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Roundup is too risky. Let’s get it off the shelves.

The Trump administration recently moved to permit the continued sale of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup. The Environmental Protection Agency claims glyphosate isn’t a risk to public health.1     Roundup is too risky. we know glyphosate can be harmful to vital habitats and wildlife. Roundup annihilates milkweed, the plant monarch butterflies can’t live without.2 Killing these plants isn’t even a […]

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Wildlife corridors are for wildlife, not oil and gas

Wildlife corridors are for wildlife — it’s even in the name! They’re not for oil and gas extraction. But that hasn’t stopped the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from leasing these precious places to oil and gas companies.     Wildlife corridors are being opened to oil and gas drilling. In fact, about one-quarter of all land leased by the BLM for fossil fuel […]

May’s Thneed Winner: Nine condiment packets for one burger, corn dog, and fries?!?

During the past year, I’ve joined countless people around the world in telling drive-through cashiers to “skip the straw.” It’s one of many things — big and small — we can do to discourage the use and waste of single-use plastics.Cashiers’ reactions to my request have improved remarkably. They’ve gone from “say what?” to “um, OK,” and sometimes I even […]

Stop trading the Canadian boreal forest for toilet paper

The world’s largest intact forest ecosystem — the Canadian boreal forest — is being put at risk in part to make toilet paper.1     We shouldn’t flush away the boreal forest. Companies are making tissue products we use for just a few minutes from virgin wood pulp harvested in part from one of our planet’s most important forests. We cannot allow this to […]

African Lion (Photo by Bhargava Srivari on Unsplash)

Protect lions: Take action to pass the CECIL Act

Unless we reverse current trends, lions are in danger of extinction.     Now is our chance to protect lions. Who can forget Cecil the lion, who died a tragic death at the hands of a big-game hunter in 2015 and captured the world’s attention?1Now, there’s a bill in the House of Representatives under his name, the Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of […]

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Will you do this to protect bees from colony collapse?

You can’t have spring without buzzing bees. Their hum is harmony for singing birds, sniffing dogs, chirping crickets or cicadas. All of these things make up the sounds of spring — but bee-killing pesticides might change our familiar spring sounds forever.     Bees are in trouble. Beekeepers are reporting that they’ve lost up to 90 percent of their hives, and more than half […]

Billboards in Space? The April Thneed Trophy Winner

Traditionally, Environmental Action’s Thneed Trophy is awarded to a product or service that, in the spirit of Dr. Seuss’ invention in The Lorax, is “something that everybody wants, but nobody needs” and that’s bad for the environment.But this month’s winner is something that very few people want, nobody needs, and would blight a part of the environment most people wouldn’t […]

Thank you for standing up for the planet this Earth Day.

Thank you for standing up for the planet this Earth Day

We have some great news to share about our work to save monarch butterflies and put the planet over plastic this Earth Day.We were able to hit our $15,000 fundraising goal! The generosity of supporters like you will enable us to keep standing up for wildlife and wild places, including:Putting the planet over plastic by working to put a […]

Take Action this Earth Day: Put the Planet over Plastic

What’s one thing you wouldn’t expect at the bottom of the deepest natural trench in the world? Plastic pollution. But scientists have now found plastic in organisms in the Mariana trench.1     Plastic pollution enters the environment by the ton. Plastic foam never fully degrades, meaning every single bit of polystyrene foam ever made is still out there, polluting our oceans and threatening […]

Take Action: Protect Birds from Building Collisions

Did you know that as many as a billion birds die each year by colliding with buildings?1 Bird-safe buildings can make a difference.     Hundreds of millions of birds are at risk. It’s a disturbing sight many of us have seen: A small bird flying full-speed towards a window or all-glass-walled building, only to crash with an audible thwack against a window and […]

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