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DAILY ACTION - Make a Difference 3
3 years ago

The other thread took a little too long to load, so I'm starting this, the 3rd.  Don't forget to take action!

3 years ago

The Atlantic menhaden doesn't look like much, but it's not called "the most important fish in the sea" for nothing. These little fish are critical food for striped bass, bluefish, tuna, whales, porpoises, seabirds and other wildlife.

Protect Atlantic menhaden from dangerous overfishing »

By weight, more menhaden are caught than any other fish on the East Coast, and its population is now less than 10 percent of its historic level.

As the menhaden population suffers, so do our coastal economies, where thousands of commercial and recreational fishing businesses rely on the predatory fish that depend on menhaden as a food.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) has taken a historic first step to restore menhaden by laying out a plan that could significantly increase the number left in the ocean, finally taking into account the needs of their predators.

Urge ASMFC to act on this plan and restore menhaden to a level that can sustain healthy predators and a healthy marine environment »


Thanks for taking action!

Samer
ThePetitionSite

Save the Atlantic Menhaden,
the Biggest Little Fish
Take action now.Take Action!  
Link to Daily Action - Make a Difference 2
3 years ago

Here is the link to the previous link - Make a Difference 2

http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=7846&pst=1264693

3 years ago

Hi Lynn just signed your petition to save Atlantic Menhaden!

 

I hope Cheryl is ok.  Hi Cheryl can you please just pop in for a minute to say hello?

 

Thanks.  Love prayers and big hugs to Cheryl.

 

From Lynn, Mary and Barb ))

3 years ago

Mary and Lynn my Sunday is good.  I am really tired though from not sleeping well past few nights. 

 

I helped my sister work in the yard today.  We needed to pick up piles of pine needles and leaves for yard waste pick-up.

 

I found a place to live I think.  I still need to look at it.  It's an apartment not too far from here and affordable if I am not going to live for 98 years. lol.  I will be looking at it as soon as the manager gets back to me.  It's a one bedroom with washer and dryer in unit, 1 bathroom.  I am starting to pack. 

 

It's kind of draining because I will miss Mom's house and my sister.  But I can come and help out here with my sister after I move out.  It's onlly a 10 minute drive.

 

Love and big hugs.

 

Barb

3 years ago

Hi Barbara i hope you find a place soon its hard when your searching and moving stuff brings back memories as well good and bad but when you are busy settling in you might find it aesier to sleep ,i wish we heard from Cheryl . hows are you today Lynn signed your petition hugs to all

3 years ago
October 3, 2011

Republicans in Congress are doing everything in their power to get rid of Planned Parenthood, one of the most important providers of health care for American women. Last week, the House of Representatives launched a far-reaching investigation of the group, looking for anything it could use to smear and discredit it.

The latest affront on women and their health comes in the form of a new bill that would ban all funding for Planned Parenthood until they stop providing abortions entirely. The fact that millions of women depend on their basic health services, like contraception and cancer screenings, doesn't seem to matter.

This is the Republican War on Women in its rawest form. For today's Daily Action, help our friends at EMILY's List fight back and stop the War on Women for good.

 

alternative actionFind Out How You Can Change the Future!

We often take the lives we lead for granted, forgetting that not too far away, there are those who are less fortunate. Luckily, its easy to become part of the movement to positively affect the future of our world and be the change we wish to see. For today's Secondary Action, chat with Goatar the Magnificent and find out how you can make a difference.

3 years ago

Barb, so glad you were able to find an apartment. Don't stress yourself too much with the moving. It can be such a traumatic event in your life when you're used to living in one place for a long time and with all the memories that go with it.

Thank you, Mary for signing the Daily Action. It's important to try to make a difference, and we do!

I'll be on tomorrow, but will be gone from Wednesday through Saturday. I'm going up to West Palm Beach, FL to be with Alicia and Steve. Alicia will be operated on Wednesday so please keep praying for her. She's going to have a long 6 week recuperation period. Steve will be staying at the hospital for the 5 days that she'll be there. He told me "I will not leave my wife unattended". I wish every husband was like that. Mine certainly wasn't. So please keep your good thoughts for her. I've been kind of in a fog over this whole thing.

I wish I knew how Cheryl was. Too bad we can't get in touch with her son to find out. I'm worried about her.  Stay safe, my sisters.  Sending big hugs.

3 years ago

Hi Lynn and Mary.  I signed the petition and shared it.

 

Yes Lynn I am really worried about Cheryl too.  Maybe her son took her to the hospital again and she needed an adjustment.  I hope that's all it is.

 

Love and big hugs to you all!

 

Barb

3 years ago

me too barbara how is the move going? lynn is right don't let the stress get you .Lynn enjoy the time with your family if you can i know its worrying too i will keep Alicia in my prayers .i have to admit i'm getting worried about Cheryl hugs to you take care sisters

3 years ago
October 4, 2011
Disneynature's new film, African Cats (Rated G), takes viewers deep into the breathtaking African savanna to witness the heart-stopping rivalry between two lion prides and the epic journey of one brave cheetah family. Shot over the course of two and a half years using state-of-the-art camera equipment, the film captures the awe-inspiring beauty of one of the wildest places on Earth as it tells the dramatic and often intimate stories of Mara, Sita and Fang.

African Cats is now out on Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack, and for each purchase through October 10 a donation will be made to Save the Savanna, an initiative developed between Disneynature and the African Wildlife Foundation to help protect lions, cheetahs and the land they call home. To date, this program has already helped to protect more than 50,000 acres in the vital Amboseli Wildlife Corridor.

For today's Daily Action, buy African Cats and help Save the Savanna!

 

alternative actionRing in October With Cute and Chilly Pandas

A little fun (and utterly adorable!) fun in the snow is always a welcome break. For today's Secondary Action, check out these red panda bears playing together in the snow!

3 years ago

Thank you, Mary dear. I know that with all our prayers Alicia will be fine. I just spoke to her and she's got a wonderful attitude outwardly, but I'm sure she's a bundle of nerves inside.

I'm really worried about Cheryl. I hope and pray that it's nothing serious that's keeping her from answering us, and just her doctor telling her that she has to rest. Let's pray that she's alright.

Barb, I hope you're talking it easy also. There are so many awful things going on in the world, so think of your move as a new experience that will bring happiness to your life.

See you Monday, sisters dear.

3 years ago

Hi Lynn and Mary.  So good to have you both here. I am so worried about Cheryl.   I wish we could call her on the phone some how.

 

Lynn thank you so much for your upbeat idea of my move bringing happiness to my life.  I bet it will indeed.  Thank you.

 

And Mary thank you for caring about me too.  I haven't moved yet.  I am going to look at the apartment Friday.  I decided maybe just to move there and if it gets too expensive I will have to change where I live.  This can be my new transition.  My sister mentioned renting something with me if she feels the same way.  She wants to live by  herself for a while though.  She has lived with Mom since 1993.

 

I got a flat tire today and have to get that fixed tomorrow.

Let say some positive prayers for Cheryl.

Love and big hugs to my dear sisters.

Barb, Baby and Beenie ))

 

for being wonderful sisters!

3 years ago

i am getting worried about Cheryl as well i wish we could phone too Lynn is gone to visit her family but if she heard anything i know she would let us know .its rotten when you get a flat tire isnt it .? let us know how your move plans are going hugs sister

3 years ago

Hi Mary.  Yes let's keep praying for Cheryl.  Hope she comes back here soon and Can't wait for Lynn to get back too

 

Yes flat tire is rotten but I got it fixed and now it's over with. Yeah!

 

I will keep you posted about moving plans Mary. Thanks for asking.

3 years ago

I'm back - as you can see! I've posted info. on other thread. Thank you so much my dear friends for your thoughts and prayers. I feel so cared about when I'm here. I love you all!

Lynn, Alicia will have had her operation by now (I've had to catch up reading everyone's posts). My prayers are with you all and I'm sure everything went as well as can be expected. It's a really difficult time you are going through, for sure. Even when you know things will be okay we tend to worry anyway. I totally believe that prayer helps as I've been the recipient of prayers from all of you and I know they do! I bet Steve was very glad to have you there, Lynn. Even if we have never seen - or don't personally know - a person, we send energy via prayer, which goes to that person.

Barb, I am so HAPPY to hear that you may have found an apartment! I agree with Lynn and Mary -- this is a new chapter in your life! When you look at it in a postive way, even if it doesn't feel totally comfortable right away, you are setting the tone for good things to happen. It takes courage for us to step out of our comfort zone at times and explore new things. Yippee.... you can keep on dancing!! And Baby and Beenie will be happy as long as they're with YOU! That was a real bummer getting that flat tire. It's a horrible feeling when that thump, thump, thump happens. Hope it's all fixed now.

I signed the Menhaden fish petition, Lynn -- #9,753. The Disney nature adventure looks amazing and I think I've talked my son into buying one!! I felt like I was at the movies just watching the clips! (popcorn please).



           

3 years ago
October 10, 2011

Millions of sharks are killed each year to make shark fine soup. The sharks are captured at sea, hauled on deck, and their fins are sliced off, often while they're still alive. It's a cruel and wasteful practice.

But in California, more than 50 celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio and Yao Ming are urging Governor Jerry Brown to sign a bill that would ban the sale, trade and possession of shark fins inside state borders. Even chefs like Wolfgang Puck and Gordon Ramsey have spoken up for sharks.

In a tabloid-loving world where celebrities can seem self-involved and one-dimensional, it's refreshing and inspiring to see them speaking up for such an important cause.

For today's Daily Action, learn how celebrities are making a difference in the fight against shark finning.

 

alternative actionProtect the Last Remaining Yellowstone Grizzlies

With just 600 grizzly bears remaining in Greater Yellowstone, the federal government is challenging the 2009 court victory that put the bears back on the Endangered Species list. For today's Secondary Action, help the grizzlies keep the protection they need!

3 years ago

Hi my sisters, I'm so happy to see that you're back, Cheryl. I was really worried about you. I posted about Alicia in our other thread, so if you read it you know that she's home and that she's doing well.

Thank you all, again....for being there for me, for your kind thoughts and sweet prayers for Alicia and for caring. More wonderful friends I just couldn't have.

Barb, I'm so glad to know that you found an apartment. I hope it doesn't get too expensive for you and that you'll be able to start a whole new phase of your life with this first move. I wish you all the luck in the world!

Mary, how are you dear? You're always here for us with a kind word and beautiful thoughts. Thank you for that.

I'm very tired but thoughts of my beautiful baby are keeping me smiling. He is so adorable!

Sending love to you all. Has Kay been in to see us? I'll speak with you all soon.

 

3 years ago

There you are, Lynn! I'm glad you're back safe and sound and I bet Mandy went crazy when you walked in the door!!

It really is a special thing we sisters have going here. We all have been -- or are going through -- challenges in our lives and the way we've "been there" for one another is VERY VERY SPECIAL! And Mary, I agree with Lynn that you are always here offering kind thoughts and wishes and prayers to everyone. Thank you Sis!

