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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.


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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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THE VIRTUAL AUDUBON ADVOCACY DAY, JUNE 2.

While we are disappointed that we can’t gather together at the State Capitol this year, that won’t stop us from speaking up for birds and our communities! Audubon California needs your help to speak up for birds and our communities. State legislators are making important decisions about budget cuts that could dramatically impact millions of birds, including California Quails, Snowy Plovers, Least Terns, Tricolored Blackbirds, California Towhees, Western Bluebirds, Acorn Woodpeckers, Swainson’s Hawk, Allen’s Hummingbirds, and dozens more. California must embrace climate resiliency and continue to resist the federal government’s rollbacks of essential environmental protections such as the Endangered Species Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Take action HERE.


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Save Our Shores: 30×30 is a call to action to safeguard at least 30% of the world’s ocean by 2030   #LOVE30x30

Human activities contributing to ocean warming and acidification and including overfishing and plastic pollution have been pushing our ocean to an ecological tipping. Collaborative action is necessary now and fortunately environmental and governmental leaders are stepping up to the challenge, calling to protect 30% of our ocean by 2030. Join Amy Kenney, Executive Director of the National Ocean Protection Collaborative and Katherine O’Dea, Executive Director of Save Our Shores for this discussion to learn what kinds of actions are being proposed at both the national, regional and state level here in the U.S. and how these efforts dovetail with action begin taken by other countries around the globe. Action HERE.


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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.


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Sierra Club: Help Pass a Strong Clean Truck Rule

For the last two years, the California Air Resources Board has 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.
Urge CARB to finalize the Advanced Clean Trucks Rule to help cut air pollution in California. Take action 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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Citizens’ Climate Lobby: En-ROADS Interactive Climate Solutions Workshop, May 14, 7 pm

En-ROADS is a powerful global simulation model from MIT which is easy for anyone to use, but also has great depth and complexity built in. We will follow participant suggestions to try a series of solutions they propose, and then maybe add a few more. The objective will be to see what it takes to get the projection for 2100 below 2 deg C. While the model is global we will be looking at it from a local California perspective.
Please join us from wherever you are! Suitable for 8th grade and up. Young people especially welcome.  You can email your suggested solutions ahead of time to Pauline. On May 14, join Zoom meeting HERE.


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Wild Salmon Center: Stop the proposed Chehalis Dam

The Chehalis River’s wild fish are at risk. And the region is vulnerable to catastrophic flooding. Everyone agrees that we need to do more to help salmon and decrease the flood risk. But science and common sense tell us that a dam is not the answer. Certainly not the one proposed by the Chehalis River Basin Flood Control District, which would cost upward of $1 billion and not solve either problem. This dam goes too far, costs too much, and benefits too few. Please tell the State of Washington that you do NOT support this proposal and we need solutions that truly solve flood and fish issues for all residents of the basin.  Take action HERE.


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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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Petition Gov. Newsom to stop clearcutting in California.

Clearcutting forests is still a common method of timber harvesting in California. With time running out to address climate changes, wildfire risk increasing, and water shortage a frequent problem – stopping clearcutting is more important than ever. Instead of massive thinning, emphasis should be placed on establishing forest management practices that result in healthy diverse forests. Timber harvesting methods must balance the trees removed with the health of the remaining forest and eliminate aggressive harvesting methods such as clearcutting. Alternatively, selecting only some trees to harvest and leaving the rest retains the forest’s benefits forever. A Sierra Club Action: Sign our petition to Governor Newsom today demanding he take action.


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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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“Our nation is in the middle of a public health crisis that will touch the lives of all of us, but the Trump administration is still pushing fossil fuel projects that’ll put our planet at greater risk. The federal government just took a step to allow a massive oil development in the western Arctic: the ConocoPhillips’ Willow project. This is the largest roadless area in the United States and home to many wild Arctic treasures, including two caribou herds, migratory birds, polar bears, and countless lakes, rivers and wetlands. Tell the Bureau of Land Management to reject this dangerous project and keep Arctic oil in the ground.” Take 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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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.


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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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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.


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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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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


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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


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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 about speaking 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).”


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Here’s some action you can take through Center For Biological Diversity

“This is our year for climate justice in California.

For decades frontline communities across the state have been leading the fight against the toxic oil industry. Finally Governor Gavin Newsom’s administration is responding by considering a new state policy to protect public health from oil and gas operations.”