This March more than 15,000 weather records were tied or broken in the U.S. and communities across the country experienced weather that was hotter, wetter, drier and weirder than normal. And while here in D.C. we enjoyed the early peek at Spring, our friends in the Plains had to hunker down to wait out storms producing devastating tornadoes.
The good news about this spate of weather records is that recent polls on the front page of the New York Times show that the majority of Americans are now seeing the connection between climate change and the extreme weather impacting their lives.
Unfortunately poll numbers alone aren’t enough to solve the climate crisis. We need to transform this growing awareness among Americans into serious action by our government.
This is why Friends of the Earth is working to show our elected officials where human activity and the climate crisis meet. In honor of Earth Day, will you commit to being part of our cause by giving just $5 a month?
To begin to solve a problem like climate change takes foresight and political courage on the part of politicians. But it's an uphill battle when the corporate polluters whose profits depend on climate-destabilizing emissions have a stranglehold on the political process.
Through our work against tar sands oil pipelines -- the Keystone XL and now the New England tar sands pipeline -- and their corporate backers, we’re shining a national spotlight on grassroots efforts to keep this highly toxic and dirty oil in the ground. Now, the debate about tar sands oil and its impact on the climate is front page news that politicians can’t ignore.
This Earth Day we need your help to continue our work to keep tar sands and other fossil fuels safely in the ground where they can’t harm our future. Please help by committing to give just $5 per month to Friends of the Earth.
Another way we are reining in the influence of corporate polluters is by making it politically inconvenient for legislators to keep giving handouts to polluting industries. Our Earth Budget campaign is exposing the billions given away each year to the fossil fuel industry while those same companies are raking in record profits.
We’re also fighting to end corporate tax loopholes that starve our government. We are working hard to support the Cut Unjustified Tax Loopholes Act -- it would prevent corporations from siphoning away tax revenue, making billions of dollars available to fight climate change and improve people’s lives.
Earth Day is a great opportunity to remind ourselves about how much we owe to the Earth for making our lives possible. Will you help us help the earth with a monthly contribution of just $5.
Thank you for being part of this crucial work.
President, Friends of the Earth