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This is it – a chance to finally defeat Gunns' destructive pulp mill once and for all!

Australia's Federal Environmental Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, will soon decide the process by which he will either approve or reject the Gunns pulp mill; the deadline for public comments is April 18th.

Please help us send a strong signal to  Minister Turnbull that he should require a proper assessment process and stop Gunns' attempt to push through a destructive pulp mill with no environmental standards!

Send in your public comment and let your voice be heard!

The Gunns pulp mill heads to Australia's federal government after being fast-tracked through the Tasmanian state government, just weeks after Gunns withdrew the pulp mill project from the legal assessment process (the RPDC). Gunns knew their pulp mill would never meet environmental standards and is now seeking to bypass all legal requirements by pushing through legislation that the media recently revealed was written by Gunns lawyers. Don't let them get away with it!

It's do or die for the Gunns pulp mill: if Minister Turnbull rejects this scandalous project, it will likely never be approved. If he gives it the green light, the future of Tasmania's old growth forests will be in serious jeopardy!

Your public comments could help keep Gunns' nightmare pulp mill from becoming a reality.

I recently returned from Tasmania where I was reminded that the island is home to some of the most magnificent old growth trees on Earth. In the Styx valley, I walked among trees as large as Sequoias and as tall as redwoods, feeling as though I was either in Lord of the Rings' Middle Earth or the Jurassic Age.

Sadly, I learned that the grove I was in was scheduled to be logged shortly!

If this pulp mill is approved, Gunns will double its wave of clear-cuts and firebombing ancient forests, but with your help, we could finally stop this project. Your voice is vital to saving these forests.

Please join us in standing for Tassie's remaining old growth forests.  

Thank you for all you do,

David Lee
Tasmania Campaign Director
Rainforest Action Network
http://www.treesnotgunns.org
http://www.ran.org

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This is your single best chance to make a life-saving difference to thousands of polar bears across the Arctic who are already suffering the effects of global warming.

For a brief period of time, the Bush Administration is accepting public comments on its proposal to protect polar bears under the Endangered Species Act.

Please vote for polar bear protection right now by
submitting your Official Citizen Comment at NRDC's new PolarBearSOS website.

With your help, we are going to generate a blizzard of Citizen Comments until the Bush Administration agrees to protect the polar bear and address the mortal threat posed by global warming.

As you well know, polar bears are completely dependent on Arctic sea ice to survive, but 80 percent of that ice could be gone in 20 years and all of it by 2040.

Polar bears are already feeling the effects: birth rates are falling, fewer cubs are surviving, and more bears are drowning.

Following our legal action last year, the Bush Administration took a big step forward by proposing to list the polar bear as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act.

But its proposal fails to designate "critical habitat" for the bear, even though melting habitat from global warming is the whole problem!

And the proposal refuses to identify the cause of global warming, as if the polar bear could be saved without reducing our nation's global warming pollution!

Your Official Comment -- when added to hundreds of thousands of others -- will put the Bush Administration on notice that we expect it to move ahead with polar bear protection that designates critical habitat and addresses global warming.

Click here to
submit your Official Citizen Comment to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service right now!

Sincerely,

Frances Beinecke
President
Natural Resources Defense Council

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The Sudanese government has thumbed its nose at all opportunities to cooperate with international efforts to end the violence.

The Bush administration has already developed "Plan B," a multi-tiered plan to push Sudan to end the genocide, but they keep delaying its launch. Adding to the frustration, despite the continuing mass-displacement and attacks, Special Envoy Andrew Natsios claimed last week that genocide is no longer occurring in Darfur.

We need your help to encourage President Bush and his advisors to launch "Plan B" before more lives are lost in Darfur.

Click here now to send a message asking President Bush to launch his plan to make Sudan cooperate with international efforts to end the violence.

The Sudanese government-sponsored genocide has already claimed at least 400,000 lives, displaced 2.5 million people and left more than 3.5 million men, women and children struggling to survive amid violence and starvation.

We simply can't afford to wait any longer.

That is why the Save Darfur Coalition is urging President Bush to:

  • Enact and enforce stronger sanctions;
  • Prepare and oversee the deployment of international peacekeeping forces;
  • Implement the U.N. authorized no-fly zone;
  • Fully fund the United States' share of peacekeeping and humanitarian aid; and
  • Develop a military contingency plan to respond to the potential collapse of security and humanitarian aid networks in Darfur.

We need your help to make sure they get the message right away.

Will you please sign our petition to the President today? Click here now to add your name and send a strong message to the White House to implement "Plan B" now.

Once you've signed the petition, please forward this email message to your friends and family and ask them to join you.

Thank you again for your dedication.

Best regards,

David Rubenstein
Save Darfur Coalition

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The Peruvian rain forest is one of the world's most biologically rich and diverse regions and provides habitat for wildlife such as the jaguar, harpy eagle and giant river otter.

