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Flushing an ecosystem down the toilet? We’re working to save the boreal forest.

By Marcia Eldridge, board member Should we deplete the world’s largest intact forest ecosystem to make toilet paper? We don’t think so. Yet much of the tissue that we use once before flushing away is made from virgin wood pulp harvested from one of the planet’s most important forests: North America’s boreal forest, which stretches 1.5 billion acres from Alaska to Newfoundland. […]

Southern resident orcas have reached a dangerous 34-year low. Together, we’re working to save them.

By Jennifer Newman, content creator With their sleek black and white bodies, and graceful ocean acrobatics off the coast of Washington and Canada, southern resident orcas are amazing creatures. They’re also starving, dangerously close to the point of extinction. Together, we’re taking action to save them. Southern resident orcas are starving As of June, the southern resident orca population had reached a 34-year […]

October’s Thneed: Forests shouldn’t be wiped out to create tissue paper

Old-growth forests like this shouldn’t be wiped out to create tissue paper. The quality of toilet paper is, shall we say, a topic of sensitive and very personal debate.  One-ply, two-ply, three-ply. Soft, strong. Big rolls, small rolls. Scented, non-scented. Everyone has their own preferences. But I think we can all agree that something as ephemeral as toilet paper — the ultimate single-use […]

Captive red wolf (Photo: John Froschauer via Flickr, CC 2.0 Licence)

Wild red wolves could be going extinct right now

Last year, there were 35 wild red wolves left. Now, only 14 are known to survive. These magnificent animals are going extinct on our watch.       As few as 14 wild red wolves remain alive. Meanwhile, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is refusing to release any information about what, if anything, it’s doing to stop extinction from claiming these wolves for […]

Bumblebees (Photo: TimHill, pixabay)

Protect Bees from this Toxic Pesticide

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently approved a pesticide which it calls “very highly toxic” to bees.1        This pesticide is deadly to bee colonies. This toxic pesticide called sulfoxaflor is one cause of plunging bee populations. One study found that sulfoxaflor impairs bees’ ability to reproduce — colonies exposed to sulfoxaflor produced 54 percent fewer male bees and no queens.2 That’s why we’re […]

Your Action Needed to Protect Lions

The African lion is the only big cat not protected by an international treaty that prohibits the buying and selling of products made from their bodies.1      This bill could save lions. Now, a bill that could save lions from trophy hunting is being debated on Capitol Hill. The Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large Animal Trophies (CECIL) Act, named for the […]

Aren’t our skies polluted enough? Stop space billboards.

Is there anything that can’t be turned into an ad trying to sell some product? A company wants to test that theory by putting huge billboards in orbit, visible in the evening sky to billions below.     The night sky is worth protecting. Fifty years ago, when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, we could look to the sky and ponder with awe […]

A Victory for Bees

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced it will resume data collection for its annual Honey Bee Colonies report.1 This news comes after the USDA cut honeybee research earlier this summer. While the temporary suspension will leave a gap in this year’s data, we are thrilled that the USDA has listened to our message and decided not to discount honeybees. Your […]

bee on a white flower (photo: Pixabay user leswhalley, No rights reserved)

Tell your Governor: Be a Bee-Friendly State

Last year alone, there was a nearly 40 percent decline in the honeybee population.1       Bees need safe, healthy habitat to survive. Habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation are among the major causes of colony collapse disorder.2 As native vegetation is replaced by roadways, neighborhoods and crop fields, bees lose the food sources and nesting sites they rely on. That’s why we’re asking our governors […]

Bristol Bay (Photo: Richard Price, Unsplash)

Protect Bristol Bay from this harmful open-pit mine

We need to protect Bristol Bay. Its lush green landscape of wetlands and blooming tundra may soon be torn apart for a mine.       Bristol Bay is wild and worth protecting. Just as the Army Corps of Engineers closed the public comment period, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that the proposed plan is far worse than previously thought, and that the Army […]

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