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.
Bike Santa Cruz County
Citizens Climate Lobby
Coastal Watershed Council
Community AgroEcology Network
Groundswell Coastal Ecology
Eat For The Earth
Homeless Garden Project
Regeneracion Pájaro Valley
Santa Cruz Climate Action Network
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Save Our Shores
Sierra Club Santa Cruz
Watsonville Wetlands Watch
Groundswell Coastal Ecology & Calif Native Plant Society SC: Native Plant Restoration, Jan 23, 10 am – 1 pm
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City of Santa Cruz Climate Action Plan 2030: First Opportunity for Community Engagement
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 embarking upon an equitable, community-driven Climate Action Plan 2030 process! Please take our first community survey on engagement preferences and if you would like to be added to the mailing list for this project. Be sure to click the “submit” button! Survey open through Feb 8, 2021. Please share widely! Bilingual SURVEY.
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.2 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.
Team Sierra: 1.5 New Year Challenge Fundraiser
“On Jan 11, we kicked off our first-ever virtual 1.5 New Year Challenge. So far 319 people have committed to do an activity every day, like a 15 minute workout or a 1.5 mile walk, jog, bike ride, etc. through February 12. Will you join the 1.5 Challenge? Why 1.5? 2020 was the end of the hottest decade on record, according to the UN. We’re in a climate crisis. We must keep global temperature increases (from pre-industrial levels) under 1.5 degrees Celsius in order to prevent the worst impacts, from extreme weather to food scarcity and beyond.” Participate 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.
UCSC Sustainability Office: Home Office Assessment Challenge, December, 2020 – March 12, 2021
The UCSC Sustainability Office has created a Home Office Assessment Challenge where participants can assess the sustainability of their home office. It is a simplified version of the assessments that are a part of the Green Office Certification Program. The challenge will run through March 12th and the instructions and more information about the challenge on our site linked below. Participants will receive a digital certification and be given ideas for sustainable goals and commitments to further sustainability work beyond the challenge timeframe. In addition, Patagonia gift cards will be given to the top winners! Participants don’t have to be affiliated with UCSC to participate. To learn more and take the challenge 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.
Center For Biological Diversity: Don’t Let These Shorebirds Get Run Over by Recreational Vehicles
This fall the Center for Biological Diversity sued the California Department of Parks and Recreation for continuing to let off-road vehicles kill protected birds at Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area. Now the agency wants to finalize a permit dramatically expanding off-roading there under a “habitat conservation plan.” The plan would greenlight motorized recreation across 1,370 acres of habitat for threatened snowy plovers and erase a third of the park’s protected breeding areas for plovers and California least terns. It would let State Parks “take” — including kill — 67 plovers and 30 least terns every year, exempting off-roading, one of the birds’ main threats, from regulation by the Endangered Species Act. Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reject the plan and “take” permit, and instead force State Parks to reduce motorized recreation at the dunes and expand protected habitat areas for imperiled plovers and terns. Act 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.
Sierra Club: VICTORY! GM Withdraws from Trump’s Attack on Clean Cars!
Following Donald Trump’s defeat, General Motors withdrew its support for the Trump administration’s lawsuit that attacks clean car standards. It’s time for other automakers to stop messing with our clean air. Send a message now to Toyota and Fiat-Chrysler! Tell them to withdraw from the Trump Administration’s lawsuit attacking clean car standards. General Motors’ announcement shows the immense power we have to hold automakers accountable. More than a quarter of a million people told automakers to abandon their support for the Trump administration’s rollback of national and state clean car standards, which will cost US families $300 billion at the pump, increase climate pollution, and harm lung health. Take action HERE.
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.
Elkhorn Slough: Teachers on the Estuary Workshops (TOTE), Online Nov 7 & 14, 9 – 11:30 am, and Field Day Nov 15, 9 am – 4 pm
TOTE is a hands-on Estuarine Science workshop focused on developing inquiry based lessons for middle and high school teachers. This year our TOTE workshop will combine online learning with a single field day. During our field day all state Covid protection protocols will be practiced. Lessons will be outdoors, participants and staff will be required to wear masks, everyone will practice safe physical distancing, hand wash stations will be available, and every precaution will be taken to keep everyone safe. This is going to be a fun few days with tons of lesson ideas for engaging your students in topics like: water quality data collection, climate change and plant migration and estuarine science ideas! More details HERE.
