May 16, 2020

To Earth: From: Rob Moir - "My favorite endangered species is..."


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From: Rob Moir <>
Date: Sat, May 16, 2020, 5:13 AM
Subject: My favorite endangered species is...

Liz –
Happy Saturday! Although time is rather meaningless in today's climate, we should take time to celebrate the joys of life – like the 15th anniversary of Endangered Species Day this weekend.
Endangered species day, which was created by the Endangered Species Coalition and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, helps bring awareness to national conservation efforts to protect our endangered species and their habitats.
Since the Endangered Species Act was signed into law, 99% of the species protected have been brought back from the brink of extinction. It has done that by protecting the habitats of these species, by banning poachers from killing for ivory, shark fin, coral, and tortoise-shell, and by ensuring our policies are written based on science.
In the middle of a global health pandemic – and an administration that'll do anything to make a dollar off our planet – we must do everything needed to protect our lands, our oceans, and biodiversity – the most critical aspect for the survival of endangered species everywhere. If we do not, we humans are well on track to drive up to one million species into extinction.
Here's what you can do right now to help:
  • Decorate your home windows to stop bird collisions. Millions of birds die every year from collision into windows. Get creative and decorate your windows – and save our birds!
  • Make your home wildlife friendly by securing your garbage cans, hang birdbaths and bird feeders in your yard (unless you have bears as we do in New England this time of year), and reducing water waste.
  • Write a letter or call your local member of Congress asking them to protect the Endangered Species Act. This alone helps save millions of animals, thousands of parks, and wildlife refuge.
  • Stop using synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides that are hazardous pollutants directly affecting wildlife and their habitats.
  • Share your thoughts (and your favorite endangered specie!) by responding to this email as well as with your friends on social media with the tag #StopExtinction.
Stay safe, Liz. And thank you for fighting for our planet.
P.S. My favorite endangered specie is the North Atlantic Right Whale.
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May 10, 2020

Civilization: Links between climate change, industrial expansion and pandemics

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I recommend this article from ProPublica.

"Metals for iPhones and palm oil for processed foods are among the products that come straight out of South Asian and African emerging disease hot spots. 'We turn a blind eye to the fact that our behavior is driving this,' he said. 'We get cheap goods through Walmart, and then we pay for it forever through the rise in pandemics. It's upside down.'" 

May 6, 2020

USA: Celebrate a win for clean water! | Southeast Alaska Conservation Council

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From: Shannon Donahue, Chilkat Watershed Organizer <>
Date: Mon, May 4, 2020, 9:28 AM
Subject: Celebrate a win for clean water!

Southeast Alaska Conservation Council
The U.S. Supreme Court recently made a decision on County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund that has positive implications all the way up here in the Chilkat Valley, and across the U.S. The decision validates provisions in the Clean Water Act that prohibit polluters from discharging wastewater into the ground if it will have the same effect as dumping straight into our surface waters. This is good news for everyone in the U.S. who depends on clean water — all of us! 
In the Chilkat Valley, Constantine Metals has been conducting exploration activities for a proposed mine at the headwaters of the Chilkat Watershed, threatening one of Southeast Alaska's strongest coho and sockeye salmon runs and the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, home of the world's largest seasonal bald eagle population. Everyone in the Chilkat Valley depends on the health of this river for subsistence, clean water, and our cultures. Click here to learn more about the proposed mine and how to protect the Chilkat.
Last year, SEACC and our partners successfully challenged Constantine's waste management permit, which would allow them to discharge their wastewater into the ground near creeks that flow into the Chilkat, polluting our watershed. The Supreme Court's decision validates our challenge, and will likely cause the Department of Environmental Conservation to suspend or revoke the permit.  
In the future, we will need your help as Constantine attempts to take additional steps toward developing the Palmer Mine, but today, let's celebrate! Clean water means healthy watersheds and healthy communities. 
We'd like to thank Earthjustice for their hard work pursuing this case. We also extend our gratitude to Chilkat Indian Village, Lynn Canal Conservation, Takshanuk Watershed Council, Rivers without Borders, Alaska Clean Water Advocacy, and all of our allies who have participated in the public process to protect the Chilkat Watershed. We'd also like to personally thank you for supporting our work!
Shannon Donahue
Upper Lynn Canal Organizer
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