Protect Endangered Species in Illinois

Protect Endangered Species in IL

Oppose IL HB2425/SB1336 which threaten endangered species

Email your IL Senator & Representative

Right now, protections for endangered and threatened species in Illinois are under attack.
Anti-wildlife members of the Illinois State Legislature, emboldened by the Trump administration and its Big Ag and fossil fuel allies, are fighting hard to gut the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Act.
If we don’t stop them, it could spell trouble for monarch butterflies, owls, birds, turtles, and other imperiled wildlife.

OPPOSE the Toxic Pebble Mine

Toxic Pebble Mine

Tell the Army Corps that You Oppose the Mine!

The Trump administration is recklessly rushing the approval of the Pebble Mine, the highly controversial gold and copper mine proposed for Alaska’s pristine Bristol Bay. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently released a draft environmental impact statement that completely ignores potential catastrophic wildlife destruction and impacts to local commercial fisheries. You can put pressure on the Army Corps by telling them to reject the Pebble Mine proposal.

Email the Army Corps during Public Comment Period ending May 30

Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act

Protect Arctic Refuge

Urge your US House Rep to cosponsor the Act

Email your U.S. House Representative

Restore vital protections for Alaska’s pristine Arctic Refuge.
The long-fought battle to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — our nation’s greatest wildlife sanctuary — is heating up on Capitol Hill. Right now, a new bill is moving through Congress that would block the Trump administration’s disastrous plan to allow destructive oil exploration and drilling in the Arctic Refuge and restore protections to this pristine wild place. Legislation is the only surefire way to protect the Arctic Refuge permanently from fossil fuel development. We need your help to mobilize massive public pressure on every representative in Congress to support this critical bill.

Oppose HB 1633, which tries to squash protest

Squashes protest

Infamous HB 1633:

  • Squashes protests with heavy penalties
  • Responds to Standing Rock protests
  • Supported by American Petroleum Institute, Koch Industries, Energy Transfer Partners
  • Opposed by ACLU, Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights, Greenpeace, Save Our Illinois Land, National Lawyers Guild
  • Read more HERE

Contact your IL Representatives:

  • 51st District, Mary Edly-Allen, Email, Springfield: 217-782-3696, Libertyville: 224-206-7647
  • 58th District, Bob Morgan, Email, Springfield: 217-782-0902, Highwood: 847-681-8580
  • 59th District, Daniel Didech, Email, Springfield: 217-782-0499, Buffalo Grove: 847-478-9909
  • 60th District, Rita Mayfield, Email, Springfield: 217-558-1012, Waukegan: 847-599-2800
  • 61st District, Joyce Mason, Email, Springfield: 217-782-8151, Gurnee: 847-855-8600
  • 62nd District, Sam Yingling, Email, Springfield: 217-782-1664 Round Lake Beach: 847-231-6262

OPPOSE oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Secretary of the Interior

Oppose oil Lobbyist Bernhardt

Call Senators

OPPOSE oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Secretary of the Interior.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth: ‭(202) 224-2854‬ Sen. Dick Durbin: (202) 224-2152‬

Trump is trying to force his most conflicted cabinet nominee yet through the Senate confirmation process. Trump’s nominee for Interior Secretary is a former fossil fuel lobbyist and a walking conflict of interest.
David Bernhardt used to represent the same oil and gas interests that want to mine and drill in our National Monuments and gut our endangered species protections. Now, he has been nominated to run the Department of the Interior — the agency that oversees oil and gas leasing on our public lands and waters. If confirmed, he’ll surely continue Trump’s plan to destroy Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. Bernhardt served as former Interior Secretary Zinke’s number two before Zinke was forced to resign last year. During that time, Bernhardt’s former fossil fuel industry clients began receiving favorable decisions from the Department of the Interior.

IL 2019 Clean Energy Lobby Day

Clean Energy Lobby Day

On Thursday, May 9

  • Join The Illinois Environmental Council, Sierra Club Illinois, and Faith in Place
  • State Capitol in Springfield for 2019
  • Buses available: Buses will be departing from the Chicago Loop and South Side, River Forest, Schaumburg, Waukegan and Champaign. Or you can travel on your own.