Surfrider: Pass the Plastic Pellet Free Waters Act!
According to a 2016 report, 230,000 tons of pre-production plastic pellets pollute the marine environment each year. About 22,000 pellets are found in a single pound, meaning trillions of pellets are scattered into the environment every year. Current law allows plastic producers and shippers to discharge trillions of small pre-production plastic pellets — “nurdles” — directly into waters little to no enforcement. Thus far, enforcement has relied upon high-profile litigation against specific companies. U.S. Senator Tom Udall (NM) has introduced new legislation to prevent corporations from dumping plastic pellets Into the oceans and other waterways. Take ACTION now to join Surfrider in supporting S.4681 — The Plastic Pellet Free Waters Act.
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. Kamala D. Harris 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?
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.
Center For Biological Diversity: Protect America’s Wild Roadless Forests
The U.S. Forest Service continues its assault on our public lands. In September the agency finalized a proposal to open more than 9 million pristine acres of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest to clearcut logging and bulldozing for roads, degrading one of the largest intact temperate rainforests remaining in the world. This poses a terrible danger not only to the Tongass but to 50 million acres of national forests across the country. It would set a precedent for rolling back the 2001 Roadless Rule, whose protections explicitly bar such destruction. The Forest Service’s rollback of the Roadless Rule in Alaska threatens habitat for grizzly and black bears, rare Alexander Archipelago wolves and salmon. And it would deal a painful blow to one of our greatest defenses against climate change: the boon of this forest’s centuries-old trees, which store vast amounts of carbon. Tell your representative in Congress to cosponsor the Roadless Area Conservation Act.
2020 Or Bust Fundraiser
As we complete 2020, it’s more obvious than ever that the climate crisis is not a crisis of climate. Or politics or science or economics or any of the other usual scapegoats. It is a crisis of consciousness. We are skateboarding across America to spread the word that the real opportunity in ending the climate crisis is people everywhere waking up from the trance of “I can’t make any difference, it’s up to someone else.” The question we’re asking is: “What have you done today to end the climate crisis?” And if you can’t answer that question, then you have left the future up to someone else. And guess what? “They” aren’t handling it. Take action HERE.
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.
The Nation, Bill McKibben: Vote as if the Climate and the Future of Humanity Depend on It – Because They Do
“To understand the planetary importance of this autumn’s presidential election, check the calendar. Voting ends on November 3—and by a fluke of timing, on the morning of November 4 the United States is scheduled to pull out of the Paris Agreement. President Trump announced that we would abrogate our Paris commitments during a Rose Garden speech in 2017. But under the terms of the accords, it takes three years to formalize the withdrawal. So on Election Day it won’t be just Americans watching: The people of the world will see whether the country that has poured more carbon into the atmosphere than any other over the course of history will become the only country that refuses to cooperate in the one international effort to do something about the climate crisis.” Learn MORE.
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.
Sustainable Energy & Environment Coalition: Address Climate Change In The Debates
“In 2016, presidential debate moderators did not ask a single question about the climate crisis. Here we are four years later, and the existential threat of climate change has only grown. As evidenced by Hurricane Laura that was supercharged by unseasonably warm waters and record-shattering temperatures and wildfires out west, the consequences of climate inaction are everywhere. We need to know what plans both Presidential candidates have to address greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the effects of climate change that are already happening. That’s why a group of 70 Members of Congress, led by SEEC PAC member Rep. Mike Levin, wrote a letter to the Presidential Debate Commission demanding that they make climate change a centerpiece of the upcoming presidential and vice-presidential debates. Join them in these demands by taking action HERE.
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: “Regardless of how the election turns out, 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.