I left a comment re the Sharks, Lynn, and now I have to go back and look into the Yellowstone Grizzlies. We are having a very sad time with so many bears wandering into populated areas. Some of being tranquilized and moved back, but some are being shot and it breaks my heart.

Have a good rest and we'll see you later!

    

3 years ago

So good to see you Lynn and Cheryl

 

I would write more but I am really tired and need to go to bed.

3 years ago

Lynn signed shark fin petition.  Poor things.  They can't help what they are and need to be treated with respect also.

3 years ago
October 11, 2011
Genetically modified (GM) crops are poised to move into supermarket produce sections and farmers markets. The first GM fish, a salmon engineered with eel genes that grows to maturity twice as fast as normal, could soon be at fish counters.

The FDA says that none of these foods need to be labeled, but we disagree. We have a right to know what we are eating and we should be able to choose whether or not to try these newfangled foods.

For today's Daily Action, urge FDA Commissioner Hamburg to require labeling of all genetically engineered food.

 

alternative actionKick That Chemical Habit

When Andrew Wilder challenged people to join him in avoiding processed foods for a month, 415 people took the pledge. That was October 2010. This October, 56 of the original pledgers have signed on again. They have been joined by nearly 2500 more.

For today's Secondary Action, find out more about October Unprocessed.

3 years ago
October 12, 2011
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women, especially in the United States. And, almost all of us have been personally touched by breast cancer in some way. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a time for us all to reflect on how cancer has touched our lives and what we can do to make a difference.

For today's daily action (and this week's "Random Act of Caring") say something kind to someone who has been touched by breast cancer. Send a quick message or call someone in your life who has been touched by breast cancer. You can also spend a moment to read our coverage on breast cancer over on Healthy Living or take a second and click to make a donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

 

alternative actionFind Out Why Snow Leopards Need Help

Snow Leopards (Panthera uncia) are found in the mountains of 12 countries in Central Asia and their habitat covers over 750,000 square/miles. But even with all that space, scientists agree that there are only between 3,500 and 7,000 snow leopards left in the wild.

For today's Secondary Action, find out why Snow Leopards need help.

EEUUGH!!!!
3 years ago

October 12, 2011

Genetically engineered Monsanto sweet corn is approved and could be on your plate next year. Genetically engineered sweet corn, the first Monsanto crop designed to be consumed by people, is genetically engineered to produce pesticides and resist herbicides. Sign the petition to make sure your grocery store doesn't sell you genetically engineered sweet corn.

Why should you be concerned about Monsanto's Genetically Engineered (GE) Sweet Corn?


1) This is the first GE Crop Monsanto that is marketing for direct human consumption.

2) It will not be labeled.

3) It hasn't been tested for human safety.

Monsanto's sweet corn variety flew through the approval process, because it combines two genetically engineered traits that were approved in 2005 and 2008. The USDA does no independent testing of GE crops, and the "stacked" combination of these traits for herbicide resistance, and pesticide production has never been through a safety evaluation of any kind.

These traits have never been engineered into a food that will be consumed directly by people. Most of the GE corn that is currently grown is eaten by animals or processed into corn syrup, corn oil and other corn ingredients that show up in processed food. Monsanto's aiming to have their new GE Sweet Corn grown on 250,000 acres next year (roughly 40% of the sweet corn market). Take action now to make sure this corn isn't sold at your local grocery store.

As you already know, genetically engineered crops are not required to be labeled. We have no way of knowing if a food has been genetically engineered or contains GE ingredients. We believe labeling should be required so that people can choose whether or not they want to eat GE foods. Unfortunately GE sweet corn, will not be labeled, and doesn't look any different from regular sweet corn.

Help make sure GE Sweet Corn is not sold by signing our petition to grocery stores. We'll be delivering this petition to the top ten grocery store chains in the country in an attempt to stop GE Sweet Corn from reaching your plate.

Sign the petition to grocery stores today:
http://action.foodandwaterwatch.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8405


Thanks for taking action,

Sarah Alexander
Education & Outreach Director
Food & Water Watch
salexander(at)fwwatch(dot)org

3 years ago

got them thanks Lynn this is so important

3 years ago

KEEP SHELL OUT OF THE ARCTIC



The Arctic is no place for oil drilling
Arctic Fox
The Obama Administration has given Shell tentative approval to drill next summer off the coast of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Tell Interior Secretary Salazar to stop Shell before it’s too late!

Take action

Dear Mary,

The fragile habitat of imperiled Arctic wildlife is no place for oil drilling. But unless we act swiftly, the Shell oil company could soon be doing just that.

The Obama Administration just gave Shell the tentative go-ahead to begin exploring for oil off the coast of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge next summer.

Send a message to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar telling him to reverse his decision and deny Shell the final permits it needs to begin drilling.

The Arctic Refuge is the main birthing ground for polar bears in Alaska. Its coastal waters are also home to Pacific walruses, gray whales, endangered bowhead whales, beluga whales, ringed seals and millions of migratory birds.

If we don’t stop Shell now, it could be sinking its first drill bit into the Beaufort Sea just months before pregnant polar bears move onshore nearby to dig their dens and birth their cubs.

A blowout at one of Shell’s rigs would be devastating. An oil spill offshore would blanket the coast of the Arctic Refuge with an irremovable layer of thick toxic oil for generations to come.

Oil-covered polar bears have virtually no chance of survival ... whales would be suffocated or poisoned ... hundreds of thousands of birds would be killed ... and seal populations would be severely impacted.

What’s more, Shell is relying on an oil spill response plan that was written -- and approved by the Obama Administration -- BEFORE the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Send a message to Secretary Salazar right now. Tell him to throw out Shell’s outdated oil response plan and stop Shell before it’s too late for the Arctic Refuge and its vulnerable wildlife.

Shell’s response plan is a fantasy. lt assumes that more than 95 percent of spilled oil will be recovered before it hits shore. Only five percent of the oil unleashed by BP in the Gulf was ever captured!

The Obama Administration is under tremendous pressure from Big Oil to allow drilling in the Arctic. So Secretary Salazar is unlikely to say No to Shell unless he hears a massive public outcry!

He needs to hear immediately from hundreds of thousands of people like you -- people who refuse to place the fate of America’s polar bears and other wildlife in the hands of Shell oil.

Please send a message to Secretary Salazar right now. Tell him to stop Shell from drilling anywhere near the Arctic Refuge and preserve the irreplaceable habitat of Arctic wildlife.

Sincerely,
Frances
Frances Beinecke
President
Natural Resources Defense Council





http://www.nrdconline.org/site/R?i=egf_AkFJPbX_qnI81H0PJA

3 years ago

Excellent posts, Mary. Thank you, sis!

3 years ago
October 13, 2011
The payday lending industry relies on a predatory business model that imposes unfair and abusive loan terms that keep unsuspecting customers indebted to them, payday after payday.

Payday loans strip more than $270 million in fees from communities in states like Mississippi each year. That's money that could be spent on food, goods and services from local merchants. Payday lending is illegal in 12 states, and the U.S. government has enacted a 36 percent rate cap on loans to military personnel and their families, but this is not enough. Everyone deserves access to responsible, affordable loan products that do not create a long-term financial crisis.

For today's Daily Action, learn about how payday lending works, and how you can help stop the cycle of predatory lending.

 

alternative actionLearn About Winter Gardening for Small Spaces

Whether you live in a spacious house or a tiny apartment, you can get in on growing at least some of your own food. For today's Secondary Action, find out how you can plant a winter garden, even in a small space!

3 years ago

Thanks Lynn.  This is a terrible thing to do to others.  So glad it's out in the open for others to learn about and avoid.

3 years ago
October 14, 2011

On Halloween, the world's 7 billionth person will be born. While population growth has slowed in most regions around the world, the population still increases by nearly 80 million people every year. That's the equivalent of adding a new United States every four years, and it's putting strain of families, communities and governments around the world.

Every single one of us is part of the 7 billion, but with so many new people entering the world every day, it's hard to know where you fit in. Until now. Our friends at Population Action International (PAI) have made an interactive app where you can map yourself and figure out what number you are in 7 billion.

For today's Daily Action, check out PAI's app and find out your number, and learn more about what 7 billion people will mean for the earth.

 

alternative actionPledge to Help End Hunger Through Microfinance

Read about a wonderful example of what's possible when you pledge to join in the effort to end hunger through microfinance. The world is a better place, one person at a time.

3 years ago

thanks Lynn got them

3 years ago

Signed Lynn

3 years ago
October 17, 2011
This week is "Make Your Mark Week", a chance to inspire and mobilize youth to use their energy, ingenuity and compassion to "make their mark on the world" through hands-on service.

This is the perfect time to show the children in your life how easy it is to care for the world and all its inhabitants. It can be something as simple as turning off the lights when leaving a room or helping to plant a tree.

For today's Daily Action, take the pledge to help the kids in your life make their mark on the world and make it a better place.

 

alternative actionLike Us on Facebook

Did you know that Care2 is on Facebook? If you use Facebook and want a little dose of "making a difference" in your stream, then like our page and join the growing community of Care2 members there.

3 years ago
Seems to be a repeat of an action from two weeks ago from a different site.
October 18, 2011
The Atlantic menhaden doesn't look like much, but it's not called "the most important fish in the sea" for nothing.

The average adult menhaden filters four to six gallons of water per minute. This keeps algae in check and makes sure the ocean depths receive enough sunlight to power the marine ecosystem. At the same time, menhaden are critical food for predators like striped bass, tuna, whales, porpoises, and seabirds.

The Atlantic can't afford to lose the menhaden. Speak out now for policies to restore the menhaden.

 

alternative actionFollow Us on Twitter

Yesterday's alternative Daily Action was to like us on Facebook. If that's not your cup of tea, we're also on Twitter too! If you use the service and want some Care2 (140 characters at a time), then follow us on Twitter.

3 years ago

got this one too thanks Lynn

3 years ago

I got these, Lynn. We don't hear enough about all the GOOD young people doing GREAT things. It is so inspiring to see this new generation taking action for Mother Earth.

Thanks Lynn. This also reminded me to do my clicks today!

 

 

3 years ago
October 19, 2011
We launched "Random Acts of Caring" about six weeks ago, and since then thousands of Care2 members have taken simple actions that have made a big impact on someone else's day. That ripple of Goodness that I often mention continues to extend.

For today's daily action (and this week's "Random Act of Caring") send a Care2 eCard to someone in your life to brighten their day. We have some great, new eCards for Halloween and many others you can send just for fun. I also invite you to share a story about who you're sending the card to -- or their response. Please post your story in the comments section on the Care2 Team Blog.

 

alternative actionSeven Fall Favorites: Eat With the Seasons!

