Take action HERE


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Environmental Action: Support strong protections for lynx

With their tufted ears and bobbed tail, lynx are some of the most unique animals that call America home — but we may be on the brink of losing them. Because lynx populations are in decline across the American West they need strong and ongoing protection if they are going to survive and thrive — especially right now, as the world warms. These specialized wildcats are especially vulnerable to climate change because they are adapted to live in cold weather — and when snow vanishes, so too does their preferred prey: the snowshoe hare. Read article HERE.
It’s not too late to make sure lynx get the protection they need — but we need to show strong support for efforts to sustain them. Take action HERE.


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Join A Climate Group!

Locally, nationally, and around the world many people are joining climate advocacy groups to build community and vision for a livable future. Save Our Shores offers an introduction to several groups, including their priorities and goals. If you know of other groups that should be added to this list, please email: climate@saveourshores.org.


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Stop #TreeWashing and oppose the Trillion Trees Act! Say NO to the Trillion Trees Act

Greenpeace reports “Members of the House GOP, in conjunction with Trump, recently introduced the Trillion Trees Act to the Natural Resources Committee. This bill that claims to plant 1 trillion trees by 2050 is nothing more than a greenwashing attempt to protect the logging industry under the guise of climate action, and will put the health of our forest ecosystems and our communities at risk. Superficial tree planting is a problem.
We need you to help protect our existing forests, not turn them into money-making industrial plantations. Tell Rep Raul Grijalva, the National Resources Committee Chairman, to oppose the Trillion Trees Act, and support real solutions for forests and climate. Info and Action HERE.

NOTE: For a thorough yet concise overview of the important considerations with mass tree planting, see a paper by Dr. Karen Koll, UCSC, in the May 8 issue of Science.


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Environmental Action.org: Give oceanic whitetip sharks a chance

Oceanic whitetip sharks — the apex predator of the ocean — are being driven to the verge of extinction. The White House has the power to save these magnificent creatures and the ocean ecosystems for which they are so important. Please encourage the Trump administration to act today to save the sharks. Send a message HERE


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Environment America: A Citizen’s Guide to Reducing Energy Waste

With clean energy from the sun and wind, we have the technology to provide for our energy needs without the global consequences of pollution. Yet we’re still producing and consuming virtually all of our energy in ways that do lasting damage to our environment, our health and our climate. And to make matters worse, of all that dirty energy we produce, two-thirds of it ends up being wasted.

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Coastal Watershed Council: Neighborhood Trash Study

Parental approval and/or support needed. This is your chance to contribute to community science and help collect important data about neighborhood trash levels! You will explore your neighborhood streets and document how much trash you see, learning about the different ways that trash impacts our community and environment. Then you will tap in to your creative side to draw a Trash Prevention Poster to teach others about the importance of reducing trash pollution. Trash isn’t pretty to look at, and it also can harm our rivers, ocean, beaches and wildlife. The City of Santa Cruz and other local governments are working hard to reduce trash levels in our communities and we can all pitch in to help! Learn about this activity HERE.


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Join The Center For Biological Diversity‘s Saving Life on Earth Campaign

They are working to make the extinction crisis a key issue and build a powerful coast-to-coast volunteer network that pushes the United States to become a leader in the global fight to save the planet’s biodiversity. That’s why they released a comprehensive plan, Saving Life on Earth, to outline policies the United States must implement to tackle this crisis. Join their grassroots campaign today and do you part to combat the extinction crisis. Learn more and sign the petition HERE.


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This from 350.org “Tell Gov. Newsom: Stop Permitting Another Public Health Crisis”

“While Californians struggle to protect their families during the COVID-19 crisis, and on the same day the New York legislature and Governor Cuomo moved to ban fracking, the Newsom Administration just quietly approved 24 new fracking permits that will further threaten public health. We demand that Governor Newsom and Oil and Gas Supervisor Uduak-Joe Ntuk to reverse the recent decision to issue fracking permits, halt the issuance of all additional oil/gas extraction permits, and prioritize protecting public health. Send a Message to them now – stop permitting yet another public health crisis!”


