Crude oil transport in the U.S. has dramatically increased in the past two years. Seventeen federally endangered and threatened species, as well as millions of people, face serious harm from future oil spills and clean-up efforts. Demand that federal agencies develop updated oil spill response plans to help minimize the devastation.
The rare giant flying fox, the largest bat in the world, is in danger of extinction from poaching and habitat loss in the Philippines. Hunted for their pelts and their meat, they have disappeared entirely from several regions, and face increasing pressure from loss of habitat. Petition the government of Philippines to restrict development of habitat and crack down on poaching.
Deer and elk ranches are breeding and holding these animals in captivity for the simple purpose of hunting. A deadly disease that affects deer and elk is spreading more easily across the country because these ranches have high potential for infection. Demand that officials put a stop to these breeding ranches.
Elephants are nearing extinction, despite bans on the ivory trade and programs to train anti-poaching rangers. To save elephants, we must address the root cause of the problem: the poverty that creates poachers. Act now to give people better options than poaching, and prevent elephants from going extinct.
A recent ban only prohibits Japanese commercial whaling activities in the Southern Hemisphere. Whales’ seasonal migration and the mostly northern range of the minke whale, targeted for its flavor and aroma in sashimi, makes an extension of the ban imperative. Urge an extension of the ban to protect whales in the north.
A unique Alaskan wolf is being driven to extinction by the clearcutting of its old-growth forest home. Alaska has some of the last and most spectacular remaining old-growth forests on Earth, which are home to countless wildlife, including this vulnerable wolf species. If we don’t stop the greedy and reckless logging of this old-growth forest, we will lose one of nature’s most spectacular ecosystems and this wolf species will be lost forever.
We are over-using the planet’s natural resources, causing irreversible damage at a very high rate. Recycling saves resources and causes significantly less damage to the environment than making new materials. As large producers of waste, demand that all businesses that sell food and drinks be required to recycle their plastic, aluminum, and glass materials.
Just a couple decades ago, there were over two billion used tires scattered across landfills in America. With the help of rubber associations across the country who have pushed rubber recycling programs forward, approximately 90% of those tires are now gone. Sign the petition to commend those who have worked to save our environment and encourage even more innovations.
A chemical plant has contaminated groundwater that supplies drinking water for millions of Americans. Praise government agencies for securing over a billion dollars to help decontaminate this site and ensure that we have clean water to drink.
Black-backed woodpeckers face extinction due to loss of habitat resulting from massive logging projects. Urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to give protected status to these beautiful, rare birds.
Tropical rainforests are being destroyed to grow palm oil for U.S. manufacturers. Take action to urge U.S. lawmakers to reconfigure agricultural subsidies so as to greatly diminish the destruction of rainforests.
A country is about to destroy its stockpile of confiscated ivory. Customs officers have gone above and beyond to ensure that ivory cannot be smuggled through to foreign markets. Sign this petition to commend the actions of a country fighting to end the ivory trade.
Several Greenpeace activists who encouraged a major company to vow to stop destroying the rainforests have been indicted on felony charges. Demand that all charges against these environmental heroes be dropped.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a collection debris, mostly plastic, that has collected in the Pacific Ocean. Patches like this are replicated elsewhere in our oceans and it is crucial that they be cleaned up. Sign this petition to enlist the U.S. Navy in cleaning up and protecting wildlife from ingesting this trash.
The very rare Canada lynx have faced increased threat as they get caught and die in traps that are set for other animals. Demand that these beautiful cats receive the protection they deserve and ensure that not one more of these animals get caught in a hunting trap.
Whaling is still prevalent in many parts of the world, despite major efforts to put the barbaric practice to an end. President Obama is determined to put a stop to unsustainable whaling; commend him for his dedication to the future of the planet.
A Texas city is trying to ban pollution from plastic bags, but the plastics industry is mounting a fierce campaign to prevent this environmentally conscious plan. Support state and local policies that help stop the far-reaching effects of plastic bag pollution.
Massachusetts leads the nation in renewable energy initiatives and green jobs. Urge the governor to take additional bold steps to reduce harmful fossil fuel emissions and help curb climate change.
A man found guilty of illegal fishing was recently ordered to pay a heavy fine for dredging in a protected area of ocean habitat that is critical for marine mammals. Commend the Welsh government for taking steps to crack down on this type of environmentally destructive illegal fishing.
The Keystone XL oil pipeline would be a disaster for our environment and climate. Tar sands are one of the dirtiest forms of energy on the planet and this oil pipeline would enable vastly increased tar sand production. Ask President Obama to support a clean environment and reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Endangered orcas, dolphins and other marine mammals are being devastated by the Navy’s war games and sonar. These highly intelligent and social marine mammals are relentlessly harassed by the Navy’s activities and are experiencing disorientation, hearing loss and even death. Demand the Navy train in a more humane manner that doesn’t destroy the fragile fabric of the ocean’s web of life.
The maned wolf is a shy species on the verge of endangerment from human encroachment and habitat loss. Petition the Wildlife Conservation Society to increase awareness efforts and encourage South American governments to protect maned wolves.
Brown pelicans are struggling to survive. The law mandates that a monitoring system be in place to protect these birds, but no plan has surfaced. Urge officials to take what action is necessary to protect this important species.
Conservation groups petitioned to list a rare woodpecker species as threatened or endangered, but the federal agency responsible has ignored the deadline for issuing a decision. Demand that the agency ensure full protection for these imperiled creatures.
The pangolin is a reptile-looking mammal that needs additional funding to protect the species from extinction. You can help this animal’s plight by signing this petition, and urging the president to fund organizations devoted to saving the species.