We have a new cartoon exposing Chicken of the Sea's destructive tuna fishing methods. And right now its hot on Care2. Can you help expose Chicken of the Sea by noting this on care2 then going to watch it?
Tell Costco that it's time put an end to wholesale ocean destruction.
Costco is selling more than just wine and cheese. In its freezers you’ll find tons of endangered fish. Greenpeace surveys found that Costco continues to sell fifteen of the twenty-two red list seafood items.
Costco is destroying our oceans through its horrible seafood purchasing practices and leaving customers in the dark by hiding the truth.
We can change the way that Costco does business by spreading the word and making sure that people everywhere know the truth about their seafood.
The power is in our hands. Costco can and must do better!
Sign the petition and download the toolkit today to help us spread the word in your community!
Watch the trailer to a powerful new documentary about hydro-fracking for gas, called GASLAND. Hydro-fracking, despite polluting the groundwater in many documented cases across the US, isn't currently regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act. This dirty, dangerous form of drilling is also expanding rapidly across the US.
Check it out on the Care2 news network, note it, and share it! (You can find the trailer to the film here too...)
Hydro-fracking operations may have contaminated water in many states. GASLAND documents the stories of many residents near drilling sites whose water has been polluted... some of them can even set their tap water on fire.
As you may know, President Obama's administration is currently supporting a proposal to the International Whaling Commission that would legalize commercial whaling for the first time since 1986. We can't let this happen and we need your help!
On June 3rd, we'll deliver thousands of your photos and messages to the President and other White House officials. You can take part and have your photo among those delivered by submitting a photo to Save the Whales!
We're looking for fun, creative, and powerful photos with a human touch to them. And the more people in your photos, the stronger the message to the President will be that lots of us care about the future of the whales! Please submit your photos by Weds, May 26th.
You don't have to enter the contest to submit a photo -- we want everyone who cares about the future of the whales to take part in this powerful action to show the President our opposition to commercial whaling.
What a great day to be a fish! The future of our oceans became a little bit brighter as Trader Joe’s agreed to "green-up their stores" by implementing sustainable seafood policies.
Greenpeace applauds the supermarket chain for finally seeing the light and working towards sustainable seafood policies that will help save the oceans and put an end to destructive fishing practices.
Prior to this announcement, Trader Joe's came in 17th out of the 20 stores evaluated in Greenpeace’s analysis of seafood sustainability policies at major supermarket chains. That was the worst ranking attained by any national chain.
Trader Joe's felt the heat from Greenpeace’s mock website (www.traitorjoe.com), relentless phone calls from supporters, thoughtful karaoke songs from shoppers and in-store demonstrations and questions to store managers from activists across the country.
Trader Joe’s has removed many unsustainable products from its shelves, including the highly objectionable orange roughy that it sold for several years.
Specifically, Trader Joe’s has announced that they will:
Offer only sustainable seafood in their stores by December 31, 2012.
Work with third-party, science-based organizations to establish definitions and parameters for addressing customer concerns about overfishing, destructive catch or production methods, and the importance of marine reserves.
Remove “red-listed” seafood from their shelves. Trader Joe’s stopped selling Chilean Sea Bass in 2005, Orange Roughy in July of 2009, and Red Snapper in March of 2010.
Provide accurate information on all seafood labels, including species’ Latin names, origin and catch or production method.
Use their buying power to leverage change in the seafood industry.
Greenpeace is hopeful that Trader Joe’s will continue implementing a comprehensive sustainable seafood purchasing policy to ensure they have a road map for staying green long into the future.
A new movie out in theaters on February 26, The Crazies, is a story of a small town of innocent people who are mysteriously infected with a fictitious bio-warfare agent Trixie. Unfortunately, for these people, the infection makes them go crazy and the ensuing horror is enough to make you jump out of your seat. Luckily, for us, this is only a movie and the story is pure fiction.
But, in every good piece of fiction, there’s usually a bit of truth that makes the story really sink in for us. Real toxic dangers exist in our every day life. In addition to entertaining, the movie provides us with an important wake up call.
Did you know that the Department of Homeland Security has identified over 6,000 “high-risk” chemical plants in the United States? Not only are the chemicals these plants produce bad for our eco-systems and our health, an accident or attack at just 300 of them would put 110 million Americans at risk. That’s not only crazy, but also down right terrifying.
But, a happy ending is really possible! Since 9/11 more than 200 chemical facilities have converted to safer chemical processes, eliminating poison gas risks to more than 30 million Americans. That's the good news.