RSVP is required

(Directions for RSVP: Choose the second page, Clean Energy Lobby Day. Then choose bus, or on your own–driving or Amtrak. Next page, put in your info.)

This event is a great way to learn the ropes at the Capitol with other Illinoisans who share your desire to see our state lead the way into the clean energy future. Lobby days have been vital in passing important environmental policies in past years (including the Future Energy Jobs Act), and it’s more important than ever that we make sure state legislators hear our concerns loud and clear. To make sure we are heard, we will be rallying in front of the Capitol building at noon!

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Tell your Members of Congress to support the Green New Deal

Act on Climate Chang

CALL: Sen. Tammy Duckworth: ‭(202) 224-2854‬ Sen. Dick Durbin: (202) 224-2152‬

Rep. Brad Schneider:  ‭DC- (202) 225-4835‬ ‭Lincolnshire- (847) 383-4870‬

Our planet doesn’t have any more time to waste: we need serious climate action now, whether McConnell and his pro-polluter allies want it or not. The Green New Deal resolution and its strong call for climate action have generated undeniable enthusiasm for climate action across the country. We must make sure climate change is this new Congress’s top priority: Urge your senators and representative to heed this call and support strong legislation that will help move us to 100% clean energy, repair our infrastructure, protect our air, water, and lands from President Trump’s attacks, expand our clean energy economy, and avert climate catastrophe.

Stop Trump’s assault on energy efficiency!

Stop Energy Efficiency Attacks

Tell Trump’s DOE: Protect energy efficiency standards

  • help cut carbon emissions
  • reduce consumers’ utility bills
  • stave off climate catastrophe

Send email now!

Trump and his Department of Energy (DOE) want to drastically weaken two critical energy efficiency initiatives that save consumers billions in energy costs and slash millions of tons of carbon pollution per year. NRDC is fighting back on all fronts and will take the fight to court if necessary.

What to do when discouraged: Americans of Conscience Checklist

Jen Hofmann: Maybe you’ve been feeling it too—the news, the president, the border wall, the climate crisis, racist people in power, international corruption. We’re well past the two-year mark, and it’s still the same awful dudes at the top making worse decisions by the day.

Can we take a moment to just be honest about how overwhelming this is—and what to do about it?

When nothing seems to change, it’s demoralizing. It’s beyond infuriating. It’s enough to make you want to turn off the news, close the laptop, recycle the paper and just ghost it for the next two years.

At the core of this overwhelm and frustration is a flawed thought: I can change this myself.

If you’re accustomed to being listened to and respected… If you’re the kind of person who has had even fleeting success in life… If you’re like me and overcome big challenges, then we have been under the spell of the same limiting narrative.

In the words of Marshall Goldsmith, “What got you here will not get you there.” While you are no doubt capable person, what we’re facing right now—nationally and globally—is like nothing we have ever seen. Solving what lies ahead of us will take more than what’s gotten us this far. Our own willpower isn’t enough. A few letters or phone calls aren’t enough. No heroes—including ourselves—will turn this ship around.

This truth takes time to accept. It takes a deep breath and a willingness to be curious. The truth is you cannot change the outcome alone. Neither can I. None of us can.

Only we can.

Only we can create that change—with skills like cooperation, community, cohesion, collaboration—that will see us through this dark night of the planet’s soul. The roots of each word is “co”, meaning together. Only with others can we create a kind, flourishing world. However (and this is hard), it means banishing the idea that your outrage and effort alone can fix this. It can’t. Only together can we right the wrongs, heal what has been broken, and overcome the obstacles ahead. Together.

So, take a breath. Pause to feel the truth of this. Notice if you’re willing to accept an invitation. Will you commit to more “co-” into your life?

Thankfully, you and I are part of a movement of people who believe strongly enough in a better future to work for it. Even if you didn’t realize it. Even if you just forgot. It’s still true. This week, pause to remember when you dial the phone or write a postcard that thousands of other hearts doing the very same.

For it’s in community that we persevere, and together we create a better, brighter future.

This is from Jen Hofmann, author of the Americans of Concience Checklist.
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