As we transition from summer into fall, buying produce can be a little tricky. Fall provides its own selection of in season items, and although you might be used to seeing some of them year round, knowing when they are in their prime will help you get the best quality and the most flavorful and nutritious.

3 years ago
Please sign petition to save the Spix's Macaw
1 day ago
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The Spix's Macaw is said to be extinct in the wild. With the exception of those that are in Zoo's and private ownership, some say they are no longer in the wild.

The Petition

Remember the animated movie RIO that is about a "BLUE" Brazilian Parrot? Well that parrot isn't just any parrot! Rio is a Spix's Macaw. His girlfriend, Blue Jewel is also a Spix's Macaw.
*Here's the link to the move information in case you don't know about it - http://www.rio-themovie.com/

Now, for the reason for this petition! The Spix's Macaw IS said to be extinct in the wild except for MAYBE an handful!
Some say it is already extinct in the wild.
The rest of the known Spix's Macaws that are still with us are in captivity in Zoo's and in private ownership.

Please help save this beautiful parrot from being exploited any further. We must have programs to help these birds proliferate and get them back into the wild where they belong.

Much of the reason they are extinct is loss of habitat! That alone is cause for another petition! Below are several informative websites for you to visit to learn about this rare and beautiful blue parrot, the Spix's Macaw!

THE LAST SPIX'S MACAW - THE WORLD'S RAREST PARROT - DISAPPEARS FROM THE WILD
http://www.macawlanding.org/lastspix.html

Spix’s macaw (Cyanopsitta spixii)
http://www.arkive.org/spixs-macaw/cyanopsitta-spixii/

Spix's Macaw Fact File 2010 English The Little Blue Macaw
http://awwp.alwabra.com/index.php/content/view/171/51/

We will send our signed and finished petition to -
The Loro Parque Fundación
http://www.loroparque-fundacion.org/acercaDeLPF.aspx

Thank you for your help and support!

 

Spix-Ryan-23_11_07.jpg

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/savethespixsmacaw/


3 years ago

Got yours Lynn thanks dear sis Barbara what beautiful birds thanks for posting signed

3 years ago
October 20, 2011

Giving. The very word evokes warm fuzzy feelings as we envision a loved one's face lit up in delight. But there's more to a gift than what meets the eye. A heartfelt gift speaks to our shared values and beliefs in a more just and sustainable world.

That's why Care2 is happy to introduce you to our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide. In it, you will find Care2's definitive guide to alternative giving, for people who love to make a difference.

You can bring a smile to a child's face with something as simple as a ball with a gift from
Save the Children. Or help save endangered otters with a gift from the Natural Resources Defense Council.

For today's Daily Action, check out the Care2 Holiday Gift Guide and find out how your gift giving can make a difference.

 

alternative actionWhat's Your Number?

We add more than 200,000 people to the world each day, and according to United Nations projections, there could be 9 billion of us before 2050. With that many people, population issues can seem overwhelming. One interesting way to find out where you fit into the global population is through a new interactive app by Population Action International, What's Your Number?

3 years ago
October 21, 2011
Before she found help, life was difficult for Gilberia in her rural village of Ziguinchor in Senegal. She baked a few loaves of bread a week, just enough for her family but with very little left over to sell. Without any profit, she was unable to buy essentials to keep her family healthy, like soap or fish.

Things changed when Gilbera joined the microfinance and education group Saving for Change. Gilberia utilized her small loan to build an earthen oven so that she could bake bread for sale in the marketplace. Now she can take of herself and her family.

This is what happens when people join together to make a difference through microfinance: one person at a time, the world changes for the better. For today's Daily Action, spread the message with a free e-card that we can end chronic hunger if we work together.

 

alternative actionProtect Salmon Before It's Too Late

In the face of climate change, damming, and habitat loss, the wild salmon population has declined dramatically in the past few decades, especially in the Snake and Columbia River system in the northwestern United States. Past salmon recovery plans have been largely ineffective, and it is time to get aggressive about this problem.

3 years ago

Hi Barb and Lynn and Mary! So good to see my sisters here.

I missed the "7 Billion" people one, Lynn, but I did it now and I am #2,353,642,722. There were just under 2 1/2 billion people when I was born. I'm astounded! That was so interesting.

I also signed the Macaw petition, Barb. Such gorgeous birds! Habitats are disappearing for so many animals and birds and it's very disturbing. What IS good is that there are many people who care and are working to save them.

I soooo wish I could give a gift like a ball to a child/children. It makes me sad that I can't bring some joy like that. But I do get the opportunity to do other little things for people and one day I would like to be in a position to give such a gift. I'm thinking positive!

Thanks to you all for posting all these petitions and other daily actions.
 

3 years ago
October 24, 2011
The German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, part of the former East Germany, was known as one of the poorest parts of the country. Unemployment in the state peaked at over 20% in 2004 before beginning a sharp decline. The renewable energy sector is being credited with the incredible rebound in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania's economy.

The shipyards were the traditional industry. However, the number of jobs in that sector dropped from 32,800 in 1989 to around 3,300 today. Now, major investments are being made in renewable energy.

Is this possible for other countries and regions? For today's Daily Action, read more about this fascinating transformation, and comment on the post with your thoughts!

 

alternative actionRiding a Bike Could Save Your Life

In addition to being cheaper and cleaner than driving a car, a study published recently in the British Medical Journal found that bike sharing in urban environments can actually help save lives. This cool infographic shows why.

3 years ago

Dear Mary,

Help save the dunes sagebrush lizard from extinction.
Dunes Sagebrush Lizard
Take Action

We need your help saving the dunes sagebrush lizard from extinction.

Widespread destruction of the lizard's New Mexico and Texas dune-oak habitat has prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to propose protecting the lizard under the Endangered Species Act.

But the lizard has become a pawn in a cynical game. The oil and gas industry is trying to block the creature's protections with misinformation and scare tactics so it can drill and pollute the lizard's last pockets of habitat.

You can help save the lizard by signing this petition to White House policymakers. It asks the administration to put in place the protections federal biologists have already proposed.

We need 25,000 signatures by Nov. 19 for policymakers to review this petition. Please sign today.

Take action here and sign this petition asking the White House to protect the dunes sagebrush lizard under the Endangered Species Act.

Thank you for your commitment to wildlife and wild places.

Sincerely,

Leda Huta

Leda Huta
Executive Director
Endangered Species Coalitionhttp://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=A%2BkwMZnw5kIXWCAaZ%2BRQ%2FNad5XyfztuV

3 years ago

got them Lynn

3 years ago

October 25, 2011
Every year around this time, I have the urge to do "fall cleaning". It provides a great time to sort through things around the house and declutter. There are all sorts of uses for things that we may not need any more. Whether it's an old cell phone that can repurposed, a library of children's books that have been outgrown but could be donated to a local school, or art supplies for a nonprofit's after school program -- the list is endless. 

For today's Daily Action (and this week's "Random Act of Caring") give something away. It doesn't need to be a cash donation. It could be that unwanted or unneeded item in your home. Make sure to come back and share your story in the comments section on the Care2 Team Blog. It might spark an idea for someone else. Thank you!

 

alternative actionMake a Difference With Your Holiday Gifts

This holiday season, you can bring a smile to a child's face with something as simple as a ball with a gift from Save the Children. Or help save endangered otters with a gift from the Natural Resources Defense Council. For today's alternative Daily Action, check out the Care2 Holiday Gift Guide and find out how your gifts can make a difference.

3 years ago

Thanks, Mary dear.  I took action on your petition, also.

3 years ago

 

Signed Mary!  How are you doing Mary?

 

Lynn thanks for your random acts of caring post!

 

Cheryl thanks for signing Macaw petition!

 

Love and big hugs. 

 

 



This post was modified from its original form on 25 Oct, 20:30
3 years ago

Action taken, and I've got a few big bag full of clean donations (clothing, etc.) ready for Salvation Army!

Here's some news on Yahoo today re SHARK FIN SOUP: 

Toronto city council has voted to ban the sale of shark fin in the city.

The ban, suggested by councillors John Parker, Glenn De Baeremaeker and Kristyn Wong-Tam, will outlaw the possession, sale, trade and distribution of shark fins or their derivative products.

The proposal passed easily - by a vote of 38 to 4.

Shark fins are used in a soup that is often served at traditional Chinese weddings.

Those who support the ban say sharks are killed inhumanely and often thrown into the ocean alive after their fins are sliced off.

Those who opposed the ban say the soup is a traditional dish and insist the sharks are killed humanely.

Before the vote Mayor Rob Ford said he didn't think it was the city's responsibility to ban the sale of shark fins and that he wouldn't support the motion.

"I don't think it's in our purview to do that," he told CBC. "If other councillors want to do it it's an open vote. It's been going on for so long I don't know why it's an issue now."

About 100 protesters showed up outside City Hall, claiming a ban would hurt the restaurant industry.

The proposed bylaw will ban any use of shark fin and will impose fines ranging from $5,000 for a first offence to $100,000 for a third offence.

Some critics have argued that imposing a ban in Toronto will not end the problem since customers who want to eat shark fin soup will just travel to another municipality that doesn't have a ban.

They argue that the federal government needs to impose a national ban on the importation and consumption of shark fin.


(There's a mayor that needs to be gotten rid of! And there's a whole lot of people who need to be shown pictures of the mutilated sharks! But YAY for those who are doing some good stuff! )

 

3 years ago
October 26, 2011

Chances are, you're on Care2 because you care about people, the environment, animals or all three. There are plenty of ways to make a difference about these causes. One of the best tools is your pocketbook.

It's up to each of us to know what we're buying and why -- and how each product we spend our money on impacts other people, animals and the planet. Our friends at Ethical Ocean make it easy to shop our values on lots of things from clothes to coffee.

In addition to feeling good about what we buy, there's also a chance to win $1,000 by taking action today. Learn more about Ethical Ocean and how you can use the power of your purse to help society and the earth thrive.

 

alternative action4 Ways to Avoid Genetically Modified Foods

Avoiding genetically-modified foods is hard, but can be done. For today's Secondary Action, try some of these tips to ensure everything you eat is as nature intended.

3 years ago

My goodness Cheryl, someone get that Mayor out of office! What an idiot he is!! Killing sharks for their fins just to make soup is such an awful thing. I'm so glad that the proposal passed. Thanks for posting the article.

I'm still having some problems with Care2. It's much better than it was, but still a little frustrating. It's very late, so going to bed now. Nitey nite, sis.

3 years ago

You bet that mayor needs to go, Lynn! I think he, and people like him, needs to see these living creatures float to the bottom while still alive and realize they are condoning cruelty. I still have that picture in my head from seeing it on TV. Sure, sharks aren't the most loveable creatures but they have their purpose in the oceans or they wouldn't be there.