Environment California: Trump administration’s methane rule
“The Trump administration just implemented a rule that lets oil and gas companies freely leak methane without reporting or repairing the leaks. What’s worse: Methane leaks are one of the biggest contributors to global warming. We’re calling on our senators to block this dangerous rule before it can inflict irreversible harm to our climate. Will you join us?” Send a message to your US Senators HERE.
The Trust For Public Lands: Protect Public Lands Utah
“While the nation is focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, the Administration is quietly planning to auction off millions of acres of public land across the country to the highest bidder to drill and mine for short-term profit. Next on their list: 23 land parcels in Utah totaling over 27,000 acres of our shared public lands that will be leased for drilling and mining at the end of September. This attack on our public lands would have catastrophic consequences, and we don’t have much time to stop it. Drilling and mining forever change the landscapes they touch, long after anyone is making money off them. We shouldn’t permanently scar our shared public lands for a temporary profit of just a few people. Please help us pressure BLM Acting Director Pendley to stand up and say NO to oil and gas leasing on Utah’s public lands now!” Take ACTION.
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
Trust For Public Land: Director Pendley, Say ‘no’ to oil drilling on Carrizo Plain
Carrizo Plain National Monument in Southern California is under attack. The Bureau of Land Management approved an oil well and pipeline project to run through the middle of this national treasure. No oil drilling has occurred in Carrizo Plain since it was established as a national monument back in 2001. Allowing an oil well and pipeline project in Carrizo Plain not only goes against what our national monuments stand for, but also sets a dangerous precedent that oil wells and pipelines should be allowed on these protected areas across the nation. Carrizo Plain is home to tremendous diversity and richness of plants and wildlife and is best known for spectacular super blooms, which paint the landscape in gold and purple. Drilling for oil and building a pipeline in this breathtaking place could irreversibly harm threatened and endangered species, cause air pollution or oil spills, and ruin the scenic views that visitors come from all over the country to experience first-hand. 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.
Sierra Club California: Recovery Bill For Healthy Air, Healthy Schools, & EV Charging – AB 841
Assembly Bill 841 helps protect the health of students and teachers while generating jobs. As children are not physically in schools due to COVID-19, now is the time to make critical upgrades that will result in long-term savings for schools. It creates a program to make the air safer to breathe and the water safer to drink in public schools, while reducing energy bills. It will fix, replace and upgrade HVAC systems to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, and repair and replace old, inefficient water fixtures that leach lead into drinking water. The bill starts with schools in low-income communities that have long been under-resourced. AB 841 will also deploy charging statewide infrastructure for all types of electric vehicles. More HERE.
National Wildlife Federation: Thank Our Senators For Supporting Wildlife Corridors Act, S.1499
“Pronghorn and other species need our help! Wildlife habitat in America is being fragmented and lost at an alarming rate. As crucial habitats continue to be carved up by housing, roads, fences, energy facilities, and other man-made barriers, animals are struggling more and more to reach food, water, shelter, and breeding sites. The Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act will ensure resources are available to implement on-the-ground projects that support the creation or maintenance of wildlife corridors. And since wildlife don’t recognize state lines and can’t read private property signs, the legislation will increase coordination across federal agencies, states, tribal nations, and private landowners.” Act HERE.
Center For Biological Diversity: Tell Gov. Newsom: Stop Permitting Fracking Now
“Over the past few months, during the pandemic, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has resumed approval of toxic fracking permits. Despite issuing a temporary moratorium on these permits last fall, the governor is now caving to pressure from the oil and gas industry. His administration has handed out dozens of new permits at the worst possible time, threatening public health and our climate. The governor has permitted fracking and toxic oil extraction in communities of color that are already being devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic and disproportionately harmed by fossil fuel pollution.” Action 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.
Sierra Club: Kenai Brown Bears Deserve a Place Of Refuge, Not Baiting and Trapping
“While our nation grapples with many challenges, the Department of the Interior has been reducing regulations on pollution, cutting protections for migratory birds and endangered species, and pushing forward with leasing on fragile public lands. Now they want to bring additional cruelty and devastation to America’s wildlife — in Alaska National Wildlife Refuges. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has proposed opening Alaska’s Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to bear baiting — a shameful, unethical practice that will let hunters attract hungry brown bears with bait like donuts and then shoot them when they show up. Until now, FWS has always prohibited brown bear baiting on the Kenai Refuge — they need your help to keep it that way!” Take ACTION.
