Countdown to Earth Day 2016: #16 Save Biodiversity

We are in the middle of the Sixth Great Extinction of animals and plants, the the highest rate of species die-offs since the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Extinction is a natural phenomenon which occurs at a natural rate of about one to five species per year. Scientists estimate we’re now losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the the natural rate — literally dozens of species are going extinct every day. Here’s what you can do … [Read more…]

Countdown to Earth Day 2016: #17 Overturn Citizens United

We need regulators and elective representatives who are financially independent of the industries they are supposed to be regulating. The Supreme Court’s holdings in Citizens United (2010) and similar cases have this impossible by allowing corporations to legally buy elections. One thing you can do to honor the Earth this Earth Day is to help get corporate money out of politics. Here’s how … [Read more…]

Countdown to Earth Day 2016: #18 Organize Your Community

One thing you can do to honor the Earth this Earth Day is to become an ecological voice in your community. Start by talking with your family and friends. Make it personal. Don’t rant. Talk about what matters to you. Talk about what in your life is threatened by the climate crisis. And when they are ready, talk with them about taking action. [Read more…]

Countdown to Earth Day 2016: #19 Take Direct Action

Direct action means strikes, demonstrations, or other public forms of protest. If you’re like me, and new to direct action, then here are some resources you can use. [Read more…]

Countdown to Earth Day 2016: #20 Vote Responsibly

One thing you can do to honor the Earth this Earth Day is to vote responsibly. Voting responsibly means knowing how your elected officials are influenced by big money. Campaign politics tends to focus on issues: where the candidates say they stand. But we all know that politicians will say a lot of things to get elected. And we also know that politics is really driven by campaign contributions. But few of us know how our own elected officials are influenced by money. Here’s how you can find out where your elected officials get their money. [Read more…]

Countdown to Earth Day 2016: #21 Divest from Fossil Fuels

Individual consumers do not have the power to change the system. The system is driven by big money. So the way to change the system is to take away the money. One thing you can do to honor the Earth this Earth Day is to support divestment from fossil fuels. This means demanding that large organizations which we support — like businesses, universities, churches, employers with retirement funds, etc. — no longer invest their money in the fossil fuel industry, and instead invest their money in ecologically responsible ways. [Read more…]