Earth Day is over, with all the big speeches and rallies concluded. But Environmental Action, which was born at the first Earth Day in 1970, isn't slowing down a bit. In the last week or so, our staff and volunteers have been on the ground in dozens of cities organizing events to protest fracking, save wildlife, call out climate denial, and fight for our oceans.
We do all this because we know speeches and concerts won't save the planet -- it's all up to us.
And the truth is that all these events, rallies, protests, testimonies, petitions and ACTION to save the environment cost money. Money that we have only and always depended on people like you to chip in. With no support from corporations or foundations, it's up to us -- all of us -- to chip in what we can and keep this movement going. Click here to watch a 30 second tour of just a FEW of the events members like you have donated to help support, and then please chip in to help us keep doing all this amazing work.
Here's a reminder of what we're working on, The bold ones are featured in our video:
- In New York, we're helping to shut down fracked gas by blocking pipelines and import-export terminals, including a big rally at Cuomo's New York City Office.
- We're also working with front line communities from Oregon to Florida that are battling fracked gas pipelines, compressor stations and export terminals. In May all these activists will need our help to travel to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for a massive protest against the policy and practice of rubber stamping these projects.
- We're fighting to ban shipments of crude oil by rail -- the so called bomb trains -- in Congress and through executive action by the President, in the wake of weak rules and recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
- In Wisconsin we're calling out climate censorship and demanding that Presidential hopeful and Governor Scott Walker act to reverse the decision of a state lands board that banned their staff from using terms like "climate change" and "global warming."
- In Washington, D.C., we're calling out the biggest retail company in America - Walmart - for their reliance on dirty coal electricity and demanding they follow through on their promise to get 100 percent of their energy from clean sources like wind and solar.
- We're planning the next phase of our campaign to kick climate deniers like Big Oil billionaire David Koch off the board of our most prestigious science museums -- including the Smithsonian and the museum of Natural History in New York.
- In Pennsylvania, we're working with local organizers, moms and teachers to support a ban on fracking within one mile of schools and playgrounds -- to protect our children and close off thousands of acres to fracking as part of a coordinated plan to ban this dangerous and unnecessary drilling practice.
- We're preparing to defend against a wave of anti-environment legislation in the Congress -- which will open more federal lands and waters to oil drilling, fast-track exports of crude oil and fracked gas to foreign markets, and circumvent President Obama and many Governors' good work to reign in climate chaos and invest in clean energy alternatives.
- We're working in Florida with the Humane Society, conservationists and wildlife lovers to save the bears from a cruel and ineffective hunting season by investing in non-lethal alternatives like better trash cans and public education.
- We're taking our fight to get pro-fracking ads off NPR and clean up their coverage of fracking and climate change to a new Ombudsman, and to local stations in Boston, Madison and across the country that are supported by listeners like you.
- In Kentucky, we're planning a series of ads to run during the Kentucky Derby that challenge Republican Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell to stop filibustering the Clean Power Plan, which his state's Governor, utilities and many Congressional Representatives already support.
- We're launching a campaign today with allies on the Gulf Coast to help them build power and protect their communities in the face of climate chaos and the ongoing impacts of the BP Horizon spill five years ago.
- And, of course, we're keeping our eye on future developments - like the upcoming Paris talks on an intentional treaty to fight global warming, and the 2016 Presidential race where candidates like Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio need to answer tough questions on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, climate change, energy policy, the environment and more.
Click here to watch a 30 second video of a few of our Earth Day highlights, and then chip in to help us keep doing all this amazing work.
Thanks, we're so grateful for all you do,
Drew Hudson, Director, and the entire team at Environmental Action.