Category Archives: Positive Actions You Can Take

Take Action: Obama Calls for Congress to Reauthorize Land & Water Conservation Fund

” ‘For 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped millions of Americans in every corner of the nation get outdoors and enjoy open spaces in their local communities and in our national parks,’ said Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society. ‘We are grateful to the many Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill who are fighting to save this program, and we applaud President Obama for reiterating his support.

A clean, healthy environment is an issue that we should be able to agree on. LWCF keeps our outdoors accessible and magical—counting midnight stars, hearing a coyote howl or paddling a quiet river—these are experiences Americans yearn for that we owe our current and future generations.

Americans deserve real conservation leadership which means doing the right thing today so our grandchildren don’t have to suffer from smoggy air, polluted waterways and landscapes devoid of wildlife.’ ”

View the video/take action here

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Cities Ban Styrofoam to Reduce Pollution

“Something amazing is happening around the country: cities and town are starting to ban Styrofoam.

Throwaway polystyrene coffee cups, soup bowls, plates, and trays have gotten the boot. So have those foamy clamshell-style cartons fast food comes in. Even packing peanuts are going the way of the dodo.

Here’s a list of cities that have completely or partially banned Styrofoam, compiled by Groundswell.

New York City (and several other cities in New York)
Takoma Park, MD
Seattle, Washington
Washington DC
Miami Beach, FL
Freeport, Maine
Portland, Maine
Nantucket (City & County), Massachusetts
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Portland, Oregon (and several other Oregon cities)
Los Angeles County and San Francisco, California (and many other cities and counties in CA)”

Read the article here

Positive Action You Can Take: Bring Grizzlies Back to California

“Grizzly bears once roamed across California for centuries — from the state’s mountains to its valleys and beaches. But decades of persecution drove them off the landscape, and the last grizzly in California was tragically shot in 1924.

Now it’s time to bring the bears back.

We’re calling on the California Fish and Game Commission to consider options to reintroduce grizzlies in California’s Sierra Nevada, where there are 8,000 square miles of prime habitat.

Grizzlies today survive in just a few pockets in the Rocky Mountains — roughly 4 percent of their historic range in the lower 48. If these endangered bears are going to truly recover, they need to be returned to more of their native homes in the American West (remote places typically far away from people).

Grizzlies are so iconic in California that they’re on the state flag — even if they are no longer on the land. Please sign our petition below to return California grizzly bears and a renewed sense of the wild to the Golden State.”

You can sign the petition to the state Fish & Game Commission here

Positive Action You Can Take: Call on the President to Protect Fragile Habitat for Wildlife in National Monuments

“It’s an exciting time to live and work on conservation issues in the Mojave Desert. Recently, California Senator Dianne Feinstein publicly asked President Obama to designate three new National Monuments in the California desert totaling more than 1.4 million acres of public land. These lands would be managed for protection of resources including the sensitive plants and animals that live there. Designation of these monuments would protect habitat for the federally threatened desert tortoise, the state sensitive desert bighorn sheep, golden eagle, prairie falcon, bears, mountain lions and many other species. These areas also harbor many rare plant species, three of which are new to science!”

Read the Defenders of Wildlife article and Take Action here

Lessons in the Wild: At the Cedarsong Nature School, the classroom is a forest

This is incredible. Vashon Island, WA.

“Cedarsong Nature School has no street address. In fact it has no actual building. The “classroom” is a forest. And every day, rain or shine, children descend upon the grounds to explore the nature that surrounds them. It is an educational approach that is purely nonacademic. ‘One of the philosophies behind what’s called ‘flow learning’ is that the best way for children to learn is through their own authentic exploration of the natural world,’ says Erin Kenny, who founded Cedarsong nine years ago. ‘So we don’t impose any agenda, and yet, through their own discoveries, they make all these incredible observations and they’re able to scaffold the learning each day.’ ”

Read the Metropolis Magazine article here

Visit Cedarsong Nature School website

Positive Action You Can Take: Inviting Local Leaders to Take the “Mayor’s Monarch Pledge”

“Mayors and other local government chief executives are taking action to help save the monarch butterfly, an iconic species whose populations have declined by 90% in the last 20 years. Through the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge, cities and municipalities are committing to create habitat and educate citizens about how they can make a difference at home. There are four steps to taking and implementing the pledge.”

Link to National Wildlife Federation page