EEEEWWWWWWW... all the genetically mo. foods are scary!! Hawaiin papaya?? Things that we would never guess. Looks like I'll be spending even more time than I already do reading labels. BUT NOT SALMON! We've had the fish farms here for years and parasites and antibiotics were found when tested, and when some escaped into the wild to interfere with our NORMAL salmon, it was scary.
Feels like we're going to be living like we're in a sci-fi movie. 

Thanks Lynn, for posting. I hope these Care2 problems clear up soon. Some things are getting worse.

      

3 years ago
October 27, 2011

The 7 billionth person on earth will be born next week and demographers project our numbers could climb as high as 11 billion by midcentury. Keeping the population lower -- at a more manageable 8 or 9 billion -- would reduce the stress on communities, countries and the planet.

Nearly half the world's population is under 25, just entering their child-bearing years. The family planning decisions we make today shape what our world will look like. More than 215 million want to prevent pregnancy, but lack access to modern contraception.

The challenges we face as the world population grows affect all of us. For today's Daily Action, discover where you fit in with Population Action International's new app and learn how 7 billion people will affect the world.

 

alternative actionDo Tigers Belong at a County Fair?

It's estimated there are more tigers in captivity today than still live in the wild. Habitat loss, disappearing prey and poaching make life hard for wild tigers, but captivity isn't much better. For today's Secondary Action learn more about what that means for endangered tigers and their well-being.

3 years ago

Lynn, I signed the Tigers petition as I've done the other one, which was fascinating.

I am so sickened by how these beautiful tigers are treated and the old "Asian traditional medicine" killing field. When did it start in Asia that killing/using so many animals for their bile or liver or whatever (include Shark Fin soup), helped to cure their people of their ailments? I just don't understand the reasoning. Why not herbs and foods, etc. that don't bleed?

Thanks, Lynn. This is most disturbing, isn't it?!

And that elephant being trained/tortured made me sick to my stomach.

Canada doesn't have the death penalty and I agree with this. There are too many people being let out of prison after 20-25 years in prison when it is found out by DNA (or some other way) they are not guilty of the crime they were incarcerated for. Just ONE "mistake" like that is too many for me. For those who have done heinous crimes, I think solitary confinement for the rest of their lives is a much longer/greater punishment. It's no picnic, apparently. 

BUT... there are times I think about the perpetrators of animal abuse being treated in the same manner as they have done to animals!! How would they feel being thrown out of a moving car, or stuffed into a cold, tiny cage -- see what I mean? There are so many scenerios.
   

3 years ago

It's terrible what humans do to sharks.  People are disgusting and must stop these practices.  They also kill tigers for their body parts.  What disgusting practices.  These people that do this are so barbaric and need to learn that these creatures are sentient beings. I will pray for all of them.  Poor things. This just rips out my heart when I read about this.

 

3 years ago

You are both so right in what you wrote and in your thinking, Cheryl and Barb. We humans are so barbaric....both to each other and especially to animals. The heinous things done to animals in the name of science are uncalled for and abhorrant.

The things done to animals for the culinary pleasure it brings to people is uncalled for and the things done to animals for "entertainment" is heart breaking. Animals kill each other for food only, never for the pleasure or entertainment value. That's not in their DNA.  The inhuman subhumans who kill puppies and kittens for kicks and show it on the internet? They should be punished to the full extent that the law will allow!!

3 years ago
October 28, 2011
Often, orphaned and vulnerable children don't attend school simply because they cannot afford enrollment or the necessary supplies. Save the Children orphan education programs send eager-to-learn children to school, pay school fees and supply them with textbooks, exercise books, pencils, pens, rulers and a math set -- all in a locally-made school bag.

This Holiday, give the gift of joy and lasting change to a child in need and put a smile on someone you care about.

For today's Daily Action, make your gift work for good - help send an orphan to school.

 

alternative actionReforest Haiti, Rebuild Lives

A new nursery program that teaches how to plant and care for papaya, mango and timber trees is helping people in Haiti generate income for their families, all while reforesting the country and rebuilding Haiti's environment. For today's secondary action, ask the U.N. to support programs like these that help end poverty AND protect our environment!

3 years ago
Your Voice for
Millions of Birds


Cerrulean Warbler, USGS

An estimated 5 million migratory birds are killed each year as they collide with communications structures.

Save Migratory Birds -- Take Action>


The deadline for comments on this important issue is next Wednesday, November 2nd. Please take action today!

Dear Mary,

After more than a decade of work -- including more than 100,000 messages from Defenders supporters -- federal officials are finally moving in the right direction to save millions of migratory birds.

But a flawed analysis could derail efforts to avoid the nearly 5 million bird deaths associated with communications structures each year.

Take action now -- urge the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to conduct a full environmental analysis to reduce bird deaths from communications structures.

Earlier this year, the FCC took steps to improve rules meant to reduce bird deaths from broadcast towers and other communications structures. But these vital rules are not yet final -- and the commission's analysis of the impact of these structures on migratory birds is deeply flawed.

If the FCC relies on this incomplete analysis -- which concludes that towers do not have a significant impact on birds -- millions of migratory birds could continue to be injured or killed.

Write the FCC and urge the commissioners to conduct a full environmental impact analysis to keep millions of migratory birds out of harm's way. The deadline for comments is next Wednesday, November 2nd.

Each year, an estimated 5 million birds meet an untimely death as they collide with radio towers and other communications structures -- at least 230 species are affected including cerulean warblers, black rails and other species in decline.

Thanks to caring supporters like you, we're getting closer to preventing these deaths -- but we need to make sure that adequate rules are in place to ensure a safer journey for millions of migratory birds.

Please take action today so we can deliver your message to the FCC by the November 2nd deadline.

Jason Rylander, Defenders of Wildlife Sincerely,

Jason Rylander
Senior Staff Attorney
Defenders of Wildlife
3 years ago

got all your wonderful posts sisters

3 years ago
today's action Read About What It Means Live More Sustainably

What does it mean to live sustainably?

Living sustainably means balancing our individual consumption, our technology choices and our population numbers with the renewable resources of the planet. It means maintaining a stable and healthy environment for both humanity and other species.

This is a simple statement, but the implications are radical; for us as individuals and for our societies.

For today's Daily Action, read about the necessity and implications of reducing population growth and moving towards a more sustainable approach to human life on earth.

 

People Who Took Action: 2,342

If for some reason you choose not to take the action above, please take a look at our alternative action.

 

alternative action Regulate Dirty Coal Ash

Coal ash contains a dangerous cocktail of chemicals that can increase the risk of cancer, damage internal organs and cause development problems in children, yet it's completely unregulated. For today's Secondary Action demand regulation of coal ash to protect public health.  

20
20 earn 20 butterfly credits for taking the daily action.
3 years ago
Animal activists seek to ‘End Factory Farming’ at first-ever conference

In an ironic twist, animal welfare activists looking for ways to knock what they call “factory farms” out of business gathered over the weekend at the same D.C.-area hotel where representatives of the animal agriculture industry met last spring to strategize on how to fend off just such attacks.

On a Westin Arlington podium where speakers at the Animal Agriculture Alliance (AAA) Summit conference in May censured animal activists as “extremists” who use “smoke, mirrors, and deception” to sway the public against legitimate animal uses, and even “terrorists” who destroy property and threaten the safety of the food supply, Farm Sanctuary founder Gene Baur stood up to say that his group and others organized the “End Factory Farming” conference as part of their mission to combat “an attitude that commodifies sentient life and the natural world.”

 

n the same hall where Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas joked that in his native Dodge City “we shot a vegetarian last week,” and exhorted those in the beleaguered production agriculture industry to “stand up and defend yourselves and fight” for more legal and political protections, Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia assured assembled animal advocates that although “agribusiness interests have too much influence,” and thus “the likelihood of substantial reform on animal agriculture through Congress is very, very low,” those interests “are no match for an informed and engaged public” whose “moral correctness” and continued advocacy “will eventually end factory farming.”

While May’s AAA Summit attendees heard Ted McKinney of Elanco Animal Health, a division of pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Company, extoll large-scale animal production as the only efficient means by which to feed the world’s burgeoning population, last weekend’s speakers such as Elizabeth Kucinich of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Wenonah Hauter of Food and Water Watch, and Michigan farmer Lynn Henning outlined the health, environmental, social, economic, and ethical havoc they said the industry creates.

 

http://www.examiner.com/animal-policy-in-national/animal-activists-seek-to-end-factory-farming-at-first-ever-conference?CID=examiner_alerts_article

3 years ago

Animal activists seek to ‘End Factory Farming’ at first-ever conference(continued)

 

Whereas Aaron Putze of the Iowa Soybean Association lauded the wholesomeness of American beef, dairy, pork, poultry and eggs, physician and bestselling author Dr. Joel Fuhrman detailed his argument that eating animal products causes deadly ailments like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease—a belief echoed by Whole Foods Market co-founder and co-CEO John Mackey, who rolled out the store’s new plant-based nutrition and wellness programs.

In place of reassurances from hog farmer Tim Belstra and cattle rancher Debbie Lyons Blythe about their industry’s humane and respectful treatment of animals, veterinarian Dr. Holly Cheever of the New York State Humane Association described the “industrialized cruelty” and suffering she said is often ignored by the veterinary associations who recommend inhumane standard practices, and Nathan Runkle of Mercy for Animals condemned what he called the “rampant neglect and abuse” as well as the many “despicable” yet legal and accepted practices that his group works to document in undercover videos shot at large-scale animal farming facilities—videos that some state lawmakers supporting animal agriculture have attempted to criminalize with measures that would ban them.  

On perhaps the same microphone that Kelly Smith of the Missouri Farm Bureau Federation used at the AAA Summit to warn about the dangerously clever legislative campaigns and richly-laden coffers of Wayne Pacelle, president of The Humane Society of the United States, Pacelle himself rallied the troops to fight ever harder on behalf of animals.

Presentations during the End Factory Farming weekend included such topics as “Environmental Degradation: Land, Water, and Air Pollution” and “Disease, Contamination, and Antibiotic Overuse” versus the AAA’s “The Truth about Sustainability: Debunking ‘Livestock’s Long Shadow,’” and “Making Safe, Affordable and Abundant [animal-derived] Food a Global Reality.”

At the “End Factory Farming” Friday buffet, braised chard, smoked lentils, and mushroom ravioli took the place of the gorgonzola cheese salad, pancetta bacon, and “chicken cooked under a brick” served at the AAA’s awards luncheon.

“United We Eat” was the AAA Summit slogan, representing the industry’s demand that consumers retain the choice to dine on animals and animal products. At the End Factory Farming conference, speakers urged a vegan diet as a crucial commitment for the sake of our “Health, Environment, and Farm Animals.”  

Billed as a “groundbreaking” first-ever conference focused on the alleged ills of factory farms, or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), as they’re more officially known, the event nearly sold out with more than 300 attendees, according to Baur.

Sponsorship and funding came from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), The Humane Society of the United States (HSU, Mercy for Animals, Compassion Over Killing, Whole Foods Market, Compassion in World Farming, E-The Environmental Magazine, and more.

