Environment

Trashtag Challenge

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

RIP, Great Barrier Reef

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.

Take action for animals

Sign these petitions for critters—and for humans, too.

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.

Take action this week

Here are some issues that could use your voice!

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.

Quick clicks for a better world

Take action for these causes you care about.

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.

Make a difference in the world

Take some progressive action.

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.

Stop the lead poisoning of wildlife

Your voice is needed by Monday, September 24!

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.

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