The Community Foundation Of Santa Cruz County has established the Fire Response Fund to support our county’s residents who are affected. 100% of donations to the fund will be distributed to nonprofit agencies and organizations directly assisting individuals to meet needs as they arise. All donations are tax-deductible. Donate HERE
Also, Help Santa Cruz Families FaceBook Page: “Connecting families affected by the Shelter in Place order (and the CZU Fire) in need with those who can give in Santa Cruz County during this unprecedented period of economic hardship.”
Help UCSC students & employees with financial donations: UCSC Wildfire Relief
Audubon Society: Protect the coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge, Deadline to comment is Nov 6
Late on Friday, Oct 23, the Bureau of Land Management released a plan that would clear the path for seismic oil exploration this December on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. And they only gave the public 14 days to respond. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge still carries scars from seismic testing conducted in a limited area more than 30 years ago, but huge earthshaking vehicles could soon be driving over this sensitive landscape if the BLM plan proceeds. Modern seismic exploration cuts a dense grid of trails which leave an estimated 20,000 miles of crisscrossing tracks of destroyed habitat—that’s the equivalent of almost a full trip around the Earth in a space the size of South Carolina. Convoys of 90,000 lb. thumper trucks, tractors, and bulldozers would roll over extensive areas of fragile tundra 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for months, posing a serious threat to denning polar bears during their most vulnerable time of year.
Please send your public comments TODAY. The deadline to send comments is November 6!
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.
Ecology Action: Santa Cruz Bike Challenge – Biketober, Oct 1 – 31
We had so much fun with Bike Month we are back with another challenge. Santa Cruz Biketober is happening countywide October 1st – 31st. Whether you’re building on your base miles from July or just getting started, we have a whole month to do some serious riding. Okay, not too serious… Set a goal for yourself and/or your company, enjoy a ride, win prizes, and share your stories. Learn more HERE.
Environmental Action: Speak Out For Biodiversity Protection
Biodiversity is invaluable, but an Endangered Species Act proposal attempts to weigh the value of vulnerable animal species against potential economic gain. To recover from falling population numbers, endangered species need access to appropriate habitats. But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) just proposed an update to the ESA that will make it more difficult to designate land as critical to a species’ recovery. This update could lead to the destruction of endangered animal’s habitats for financial incentives. Submit a public comment to defend animal habitats before the Oct. 8 deadline. Act TODAY.
The People’s Ecochallenge, OCT 7 – 28
The People’s Ecochallenge is a 21-day environmental and social engagement program. You select or create actions that align with your individual values and make a 21-day commitment to complete those actions, all the while practicing and reinforcing good habits. For every completed action, you earn points and create impact. Your points contribute to your team’s total points, and your impact contributes to our collective impact.
The People’s Ecochallenge harmonizes individual and collective action, camaraderie, and friendly competition all for a better shared future. Over 100 actions within nine Challenge categories encourage you to think about and act on proven solutions, connecting the dots between your values and your action. Free. Join an existing team, create a new one, or join the global Community team! Join HERE.
Homeless Garden Project: An Edible Evening with Deborah Madison, Oct 24, 6:30 pm
The garden is an unending source of the miraculous, a joy that transforms our cooking and increases our pleasure at least a thousandfold.”– Deborah Madison, from Vegetable Literacy. Pick up fresh veggies from the farm, with wine and other goodies on Oct 24 from noon to 6 pm, and join us at 6:30 pm for an online gathering with Deborah Madison and more! Deborah will share some recipes including Delicata Squash with Lime Cumin Vinaigrette. She’ll also share excerpts from her upcoming memoir, An Onion in My Pocket. Check our ticket options — find the way to participate that works best for you. Info and tickets 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Santa Cruz Group
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.
“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).”