Center For Biological Diversity: Help Protect Inyo National Forest’s Solitude Canyon
Fifteen miles of mountain-bike trails are being proposed for construction in California’s Inyo National Forest near Mammoth Lakes, and we need your help to make sure they don’t do more harm than good. The new trails would dramatically increase visitation to this wild area and cut through a protected roadless zone, including Solitude Canyon. Such heavy use of the roadless area could cause stress for pikas, mule deer and rare Sierra Nevada red foxes. Tell the U.S. Forest Service to perform a full environmental review for this project to make sure it doesn’t hurt our Sierra wildlife. Take action HERE.
Clean Water Action: The 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.
Ocean Conservancy: Defend The National Environmental Policy Act
“The Trump administration weakened the rules that implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)—taking away your voice on decisions that will significantly impact our ocean, environment and planet. NEPA ensures local communities are able to take action when there are proposed projects that could potentially damage or pollute the place they call home and the places people care about. It does this by requiring federal agencies to “look before they leap” and fully consider and disclose the environmental consequences of major federal actions before proceeding. It ensures that local communities who may be affected by these actions have the opportunity to make their voices heard.” Take action HERE.
Sierra Club: Protect The Clean Air Act (Again!)
The Clean Air Act has been limiting harmful air pollutants since the early 1970s, ushering in a new era of clean air and improved public health. Today, the annual benefits of the Clean Air Act are up to 32 times greater than the cost of these regulations. The Trump administration doesn’t like those odds, so they’re trying to tip the scales in favor of polluting industries that don’t like the Clean Air Act. The new proposal would limit what types of benefits the EPA can consider when weighing the cost of new Clean Air Act rules. If the EPA gets to consider all the costs of a rule but only some of the benefits, it could tip the scale towards costs and make some rules that protect our air look unreasonably costly, and then they wouldn’t move forward. That’s not fair, especially for people who have to breathe the air that’s impacted by these decisions. This will be especially harmful to Black, Indigenous, and communities of color who have always been and continue to be disproportionately exposed to dangerous amounts of air pollution. Speak up HERE.
Ocean Conservancy: Protect Our East Coast’s Only Marine National Monument
“President Trump has issued a Proclamation (June 5) to strip essential protections from one of our nation’s most special ocean places, the New England Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. The proclamation lifts all restrictions on commercial fishing in our nation’s only marine national monument on the East Coast — threatening this public treasure while failing to address real problems faced by fishing communities. This undersea landscape fosters a marine fragile and pristine marine ecosystem that includes deep sea corals, whales, sea turtles, and many species of fish. This unprecedented decision by President Trump is a dangerous and deliberate step forward in the Administration’s larger plan to make monuments protected areas in name only.” Speak out HERE.
Center For Biological Diversity: Protect California Endangered Species
“The California Senate will soon vote on A.B. 235, a cynical bill that would roll back critical protections for plants and animals under the state’s Endangered Species Act. Backed by developers, it’s aimed at heading off protections for Joshua trees if they’re designated a “candidate” species at an upcoming Fish and Game Commission hearing. But the bill is sweeping enough that it would harm not just Joshua trees but all species for which state protection is sought in the future. It could even undercut safeguards given to recently protected candidates such as mountain lions.” 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.
Center For Biological Diversity: Save The Desert National Wildlife Refuge
“Desert National Wildlife Refuge is the largest refuge in the lower 48 and home to a wide range of rare and threatened species, including bighorn sheep and desert tortoises. But now this Nevada treasure is at risk of being dismantled by the Democratic-led House of Representatives. In a stunning betrayal of public lands, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith of Washington state included a disastrous provision authored by public-lands enemy Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah in the National Defense Authorization Act. Now Democrats on the committee have greenlighted giving 850,000 acres of the Desert Refuge to the Air Force for use as an industrial training center. This massive land grab will allow some of the most pristine habitat in the West to be bombed and destroyed in war games.” Speak out HERE.
