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 […]

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 […]

This month’s Thneed winner: Should “flushable wipes” really be flushed?

The modern drive to “give me convenience or give me death” can be found even in the most intimate corners of American life.For example, take the act of, shall we say, human posterior hygiene (aka butt-wiping).While Europeans (especially those in the southern part of the continent) commonly use bidets to minimize the need for paper wipes, Americans have […]

February’s Thneed Trophy goes to: Plastic bottled water from your local water source.

Image credits: StaffIt’s bad enough for the environment that more than 400 billion plastic bottles will be used this year for water. It’s even worse that 70 percent of those sold in the U.S. won’t be recycled. The rest end up in landfills or in tiny pieces scattered across land and water, where they’re unwittingly and often fatally consumed […]

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Stop mining from spoiling the Boundary Waters wilderness.

Help protect beautiful lands and waters around Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.     The Threat to the Boundary Waters Healthy forest torn up and replaced with roads and tailing ponds. Mining waste pouring into pristine lakes and waterways. Vulnerable wildlife disturbed by constant light, dust and noise.That could be the future of Minnesota’s beautiful Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness if we don’t […]

Take action on climate change (Photos: Pixabay)

As climate crisis worsens, Trump admin opens millions of acres to oil and gas

America’s public lands are home to a spectacular array of wildlife. They are places of astounding beauty. But massive tracts of these special lands — lands we all own — are being mined and drilled for oil, gas, and coal that fuels the climate crisis.1    America’s public lands shouldn’t fuel the climate crisis. Urge congressional leaders to support a moratorium on […]

North Atlantic Right Whale and Calf (Photo: NOAA)

Act to save the last 411 North Atlantic right whales

Just 411 North Atlantic right whales remain on the planet — and that’s the best estimate.1 And the Trump administration just further jeopardized their future.     The Threat to North Atlantic Right Whales North Atlantic right whales are hanging onto existence by a thread and seismic blasting for offshore oil and gas deposits is a threat they may not be able to survive.The […]

Elephants in Tanzania (Photo: nike159, pixabay)

Petition for Elephants: Are we missing your signature?

U.S. trophy hunters shouldn’t be killing endangered African elephants. To stop the killing, these beloved animals need your voice.Under a March 2018 decision by the Trump administration, U.S. trophy hunters can once again kill elephants and lions abroad. They can import their hides and other body parts as trophies.The good news? You can help save elephants with just 30 seconds […]

Wolf in winter (pixabay)

Good News about Wolves and the Environment!

We have some great news to share about our end-of-year campaign for wolves and the environment.  More than 550 generous supporters contributed to our end-of-year fundraising drive!These donations will help fuel our campaigns to save endangered wolves, other wildlife and the wild places they call home.With these gifts, we’ll be able to continue organizing against state-ordered wolf killings like the one […]