For upcoming articles about these two very different conferences, please visit Animal Policy Examiner again soon.

SUBSCRIBE to Animal Policy Examiner for continuing coverage of this animal issue and more. It's anonymous and free. Your email address is given to no one else. Click on the ‘subscribe’ button above to receive an email letting you know whenever there's a new article. Thanks for reading!

Katerina Lorenzatos Makris (a.k.a. Kathryn Makris) has written 18 books for major publishers and hundreds of articles for publications such as National Geographic Traveler, San Francisco Chronicle, Mother Jones, Petside.com, and two regional news wire services.

A cofounder of AnimalBeat.org, she holds a B.A. in Environmental Science Studies and a lifelong interest in animal issues.

http://www.examiner.com/animal-policy-in-national/animal-activists-seek-to-end-factory-farming-at-first-ever-conference?CID=examiner_alerts_article

 

3 years ago

thanks for all the great posts sisters

3 years ago

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Tell FDA and Obama No More Tricks: Label GE Foods!

The Center for Food Safety recently filed a formal legal petition with FDA demanding that the agency require the labeling of genetically engineered foods. Now, we are spearheading a drive with over 350 other organizations and businesses in the Just Label It! Campaign, to direct one million comments to the FDA in support of our petition.

Genetically engineered foods are required to be labeled in the 15 European Union nations, Russia, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, and many other countries around the world. A recent poll released by ABC News found that 93 percent of the American public wants the federal government to require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. As ABC News stated, “Such near-unanimity in public opinion is rare.” Yet the United States is one of the only countries in the world that doesn’t require labeling of GE food!

In the U.S., we pride ourselves on having choices and making informed decisions. Under current FDA regulations, we don't have that choice when it comes to GE ingredients in the foods we purchase and feed our families.

Americans have been asking Congress to pass a labeling law for more than 10 years, to no avail. It’s time to take the fight back to FDA—bigger and louder than ever before.

Tell FDA and President Obama to label genetically engineered foods!
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=e7HRiQPyRg6eDqcLs1QEZv2NfguPiXul

3 years ago

November 1, 2011
Make Someone's Holiday Meaningful: Help Protect Polar Bear Cubs!
Polar bears spend most of their time on ice floes, but because of global warming that ice is literally melting beneath their feet. As Arctic ice disappears, scientists are finding more and more evidence of polar bear drownings, starvation and cub deaths.

Unless we respond swiftly, Alaska's polar bears could go extinct by 2050. The threats are varied -- from global warming to Arctic oil development to cruel trophy hunting. Your gift will help the fight to save polar bears from these threats in the courts and beyond.

For today's Daily Action, give the special gift of helping to save Polar Bears from extinction! The recipient will get a personalized card or e-card.

Take Action!

Try a Delicious Apple Recipe

It's fall! Which means apples are piling up in markets and CSAs. In honor of the harvest season, our Care2 Healthy and Green editors have collected 8 of their favorite ways to cook with apples. For today's Secondary Action, try one of these delicious apple recipes..

Take Action >>
take action

3 years ago

Having problems with Care2 again. I don't get any icons on top of this box, so I can't control any of my typing or any of the articles that I post. Also, the "post reply" goes directly to the Care2 Home Page and I have to use the back arrow and hope that it posts. This last one went in twice, but to me it didn't seem like it posted at all. Ugh! Why me?? lol

3 years ago
     

A DELICIOUS VEGAN FEAST WILL BE SERVED
at 2:00pm

 
Come early and join the guided tour which will begin at 1:00 pm when we'll stroll the fields and barnyards with all of the free-roaming llamas, goats, sheep, cows, turkeys, chickens, geese, ducks, and pigs.
 
Admission - $50
This year's dinner will be a more intimate, adults-only affair
 
When?
 Sunday, November 20th, from Noon to 3 pm 
Dinner will be served at 2:00 pm
 
Where?
The new PPS Visitors Center
 Directions to the sanctuary and an email confirmation
will be sent when tickets are purchased.

Purchase Your Tickets Online Today
(Type "tickets" in the "Designate my donation" field)
Tickets are also available from
Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary.

Or send your check to:
Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary
81503 E. County Road 22,
Deer Trail, CO 80105
 
We hope to see YOU there!

~ Sponsor a Turkey ~
If you are unable to attend but would still like to support our
work on behalf of Farmed Animals, please consider other ways to help.
Sponsor a Turkey
Make a Holiday Donation
Chip In to help us get through the winter

Thank You!

     

Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary
A Safe Haven for Rescued Farmed Animals
Who Have Been Given A Second Chance At Life

 

 

 http://www.peacefulprairie.org/eNews/Thanksgiving/thanksgiving11.html

3 years ago

November 2, 2011

ACTION! Random Acts of Caring: Green Eggs and Ham

This Daily Action comes from Care2's Communications Manager Sue Anne.


I'm a bit of a "bah humbug" when it comes to Halloween. I love seeing kids dressed up and walking around neighborhoods, but I have never been a fan of adults dressing up in strange outfits. We had a Halloween party here are work last Friday that had me laughing for hours. One of my coworkers dressed up as Jane Goodall, and another coworker was dressed as one of the Yip Yip aliens from Sesame Street. I realized on Friday and more over the weekend the joy that Halloween costumes can bring. I'm seriously considering putting together a costume for our 2012 Halloween party. Just like in Dr.Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham, I ended up liking something I'd resisted.


For today's Daily Action, and this week's Random Acts of Caring, share an experience you've had recently where you thought you'd dislike something and you actually liked it. Leave a comment on the Care2 Team Blog about what changed for you.


Take Action!

alternative action Give Gifts That Make a World of Difference


Have you ever given a gift that gives exponentially? You can help save endangered otters with a gift from the Natural Resources Defense Council. Or bring a smile to a child's face with something as simple as a ball with a gift from Save the Children. For today's alternative Daily Action, find out how your gifts can make a difference with the Care2 Holiday Gift Guide.

Take Action >>

take action >>

http://www.care2.com/dailyaction/homepage.html

This post was modified from its original form on 02 Nov, 13:05

3 years ago

Good posts, everyone. I think I've caught up!

Lynn, those are the same problems with Care2 that I was experiencing. It can be extremely frustrating! I wonder what's happening - with all these constant problems.

3 years ago

November 3, 2011
ACTION! Help a Teen With a Rare, Painful Disease
Brooklyn Mills, an 18 year old girl from Ontario, has Ehlers-Danlos. It's a rare genetic disorder than affects 1 in every 5,000 people, and symptoms can range from mild hypermobility to severe pain and instability.

Brooklyn's body is literally falling apart. The collagen in her bones is weak, which means she's losing her sight and ability to walk. Yet Ontario Health Insurance refuses to cover her growing medical bills.

For today's Daily Action, read about a member of the Care2 team's own battle with Ehlers-Danlos and sign the petition to help Brooklyn get the medical coverage she desperately needs.

Take Action!
alternative action Learn More About Your Dog

Dogs might be our best friends, but they're mysteries, too! For the things about your dog you don't want to ask your vet -- like why dogs like to hold eye contact with you -- we've got answers. For today's Secondary Action, learn more about your dog.
Take Action >>
take action


http://www.care2.com/causes/medical-coverage-needed-for-rare-condition-in-ontario.html?z00m=20108849

http://www.care2.com/causes/medical-coverage-needed-for-rare-condition-in-ontario.html?z00m=20108849

3 years ago

Thanks so much, Lynn, for posting this story and "Take Action" which I did. 

I left a message that all it would take for these medical costs to be covered is if (sadly) a politician's or one of the insurance company's children to be diagnosed with the same dreadful disease.

It's all about $$$ of course. In 10 years this will probably be covered. But that won't help Brooklyn and others like her, and their families who have to pay enormous medical bills, probably selling their homes, etc. along the way.

I hear of people having to fly to other countries to get treatment for something. Only the well-off can do that! It's totally not fair.



This post was modified from its original form on 03 Nov, 16:19
3 years ago

took action Lynn i'm having a lot of trouble posting all week today seems o k i hope lol

3 years ago
November 4, 2011

For nearly 100 years, San Diego Zoo Global has been actively caring for wildlife. Whether it is their giant panda study in China or their African elephant work in Botswana, they are making the world a better place for wildlife.

San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy is dedicated to bringing endangered species back from the brink of extinction and inspiring global change. With more than 100 conservation projects around the world, the Wildlife Conservancy needs help from supporters like you to spread the word about its conservation efforts.

For today's Daily Action, please "like" San Diego Zoo Global on Facebook and spread the word about their wildlife conservation efforts.

Together, we can make a difference and save wildlife.

 

alternative actionWhat Are the Top 7 Dirtiest Surfaces?

Some of the things we touch everyday are crawling with germs! Learn when you should break out the hand sanitizer. For today's Secondary Action, learn the top 7 dirtiest surfaces.

Very interesting Daily Action
3 years ago
November 7, 2011
Balancing your body's pH can change your health and make your whole body run better -- better skin, better sleep, better digestion, and more.

On the other hand, a body that's too acidic can experience dry skin, ulcers, headaches, loose teeth, fatigue, and other unpleasant health problems.

What can you do to alkalize your body and improve your health? For today's Daily Action, learn how you can balance your body's pH.

 

alternative actionGive the Gift of a Better World

Are you looking for holiday gifts that can help brighten the world? You can help educate a young girl with a gift from Save the Children. Or defend a nursery for gray whales with a gift from the Natural Resources Defense Council. For today's alternative Daily Action, find out how your gifts can make a difference with the Care2 Holiday Gift Guide.

3 years ago

Looks like you finally got onto care2 Lynn!  Hooray!

 

Hi Cheryl, Lynn, Mary and all of my other dear care2 friends.

 

I just love this picture

 

 

 



This post was modified from its original form on 07 Nov, 16:55
3 years ago

Thanks Lynn for posting that article. It's really interesting and I enjoyed reading all the comments. It got quite active.

Barb, I take it that Lynn is having trouble posting as I have also had. I SURE HOPE THIS GETS FIXED SOON!!

I also LOVE that picture of momma and two babes. It is so heartwarming and I dare people to look at it and not smile and/or say Awwwwwww! Is it on the Favourite Pictures thread? If not, it would be nice if you posted it there.

3 years ago
today's action Defend Free Speech on the Internet

This week, the Senate will vote on a "resolution of disapproval" (S.J. Res. 6) that would remove all existing protections for Internet users and hand over control of your right to choose online to companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon.

Protesters around the world -- and here at home -- are relying on the Internet to organize and make their voices heard. We must stand up for everyone who believes in free speech online and stop this disastrous resolution.

For today's Daily Action, urge your senators to stand up for Net Neutrality and reject this resolution of disapproval.

