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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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

Save Sea Otters: Stop Offshore Drilling

For sea otters, an oil spill isn’t just a nuisance. It can be life or death.     To save otters and other wildlife, we need to stop offshore drilling before it starts . Thick, tarry oil not only turns their homes near shore into a toxic wasteland but it can also coat their fur, disrupting their ability to warm themselves and, at worst, […]

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