Unfortunately, these creatures and their habitats are at risk from the unsustainable harvest of timber, particularly of big-leaf mahogany--a threatened species so valuable that it can lead to the destruction of large forest areas. Peru is the world's largest exporter of big-leaf mahogany, with 90 percent going to the North American market. 

»» TAKE ACTION: Send an email urging Peru to take immediate measures to conserve and sustainably manage mahogany.

The international trade in big-leaf mahogany is regulated by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and the Peruvian government has taken many steps to improve forest management and stop illegal logging. Despite these precautions, big-leaf mahogany continues to be harvested at unsustainable levels and illegal logging remains rampant.

Many of these trees are illegally logged in protected areas or on the lands of indigenous peoples who receive only a fraction of the actual value of the wood. Strong measures must be taken today if this species and the rain forest of which it is a part are to survive for future generations.   

Every year, Peru sets a quota for mahogany that determines how much can be exported. It is critically important that Peru sets a quota level that is sustainable and scientifically-based, and that can be verified as legally harvested. If that does not happen, WWF will urge countries worldwide not to import Peruvian mahogany.

Action is urgently needed as Peru is expected to announce its annual quota for mahogany exports in only a few days.

Please forward this alert to your friends and family. You can make a huge difference for the Peruvian rain forest and its creatures. Thanks for your help.

Sincerely,

Fred Prins
Peru Program Office
World Wildlife Fund

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President Bush has let the issue of global warming simmer on the back burner of his presidency for 6 years. The scientific community and the rest of the world has heard the oven timer go off, but last night, President Bush continued to ignore the alarm as he served up a plateful of tepid solutions to a worldwide audience.

While the chef may finally have acknowledged the brewing problem, he failed to rescue the planet from the oven. His so-called solutions of "clean" coal and nuclear energy are a recipe for disaster. Well, we're serving up a fresh new alternative to global warming with real solutions that don't rely on nuclear energy or coal. Our plan would cut global CO2 emissions in the U.S. by almost 75% within the next 43 years. In fact, renewable energy and greater energy efficiency can deliver half of the world's energy needs by 2050.

The President has failed to lead this country, or the world, on the issue of global warming. It's up to Congress to pull us out of the global warming fire, and time is running out.

TAKE ACTION Tell Congress to turn the oven off NOW.

It's time to start an energy revolution, NOW. We've come up with effective solutions, but we need YOUR help to get them implemented.

Sincerely,

John Coequyt
Energy Campaigner for Greenpeace

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Thousands of national park supporters--like you--have already signed the petition to Make National Parks a National Priority.

They've sent a clear message: Americans will not stand to see our national parks continue to decline.

Will you join them?

Click here to sign our petition to Congress and the Bush Administration. Tell them to fully fund our national parks.

If you saw President Bush's State of the Union speech last night, you know that he didn't--unfortunately--discuss the state of our national parks.

But you know that they're in trouble. And you should also know this:

In the next couple of weeks, President Bush will release his 2008 budget. He'll have a chance to increase the parks' funding--which they so desperately need.

That's why it's crucial that he hears from as many Americans as possible--right now.

When you sign the petition, you make sure Congress and the Administration know: 

  • Budget shortfalls of more than $800 million annually have led to a shortage of rangers, neglected trails, and dirty and deteriorating visitor facilities in our national parks.
  • Historic buildings in national parks are in need of repair. Roofs are caving in. Structures are boarded up.
  • There is only one interpreter for approximately every 100,000 park visitors, resulting in fewer educational opportunities in the parks.

Signing the petition only takes a minute. But it can make a real difference!

With a new Congress, we have an unprecedented opportunity to increase funding to our parks--by $250 million in 2008--and reinvigorate them by their 100th birthday, in 2016.

Together, we can make national parks a national priority--and reverse their decline.

From Gettysburg to Yosemite, from the Everglades to the Grand Canyon, our parks were set aside by past leaders who believed in preserving America's wildlife, our history, and our culture.  

Click here to demand that our current leaders restore the parks' budget. Sign the petition.

Our goal: 25,000 petition signatures to Congress and the Bush Administration by February 28, as Congress begins serious deliberations on the President's budget. Our leaders won't be able to ignore park underfunding any longer!

Thank you for taking action.

Thomas C. Kiernan
President of NPCA

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Peru can’t seem to see the forest for the trees… at least not when it comes to curbing the illegal logging of mahogany that threatens endangered jaguars and other wildlife.

Fortunately, there’s something we can do to help. Please urge your Representative and Senators to vote against the Peru Free Trade Agreement until Peru gets serious about stopping illegal mahogany logging.

