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!

 

Post Weekend Blog – Hands Across The Sand

18588934_1314472921939746_6418179450578168124_oWow, we had a super busy weekend! And this is how Saturday began, Hands across The Sand at the Virginia Beach oceanfront with Oceana Virginia , Chesapeake Bay Group -Sierra ClubMothers Out Front – Mobilizing for a Livable Climate, Surfrider VB, several more climate/environmental organizations and hundreds of concerned citizens and activists. Our goal is awareness –  🚫Don’t Drill VA!

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We had an amazing turnout! We drew a human line in the sand in protest to drilling off our coast and in support of clean energy, like offshore wind. Off shore drilling would have a profound negative impact on our environment, our local businesses, our beaches and our citizens.

 

 

This weekend has only reinforced that fact that we have to be even more vocal and more active within our communities politically to be the change and keep our country beautiful, clean and environmentally safe!

 

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World Oceans Day

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The ocean is the heart of our planet. Every June 8th we celebrate World Oceans Day to honor our ocean and do something to protect it!

How are you helping our planet’s blue heart?

From WorldsOceanDay.Org

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?

Plan your event and submit it to the event listings

Find a planned event to attend

Spread the word about ocean conservation: Share it online

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Rent For Living On The Planet

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Passing along some good reads on extinction of species,  climate change and lack of empathy and how it affects and will affect us as human beings and the world we all need to learn to better care for and live in harmony with.

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Good Grief 

“Ours is a world of rapidly increasing sameness. And as we lose more and more species to extinction, as more and more forms of otherness pass into the night, it has seemed crucial to me that we extend our empathy to these other forms. The embodiment of that empathy is our protection.”

—Lydia Millet, award-winning novelist and Center writer. Read more.

 

 

 

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THE EXTINCTION CRISIS – It’s frightening but true: Our planet is now in the midst of its sixth mass extinction of plants and animals — the sixth wave of extinctions in the past half-billion years. We’re currently experiencing the worst spate of species die-offs since the loss of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Although extinction is a natural phenomenon, it occurs at a natural “background” rate of about one to five species per year. Scientists estimate we’re now losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the background rate, with literally dozens going extinct every day [1]. It could be a scary future indeed, with as many as 30 to 50 percent of all species possibly heading toward extinction by mid-century. More….

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Species List | Endangered, Vulnerable, and Threatened Animals | WWF 

 

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Earth is on brink of a sixth mass extinction, scientists say, and it’s humans’ fault

A vast chunk of space rock crashes into the Yucatan Peninsula, darkening the sky with debris and condemning three-quarters of Earth’s species to extinction. A convergence of continents disrupts the circulation of the oceans, rendering them stagnant and toxic to everything that lives there. Vast volcanic plateaus erupt, filling the air with poisonous gas. Glaciers subsume the land and lock up the oceans in acres of ice.

Five times in the past, the Earth has been struck by these kinds of cataclysmic events, more….

 

 

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Make A Difference Today

Extinction is an enormous problem but don’t be overwhelmed. Together, we can fight it on all fronts and curb extinction and species loss. We can’t do everything at once but each action you take matters. Much much more…

 

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Actor Leonardo DiCaprio meets with scientists, activists and world leaders to discuss the dangers of climate change and possible solutions.

Now Streaming 

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The Extinction  Clock

“Extinction has got to be the second saddest word – right behind genocide. It is an ugly word, an enormous word – the end of an entire world. But it is also a personal word. It is the tragic death of individuals, the end of so many stories.
World Clock endangered species stats come from the World Wildlife Fund (and other sources) which has tackled the challenging task of counting endangered species. It is a difficult and time consuming job since most creatures do not fill out census forms.
Extinctions are very roughly estimated because nobody knows exactly how many species exist on earth. And, of course, nobody knows how many of the unknown species are disappearing each year. Scientists guess that extinctions are between a few hundred and a few hundred thousand. We chose a conservative figure of 10,000 extinctions per year.”