Thursday 2/8 – One call for DACA support, and then the environment needs our help today.

#1 – Quick Support Call to your Rep. today for DACA!!

Minimal Script: Hi. I’m calling from [zip code] to thank Rep.for supporting the Dream Act (H.R. 3440) and family unification, and to demand no funding for a wasteful wall or surplus border staffing.

 

Call Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348

#2 – Person of Conflicting Interests (Call)

Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Sen. [__] to oppose the nomination of a Andrew Wheeler , a coal lobbyist and climate change denier for Deputy Administrator of the EPA.
Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430

and Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884

Other Senator Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

#3 – The Destruction of Bears Ears is only the beginning…(Call)

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources is considering legislation this week that would weaken environmental safeguards on, or outright give away, more than 630,000 acres of national forests, wildlife refuges and other public lands, clearing the way for private developers.

  •  S. 1222, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), which would exempt 8,000 acres of federal land from laws requiring taxpayers to be compensated when federal lands are sold or disposed of.
  • S. 1481, sponsored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), which would give away more than 175,000 acres (273 square miles) of public lands in Alaska to private corporations.
  •  S. 2206, sponsored by Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), which would remove protection from nearly 450,000 acres of national forest land in Montana.

Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Sen. [__] to oppose S1222, S1481 and S2206.

Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430

and Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884

Other Senator Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

#4 – Destruction of the Endangered Species Act is a “feature”, not a bug (Call)

The GOP are hoping you don’t notice riders to the 2018 budget that would gut the Endangered Species Act (ESA). One of the riders would strip critical protections from thousands of gray wolves in Wyoming and the Great Lakes region.

Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] calling to urge you to oppose the harmful anti-Endangered Species Act provisions in the 2018 appropriations bills. 

Call Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779

or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348

Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430

and Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884

Other Senator Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

#5 – Comment harshly on their drilling expansion – Deadline, March 9th (Written)

Trump has proposed opening 90% of U.S. waters to offshore drilling in what would be a massive windfall for Big Oil and a massive disaster for our environment. While our state attorneys  are working from their side,  the public need to tell the administration that this is unacceptable. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is collecting comments directly on the government link here comments this link. (We can also join 350.org and protest at BOEM public hearings near us, which we can find details on at this link)

Sample Comment here (mutate, shorten, add your own thoughts):
I am deeply disappointed in your proposal for the largest expansion of offshore drilling ever. In 2016, over 3.3 million people submitted public comments opposing the 2017 to 2022 draft plan, and thousands of people attended public meetings to show their support for protecting our oceans, coasts, and climate.

The draft proposal for 2019 to 2024 completely ignores what the public overwhelmingly supports — no offshore drilling. This decision also flies in the face of permanent protections that exist for the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans: protections that people like me support and that must remain in place to protect American waters, communities, and wildlife.

The previous administration did not propose drilling in the Pacific Ocean due to the steadfast opposition of western coastal states. Proposals for drilling in the Atlantic and the Arctic oceans were also dropped due to overwhelming opposition. This is true even in Republican-led states, like North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, where 90% of coastal cities passed resolutions against offshore drilling and/or seismic testing. Similarly, Shell gave up its plans to pursue oil in the Arctic because of the strong public opposition, extreme costs, risks, and difficulty of doing so.

It simply doesn’t make sense to go against the public will and pursue a 2019 to 2024 offshore oil lease plan. Please protect our oceans and coastlines from new offshore oil development.

Environmental Activities

Join in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count

 Friday, February 16, through Monday, February 19, 2018. 

It the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), a pivotal piece of legislation that continues to save countless birds’ lives. But birds are now facing many new and serious threats, including attacks on the MBTA itself.  We can read more about the Year of the Bird at Audubon.  We can help support birds by participating in the 21st annual Great Backyard Bird Count. In just 15 minutes in our own backyards we can help expand our understanding of birds. Let’s visit the official website at birdcount.org for more information. Let’s make this a fun family activity!

Keep track of what’s going on.

The Guardian’s environmental project “This Land is Your Land” investigates the threats facing America’s public lands. Let’s take a look at some of the current issues here. Let’s bookmark this page for future reference.  We can also sign up to receive their monthly newsletter. Let’s stay aware of issues and threats involving our precious public lands. Let’s be sure to tell our environmental activist friends about this important resource.

Keep track of what has already happened.

 

 

 

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