3 years ago

OH IT'S SO GOOD TO SEE YOU, LYNN! I haven't seen you for awhile, or Mary, or Barb... so I was wondering what was happening - like inability to post like it was the other day.

Thanks for posting this.

3 years ago
November 9, 2011
Cancer can have a devastating impact on any family -- physically, emotionally, financially and in many other ways. Having two people battling with cancer -- especially a mother and a young child -- is almost too much to bear. Unfortunately, that is the situation that the Fitzgerald family finds itself in today. In late 2010, Kezia Fitzgerald was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. Five months later, her young daughter Saoirse was diagnosed with a neuroblastoma. For most of the past year, they have both been undergoing chemotherapy and other treatment to rid their bodies of the cancer. Kezia was recently notified that her lymphoma is in remission.

For today's daily action (and this week's "Random Act of Caring") visit the Fitzgerald's Facebook page and leave a message of support for the family. Then come back and leave a comment on the Care2 Team Blog. Thank you!

 

alternative actionSee How Rice Could Replace Blood Donations

Put away the Halloween costume. This is not a vampire joke. Chinese scientists at Wuhan University who are working on a genetically modified rice that can yield a human blood protein. For today's Secondary Action read about how this could end reliance on donor blood for some conditions.

3 years ago
November 10, 2011
Poor children desperate to play often use trash and string to construct a ball. Imagine the sheer joy of the children who receive a real soccer ball! Soccer balls bring smiles to children in impoverished areas where equipment is rare.

This Holiday, you can give a unique and powerful gift that also makes the world a brighter place.

For today's Daily Action, give a soccer ball and bring a smile to someone on your list and to children in need.

 

alternative actionSupport Girls, Fight Poverty

As an educated mother, an active citizen, an ambitious entrepreneur or prepared employee, a girl will break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. For today's Secondary Action, help show the world the importance of investing in girls.

3 years ago
November 11, 2011
An oil spill from just one pipeline or supertanker could devastate British Columbia's Spirit Bear Coast -- home to wolves, bears, abundant marine mammal populations and of course, the Spirit Bear: an unusual race of black bear in which one out of ten cubs is born with white or cream-colored coats.

The Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline would transport the world's dirtiest oil from the Alberta tar sands to this spectacular coastal rainforest, threatening its wildlife and the First Nations people who live there with disaster.

In a powerful video for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), actor Kevin Bacon explains what we stand to lose if tar sands oil is transported through the land of the Spirit Bear.

For today's Daily Action, watch this video about the Spirit Bear Coast and defend this irreplaceable environment against the Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline.

 

alternative actionLeave Disposable Packaging Behind

The amount of waste generated in our society is out of control. One big source of waste is the containers that food and drinks get packaged in. For today's Secondary Action, learn how you can say no to unnecessary packaging.

3 years ago

Thanks for posting these, Lynn.

The Spirit Bears are in constant jeopardy. And this pipeline is like an enormous monster!

3 years ago

POTENTIAL THREAT TO TORONTO ZOO ELEPHANT MOVE TO PAWS

HELP THE ELEPHANTS TODAY!

On October 25, 2011, City of Toronto council voted 31 - 4 in favour of a motion to move the Toronto Zoo's three surviving African elephants, Toka, Thika and Iringa, to the PAWS sanctuary in California. That motion followed an earlier May 2011 decision by the Toronto Zoo Board of Management to end the zoo's elephant program and relocate the elephants.

Recently, a small number of Toronto Zoo staff and Board of Management members have been trying to open up the issue again, with the intent of challenging the process and the move to PAWS. Please click on the link below and sign the petition supporting the decision by City of Toronto council to move the elephants to PAWS and urging them to make sure there are no further unnecessary delays in moving them.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/send-iringa-toka-thika-to-the-paws-sanctuary-without-further-delay/


Please distribute this petition link to your own lists and encourage people to sign on as soon as possible. Thank you.


MORE NEWS ABOUT THIS ISSUE NEXT WEEK.

3 years ago

Mary, thank you so much for this petition. I cannot believe the decision to move them to PAWS is being challenged! I certainly signed this petition and will look forward to hearing more about this.


 

3 years ago
November 15, 2011
If you're on Facebook, I'm sure you've seen many people participating in "30 Days of Gratitude". It's great to see so many people post on their wall about everything from their children doing their chores, a friend stopping by to say hello, a job to pay the bills, or a warm house to live in. Given its connection in the United States and Canada, November is a great month to think about the things that we're grateful for and reflect on those things as we head in to the full holiday season. What are you grateful for today?

For today's daily action (and this week's "Random Act of Caring") leave a comment on the Care2 Team Blog about things you have to be grateful for this month. Remind yourself throughout the day of your gratitude. Thank you!

 

alternative actionGive a Gift That Reflects Your Values

Giving gifts reflects who we are and how we wish for a better world for everyone around us. This holiday season, you can defend a nursery for gray whales with a gift from the Natural Resources Defense Council. Or help educate a young girl with a gift from Save the Children. For today's alternative Daily Action, find out how your gifts can make the world better.

3 years ago
November 16, 2011
KFC is one of the major purchasers from International Paper, a company notorious for destructive forest management practices such as large-scale clearcutting, conversion of natural forests to plantations, and reliance on toxic chemicals in forest management.

Other fast food chains are working to use less packaging, use more recycled paper, and ensure that their paper is not coming from the world's endangered forests, but KFC has been dragging its feet at ending the destruction that goes into making their famous buckets.

For today's Daily Action, tell KFC that our forests are too precious to be wasted for disposable packaging!

 

alternative actionWhat's in Your Honey?

If over-the-counter allergy remedies make you groggy, you might have heard that honey can be a great alternative, but do you know what's really in your honey?

For today's Secondary action, find out what's in honey on shelves around the U.S.

3 years ago

I took action on KFC, Lynn.

I wonder where our Mary and Barb are? They usually take action here. Mary may be helping her sister-in-law, Anna, and Barb may be just tired from all the moving and cleaning.

I hope to see them soon and pray everything is okay.

3 years ago

Cheryl dear, I know poor Mary is having a terrible time what with Anna being so sick. Barb is still busy and so tired from moving. I'm sure we'll here from both of them very soon.

Cheryl, if you take a look at the thread about changing the method of posting, you'll see what I said is happening to me now. Also, whenever it does go through, it reverts to an entirely different thread. Oh Care2, why me?

3 years ago

I am right on your heels, Lynn! I think you just walked out of the room when I came in another door.

My prayers are with poor Mary and Anna, and with Barb too. I know we'll hear from them when they have time. I wish Mary could see Les' post on the Affirmation thread.

I just read the thread you're talking about (you'll see my post). What do you mean "reverts to an entirely different thread" -- like your post here would end up on the Thoughts & Quotes thread, for instance? 

3 years ago
PCRM Action Alert
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Dear Ms. Geth,

PCRM and other organizations are embarking upon a new coordinated effort to end chimpanzee experimentation. Chimpanzees in laboratories have been suffering for far too long, and today I'm asking you to pledge to work with us to end chimpanzee experimentation over the next eight months.

To pass the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act, we need you to do everything you can before Congress adjourns for recess next July.

The first thing we need you to do is e-mail your members of Congress and urge them to sign on to the bill. We know you may have done this already, but this week, we want the office of every Member of Congress flooded with e-mails.

Next, the PCRM Government Affairs team will meet with every congressperson and bring with us the personalized message sent from you and everyone else in your congressional district. It would be great if you could add your own comments to the main points in the prewritten e-mail here.

This is what we are fighting to stop (click image to view video).
WARNING: Images displayed in this video may be difficult to watch.

Undercover Video

I ask that you join us in our fight to end this cruel and unnecessary experimentation. In the coming weeks, we will ask for your continued support and action. Together, we can make sanctuary a reality for all of the chimpanzees currently suffering in laboratories. Please e-mail your members of Congress and urge them to support this historic bill.

Thank you for your help.

Sincerely,
Elizabeth Kucinich
Elizabeth Kucinich
Director of Public and Government Affairs

P.S. Please forward this e-mail to your family and friends! Spreading the word is another important step to end this cruel and unnecessary experimentation.

 

3 years ago
November 17, 2011
Perry is a talented pianist and an aspiring teacher, but he's also a homeless kid living at Covenant House New York.

"I never really lived in a good home with my family," Perry says. "I lived with my father and my grandmother, but there were always all these arguments... so I ended up here."

Some people are surprised to hear that Perry is a self-taught musician who writes his own music. But when they hear him talk about his dream of going to college and working in the music business, they understand how motivated Perry is to overcome his circumstances.

This year, as you and your family share the blessings of Thanksgiving, 1,700 homeless kids will enjoy the holiday surrounded by their new family at Covenant House. For today's Daily Action, watch an inspiring video on what Cov enant House means to young people like Perry with nowhere to turn.

 

alternative actionCelebrate the Smithsonian's Newest Museum!

The Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History and Culture will soon break ground on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The Museum will open its doors in 2015 to tell the stories of African Americans from the earliest days of America right up to the election of the first African American president and beyond -- periods in the past of unimaginable pain and abuse, and proud, triumphal moments, too!

In celebration, find out how much you know about African American history!

3 years ago
November 18, 2011
Actress Kyra Sedgwick is out to solve a major holiday crime: bad gift giving. This year, help save your friends and family from bad gifts by protecting baby buffalo in their name. It's just one of dozens of gifts that is guaranteed to bring joy to your loved ones while helping to save our environment.

Watch Kyra's video to learn more about holiday gift-giving crimes -- and how you can avoid them with gifts like the baby buffalo. Your gift will keep a baby buffalo safe and help NRDC protect these majestic animals as they make their way to greener pastures. For today's Daily Action, give the gift of protecting baby buffalo

 

alternative actionGive the Gift of Hope to Children in Need

With more than 16 million boys and girls living in poverty in America, this year too many children make wake up on Christmas morning without a single gift waiting for them. For today's Secondary Action, pledge to help make sure all children have a joyful holiday this year.

2 years ago

I watched the video on Covenant House, Lynn, and with my mind I reached in and hugged each and every young person they showed. But I could not help but come back to PERRY. I would have that boy in my home anytime, if I could. Anyone with music in his soul as he has, has a beautiful spirit that needs the help of others to continue his journey with music.

Did anyone see the movie with Sandra Bullock who adopted that big young man (boy) who was a homeless football player who managed to get himself to school every day? Was it called... something "the blind side"?? It was so awesome, and Perry reminds me of the young man who was brought into that family's home and became part of that family.

It's hard to believe that right here in Canada and the U.S. as well as other western countries, there is terrible poverty and kids who go to school hungry. I just finished a book called "A Child Called It" - a true story of unthinkable abuse, which the boy survived to become a caring, loving man.

Thanks so much Lynn for posting that. I would have missed it if it was yesterday. Makes me start thinking about where I want to start doing some volunteer work.

That buffalo is so darling -- looks like a Spring lamb!

