Current Actions

  • Tell the USDA: Stop deceptive meat labels

    Unfortunately, it’s really hard to find meat that was produced in ways that won’t harm our health or the environment. In fact, most meat sold in supermarkets comes from factory farms, where animals are often raised in cruel, cramped and unsanitary conditions and routinely fed antibiotics or other drugs.

    Even when meat is labeled as “humanely raised” or “sustainably farmed,” the truth is, it may still have come from a factory farm. That’s because the USDA lets companies mislead their customers with labels like these with little or no proof to back up their claims. 

    But we have the power to push for a better system. We can eat less meat and more plants and increase demand for healthier, more sustainable and humane animal products.

    Tell the USDA to require honest, transparent labels so we know how our meat was produced!

    As a thank you, we'll send you a tip sheet with resources and meaningful label information to help you find better meat, eggs, and dairy that doesn't come from animal factories.

  • Tell the USDA: Stop deceptive meat labels

    This weekend, families across America will gather to celebrate at Labor Day barbeques. But do you know how those hot dogs and hamburgers were made? 

    Unfortunately, it’s really hard to find meat that was produced in ways that won’t harm our health or the environment. In fact, most meat sold in supermarkets comes from factory farms, where animals are often raised in cruel, cramped and unsanitary conditions and routinely fed antibiotics or other drugs.

    Unless you see a third-party certified organic, grass-fed or animal welfare label on it, chances are your favorite steak or sausage comes from an animal that was pumped with hormones or growth drugs and daily doses of antibiotics. It was also likely fed a diet of pesticide-doused GMO corn or soy. 

    Finding alternatives can be tricky — you may think you’re buying sustainable, higher-quality meat, eggs and dairy when that isn’t the case at all. That’s because USDA is letting companies label products with claims like "humanely raised," "sustainably farmed" or “antibiotic-free” with little or no evidence to back those claims

    But we have the power to push for a better system. We can eat less meat and more plants and increase demand for healthier, more sustainable and humane animal products.

    Tell the USDA to require honest, transparent labels so we know how our meat was produced!

    As a thank you, we'll send you a tip sheet with resources and meaningful label information to help you find better meat, eggs, and dairy that doesn't come from animal factories.

  • Tell the EPA to ban bee-killing pesticides

    Europe has already taken positive steps to ban bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides. It's time for the U.S. to do the same.

    Tell EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy that the bees -- and our food supply -- need a ban on neonics today.

  • Tell Costco to keep GMO salmon off its shelves

    A growing number of major grocery store chains have made commitments to not sell GMO salmon. More than 2 million people, including top scientists and fishermen, have called on the FDA to pay attention to the risks GMO salmon pose to our health, environment and wild salmon.

    This campaign is building momentum, and people like you are making a difference. Even if the FDA approves this risky fish, by ensuring that the world's largest retailers refuse to sell it, we can send a strong message that there is no market for it.

    Unfortunately, despite the fact that more than 35,000 people have written to Costco's CEO asking him to commit to keep GMO fish off store shelves, this retail giant is still lagging behind its competition.

    So now we need to turn up the heat and flood Costco's customer service inbox.

    Tell Costco to join its competitors and just say no to GMO salmon!

  • Tell Costco to keep GMO salmon off its shelves

    The FDA may still decide to approve genetically engineered salmon. But, by ensuring that the world’s largest retailers say no to GMO salmon, we can send a strong message that there is no market for it.

    Tell Costco to join its competitors and just say no to GMO salmon!

  • Tell Chairman Macfarlane: Shut down Diablo Canyon!

    The Associated Press exposed an internal Nuclear Regulatory Commission report about the two 1960-era nuclear reactors operating at Diablo Canyon and dramatic new information about faults surrounding the plant. These faults are capable of causing an earthquake far larger than the reactors were designed to withstand.

    This is a bombshell -- there is no way that the NRC should allow these reactors to continue to operate given this new information.

    The bottom line is these reactors could never be built now in the midst of these seismic faults. The NRC must act in the public interest and not in the interests of Diablo's owner, Pacific Gas and Electric.

    Demand that Chairman Macfarlane put peoples' safety ahead of profits and shut down Diablo Canyon!

  • Tell Chairman Macfarlane: Shut down Diablo Canyon!

    This week, the Associated Press revealed that the nuclear reactors at Diablo Canyon are surrounded by faults capable of causing an earthquake far larger than they were designed to withstand. There is no way that the NRC should allow these reactors to continue to operate given this new information.

    Demand that Chairman Macfarlane put peoples' safety ahead of profits and shut down Diablo Canyon!

  • Tell Haagen Dazs: No extreme GMOs in our ice cream!

    Synthetic biology (synbio) vanilla, made from “extreme” genetically engineered yeast, could soon enter our favorite treats from ice cream to yogurt– and it could be labeled as “natural.” We need your help to keep this science experiment out of our ice cream! 

    Synbio companies are rushing this and other untested synbio ingredients into our favorite foods and consumer products, ahead of adequate regulation and without labels. And these organisms and the ingredients they produce haven’t been adequately assessed to make sure they are safe for our health or environment.

    As the first major synbio ingredient in our food, synbio vanilla could set a precedent for replacing truly natural, safe ingredients with these risky, new, unlabeled ingredients created in a lab. 

    Ice cream companies like Haagen Dazs are some of the biggest purchasers of vanilla flavoring.

    Tell Haagen Dazs: Don't use this unnatural synbio vanilla!

  • Tell Haagen Dazs: No extreme GMOs in our ice cream!

    Synbio vanilla, made from "extreme" genetically engineered yeast, could soon enter our favorite treats. As the first major synbio ingredient in our food, synbio vanilla could set a precedent for replacing truly natural, safe ingredients with these risky, new, unlabeled ingredients created in a lab.

    Tell Haagen Dazs: Don't use this unnatural synbio vanilla!

  • Tell President Obama to stand up for bees!

    President Obama recently announced a new effort to help save bees. It's a step in the right direction, but it doesn't clearly address the use of bee-killing pesticides.

    Tell President Obama: we need to ban neonics now!

  • Tell the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management: No offshore drilling

    Do you care about marine life, clean beaches and healthy fisheries? Then help us stop the Obama administration’s plan to increase offshore oil and gas exploration and drilling in the nation’s waters!

    More offshore drilling will only lead to further dependence on fossil fuels, seismic surveys that injure and kill marine wildlife, and oil spills that cost coastal communities millions in the form of damaged beaches, impaired fisheries and reduced tourism.

    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management can put a stop to these expanded drilling plans. The Bureau is now accepting public comments on the impacts of the Obama administration’s proposed plan -- but we only have until Friday to make our voices heard.

    This Shark Week, tell the BOEM to stop offshore drilling and protect our oceans and all the life they support.

  • Pledge to support GMO labeling in Oregon

    For years, Friends of the Earth has fought for your right to know what you’re eating, and you deserve to know if the food you buy is genetically engineered or not. It’s as simple as that. 

    The battle for our right to know is heating up—and the most crucial place right now is Oregon State where voters will soon decide the fate of GMO labeling. One thing is clear: Monsanto, Dupont, Dow, Bayer, and other chemical and junk food companies think they can buy this election and keep consumers in the dark about what we’re eating. 

    You can help prove them wrong. Pledge to support labeling of GMO food in Oregon.

  • Write to your state: Push the EPA to allow a carbon tax

    We shouldn't have to pay for the damage that big polluters inflict on the environment and our health. But there is a solution -- we could charge polluters for the environmental destruction they cause.

    Tell your state officials: Request that the EPA allow your state to implement a carbon tax.

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    I wish to join Friends of the Earth Action in support of programs working for:

    • SAFE AND HEALTHY FOODS: Keep toxic chemicals, pesticides, and
      GMOs out of our food; save bees that pollinate 2/3 of our food crops.
    • CLEAN WATER: Protect our oceans from pollution.
    • CLEAN ENERGY: Advocate for safe & sustainable energy solutions,
      including wind & solar.

    I PLEDGE TO VOTE YES on the Oregon Right-To-Know Initiative to LABEL GMOS
    because I have the right to know what's in the food I eat and feed my family!

  • Write to your state: Push the EPA to allow a carbon tax

    We shouldn't have to pay for the damage that big polluters inflict on the environment and our health. But there is a solution -- we could charge polluters for the environmental destruction they cause.

    Unfortunately, the EPA is making it difficult to implement a tax on carbon, due to the recently-proposed power plant rules. But your state officials can pressure the EPA to clarify the rule.

    Comments from states will be very influential in the EPA's decision about whether to allow a carbon tax. Now is your chance to tell your state officials to submit comments to the EPA asking for them to clarify that a carbon tax is an acceptable compliance mechanism.

    Your state officials could convince the EPA to allow a carbon tax -- but we need your help to pressure them. Write to your officials now!

  • Tell the EPA: Strengthen the carbon pollution rule, stop climate change

    President Obama recently proposed standards to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants. Unfortunately, the rule does not go far enough -- but it's not too late to make it better.

    Demand that the EPA strengthen the rule to protect our health and prevent climate change!

  • Tell Arnold to be a green action hero!

    Our new video, "Arnold Go Home," highlights how palm oil plantations like the ones Arnold has ties to contribute to forest destruction and climate change.

    Watch the video to learn more. Then tell Arnold: Stop destroying rainforests!

  • Tell the Army Corps of Engineers: Stop BP's threats to Puget Sound

    Puget Sound is home to thousands of animal and plant species, including orcas, herrings and eelgrass. But the Sound's phenomenal natural resources are at risk if oil giant BP gets its way.

    The Army Corps of Engineers may allow BP to send more oil tankers into Puget Sound. With each new tanker, there is an increased risk of a devastating oil spill. 

    Tell the Corps of Engineers to stop BP from turning the Sound into its private oil port!

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    Thanks for your interest in receiving the Friends of the Earth Newsmagazine digitally. Doing so will help save energy and resources, as well as campaign money better spent on fighting climate change and other key issues.

    Please enter your name, email and zip code below, and, beginning with this issue, we will send your a digital version to the email address provided.

  • Every year, oil and gas companies receive billions in federal subsidies. Tell the Koch Brothers to give it back.

    Charles and David Koch say they are opposed to government subsidies of any kind, including those for oil and gas. Since the Kochs are recipients of some of the most egregious Big Oil giveaways on the books, Friends of the Earth and other progressive groups are asking the brothers to give the money back.  That is why we are asking them to lead by example and return their share of the egregious giveaways enjoyed by Big Oil. 

  • Tell your senators: Don't spend our tax dollars on dirty coal plants!

    In the last five years, American citizens, through the federal government's Export-Import Bank, have provided over $2 billion dollars to build and operate several enormous coal power plants around the world.

    Luckily, last year, Ex-Im Bank committed to stop funding most coal-fired power plants abroad. But now, that policy is under attack. Senator Joe Manchin is proposing legislation that would gut enforcement of Ex-Im Bank's coal financing restrictions. If the bill passes, it will result in more of your public money being spent on dirty, dangerous coal plants.

    Tell your senators: reject this dirty coal bill!

  • Tell your senators: Don't spend our tax dollars on dirty coal plants!

    Last year, Ex-Im Bank committed to stop funding most coal-fired power plants abroad. But now, that policy is under attack. Senator Joe Manchin is proposing legislation that would gut enforcement of Ex-Im Bank's coal financing restrictions.

    Tell your senators: reject this dirty coal bill!

  • Tell President Obama: Stop trade deals that threaten the environment and our livelihoods

    Last week, Wikileaks released documents exposing a secret trade deal, the Trade In Services Agreement (TISA). The leaked documents prove that the Obama administration is trying to undo many of the safeguards that were put in place after the financial crisis. The TISA is a gift to Wall Street, but it would allow them to return to the reckless practices that, just seven years ago, led to massive unemployment, widespread home foreclosures, and corporate bankruptcies.

    This trade deal, and others like it, weren't intended to help people like us. Rather, they will benefit Wall Street banks, along with big oil companies, water multinationals, tar sands pipeline companies, fossil fuel exporters, and other corporate polluters. 

    Tell President Obama he must stop this trade deal now!

  • Tell President Obama: Stop trade deals that threaten the environment and our livelihoods

    Last week, Wikileaks released documents exposing a secret trade deal that undoes many safeguards against another financial crisis.

    This trade deal, and others like it, will benefit Wall Street banks, Big Oil, and other corporate polluters at the expense of people like us. 

    Tell President Obama he must stop this trade deal now!

  • Declare your independence from the bee-killer in your backyard

     We tested “bee-friendly” garden plants from Home Depot, Lowe's and Walmart in 18 cities across the U.S. and Canada and found more than half of the plant samples tested contained neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides at levels that could harm or kill bees--with no warning to consumers. So, instead of helping bees in our gardens, we may be unknowingly poisoning them.

    Pledge to only purchase neonic-free, organic garden plants and seeds. We’ll deliver these pledges to Lowe’s, Home Depot and other top retailers and demand that they listen to sound science and their customers and give bees a chance!

  • Tell the EPA to ban bee-killing pesticides

    Europe already took positive steps to ban bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides. It's time for the U.S. to do the same.

    Tell EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy that the bees -- and our food supply -- need a ban on neonics today.

  • Declare your independence from the bee-killer in your backyard

    Are bee-killers lurking in your backyard? According to our groundbreaking new study, there's a good chance they are. We tested “bee-friendly” garden plants from Home Depot, Lowe's and Walmart in 18 cities across the U.S. and Canada and found more than half of the plant samples tested contained neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides at levels that could harm or kill bees--with no warning to consumers. So, instead of helping bees in our gardens, we may be unknowingly poisoning them. 

    Thousands of people across the country have signed petitions, sent letters and taken to the streets asking retailers including Home Depot and Lowe’s to stop selling neonic pesticides. While we are making some progress and are in dialogue, these and other garden retail giants have yet to publicly commit to getting neonics off their shelves.

    Fortunately, your voice is being heard. Nearly a dozen landscaping companies and retailers are taking steps to eliminate neonic pesticides from their garden plants and stores, including BJ’s Wholesale Club, with more than 200 stores in 15 states!

    Declare your independence from bee-killing pesticides and pledge to only purchase neonic-free, organic garden plants and seeds. We’ll deliver these pledges to Lowe’s, Home Depot and other top retailers and demand that they listen to sound science and their customers and give bees a chance!

  • Declare your independence from the bee-killer in your backyard

     We tested “bee-friendly” garden plants from Home Depot, Lowe's and Walmart in 18 cities across the U.S. and Canada and found more than half of the plant samples tested contained neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides at levels that could harm or kill bees--with no warning to consumers. So, instead of helping bees in our gardens, we may be unknowingly poisoning them.

    Pledge to only purchase neonic-free, organic garden plants and seeds. We’ll deliver these pledges to Lowe’s, Home Depot and other top retailers and demand that they listen to sound science and their customers and give bees a chance!

  • This Pollinator Week, tell President Obama to stand up for bees!

    This week, the Obama Administration issued a memorandom establishing a new Pollinator Health Task Force to conduct research on pollinator declines and create a public education campaign to teach people how to protect pollinators. It also provides funding to create new bee habitats in five states.

    But it falls far short of what's needed. The plan fails to take definitive action on neonicotinoid pesticides -- a key factor contributing to the bee die-offs and one they could do something about now.

    Tell President Obama he needs to take strong and immediate action to save bees!

  • URGENT: Say NO to Dow's "Agent Orange" GMOs!

    Dow Chemical is seeking approval for its “Agent Orange” crops -- corn and soy seeds genetically engineered to withstand massive doses of 2,4-D. This pesticide was one of the main ingredients in Agent Orange, the toxic chemical mix that caused devastating health problems in the Vietnam War.

    2,4-D is a highly toxic pesticide -- more harmful to plant life than RoundUp -- and has been linked to serious health problems such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease, endocrine disruption and reproductive problems. EPA approval of 2,4-D resistant crops will bring a massive increase in even more toxic pesticide applications, threatening our environment, the safety of our food, and the health of people who live in agricultural communities across the U.S.. 

    We need to stop the destructive cycle of using more and more of the most toxic pesticides on our crops. Don’t let Dow Chemical reap the profit from this dangerous pesticide at the expense of our environment, our farmers, and our health.

    Speak up now for safe food and safe farms. Tell the EPA to oppose  Dow’s “Agent Orange” corn and soy!

  • Stop an abusive palm oil company from grabbing Liberian land
    The Jogbahn Clan of Liberia is standing up to palm oil's illegal landgrab attempts. Will you join them?

    Despite strong community resistance, national and international law, and a statement from Liberia’s president, Equatorial Palm Oil is going ahead with its plans to seize land in Liberia from its rightful customary owners, and to destroy both tropical forest and community agricultural land.

    The company will not stop unless an international outcry forces them to. Tell this abusive palm oil company to respect the rights and demands of Liberia’s indigenous land holders and bring an immediate halt to the land grab.

    Say NO to landgrabbing in Liberia!

  • Tell FERC to halt the Cove Point export facility in its tracks

    On May 15, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission found no significant environmental impact of a proposed liquefied natural gas export plant at Cove Point, Md. The environmental assessment defies basic facts and sweeps serious dangers under the rug. In other words, FERC spoke for the gas industry -- not for us.

