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Tell the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to Protect Menhaden
Menhaden have been called "the most important fish in the sea" and it's true—they are the most important fish for sustaining the Atlantic ecosystem. Fish we love to eat, like striped bass, and birds of prey, like the osprey, depend on menhaden for survival. Unfortunately menhaden are a severely depleted species with only 8% of their unfished levels left in our coastal waters. We grind it up and put it into pet food, health supplements and a variety of other uses when there are alternative sources of fish that don't negatively impact the heath our coastal waters. Right now, we are at a critical point for the menhaden. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is re-evaluating management for this important fish, and they have opened up the dialogue to public comment. It's time the ASFMC hears your voice. Tell the ASFMC to adopt conservation measures to rebuild the menhaden population allowing it to once again feed our ocean wildlife. We have until November 2nd at 5pm EST to send in comments. Please Take Action Now!
Urge President Obama to Impose Sanctions for Whaling!
Iceland has been ignoring the international ban on commercial whaling for years by killing whales and then selling whale meat and other whale products (oil and bone meal) internationally -- including killing endangered fin whales. And it’s clear that they aren’t going to stop until the rest of the world shows some leadership and makes them. That’s precisely what the President can do right now by following the recommendations of his Commerce Secretary and imposing strong economic sanctions on Iceland if they continue their illegal fin whale hunt. Take action now and urge President Obama to impose tough trade sanctions on Icelandic companies tied to whaling!
Californians! Protect the California Coast from Oil Spills!
Take Action to Keep California’s Coasts, Beaches and Bays Safe From Oil Spills The CA Senate is set to vote next week on a Make It or Break It bill for California! Call your Senator today – really!! This vote is going to be tight – the oil industry doesn’t want to pay to keep California safe - and the only way to convince key swing Senators to vote against the recommendations of the Oil Industry lobbyists if they hear from you, their constituents. California’s oil spill prevention and response programs are running out of money and if we don’t act now we will be left unprotected! Californians value our beautiful marine environment and the law purposefully requires that we have the “Best Achievable Protection” from oil spills. That’s why the Oil Spill Prevention Administration Fund (Oil Spill Fund) was established with a fee charged on every barrel of oil that comes into California to fund critical oil spill prevention and response programs. But that fee has only been increased once, by one penny, in the fund’s history and it has not kept pace with inflation or today’s standards of best achievable protection from oil spills. Tell these Senators to Put Californians Before Oil Industry Profits! The oil industry doesn’t want to pay the one and three quarter penny needed to keep California protected – a one penny increase will generate about $5 mil annually to the Oil Spill Fund. Can the oil industry afford the increase? Yes they can! Second quarter profits for only the big five oil companies topped $35 billion – a 9% boost over 2010 profits. Californians on the other hand, are paying more of their dwindling paychecks at the pumps and will be relying on the Senate to vote yes for AB 1112 to keep our waters free from oil. Call these Senators today and let them know you want them to put Californians before the oil industry’s astronomical profits!! What can you do next? Call our senate targets and express your concern: Sen. Rod Wright- staff: Stan DiOrio 916-651-4025 Sen. Juan Vargas- staff: Jim Anderson 916-651-4040 Sen. Michael Rubio- staff: Sergio Reyer 916-651-4016 Sen. Ron Calderon- staff: Sean Henschel 916-651-4030 Sen. Ed Hernandez- staff: Walter Hughes 916-651-4024 Sen. Curren Price- staff: Curtis Earnest 916-651-4026 Sen. Gloria Negrete-McLeod- staff: Vince Marchand 916-651-4032
Save the Sumatran Tiger! Tell Mattel to dump APP!
Only 400 wild Sumatran tigers are left in the world. That’s fewer tigers than sheets in a ream of paper. There are no tigers to spare, and there’s no time to spare if we want to save them.In 1930, there were three subspecies of unique, majestic tigers found in Indonesia. Today, two of them are extinct – and the last one is in real trouble.They need our help now. The Sumatran tiger is classified as “critically endangered” – on the brink of extinction and barely hanging on. They’ve lost 93% of their habitat because companies like Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) are destroying their forest homes. Tigers are left to roam barren tracks where they are easily slaughtered by poachers for their body parts or shot by the people moving in.We can’t wait another day – not when we're dealing with a population of only 400 tigers. If we don’t act now, every one of these beautiful animals will soon be dead.Without you, the tigers don’t stand a chance. Without your action, APP will continue lining its pockets with profits, poachers will continue shooting these tigers and reselling their body parts in places like China, and these last Sumatran tigers will just be collateral damage.But together, we can stop them.Asia Pulp & Paper has been driving Indonesian rainforest destruction at alarming rate to make their products, like packaging for Mattel’s toy products. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We can save the Sumatran tigers from extinction. But we’ve got to act now. Send your letter today and tell Mattel to dump Asia Pulp & Paper and protect forests today!
Protect Chicago from Coal Pollution, Shut Down the Fisk and Crawford Plants
For years, Midwest Generation, a subsidiary of Edison International, has operated old, dirty coal-fired power plants in the city of Chicago. The Fisk and Crawford plants are responsible for an unacceptable amount of hardship on the local community. In fact, pollution from the Fisk and Crawford plants prematurely kills 42 people every year. That human cost is paid entirely by the communities who live in the shadows of these two aging plants. You won’t find it on Edison International’s bottom-line. But the community is fighting back. And the Change.org community has an important and urgent role to play in supporting them.Edison International is a national company and is part of a broader industry that affects all of us. They need to hear the message not just from community activists, but from the American public.
End Icelandic Whaling Forever
Iceland is one of the few countries in the world that doesn't abide by the international moratorium on commercial whaling. They continue to kill whales even though no one is eating them and the companies hunting them aren't making any money.The US government has been considering using economic sanctions--under what is called the Pelly Amendment -- on fish imports from Iceland if it continues to violate the international moratorium on commercial whaling. Now is the time for them to do it!Tell Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke to employ sanctions on Iceland now and help end whaling by Iceland forever.
Tell Costco to Stop Wholesale Ocean Destruction!
Everything about Costco is bigger than normal. Costco is the largest wholesale club operator in North America. People shop at Costco because of its bulk goods, low prices, and wide variety of merchandise. But, while Costco continues to grow bigger and bigger, so does its footprint on the environment. In the Costco grocery warehouse you’ll find freezers and coolers full of unsustainable fish. Greenpeace surveys found that Costco continues to sell fourteen of the twenty-two red list seafood items. Costco is enabling some of the most horrible seafood harvesting practices that are destroying our oceans. Many species of fish could die out if they're not conserved. Costco is not labeling its seafood properly, hiding the awful truth from its customers. Whether or not you eat fish, one of the best ways we can take action to stop the destruction of our oceans is to target specific grocery store chains that are buying and selling red-list fish. If we can change these companies (and we have before!), we can help save the oceans. Greenpeace urges Costco to implement a effective and publicly available sustainable seafood policy that creates transparency in its seafood labeling and prohibits the sale of red list species — starting now with Chilean sea bass. Other red list species from fisheries that are dangerously depleted must also be removed. Sustainable seafood policies will reduce pressure on declining fish stocks and help heal our ailing oceans. Costco must use its massive buying power to leverage positive change in our oceans. Tell Costco that our oceans deserve better.