easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 08-29-07

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Action Alerts

Center for Biological Diversity: Kempthorne Awarded Rubber Dodo
On Friday, August 24, we awarded the first annual Rubber Dodo Award to Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne in recognition of his one year and 90 days in office without listing a single new species as threatened or endangered. That’s a record.

DawnWatch: NY Times on meat and global warming link 8/29/07
“Trying to Connect the Dinner Plate to Climate Change”

DawnWatch: Bob Barker offers to pay for Maggie’s move to sanctuary — Anchorage Daily News, 8/28/07
“Bob Barker says price is right to move Maggie off to California.”

Defenders of Wildlife: Keep Bald Eagles Soaring!
Tell the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service to keep strong protections in place for bald eagles.

Greenpeace: Say Yes To Cape Wind
We need YOUR help to get Congress on track and make offshore wind a reality.

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 08-10-07

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Action Alerts

Animal Protection Institute (API): Urge Congress to End the Trade in Bear Parts
The Bear Protection Act, H.R. 3029 would protect bears by prohibiting the import, export, and interstate commerce of bear gallbladders and bile

Greenpeace: Project Hot Seat: August 27-31: Week of Local Action
We need to deliver Project Hot Seat lobby packets in local offices across the country during the last week of August. And we need YOUR help to make it happen.

National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS): Federal: Animal Protection Measures included in House Farm Bill
Please call your U.S. Senators today in support of keeping animal protection provisions in the final version of the bill!

People for the American Way (PFAW): Tell Congress: End Warrantless Spying on Americans!
Tell your Representative and Senators to stand up to White House fear mongering and abuse of power!

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS): Hold the Antibiotics!
Sign our petition to the nation’s top fast-food companies urging them to help end this dangerous practice.

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 7-31-07

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

Action Alerts

DawnWatch: Interesting Huffington Post blog, “Humane Meat: A Contradiction in Terms.” 7/31/07

DawnWatch: CS Monitor on Covance — and gruesome footage on PCRM site 7/31/07

Dawnwatch: NY Times factory farm editorial cries out for animal advocacy letters 7/31/07

DawnWatch: Nike drops Vic plus NY Times spay-neuter column 7/30/07

DawnWatch: Awful circus fluff piece on NY1 — 7/30/07

Greenpeace: Tell Congress: Get It Right On Global Warming

Kinship Circle: DUE 7/31 – Ask House To Uphold Horse Slaughter Ban

The Sierra Club: Oppose Illegal Logging!

Society for Animal Protective Legislation (SAPL): URGENT: U.S. House of Representatives to Vote on Horse Slaughter / Support Spratt-Whitfield-Rahall-Chandler Amendment

Campaign Updates, Press Releases, etc.

Ecological Internet / The Rainforest Portal: PRESS RELEASE: “Certified” Ancient Forest Logging Tragedy Worsens

Free Speech Hosting: 11 Web Hosts That Won’t Dump You at the First Sign of Controversy (Via the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).)

In Defense of Animals (IDA): Victory! Sheldon Horses Spared!

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Victory: Burton Snowboards Goes Fur-Free

Newsletters

The Sierra Club: Club Currents: Volume VI, #75: July 31, 2007

Petitions

Protect the Gray Wolf From the Bush Administration!

Stop the harp seal annual slaughter!

Ban Michael Vick From The NFL

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Greenpeace: Speak Up for Steller Sea Lions

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

Via Greenpeace:

Speak Up for Steller Sea Lions

Endangered Steller sea lions are fighting to survive in the waters of the Bering Sea, Alaska. They’re in a battle with factory trawlers, who are snatching up fish and tearing up ocean habitats that Stellers depend on for survival. Without enough food and ocean safe havens, the Steller sea lion population has declined dramatically. While the sea lions fight off starvation, the government is dragging its feet on implementing Endangered Species Act protections.

Take Action >> Tell the government to give maximum protection to these magnificent creatures.

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Ecological Internet: Greenpeace, Come Clean and Stop Supporting Ancient Rainforest Logging

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

Via Ecological Internet / The Rainforest Portal:

Greenpeace, Come Clean and Stop Supporting Ancient Rainforest Logging

There is no denying the fact that Greenpeace supports Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) efforts to certify logging of primary and old-growth forests as environmentally acceptable. It is a matter of public record. FSC’s international board is chaired by a Greenpeace forest campaigner and they have long promoted FSC as the source of “green” timber. Greenpeace supports industrial ancient forest logging even as they are apparently suppressing their own report on specific problematic forest certifications. Transparency and depth of ecological understanding are not Greenpeace’s strength.