    FERC is now accepting public input on its draft environmental review. Approval of this plant will increase fracking and pipeline construction, worsen climate pollution and intensify safety risks. Dominion Resources' Cove Point plan is NOT in the public interest.

    Tell FERC to halt the Cove Point export facility in its tracks!

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    Tell Walmart: Don't be the GMO salmon store!

    Thanks to the efforts of thousands of people like you, several major grocery store chains have committed to not sell GMO salmon. Unfortunately, Walmart, the largest retailer in the world, is one of the last stores to remain silent.

    We need your help TODAY to tell Walmart's CEO: Don't be the "GMO salmon store!"

  • Tell Method and Ecover: “GMOs 2.0” don’t belong in “natural” “eco-friendly” soap

     Are two of the most “eco-friendly” cleaning and personal care products companies, Method and Ecover, about to become the poster children for GMOs 2.0: synthetic biology?

    Ecover, a leader in green soaps, has announced its plans to use a new ingredient, an oil produced with synthetic biology (synbio), an extreme form of genetic engineering. This new ingredient is made in vats of genetically engineered synbio algae that exist nowhere in nature, but Method and Ecover plan to keep marketing their products as “natural” and “sustainable.”

    This ingredient was created in labs using synthetic DNA and reprogrammed, genetically engineered algae which feed on sugar. Like traditional GMOs, the products of synthetic biology are virtually unregulated, haven’t been adequately assessed for impacts on our health or environment, and aren’t required to be labeled.  While other types of pollution can be cleaned up and do not breed, synbio organisms are designed to reproduce and, once released into the environment, they will be impossible to recall. 

    Tell Ecover and Method to come clean and stay true to their values by not using this untested, unregulated and unlabeled experimental genetically engineered oil in their products.

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    Tell Walmart: Don't be the GMO salmon store!

    Thanks to the efforts of thousands of people like you, several major grocery store chains have committed to not sell GMO salmon. Unfortunately, Walmart, the largest retailer in the world, is one of the last stores to remain silent.

    We need your help TODAY to tell Walmart's CEO: Don't be the "GMO salmon store!"

  • Help save monarch butterflies

    The monarch butterfly is in serious trouble. The spread of GMO crops and accompanying pesticides have been wiping out the young monarch's key food source, milkweed. But you can help!

    Add your name to our petition calling on the EPA and USDA to stop approving pesticide-resistant genetically engineered crops and to instead promote non-toxic pest and weed management to the benefit of farmers, our health, our ecosystems and the precious monarch butterfly.

  • Save Chaco Canyon from the threat of fracking

    The Bureau of Land Management appears ready and willing to approve oil and gas drilling permits in the sacred area of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.

    Fracking would devastate Chaco’s spiritual sites and ancient roads constructed over a thousand years ago by ancestral Pueblo people. But Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell can say no to fracking near these precious places.

    Please write Secretary Jewell now and tell her to protect the lands near Chaco Canyon.

  • Michelle Obama: Stand up for bees in the White House garden and beyond

    This year, first lady Michelle Obama has added a pollinator garden to the White House Kitchen Garden to support bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Like many backyard gardeners, the first lady is doing her part to create habitat for bees, which are essential to one out of three bites of food we eat, and which are dying off globally in record numbers.

    Because of the global bee crisis, and because we believe that Mrs. Obama understands the importance of pesticide-free organic gardening and the importance of healthy bees for the health of our food supply, the health of our families and the health of our planet, we’re asking her to join us in standing up for bees.

    Please ask Michelle Obama to set an example for the nation by banning bee-killing pesticides from the White House gardens and urging the EPA and Congress to take swift action to protect bees and other pollinators.

  • Make California the next state to label GMOs

    Vermont just approved the nation’s first no-strings-attached GMO labeling bill. Now it’s California’s turn. The state Senate is debating a bill that would label GMO foods! The bill is in the most difficult phase: getting onto the Senate floor.

    Your state senator’s vote is critical in passing this bill. Chemical and junk food industry lobbyists are flooding the state capitol, trying to scare legislators with false information about cost and the nature of the bill. The costs to the state, farmers, the food industry and the public are minimal to none. SB 1381 is simply a consumer “right-to-know” proposal that provides important information about the content of food. 

    We need your voice today! Join tens of thousands of supporters -- from moms to farmers -- across the state in support of GMO labeling and write your senator now.

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    Help save monarch butterflies

    The monarch butterfly is in serious trouble. The spread of GMO crops and accompanying pesticides have been wiping out the young monarch's key food source, milkweed. But you can help!

    Join with Defenders of Wildlife and Friends of the Earth and add your name to our petition.  We're calling on the EPA and USDA to stop approving pesticide-resistant genetically engineered crops and to instead promote non-toxic pest and weed management to the benefit of farmers, our health, our ecosystems and the precious monarch butterfly.

  • No dirty energy in the Green Climate Fund

    The Green Climate Fund represents one of the best chances we have to fund climate change solutions. Founded by the United Nations Climate Convention, it’s intended to help finance the transition in developing countries from dirty to clean energy, climate-resilient economies.

    But the Green Climate Fund is under threat. There’s currently nothing to stop it from financing false solutions like “clean” coal, natural gas fracking, destructive dams, or even nuclear power in the name of “low-emissions” energy. Rules must be put in place to make sure that doesn't happen.

    The GCF board meets this week, so now is the time to be heard!

    Common sense says that financing any fossil fuels or harmful energy through the Green Climate Fund is unacceptable. That’s why civil society groups from the Global South are calling on board members of the Green Climate Fund to agree to clearly exclude dirty and destructive energy projects. The fund can build on these positive steps, and truly create a clean energy future for all.

    It’s a no-brainer -- for the sake of our families, our communities and our planet, we have to keep the Green Climate Fund clean.

  • Save Chaco Canyon from the threat of fracking

    We need your help to urge Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to save sacred sites and ancient roads constructed over a thousand years ago by ancestral Pueblo people.

    Ancient roads, rock engravings, and the ruins of 35 houses are an irreplaceable piece of American history and a source of archeological knowledge essential to understanding the development of the Chaco Canyon and its monumental works. The Pueblo people and Navajo people who claim cultural affiliation with Chaco Canyon consider these ancestral roads to have spiritual significance.

    The oil and gas industry would turn Chaco Canyon into an industrial zone -- well pads, compressors and pipelines would be built throughout this pristine area and constant truck traffic would destroy the peaceful nature of the park. This construction and traffic would also threaten the very existence of these structures that have been around for over a thousand years.

    These areas are far too important to allow fracking to threaten their existence. Despite their significance, the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management which manages much of the surrounding area, appears ready and willing to approve drilling permits in this sacred area. 

    Please write Secretary Jewell now and tell her to protect the lands near Chaco Canyon.

  • Congress: Oppose Big Food’s DARK Act

    A new bill to prevent mandatory labeling of GMO food was recently introduced in Congress, which many are calling the “Deny Americans the Right-to-Know Act,” or DARK Act. If passed, it would prohibit states from passing their own state-wide GMO labeling laws, prevent states from ensuring GMOs can’t be labeled as “natural” and would make “voluntary labeling” the continued federal standard.

    Please send a message to your representative and ask him or her to oppose HR 4432 or any bill that would prohibit mandatory labeling of GMO food.

  • Friends of the Earth Action board election

    Please take a moment to submit your vote for the Friends of the Earth Action board of directors. Three candidates are running uncontested for three slots. David Zwick and Brent Blackwelder are seeking election to two new slots for two- and three-year terms respectively, and Ann Hoffman is seeking re-election for a one-year term.

    Vote now by clicking "Submit."

  • Stop the push to force approval of the Keystone XL

    We urgently need your help to defeat the Keystone XL pipeline in the Senate. Even though this decision is supposed to be President Obama’s, Big Oil and its supporters in Congress are trying to bypass the president’s authority, demanding a vote in the Senate in support of the pipeline. 

    Two weeks ago the State Department delayed a final decision on the project until federal agencies like the EPA have more time to weigh in on the impacts of  this pipeline and until a legal challenge to Keystone XL by landowners in Nebraska is settled. Worried that the EPA will maintain its healthy skepticism of the pipeline’s benefits and fearful the lawsuit won’t go their way, Big Oil is hoping to short-circuit the legal process and ram this project through. We can’t let them. 

    Please write your senators now and tell them to vote NO on any effort to approve Keystone XL or derail the ongoing review process. 

  • Approval of the Friends of the Earth Action bylaws

    Friends of the Earth Action has recently proposed changes to its bylaws. Please read the proposed changes below and sign to approve the new language.

  • Don't let the Pacific NW become a thoroughfare for Big Oil

    The Pacific Northwest is on the front line of the fight against dirty fossil fuel exports.

    Right now there are proposals in Grays Harbor, WA, to receive tar sands and Bakken shale crude oil by rail, transfer it onto tankers and ship it out through Grays Harbor.

    These proposals bring serious risks to Washington’s communities, economy and environment and the entire Pacific Northwest. Bakken crude oil is highly volatile, tar sands  ncredibly toxic and corrosive, the train cars being used old and unsafe -- and a safe way to transport these dangerous crude oils has yet to be found, as many recent train accidents and oil spills across North America have shown.

    Now is your chance to express your opposition and weigh in on what you think should be part of the evaluation of two of the three proposed oil export terminals in Grays Harbor -- Westway Terminal Company and Imperium Terminal Services -- from increased risk of oil spills, to train traffic tying up our communities, to impacts on public health and our marine waters.

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  • Help keep ship sewage out of Puget Sound

    Ship sewage pollution in Puget Sound threatens human health and the thousands of animal and plant species that rely on the Sound’s unique ecosystems. The marine environments of Puget Sound provide a home and feeding ground to aquatic life from eelgrass to orcas.

    You can help protect human health and the Sound’s diverse marine resources from ship sewage pollution by supporting Washington State’s proposal for a No Discharge Zone in Puget Sound.

    Please take action below by April 21 to support a ban on the dumping of any ship sewage, treated or not, into Puget Sound waters.

  • Will Arnold Schwarzenegger terminate his ties to forest destruction?

    On Sunday, Showtime aired the premiere of Years of Living Dangerously, the first broadcast television show to address the climate crisis. In the first two episodes, Harrison Ford investigates how illegal palm oil plantations are driving deforestation and the release of massive amounts of carbon in the atmosphere.

    We love the show, but Friends of the Earth and Global Witness discovered that one of its producers and stars, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, is financing forest destruction. Schwarzenegger is part-owner of Dimensional Fund Advisors, a money manager with deep ties to forest destruction through logging and palm oil companies.

    Let's hold Schwarzenegger to a higher standard. Tell him to pressure DFA to cut its ties with forest-destroying palm oil companies.

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  • Michelle Obama: Stand up for bees in the White House garden and beyond

    This year, first lady Michelle Obama has added a pollinator garden to the White House Kitchen Garden to support bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Like many backyard gardeners, the first lady is doing her part to create habitat for bees, which are essential to one out of three bites of food we eat, and which are dying off globally in record numbers.

    Because of the global bee crisis, and because we believe that Mrs. Obama understands the importance of pesticide-free organic gardening and the importance of healthy bees for the health of our food supply, the health of our families and the health of our planet, we’re asking her to join us in standing up for bees.

    Please ask Michelle Obama to set an example for the nation by banning bee-killing pesticides from the White House gardens and urging the EPA and Congress to take swift action to protect bees and other pollinators.

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    Help save monarch butterflies

    The monarch butterfly is in serious trouble. The spread of GMO crops and accompanying pesticides have been wiping out the young monarch's key food source, milkweed. But you can help!

    Add your name to our petition calling on the EPA and USDA to stop approving pesticide-resistant genetically engineered crops and to instead promote non-toxic pest and weed management to the benefit of farmers, our health, our ecosystems and the precious monarch butterfly.

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    Thank you for sending a message to the top financiers of palm oil -- your voice counts. Your investments also count: find out if your own money may be part of the problem, and use your financial leverage to enact change.

    Check if your pension fund, asset manager or bank is among the top U.S. financiers of palm oil, and select it.

    Once you've selected your financier, please press "Use Selected Recipient," then customize a letter to the environmental and social governance team at the fund.

  • California: Lead the way in saving bees

    Spring is in full swing, and bees and the two-thirds of food crops that they pollinate are still in serious trouble. With federal regulators dragging their feet, it's time for California to lead the way on stopping bee die-offs.

    Right now, California has the opportunity to lead the nation on this issue. The state began its review of neonicotinoid pesticides in 2009, but the California Department of Pesticide Regulation has yet to finish the evaluation and issue a final determination. AB 1789 will ensure this process stays on track.

    Tell your assemblymember to step up and support the new bee bill, AB 1789.

  • Help put a stop to fracking in California

    Last year, the oil industry succeeded in stopping anti-fracking measures in the California Legislature. Since then, fracking has continued to expand in California, putting our communities and the climate at risk. But now it’s our chance to fight back. Senators Holly Mitchell and Mark Leno introduced SB 1132, a strong moratorium bill that, if passed, will protect California from fracking.

    The oil industry will spend huge amounts of money and exert tremendous political pressure fighting this bill, so we need to speak out to make it clear that we expect our elected officials to vote for a fracking moratorium.

    Please contact your state senator now and ask them to support this important piece of legislation.

  • Protect the U.S. crude export ban to help prevent another Exxon Valdez

    Let’s use the 25th anniversary of the tragic Exxon Valdez disaster to remind the Obama administration that we need to end our dependence on fossil fuels and halt any efforts to increase the export of dirty, dangerous crude oil. We must retain the ban to help protect our lands, rivers, oceans and public health from the consequences of oil spills and climate change.

    Please call on the Obama administration to dismiss any calls for more oil exports and reject any proposals to lift the U.S. crude oil export ban.

  • Protect the U.S. crude export ban to help prevent another Exxon Valdez

    Let’s use the 25th anniversary of the tragic Exxon Valdez disaster to remind the Obama administration that we need to end our dependence on fossil fuels and halt any efforts to increase the export of dirty, dangerous crude oil. We must retain the ban to help protect our lands, rivers, oceans and public health from the consequences of oil spills and climate change.

    Please call on the Obama administration to reject any calls for more oil exports and reject any proposals to lift the U.S. crude oil export ban.

  • Support California's new GMO food labeling bill

    A new bill to label genetically engineered food was recently introduced in CA legislature. SB 1381, authored by Senator Noreen Evans, is a newer and more improved than Proposition 37, which, although narrowly defeated in 2012, ignited a national movement for our right to know about GMO food.

    Please send a message to your state senator and ask that he or she support SB 1381 and our right to know what's in our food.

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    Help save monarch butterflies

    The monarch butterfly is in serious trouble. The spread of GMO crops and accompanying pesticides have been wiping out the young monarch's key food source, milkweed. But you can help!

    Add your name to our petition calling on the EPA and USDA to stop approving pesticide-resistant genetically engineered crops and to instead promote non-toxic pest and weed management to the benefit of farmers, our health, our ecosystems and the precious monarch butterfly.

  • Three years is too long -- tell the NRC to fix reactor safety standards now

    It’s been three years since the catastrophe at Fukushima began and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is still bowing to industry pressure by not requiring new safety measures at U.S. reactors. We’re working with our allies to demand a halt to all reactor licensing and license renewals until the NRC integrates new safety information into their regulations.

    The NRC isn’t used to hearing public comments and that’s why they need to hear from you. Tell the NRC to accept our petition to incorporate new safety data into reactor licensing regulations. Use the template below to send your message to the NRC.

  • Encourage your legislator to close the Big Oil tax loophole

    For years Big Oil has been exploiting an outdated tax loophole, called the extracted fuel exemption, that subsidizes oil refineries at the cost of millions of dollars to our state. But our legislators have a choice before them this legislative session: continue to give in to Big Oil or invest in our kids’ education and future.

    Write to your legislators today and tell them to put Washington families first by voting for HB 2796.

  • Tell Costco: No GMO salmon

    Kroger and Safeway, the two largest national grocery chains, have made commitments not to sell GMO salmon.

    But the FDA may still approve genetically engineered salmon, which would be the first approval of a GMO animal for human consumption. Despite the 1.8 million comments from the public and scientists pointing to potential environmental and health risks, this new “frankenfish” could still end up on your dinner plate, and it likely won’t be labeled.

    Tell Craig Jelinek, CEO of Costco, one of the largest retailers of seafood in the U.S., not to sell GE salmon. 

  • Lowe's, it's your turn to show bees some love

    Home Depot responded to our Valentine’s Day wishes, and we are now in dialogue with the company. This is a critical step in the right direction, and we are hopeful that they will be a leader in bee protection moving forward.

    But we still have a lot of work to do. Lowe’s continues to give us the silent treatment. 

    Moving forward, we need to increase the buzz to secure strong commitments from Home Depot and send Lowe’s a strong message that they can’t continue to sell bee-killing pesticides. 

    Please join us in asking the CEO of Lowe’s, Robert Niblock, to show bees some love and stop selling bee-killing pesticides.

  • Tell Costco: No GMO salmon

    Kroger and Safeway, the two largest national grocery chains, have just joined our campaign and made commitments not to sell GMO salmon.