The bad news is that not all plants have adopted safer technologies – and they won't until laws are passed that require them to. Safer alternatives don't cost the plant much and may even save them money, will create jobs, and are a longer-term investment in communities.
We’ve been hearing a lot out of Washington over the last few months about what’s &ldquoolitically possible” when it comes to stopping global warming. But the truth is that it’s not up to corporate lobbyists from the oil and coal industries to decide what’s possible. It’s up to you and me.
That’s why I hope you’ll join me and help spread the word about October 24th.
Time is running out. And we’re the ones who get to decide what’s politically possible. It’s our future.
It has been a year since governments in Bali pledged to nail down an agreement to save the climate by December 2009. That means they have one year left to agree on how to stop the climate crisis. This year’s UN meeting on Climate Change has just started in Poznan, Poland and we think it is about time for government leaders to stop the talking, get serious, and start real negotiations that will lead to real action. Forest destruction costs the world economy at least 2 trillion dollars annually. Ocean fish stocks are collapsing, putting a basic source of food for 3 billion people at risk. Droughts and forest fires are destroying our planet’s most precious resources and rising sea levels are threatening to displace hundreds of millions of people before the end of the century.
But it isn’t all bad news. The good news is that the solution is pretty simple: to avoid runaway climate change, the world needs to quit its addiction to coal and stop destroying forests - and that work has to start in Poznan. We need to start investing in a future we can all believe in. We need investments in clean, renewable energy and an end to subsidies for dirty and dangerous energy like coal and nuclear.
Climate Rescue Team
Some government leaders have proven that they cannot be trusted to take swift action on climate change based on the facts. From the coal mines of Konin, to the meeting rooms at the UN conference in Poznan, we are taking action to make sure that government leaders know it is time to get serious about climate change and quit coal. Our Quit Coal Tour has set up a Climate Rescue Station in Konin, Poland- one hour from the UN meetings - to highlight the true cost of coal in the lead up to crucial UN climate negotiations. The Rescue Station is currently set up on the edge of an open pit coal mine where activists have been demanding an end to our addiction to coal in a series of direct actions. On December 8th, a week into the talks, the dome will be moved to Poznan town square.
To make sure the truth is heard at the UN meetings, we’ve also sent a team of climate experts to Poznan. We are there to pressure governments to quit coal and work towards a meaningful deal to save the climate. Our message to delegates is simple – it’s time to get serious about tackling climate change.
Not just another meeting
One year doesn’t seem like a lot of time to most of us, considering the scope of the problem. After two decades of climate negotiations, governments are still tip-toeing around each other when it comes to real solutions to climate change. This year the world is watching the UN negotiations and demanding that governments make good on their promise to come up with an action plan in Copenhagen next year. Be a part of the action and upload your phototo be projected at the UN meeting in Poznan, Poland. ________________________________________
Now here's what we need from our leaders in Poznan:
• a “climate vision” that will address what the science requires: global emissions peaking by 2015.
• a draft negotiating text on the table and a detailed workplan to get this completed by Copenhagen in December 2009
• Developed countries must agree greenhouse gas emission reduction targets at the upper end of 25-40%, as identified by the IPCC
The Brazilian Congress, influenced by the agribusiness sector, seeks to change the Forest Code in Brazil to open more of the Amazon rainforest to be cleared. Not only will this destroy forested areas in the Amazon no longer protected by the Forest Code, but the clearing and burning of these lands will release millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere—making the impacts of climate change much worse.
A 30% increase in the percentage of land a farmer is allowed to clearcut (from 20% to 50%)
Allowances for farmers to replant exotic tree species such as palm trees and eucalyptus in Legal Reserves that are intended to be native rainforest
The region has already lost almost 18% of the forest cover—an area larger than France—in the last 40 years. In theory, the change being discussed by the Brazilian Congress would immediately apply to 36% of the Amazon in the hands of the private sector.
If these changes to the Forest Code pass, they will stimulate deforestation, increased greenhouse gas emissions, land grabbing, and disputes over land rights in the Amazon. The Forest Code would legally allow for millions of acres of the Amazon to be deforested and then burned to further clear the land for grazing cattle or planting soy.
All this could happen under the protection of the law if we don't stop it. Please send the message below to the Brazilian Congress today. It's important they recognize that the world depends on the Amazon for our survival, and the world is watching Brazil.
Please take a moment to sign the petition that is being signed by people all around the world.
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