Does Your State Still Allow Puppy Mills?

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by: Care2 Team
recipient: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, etc…

Filthy cages, extreme temperatures, maggot-infested food, dirty water, emaciated dogs, and dogs covered in feces. Step into a puppy mill, and that’s the heartbreaking sight you’ll see, according to The Humane Society of the United States’ most recent Horrible Hundred report.

“Puppy mills” or “pet mills” refer to commercial breeders that force animals to continuously produce more and more young to feed the pet trade. Unfortunately, many of the animals end up in shelters and being euthanized.

Despite the horrific conditions in pet mills across the country, only two states – California and Maryland – have banned pet stores from selling puppies and kittens from commercial breeders. That means 48 states still allow these horrible places to exist.

Puppies and kittens don’t deserve this inhumane treatment. We need to take a stand and end this despicable practice now.

Does your state still allow puppy mills? Sign now to demand that it bans puppy mills for good!
https://www.thepetitionsite.com/423/052/971/does-your-state-still-allow-puppy-mills/

What’s Next For Climate Action?

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So most if not all Climate Strike events are winding down.
Now what?

 

1. make sure you’re actually registered to vote:

In the US you can double check here ➡️ Am I registered to vote?
Need help getting to the voter I.D. office or the polls, go here ➡️  carpoolvote.com
Then ask family, friends, and co-workers if they are registered.

2. donate:

Here are several of the organizations I support and you can support!

 3. join your local Climate Lobby:

The Citizens Climate Lobby is a great organization that will put you in touch with your legislators. They will help you successfully advocate for a carbon tax, and equip you with the tools to be a more active citizen.

4. check your investments & where you shop

Do they lobby, give money, or support the fossil fuel industry? Know where YOUR money is being spent!

5. email your reps & take action:

Take a look at your local Sierra Club Chapter and find the section where they have bills currently in your legislature and actions you can take to be involved.

6. stop using single-use plastics:

Hopefully you’re already doing this or in the process of converting but if not…? IHead over to ➡️  7 easy ways to ditch single-use plastics, and get started!

7. eat plant-based:

It’s that simple to lower your carbon footprint. You can start with Meatless Monday as a start. Then browse the web for some delicious Vegan/Vegetarian recipes and change your life and health, forever!

8. use green living solutions:

The Queen Of Green

9. change your bulbs:

Use only LED bulbs.

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Want even more ideas, there’s so much we as individuals can do!!?? Check out the links below for more ways you can take action and stay up to date on upcoming events to speak out about our defending precious planet And be up to date with statistics and trends relating to climate change. 

earthday.org

NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council)

Climate Kids

NASA

NOAA

The United Nations 2019 Reports On Climate Change

Canada take action –  The David Suzuki Foundation

One Minute Of Zen

“Take a minute to relax in the forest of the Jatun Sacha Biological Reserve, in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Listen closely—how many different kinds of birds can you hear?

The Rainforest Alliance was founded in 1987 to help conserve tropical rainforests, but don’t let our name fool you—since then, we’ve grown to work with forests around the world, from the Peruvian Amazon to the highlands of Sri Lanka, from misty islands off the coast of western Canada to the Appalachian Mountains of the eastern United States. Today, the Rainforest Alliance is a growing network of farmers, foresters, communities, scientists, governments, environmentalists, and businesses committed to creating a world where people and nature thrive in harmony. We are an international non-profit organization working to build strong forests, healthy agricultural landscapes, and thriving communities through creative, pragmatic collaboration. You can help. Want to learn more? Visit https://www.rainforest-alliance.org/”

Tackle the climate crisis — Congress must pass the Climate Action Now Act

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I signed a petition on Action Network telling Congress to Sign the petition: Tackle the climate crisis — Congress must pass the Climate Action Now Act.

Climate change is a global threat and the Trump administration dangerously continues to deny the issue. In 2017, Trump announced he would pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement, a landmark, global agreement to combat climate change.

In the almost two years since Trump’s announcement, the U.S. has experienced devastating climate change-driven events including floods, wildfires, and Hurricanes Florence, Maria, and Michael — costly wake up calls that we are NOT doing enough to prevent this global catastrophe.

In response to Trump’s pledge to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, Congress has introduced the Climate Action Now Act — legislation that would prohibit the Trump administration from using any funds to withdraw from the agreement and require the administration to submit a detailed plan to Congress on how the United States will meet its climate obligations. Assuring the United States has a seat at the table and a plan to meet its commitments under the agreement should not be a partisan issue. This is a crucial moment and an opportunity for every member of Congress to affirm that the U.S. will be a leader in addressing the climate crisis. The U.S. must recommit to the Paris Climate Agreement if we want to ratchet down carbon pollution in order to stave off the worst impacts of climate change. 

Can you join me and take action? Click here: Sign the petition: Tackle the climate crisis — Congress must pass the Climate Action Now Act

Thank You!

 

United Nations Report on Nature

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UN Report: Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’; Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’

Key Points:
1. Current global response insufficient;
2. ‘Transformative changes’ are needed to restore and protect nature;
3. Opposition from vested interests can be overcome for public good
4. Most comprehensive assessment of its kind;
5.1,000,000 species threatened with extinction

“Current global response insufficient;‘Transformative changes’ needed to restore and protect nature;Opposition from vested interests can be overcome for public goodMost comprehensive assessment of its kind;1,000,000 species threatened with extinction”

“Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ Pace.” ~ New York Times

Read More On The Report

Straws

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🌏 It’s estimated that Americans use over 500 million plastic straws a day ….that’s enough to fill 126 school buses! 😩 This plastic ends up in our beautiful waters and polluting Pachamama, our Mother Earth… affecting all lives on every level. 🌏