The Peru Free Trade Agreement would sanction the destruction of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest -- home to jaguars, long-haired spider monkeys, blue-headed macaws, giant river otters and other endangered species.

The cause of the destruction: rampant, illegal logging of mahogany, an endangered tree species. The tree is considered so valuable that loggers stop at nothing to cut it down -- blazing roads into pristine rainforest in remote national parks for just three trees. 

And with the logging, comes hunting. Once in the forest, mahogany loggers kill jaguars for their skin and trap monkeys and birds for the pet trade.

Send Congress and Peru a message: Free trade shouldn’t mean illegal trade. 

Mahogany is protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).  However, Peru has failed to comply with the treaty’s rules, exporting thousands of cubic meters of mahogany that is illegally and unsustainably harvested -- over 90% of it imported to the United States.

The U.S.-Peru Free Trade Agreement now pending before Congress does nothing to require that the mahogany we import from Peru is legally or sustainably harvested. 

Please take action now -- Tell your Representative and Senators that you do not want to contribute to the destruction of the rainforest and urge them to vote “NO” to the U.S.-Peru Free Trade Agreement. 

For the Wild Ones,

Rodger Schlickeisen
President
Defenders of Wildlife

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Despite being America’s oldest national park, many aspects of Yellowstone are still undiscovered. For example, over 99% of the heat-loving microbes found in the park's thermal pools and geysers have yet to be studied or even named. Should researchers who make groundbreaking discoveries in national parks be required to share the benefits from those discoveries with the parks? The National Park Service thinks so--and so do we. Help assure that careful research in our national parks moves forward while protecting park resources and visitor experience.

TAKE ACTION: The National Park Service has proposed a plan that guides "Benefits Sharing Agreements" between parks and researchers to assure that parks benefit from discoveries made through study of park resources. NPCA believes that careful development of benefits sharing agreements can be positive for parks, as long as they are open for public review and assure that all park resources are protected.

Tell the National Park Service you support "Alternative B1" in their proposed Benefits Sharing Plan. Take action today!

-- NPCA

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Last week the 110th Congress was sworn in on Capitol Hill with new priorities and goals for 2007 and beyond.

The good news is that new Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has stated that one of her top agenda items will be to cut the most outrageous taxpayer hand outs to Big Oil passed by the previous Congress.  The House will then invest the savings in efficiency and renewable energy.

We need your help to make sure that this cleaner energy future becomes a reality!

If we are going to reduce our dependence on oil and protect the environment, we cannot afford to continue to squander billions in taxpayer handouts to Big Oil. 

According to a recent report by Friends of the Earth, "oil and gas companies continue to benefit from billions in handouts courtesy of American taxpayers.  Between tax incentives, royalty relief, research and development subsidies, these companies will receive more than $31.6 billion from the federal government over the next five years." 

With your help, we can ensure the success of the first step in the fight to reduce our dependence on oil, create a cleaner energy future, and reduce global warming.

Click here to tell your Representative to start the New Year off right by voting for clean energy legislation in the first 100 hours of the new Congress.

Please join us in telling Congress that we do not want our tax money lining the pockets of Big Oil any longer. Write your Representative today urging him or her to support clean energy legislation in the first 100 hours of the new Congress.

Once you've contacted your Representative, please click here to encourage at least three friends, family members or co-workers to join you in taking action.

Thanks for starting your New Year off right by taking action on this important environmental issue, and have a great 2007!

Sincerely,

Julie Waterman
Campaign Director, SaveOurEnvironment.org
info@saveourenvironment.org

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In its first 100 hours, lawmakers in the U.S. House have promised to pass meaningful, pocketbook reforms likely to help millions of Americans. But big oil, the drug companies and other opponents have already launched their attacks--and we must respond with a strong outpouring of support from constituents.

Take two minutes to tell your Representative in the U.S. House to vote YES for reduced drug prices and investment in clean energy technologies.

  • Drug prices: Right now, federal law prohibits Medicare from negotiating lower prices from drug companies, so consumers and tax payers pay more while drug companies make huge profits. A bill to repeal that prohibition will move to the House floor this week! The drug companies have geared up their army of lobbyists, so lawmakers need to know that you want them to vote YES.
  • Energy independence: After a year of record high gasoline prices and growing attention to the global warming crisis, the House will vote within days to roll back billions of dollars in oil industry subsidies and invest the savings in tax breaks that encourage alternative energy, conservation and efficiency. Big oil is not going to lose big government subsidies without a big fight. Lawmakers are ready to listen to you too!

All of these proposals will come to the floor of the U.S. House in the coming days. Help now!

And when you finish, please take a moment to tell your friends. We need tens of thousands of you to communicate with lawmakers in the coming days, and your friends can make a big difference.

Sincerely,
Minerva Novoa
Advocacy Web Site Coordinator
Consumers Union

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