Photo: Weizel Gulfan
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.
Wildlife Conservation Society: Fight for the future of the bison
It’s time for bison to come home. Wild bison have faced a terrible history. Today, they are gone from most of their former range. Bison once thundered across North America, 30 million strong, leaving an indelible mark on the heart and soul of North America’s cultures, identities, and heritage. At the end of the 1800s, they were on the brink of extinction, with fewer than 500 left in the wild. Today just a few wild bison herds remain, mostly in small, isolated populations. But we have a chance to change all that.
The Department of Interior (DOI) has demonstrated visionary leadership in the launch of its 2020 Bison Conservation Initiative (BCI). Speak out by thanking Secretary Bernhardt and the Department of the Interior for their leadership on this issue, and encourage them to go the distance by fully implementing the BCI. Take action HERE.
And watch this brief video: FACE THE WIND, Narration by Mark Ruffalo
Source: California Air Resources Board – Air pollution from small gas engines.
Center For Biological Diversity: Extinction Crisis Is Accelerating
“A new study finds that hundreds of amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles have fewer than 1,000 individuals left and that the extinction crisis is speeding up. The sixth mass extinction is being caused by people, but people can also stop it. “Extinction is a political choice,” says Center scientist Tierra Curry. “Our own future is at stake if we don’t move away from fossil fuels and end wildlife exploitation, and at the same time, necessarily, address poverty and injustice.” Here’s one thing you can do: Sign our PETITION calling on 2020 candidates to support a plan to stop the global extinction crisis.”
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.
Earthjustice: Support The Children’s Act for Responsible Employment and Farm Safety, or CARE Act
“Farmworkers are some of the least protected workers in the country — and some farmworkers are children. Pediatricians have understood for decades that children are more vulnerable to health-harming chemicals than adults. The CARE Act, would strengthen protections for children working in agriculture, increasing the minimum age for employment and restricting hazardous tasks and working hours. Urge your Representative to support the CARE Act today.” Take action HERE.
2020 Or Bust: Global 50 Action Program, Starting June 23
For four years, 2020 or Bust has been working to break the trance—the myths about climate change—in which most people reside. There has been some success, but not nearly what’s needed to interrupt the trance on a global scale. The Global 50 is our shot, taking all that we have learned and accomplished and through a group of 50 select individuals, cracking the global complacency and moving humanity to effective action. This six-month program will be the culmination of 2020 or Bust, our shot to give humanity its shot. Participants will take on particular demographics and sectors and work in those areas to empower people to take the stand to end the climate crisis and develop plans of action consistent with that stand.
You are invited to be one of The Global 50. The Program starts June 23. We are hosting introductory sessions this week and next. Let us know if you’re interested, and please share this opportunity with anyone you know who would want to know about it. Learn more HERE.
Greenpeace: Tell your Governor and Attorney General NO EPA Rollbacks, No Environmental Racism
Donald Trump just signed two executive orders instructing his administration to bypass environmental regulations and speed up fossil fuel projects like mines and pipelines. The order will allow White House officials to circumvent bedrock environmental laws like the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act and all but eliminate public participation in decisions affecting communities near infrastructure projects. The second order weakens federal pollution control standards by changing the way benefits are calculated by the Environmental Protection Agency and would permanently impact our ability as a country to issue clean air and climate change regulations. The impacts of COVID-19 are made worse by those who experience more pollution so the health crisis means more Black, Brown, and Indigenous lives are lost. Please call on your state’s governor and attorney general to sue the Trump administration to stop these new rules from being implemented. Act HERE.
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.