🌎 plastic straws take up to 200 years to degrade, but will never be fully off the Earth
🌎 shows us that straws/stirrers are the 11th most found ocean trash in cleanups, making up about 3% of recovered trash
🌎 straws are currently the 8th most found ocean trash in cleanups by quantity (January 2019)
🌎 straws and plastic polluting our oceans is having a negative impact on marine life
🌎 straws are also especially dangerous to seabirds, as they can be easily picked up and swallowed, suffocating and choking the bird
🌎 all gutters and storm drains lead to our ocean
🌎 sipping from a straw introduces air into the digestive tract. This can cause uncomfortable digestive symptoms, such as gas and bloating
🌎 most single-use plastic straws are made from polypropylene, a type of plastic commonly made from petroleum. Polypropylene is thought to be food-safe in amounts approved by the Food and Drug Administration.There is evidence that chemicals from polypropylene can leach into liquids and may release compounds that could affect estrogen levels, especially when exposed to heat, acidic beverages or UV light.

No matter what it just makes sense top create less trash!

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End Plastic Pollution

Disposable Plastic Straws Suck. Try These Disability-Friendly Alternatives

Earth Day 2019

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Earth Day Ideas

🍅 Grow a garden: Any amount of individual sustainability helps!

🌷 Plant Flowers: Feed the bees 🐝 and compost to feed your garden.

🚶🏻‍♀️Walk/Bike/Bus: Reduce your carbon footprint and get exercise all at the same time!

🛍 Shop Online: Reducing the amount of times you travel via car reduces your carbon footprint too!

🥶 Thermostat: Getting cold, throw on a sweater instead of cranking up the heat.

🥵 Thermostat: Hot? Strip down & make use of a fan. Fans don’t have as big an impact on the environment as air conditioning does.

📱 Donate or recycle electronics  responsibly. E-waste contains mercury and other toxics and is a growing environmental problem.

♻ Recycle & Reuse: Try to find and shop with extra uses for the items you buy. When you can forgo the bag and use a reusable instead! Also shop for recycled items.

📉 Stock Your Freezer: A full freezer actually uses less energy.

💡 Use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) when your older incandescent bulbs burn out.

🌳 Plant A Tree: In your yard, or donate to get trees planted!

🌱 Plant drought-tolerant native plants in your garden. Many plants need minimal watering. Find out which occur naturally in your area.

💧 Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85% of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water.

🏡 Use a drying rack or clothesline to save the energy otherwise used during machine drying.

🥗 Go Meatless: You can start with going meatless once a week. Meatless Monday is a great place for resources and tips! Eating less meat reduces your carbon footprint.

🚿 Take shorter showers to reduce water use.

🛀🏻 Take a bath instead of a shower, it uses less water & heat.


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Global Species Decline

What is happening to our species and their habitat?

Take Action

15 Gardein Recipes for Earth Day

The North Face wants to make Earth Day a national holiday

Earth Matters: “CBS This Morning” to report on every continent for Earth Day

You Can Help Our Rainforests

You can protect the Rainforest wildlife habit every day. When you click, their sponsors fund the preservation of habitat. Just click to give!

Every day areas of the rainforest are being destroyed at an alarming rate. We are losing an estimated 137 plant, insect and animal species each day , or more than 50,00 species per year. The Earth loses 18.7 million acres of forests per year, which is equal to 27 soccer fields every minute, according to the World Wildlife Fund. 

More than half of the world’s 10 million species call the tropical rainforests home and humans are the main cause of rainforest habitat destruction. We are cutting down rainforests for many reasons, including: wood for both timber and making fires; agriculture for farms; grazing land for cattle; pulp for making paper; road construction for work crews; and extraction of minerals and energy.

Rainforests are also threatened by climate change,  which contributes to droughts. Drought causes die-offs of trees and dries out the fallen leaves, increasing the risk of rainforest fires, which sometimes are even set by land developers, ranchers, plantation owners, and loggers. About half of the world’s tropical forests have been cleared, according to the FAO.  According to the WWF, It is estimated that 15 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions come from deforestation. In 2016, global tree cover loss reached a record of 73.4 million acres (29.7 million hectares), according to the University of Maryland.

The effects of losing the rainforest are far reaching and how high the degree of impact of the decline of rainforests still has many unanswered questions but one thing is certain, the effects are happening right now, it’s only a matter of how bad will it get, how bad will we allow it to get. 

Rainforest Facts – The Disappearing Rainforests

Daily clicks may seem like a small thing to do. But with these numbers of destruction daily, even us all doing this one small thing daily will make a direct impact on the conservation of this vital land and the stunning wildlife that call the rainforests ‘home’.

 

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Animals Who Call The Rainforest Home

Save The Fishies Facts – Sea Turtles

 

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Common Name: Sea Turtles
Scientific Name: Chelonioidea and Dermochelyidae
Diet: Omnivore
Average Lifespan: Unknown
Size: 2 Feet – 7 Feet Long
Weight: 70 to 1500 Pounds

Six of the seven sea turtle species are classified as threatened, endangered or critically endangered, due largely to human impact in the form of hunting, bycatch in fishing nets,pollution and climate change. Climate change affects the turtles by warming the temperature of the sand that the sea turtles eggs are laid in, which in turn affects the outcome of the hatchlings’ sex.

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How can you help? 
-Participate in local beach clean ups
-Use reusable bottles/bags/straws to minimize use of plastic
-Decrease ocean pollution

Why should you contribute? Sea Turtles are vital part of the Earth’s eco-system. They have been on Earth for nearly 65 million years. 🐢

Current Threats :
-ingestion & entanglement of debris
-Commercial fishing equipment
-Climate change & Beach erosion

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It’s the mission of Sand Cloud and it’s ambassadors, to give back to marine life. 10% of Sand Clouds profits are donated to organizations that support this cause.

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