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2018 White House Budget: Bad for the environment

More than 45 years ago, America made a commitment to a cleaner, greener future when Congress and then-President Richard Nixon brought the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) into existence. The EPA has since become our nation’s most important champion for the clean air and water, wildlife, and wild places that make the US so special. The Trump Administration’s 2018 budget plan — released […]

In defense of ugly food and an end to food waste

It may not pretty, but it’s a common sense way to protect the environment. It’s “ugly” food — and if more retailers sold it (and more customers like us bought it), we could reduce wasted food and water and curb the use of pesticides that hurt wildlife.   Food waste is what’s really ugly — and environmentally harmful Right now, 10 percent of […]

Bears Ears National Monument: Newly Established and Imperiled

I envy Ryan Zinke. Zinke heads the US Department of the Interior, and last week he toured Bears Ears National Monument, one of country’s newest national monuments. [1] During the tour, Zinke had the chance to visit ancient and sacred Native American sites. He could take in the monument’s stunning vistas and awe-inspiring geological and historical features. And he may even have […]

Safeguarding Our National Monuments

Do you have a special spot where you’ve returned year after year to camp with your friends and family? A beach where your children first dipped their toes in the ocean? A scenic view where you first realized the enduring beauty of nature? We all have places that hold special meaning for us — and our nation is no exception. In 1906, […]

America’s Wolves Face an Uncertain Future

These are precarious times for America’s gray wolves. Wolves were once hunted and trapped to near extinction in the continental US, but healthy wolf populations can again be found around the Great Lakes and in the Northern Rockies. [1] Trucked from Canada, wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the mid 1990s after being nearly hunted and trapped to extinction in […]

After Pro-Science and Climate Action Marches, What’s Next?

You’ve signed the petitions. You’ve seen the marches. And you’ve read the inspiring — and often hilariously clever — protest signs. Thanks to you and millions of nature-loving Americans across the country, 2017 has seen a dramatic surge in regular people speaking out to safeguard clean air and water and preserve our precious wildlife and wild places. This past weekend, hundreds […]

The Great Monarch Massacre (and What You Can Do to Stop It)

Growing up in south central Kansas in the 1980s, I used to marvel at the elegant beauty of the monarch butterflies each spring as they migrated north. Sometimes I’d sit motionless in the tallgrass prairie, quietly hoping one would choose to rest on my outstretched hand. More often, though, I’d race after these black and orange-winged butterflies, laughing as I tried […]

Obama blocks drilling in Arctic, Atlantic oceans

For Immediate Release: Contact Anthony Rogers-Wright (631) 402-7855; anthony@environmental-action.org We are pleased but not satisfied with this important announcement. While there is much to celebrate with the protection of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, the Gulf of Mexico was, again, omitted from consideration for protection. The Gulf South continues to be a premier sacrifice zone for the United States of America. […]

Donald Trump Taps Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt to Head EPA

For Immediate Release  Contact Anthony Rogers-Wright: 631-402-7855; anthony@environmental-action.org President-elect Trump continues to engender a foundation of concern for those in the climate, environmental and social justice movements with his appointments to imperative federal positions. The nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General, Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency would be like asking David Duke to head a Civil Rights Commission named after […]

Boundary Waters hearing

Protect the Boundary Waters

Nearly 900 people packed a stuffy high school auditorium in northeastern Minnesota, Tuesday evening, to give emotional testimony both for and against the contentious issue of mining in and around the Boundary Waters. Polluter profiteers are pushing to conduct a toxic form of mineral extraction called sulfide mining next to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Runoff from this kind […]

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