When the whole notion of certified logging in ancient rainforests is questioned, the Greenpeace PR machine shifts into full gear and seeks to mislead rather than respond substantively to the concerns of those working to end ancient forest logging as a key response to climate change and requirement for global ecological sustainability. Critical questions remain unanswered. How does industrial logging protect ancient forests? When in a particular situation does Greenpeace support ancient forest logging and when do they not? What body of ecological science and experience does Greenpeace have to support its stance?

Click here to read more and take action.

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Greening the intertubes (and the halls of Congress)

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

As promised, a roundup of recent green legislative alerts. So many bills, so little time. Even a link dump feels like heavy lifting.

Audubon: Better Fuel Standards for a Clean Future

The U.S. Senate is debating America’s energy policy, and we need to make sure that any energy legislation includes at least some increase in corporate average fuel economy standards (CAFE), which have not been improved in over 25 years. Raising the fuel economy of cars and trucks reduces our addiction to oil, helps to clear our skies and reduces global warming pollution. This is off-the-shelf technology we have right now, but we need Congress to act.

Please write to your U.S. Senators and tell them to oppose the Levin-Stabenow amendment to weaken the modest CAFE standards in HR 6.

Greenpeace: Put Congressional Leaders in the Hot Seat

When the Democrats took over they promised bold action on global warming. Now halfway through the year and two weeks before the 4th of July recess, it appears that the first major action on energy in the House of Representatives will take us in the wrong direction. Instead of creating an energy bill that solves global warming, the legislation that has emerged thus far protects the auto and coal industry.

Chairmen John Dingell and Rick Boucher are proving to be poor leaders in the important fight to create sensible energy policies and to stop global warming. The chairmen of the House Energy and Commerce Committee are doing just the opposite of what the Democratic majority said they would do—push for smart energy policies and attack global warming head on.

America needs real leadership on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, not more of the same.

Take Action>>Tell Speaker Pelosi to use her power as Speaker of the House and get Congress back on track.

True Majority: Tell Congress – “You’re in the Hot Seat”

It’s now or never for Congress to get serious about global warming. Scientists tell us that if we don’t put a cap on global warming pollution and reduce emissions 80% by 2050 that the situation could become completely out of control. So we’re turning up the heat on Congress and demanding that they support strong action to solve global warming. Help us reach our goal of 50,000 signatures nationally by August by adding your name to the list. Let your Rep. know that “We’re counting on you: You’re in the Hot Seat.”

Union of Concerned Scientists: Our Chance to Raise Fuel Economy Standards is Here!

The average fuel economy of American automobiles hasn’t changed in decades, despite steady advances in vehicle technology. More fuel-efficient cars would give American drivers much-needed savings at the pump while helping to reduce our oil dependence and global warming pollution. Now is our chance to lock-in stronger fuel economy standards for all vehicles! As early as tomorrow, the Senate will vote on an Energy Bill provision that would raise Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards to 35 miles per gallon by 2020.

Please call your senators and tell them to support CAFE reform of at least 35 miles per gallon for cars and light trucks by 2020 with no loopholes. Any attempts to weaken this long overdue reform will be a vote for higher gas prices and continued oil dependence.

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Greenpeace: Global Warming SOS

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

Via Greenpeace:

Global Warming SOS

The latest news about the impacts of global warming is out, and scientists’ predictions include everything from mass extinctions to food and water shortages. And the impacts are already being felt around the world. So in light of all of this dire news, it’s time for Congress to take action. And surprise, surprise, some of them actually are!

After years of inaction by the Bush Administration, Congress has finally taken matters into their own hands with a science-based, long-term solution to global warming. Help build support for critical action on global warming, contact your representative today. We owe it to ourselves, future generations, and to the planet to stop global warming now, before it’s too late.

Take Action >> Tell Congress to pass the Safe Climate Act.

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Greenpeace: Tasty News from Apple

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

Via Greenpeace:

Tasty News from Apple

You did it! Thousands of you wrote, called, and sent cards to Steve Jobs, asking him to green your Apples. Because of you, he listened, and just announced a greener Apple.

Apple has agreed to peel toxic chemicals like Brominated Fire Retardants (BFRs) and Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), out of their product line by 2008. These are genuine steps forward.

But we want an Apple with more than a green skin, we want Apple to go green to the core. We want Apple to deliver a green product on the market, and to announce a worldwide recycling policy.

Take Action >> Thank Steve Jobs for his efforts, and ask him for more than a few slices. Ask for a whole green Apple.

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Earthjustice: Oppose Liquid Coal!

Friday, March 9th, 2007

UPDATE, 6/11/07:

Wow. People totally hate the liquid coal proposal. Another link for ya: Liquid Coal is not the Answer, from True Majority.

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UPDATE, 6/6/07:

See also: Stop Liquid Coal, via MoveOn.org.

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UPDATE, 6/4/07:

See also: Say NO to liquid coal, from SaveOurEnvironment.org.