  

2 years ago
November 21, 2011
Sesame Street helps children learn about numbers, the alphabet, vocabulary and even issues like hunger. From Clifford the Big Red Dog, kids can learn about acceptance and diversity.

Both of these educational and enjoyable shows are on PBS -- but PBS isn't just for kids.

Adults can enjoy eye-opening, ground-breaking PBS programs about women in rock music, photography, baking, travel, historical figures like Marie Antoinette or Julia Child, and virtually every other subject you can imagine.

If you value what PBS provides for all Americans, sign our pledge in support of educational, innovative, quality television. For today's Daily Action, tell the world you stand with PBS.

 

alternative actionLearn 7 Secrets for Healthy Flying

With the holidays rapidly approaching, people across the country will be flying to spend time with loved ones. While traveling can be stressful on your body, there are things you can do to stay healthy while flying.

For today's alternative action, find out 7 secrets for healthy flying.

2 years ago

All done, Lynn. Thanks!

2 years ago

November 21, 2011


Dear mary,

Grey seal pup

Grey seal pup. Photo (c) PA 2011


Recently, the Canadian Senate decided to take up the question of whether a massive slaughter of grey seals should be allowed.


The proposal to kill 70,000 or more grey seals comes from the Canadian fishing industry, an industry that continues to place blame for declines in fish populations on seals instead of on their own over-fishing and destructive fishing practices.


Please take a minute to raise your voice in protest on behalf of the seals. We have an automated email set up to go to the Senate committee. Please click here to send this letter.




Thank you for caring.


For the seals,


Diana Marmorstein, Ph.D.

CEO

Harpseals.org



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2 years ago

Thank You for Putting Your Keyboard to Work for the Seals

I am VERY happy to sign this, Mary. I am so sick of my country's unrelenting determination to slaughter east coast seals. Thank God we don't have that here on the west coast. I would be among the crowds protesting.

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2 years ago

Iknow you would sweet sister hugs

2 years ago
November 22, 2011
Care2's click-to-donate program sponsors 16 children through Children International. Every month, your daily clicks support their monthly sponsorship to ensure that these children have access to basic services and needs.

The Care2 community has asked for a way to give a special gift to these children for the holiday season. Due to the complicated logistics of distributing gifts to the children around the world, a gift of money is the easiest to get to the children. Last year, you responded and we were able to split $926 for the kids. Any amount you can give (even $5) will help us reach our goal of giving these children an extra special holiday.

For today's Daily Action, find out how easy it can be to help a child this holiday season.

 

alternative actionHow Much Do You Know About Polar Bears?

Climate change is putting polar bears at serious risk, but do you know how they're faring? For today's Secondary Action, test your knowledge.

2 years ago
November 28, 2011
This Holiday, your gifts can change a child's life for good! Become a sponsor and you'll help us bring real and lasting change to a child in need. As a child sponsor, you'll help us provide education and access to clean water and healthcare. Through progress reports, updated photos and exchanging letters with your sponsored child, you’ll see your sponsorship dollars hard at work.

For today's Daily Action, give someone on your list the gift of lasting change and a better world!

 

alternative actionMenhaden Saved - Care2 Success!

Success! In part due to the help of the 46,804 Care2 members who signed a petition, menhaden, often called the most important fish in the sea, have been saved! For today's secondary action, read more about this victory!

2 years ago
November 29, 2011
A partial retaining bluff collapse at the We Energies Oak Creek Power Plant in Wisconsin sent toxic coal ash spewing into Lake Michigan. The collapse came just weeks after the house voted to prevent the EPA from protecting Americans from coal ash.

This spill has shown us -- again -- why the status quo is not good enough. We need the EPA to finalize the strong protections against coal ash that Americans need.

It's time to put our communities' health above the interests of the coal industry. For today's Daily Action, tell EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson that you support her agency's efforts to regulate toxic coal ash.

 

alternative action8th Grader Reports on Dolphin Deaths

The slaughter and torment of dolphins was too urgent for Ben Werdegar to take on "when he graduates" -- even from middle school. He's in Japan now hoping to make a difference. Read his first post on Care2.

2 years ago
November 30, 2011
The holidays, especially the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas, are a crazy busy time filled with lots of things to do, unpredictable weather, family obligations and stress. Many people need a helping hand -- whether it's offering to babysit a couple's children so they can go holiday shopping, raking leaves, scraping the ice off of your neighbor's car in the morning, shoveling snow in the sidewalk in your neighborhood or helping out at a community nonprofit like a shelter or soup kitchen. When was the last time you asked someone "What Can I Do To Help?"

For today's daily action (and this week's "Random Act of Caring") ask someone in your life "What Can I Do To Help?" Leave a comment on the Care2 Team Blog about the who you asked and why. How did it make an impact on their day and on yours? Thank you!

 

alternative actionTop Ten Must-See Occupy Wall Street Videos

Thanks to mobile devices and high speed internet, every single person that attends or participates in OWS is a journalist. Phones and cameras record rallies, marches, speeches, arrests, and attacks, and publish them on the internet within moments. Some have even video taped their own arrests and tweeted about conditions from inside police vans.

2 years ago
December 1, 2011
"Right in front of my eyes my children were given back to me." -- Suzan Meredith

The 30-year struggle against AIDS is the sum of 50 million personal stories of heartache, courage, and triumph over adversity. Stories of men, women, and children from every walk of life.

Today is World AIDS Day, and for today's Daily action watch six stories that remind us how far we've come and give hope that one day we'll make AIDS history.

 

alternative actionTell the EPA to Regulate Coal Ash

It's time to put our communities' health above the interests of the coal industry. Tell EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson that you support her agency's efforts to regulate toxic coal ash.

2 years ago

There are now 19,228 (that's my number) of signatures on the Toxic Coal Ash petition. Awesome response! PEOPLE CARE!

I was watching the news about AIDS when I got to the stories about AIDS above. I have to go back and read more. I went to an AIDS workshop through work about 10 years ago and I wish that everyone could experience it. There were a few speakers who were living with AIDS and one was affected by the heat in the room and wasn't feeling very well - visibly. He had not told his parents but thankfully, he was living with a partner who took good care of  him. When you put close-up faces to this terrible disease you realize how badly they need people to not see them as anything other than they are - human beings who need our love - and a cure! It's heartbreaking to see the children who are sick. I pray we are getting closer to seeing the end of it.  

I have to go back and read more of the OCCUPY stories. I love the picture of that young man hugging the policeman. Takes me back to the 60s and 70s.

THANK YOU, LYNN, for posting these here. I am going to give myself a good talking to because lately I haven't been doing my clicking!

     

2 years ago
December 2, 2011
Next week, our friends at the Center for Reproductive Rights will go head-to-head with the FDA in court to make the case that all emergency contraception must be available to all women without restrictions.

When it comes to emergency contraception, the FDA has refused to listen to medical and scientific consensus that says there is no rationale for age restrictions. The FDA has ignored a court order to reconsider its restrictions for more than a year and half, so the Center is taking them back to court.

When your contraception fails you, you need direct access to EC -- not unnecessary obstacles. Together, we can make sure that all women who need emergency contraception can get it safely and quickly.

For today's Daily Action, tell the FDA t o restore scientific integrity to federal policy and end restrictions on emergency contraception immediately!

 

alternative actionHoliday Presents That Make a Difference

What better way to show your love than by giving holiday gifts that help make the world a kinder, gentler place? Give a soccer ball to children in impoverished areas where equipment is rare with a gift from Save the Children. Or protect baby buffalo as they make their way to greener pastures with a gift from the Natural Resources Defense Council. For today's alternative Daily Action, find out how your holiday presents can make a difference.

2 years ago
December 5, 2011
America has a food crisis. Our current food system is broken, and it didn’t happen by accident. Decades of bad food policy designed to benefit agribusinesses and mega-farms, combined with unchecked corporate mergers, have wreaked havoc on family farmers, public health and rural communities. We are less and less connected to our food, and the farmers growing our food can’t get a fair price.

Do you know all about your food? For every person who completes the Fair Farm quiz, a generous donor will give $1 to Food & Water Watch to help protect our food.

For today's Daily Action, take the quiz and test your Fair Food IQ!

 

alternative actionHelp Save the Spirit Bear

A pipeline carrying the world's dirtiest oil from the Alberta tar sands to the land of the Spirit Bear could end in disaster, dooming this rare white bear to oblivion.

2 years ago

OH MY GOSH, I GOT THEM ALL WRONG EXCEPT ONE! That certainly was a learning experience. It's exactly the same with our farmers and the fear is that many farmers will give up and sell their land, whereby precious farmland will be disappearing.

I came back and signed the Spirit Bear petition also. I thought it was the same one I already signed but this is different. I'm #23,513 and so happy with the great response.

Thanks again, Lynn!

  

2 years ago
December 8, 2011
Child trafficking isn't just a problem in far away countries. It's happening to at risk children in our own communities every day. And they need our help.

Our friends at Covenant House are working to help homeless youth and stop trafficking across the country.

Only by standing together for greater awareness can we keep our children safe! For today's Daily Action, join the fight by "liking" their Facebook page and spreading the word.

 

alternative actionGive a Great Gift

Looking for that perfect gift? How about showering your loved one with a gift that creates a kinder world. You can protect baby buffalo as they make their way to greener pastures with a gift from the Natural Resources Defense Council. Or give a soccer ball to children in impoverished areas where equipment is rare with a gift from Save the Children.

For today's alternative Daily Action, give a friend a great gift!



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2 years ago
December 7, 2011
One of our Causes bloggers recently wrote an article asking "Who Cares for the Caregiver?" We were inspired by many of the Care2 members who left comments on the post about serving as the caregiver for a member of your family. One of those comments inspired this week's Shine a Light action.

Pamela F. has been a Care2 member since 2009 and is a frequent commenter on Causes and Healthy Living. She also regularly sends eCards offering words of love and encouragement to friends and family. For the past several years, she has been the primary caregiver to her veteran husband who suffered a stroke because of the lasting effects of Agent Orange.

We are lucky to have members like Pamela F. on Care2.

For today's Daily Action, please take a moment to "Shine a Light" for Pamela and post a comment of gratitude on the Care2 Team Blog. We'll make sure those messages are shared with Pamela.

 

alternative action3 Foods That Can Trigger a Stroke

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., and they typically occur without ANY warning. That's why it's so important to do all we can to decrease our risk of stroke. For today's Secondary Action, learn these 3 foods that can trigger a stroke.

2 years ago
December 6, 2011
This holiday season, choose the gift that will protect our planet's most wild places by planting a tree in a rejuvenated rainforest in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica has pledged to become the world’s first carbon-neutral country. To help them reach that goal, and to protect its diverse tropical habitat, NRDC and their local partners are replanting a Costa Rican rainforest, one tree at a time. Thanks to the planting of 50 different native species, this once-barren pasture will soon again be teeming with wildlife.

