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
Urge your US House Rep to cosponsor the Act
Email your U.S. House Representative
Email Charmin here
Canada’s boreal forest, known as the Amazon of the North, is being cut down to make toilet paper — threatening our climate, Indigenous communities, and the wildlife.
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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.
Sen. Tammy Duckworth: (202) 224-2854 Sen. Dick Durbin: (202) 224-2152
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.
(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.)
CALL: Sen. Tammy Duckworth: (202) 224-2854 Sen. Dick Durbin: (202) 224-2152
Rep. Brad Schneider: DC- (202) 225-4835 Lincolnshire- (847) 383-4870
Tell Trump’s DOE: Protect energy efficiency standards
- help cut carbon emissions
- reduce consumers’ utility bills
- stave off climate catastrophe
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.
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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