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UPDATE, 5/8/07:

See also: No to Liquid Coal, via Greenpeace.

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Via Earthjustice:

Oppose Liquid Coal! Our cars should be cleaner, not dirtier!

Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), famous for saying, “Global warming is the biggest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” has proposed a misguided scheme to launch a new industry based on converting coal into transportation fuel.

Liquid coal (or coal-to-liquids) is a global warming nightmare: it produces double the carbon dioxide emissions of conventional gasoline and would be a huge step backward for efforts to combat global warming. Quite simply, liquid coal can turn a hybrid into a Hummer.

In addition to Inhofe’s proposal, there have been other bills introduced that also call for massive subsidies and loan guarantees to launch this dirty coal industry. We must act now to stop them — please take action today!

FYI: A link to a similar action alert was featured in The Sierra Club’s latest edition of Club Currents.

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Greenpeace: Polar Bears on Thin Ice

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Via Greenpeace:

Polar Bears on Thin Ice

Global warming is melting the Arctic sea ice at an alarming rate, taking with it the vital habitat of polar bears and other wildlife. The last two years were the worst ever recorded for sea ice loss. If current trends continue, the Arctic will be ice free in summer by 2040, depriving polar bears of the hunting and denning grounds they need to survive. In response to a successful lawsuit by Greenpeace and others, the Bush Administration decided last December to recommend polar bears for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Yet the Administration also signaled it would do nothing to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that drive global warming. Without such reductions, global warming will continue and the polar bear – and many other species – will disappear.

The Bush Administration has asked for public input on whether and how to protect the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act. Let them know you support the polar bear, and demand the curbs on greenhouse gas emissions necessary to ensure its survival.

Take Action >> Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that the polar bear needs endangered species protection NOW!

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Greenpeace: Life and Death Situation in Antarctica

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

Via Greenpeace:

Life and Death Situation in Antarctica

The whaling factory ship Nisshin Maru has been crippled by an accidental fire and is currently without engine power in the Ross Sea, Antarctica. Oil and fuel aboard the ship presents an unacceptable risk to the pristine Antarctic environment, and the ice and weather are closing in.

The Greenpeace ship, Esperanza, has offered to tow the Nisshin Maru to safety. The Esperanza was constructed as a fire-fighting vessel and has towing capabilities. Her captain has ten years experience on a salvage tug.

Bureaucrats in Tokyo have rejected Greenpeace’s offers of assistance, despite pressure from the New Zealand government and Japan’s obligations under the Antarctic Treaty to accept help.

Please ask the Japanese Environment Minister to do the right thing for the crew of the Nisshin Maru and the Antarctic environment: don’t wait for the situation to worsen. Accept Greenpeace’s offer to tow the ship.

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Greenpeace: We love Japan, but whaling breaks our hearts!

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

Via Greenpeace:

We love Japan, but whaling breaks our hearts!

This Valentine’s Day, we’ll show love for whales by doing our best to keep the harpoons from striking a whale’s heart. But you don’t have to be here in the Southern Ocean to join us in our efforts to defend the whales.

We know you love whales too, and there’s no greater gift we could give them than to end commercial whaling forever.

So in honor of Valentine’s Day, there are a couple of things you can do to show your love for whales.

1. Take Action >> Send a special Valentine’s message to the Bush Administration professing your love of whales

2. Demonstrate Your Love >> Download one of our signs and take a picture of yourself holding it then upload it and show the world how much you care about defending the whales.

Please, spare us the heartbreak of returning to the Southern Ocean next year. Help us put an end to whaling once and for all.

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Greenpeace: The State of Global Warming

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Via Greenpeace:

The State of Global Warming

President Bush has let the issue of global warming simmer on the back burner of his presidency for 6 years. His so-called solutions of “clean” coal and nuclear energy are a recipe for disaster.

Well, we’re serving up a fresh new alternative to global warming with real solutions that don’t rely on nuclear energy or coal. In fact, renewable energy and conservation can deliver half of the world’s energy needs by 2050.

The President has failed to lead this country, or the world, on the issue of global warming. It’s up to Congress to pull us out of the global warming fire, and time is running out.

Take Action >> Tell Congress to turn the oven down.

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A slew of anti-Big Oil/pro-clean energy action alerts for the 110th Congress

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

UPDATE, 1/22/07:

As many of you know, HR6 passed the House on Thursday; you can read the full text of the bill here.