    But the FDA may still approve genetically engineered salmon, which would be the first approval of a GMO animal for human consumption. Despite the 1.8 million comments from the public and scientists pointing to environmental and health risks, this new “frankenfish” could still end up on your dinner plate, and it likely won’t be labeled.

    Help us send a strong message to the CEO of Costco, one of the largest retailers of seafood in the U.S., that you don’t want to see GE salmon on its shelves. 

  • Help save monarch butterflies

    The monarch butterfly is in serious trouble. The spread of GMO crops and accompanying pesticides have been wiping out the young monarch's key food source, milkweed. But you can help!

    Add your name to our petition calling on the EPA and USDA to stop approving pesticide-resistant genetically engineered crops and to instead promote non-toxic pest and weed management to the benefit of farmers, our health, our ecosystems and the precious monarch butterfly.

  • Roses are red, violets are blue, we need bees, and bees need you!

    No strawberries, no honey -- without bees Valentine’s Day just wouldn’t be the same.

    Bees pollinate two-thirds of our global food crops and they are in trouble. Last year U.S. beekeepers reported 40-100 percent losses in their hives, and right now they are likely facing another winter of historic bee die-offs.

    That’s why we're asking you to join thousands of people coast-to-coast to swarm Home Depot and Lowe’s stores the week of Valentine's day (February 10-16).

    We'll be delivering valentines, asking them to “show bees some love” and stop selling bee-killing pesticides and garden plants pre-poisoned with these harmful chemicals. Planting season is right around the corner. We can’t let another year pass with Home Depot and Lowe’s selling “poisoned plants” with no warning to consumers.

    You can help! Delivering a valentine is easy. Sign up now to RSVP.


     

  • Join the Bee Week of Action

    Thank you for joining the thousands of people coast-to-coast as we swarm Home Depot and Lowe's stores the week of Valentine's Day, from February 10 to 16. Activists just like you will be delivering valentines to stores nationwide, encouraging them to stop selling bee-killing pesticides called neonicotinoids. Please RSVP below.

    Click here to download the valentine and delivery tips.

    You can deliver a valentine to your local Home Depot or Lowe's wherever you are. However, if you live near any of the following cities, bring your valentine to the store listed below and join others on the ground who are passionate about saving bees:

    Bay Area, CA:

    When: Wednesday, February 12
    Meeting time -- 11:00 a.m.
    Event time -- 11:30 a.m.

    Where: Meeting -- Starbucks, 3839 Emery St. #800, Emeryville, CA 
    Event -- Home Depot, 3838 Hollis Ave., Emeryville, CA

    Contact info: Lisa Archer, Friends of the Earth, larcher@foe.org

    Minneapolis, MN:

    When: Wednesday, February 12
    Meeting time -- 11:15 a.m.
    Action -- 11:30 a.m.

    Where: Meeting -- Caribou Coffee, 1720 New Brighton Blvd. 
    Action -- Home Depot, 1520 New Brighton Blvd

    Contact: Pat Kerrigan, Organic Consumers Association, patrick@organicconsumers.org

    Washington, D.C.:

    When: Wednesday, February 12
    Meeting time -- 11:00 a.m.
    Event time -- 11:30 a.m.

    Where: Meeting -- Chipotle, 2300 Washington Pl. NE 101S
    Event -- Home Depot, 901 Rhode Island Ave. NE

    Contact: Tiffany Finck-Haynes, Friends of the Earth, tfinckhaynes@foe.org

    Eugene, OR:

    When: Saturday, February 15
    Meeting time for carpool -- 10:00 a.m.
    Event time -- 11:00 a.m.

    Where: Carpool meeting -- Beyond Toxics office, 1192 Lawrence St.
    Event -- Home Depot, 808 Seneca Rd.

    Contact: John Cascade, Beyond Toxics, jjcascade@beyondtoxics.org

    Please be sure to RSVP below to join the Bee Week of Action.

  • Last chance to submit your comment on Keystone XL

    Secretary Kerry’s State Department issued its long-awaited report on the environmental impacts of the dirty, dangerous Keystone XL pipeline. This marks a pivotal moment in the fight against the pipeline. Now it’s your turn to weigh in: we only have a few days to submit comments before Secretary Kerry makes his recommendation to the president.

    The Keystone XL pipeline creates tremendous risk of devastating spills right in our heartland by pumping a torrent of toxic tar sands oil from Canada straight through the United States. It would endanger water supplies, destroy forests and worsen climate change at an intolerable rate. Thanks to activists like you, we have stopped the pipeline from being built time and again -- but the fight is not over. We can win this, but we’re going to need all hands on deck. 

    Secretary Kerry has a decades-long record as a climate champion. But if he lends his support to a dirty pipeline based on a biased review, his legacy will be irreparably tarnished. We have very little time to convince Secretary Kerry to put the real facts about the risks for our lands and our climate into that report.

    Make sure Secretary Kerry gets the facts right on Keystone XL. Submit your comment below.

  • Join us in Eugene to show bees some love!

    No strawberries, no honey -- without bees Valentine’s Day just wouldn’t be the same.

    That’s why we're asking you to join us in Eugene as we swarm Home Depot and Lowe’s on February 15.

    We'll be delivering valentines, asking them to “show bees some love” and stop selling bee-killing pesticides and garden plants pre-poisoned with these harmful chemicals.

    Delivering a valentine is easy. Just sign up below to RSVP. Click here for a printable valentine with a step-by-step delivery guide.

    When: Saturday, February 15
                 Event time -- 11:00 am

    Where: Meeting -- Beyond Toxics office, 1192 Lawrence St, Eugene, OR (map)
                  Event -- Home Depot, 808 Seneca Rd., Eugene, OR (map)

    Important details: Bring your valentines addressed to Home Depot, signs, bee costumes and positive cheer.
                                      For those who want to carpool, meet at the Beyond Toxics Office (1192 Lawrence St.) at 10:00 am.


     

  • Join us in the Bay Area to show bees some love!

    No strawberries, no honey -- without bees Valentine’s Day just wouldn’t be the same.

    That’s why we're asking you to join us in Berkeley as we swarm Home Depot and Lowe’s on February 12.

    We'll be delivering valentines, asking them to “show bees some love” and stop selling bee-killing pesticides and garden plants pre-poisoned with these harmful chemicals.

    Delivering a valentine is easy. Just sign up below to RSVP. Click here for a printable valentine and a step-by-step delivery guide.

    When: Wednesday, February 12
                 Meet at 11:00 am; event begins at 11:30 am

    Where: Meeting place -- Starbucks, 3829 Emery St #800, Emeryville, CA
                  Event -- Home Depot, 3838 Hollis Ave, Emeryville, CA


     

  • Join us in Minneapolis to show bees some love!

    No strawberries, no honey -- without bees Valentine’s Day just wouldn’t be the same.

    That’s why we're asking you to join us in Minneapolis as we swarm Home Depot and Lowe’s on February 12.

    We'll be delivering valentines, asking them to “show bees some love” and stop selling bee-killing pesticides and garden plants pre-poisoned with these harmful chemicals.

    Delivering a valentine is easy. Just sign up below to RSVP. Click here for a printable valentine with a step-by-step guide.

    When: Wednesday, Feburary 12
                 Meet at 11:15, event begins 11:30

    Where: Meeting location -- Caribou Coffee, 1730 New Brighton Blvd
                  Event location -- Home Depot, 1520 New Brighton Blvd


     

  • Join us in DC to show bees some love!

    No strawberries, no honey -- without bees Valentine’s Day just wouldn’t be the same.

    That’s why we're asking you to join us in DC as we swarm Home Depot and Lowe’s on February 12.

    We'll be delivering valentines, asking them to “show bees some love” and stop selling bee-killing pesticides and garden plants pre-poisoned with these harmful chemicals.

    Delivering a valentine is easy. Just sign up below to RSVP. Click here to download a printable valentine and the step-by-step guide.

    When: Wednesday, February 12
                 Meet at 11:00, action begins at 11:30

    Where: Meet at 2300 Washington Pl, NE 101S (Chipotle near Rhode Island Ave Metro)
                   Action location: Home Depot, 901 Rhode Island Ave, NE


     

  • Wilmar: Make good on your palm oil promises

    Wilmar International, the world’s largest palm oil trader, has recently made a historic commitment to cut out deforestation, peatland destruction and the exploitation of human rights from its supply chain. But so far, it’s just words on paper. Its promise only matters if the company takes rapid and responsible action. 

    Wilmar's crimes span continents and include deforestation and landgrabbing in Indonesia, Nigeria and Uganda. To make good on its promise, it needs to take clear, definitive action on its past crimes now.

    Write to the Wilmar and tell it to make good on its promises.

  • Join us in Chicago to show bees some love!

    No strawberries, no honey -- without bees, Valentine’s Day just wouldn’t be the same.

    That’s why we're asking you to join us in Chicago as we swarm Home Depot and Lowe’s on [date].

    We'll be delivering valentines, asking them to “show bees some love” and stop selling bee-killing pesticides and garden plants pre-poisoned with these harmful chemicals.

    Delivering a valentine is easy. Just sign up below and we'll send you a printable valentine with a step-by-step guide.

    When: Wednesday, February 12
                 11:00 a.m.

    Where: Home Depot


     

  • Roses are red, violets are blue, we need bees, and bees need you!

    Please join thousands of people coast-to-coast and help us deliver valentines, asking Home Depot and Lowe's to “show bees some love” and stop selling bee-killing pesticides.

    Delivering a valentine is easy.

    Sign up now and closer to the date we’ll send you a printable valentine with a step-by-step guide.


     

  • Roses are red, violets are blue, we need bees, and bees need you!

    No strawberries, no honey -- without bees Valentine’s Day just wouldn’t be the same.

    Bees pollinate two-thirds of our global food crops and they are in trouble. Last year U.S. beekeepers reported 40-100 percent losses in their hives, and right now they are likely facing another winter of historic bee die-offs.

    That’s why we're asking you to join thousands of people coast-to-coast to swarm Home Depot and Lowe’s stores the week of Valentine's day (February 10-16).

    We'll be delivering valentines, asking them to “show bees some love” and stop selling bee-killing pesticides and garden plants pre-poisoned with these harmful chemicals. Planting season is right around the corner. We can’t let another year pass with Home Depot and Lowe’s selling “poisoned plants” with no warning to consumers.

    You can help! Delivering a valentine is easy. Sign up now to RSVP and we'll send you a printable valentine with a step-by-step guide.


     

  • Tell Governor Jerry Brown: It's time to ban fracking

    Governor Jerry Brown’s oil and gas officials recently released weak draft regulations that take a narrow, oil industry-friendly approach to fracking and leave California’s dwindling water supplies exposed to fracking pollution.

    No regulations can make fracking, acidizing or other radical methods of extracting oil from shale safe. Governor Brown faces a choice: Stand up to the fracking industry and ban these inherently dangerous, planet-warming practices, or sacrifice his climate legacy, along with the health and safety of countless Californians, by signing off on Big Oil's disastrous plan to frack California.

    What's more, if Jerry Brown doesn't stop fracking in this bellweather state, it will become even harder to stop it in other states around the country.

    Please submit a comment now to tell Governor Brown to keep fracking out of California.

  • Tell the EPA to ban bee-killing pesticides

    This month, Europe took positive steps to ban bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides. It's time for the U.S. to do the same.

    Tell EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy that the bees -- and our food supply -- need a ban on neonics today.

  • Tell Haagen Dazs, Dreyer’s, Edy’s, and Baskin Robbins: No Extreme Genetic Engineering in Our Ice Cream!

    Vanilla grown in a petri-dish from genetically engineered yeast should never be call "natural." Tell ice cream makers like Haagen Dazs, Dreyer’s/Edy’s, Baskin Robbins and others not to use this laboratory vanilla in their ice cream.

  • FDA just approved GMO salmon for human consumption

    Click to tell Costco, Walmart and Albertsons not to sell this frankenfish.

    As a thank you we'll send you a shopper's tip card listing stores where you can shop without fear of buying GMO seafood.

  • Tell the EPA to ban bee-killing pesticides

    This month, Europe took positive steps to ban bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides. It's time for the U.S. to do the same.

    Tell EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy that the bees -- and our food supply -- need a ban on neonics today.

  • Tell Congress: don't slide backward on renewable energy.

    Like me, you've probably noticed solar panels appearing on more and more roofs. Growth in both solar and wind energy has been so dramatic that, in 2012, more than 12 percent of the energy used in the U.S. came from renewable sources.

    This growth would never have happened without federal tax credits. Tax credits for solar give individuals and business incentives to install solar panels. The Production Tax Credit for wind gives investors an incentive to install wind turbines. These credits have helped wind and solar energy become mainstream technologies that create jobs and move us closer to a clean energy economy.

    But unless Congress acts to extend it, the Production Tax Credit expires on December 31.

    Our climate situation is dire and we are running out of time to make the switch to renewable, carbon-free energy. This tax credit is critical to speeding up the transition. Losing it would be crippling to this vital industry and will jeopardize our attempts to avoid climate disaster.

    Time is running out. Tell Congress to save renewable energy credits now!

  • Tell Congress: don't slide backward on renewable energy.

    Like me, you've probably noticed solar panels appearing on more and more roofs. Growth in both solar and wind energy has been so dramatic that, in 2012, more than 12 percent of the energy used in the U.S. came from renewable sources.

    This growth would never have happened without federal tax credits. Tax credits for solar give individuals and business incentives to install solar panels. The Production Tax Credit for wind gives investors an incentive to install wind turbines. These credits have helped wind and solar energy become mainstream technologies that create jobs and move us closer to a clean energy economy.

    But unless Congress acts to extend it, the Production Tax Credit expires on December 31.

    Our climate situation is dire and we are running out of time to make the switch to renewable, carbon-free energy. This tax credit is critical to speeding up the transition. Losing it would be crippling to this vital industry and will jeopardize our attempts to avoid climate disaster.

    Time is running out. Tell Congress to save renewable energy credits now!

  • Tell Congress: don't slide backward on renewable energy.

    Solar and wind power have seen an explosion of growth in recent years, due in large part to tax credits.

    Unless Congress acts by December 31, a critical incentive for investment in renewable energy will expire.

    Tell your senators not to let critical funding for renewable energy expire on December 31.

  • Tell the USDA to reject GMO apples
  • Protect the Northwest from dirty oil exports

    The proposed Tesoro Savage oil export terminal would add 360,000 barrels per day of oil exported on trains and ships, traveling through some of the roughest and most dangerous ocean waters in the world. They would cross the Pacific to Asia via the Northwest coastal region, which is facing massive increases of oil, coal and liquefied natural gas export.

    We have another chance to speak out against this dirty business and say NO to the largest of the many proposed oil export terminals in the Northwest. Take action below.

  • Tell the USDA to reject GMO apples.

    The USDA is poised to approve the first genetically modified apple.

    Recently, thousands of people like you joined with us in calling on McDonald's and Gerber not to use GMO apples in their children's products. Our combined voices were so loud that the companies had no choice but to sit up an listen. And now they've confirmed to Friends of the Earth that they have no plans to sell this this risky, unnecessary, unlabeled apple.

    But the USDA is not yet convinced and wants to know whether you think the GMO apple should be allowed to enter the market. We need your voice now.

    The GMO Arctic Apple® is full of risks. And like other GMOs, it won’t be labeled and won’t have undergone independent safety testing -- regulators will rely on the company’s sole assessment that the apple is safe for human consumption.

    But it’s not too late to keep GMO apples off our plates -- tell the USDA that the GMO Arctic Apple® should not be approved.

  • Tell the USDA to reject GMO apples.

    McDonald's and Gerber have already said NO to GMO apples. Now it's the USDA's turn.

    Add your voice and tell the USDA that the GMO Arctic Apple® should not be approved.

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  • Protect our health and the health of our children – tell the EPA Administrator to get the lead out of avgas!

    The EPA has repeatedly concluded that lead is extremely toxic to humans, wildlife and the environment and causes health effects even at low doses.

    Yet the EPA has continued to fail to do what the law requires and address this toxic and damaging pollution in aviation gasoline. Continued exposure to leaded aviation gasoline threatens the health of airport workers, pilots, passengers, and surrounding communities -- especially children. 

    Please speak out today and tell U.S. EPA to get the lead out of avgas!

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  • Tell Congress: Don’t fast-track the Trans-Pacific trade deal!

    The U.S. Trade Representative is currently trying to pass a “Fast Track” bill, which would allow the Obama administration to rush the environmentally destructive Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement through Congress.

    Write your member of Congress and demand a “NO” vote on the Fast Track bill and drive home two points: (1) Fast Track guts congressional authority; and (2) Fast Track will allow the U.S. Trade Representative and the House Republicans to ram the disastrous TPP trade agreement through Congress.

    Send your letter below to urge Congress not to "Fast Track" the TPP

  • Tell the EPA to stand strong on Keystone

    Ever since the Keystone XL pipeline was first proposed, the Environmental Protection Agency has been a strong voice inside the Obama administration, insisting that the State Department’s environmental review of Keystone XL consider the climate impacts of Canadian tar sands development.

