Last week, President Obama allowed Shell to move two big steps closer to offshore oil drilling in the Arctic this year. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) quietly caved and approved Shell’s waiver to exceed air pollution limits. And even worse, the Department of Interior has actually allowed Shell to begin drilling its first well in the Chukchi Sea. Drilling can start any day now, if it hasn’t already. Shell is still awaiting final approval to drill deep enough to hit oil, and drilling that deep takes about three weeks, but Shell has a deadline of September 24th to stop drilling in the Chukchi before the sea ice and winter weather start to return. Predictable, Shell has already asked the Department of Interior to extend its drilling window to the end of October. If we can stop that from happening, we can prevent the worst damage to the Chukchi Sea, at least for one more year. Tell President Obama and Secretary Salazar: Say No! to extending Shell’s Arctic drilling window.
As the economy picks itself up little by little, we have to make sure we aren’t delaying progress towards cleaner air, energy independence and more green jobs. Tell Congress that you want to hear their support for wind energy! Members of Congress continue to delay renewing the Production Tax Credit, an important financing provision for wind energy, Every day of stalling means more American jobs are in jeopardy. Already, wind turbine orders for next year are drying up, creating a crisis where layoffs are imminent. You can bet that the Big Coal and Oil Companies have plenty of allies in Congress, but when it comes time to invest in wind energy, the door is being shut. It’s up to you to help open that door again. We can’t say no to millions of clean energy jobs! Sign the petition.
Join a collective movement of farmers, gardeners and consumers who are demanding change in our food system. This month, NOFA-NY (Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York) is hosting its 3rd Annual NY Locavore Challenge. The NY Locavore Challenge is a first of its kind, month-long campaign aimed at engaging consumers across the state in actively supporting the local organic food movement. The 3rd Annual NY Locavore Challenge’s theme is 30 Challenges in 30 days. Each day during the month of September, NOFA-NY and its partners will highlight a fun food based challenge that participants can complete in their own home or communities. It’s not too late to join in!
Keep the latest generation of toxic chemicals and GMOs off your plate! Once again, the USDA and their friends at Monsanto, Syngenta and Dow Chemical are back at it, frantically working behind the scenes to rubberstamp new genetically engineered crops that are potentially damaging to human health and the environment with little or no serious scientific review to vouch for their long-term safety. Let Secretary Vilsack know your opinion.
Nearly one year ago a bottom up protest movement erupted in New York City, calling attention to the role of Wall Street in robbing the 99% and wrecking the economy. It was a movement that inspired millions. But Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a global leader of the 1%, unleashed his ‘private army’ to pepper spray, beat, arrest, imprison and evict the protesters. For the one year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street on September 17th, what will his response be this time?
Tell Mayor Bloomberg to respect Occupy’s right to peaceable assemble.