This is exactly the kind of law we need in the modern world! A new Filipino law stipulates that all students must plant 10 trees in order to graduate. This makes as much sense as a biology lab or Constitutional test to me.
The Green New Deal gives me so much hope, but as long as we have a Republican-controlled Sentate I can't see it going anywhere just yet and we seem to be running out of time. If we want to clean up this planet for future generations to not only enjoy but simply live on, we have to make drastic changes immediately. While the current Trashtag Challenge probably won't get us there, it's something we can do while we try to impeach those in office and wait to vote for those who could, you know, pass legislation to save our lives.
Has it really come to this? LOLSOB
Remember when they warned us in school that the Great Barrier Reef was changing over the years and if we didn’t address climate change, it would die? It died. About 1,400 miles of living coral and the animals that called it home is now not much more than an oceanic wasteland. Scientists have officially declared the Great Barrier Reef to be dead after living for 25 million years.
Whether it’s clean water, economic rights or unhealthy food, there are plenty of things to be concerned about today. Yes, we can get angry—but it’s more productive to be active. Let’s add our voices together in support—or in opposition—to the following progressive action items.
Act for clean water
If there’s one thing we should all be fighting for together, it should be our environment. Not to sound sanctimonious here, but this is our home and if we don’t protect it, we’re not going to be able to continue living here as a species.
Do you love animals—or women and clean water, for that matter? Here are a few ways you can take action this week and help some of your favorite people—and critters—out right away.
Click the following actions to lend your voice to causes you care about today.
Stop arctic drilling
No matter how many dying polar bears we witness every year, no matter how much more endangered our animals are, we still call for their blood with that awful “Drill, baby, drill!” slogan. This is revolting—especially since we have absolutely no clean-up plan or way to clean up drilling miss in the Arctic, and a spill would be catastrophic. Click here to ask that we not drill in the Arctic, now or ever.
Ready to change the world? Here are some quick ways that you can make a difference right now.
Ask Tide to take the cancer out
Have you heard that there are ingredients in Tide laundry detergent that are known to cause cancer? The unnecessary chemical known as 1,4-dioxane is even present in the Tide “Free and Gentle” brand, which many parents use for their families. Click here to ask Tide to remove this chemical from their products and share the information with your friends on Facebook.
Like clicking around and supporting causes you care about? Check to see if any of the following interest you, then take action!
Save funding for disability programs
Congress has loved its ability to gut programs that help people (without gutting their own pay and free federal health care, of course!), but we need to tell them enough is enough. Did you know that most federal programs are being cut by more than eight percent unless Congress gets busy on making some changes before the end of the year? Help save disability programs and other important programs by clicking here and telling Congress to reduce the deficit by cutting unnecessary spending—not crucial costs.
Stand with Bill Nye the Science Guy
Mr. Nye has been in the news a lot lately for his support of evolution—which, let’s face it, should not need support since it’s a proven fact, and it’s embarrassing that so many people in our country still fiercely claim it’s “not true”—but he’s also trying to save space exploration programs. Click here to read Mr. Nye’s plea for voters to urge the president to continue supporting NASA’s planetary exploration program and to add your voice to the campaign if you agree.
Here are a few things you can do to help improve the world—as well as peoples’ lives—this week.
Volunteer for your local campaign office
It’s getting to be election crunch time, and it’s up to us to make sure we keep this country as progressive as possible—and that means not allowing Mitt Romney to sit in that seat. It’s taken, remember? Find your nearest Obama volunteer headquarters here, or sign up to volunteer here.
Ask Obama to close Guantanamo Bay
Even as we root for him, we must hold President Obama accountable to upholding justice and equality in America. Call for not only the closing of Guantanamo today, but also the investigation of the treatment of detainees like Adnan Abdul Latif, who died after being held at the facility for ten years without charge.
Remember all of those stealthy sneak attacks that the senate loved to hide from us back in the Bush II days? I suppose they have always existed, but that’s when they were first known to me. It seems that Obama’s administration—or our Republican-led senate, at least—likes to use these little shifty techniques as well.
On Monday, they plan on sneaking a vote in on a bill that would prevent the use of lead in firearms and fishing tackle. Why would you want lead in your food, you have to wonder? The harm in using the lead is not only to the animals themselves—even if they escape with a flesh wound, they’ll get lead poisoning—but in us! This ammunition ends up in our land and water, contaminating our resources as well theirs.