    But there are now troubling signs that the EPA may be bowing to pressure to back off its critical comments on this biased review.

    Please send a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy asking that the EPA stand strong on Keystone XL. 

  • Thank you for your donation!

    Now will you join us in asking the CEOs of Lowe’s and Home Depot, Robert Niblock and Frank Blake, to give bees a chance and stop selling bee-killing pesticides.

    Our recently released report has found bee-killing pesticides in more than half of the “bee-friendly” home garden plants sold at stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s -- with no warning to consumers.

    Take action now!

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    Art for the Earth is a fun opportunity for children to draw about the wild animals and natural places they love.

    Art for the Earth

    Sign up below to receive the free participation kit, while supplies last.

    All children who return the kit with drawings or paintings expressing their love of nature will receive a sheet of nature-themed stickers.

    And for each drawing submitted, the child artist will be entered in a raffle for one of six educational prizes (click to see prizes).

    But what's more, Art for the Earth is an opportunity for your children to share their love of nature across generations. Original art will be sent to loyal Friends of the Earth supporters so they can see first hand what their generosity on behalf of the Earth means to the next generation of nature lovers.

  • New report reveals bee-killing pesticides hiding in “bee-friendly” garden plants

    Our recently released report has found bee-killing pesticides in more than half of the “bee-friendly” home garden plants sold at stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s -- with no warning to consumers.

    Please join us in asking the CEOs of Lowe’s and Home Depot, Robert Niblock and Frank Blake, to give bees a chance and stop selling bee-killing pesticides.

  • Carnival Cruises: Clean up your act

    Friends of the Earth’s just-released 2013 Cruise Ship Report Card grades 16 cruise lines and 162 ships on their environmental practices, and once again Carnival Cruise Lines gets a failing grade for its treatment of the ocean.

    With 22 ships using 30-year-old sewage treatment technology, Carnival has the worst impact on our oceans of any other cruise line. The U.S. EPA has found that sewage treated with this old technology often contains significant amounts of fecal bacteria, heavy metals, and nutrients in excess of federal water quality standards.

    Carnival's problems don't end there. In June Carnival announced plans to leave the Port of Baltimore and move the Carnival Pride ship back to Florida. This is in response to new, life-saving air quality standards that would require it to use cleaner fuels. By sailing from Florida they can burn more cheap 'bunker fuel' that is 2,000 times dirtier than diesel fuel sold at gas stations.

    And if that weren't enough, according to a New York Times report by David Leonhardt: “Over the last five years, the company [Carnival Corp.] has paid total corporate taxes -- federal, state, local and foreign -- equal to only 1.1 percent of its cumulative $11.3 billion in profits.”

    Carnival has no excuses.  It can afford to stop polluting our oceans.

    Tell Carnival Cruise Lines to clean up its sewage problem – install advanced sewage treatment systems on all of its ships!

  • Carnival Cruises: Clean up your act

    Our 2013 Cruise Ship Report Card is out, and Carnival Cruise Lines just received another F for its sewage treatment practices on its cruise ship fleet.

    Help us send a strong message to Carnival – stop dumping badly treated sewage in our oceans!

  • Protect the Northwest from Dirty Coal Exports – Say NO to the coal export terminal proposed for Longview, WA!

     Coal companies Ambre Energy and Arch Coal are seeking to build a coal export terminal, called Millennium Bulk Terminals, in Longview, WA. If we don’t stop it, the terminal would export up to 44 million tons of coal every year in huge ships down the Columbia River, out through some of the roughest and most dangerous ocean waters in the world and across the Pacific to Asia.

    We have another chance to speak out against this dirty business and say NO to one of the three proposed coal export terminals in the Northwest! 

  • Protect the Northwest from dirty coal exports – Say NO to the coal export terminal proposed for Longview, WA!

    Coal companies Ambre Energy and Arch Coal are seeking to build a coal export terminal, called Millennium Bulk Terminals, in Longview, WA. If we don’t stop it, the terminal would export up to 44 million tons of coal every year in huge ships down the Columbia River, out through some of the roughest and most dangerous ocean waters in the world and across the Pacific to Asia.

    We have another chance to speak out against this dirty business and say NO to one of the three proposed coal export terminals in the Northwest! 

  • New report reveals bee-killing pesticides hiding in “bee-friendly” garden plants

    Our recently released report has found bee-killing pesticides in more than half of the “bee-friendly” home garden plants sold at stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s -- with no warning to consumers.

    Help us put Home Depot's CEO Frank Blake and Lowe’s CEO Robert Niblock on notice.

    Write to them now, insisting that they stop selling plants laced with bee-killing pesticides immediately and pull all bee-killing poisons from their shelves.

    The global bee die-off keeps getting worse: 50,000 bumble bees found dead in a Target parking lot in Portland, 37 million bees dead on one farm in Ontario, beekeepers across the country losing up to 90 percent of their bees last winter.

    Europe has already banned bee-harming pesticides, and top retailers in the U.K. are refusing to sell them. Now Home Depot's and Lowe’s CEOs need to make the same commitment here.

    Please join us in asking the CEOs of Lowe’s and Home Depot, Robert Niblock and Frank Blake, to give bees a chance and stop selling bee-killing pesticides.

  • Tell Gerber: no GMO apples in baby food

    One bad apple really can spoil the whole bunch, especially if it’s been genetically engineered. The new genetically engineered Arctic Apple® could be approved to enter our food supply as early as the end of 2013, and like other GMOs it won’t be labeled and won’t have undergone independent safety testing.

    Apple growers and consumer alike have said they don’t need or want this unnecessary GMO apple, but it will soon end up in everything from baby food to school lunches, posing risks to our health, our environment and apple farmers across the US.

    Baby food companies are one of the most significant purchasers of apples and Gerber is one of the world’s largest baby food companies.

    Help us send a strong message to Gerber: keep GMO apples out of baby food.

  • Tell NASA to clean up its contamination

    The Santa Susana Field Laboratory overlooks Simi Valley and the western San Fernando Valley and is one of the most contaminated places in California -- including pollution from a partial nuclear meltdown and tens of thousands of rocket tests. In 2010, NASA pledged to clean up all their contamination on the site.

    But now NASA has published a Draft Environmental Impact Statement that looks like an effort to get out of the cleanup requirements and walk away from the great majority of the contamination. 

    Send your comments today telling NASA to fulfill its responsibility to clean up it's own contamination.

  • New report reveals bee-killing pesticides hiding in “bee-friendly” garden plants

    Our just released report has found bee-killing pesticides in more than half of the “bee-friendly” home garden plants sold at stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s -- with no warning to consumers.

    The global bee die-off keeps getting worse: 50,000 bumble bees found dead in a Target parking lot in Portland, 37 million bees dead on one farm in Ontario, beekeepers across the country losing up to 90 percent of their bees last winter.

    Please join us in asking the CEOs of Lowe’s and Home Depot, Robert Niblock and Frank Blake, to give bees a chance and stop selling bee-killing pesticides.

  • Tell U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to protect our voting rights!

    Across the country, our right to vote is coming under attack. After a Supreme Court decision dismantled a key part of the Voting Rights Act, states have been moving to pass laws that would keep the elderly, people of color, and low-income voters away from the polls.

    With this recent ruling, the Department of Justice lost its power to deny restrictions some states would make on who can vote where, when and with what ID. Already, states such as Texas and North Carolina have started implementing voter ID laws that will make it harder for many people to vote in future elections.

    It's bad enough that this decision rolls back decades of civil rights progress, but it's also an early Christmas present to politicians in the pockets of Big Oil and other polluters. Our elections need to be as fair and accessible as possible so all of us can vote for candidates who will fight for clear air, water and energy.

    Luckily, Attorney General Eric Holder has the power to sue states that enact voter suppression laws. We're calling on him to promise to challenge any state that tries to pass one of these voter suppression laws.

    Lend us your voice below by telling Attorney Genery Holder to stand up to any state and protect our voting rights.

  • Tell Gerber: no GMO apples in baby food

    The new genetically engineered Arctic Apple® could be approved to enter our food supply as early as the end of 2013, and like other GMOs, it won’t be labeled and won’t have undergone independent safety testing.

    Baby food companies are one of the most significant purchasers of apples and Gerber is one of the world’s largest baby food companies.

    Help us send a strong message to Gerber: keep GMO apples out of baby food.

  • Please join us in asking the CEOs of Lowe’s and Home Depot, Robert Niblock and Frank Blake, to stop selling bee-killing pesticides.

    Our new report has found bee-killing pesticides in more than half of the “bee-friendly” home garden plants sold at stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s -- with no warning to consumers.

    Help us put Home Depot's CEO Frank Blake and Lowe’s CEO Robert Niblock on notice.

    Write to them now, insisting that they stop selling plants laced with bee-killing pesticides immediately and pull all bee-killing poisons from their shelves.

  • Tell Gerber: no GMO apples in baby food

    The new genetically engineered Arctic Apple® could be approved to enter our food supply as early as the end of 2013, and like other GMOs, it won’t be labeled and won’t have undergone independent safety testing.

    Baby food companies are one of the most significant purchasers of apples and Gerber is one of the world’s largest baby food companies.

    Help us send a strong message to Gerber: keep GMO apples out of baby food.

  • Tell Gerber: no GMO apples in baby food

    One bad apple really can spoil the whole bunch, especially if it’s been genetically engineered. The new genetically engineered Arctic Apple® could be approved to enter our food supply as early as the end of 2013, and like other GMOs it won’t be labeled and won’t have undergone independent safety testing.

    Apple growers and consumer alike have said they don’t need or want this unnecessary GMO apple, but it will soon end up in everything from baby food to school lunches, posing risks to our health, our environment and apple farmers across the US.

    Baby food companies are one of the most significant purchasers of apples and Gerber is one of the world’s largest baby food companies.

    Help us send a strong message to Gerber: keep GMO apples out of baby food.

  • Help us put Home Depot's CEO Frank Blake and Lowe’s CEO Robert Niblock on notice.

    Write to them now, insisting that they stop selling plants laced with bee-killing pesticides and pull all bee-killing poisons from their shelves.

  • Tell President Obama he doesn't need to wait. He can Kill the Keystone XL pipeline right now!

    The fight to stop the Keystone XL pipeline has been all about beating the odds. Two years ago the pundits and oil companies alike thought this dirty, dangerous pipeline was a done deal.

    But then, front page press coverage about conflicts of interests in the environmental review process forced a delay that no one saw coming.

    Fast forward to 2013, and everyone expected the president to make his decision on the pipeline this Fall.  But now it looks like there may not be a decision until next year. In the words of Rachel Maddow, that's a win!

    Thanks to our work uncovering fresh conflicts of interests in the review process, the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General has launched an inquiry that won’t be completed until January 2014. 

    But President Obama can end this fight right now, so it’s time to turn up the heat. Watch Rachel Maddow's segment on the Keystone Pipeline and then write to the President and tell him that the evidence is in -- it’s time to kill the Keystone XL pipeline.

  • Tell President Obama he doesn't need to wait. He can Kill the Keystone XL pipeline right now!

    Rachel Maddow on Keystone Conflict of Interest

  • Tell Speaker Pérez and Appropriations Chair Gatto to ban fracking in CA.

    Fracking is rapidly expanding in California, threatening our water supplies, air quality, health and climate.

    But right now the only fracking bill that's still moving through the CA legislature, Senate Bill 4 (SB-4), is too weak to stop fracking from expanding in California.

    SB-4 falls far short of what’s needed. Here’s why:

    SB-4 allows Big Oil to stop the public from knowing the types and amounts of dangerous chemicals it injects underground by designating them as "trade secrets."

    SB-4 won't protect California communities from cancer-causing air pollution produced by fracking.

    SB-4 won't stop the industry from taking huge quantities of clean water, mixing it with toxic chemicals, using it for fracking and then permanently removing it from the hydrologic cycle by disposing of it in earthquake-causing injection wells.

    SB-4 won’t prevent the latest industry experiment – acidizing – which involves injecting massive amounts of rock-dissolving hydrochloric acid underground to free up pockets of dirty shale oil.

    SB-4 will not make fracking any less of a threat to our climate. This summer California has been hit by climate change-fueled wildfires which have blackened thousands of acres and cost hundreds of millions to fight.

    We need to draw a clear line in the sand: any regulations that allow the fracking industry to extract vast quantities of dirty, planet-warming oil from our state should be rejected.

    Write Speaker Pérez and Appropriations Chair Gatto and tell them that California deserves better!

  • Tell Speaker Pérez and Appropriations Chair Gatto to ban fracking in California

    SB-4, the only fracking bill still in the California legislature is too weak and won't protect Californians from water and air pollution caused by fracking.

    Join us in telling Pérez and Gatto that California can do better!

  • Tell Haagen Dazs, Dreyer’s, Edy’s, and Baskin Robbins: No Extreme Genetic Engineering in Our Ice Cream!

    A new genetically engineered ingredient, straight out of a petri dish, is about to enter our favorite foods, from ice cream to birthday cake.

    Synbio vanilla (produced by a new, extreme form of genetic engineering called “synthetic biology”) is stranger than science fiction, but regulators will still let food companies call it "natural" on labels.

    What’s worse, the FDA hasn’t even bothered to test this laboratory creation as a new product. Instead the agency will likely approve it as “Generally Regarded As Safe”.

    As the first major use of synthetic biology in our food, synbio vanilla could set a dangerous precedent and open the floodgates to allow more synthetic, genetically engineered ingredients labeled as “natural”.

    Vanilla produced in labs from synthetic genetically engineered yeast should never be called "natural".  Tell ice cream makers like Haagen Dazs, Dreyer’s, Edy’s, Baskin Robbins and others to not use this virtually unregulated, unnatural and unlabeled laboratory vanilla in their ice cream.

  • Tell Haagen Dazs, Dreyer’s, Edy’s, and Baskin Robbins: No Extreme Genetic Engineering in Our Ice Cream!

    Vanilla grown in a petri-dish from genetically engineered yeast should never be call "natural".  Tell ice cream makers like Haagen Dazs, Dreyer’s, Edy’s, Baskin Robbins and others not to use this laboratory vanilla in their ice cream.

  • New report reveals bee-killing pesticides hiding in “bee-friendly” garden plants

    Our just released report has found bee-killing pesticides in more than half of the “bee-friendly” home garden plants sold at stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s -- with no warning to consumers.

    Help us put Home Depot's CEO Frank Blake and Lowe’s CEO Robert Niblock on notice.

    Write to them now, insisting that they stop selling plants laced with bee-killing pesticides immediately and pull all bee-killing poisons from their shelves.

    The global bee die-off keeps getting worse: 50,000 bumble bees found dead in a Target parking lot in Portland, 37 million bees dead on one farm in Ontario, beekeepers across the country losing up to 90 percent of their bees last winter.

    Europe has already banned bee-harming pesticides, and top retailers in the U.K. are refusing to sell them. Now Home Depot's and Lowe’s CEOs need to make the same commitment here.

    Please join us in asking the CEOs of Lowe’s and Home Depot, Robert Niblock and Frank Blake, to give bees a chance and stop selling bee-killing pesticides.

  • Help us put Home Depot's CEO Frank Blake and Lowe’s CEO Robert Niblock on notice.

    Write to them now, insisting that they stop selling plants laced with bee-killing pesticides and pull all bee-killing poisons from their shelves.

  • GE Free Seafood Pledge for Restaurants

    By signing the Pledge for GE-Free Seafood, you can show the world your commitment to sustainable seafood and consumers’ right to know what they are eating!

  • GE Free Seafood for Chefs

    By signing the Pledge for GE-Free Seafood, you can show the world your commitment to sustainable seafood and consumers’ right to know what they are eating.

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  • Tell Michelle Obama: Stand up for bees in the White House garden and beyond

    Ask Michelle to set an example for the nation by banning bee-killing pesticides from the White House gardens and urging the EPA and Congress to take swift action to protect bees and other pollinators.

  • Michelle Obama: Stand up for bees in the White House garden and beyond

    The first lady is doing her part at the White House garden to create a habitat for bees.  Bees are essential to one out of three bites of food we eat, and they are dying-off globally in record numbers. 

    But bees need Mrs. Obama to do more.  A growing body of science is pointing to the world’s most popular class of pesticides called neonicotinoids (or neonics), as the key factor in the global bee die-off crisis.

    Ask Michelle to set an example for the nation by banning bee-killing pesticides from the White House gardens and urging the EPA and Congress to take swift action to protect bees and other pollinators.

  • Tell Kroger to join the Campaign for GE-Free Seafood

    Major grocery stores, such as Target, Aldi, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Giant Eagle, and Meijer have committed not to sell genetically engineered seafood, representing more than 4,400 grocery stores across the United States.

    Now we are asking Kroger, the nation’s largest conventional grocery store chain, to follow suit.

    Unless Kroger commits not to sell GE Seafood, stores across the country, including Ralphs, Fred Meyer, GFC  and Food 4 Less, may soon be selling genetically engineered salmon and other genetically engineered seafood.

    Take action below to tell Kroger we won't buy genetically engineered seafood in its stores.

  • Bees are facing a global die-off: take action to help save them!