National Wildlife Federation: Support The Clean Water For All Act
Unless we act, our nation’s amphibians could soon see their wetland habitat polluted and destroyed. The Trump Administration’s decision to remove safeguards for more than half of our nation’s wetlands and millions of stream miles was a reckless decision for America’s wildlife, communities, and drinking water supply—but with your help we can restore these protections. Protecting clean water is a key part of recovering our most vulnerable populations of amphibians. Salamanders are highly sensitive to water pollution because their permeable skin makes it easier for toxins to enter their bloodstream. Some salamanders return annually to the same waters and vernal ponds that they were born in to reproduce. Without protections for small streams and wetlands, our threatened and endangered species of salamanders could be swiftly pushed to the brink of extinction. Please ask your member of Congress to co-sponsor the Clean Water for All Act today.
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.
Audubon California: Protect Snowy Plovers at Oceano Dunes
The California Department of Parks & Recreation (CDP&R) is preparing a plan to continue and potentially expand the use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs) at Oceano Dunes State Vehicle Recreational Area even though they know they have been illegally killing threatened Western Snowy Plovers and other species for decades. Tell the CDP&R that it has a responsibility to protect Snowy Plovers and steward wildlife at Oceano Dunes. Expanded and unmitigated OHVs harm wildlife, exclude other users from the park, and increase air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Action HERE.
Sierra Club: Strong Clean Truck Rule Passed
For the last two years, the California Air Resources Board had been preparing the Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) Rule to get more electric trucks on the road. California has the worst air quality in the nation, in part because of diesel engine pollution from freight movement. People who live near a port, a freeway, a freight rail yard or a warehouse district get hit daily by toxic diesel pollution from trucks and are more likely to suffer from lung and heart disease and shortened lifespan. CARB’s clean truck rule will push manufacturers to make electric trucks available. Clean truck sales targets in the rule will reduce truck pollution and spur the electric truck market.
This rule passed on June 26! See article on the Good News Page.
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
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.
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: email@example.com.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!”
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.
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“
Bike Santa Cruz Needs Your Help
Bike Santa Cruz County’s advocacy, youth education, and community-building programs have been severely impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Please click HERE to donate today and support a better future for cyclists of all ages through the county.
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.
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!
Waterfall on Cascade Creek. Photo: Max Forster
The Nature Conservancy: Tell Congress to Protect Forests & Our Planet’s Health
Without the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), many of our country’s great, green expanses of forest would be at risk of being paved over or cut down. From Acadia’s renowned peaks, to the forests of Greater Yellowstone, to the Sierra Nevada mountains, LWCF has protected vast areas of our country’s most important forest lands. Forests are not only important parts of our country’s natural landscapes, they remain a critical tool in combatting climate change. The amount of carbon dioxide absorbed by LWCF’s Forest Legacy Program’s lands alone is equal to capturing emissions from 6.5 million tanker trucks’ worth of gasoline. But despite its decades-long track record of success, Congress continues to shortchange this program. Call on Congress to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund now.
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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Sierra Club Santa Cruz invites you to: Tell your Representative to Support the 100% Clean Economy Act
“A diverse group of 150 members of Congress have introduced federal legislation that would put the U.S. on a path to 100% clean energy economy-wide by 2050. Just as importantly, it will place environmental justice at the forefront of any clean energy transition, so communities that have felt the worst effects of pollution historically will be the first to benefit from a new clean energy economy.
Community by community, state by state, a nationwide movement is underway and demonstrating that our country is ready for 100% clean energy. Already, over one in four – 28% – Americans live in a city or state that has set a path to 100% clean energy. But if we’re going to combat climate change, we need to move to 100% clean energy economy wide across the country. That’s why Congress needs to act.” Send a message to your Representative HERE
Environmental Defense Fund: Take action to protect scientific integrity at the EPA
The EPA is proposing to severely limit what scientific studies can be used when making decisions about public health and the environment. This would force the agency to ignore studies unless the underlying data is publicly available. The problem with that? Many key studies rely on personal information of the people being studied to understand environmental impacts on our health. Your personal health data is private – and shouldn’t be made public. But it’s one of the best sources of the crucial information EPA needs to make smart public health decisions. Take action HERE
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.
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 about speaking out about this at Oceana.org
Check out this campaign at Environmental Defense.
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