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Stop wildlife trafficking, save lives

At least three-quarters of emerging infectious diseases — including COVID-19 — are believed to have originated in animals and jumped to human populations.1     When we protect the environment, we protect ourselves. When diseases cross from wildlife to people, it’s almost always because humans have interfered with wildlife or their habitat. Destroying habitat, taking animals from their homes, and forcing them into cramped […]

Bristol Bay, Alaska

This mine would destroy North America’s biggest salmon run — and so much more

Alaska’s Bristol Bay is an irreplaceable wild place. It’s home to one of the world’s largest salmon runs, sheltering tens of millions of fish as they spawn. Around the vibrant waters, Alaskan tundra blooms into a rich wetland home to hundreds of species of birds and land animals.1     A massive open-pit mine could destroy this beautiful place. But just upstream, a company […]

Grand Canyon (Photo: Sam Loyd on Unsplash)

Save the Grand Canyon: Block the bailout for uranium mines

Uranium mining is dirty. Mines scar landscapes and contaminate aquifers that feed ecosystems, dealing severe ecological damage long after they close. But now, the Trump administration wants to give $1.5 billion to the flagging U.S. uranium industry for mining projects — and at least one company says that could fund a mine near the Grand Canyon.1     Uranium mining is dirty and […]

Help save whitetip sharks from extinction

The apex predator on land is about to wipe out the apex predator of the ocean. Humans have driven the oceanic whitetip shark to the verge of extinction, even though losing sharks would be disastrous for our oceans.     Sharks are vital — but they’re vanishing. Oceanic whitetip shark populations have declined worldwide by 88 percent in recent years, and even more in […]

Tell your governor: Ban Roundup to save monarch butterflies

When North America’s monarch butterflies finally converged on their wintering grounds in Mexico this year, the species’ heartbreaking decline was laid bare. The butterflies covered 53 percent less area this winter compared to the winter before.1     We need to ban Roundup to save monarchs. If we want to save the monarch migration, one of nature’s greatest phenomena, we need to stop the […]

Will Idaho become a “wolf free zone”?

Idaho lawmakers want to make parts of the state into permanent “wolf-free zones” where an unlimited number of wolves can be killed — even when mothers are in dens with their pups.1     Wolves could be hunted to extinction. Hunting once killed nearly every single wolf in the lower 48 states. If states like Idaho turn into wolf killing free-for-alls, we face the […]

African elephants (Photo: Pexels, Pixabay)

Take action: Stop this cruel elephant hunt

African elephants have never been more threatened.     Elephant populations are plummeting. From 2007 to 2014, their population plummeted by 30 percent. And that drop is only the latest chapter in a 100-year-long history of poaching that has brought elephant numbers down from 10 million to less than 500,000.1,2 They need protection more than ever. So why are we allowing Americans to hunt them […]

Bee a voice for our most important pollinators

Forty-seven states have yet to ban the most dangerous uses of bee-killing pesticides called neonicotinoids.     States can do more to protect bees. This was one of the main conclusions of our recently released Beeport Card. Despite a growing body of research linking neonicotinoids to mass bee die-offs, an overwhelming majority of governors have yet to take action. You have a platform — and […]

Red Wolf, captive (Photo: Matthew Zalewski via Flickr CC BY 4.0)

This could make a big difference for red wolf conservation

In 2019, not a single red wolf pup was born in the wild — a first since the reintroduction program began decades ago.1     Red wolves are on the brink of extinction in the wild. With no new pups, red wolves’ future is far from certain. And with just 14 or fewer remaining, it’s clear that red wolves need all the allies they […]

North Atlantic Right Whale and Calf (Photo: NOAA)

Tell your senators: Vote to rescue right whales

The North Atlantic right whale’s small, battered population declined at 10 times the sustainable rate last year.1,2 But November brought a glimmer of hope.1     The SAVE Right Whales Act will boost whale recovery. The U.S. Senate is preparing to vote on the SAVE Right Whales Act — meaning that recovery efforts could soon get a desperately-needed boost. That would be great news for […]

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