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Help Keep Trash Out of Our Oceans … repost


Each year, countless marine animals and sea birds are endangered by the flow of trash into our oceans. The fact is, Sea turtles are entangled and choked by plastic and discarded nets. Whales mistake trash bags for food and perish. And, let’s not forget the harmful impact contaminated marine environments have on human beings. Plastic also attracts and concentrates other pollutants from surrounding seawater, posing a contamination risk to those species that then eat it. Scientists are studying the impacts of that contamination on fish and shellfish.

From plankton to whales, animals across ocean ecosystems have been contaminated by plastic. Plastic has been found in 59% of sea birds like albatross and pelicans, in 100% of sea turtle species, and more than 25% of fish sampled from seafood markets around the world.

Marine debris isn’t an ocean problem—it’s a people problem. That means people are the solution. Ocean Conservancy is committed to keeping our beaches and ocean trash free. For more than 30 years we have organized the International Coastal Cleanup, where nearly 12 million volunteers from 153 countries have worked together to collect more than 220 million pounds of trash. And we’re not the only ones who care about ocean trash: Every day, all over the world, concerned people take the problem into their own hands by cleaning up their local waterways.

Tackling the problem of plastic in the ocean begins on land. Reduction in plastics use, especially of single-use disposable products, and the collection and recycling of plastics in developing countries can help to reduce the amount of plastic waste that enters the ocean.

At our International Coastal Cleanups, volunteers have picked up more than half a million straws and stirrers, making straws one of the top ten items on our annual list. Straws pose a real danger to animals like sea turtles, albatross and fish who can eat them. Take action today: #SKIPtheSTRAW !

Add your voice to the sea of people taking a stand for the ocean. Sign the pledge now and when offered a straw, simply say ‘no thanks.’

We can’t afford to trash our planet – so let’s do something about it.

Trash Travels – even if you do not live near the ocean, you can take action in your community to make sure litter does not end up in our waters.

Please Teach your kids to recycle properly … Save our Planet

resource: Earth Day Network, Ocean Conservancy

One Cent More


A Higher Minimum Wage Would Hardly Impact Wal-Mart At All


Read the whole story here.

BONUS: Today, our President & CEO Tom Perriello bids adieu to us here at CAP Action as he heads to the State Department and its Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (click here to learn what that complicated-sounding project actually does). Thanks for your leadership, Tom, and good luck!

Help us give the gift of life


Thank you for your support this year. Because of you we are closer to metting our goal of planting ten million trees within the next five years.


In the new year, you can give the gift of a sustainable future by donating to plant trees in the world’s poorest communities.

Trees bring joy and festivity into people’s homes, it’s a symbol of new life.

But for many people, trees aren’t just about joy and celebration. They’re about providing food for their children, securing their land from erosion and feeding their livestock. They’re about providing long-term economic and environmental sustainability.

Each dollar you donate will help plant one tree.

Now, through Earth Day Network’s Canopy Project, you can even donate to plant a plot of trees in someone’s name and send it as a gift.

Your gift will help people and the planet we share.

Give the gift of trees today! 

-The Earth Day Network Team

P.S. – Check out the special gifts from our partner

This holiday season, let’s fix our kids’ schools

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This holiday season, Earth Day Network is working to protect over 50 million children at our nation’s K-12 schools, and we are asking for your help.

Studies prove that a green and healthy school means higher test scores, less violence, high teacher retention, fewer sick days, and children who are more optimistic about life.   That’s why Earth Day Network has made a commitment to green every school in America.
In 2014, with your generous donation, we will:

  • Install solar on thousands of schools to reduce energy; teach kids about green technologies; and reduce schools’ energy bills.
  • Bring healthier foods to hundreds of low-income school districts and work with their parents and communities to ensure that our kids are eating right every day.
  • Bring environmental and civic education to thousands of schools to teach our kids about the challenges and opportunities that climate change and other environmental issues present.

We’re working in cities and towns across the US to build cleaner, greener, more efficient schools and we need your help. For every dollar you donate Earth Day Network will work around the clock to make sure our children inherit the future they deserve.
Thank you for your support! Happy holidays from Earth Day Network.
PS. Check out our special gifts with every donation

Giving Tuesday: Your Chance to Save the Asian Elephant

On Giving Tuesday — a worldwide effort to act for the common good — you can do something amazing.

You can save the Asian elephant. And, working together, it may be our last chance.
With their populations already endangered due to human expansion, deaths by high speed railroad trains are driving elephants over the brink.
On November 13, a high-speed train in the Jalpaiguri district slammed into a herd of elephants crossing India‘s wider faster “Killer Tracks.” Five adult elephants and two calves were slaughtered and 10 more were severely injured, their bodies so demolished that at first officials could not take an accurate death toll.
With thousands of miles of railroad tracks passing through areas inhabited by elephants, train deaths are mounting and the NYTimes reports that activists and wildlife officials have repeatedly met with transportation officials in hope of minimizing collisions.
Now, Earth Day Network’s India office has launched a large-scale emergency campaign to save the Asian elephant.
Community leaders, lawyers, school children, elephant experts, teachers, and local government officials have joined with Earth Day Network in this ambitious effort.
With your help, we will:

  • Implement a simple but effective early warning system to prevent elephant deaths from railway accidents.
  • Initiate a citizen suit to eliminate the environmental impact exemption for railways.
  • Build and mobilize a broad national citizens’ movement to support environmental impact requirements and protect Asian elephants.
  • Work to develop a lasting stewardship program among local community leaders.

But we can’t do it without you. Please act now to save the Asian elephant!
Celebrate Giving Tuesday by making a donation to help save one of the world’s most incredible species.
Thanks for your support,
– The Earth Day Network Team