    A growing body of science is pointing to the world’s most popular class of pesticides called neonicotinoids (or neonics), made by giant chemical companies Bayer and Syngenta, as the key factor in the global bee die-off crisis.

    Ask Michelle Obama to set an example for the nation by banning bee-killing pesticides from the White House gardens and urging the EPA and Congress to take swift action to protect bees and other pollinators. 

  • Michelle Obama: Stand up for bees in the White House garden and beyond

    First lady Michelle Obama has done something extraordinary: she’s not only brought an organic garden to the White House, she’s also brought hive of 70,000 bees to her family’s garden.

    Like many backyard gardeners, the first lady is doing her part to create a habitat for bees, which are essential to one out of three bites of food we eat, and which are dying-off globally in record numbers. 

    A growing body of science is pointing to the world’s most popular class of pesticides called neonicotinoids (or neonics), made by giant chemical companies Bayer and Syngenta, as the key factor in the global bee die-off crisis.

    Mrs. Obama understands the importance of pesticide-free organic gardening and the importance of healthy bees for the health of our food supply, our families and our planet, so we’re asking her to join us in standing up for bees. 

    Ask Michelle to set an example for the nation by banning bee-killing pesticides from the White House gardens and urging the EPA and Congress to take swift action to protect bees and other pollinators. 

  • Tell Congress to support the Save America's Pollinators Act

    Reps. Earl Blumenauer and John Conyers have introduced the Save America's Pollinators Act, but it now it needs your help to make it through Congress.

    The bees can't wait, and neither can we. Tell Congress to stand up for bees today!

  • Sec. Kerry: Investigate the conflicts of interest in the Keystone review

    Since it was published in March, the State Department’s environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline has come under intense criticism from environmentalists, the scientific community and the administration’s own EPA for failing to take into account the climate impacts of the pipeline.

    Now we know why -- Friends of the Earth has revealed that the contractor hired to write this review, Environmental Resources Management, lied to the State Department when it declared that “no conflict of interest exists for working on this project”. What’s worse, no one at the State Department bothered to check whether this assertion was true.

    It turns out that the company has been working with TransCanada and Exxon Mobil on another pipeline project and that they have deep ties to many of the oil companies that are licking their chops, hoping for a chance to more fully exploit the Canadian tar sands.

    Send a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry demanding that he halt the Keystone XL review process until he gets to the bottom of this blatant conflict of interest.

  • Tell Congress to support the Save America's Pollinators Act

    Around the world, bees are dying at alarming rates and new science is pointing to the world’s most popular class of pesticides called neonicotinoids (also called neonics), made by giant chemical companies Bayer and Syngenta, as the key factor in the global bee die-off.

    These key pollinators need our help. Without immediate action to save bees, which pollinate two-thirds of our food crops, everything from almonds to strawberries could disappear from supermarket shelves.

    Fortunately, Representatives John Conyers (D, Mich.) and Earl Blumenauer (D, Ore.) just introduced a bill to give our bees a fighting chance. The “Save America’s Pollinators Act” will suspend the use of toxic, bee-killing pesticides until a full review of scientific evidence indicates they are safe and a field study demonstrates they do no harm to bees and other pollinators.

    This past spring, the European Union placed a two year ban on most neonics -- but the EPA is dragging its feet, ignoring mounting scientific evidence and delaying action until 2018.

    The bees can't wait, and neither can we. Tell Congress to stand up for bees today!

  • Tell Congress to reinstate funding for rescuing marine mammals

    The John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program provides critical funding for marine mammal rescue and research for everything from whales to sea otters. Its recent elimination from the federal budget would mean fewer stranded animals being rescued and rehabilitated.

    Springer, pictured on the right, is one of the many success stories from groups funded by the John H. Prescott Grant Program. Rescued from Puget Sound in 2002 by volunteers, Springer was recently sportted with a new calf -- a humble reminder of the lasting impact of marine rescue work.

    With the numerous threats to resident orcas in the Northwest, funding for marine mammal rescue volunteers is key to assisting and rehabilitating marine mammals. 

    Tell your members of Congress to reinstate this crucial funding for orcas like Springer and other marine creatures!

  • Tell Home Depot and Lowe’s to stop selling bee-killing pesticides.

    Bees are essential for one out of three bites of food we eat.  But last winter, beekeepers reported losses of 50-70 percent of their hives -- the worst year yet since the global bee die-off began!

    A growing body of scientific evidence is pointing to neonicotinoids (neonics) as the key factor in this crisis and the European Union has just imposed a two year ban on these toxic pesticides. 

    These neonics are everywhere -- in commercial agriculture, on the shelf of your local garden stores, and in the plants and seeds we buy from nurseries.

    Bee part of the solution! Tell Home Depot, Lowe’s and others to stop selling neonics.

  • Tell the Dept. of Energy to stop wasting billions on this nuclear boondoggle

    The United States currently faces the daunting task of addressing the deadly weapons-grade plutonium left over from Cold War-era stockpiling.

    In a misguided approach, the Department of Energy has begun constructing a factory in South Carolina to reprocess this plutonium into fuel, called mixed oxide or MOX, for nuclear reactors. The MOX facility, still under construction, has now cost nearly $4 billion and could cost billions more before it’s done.

    Production and use of plutonium MOX fuel is the wrong approach due to out-of-control costs, and nuclear safety and proliferation risks. Instead, the plutonium, which has a 24,000-year radioactive half-life, must be managed as nuclear waste and disposed of isolated from the environment. Likewise, we should be investing in cleaner, safer energy options such as solar and wind and not experimental MOX fuel.

    Now, we have the opportunity to impact the decision-making process and get DOE to terminate MOX and pursue saner, safer and cheaper disposition methods for plutonium. While there are no good answers to the perplexing problem of what to do with one of the world’s most hazardous substances, we have the chance to push the government to develop better policies in dealing with the surplus weapons material.

    Please write a letter to the Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, telling him to stop the production of MOX and get moving on an assessment of alternative disposal options of plutonium.

  • Help protect North America from the dangers of ship pollution

    Important life- and ecosystem-saving ship emissions regulations are in danger. Recent developments at the U.N. agency responsible for regulating ship pollution could mean a five-year delay in the implementation of live-saving air pollution rules.

    Ship-borne emissions off North American coastlines are massive. Without proper controls, smog-forming emissions of nitrogen oxide from ships are projected to more than double by 2030, growing to 2.1 million tons a year.

    Presently, international standards to regulate smog- and particulate-forming nitrogen oxides from ships are weak. These standards were supposed to be strengthened considerably within the U.S.-Canada Emission Control Area, but now they may not appear until 2021.

    Fortunately, the United States can take matters into its own hands to protect itself from the dangers of international ship pollution.  Please write the Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe of the EPA and urge him to begin the process of regulating nitrogen oxides from shipping in U.S. waters via the Clean Air Act.

    Send your letter below and help protect public health and the environment.

  • Sec. Kerry: Investigate the conflicts of interest in the Keystone review

    Since it was published in March, the State Department’s environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline has come under intense criticism from environmentalists, the scientific community and the administration’s own EPA for failing to take into account the climate impacts of the pipeline.

    Now we know why -- the contractor hired to write the review has a close working relationship with TransCanada and the oil companies that stand to benefit if the pipeline is built.

    Friends of the Earth has revealed that the contractorhired to write this review, Environmental Resources Management, lied to the State Department when it declared that “no conflict of interest exists for working on this project”. What’s worse, no one at the State Department bothered to check whether this assertion was true. It turns out that the company has been working with TransCanada and Exxon Mobil on another pipeline project and that they have deep ties to many of the oil companies that are licking their chops, hoping for a chance to more fully exploit the Canadian tar sands.

    Ever since TransCanada first applied for a permit to build the Keystone pipeline in 2008 the State Department’s handling of the review has been plagued by conflicts of interest, insider influence and a heavy pro-pipeline bias. Rather than being an impartial judge of whether the Keystone pipeline is in the national interest, the State Department has acted liked Big Oil’s best friend in Washington.

    Send a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry demanding that he restart the Keystone XL review process, fire Big Oil's contractor and investigate these blatant conflicts of interest.

  • Tell Kroger to join the Campaign for GE-Free Seafood

    In March, Friends of the Earth launched the Campaign for Genetically Engineered-Free Seafood, and it’s already a huge success! Major grocery stores, such as Target, Aldi, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Giant Eagle, and Meijer have committed not to sell genetically engineered seafood, representing more than 4,400 grocery stores across the United States.

    Now we are asking Kroger, the nation’s largest conventional grocery store chain, to follow suit.

    Unless Kroger signs the Pledge for GE-Free Seafood, it and its subsidiaries, which include Ralphs, Fred Meyer, GFC  and Food 4 Less, may soon be selling genetically engineered salmon and other genetically engineered seafood.

    The Food and Drug Administration has stated that it won’t likely require grocery stores to label genetically engineered fish, leaving consumers with no way of avoiding them. Through the Pledge for GE-Free Seafood, however, stores and restaurants can make clear to consumers their policies against selling genetically engineered seafood. As consumers, it’s essential that we speak up for our right to know what we’re feeding our families.

    If Kroger and its banner stores agree not to sell genetically engineered seafood, it could be one of the last steps to make sure GE seafood is dead in the water in the United States.

    Take action below to tell Kroger we wont buy genetically engineered seafood in its stores.

  • Tell Kroger to join the Campaign for GE-Free Seafood

    In March, Friends of the Earth launched the Campaign for Genetically Engineered-Free Seafood, and it’s already a huge success! Major grocery stores, such as Target, Aldi, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Giant Eagle, and Meijer have committed not to sell genetically engineered seafood, representing more than 4,400 grocery stores across the United States.

    Now we are asking Kroger, the nation’s largest conventional grocery store chain, to follow suit.

    Unless Kroger signs the Pledge for GE-Free Seafood, it and its subsidiaries, which include Ralphs, Fred Meyer, GFC  and Food 4 Less, may soon be selling genetically engineered salmon and other genetically engineered seafood.

    The Food and Drug Administration has stated that it won’t likely require grocery stores to label genetically engineered fish, leaving consumers with no way of avoiding them. Through the Pledge for GE-Free Seafood, however, stores and restaurants can make clear to consumers their policies against selling genetically engineered seafood. As consumers, it’s essential that we speak up for our right to know what we’re feeding our families.

    If Kroger and its banner stores agree not to sell genetically engineered seafood, it could be one of the last steps to make sure GE seafood is dead in the water in the United States.

    Take action below to tell Kroger we wont buy genetically engineered seafood in its stores.

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    In March, Friends of the Earth launched the Campaign for Genetically Engineered-Free Seafood, and it’s already a huge success! Major grocery stores, such as Target, Aldi, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Giant Eagle and Meijer have committed not to sell genetically engineered seafood, representing more than 4,400 grocery stores across the United States.

    Now we are asking Kroger, the nation’s largest conventional grocery store chain, to follow suit.

    Unless Kroger signs the Pledge for GE-Free Seafood, it and its subsidiaries, which include Ralphs, Fred Meyer, GFC  and Food 4 Less, may soon be selling genetically engineered salmon and other genetically engineered seafood.

    The Food and Drug Administration has stated that it won’t likely require grocery stores to label genetically engineered fish, leaving consumers with no way of avoiding them. Through the Pledge for GE-Free Seafood, however, stores and restaurants can make clear to consumers their policies against selling genetically engineered seafood. As consumers, it’s essential that we speak up for our right to know what we’re feeding our families.

    If Kroger and its banner stores agree not to sell genetically engineered seafood, it could be one of the last steps to make sure GE seafood is dead in the water in the United States.

    Take action below to tell Kroger we won’t buy genetically engineered seafood in its stores.

  • Don't let GA and SC become a nuclear dump site

    After more than fifty years of nuclear reactors, we are now no closer to a final disposal solution for the highly radioactive spent fuel they produce. In the wake of federal recommendations on storing this spent fuel in dangerous “consolidated interim storage sites,” the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site, located on the Georgia-South Carolina borde, has emerged as a potential nuclear fuel dump.

    Such storage sites would only compound the nuclear waste problem, leading to more worker radiation exposure, accident risks in transport, more cost and the risk that the temporary storage site become a de facto long-term dump.

    Realizing that the Savannah River Site is a target for consolidated storage, the SRS Citizens Advisory Board, a federal advisory committee made up of citizens from the area around SRS, has drafted a recommendation against spent fuel storage at the site. The draft recommendation states that “the Department of Energy should not consider the Savannah River Site as a potential location of Commercial Power Plant Spent nuclear waste” and that “future generations of Georgians and South Carolinians will not be well served by having the Savannah River Site become an interim storage site for commercial nuclear waste for what will be an undetermined amount of time.”

    Given the environmental legacy of SRS, which the DOE calls the biggest environmental threat to South Carolina (and thus to Georgia), no more nuclear waste should be brought into SRS for any reason. Spent fuel would only compound the SRS’s waste problem left from the processing of plutonium for nuclear weapons. Given the troubled history of no solution to spent fuel disposal, it is likely that spent fuel could be abandoned at SRS.

    Take action below to support the Citizens Advisory Board’s opposition to the fuel dumping at SRS. Don’t let Georgia and South Carolina get stuck holding the nuclear garbage bag.

  • Tell Wall Street stop foreclosing on forests!

    Wilmar International, the world’s largest palm oil trader, is selling illegally grown palm oil on the world market. One of its suppliers has knowingly destroyed protected forests, killed endangered orangutans, and continues to threaten the most biodiverse habitats in Indonesian Borneo. This destruction of primary forests is enabled by the biggest banks in the U.S. and Canada, and generates profits for major Wall Street investors.

    Earlier this year, four starving orangutans, including a pregnant mother and baby, were rescued from small patches of forest in a palm oil plantation that supplies Wilmar and other big traders. Killing orangutans and other protected wildlife is not only wrong – it is prohibited by Indonesian law.

    Friends of the Earth’s new report, Commodity Crimes: Illicit Land Grabs and Illegal Palm Oil, documents at least 15,000 acres of illegal palm plantations and forest destruction inside two of Indonesia’s forest reserves – home to some of the world’s most iconic and endangered species.

    The forest crimes we have uncovered show how companies get away with land-grabs, deforestation, and destruction of precious habitat. Investors, consumer companies, and government authorities have a responsibility to bring an end to these practices and to bring the responsible parties to justice.

    Take action.  Add your name to the petition.

  • Call on Congress to support a Robin Hood Tax for the people

    Please contact your Representative today and ask her or him to co-sponsor important legislation to establish a financial transaction tax on Wall Street, also known as a Robin Hood Tax.

    The Inclusive Prosperity Act of 2013, H.R. 1579, introduced by Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) would put a tiny tax on Wall Street transactions to generate hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue each year to support education, employment, health care, HIV/AIDS research and treatment and the fight against climate change, here at home and around the world.

    Take action below to encourage your Representative to support the Robin Hood Tax in Congress.

  • Tell Home Depot and Lowe’s to stop selling bee-killing pesticides.

    Bees are essential for one out of three bites of food we eat.  But last winter, beekeepers reported losses of 50-70 percent of their hives -- the worst year yet since the global bee die-off began!

    A growing body of scientific evidence is pointing to neonicotinoids (neonics) as the key factor in this crisis and the European Union has just imposed a two year ban on these toxic pesticides. 

    These neonics are everywhere -- in commercial agriculture, on the shelf of your local garden stores, and in the plants and seeds we buy from nurseries.

    Bee part of the solution! Tell Home Depot, Lowe’s and others to stop selling neonics.

  • Tell Secretary of State John Kerry: Investigate Big Oil’s Influence on the Keystone XL Review

    The State Department’s environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline is a joke. Ignoring the many studies which show that building the pipeline will accelerate climate change and endanger communities along its route, the State Department came to the outrageous conclusion that the pipeline will have minimal environmental impacts.

    How did this happen? 

    We now know that the firm hired by the State Department to write this flawed review is a dues-paying member of Big Oil’s mouthpiece in Washington, the American Petroleum Institute. And, many of the sub-contractors hired by the firm to do the Keystone review have deep ties to the oil industry.

    No wonder that the administration’s own Environmental Protection Agency has criticized the State Department’s report.

    The fact that the State Department ignored its own guidance and allowed a dues-paying member of the American Petroleum Institute to write the environmental review of the Keystone is scandalous enough. But making matters worse, State Department employees were actively involved in an attempt to cover up this firm’s ties to Big Oil.

    Thanks to some intrepid reporting from Mother Jones, we know that someone in the State Department redacted the official disclosure forms that would have revealed these ties. The stakes in this fight couldn’t be higher. We simply cannot allow the administration to decide whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline based on a flawed environmental report written by Big Oil.

    Send a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry demanding that he halt the Keystone XL review process until he gets to the bottom of this cover-up and blatant conflict of interest

  • Urgent Deadline this week: Tell CA Assembly to pass a CA fracking moratorium

    Hydraulic fracking injects water and unknown chemicals into underground oil deposits with such force it creates fractures in the rock, allowing oil companies to extract the oil. But these fractures can also allow contaminants into precious groundwater supplies -- water that our children drink and that farmers use to grow our food.

