A lot has happened in the last couple of weeks, so I wanted to share a quick update on our campaign to get Smucker's to stop blocking GMO labels and what else is coming up.
I was honored to stand with West Virginians as they took 50,000 petition signatures for clean water, including 20,000 from Environmental Action members to the Office of Surface mining this week. It was an amazing moment that brought home just how important it is never to forget the people impacted by environmental disasters. Johanna De Graffenreid, our partner in raising $2500 for clean water deliveries, took a moment to record this moving thank you for all of us who helped. Her account of the day is below, which included a meeting with government officials who said they had never seen a report this thorough.
“I’d like to order a large cheese pizza,” the caller said. “It’ll be there in about 20 minutes,” responded the receiver. It wouldn’t be a noteworthy exchange except that the person taking the order was speaking from her desk in the executive offices of Chevron in San Ramon, California.
Elsewhere in PA, that same week, hundreds rallied to deliver the signatures of thousands more PA residents calling on Gov. Corbett to keep a statewide ban on fracking our forests and parks intact.
Read the whole report about Environmental Action members making their own actions with our partner MoveOn.org and getting real results for the planet!
Last week, the Wooster College Voice ran an article highlighting the campaign by dozens of Wooster college students and tens of thousands of Environmental Action members who to tell Smucker's to stop blocking GMO labeling.
On Friday, Maribeth Burns, Vice President of Corporate Communications at Schmucker's (a.k.a. The J.M. Smucker Company), responded.
The State Department final Environmental Impact Statement is out. What does it mean, and what should we do when the folks in charge of telling the president the facts about the pipeline insist on getting so many important things wrong?
For our movement—to stop Keystone and save the climate—this is no moment to lose heart. In fact, we're actually winning.
There are key facts, key allies, and key opportunities for us in the next 90 days. Don't get bummed—show up. It's one of those times where our presence in the streets, online and all over will make a difference.
There's only two things that gets me more worked up than when a Fortune 500 company trashes the planet.—one is when the company lies about it, and two is when it spends hoards of cash to stop laws that would prevent the ecocide the company is causing.