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Act Now, Polar Bears Need Full Protection


Threatened or endangered.

The two words might not seem very different or important to you. But, to the polar bears, the differences will mean either their survival or extinction.

Take Action to demand full protection of polar bears:

Last month, a federal judge ordered the Department of the Interior to reconsider its 2008 decision not to provide polar bears the most complete protection possible under the Endangered Species Act. Polar bears need the strongest protection possible if they’re going to avoid extinction. Listing them as “endangered” instead of “threatened” carries much more protection.

Polar bears are in real trouble. Even using model projections that have underestimated the rapid rate of sea-ice loss in the Arctic, scientists predict that two-thirds of the world's polar bears will be lost by 2050 and many much sooner. Already bears are drowning, starving and resorting to cannibalism; their populations are declining as the sea ice diminishes each year.

Please, take one minute to ask Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to provide full Endangered Species Act protection for the polar bear before it's too late.

For the planet,

---Harry Waisbren, Greenpeace USA online organizer

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Sign up for the Greenpeace Organizing Term!

Are you a student or do you know a student who wants to be part of the next generation of environmental leaders? Yes? Then check out the Greenpeace Organizing Term today! It's a semester... of training, action and adventure that you or a student you know won't want to miss.

Join the Greenpeace National Activist Network!

The National Activist Network is an alliance of passionate volunteer leaders who take bold action to protect the planet in coordination with Greenpeace's highest priority campaigns.

The Network is made up of Lead Activists who build grassroots power on hundreds of campuses and in thousands of communities nationwide to help Greenpeace save the climate, stop deforestation, fight for the whales and more.Whether you live in the biggest city in the country or the smallest town, we need you to join us as one of our newest volunteer Lead Activists.

As part of the Network, you can connect with your own team of passionate and skilled grassroots organizers so that you can make a difference in your community. If you've been an activist for decades or you're just getting going and want to learn how to help, we have volunteer opportunities for every activist ages 14 on up.

Just fill out your contact information below, and one of our team members will give you a call! Thanks and we'll talk to you soon! Oh, and the National Activist Network is for people living in the US only.

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Help Stop Costco's Wholesale Ocean Destruction! TAKE ACTION!


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!


Together we can change Costco and save hundreds of thousands of endangered fish!

Call on President Obama to Save the Whales!
Hi Friends,

I'm so inspired right now. Over the last few months, Greenpeace activists and supporters showed their love for whales by creating origami whales, participating in our photo contest, taking action online, collecting personalized whale cards and spreading the word about U.S. plans to support a deal to legitimize commercial whaling to their friends. It’s all added up to hundreds of thousands of unique messages to the President. Amazing.

And today we are delivering all of those messages to the White House along with the WhalesNeedUS coalition. You can help us make an even bigger splash with our delivery by making a call at the same time. The White House Comment Line is only open from 9 am to 5 pm EST. So if you can't call during that can always send the President an email using our online tool.

Here’s how to make the call:
1) Call the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration head, Dr. Lubchenco (202) 482-3436
2) Say:
Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from [city, state]. I’m calling to ask that you represent Americans at the IWC meeting in June by working to protect the ban on commercial whaling. I'm ashamed that the leader of my country is supporting a cruel pro-whaling position when millions of Americans are deeply against it. Be the leader that you promised by ensuring that the US opposes any deal that legitimizes commercial whaling.
3) Let us know you made the call by clicking the button below.
Greenpeace phone action report back

Together we can send a strong message to the Obama administration today that legitimizing commercial whaling is simply not acceptable. Thanks for all you do!
For the Whales!
Greenpeace USA

Submit Your Photos to Save the Whales! + Contest Announced!


Hi Friends,


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. Download the photo submission toolkit right now for some great ideas and submission guidelines.

Save the Whales photos


We've already got some great photo submissions for you to check out and get inspired by:


We'll also display your photo on a special Flickr account we've made, and if you'd like, you can enter it in our photo contest. Download the photo submission toolkit to read more about the contest.


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.


Help us Save the Whales, again! Submit a photo today!


For the Whales!


Greenpeace USA

Help Start the Wave for Whales!

Latest news and action alert from Greenpeace


On June 3rd, Greenpeace will be delivering tens of thousands of names and messages to high-ranking officials in the White House. They’ll all be saying basically the same thing -- “President Obama, keep your promise to save the whales.”

But to really make a splash with our delivery event we need thousands more Americans to take action. So we’re starting a massive “Wave for Whales” online. Help us kick off the Wave for Whales by copying and pasting the following message(s) to your Facebook and/or Twitter account.



Save the Whales! „ø¤º°¨°º¤ø¸„ø¤º°¨°º¤ Join the Wave for Whales at ¸„ø¤º°¨°º¤ Copy and repost this message to keep the wave going!


Save the Whales! „ø¤º°¨°º¤ø¸„ø¤º°¨°º¤ Join the #WaveforWhales ¸„ø¤º°¨°º¤ RT to keep the wave going!


We only have until the start of the IWC meetings in June to convince the President that legalizing commercial whaling for the first time in over 20 years is a horrible idea. You can help make that happen by sharing the Wave for Whales with your friends and followers today. There’s not much time.

For the whales,
Ben Kroetz
Greenpeace Online Organizer

U.S. plans to save whales by killing whales

Latest news and action alert from Greenpeace


The headline reads like a bad joke: “U.S. plans to save whales by killing whales.” But it’s no joke.

In an altogether shocking move, President Obama’s delegation to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) has decided to back a plan that would legalize commercial whaling -- including in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary -- for the first time since the international ban was passed over 20 years ago.

As a candidate, President Obama said, "As president, I will ensure that the U.S. provides leadership in enforcing international wildlife protection agreements, including strengthening the international moratorium on commercial whaling. Allowing Japan to continue commercial whaling is unacceptable."


Tell Obama to keep his promise to save the whales. Add your name and a personal message to the thousands we’ve already collected and we’ll deliver it to the White House on June 3rd.


Take Action button

We only have until the start of the IWC meetings in June to show the President that this plan is a horrible idea. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

Take Action NOW: Tell Obama to keep his promise, save the whales.

We’ll be delivering all the names and messages we collect to high-ranking officials in the White House on June 3rd.

Back in 1975, Greenpeace launched the world’s first-ever Save the Whales campaign. The images we brought back from our first voyage sparked an international outcry and moved a generation of environmentalists into action. Eventually, after a decade of intense activism, the IWC agreed to ban commercial whaling. That was 1986 and it was one of our greatest moments as an organization -- it was also one of the greatest moments for activists like you.

We could lose it all this June unless we’re able to change the President’s mind. We’ve done it before. Now we need to do it again.





Phil Kline
Oceans & Whales Campaigner
Greenpeace USA


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