We’re destroying our oceans, forests and climate - but we can’t afford to. In order to save life on earth, help our partners at Earth Day Texas call on the 50 biggest companies in the world to protect our oceans, forests and climate.
We dump 8 million metric tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans each year, at a cost of about $13 billion in damages to marine ecosystems each year.1 Overfishing and pollution are pushing endangered whales, dolphins and other species to the brink and costing over 1 billion people the food they need to survive.2
Slashing and burning the world’s forests sends more climate pollution into the atmosphere every year than all the world’s cars, trucks, ships and planes combined, and has driven dozens of species - including tigers, elephants, orangutans and jaguars - to the brink of extinction.3
Underlying all of it is the damage we’re doing to our climate: 2015 was the hottest year on record;4 and during that one year there were 10 extreme weather and climate events in the US that resulted in more than $10 billion in damages and killed 155 people.5
That’s why we’re teaming up with allies at Earth Day Texas who have a bold plan to call on the 50 biggest companies on earth to meet them in Dallas this April and make specific, systemic commitments to:
- OCEANS: Stop pollution and protect critical fisheries.
- FORESTS: Stop deforestation, start systemic reforestation, and shift to climate-positive agriculture.
- CLIMATE: Support and implement a price on carbon and build market demand for renewables and efficiency.
The Earth Day 50 Challenge is project of the environmental partners of Earth Day Texas -- including Environmental Action. We’re working to get the 50 biggest companies in the world to commit to engage with us collaboratively, to meet each of these challenges together by Earth Day’s 50th anniversary: April 22, 2020.
We’re starting this year (April 2016) by calling on all 50 companies to take the Earth Day 50 Challenge, and meet with our coalition of environmental and business leaders to work together to save our oceans, forests and climate.
You can help by calling on all 50 corporations to that the Earth Day 50 Challenge, and we’ll fax your message right to their corporate offices.
Thanks for taking action,
Drew Hudson and the team at Environmental Action
1 - Anastasia Pantsios, 8 Million Metric Tons of Plastic Dumped Into World’s Oceans Each Year, Ecowatch, February 16, 2015
2 - Stuart Leavenworth, China fishing plan in Antarctica alarms scientists, McClatchy March 19, 2015
3 - Consumer Goods and Deforestation, Forest Trends Report Series, September 2014
4 - Brandon Miller, 2015 is warmest year on record, NOAA and NASA say, CNN, January 20, 2016
5 - Andrew Restuccia, U.S. posts second hottest year on record, NOAA says, Politico, January 7, 2016