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Greenpeace Pirates?

Greenpeace Pirates

A Russian court has just formally charged 28 Greenpeace activists from around the world, along with a freelance photographer and videographer, with piracy.

If convicted, each could face up to fifteen years in a Russian prison. All for the crime of peacefully protesting oil drilling in the Arctic. It’s the most serious threat to Greenpeace’s environmental work since French secret service agents bombed and sunk the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior — killing a crew member — back in 1985.

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But we didn’t back down then and can’t back down now — no matter how far those in power go to silence the people who speak out against Arctic oil drilling and environmental destruction. With your support, we can stop drilling in the Arctic just like we stopped French nuclear weapons testing three decades ago.

The scene from the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise two weeks ago was almost unbelievable.

Using a helicopter and ropes, fifteen armed Russian special forces agents boarded the ship and started rounding up everyone onboard, assembling them on the helideck and taking control of the ship. The crew was eventually moved to the main area of the ship and put under guard while the ship was towed to the Russian city of Murmansk.

It was in Murmansk where, just yesterday, the last of the Greenpeace activists and the two freelancers were charged with piracy. They’re not pirates. Peaceful protest isn’t piracy. It’s the voice that our environment desperately needs right now.

Don’t let that voice and the voices of those charged with piracy in Russia be silenced. Please help support our work to save the Arctic and protect the environment by making a gift today.

Greenpeace doesn’t take a dime from corporations or governments so we can do what’s necessary to protect the environment. Especially when corporations and governments are the ones threatening our environment in the first place.

We rely entirely on financial support from people like you to do the work that we do. I wouldn’t want it any other way. Thanks for all you do.

Sincerely,

Phil Radford
Greenpeace USA Executive Director

P.S. A Russian court has just formally charged 28 Greenpeace activists, along with a freelance photographer and videographer, with piracy for protesting Arctic drilling.

The Heart of America

Through the Heart of America

I admit it. When I hear news about the Keystone XL oil pipeline, I know it’s a massive threat to our environment, but I don’t often think of it as a threat to our own country.

The truth is, while it’s often Canadian and other foreign oil companies pushing for the pipeline, it would run right through the heart of America.

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That means potential environmental and health devastation right in our backyards.

Keystone XL is our fight too.

We can’t let the oil companies win and put our environment, our families and our world in danger!

Send a message to TransCanada CEO Russ Girling today: Stop the Keystone XL project before it damages the very fabric of our heartland!

Thank you for taking action,

Ellen B.
Care2 and ThePetitionSite Team

Pristine Amazon Threatened

Dear Friends,

There is one area of the Ecuadorian Amazon that is so pristine that the whole ecosystem has been preserved and even jaguars roam free! But the government is now threatening to go in and drill for oil.

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The local indigenous people have been resisting, but they are afraid that oil companies will break up the community with bribes. When they heard that people across the world might stand with them and make a stink to save their land, they were thrilled. The president of Ecuador claims to stand for indigenous rights and the environment, but he has just come up with a new plan to bring oil speculators in to 4 million hectares of jungle. If we can say ‘wait a minute, you’re supposed to be the green president who says no one can buy Ecuador’, we could expose him for turning his back on his commitments just as he is fighting for re-election.

He doesn’t want a PR nightmare right now. If we get a million of us to help this one community defend their ancestral land and challenge the president openly to keep to his word, we could start a media storm that would make him reconsider the whole plan. Sign the petition now and tell everyone — let’s help save this beautiful forest:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/oil_in_the_amazon_8/?bMPbqab&v=21318

After Texaco and other oil companies polluted Ecuadorian waters and irreversibly devastated precious ecosystems, Correa led his country to be the world’s first nation to recognize the rights of “Mother Earth” in its constitution. He announced Ecuador was not for sale, and in Yasuni National Park promoted an innovative initiative where other governments pay Ecuador to keep oil in the ground to protect the rainforest rather than destroy it. But now he’s on the verge of selling out.

Shockingly, the Sani Isla Kichwa land is partly in Yasuni National Park. But even more shocking is Correa’s bigger plan — in days government officials begin a world tour to offer foreign investors the right to drill across 4 million hectares of forest (an area larger than the Netherlands!) Ecuador, as any country, may argue it has the right to profit from its natural resources, but the constitution itself says it must respect indigenous rights and its amazing forests, which bring millions in tourist dollars every year.

Right now, Correa is in a tough fight to win a second term as president. It’s the perfect time to make him honour his environmental promises and make this green constitution come to life. Sign now to stand with the Kichwa people and save their forest:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/oil_in_the_amazon_8/?bMPbqab&v=21318

Our community has fought year after year to protect the Amazon in Brazil and Bolivia, and won many victories standing in solidarity with indigenous communities. Now it’s Ecuador’s turn — let’s respond to this urgent call for action and save their forest.