    While California prides itself on being one of the greenest states in the union, oil companies are gearing up to frack the estimated 15 billion barrels of oil in the Monterey Shale, an underground formation that stretches from Monterey county all the way down to Los Angeles. This area is home to some of the state’s most productive farmland, critical water sources and important wildlife habitat as well as home to millions of Californians.

    Last month, California moved one step closer to halting fracking in the State. Legislation that would stop fracking in California won key votes, passing the Assembly Natural Resources Committee despite intense pressure from the oil industry. Now, we need your help to keep this vital legislation moving.

    Please write to John Perez (Speaker of the Assembly), Mike Gatto (Chair of the Appropriations Committee) and your State Assembly Member and tell them to support A.B. 1301.

  • Tell Home Depot and Lowe’s to stop selling bee-killing pesticides.

    Bees are essential for one out of three bites of food we eat.  But last winter, beekeepers reported losses of 50-70 percent of their hives -- the worst year yet since the global bee die-off began!

    A growing body of scientific evidence is pointing to neonicotinoids (neonics) as the key factor in this crisis and the European Union has just imposed a two year ban on these toxic pesticides. 

    These neonics are everywhere -- in commercial agriculture, on the shelf of your local garden stores, and in the plants and seeds we buy from nurseries.

    Bee part of the solution! Tell Home Depot, Lowe’s and others to stop selling neonics.

  • Don't let Edison rush a risky restart of the San Onofre reactors

    Southern California Edison’s San Onofre nuclear reactors, which have been offline for over year since an accidental radiation leak, could be on-track for an experimental restart by the middle of the summer. Edison is pushing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a license amendment that would pave the way for restarting one of it’s risky reactors, despite the fact that its own experts disagree on what originally caused the leak. Even more, Edison is hoping to rush this through without public participation, so that the millions of Southern Californians threatened by a restart don’t have a chance to speak out.

    That’s why we’ve got to raise our voices now and tell the NRC to reject Edison’s experimental restart plans and demand a public hearing before any decisions. Speak out below by sending the NRC a comment before May 16.

    We just have a few days left; please submit your comment below!

  • Help protect the Arctic from ship pollution

    Currently, parts of the Arctic are experiencing rapid increases in shipping activity. The number of transits through the Bering Strait between Alaska and Russia has doubled in just four years.

    In light of this rapid growth and the significant impacts it brings to air, water, climate, wildlife, human health and native communities, we urgently need stronger environmental rules to protect the Arctic.

    The fastest, simplest move to protect the Arctic is to ban ships in those waters from using one of the dirtiest fuels on the planet -- bunker fuel.

    Please write the Commandant of the Coast Guard and urge him to advocate for a ban on bunker fuel use in the Arctic at the International Maritime Organization meeting next week. Your message will be copied to your members of Congress, as well, to make sure they stay updated on the fight against shipping pollution in the Arctic. 

    Send your letter below and help protect the Arctic!

  • Help protect the Arctic from ship pollution

    Currently, parts of the Arctic are experiencing rapid increases in shipping activity. The number of transits through the Bering Strait between Alaska and Russia has doubled in just four years.

    In light of this rapid growth and the significant impacts it brings to air, water, climate, wildlife, human health and native communities, we urgently need stronger environmental rules to protect the Arctic.

    The fastest, simplest move to protect the Arctic is to ban ships in those waters from using one of the dirtiest fuels on the planet -- bunker fuel.

    Please write the Commandant of the Coast Guard and urge him to advocate for a ban on bunker fuel use in the Arctic at the International Maritime Organization meeting next week. Your message will be copied to members of Congress, as well, to make sure they stay updated on the fight against shipping pollution in the Arctic. 

    Send your letter below and help protect the Arctic!

  • Thank your representative for support GE food labeling

    Your representative is already a co-sponsor of the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act. By supporting this bill, he or she is standing up for consumers’ rights to make their own informed choices about what foods they feed their families.

    Please take a moment below to send your representative a thank-you message for their support.

  • Call on Congress to support labeling of genetically engineered food

    Now more than ever, the United States need a policy for genetically engineered food labeling: there are genetically engineered foods in up to 70 percent of the foods on grocery store shelves, the USDA is considering approving a genetically engineered apple this spring, and the FDA is nearing its approval of a genetically engineered salmon.

    Friends of the Earth believes the labeling of genetically engineered foods should be mandatory. The public has the right to make an informed choice about the food they buy for their families. Without mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods, consumers are left in the dark.

    That’s why we are excited that Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Representative Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) have sponsored new federal labeling legislation, the Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act (S. 809 and H.R. 1699), in the Senate and House. Take action below and tell your senators and representative to support the genetically engineered food labeling bill.

    Take action below and tell Congress it’s time to finally pass a genetically engineered food labeling bill in 2013 -- support the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act!

  • Hey Zuckerberg: Unfriend Big Oil!

    Mark Zuckerberg’s new political action committee, created to pass comprehensive immigration reform, has been running ads in favor of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline and drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.¹ The ads, supposedly designed to provide political cover for politicians to support comprehensive immigration reform, have ignited a firestorm of controversy.

    The PAC, FWD.US, is attempting to sacrifice our climate and natural resources by playing politics with Big Oil despite Zuckerberg’s previous support for clean energy. The group is funding two subsidiary organizations run by top Democratic and Republican political operatives to run the controversial ads.

    Send a letter below to Zuckerberg asking him to immediately stop promoting dirty, climate-disrupting projects.

  • Support the wrongfully imprisoned environmental hero, Choi Yul

    The South Korean government has unjustly imprisoned Mr. Choi Yul, a pioneer in Asia’s environmental movements.

    A leading environmental activist for 40 years, Mr. Choi founded the Korea Federation for Environmental Movement/Friends of the Earth Korea and the Korea Green Foundation. In honor of his achievements, he won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for grassroots environmentalism and the Global 500 Award of the United Nations Environmental Programme.

    Over the past four years, the Korean government has persecuted Mr. Choi in retribution for his leadership in the fight against the destructive Four Rivers Project, a massive plan that includes 16 dams.

    Add your name below to support the release of this environmental hero and to stand against the shameful persecution of defenders of the environment.

  • Stop the Northwest from becoming a conduit for dangerous coal exports

    Currently, there are three proposed coal terminals in Washington and Oregon that together would export millions of tons of coal each year through communities in the Pacific Northwest.

    Given the devastating impacts to air, water, climate and human health, an Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared for each individual project. The federal agencies involved should also conduct an in-depth, area-wide environmental review that considers the damage caused by mining, shipping and burning the coal, prior to any permits being issued.

    Please write to the Army Corps of Engineers and call on them to perform individual Environmental Impact Statements and an in-depth, area-wide EIS for any current or future proposed coal export facility. Your message will be copied to your members of Congress, too, to make sure they stay updated on the fight against coal exports.

    Send your letter below and help the Pacific Northwest move past coal!

  • Please send a "thank you" to these stores for saying NO to GE seafood

    Some of the biggest grocery stores in the U.S. have already signed the Pledge for GE-Free Seafood, including Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Aldi, Marsh Supermarket and many others.* That means a significant portion of the market is sticking up for consumers’ rights and healthy seafood.

    Add your name below to thank the pledge-signers for taking a stand for consumers' rights and a healthy environment.

  • Tell the FDA: No genetically engineered salmon on our plates

    The FDA is poised to approve genetically engineered salmon for human consumption.  But they haven't even done a full Environmental Impact Statement of the risks.  This salmon has been genetically altered to grow twice as fast as real salmon and it would be the first-ever engineered animal that could sneak onto our dinner plates.

    To make matters worse, the FDA probably won't require it to be labeled, so we'll have no idea if we're eating it!

    Please urge the FDA to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement that captures the many environmental, economic and social risks of genetically engineered salmon. Once the FDA has done its due diligence, we believe it will have no choice but to reject this frankenfish.

  • Call on your grocery store to join the Campaign for GE-Free Seafood

    We are excited to announce our new campaign to prevent genetically engineered fish from hitting our plates.

    Will you join us in asking grocery stores, restaurants, chefs and other food companies take the Pledge for GE-Free Seafood? By joining, companies are making public their policies not to purchase or sell genetically engineered salmon or other genetically engineered seafood.

    Help us pressure food companies to keep genetically engineered seafood off their shelves and off our plates. Take action now!

  • Call on your grocery store to join the Campaign for GE-Free Seafood

    We are excited to announce our new campaign to prevent genetically engineered fish from hitting our plates.

    Will you join us in asking grocery stores, restaurants, chefs and other food companies take the Pledge for GE-Free Seafood? By joining, companies are making public their policies not to purchase or sell genetically engineered salmon or other genetically engineered seafood.

    Help us pressure food companies to keep genetically engineered seafood off their shelves and off our plates. Take action now!

  • Tell Barbara Boxer: don't let Edison do an end run around safety regulations

    Please urge Senator Barbara Boxer to use her oversight authority to ensure that the operator of the crippled San Onofre nuclear reactors, Southern California Edison, not be granted another end-run around regulations.  Sign our petition now!

    Since January 2012 the San Onofre nuclear reactors have been shutdown.  Inspections revealed severe damage to thousands of steam generator tubes -- and now a recently exposed confidential report reveals that the operator, Southern California Edison, knew about problems years before the shut down. Friends of the Earth and others have been demanding since last year that Edison undergo a comprehensive regulatory process called a License Amendment prior to any consideration of restart. Edison deliberately avoided such a process years ago before the replacement steam generators were installed.
     
    Then, last Friday, during a hearing on a petition that Friends of the Earth submitted to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Edison made a stunning announcement: They are considering  “voluntarily” submitting a license amendment request.

    Edison will likely ask for an amendment to address only the bare minimum they think they need to gain NRC approval for their experimental restart plan, and they will also be requesting that the NRC issue a finding of ‘No Significant Hazard’ for their license amendment.

    If they are successful, Edison could receive a license amendment approval for San Onofre even before any public hearing is held. This would effectively strip the public of a meaningful role and prevent the critical independent safety review of Edison's plans.

    It's clear - Edison's aim is to start reactor 2 as soon as possible even though this damaged reactor has not been repaired, the underlying causes of the damage have not been confirmed, and federal investigations into Edison and San Onofre continue.

    Years ago, Edison deliberately sidestepped the license amendment process -- in the interest of saving their time and money -- and in spite of knowing about serious problems with the steam generator design . Now, they are planning a similar end run around critical safety reviews. This must be rejected!

  • Tell President Obama and Secretary Kerry: Reject the Keystone XL!

    Join the push for a million comments against the Keystone XL. We have just one day day left!

    The State Department has released its draft report on the environmental impacts of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. This report -- written in part by firms with close ties to Big Oil -- glosses over the climate impact of the Canadian tar sands. We have just a few days left in the comment period to speak out and show the president that there is a national movement demanding he keep his climate promises.

    With stakes this high, there is no excuse for the White House to approve the pipeline. It's up to you and me to make sure the president gets the message: It's impossible to fight climate change while simultaneously investing in one of the dirtiest, most carbon-intensive fossil fuels on the planet.

    Submit an official comment below -- this is your chance to tell the State Department to get it right. Friends of the Earth supporters like you need to make your voice heard!

  • Call on your grocery store to join the Campaign for GE-Free Seafood

    We are excited to announce our new campaign to prevent genetically engineered fish from hitting our plates.

    Will you join us in asking grocery stores, restaurants, chefs and other food companies take the Pledge for GE-Free Seafood? By joining, companies are making public their policies not to purchase or sell genetically engineered salmon or other genetically engineered seafood.

    Help us pressure food companies to keep genetically engineered seafood off their shelves and off our plates. Take action now!

  • Urgent Action: tell Senators not to fast track coal exports

    Big Coal and its allies are attempting to stop federal agencies from limiting the greenhouse gas emissions of exported coal and other fuels. Right now, agencies are legally bound to consider the global impacts of greenhouse gases when permitting export proposals -- including coal. But under Senator Barrasso's (R-Wyo.) amendment (#184) to the federal budget, agencies would be barred from taking into account greenhouse gas emissions when reviewing export permits.

    If this amendment passes there will be nothing to stop Big Coal from sending millions of tons of U.S. coal to be burned in China. And we'll all pay the climate consequences.

    Use the form below to tell your Senator to vote no and oppose Amendment 184!

  • Please send a "thank you" to these stores for saying NO to GE seafood

    Some of the biggest grocery stores in the U.S. have already signed the Pledge for GE-Free Seafood, including Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Aldi, Marsh Supermarket and many others.* That means a significant portion of the market is sticking up for consumers’ rights and healthy seafood.

    Speak up here to thank the pledge-signers for taking a stand for consumers' rights and a healthy environment.

  • Call on your grocery store to join the Campaign for GE-Free Seafood

    We are excited to announce our new campaign to prevent genetically engineered fish from hitting our plates.

    Will you join us in asking grocery stores, restaurants, chefs and other food companies take the Pledge for GE-Free Seafood? By joining, companies are making public their policies not to purchase or sell genetically engineered salmon or other genetically engineered seafood.

    Help us pressure food companies to keep genetically engineered seafood off their shelves and off our plates. Take action now!

  • Tell the FDA: No genetically engineered salmon on our plates

    The FDA is poised to approve genetically engineered salmon for human consumption.  But they haven't even done a full Environmental Impact Statement of the risks.  This salmon has been genetically altered to grow twice as fast as real salmon and it would be the first-ever genetically engineered animal that could sneak onto our dinner plates.

    To make matters worse, the FDA probably won't require it to be labeled, so we'll have no idea if we're eating it!

    Please urge the FDA to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement that captures the many environmental, economic and social risks of genetically engineered salmon. Once the FDA has done its due diligence, we believe it will have no choice but to reject this frankenfish.

  • Thanks for signing! Now, please send a "thank you" to these stores for saying NO to GE seafood

    Some of the biggest grocery stores in the U.S. have already signed the Pledge for GE-Free Seafood, including Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Aldi, Marsh Supermarket and many others. That means a significant portion of the market is sticking up for consumers’ rights and healthy seafood.

    See your favorite grocery store on the list?* Let them you know you appreciate them taking the lead on the fight against genetically engineered seafood by sending a giant “thank you” to these companies.

    Speak up here to thank the pledge-signers for taking a stand for consumers' rights and a healthy environment.

  • Call on your grocery store to join the Campaign for GE-Free Seafood

    We are excited to announce our new campaign to prevent genetically engineered fish from hitting our plates.

    Will you join us in asking grocery stores, restaurants, chefs and other food companies take the Pledge for GE-Free Seafood? By joining, companies are making public their policies not to purchase or sell genetically engineered salmon or other genetically engineered seafood.

    Help us pressure food companies to keep genetically engineered seafood off their shelves and off our plates. Take action now!

  • Tell the FDA: No genetically engineered salmon on our plates

    The FDA is poised to approve genetically engineered salmon for human consumption.  But they haven't even done a full Environmental Impact Statement of the risks.  This salmon has been genetically altered to grow twice as fast as real salmon and it would be the first-ever engineered animal that could sneak onto our dinner plates.

    To make matters worse, the FDA probably won't require it to be labeled, so we'll have no idea if we're eating it!

    Please urge the FDA to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement that captures the many environmental, economic and social risks of genetically engineered salmon. Once the FDA has done its due diligence, we believe it will have no choice but to reject this frankenfish.

  • Tell Barbara Boxer: Edison gambled with the public trust - San Onofre must remain offline!

    Please email Senator Boxer today. Urge the Senator to use her oversight authority to ensure that San Onofre remains offline until the Nuclear Regulatory Commission completes its investigations and  Edison is required to undergo the appropriate and thorough review of a License Amendment proceeding.

  • Tell the FDA: We need safer sunscreens now!

    Even though sunscreens are an integral part of protecting our skin from harmful UV rays, some sunscreens on the market may actually be having the opposite effect. Friends of the Earth U.S. and Australia recently released test results showing that many popular sunscreen and cosmetic products -- made by companies including Nivea, L’Oreal and CoverGirl -- contain hazardous forms of a common sunscreen and cosmetics ingredient, anatase titanium dioxide and nano anatase titanium dioxide.

    A 2008 study, prompted by reports that coatings on steel roofs were rapidly breaking down in places where workers’ sunscreen-covered hands had touched them, found that nano anatase titanium dioxide in sunscreen was reacting with sunlight and degrading those roof coatings in a matter of weeks. The study and other peer-reviewed science have raised serious concerns about the impact these ingredients may be having on our skin and a number of scientists have questioned the safety of using them in sunscreens and other skin products.

    While Europe will soon require safety testing and labeling of nano-ingredients in sunscreens, the FDA has failed to follow suit. That’s why we need your help to call on FDA to protect our children and families by banning anatase titanium oxide from our cosmetics, and ensuring all ingredients, including nano ingredients, are assessed for safety and labeled.

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    Tell John Kerry that this is his chance to make a difference for our climate.

    Tar sands protest

    John Kerry has worked hard to build his reputation as a defender of the environment.  As a senator he spent many years calling for more ambitious and decisive action to combat climate change.  Now, as Secretary of State, he finally has the chance to take decisive climate action.

    Tell Kerry that he must live up to his own words and look at the full environmental impact of the Keystone pipeline -- including its devastating implications for climate change.