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Help Save the Manatees

From the National Wildlife Federation: The manatee’s seagrass habitat is vanishing. Too little clean freshwater is flowing into Florida’s bays, upsetting the delicate balance of salt levels. Increased salinity and harmful algal blooms—caused by toxic runoff—have suffocated tens of thousands of acres of seagrass. But there’s hope: Restoration of America’s Everglades would return the flow of water to its historic path and save the manatee’s seagrass home. Tell Congress to approve funding for the restoration of this one-of-a-kind ecosystem and save the manatee. Action HERE.


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Environment California: Protect Bees from Toxic Pesticides

“The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering reauthorizing the use of a class of bee-killing pesticides. The pesticides, called neonicotinoids, attack bees’ central nervous systems, causing neurological damage and paralysis.2 Recent research has also found that baby bumblebees’ brains are permanently and irreversibly damaged by feeding on pollen and nectar contaminated with neonicotinoids. The good news is that we have an opportunity this Earth Day to stand up for bees. The EPA is accepting public input on its decision until May 4. Join the thousands of supporters like you who have already signed: Tell the EPA to ban the worst uses of neonicotinoids. Take ACTION


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Save Our Shores Calls for Protecting What You Love From Plastic Pollution

Despite our ongoing efforts, the plastic problem is worsening. More action is urgently needed to protect both public health and our environment. We’ve launched an aggressive plastic pollution campaign to reduce the impact of six plastic pollutants: single-use toiletry bottles; microfiber pollution; single-use water bottles; flushed contact lenses; balloons; and single-use coffee pods. Take action HERE.


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Save the Redwoods League has announced an agreement to purchase Cascade Creek, a spectacular landscape hosting a mix of old and second-growth redwoods. In order to fully protect this forest, the League and its partners will need to raise $9.6 million to purchase and steward the property by May 30, 2020.  A perfect example of the ancient redwood habitat that once dominated the San Francisco Bay Area, Cascade Creek holds a pivotal position between Big Basin Redwoods and Año Nuevo State Parks. On this ancestral territory of the Quiroste tribe, ancient coast redwoods shade the property’s namesake Cascade Creek, and redwoods young and old thrive on the upper slopes, sharing the steep terrain with lofty Douglas firs and mature madrones. Habitat is abundant for native wildlife such as mountain lions, black-tailed deer, bobcats, coyotes, gray foxes, and ringtails, as well as raptors and songbirds. Please contribute!


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Waterfall on Cascade Creek. Photo: Max Forster


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Tell Congress to Ban Wildlife Trade, from the Center For Biological Diversity

“In the past 40 years, the worst human pandemics and epidemics — HIV, SARS, avian flu, swine flu, Ebola and Zika — all stemmed from trading or consuming animals and destroying their habitat. The solution couldn’t be clearer: Ban wildlife trade to reduce disease risk and save animals from overexploitation. But when asked if banning wildlife trade is a priority last week, President Trump just shrugged. Tell Congress to block trade now to save wildlife and help prevent future pandemics. Zoonotic diseases are spread from animals, usually vertebrates, to humans — and approximately 70% of these diseases come from wildlife. The United States is one of the world’s top importers of wildlife, responsible for an estimated 20% of the global wildlife market. Getting a handle on this rampant trade is a very clear priority.” TAKE ACTION HERE


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Tell Your Members Of Congress to Support a Green New Deal!

“We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enact bold Green New Deal policies that will tackle climate change and inequity. We need to convince members of Congress to sign on. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey have introduced landmark resolutions in support of a Green New Deal in the House and Senate. Getting as many members of Congress as possible to sign on now is the first step in our plan to build long-term power and lay the groundwork for enactment of a Green New Deal under a new administration. Ask your members of Congress to sign on to resolutions calling for a Green New Deal!” A Sierra Club  action.


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From Oceana.org: “The Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act would:

Phase out certain single-use plastics that pollute our seas.
Put in place a nationwide beverage container refund program.
Shift the burden of plastic waste from us as consumers to the companies producing it”.    Learn more and speak out about this at Oceana.org


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Check out this campaign at Environmental Defense.

“Writing a letter to the editor is easy!  Your personal words matter most. One personalized letter explaining your individual perspective, experience and knowledge is worth more than 100 duplicate letters.
Your letter can (and should) be brief. Most newspapers will accept letters up to 150 words in length.
Your letter shouldn’t take more than 5-10 minutes. We’ve provided some copy points to help get you thinking. You can submit through your local paper’s website, or use the tool at the link (above).”