With hope and determination,

Alex, Pedro, Alice, Laura, Marie, Ricken, Taylor, Morgan and all the Avaaz team

Don’t Frack California

Dear Gabriel,

ban_fracking_CA_180California still has zero regulation to protect our health and water from dangerous fracking — but that’s not stopping the Bureau of Land Management from auctioning off almost 18,000 acres of land for oil drilling and fracking next week.

Fracking contaminates precious water with toxic chemicals, generates cancer-causing air emissions, and in California could pollute crucial agricultural water and lands in the Central Valley, as parts of Monterey, San Benito and Fresno counties are being auctioned off.

California’s environmental regulators are still drafting fracking regulations and fracking is exempt from many critical environmental laws like the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act, so the BLM’s rush to auction off federal mineral rights puts Californians totally at the mercy of the fracking industry and should not move forward.

Tell Bureau of Land Management California State Director James Kenna: Don’t frack California. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Each fracked oil well permanently contaminates millions of gallons of water with toxic chemicals that can leak into nearby water sources and wells. That puts California’s farming communities, many of which sit on top of oil that would be extracted with fracking, at risk in cases of fracking spills, accidents or leaks. Worse, because many of the oil leases being sold by the BLM are underneath private land, farmers may not even have a right to say no to oil development on their land!

We know what the result of California’s rush to frack will be if we don’t stop it now. In states like Pennsylvania, Texas and Colorado, fracking is making landowners sick, killing livestock, poisoning water, devastating rural land values, and even possibly introducing toxic chemicals into our food supply, all while making us more reliant on planet-warming fossil fuels.

Many of these devastating effects are irreversible. That’s why it’s so important for the BLM to put its foot on the brake now, before selling off rights to oil companies to move ahead with totally unregulated fracking in California.

Tell Bureau of Land Management California State Director James Kenna: Don’t frack California. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Thank you for standing up to the fracking industry.

Zack Malitz, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

Whale Meat for Lunch

Dear Gabriel,

The world is finally getting wise to the serious ethical and environmental problems with consuming whale meat. You’d think with demand dropping, the Japanese would finally let go of their devotion to whaling.

Instead, Japan has introduced a host of measures to prop up the whaling industry and force more whale meat onto people’s plates.

Japan’s barely legal whaling industry continues under the auspices of “science.” But the industry has operated at a loss for years, costing the government roughly $60 million every year to sustain. Instead of giving up, Japan is doubling down, loosening regulations on sales and increasing the amount of whale meat in school lunches, even though it would increase kids’ risk of mercury poisoning.

It’s time for Japan to get with the program and realize that the world doesn’t want whale meat.

Tell Japanese officials to stop prolonging the long-awaited abandonment of whaling.

Thank you for taking action,

Emily V.
Care2 and ThePetitionSite Team

No Fracking California

We have enough water issues – we don’t need flammable water, too!

Dear Gabriel,

Fracking is the dangerous method of oil and gas drilling that’s causing poisoned water and air in Wyoming, earthquakes in Ohio, and tap water that lights on fire in Pennsylvania.

Fracking is happening here in California, too.

Yet state regulators have no idea where, or how much our state is being fracked — and even worse, California has no laws to ensure we are protected from fracking!

Last week, Vermont became the first state to pass a ban on hydraulic fracturing. As gas companies scramble to expand this risky drilling practice, Governor Brown needs to follow Vermont’s lead and stop the unregulated fracking of California, now.

Tell Governor Brown: Ban Fracking in California. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

California has some of the best environmental and public health protections in the country. And our state understands all too well the importance of our water, and keeping it clean.

But on fracking, we are dangerously behind, leaving our water at risk.

Fracking uses millions of gallons of our precious water, mixed with secret, toxic chemicals, pumped deep underground at high pressure to release trapped pockets of oil or gas — a process that has contaminated groundwater water across the country with toxic chemicals and gas.

Yet California’s Monterey shale formation — which stretches from Monterey County and the Central Valley to the Northern Los Angeles area, is a top prize for frackers. We can’t wait until a drilling disaster to take action.

Tell Governor Brown: Ban Fracking in California. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Despite the dangers, fracking also remains unregulated at the federal level. In a massive giveaway to his buddies at Halliburton, Dick Cheney exempted fracking from federal regulation in his 2005 energy bill.

Now, efforts to regulate the practice have met tremendous opposition from polluters, who appear to get the upper hand at every step.

President Obama has repeatedly caved to the gas industry, and substantially weakened new federal rules to reduce air pollution from fracking, to regulate it on federal lands, and even refused to take action to ban diesel fuel from fracking fluid.3

In California, the State Senate was considering a bill that would have set the strongest standards in the nation for companies to disclose the chemicals used in fracking fluid. But pressure from the gas industry stalled the bill, and now it has been hopelessly watered down.4

Governor Brown shouldn’t continue allowing fracking to move forward as we wait for rules that may or may not be sufficient to protect our state.

Thank you for defending California from fracking.

Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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