NRDC will plant a rainforest tree in the name of the person you choose. For today's Daily Action, give the gift of reviving a rainforest in Costa Rica!

 

alternative action16 Ways to Stop a Cold

Winter is cold season, but there are simple ways to stop those sniffles before they even start. For today's Secondary Action, learn 16 ways to stop a cold.

2 years ago
December 9, 2011
Life in Uganda is tough for Nora, who at just 16 has a son, an unavailable father, and a terribly ill mother and brother.

For Nora, her struggle to just survive led her to join BRAC's Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA) club.

The club, started in 2008, is making a huge difference in the lives of vulnerable young Ugandan women. Nora learned how to protect herself from HIV, the disease that is probably killing her mother. She also received financial training to help her start her own business and build a better life for herself.

Our friends at BRAC are using programs like this throughout Uganda and nine other countries around the world to help women change their lives and pull themselves out of poverty.

For today's Daily Action, watch an inspiring video about Nora and other amazing women like her who are working with BRAC to create a brighter future.

 

alternative actionFind Out Why Education is the Key

For children growing up in poverty, education is the key to a better life for their families and themselves. Today, find out how education is making a difference in one child's life.

2 years ago

Great video, Lynn. LOOK at that beautiful girl who probably has never had time for a childhood! The BRAC Program sounds terrific and at least gives women a chance for independence and learning a living.

Thanks, Lynn. This is very informative and hopeful.

2 years ago
December 13, 2011

Elizabeth Warren came from humble beginnings, but through hard work and perseverance has become one of the strongest consumer rights advocates in the United States today. Now, she's running for the Senate in Massachusetts in one of the most important races and one of the best chances to win back a critical seat for Democrats.

Warren's opponent -- Scott Brown -- swept into office backed by tea-partiers and has been placating them ever since. Brown has spent much of his term either dodging important issues or pandering to his right wing base. Our friends at EMILY's List are working to help Warren win in 2012 but they need your support.

Let's show Warren that the Care2 community is behind her. For today's Daily Action, let Warren know you why you’re ready to support her bid for Senate.

 

alternative actionEmpower Women and Girls in Malawi With Naomi Tutu

Naomi Tutu is a long-time race and gender equality advocate and daughter of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, and now she's standing up women in the developing world. For today's Secondary Action, learn how you can help empower women and girl's in Malawi through educational opportunity.

2 years ago
December 12, 2011
Our very democracy is in peril.

In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that corporations have a "right" to spend literally as much money as they want trying to influence how you vote and to interfere with our elections.

The court's 5-4 decision in the case (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission) radically misinterprets the true intention of the First Amendment. And it ignores generations of legal precedent--not to mention common sense.

Corporations are not people. Democracy is for people.

For today's Daily Action, add your name to our petition to Congress for a constitutional amendment to overturn the ruling and reclaim democracy for We the People.

 

alternative action10 Handmade Holiday Decorations

Festive decorations can lift your spirits and spread holiday cheer. But they don't have to cost a fortune. In fact, you can make gorgeous holiday decorations yourself, which is both economical and environmentally-friendly. For today's Secondary Action, make your own holiday decorations.

2 years ago
December 14, 2011
The last place anyone wants to go this holiday season is the emergency room. But that's where too many kids can end up if families aren't careful. It's horrifying to consider that every minute, 17 kids go to the ER with unintentional injuries.

Fortunately, the Muppets and good folks at UL have a short video that can help teach holiday safety.

Is it safe to use worn or old holiday lights? How fast can a tree catch on fire? Watch Kermit, Bunsen and Beaker as they find out!

For today's Daily Action, watch the Muppets in action as they demonstrate the do's and don'ts of holiday safety.

 

alternative actionGive Gifts That Make a World of Difference

Have you ever given a gift that gives exponentially? You can help save endangered otters with a gift from the Natural Resources Defense Council. Or bring a smile to a child's face with something as simple as a ball with a gift from Save the Children. For today's alternative Daily Action, find out how your gifts can make a difference with the Care2 Holiday Gift Guide.

2 years ago

Ah Lynn, it is so good to see your smiling face!! Thank you for posting these important actions.

Elizabeth Warren would be on my list of people to vote for if I could. I don't think a person who has grown up wealthy can ever understand what being poor is like, what not being able to feed your kids or pay your rent, or losing your job and ability to support your family, etc. is like. They are worlds apart. I do think that Anderson Cooper, however, has what it takes to put yourself in another person's shoes. I like him! 

I wish I had a good excuse to sit and watch the muppets! I used to enjoy watching them with my son. I guess I don't really need an excuse, do I?!

  

2 years ago
December 15, 2011
Water is one of the most basic necessities -- but 900 million people around the globe still struggle to find clean water for themselves and their families. The consequences are dire. Each year, lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills 1.8 million children under the age of five.

Programs that help impoverished people access clean water make up only a tiny fraction of the budget, but they have a lifesaving impact for millions around the world.

For today's Daily Action, stand up for programs that help millions in desperate poverty access the water they need to survive.

 

alternative actionGood And Bad Choices?

People make choices they consider good or bad, but no single decision leads a person in a straight line. Try sitting down for a few minutes to reassess some of the important choices you've made over the years. You might be surprised at what you find.

2 years ago

I was happy to sign and comment on this action, Lynn. Sometimes when I'm washing dishes or my hands I think about the extra time I'm using the water and how much is being wasted. We often see pictures of people carrying jugs of water on their head, and hear about children having to travel quite a distance to bring water home to their family. I can't imagine having to do that.

Thanks again for posting this.

2 years ago
December 16, 2011
This holiday, you can choose a loved one or friend and give the gift of joy to change a life – plus get a free personalized gift card for the gift recipient.

It costs less than 20 cents per day to educate a young girl. Books, education materials and teacher training help a girl attend --and stay-- in school for an entire year. Statistics show that girls with a good education delay premature marriage and childbirth and provide better nutrition and education for themselves and their children later on.

For today's Daily Action, give someone on your list the gift of a better world by sending a girl to school!

 

alternative actionPolar Bears vs. Global Warming

Global warming is a dangerous threat facing wildlife today. For polar bears, the situation is dire. Scientists are already seeing polar bears and their cubs struggle to survive at the southern edges of their habitat. For today's Secondary Action, test your knowledge about how polar bears are faring against global warming, then spread the word to your friends.

2 years ago

Both great causes, Lynn. I wish I could afford to sponsor a child or give a gift as above. However, I hope the time will come again when I can do that.

I had already taken the poll on the polar bears (it said). It's so important people know what is happening. Thank you, dear one.

 

2 years ago
December 19, 2011
Big Coal and the City of Los Angeles are threatening Bryce Canyon National Park. They've proposed building a 3,500 acre coal strip mine right next to the park to extract coal to power L.A. If built, the mine would turn southern Utah into an industrial zone -- jeopardizing the park, tourism, and the health of local residents.

Instead of destroying a national park to create dirty energy from coal, the sun-drenched city of Los Angeles should create its own solar energy. Right now, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is accepting your comments on the strip mine proposal.

For today's Daily Action, tell the BLM to stop this dirty, dangerous proposal and protect the Bryce Canyon region for future generations.

 

alternative actionHelp Women Avoid Hearing "Credit Denied"

Day in and day out, thousands of impoverished women across the developing world hear these words: Credit denied.For today's Secondary Action, ask Secretary of State Clinton to give her full support to programs that say YES to women around the world seeking small business loans.

2 years ago

#14,151. Thanks, Lynn.

2 years ago
December 20, 2011
There's more to Alzheimer's disease than memory loss. Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging, and it’s not just a disease of the old, although the likelihood of developing the disease doubles about every five years after age 65.

Although Alzheimer’s has no cure, treatments for symptoms are available and research continues. Do you know the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's disease? You should.

For today's Daily Action, learn the signs. Download a free infographic exclusively from the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

alternative actionLearn 10 Easy Make-Ahead Meals

When a family member or friend is sick or in need of help, it’s a time-honored tradition to deliver a home-cooked meal. But it can be daunting to think about what to bring to another family, and it’s all too easy to make unintentional mistakes when you’re just trying to be helpful.

For today's Secondary action, learn 10 easy take-away recipes.

2 years ago
December 22, 2011

This week, many people are taking time out to celebrate the winter holidays. Whether it's the Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas or other holidays, families are gathering and gifts and good times are being shared. However, there are many that do not have families or friends around to celebrate. The holidays are an especially hard time to be alone, but due to the tough economic times and other situations, it's a choice many have had to make.

For today's Daily Action and this week's Random Act of Caring, find a way to spend time with someone or otherwise connect with someone who doesn't have anyone else. Leave a comment on the Care2 Team Blog about the experience and inspire others to do the same.

 

alternative actionStart a New Family Tradition: Give With Compassion

Compassion is a virtue that arguably embodies the very core of what it is to be human -- being able to connect with society with a love that extends beyond one's "own." This year, vow to introduce a new value to your family's holiday traditions by celebrating compassion. You can help defend polar bears with a gift from the Natural Resources Defense Council. Or give a goat to a struggling family with a gift from Save the Children.

2 years ago

The Alzheimer's download was really interesting and everyone should read it. I have to admit that I have some of those symptoms! But, I don't have the serious symptoms mentioned and when one is stressed, depressed, multi-tasking, taking certain medications some of those symptoms can be present to a certain degree.

It's very difficult sometimes for people who go into the homes of some elderly people who have A. I have a friend of a friend who goes in to clean and help in other ways and there is one fellow who accuses her of stealing money almost every time. She has to sit help him locate his wallet or "cookie jar" so to speak, and find the "missing money." lol   

We had to change to a digital remote control for our TV and it's driving me crazy!  Instead of just clicking on one button, I have to click FOUR times on different buttons! And then there's scrolling down to see what's on and turning the dang thing off that I'm starting to get used to, but for Pete sake, I thought things in this day and age are supposed to be easier!

Yep, there are things that go in one ear and out the other. Can't comprehend as easily as I used to.

Thanks Lynn. 
  

2 years ago
December 23, 2011
This holiday season, choose the gift that will protect our planet's most wild places by planting a tree in a rejuvenated rainforest in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica has pledged to become the world's first carbon-neutral country. To help them reach that goal, and to protect its diverse tropical habitat, NRDC and their local partners are replanting a Costa Rican rainforest, one tree at a time. Thanks to the planting of 50 different native species, this once-barren pasture will soon again be teeming with wildlife.

NRDC will plant a rainforest tree in the name of the person you choose. For today's Daily Action, give the gift of reviving a rainforest in Costa Rica!

 

alternative actionStand Up for Homeless and Vulnerable Children

The work to help homeless youth and stop child trafficking across America is more important than many people know. Only by standing together for greater awareness can we keep our children safe! For today's Secondary Action, join the fight by "liking" groups standing up for homeless and vulnerable children.

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