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Even in the depths of the sea, starfish can’t escape plastic

By Kirk Weinert, senior writer and advisorAnother ocean creature has been found eating a steady diet of plastic: starfish.In October 2018, researchers discovered microscopic traces of eight different plastics in the stomachs of starfish, sea stars and brittle stars collected between 1976 and 2015 near Scotland. This means these creatures have been ingesting plastics for at least 40 years.“This data […]

To save elephants, we’re sending legislators thousands of origami ones

By Jennifer Newman, content creatorSometimes, cutting through the political noise to make our voices heard for the planet means thinking outside the box. Elephants need protection In March, the Trump administration reversed the ban on elephant hunt “trophies.” Now, we’re working to convince Congress to pass the ProTECT act. This bill would ban the taking for trophy and importation of African elephants, […]

Giraffe body parts are being sold in the U.S. And it’s legal.

By Chris Burley, program consultantThe tallest animal on the planet is in peril.Not only has the wild giraffe population declined 35 percent in the last three decades, but their hooves, horns, skin and other parts are being imported into the U.S. and sold. And it’s legal.According to a new study by the Humane Society and its international affiliate, nearly 40,000 […]

Ban on new uranium mining near the Grand Canyon upheld

By Marcia Eldridge, board memberNew uranium mining projects won’t encroach on the Grand Canyon’s doorstep any time soon.On Oct. 1, 2018, the Supreme Court declined to hear a case challenging the Obama-era ban on new uranium mining projects near the Grand Canyon.Environmental Action and our partner, Environment America, built support for the 20-year moratorium, which was enacted in 2012, on […]

The last wild red wolves are safe—for now

By Julia DeVito, digital campaigner The last 35 red wolves on the planet are safe from extinction—for now.On Nov. 5, 2018, a federal judge decided to protect these wolves with a ruling that the temporary injunction issued by the Obama administration in 2016 that stopped a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)’s “shoot-to-kill” authorization will not be permanent. That means that the […]

Fall Update: You’re standing up for wildlife and wild places

Together, we’re working hard to stand up for the wildlife and wild places that make our planet amazing.   Conservationist and author Edward Abbey once said, “Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.”Over the past few months, many of our country’s wild places and wild creatures have been put at risk. Plastic is piling up in our […]

Wolf pups

We can’t let wolves vanish forever

Before the Endangered Species Act, the gray wolf was hunted, trapped and poisoned almost to extinction in the continental U.S. Now the animal may lose the law’s protection.The Associated Press reported in June that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering lifting Endangered Species Act protections for the species. Without the law’s protection, nothing would stand between these incredible […]

Bristol Bay, Alaska

Protect Bristol Bay

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants to build a large gold and copper mine in the pristine Bristol Bay region of Alaska—home to the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world.The proposed Pebble Mine project would include a dirty open-pit mine, a 188-mile natural gas pipeline, roads for a transportation corridor—including 18 miles crossing a lake—and a port facility.In […]

African elephant

Elephants are worth saving

In March, the Trump administration threatened the future of African elephants by reversing the ban on elephant hunt trophies—even after President Trump himself tweeted that he thought it was a “horror show.”Unless we reverse current trends, African elephants are in danger of extinction. While just a few decades ago, there were millions of these creatures walking the planet, now there […]

Whale

Our oceans have a foam problem

From coffee cups to fast food containers, polystyrene foam—what most of us call Styrofoam—is used every day all across the country.And it ends up in our rivers, lakes and oceans, endangering wildlife and polluting our water.Polystyrene foam is one of the worst forms of plastic pollution because it never fully degrades.Every single bit of polystyrene foam ever made is still […]