  • Stand in solidarity against the Keystone XL pipeline

    In his inaugural address, President Obama specifically addressed climate change as one of the major challenges facing the future of the U.S. While he has promised serious action on the climate crisis, his first move must be to stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in its tracks.

    Now more than ever, the president and Secretary of State Kerry must reject the pipeline's proposal outright. What President Obama decides on this project will set the tone for the next four years, and we need him to begin his second term on the right track for climate action.

    The Keystone XL pipeline remains one of the largest threats to our climate: the Alberta tar sands contain gigatons of carbon, enough to radically alter our climate if fully tapped by Big Oil. The Keystone XL pipeline would also threaten Midwestern communities' fragile aquifers with the threat of toxic tar sands oil spills.

    On Sunday, February 17, thousands of activists will gather on the National Mall to call on the president to reject the pipeline. No matter where you are, you can raise your voice in protest by signing this pledge against the Keystone XL.

    Stand with us and sign the pledge below!

  • Tell the FDA: No GE salmon on our plates

    genetically engineered salmon graphicRight before the year-end holidays, the FDA announced a positive Environmental Assessment on genetically engineered salmon, paving the way for its eventual approval for human consumption. Thanks to the FDA, genetically engineered salmon would be the first-ever engineered animal that could sneak onto our dinner plates -- and it won’t be labeled.

    Since 2010, Friends of the Earth has, with your help, worked to stymie Aquabounty’s hopes for approval. It’s up to us again.

    Please urge the FDA to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement that captures the many environmental, economic and social risks of genetically engineered salmon. Once the FDA has done its due diligence, we believe it will have no choice but to reject this frankenfish.

    Submit a comment below to tell the FDA to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement and keep frankenfish off our plates!

  • Tell the FDA: No GE salmon on our plates

    genetically engineered salmon graphicRight before the year-end holidays, the FDA announced a positive Environmental Assessment on genetically engineered salmon, paving the way for its eventual approval for human consumption. Thanks to the FDA, genetically engineered salmon would be the first-ever engineered animal that could sneak onto our dinner plates -- and it won’t be labeled.

    Since 2010, Friends of the Earth has, with your help, worked to stymie Aquabounty’s hopes for approval. It’s up to us again.

    Please urge the FDA to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement that captures the many environmental, economic and social risks of genetically engineered salmon. Once the FDA has done its due diligence, we believe it will have no choice but to reject this frankenfish.

    Submit a comment below to tell the FDA to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement and keep frankenfish off our plates!

  • President Obama: Hear our stories, focus on climate action

    Sign our petition to make your voice heard: we need strong climate action now!

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    Tell Obama to make a real environmental impact: Stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

    Tar sands protestThe zombie Keystone XL pipeline is back. The State Department has just released its Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and once again its findings are inadequate. It doesn't take into consideration the climate impacts of the pipeline's construction. It also borrows from a previously discredited EIS, which was prepared for the State Department by Cardno Entrix -- which lists TransCanada as one of its clients.

    The State Department has given a 45-day comment period and no options for public hearings. And for a controversial project like this one, State knows it will be met with much opposition and is trying to rush the only opportunity for public discourse.

    Demand transparency and urge the State Department to extend the comment period and hold public hearings. Send your message now:

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    We've launched Climate Stories - a new climate change awareness campaign with powerful video and personal stories. If you haven't already signed our petition to president Obama, please do now.

    Mr. President, hear our stories and take action on climate change.

  • President Obama: Hear our stories, focus on climate action

    Sign our petition to make your voice heard: we need strong climate action now!

  • President Obama: Hear our stories, focus on climate action

    Sign our petition to make your voice heard: we need strong climate action now!

  • Pledge to stand against the Keystone XL pipeline

    The election is over, and one thing is clear about President Obama's second term: he faces an enormous mandate to take serious action on climate change. His move to deny the Keystone XL permit in January 2012 was the right decision, but this zombie pipeline could rise again at any moment.

    Now more than ever, the president must reject the pipeline's proposal outright. What President Obama decides on this project will set the tone for the next four years, and we need him to begin his second term on the right track for climate action.

    The Keystone XL pipeline remains one of the largest threats to our climate: the Alberta tar sands contain gigatons of carbon, enough to radically alter our climate if fully tapped by Big Oil. The Keystone XL pipeline would also threaten Midwestern communities' fragile aquifers with the threat of toxic tar sands oil spills.

    On Sunday, February 17, thousands of activists will gather on the National Mall to call on the president to reject the pipeline. No matter where you are, you can raise your voice in protest by signing this pledge against the Keystone XL.

    Stand with us and sign the pledge below!

  • Break the silence on climate change

    Break the silenceThe 2012 General Election is just mere weeks away, and while the majority of candidates have talked about jobs and the economy, many have not articulated their views on and plans for global climate change.

    As the election gains more attention nationwide, it is increasingly important that we take a stand to ensure that climate change is addressed. This year, extreme weather causing unprecedented Arctic melting and widespread drought and wildfires has shown the dire need for action. The longer the candidates refuse to take a direct, vocal stance on the issue, the more our world is endangered.

    Sign below to urge the candidates to break the silence and speak out on climate change.

  • Urgent Update: Edison Releases Plans To Restart Reactor

    Stand up for a safe California

    The situation on the ground has changed and Edison just released a plan to restart one of the severely damaged San Onofre nuclear reactors with no repairs, leaving the safety of 8.4 million people living nearby at risk.

    It is up to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- the federal agency charged with ensuring the safety of U.S. nuclear reactors -- to hold the line on safety. Incredibly, ten years ago the NRC looked the other way and approved the drastically altered defective equipment under an inappropriate rubberstamp process. The result was Edison installing the most defective steam generators in the history of the U.S. nuclear industry.

    The NRC must step up now and stop Edison restarting the dangerous Unit 2 reactor; this requires a full license amendment and public hearings before an impartial judge --  as the NRC’s own regulations require for such drastic changes.

    We need you to take action right now! Call NRC Chairwoman Allison MacFarlane! Urge her to intervene and require that Edison be prevented from to restarting either reactor without a license amendment, public hearing, and the guarantee of public safety!


    Call Chairwoman Allison MacFarlane at 301-415-1750.

    It’s important to be clear, concise, and respectful. The suggested script for your call is below. MacFarlane needs to know that the safety of Southern California must be put first! Please call her now!

    Hi, My name is ___________.

    I am a resident of __________ in Southern California, and I am calling to urge Chairwoman MacFarlane to intervene in the proposed restart of San Onofre Unit 2 nuclear reactor. I was deeply disturbed to learn that Southern California Edison plans to restart the reactor with no repairs to the severely damaged steam generators. This poses a real threat the safety of my family and me.

    To me, safety is best assured by requiring Edison to submit to a license amendment process and public hearings, so that truly independent experts can analyze the design and testify before an impartial judge.

    I urgently request that the Chairman require Edison to submit to this critical process and ensure that public safety is put first.

    I congratulate the Chairwoman on her new position, and fully support her in taking decisive action on this critical issue.

  • Make sure that Washington State is prepared for an oil spill

    Recent proposals to expand exports in the Pacific Northwest will likely multiply the number of tankers, some carrying dense, messy tar sands oil, passing through Puget Sound by five times. This high volume of tanker traffic will raise the likelihood of a disastrous oil spill.

    Thankfully, the Washington Department of Ecology is in the process of establishing rules to enforce a new oil spill cleanup bill. In order to make sure that the state is ready to protect the Sound in the event of a spill, we must pressure the Department to require better spill training and the best clean up technologies.

    Puget Sound is one of our nation's largest and most productive estuaries, so Washington must learn from the lessons of the BP Gulf spill and act to protect this precious resource.

    Join us in telling the Washington Department of Ecology to strengthen its oil spill cleanup measures and preserve Puget Sound.

  • Keep San Onofre shut down

    Earlier this year following a radioactive leak, new equipment critical to the reactors' operation failed key safety tests and the reactors were shut down. The plant remains closed and the plant’s operator, Southern California Edison, is currently maneuvering to convince regulators that the reactors are safe enough to restart by the end of the year.

    On September 24, the Del Mar City Council will be considering a resolution to request that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission ensure the safety of the San Onofre nuclear reactors before allowing either to restart. The resolution also requests that the California Public Utilities Commission conduct an investigation to protect ratepayers from unfair rate hikes to foot the bill for the defective equipment.

    Please use the form below to send a message to thank the members for considering this resolution -- and urge them to vote for it!

  • President Obama: Take a stand against climate change by stopping the Keystone XL pipeline

    In a summer of devastating storms and crippling drought, the impacts of climate change are more apparent than ever. And yet, the Keystone XL pipeline would risk our air, water and climate to pipe the most polluting fuel available -- tar sands oil -- through our heartland to the coast for export. With the pipeline split into two parts to expedite its construction, grassroots activists and landowners have stepped up to physically block the southern half from threatening their communities.

    Though President Obama initially rejected Keystone XL, he has since reversed his position, rubber-stamping the southern portion and pledging to fast-track the State Department's review of the northern leg.

    One year ago coordinated activism, including a massive protest at the White House, yielded clear action from the Obama administration. Now, the need to act is even more dire. We must tell President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline and have the State Department review consider the drastic impact these tar sands would have on our climate.

    Add your name to the petition below and let President Obama know that it’s time to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable and protect our climate, natural resources and communities.

  • Ted Craver: Don’t gamble our safety or money on crippled nuclear reactors

    Stand up for a safe California

    The San Onofre nuclear reactors run by Southern California Edison, a subsidiary of Edison International, pose a significant threat to the safety of Californians. The reactors have been shut down since January following a tube  failure that released radiation. Subsequent investigations have shown that nearly brand-new steam generators in both reactors have unprecedented levels of damage – damage that could have resulted in a  massive release of radiation.

    Edison International’s CEO, Ted Craver, once said that if and when to restart the San Onofre nuclear reactors would be the biggest decision he makes as CEO. Send him your note today urging him to make the right decision – Protect Southern California and keep the San Onofre reactors shut down.

    Sign the petition: Urge Ted Craver to do the right thing for our safety and the economic health of Southern California.


  • Tell President Obama to support a Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street
    Small change for the banks, big change for the planet

    At a time when the costs of climate change are visibly mounting, there exists an untapped source of funding that would provide support for climate solutions and other environmental and social goods. The Robin Hood Tax -- or a micro-tax levied on financial transactions -- would generate hundreds of billions of dollars in much-needed revenue for health, education and environmental programs.

    The Robin Hood Tax would create relief for people abroad and at home who disproportionately bear the consequences of climate change and irresponsible financial behavior. Individuals including Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, as well as more than 1,000 economists, have endorsed the tax, while at least 40 countries already have financial transaction taxes in place.

    Please sign below to ask President Obama to put his support behind a Robin Hood Tax.

  • Tell the FDA: Reject genetically engineered mosquitoes in the Keys

    Tell FDA: Reject GE mosquitoesA private, British company called Oxitec wants to use the Florida Keys as its first testing ground for releasing genetically engineered mosquitoes in the U.S. wild.

    The U.S. has no laws on the books to properly regulate the field release of genetically engineered bugs and other animals, so Oxitec has applied for Food and Drug Administration approval under antiquated regulations meant for "new animal drugs."

    Under this process, Oxitec's plan could be approved at any time -- with little to no warning or public input and without a rigorous, independent scientific review of the bugs' potential health and environmental impacts.

    Tell the FDA: Reject Oxitec’s risky experiment and halt approval of all genetically engineered animals until we have laws capable of protecting public health and our environment.

  • Tell Congress: Support the End Polluter Welfare Act

    Tell Congress: End fossil fuel subsidiesThe End Polluter Welfare Act, introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), is the boldest, most comprehensive proposal ever introduced to end fossil fuel subsidies, eliminating more than $113 billion in direct subsidies, loopholes and tax breaks over 10 years.

    This bill would free up billions of taxpayer dollars to fund clean and sustainable technologies and other public needs -- instead of propping up centuries-old dirty fuel companies polluting our clean air, water and climate.

    You can help build momentum for ending fossil fuel subsidies by asking your members of Congress to co-sponsor the End Polluter Welfare Act. (You can send a thank-you message if Sen. Sanders or Rep. Ellison represent you.)

    Please use the form below to urge your representative and senators to co-sponsor the End Polluter Welfare Act today.

  • Tell Congress: Support the End Polluter Welfare Act

    Tell Congress: End fossil fuel subsidiesThe End Polluter Welfare Act, introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), is the boldest, most comprehensive proposal ever introduced to end fossil fuel subsidies, eliminating more than $113 billion in direct subsidies, loopholes and tax breaks over 10 years.

    This bill would free up billions of taxpayer dollars to fund clean and sustainable technologies and other public needs -- instead of propping up centuries-old dirty fuel companies polluting our clean air, water and climate.

    You can help build momentum for ending fossil fuel subsidies by asking your members of Congress to co-sponsor the End Polluter Welfare Act. (You can send a thank-you message if Sen. Sanders or Rep. Ellison represent you.)

    Please use the form below to urge your representative and senators to co-sponsor the End Polluter Welfare Act today.

  • End $113 billion in polluter tax subsidies!
    End Fossil Fuel Subsidies: Sign the Petition

    Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Keith Ellison recently launched new legislation that would repeal more than $110 billion tax-breaks, handouts, and subsidies for the fossil fuel industry over the next 10 years.

    As you can imagine, the fossil fuel industry is going to fight back hard, so we need to come out as strong as possible. We've joined up with other groups to gather as many signatures as we can to show our support.

    Please sign below to add your name to the list of Americans who are backing this legislation to end tax subsidies to the polluting fossil fuel industry. 

  • Tell EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson: Prevent the rubber-stamping of the Keystone XL pipeline through Oklahoma and Texas.

    EPA: Stop the rubber-stamping of Keystone XLIn less than 45 days, Canadian oil giant TransCanada could receive the rubber stamp it wants to build the southern leg of the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline from Oklahoma through Texas to the Gulf Coast -- unless we convince the Environmental Protection Agency to intervene.

    News broke last week that, in addition to submitting its re-application to the State Department for the transboundary, northern half of its pipeline, TransCanada has also submitted its application for the only federal permit it needs to start building the southern half -- a water permit from the Army Corps of Engineers. The Army Corps of Engineers, which has an abysmal environmental track record, has a maximum of 45 days to approve or reject TransCanada’s application. Or, if they do nothing it will be approved by default.

    The EPA regional office already objected to this fast-tracked approval process -- and pressure from you will help convince EPA headquarters to stop it.

    Please sign the letter below to tell EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to prevent the rubber-stamping of the Keystone XL pipeline through Oklahoma and Texas:

  • Demand transparency in the Trans-Pacific free trade agreement!

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a massive new trade deal involving at least nine Pacific countries, from the U.S. to Australia to Vietnam.  It will likely impact and undermine important regulations and protections for people, and the environment. Despite the far-reaching nature of the Trans-Pacific free trade agreement, the U.S. Trade Representative has refused to release the negotiating proposals for public scrutiny.

    Back-room trade deals benefit big corporations at the expense of the environment.  We need your help demanding that U.S. officials move the Trans-Pacific free trade agreement negotiations into the light of day. 

    Please sign the petition below by May 4 to demand that U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk publicly release the negotiating proposals for the Trans-Pacific free trade agreement. 

  • Tell senators: Stop corporate tax dodging, fund climate solutions

    Stop corporate tax dodgers, fund climate solutions.By cracking down on tax loopholes exploited by big corporations, we can begin restoring fairness to our tax system and generate funds for climate solutions and other urgent public needs.

    The Cut Unjustified Tax Loopholes Act (S. 2075), introduced by Senators Carl Levin and Kent Conrad, would make billions of dollars available to tackle climate change and improve people’s lives -- simply by making wealthy corporations contribute their fair share of taxes.

    The first step to passing the CUT Loopholes Act is getting more senators on board as co-sponsors. (If your senator is already a co-sponsor, you can send a thank-you message.)

    Please use the form below to urge your senators to co-sponsor the CUT Loopholes Act today.

  • Tell Boxer and Feinstein: Lead in protecting Californians from dangerous reactors

    The two nuclear reactors at San Onofre in southern California were shut down after almost brand-new equipment critical to their operation failed key safety tests -- and even leaked radiation.

    But Southern California Edison, wants to restart them as early as June 2012 risking further breakdowns and a radioactive crisis that could endanger millions of Californians.

    Senators Boxer and Feinstein chair key committees overseeing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- and they can intervene.

    Please email your CA senators today. Urge them to use their oversight authority to ensure San Onofre's malfunctioning reactors remain shut down.

  • Don't let Iowa raise electric rates to subsidize new reactors

    [Photo by Edibobb via Wikimedia Commons]

    The nuclear industry’s dirty secret is that it cannot afford to build new reactors without public handouts.

    In Iowa, MidAmerican Energy lobbyists are working hard to push a bill, House File 561, through the legislature. This bill would allow MidAmerican to raise electricity rates on Iowans so that it can fund the construction of risky new nuclear reactors. What's worse is that MidAmerican gets to keep the money -- even if it cancels the project.

    A vote in the Iowa Senate could come as soon as tomorrow.

    Please email your state senator now and urge him or her to oppose a rate increase for nuclear reactors.