Says Ayinde O. Chase of All Headline News,

On Thursday the House of Representatives passed the CLEAN Energy Act (H.R. 6), which rolls back subsidies and tax breaks for Big Oil, by a vote of 264 to 163. The bill specifically aims to close certain tax loopholes available to big oil companies, and collect royalties from oil and gas produced in public waters. The legislation when enforced will shift more than $14 billion from certain subsidies to investments in clean energy, such as energy-efficient technologies and renewable power. […]

The monies collected could be directed to:

– spur the construction of wind and solar energy power generation facilities

– provide incentives for energy-efficient appliances, buildings and equipment

– enable more people to purchase gas-saving hybrid cars and trucks […]

An Apollo Alliance study discovered that a major investment in alternative energy technologies has the potential of adding more than 3.3 million new jobs to the nation’s economy, stimulating $1.4 trillion dollars in new Gross Domestic Product, and eventually paying for itself in a 10-year time span.

Sweet.

My favorite headline come from Salon: “Big Oil gets punked” (!).

Earthjustice recommends sending your rep a thank you, that is, if she or he is deserving of one. Otherwise, ignore the twit and vote against him/her in the next election cycle.

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With Congress slated to vote on the clean energy portion of their 100 Hours agenda later this week, the action alerts are coming at my inbox, fast and furious. Rather than post each individually, here’s a roundup of those that call on Congress to end subsidies for Big Oil, support clean energy, and/or vote yes on H.R. 6. I’ll add new ones to the top of the list as they arrive.

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Greenpeace: All I want this year is a green Apple

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

Via Greenpeace:

All I want this year is a green Apple

‘Tis the season, and stockings are being stuffed with ipods, and Macs nestled under the tree. But not all is well in Whoville, and there’s a grinch of a surprise inside these Apple gifts: toxic chemicals. And as last year’s gifts are tossed to make way for shiny new Apples, they will likely find their way to developing countries, where children of all ages will unwrap and unleash the toxic chemicals within.

Well, there’s no place like New York to light up the night with a holiday wish. We’ve been telling Apple to go green for years, and tonight, more than 60 activists took to the streets of New York to shine green lights on Apple’s iconic 5th Avenue store. Now it’s your turn to shine a green spotlight on Apple.

Send Apple a special holiday card and tell Steve Jobs that all you wish for is a green Apple.

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Greenpeace: Danger in Bristol Bay!

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

Via Greenpeace:

Danger in Bristol Bay!

President George Bush might be on the verge of lifting the moratorium on oil and gas development in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. Bristol Bay hosts the world’s largest wild salmon run and is home to countless whales, seals, walrus and fish, as well as Alaska Native communities dependent on these resources. So much of Alaska is already open to oil and gas development, we can’t risk damaging the delicate ecosystem of Bristol Bay with the threats posed by oil and gas development.

Click here to take action.

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Greenpeace: Breaking News – Protest at Kleenex Factory

Monday, November 13th, 2006

Via Greenpeace:

Breaking News – Protest at Kleenex Factory

Kleenex, one of the most popular brands of tissue products in the world, contributes to the destruction of ancient forests. Its manufacturer, the Kimberly-Clark corporation, has been unwilling to improve its practices, continuing to rely on paper and pulp made from clearcut ancient forest including Canada’s Boreal forest.

Moments ago, Greenpeace activists drove a Kleenex shaped bus across the entrance of Kimberly-Clark’s paper mill. It is at the access point to one of the largest mills in the country. This busy mill receives thousands of tons of ancient trees throughout the year, so our action is sure to get the company’s immediate attention.

You can help by encouraging Kimberly-Clark to meet with us right now!

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Greenpeace: Ask the US gov’t to establish no-take marine reserves

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

Via Greenpeace:

Right now there are opportunities to make significant steps towards creating networks of marine reserves. The US government has initiated a consultation process asking the American people about how it should go about creating a national network of protected areas in US waters.

You can help to make a global network of marine reserves a reality. Contact Mr. Jonathan Kelsey, National System Development Coordinator, National Marine Protected Areas Center, NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management.

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Greenpeace: Hi. I’m a Mac, and iToxic.

Friday, September 29th, 2006

Via Greenpeace:

Hi. I’m a Mac, and iToxic.

Apple’s releasing more than new products these days, they’re also releasing tons of toxic chemicals. That’s because under their skin, apples are full of toxic chemicals. When they get tossed, they can end up at the fingertips of children in developing world countries, who dismantle them for parts. Take Action! Tell Steve Jobs that you want a green apple.

Greenpeace: Is YOUR Technology Toxic?

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

Via Greenpeace:

Some of the hottest names in technology scored the lowest grades in a recent test of environmentally-unfriendly electronics. That’s because some of your favorite tech gadgets are made with toxic chemicals like polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic and brominated flame retardants (BFRs). And when last year’s coolest trend isn’t so cool anymore, tons of tossed out electronics make their way to the developing world, where children dismantle them for scraps, and are exposed to the toxics they contain. It’s time for these companies to cut the chemicals from their products, and create a strong recycling program.

Take Action >> Tell these toxic-tech companies to clean up their act.

More on this topic from Mother Jones blogger Diane Dees.