  • Stop Iowa from raising electric rates to subsidize new reactors

    [Photo by Edibobb via Wikimedia Commons]

    The nuclear industry’s dirty secret is that it cannot afford to build new reactors without public handouts.

    In Iowa, MidAmerican Energy lobbyists are working hard to push a bill, House File 561, through the legislature. This bill would allow MidAmerican to raise electricity rates on Iowans so that it can fund the construction of risky new nuclear reactors. What's worse is that MidAmerican gets to keep the money -- even if it cancels the project.

    A vote in the Iowa Senate could come as soon as tomorrow.

    Please call your state senator now and urge him or her to oppose a rate increase for nuclear reactors.

    1. Call the Iowa Senate Switchboard at 515-281-3371 and ask the operator to connect you with your state senator. (You can use the legislature's "Find Your Legislator" page if you are not sure who your senator is.)

    2. Deliver your message. Below is a sample script. Please be courteous.

    "Hello. My name is [_____] and I'm calling from [CITY]. I was upset to learn that the Iowa legislature is considering allowing MidAmerican Energy to raise customers' electric rates to pay for new nuclear reactors before they are even built. It's especially unfair that we'd be stuck with the higher fees even if MidAmerican stops construction or cancels the project. I urge Senator [_____] to vote against this bill, House File 561.

    "The ongoing nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan has shown again that the safety and environmental risks of nuclear reactors are simply too high. Iowans should not have to bear the financial costs either. Please put the needs of Iowa consumers before special interest dollars and do all that you can to stop this bill."

    3. Let us know how your call went by sending us a message via the form below. Your notes help us with our advocacy. Thanks for speaking out!

  • Tell Obama: Cutting corners for TransCanada is unacceptable

    Protesters at the White HouseTransCanada is splitting the dirty and dangerous Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline into two segments in an attempt to avoid a full environmental review and to fast-track the southern half from Cushing, Oklahoma, to the Gulf Coast in Texas.

    In little more than 60 days, President Obama has moved 180 degrees in the wrong direction. He rejected the permit for Keystone XL and insisted on a full and fair federal review process on January 18. Then, on March 22, he stood in front of TransCanada pipe and ordered an expedited federal review of the southern leg, promising to "cut through the red tape" and "get it done" -- in effect, putting the interests of Big Oil above the health and safety of people and our climate.

    Grassroots pressure compelled President Obama to reject Keystone XL the first time around. We must hold the president accountable now.

    Tell President Obama to stop cutting corners for TransCanada and put the health and safety of people first.

  • Phone your senators: Reject attempts to revive Keystone XL

    24 hours to stop Keystone XLIn 24 hours, Americans sent more than 802,000 messages urging senators to reject any attempts to revive the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline.

    The Senate could vote soon on an amendment that would force approval of Keystone XL. Every call you make will help convince wavering senators to stand with us.

    Can you phone your senators now and tell them to reject the Keystone XL pipeline?

    1. Call the congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak with one of your senators. (You can call again to reach your second senator.)

    2. Deliver your message. Here is a sample script you can use:

    "Hello. My name is _________ and I am a constituent calling from [CITY, STATE]. I’m calling because in 24 hours alone, Americans sent more than 802,000 messages opposing the Keystone XL pipeline. I expect you, and your colleagues, to stand with us against Big Oil, and reject any attempts to resurrect this dangerous tar sands oil pipeline that threatens ecosystems, water and our climate.”

    3. Report the results of your call using the form below.

  • 24 hours to convince senators to reject Keystone XL

    24 hours to prevent senators from reviving Keystone XLWe have 24 hours to keep the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline dead.

    The Senate could vote as early as Tuesday on a deal that would greenlight construction of the pipeline -- overturning President Obama's rejection of Keystone XL last month.

    Help us reach our goal of delivering 500,000 messages demanding that senators reject the Keystone XL pipeline before the vote.

    The clock is ticking! Add your name to this petition to senators using the form below.

  • 24 hours to convince senators to reject Keystone XL

    24 hours to prevent senators from reviving Keystone XLUpdate: We've delivered 802,180 messages to the Senate -- thanks for helping us blow past our goal! Now can you help us flood the Senate will phone calls to ensure our message gets through? Go to www.foe.org/kxl for instructions on making your call.

    We have 24 hours to keep the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline dead.

    The Senate could vote as early as Tuesday on a deal that would greenlight construction of the pipeline -- overturning President Obama's rejection of Keystone XL last month.

    Help us blow past our goal of delivering 500,000 messages demanding that senators reject the Keystone XL pipeline before the vote.

    The clock is ticking! Add your name to this petition to senators using the form below.

  • Stand up for forests

    NAMM lobbying against forestsThe National Association of Music Merchants, which represents businesses that manufacture, distribute or retail musical instruments or products, is having its trade show in Anaheim, California this weekend. Unfortunately, NAMM has been supporting the RELIEF Act, a bill that would weaken protections against illegal logging of forests. If enacted, forests, wildlife and communities would be in greater danger. Stand with Friends of the Earth, musician Razia Said and others to ask NAMM to stop lobbying against forests.

    Sign the petition to urge NAMM's President and CEO Joe Lamond and Chairman Kevin Cranley to reconsider their support for the RELIEF Act.

  • Thank President Obama for rejecting Keystone XL

    President Obama: Thanks for rejecting KXL!The Obama administration stood up to big oil corporations and rejected the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline. This dangerous project would have made climate change worse and imperiled the health of people all along its route from Canada to Texas.

    Please send a message of thanks to President Obama for taking this stand for people’s health and livelihoods and for a safe climate.

  • Halt the release of genetically engineered mosquitoes in the Florida Keys

    Keep genetically engineered mosquitoes out of the KeysA private company called Oxitec wants to release potentially harmful genetically engineered mosquitoes in the Florida Keys as early as late spring of this year, in what would be the first-ever U.S. release of these engineered bugs.

    There are too many unanswered questions about the ecological and health impacts of these mosquitoes. State and federal agencies have yet to fully study them and there are no laws on the books to properly regulate the release of these bugs into the wild. Furthermore, we found that Oxitec was concealing evidence from the public about how many of its engineered mosquitoes could survive.

    An outpouring of public opposition from Floridians is our best shot at stopping Oxitec's plans.

    Please use the form below to tell the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services that Floridians should not be used as field experiments.

  • Halt the release of genetically engineered mosquitoes in the Florida Keys

    Keep genetically engineered mosquitoes out of the KeysA private company called Oxitec wants to release potentially harmful genetically engineered mosquitoes in the Florida Keys as early as late spring of this year, in what would be the first-ever U.S. release of these engineered bugs.

    There are too many unanswered questions about the ecological and health impacts of these mosquitoes. State and federal agencies have yet to fully study them and there are no laws on the books to properly regulate the release of these bugs into the wild. Furthermore, we found that Oxitec was concealing evidence from the public about how many of its engineered mosquitoes could survive.

    An outpouring of public opposition from Floridians is our best shot at stopping Oxitec's plans.

    Please use the form below to tell the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District and the Florida Department of Agriculture that Floridians should not be used as field experiments.

  • Tell Obama: Keep your promises on Keystone XL

    Activists circle the White House to say no Keystone XLOn November 10, the Obama administration hit the reset button on the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline, announcing it would explore a new route and seek a new environmental review.

    Oil industry beholden Republicans in Congress then refused to pass a payroll tax extension deal unless it forced President Obama to make a decision on the pipeline within 60 days.

    With the deadline of February 21 looming, the president has only one option: He must reject Keystone XL -- and he needs to know we will hold him to that.

    Please send this message to President Obama: A fast-tracked deadline -- and the great harm this project would cause -- means you must reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

    Take action now using the form below.

  • Help stop cruise ship dumping in all of Puget Sound

    Orca in Puget SoundOn December 1, we achieved a ban on cruise ship sewage dumping in the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.

    Now you can help protect human health and all of Puget Sound's marine resources from cruise ship pollution.

    The Washington State Department of Ecology, the Port of Seattle and the regional cruise industry association have agreed to consider our probosal to ban cruise ship wastewater dumping in Puget Sound -- and the deadline for comments in support of the ban is February 13.

    Please use the form below to express your support for a ban on wastewater dumping.

  • Tell the FDA to Just Label It!

    There are no laws in the U.S. requiring labeling of genetically engineered foods, even though 93 percent of Americans believe they have a right to know. Friends of the Earth and a coalition of more than 300 groups are working to change this through the “Just Label It!” campaign.

    Our friends at the Center for Food Safety have filed a petition calling on the Food and Drug Administration to require labeling of all genetically engineered foods, which studies show pose serious risks to our health, wildlife and the environment.

    Help us flood the FDA with comments about the importance of food labeling so consumers across America will know what they are buying.

    Send a public comment today to tell the FDA to Just Label It!

  • Tell Congress: Get behind a carbon tax

    A carbon tax would make polluters pay for the damage they inflict on people and the planet and help head off the worst impacts of climate change -- all the while raising hundreds of billions in revenue to protect crucial programs like Social Security and Medicare.

    We must start injecting this progressive, pro-environment solution into budget debates. By signing this petition, you will show your representatives -- and our  progressive allies in Congress -- that there is public support for this win-win solution.

    Show your support for a carbon tax by signing this petition to Congress today.

  • Don't let Iowa raise electric rates to subsidize new reactors

    [Photo by Edibobb via Wikimedia Commons]

    The nuclear industry’s dirty secret is that it cannot afford to build new reactors without public handouts. This is why it is trying to increase electric rates for proposed nuclear reactors in Iowa now, even though the power would not come online for years -- if ever. If construction stops or MidAmerican Energy cancels the projects, consumers would still be stuck with the rate increases.

    The Iowa legislature is considering a bill that would allow MidAmerican to charge consumers for these unbuilt reactors. Under similar legislation in Florida, families have seen their rates rise substantially, as cost estimates continue to increase for a plant that still isn't constructed. It is unfair for the Iowa legislature to allow MidAmerican -- a private utility company -- to make Iowans responsible for the financial risks.

    We successfully stopped this bill from moving forward last year, but MidAmerican has lobbied to bring it back for this session.

    Use this form to ask your state senator to oppose the rate increase and stand up for Iowa consumers. Enter your zip code to get started.

  • Stop the frankenfish!

    Before the FDA can approve genetically engineered salmon, Congress is taking action to stop frankenfish in its tracks. Senator Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Representative Don Young (R-Alaska) have introduced bipartisan legislation in Congress that would ban genetically engineered fish entirely. Or, if that fails, an alternate bill would require companies to at least put a sticker on any product that contains frankenfish to let Americans know what they are eating.

    Please write your members of Congress and urge them to co-sponsor the anti-frankenfish bills (or say thanks if they already have).

  • Call for a halt to reactor construction and ultimately, an end to nuclear power in the U.S.

    Scanning for radiationThe nuclear disaster at Fukushima is a heartbreaking reminder of the dangers inherent to the nuclear industry. Radioactive contamination has turned up everywhere from school yards to food crops. And clean up of the crippled reactors could take decades. More and more people in the U.S. are learning that no reactor -- new or old -- is safe.

    Take action today. Tell your representatives that Americans want to move away from nuclear power and the first step is a moratorium on new construction.

  • Tax Wall Street greed to fund global needs

    Tax financial transactionsAs a top climate polluter and the world's largest economy, the United States owes the world a whole lot when it comes to climate change. The Investing in Our Future Act (H.R. 755) introduced by Representative Pete Stark (D-Calif.) would create climate and health funds to help developing countries by taxing Wall Street greed.

    By placing a tiny levy on an untaxed financial market, the Investing in Our Future Act could raise $5 billion in urgently needed funds for climate change and health programs in impoverished countries, while reducing the budget deficit here at home.

    We need your help to build momentum for this important piece of legislation.

    Please urge your member of Congress to co-sponsor the Investing in Our Future Act today.

  • Faraway fantasy fuels or immediate solutions?

    wind turbinesTell Energy Secretary Chu to invest research funding in technologies that can help solve global warming now

    In a 2009 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said, “I’m hoping that the American people will wake up” and face the challenge of global warming. Since then, Chu has been taking a nap of his own. His Department of Energy has spent hundreds of millions of dollars investing in so-called “advanced” biofuels that, at best, are decades away from production and will likely never be commercially-viable. in the meantime, existing technologies that need just a little support to succeed, like wind, solar, and energy efficiency projects, have been left in the dust.

    Secretary Chu says he understands the need for immediate solutions, but he has been focusing research money on expensive, dirty and even dangerous biofuel fantasies.

    Tell Secretary Chu to stop wasting money on false solutions and to direct resources to feasible alternative energy before we run out of time.

  • We can't afford another ocean disaster!

    Ask President Obama: “What about the other disaster in the Gulf?”

    After the Gulf oil disaster, President Obama began publicly espousing his support for the biofuels industry and even advocated greater U.S. funding for dirty, polluting corn ethanol.
     
    Yet corn ethanol production is driving another massive pollution disaster in the Gulf. A Massachusetts-sized “dead zone” where no aquatic plants or animals can thrive is growing and is caused largely by chemical runoff from corn production.

    Current studies show that even if we used all of our cropland to grow corn for biofuels, we’d only reduce oil imports by two percent. We need our elected officials to stop funding the corn ethanol industry in order to prevent more economic and environmental damage in the Gulf -- and to focus on real solutions.

    Hold President Obama accountable for the other pollution disaster in the Gulf -- tell him that we can’t substitute one dirty energy source for another.

  • Biofuels: Driving up food prices and increasing poverty

    Tell USAID to stop supporting biofuel projects that make poverty worse.

    All around the globe, the rush for biofuels is driving up prices for land and food and pushing rural peoples even further to the margins.

    Recent studies show that biofuels are the primary economic driver behind inequitable land acquisitions in the Global South, in which corporations or private investors buy massive swaths of land and use them for crop production for biofuels. These “land grabs” displace marginalized communities and often increase rates of environmental degradation, hunger and poverty.

    Yet institutions like the World Bank and the U.S. Agency for International Development are still promoting biofuels as a “sustainable development” solution. Palm and sugar cane plantations may result in "economic growth" by making a few big corporations and banks richer, but they also often result in the clearing of forests that are critical to people’s livelihoods, and the growth of crops for fuel to feed far-away automobiles instead of hungry people.  

    Tell USAID that you don’t want your tax dollars to fund biofuel crop plantations that increase world poverty.

  • Congress -- Biofuels aren't cheap or green!

    The cost of dirty corn ethanol adds up.

    Did you know that the U.S. is projected to spend more than $400 billion to subsidize the corn ethanol and soy biodiesel industries from 2008 to 2022?  The U.S. government is using taxpayer dollars for everything from tax breaks to loans to mandates to subsidies -- and almost all of the money goes to big corporate polluters like Archer Daniels Midland and BP.

    Not only is the process of producing ethanol expensive for taxpayers, but ethanol actually has lower fuel efficiency than normal gasoline and can severely damage engines, making it even more expensive for the public.

    It’s time we let our representatives know they need to put the interest of the environment and the public  first -- we cannot afford to pay corporations to pollute our air, water and soil.

    Ethanol is not green, and it is definitely not a cheap alternative to oil.

    Tell Congress: No more federal support for dirty biofuels!

  • No False Solutions!

    Tell Congress: Ethanol is a false solution to energy independence

    We need to end our dependence on dirty fossil fuels, but biofuels aren’t the answer. In fact, it’s impossible to make enough biofuel in the U.S. to end dependence on oil because there simply is not enough land to grow biofuels and support natural ecosystems and food production.

    We’d have to convert all of our farmland in America to grow corn for ethanol to replace even two percent of our oil imports. In fact, producing ethanol actually requires huge amounts of oil and petroleum to run the farm machinery and produce the pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals used during the growing cycle. Yet, lobbyists for the ethanol industry claim that biofuels will eliminate the need for foreign oil. That’s simply not true -- biofuels cannot not end our dependence on oil.

    Complete the form below to tell your members of Congress that ethanol is a false solution to energy independence.

  • Biofuels hurt family farms!

    Tell USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to stand with family farmers -- not corporate corn ethanol producers.

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has shown leadership by working with the Department of Justice to investigate major agribusiness conglomerates like Archers Daniels Midland for possible antitrust violations. Yet at the same time, he’s pushing policies in favor of dirty biofuels that would transfer even more power and wealth to these same big corporations. More corporate consolidation of agribusiness means family farmers get squeezed tighter and tighter. 

    Tell Secretary Vilsack to stop promoting policies that are bad for the environment, bad for our food system and bad for family farmers.

  • Pledge climate action

    Join Friends of the Earth activists in pledging to fight for climate solutions that protect people and the planet.

    I pledge to myself -- and to people and the planet:

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    Keep the Clean Air Act Intact

    The Clean Air Act -- the key existing federal tool to cut the pollution that causes global warming -- is under attack.

    Anti-environment, climate-change-denying politicians are aiming to roll back the Clean Air Act as a tool to reduce dangerous climate pollution. We need to remind our representatives that a clean environment should come before the greed of big oil and dirty coal.

    Please join us in the fight to save the Clean Air Act by sending your senators a message today. Just enter your zip code below to get started.