Natural Resources Defense Council
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Hey, guess what? You made it through today! Give yourself a pat on the back. Or, if you're a manatee, a pat on your shoulder because that's as far as your flipper can reach.
#ICYMI: The State of Michigan has committed to phasing out all its 500,000 lead service lines. The work will be completed in approximately 2040. Plus, the state is improving its lead public education and notification requirements, as well as banning the practice of replacing partial lead water pipes (except in rare emergency cases). This work will never make up for the disaster in Flint but will ensure that communities are better protected moving forward. Learn more in our profile link.
It’s hard to imagine the African landscape without giraffes. Many don't realize that giraffe populations have declined more than 40% in the past 30 years. Last year @nrdc_org, @action4ifaw, @centerforbiodiv@hsiglobal, and @humanesociety filed a petition urging the Fish and Wildlife Service to list giraffes as an endangered species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. But they haven't acted. So now we're urging the service to honor #WorldGiraffeDay by deciding what we already know, that giraffes warrant a listing. Read more in our profile link.
The Trump administration recently floated a draft rule that would eliminate protections against harming or killing species listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. But California lawmakers aren’t having it. They’ve proposed a bill that would ensure that those protections are maintained statewide, no matter what hostile rule changes come out of D.C. Tell Governor Brown to support this bill to save our wildlife from the Trump administration’s continuing attacks. Take action via the link in our profile.
One in every three bites of food we eat depends on bees and other pollinators . From apples to zucchini, bees alone pollinate $15 billion worth of U.S. crops every year. But bees are dying—an alarming 40% of honeybee colonies collapsed in the last year alone. This #PollinatorsWeek, take action to protect the species we depend on for so much. Take action via the link in our profile!
Summer is in full swing and millions of migratory birds—like this Western Tanager spotted in Wyoming’s Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge—are settling in for the season after spending the winter in Central and South America. Established in 1965, Seedskadee is where various other birds make themselves home during migration, including mountain plovers, Peregrine falcons, and trumpeter swans. But now that the Trump administration has stripped commonsense protections for more than 1,000 bird species, all these amazing creatures are at risk. NRDC has teamed up with @audubonsociety, @defendersofwildlife, @centerforbiodiv, and @americanbirdconservancy to fight Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke from gutting the 100-year-old Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which protects millions of birds every year. Learn more via the link in our profile!
Good news! The Pittsburgh City Council recently unanimously approved Climate Action Plan 3.0, which aims to reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent below 2003 levels by the year 2050. The city government will also stop using fossil fuel–powered vehicles and adopt a slate of other climate-preserving measures. The Steel City is showing President Trump how to act on climate! Learn more by visiting the link in our bio
Happy #SeaTurtleDay! Here, a green turtle hatchling makes its way to the ocean for the first time. To fight for protections for sea turtles and their habitats, visit the link in our profile.
Last year, the Trump administration approved TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline cross-border permit, ignoring the legal processes required to assess the environmental risks involved in transporting 830,000 barrels a day of dirty Canadian tar sands oil across the United States. Now the State Department is attempting to cover its bases by conducting an environmental assessment. But the facts are the same: The permit is still illegal, and the pipeline still threatens our land, water, and climate. NRDC has already filed a lawsuit, but now your voice can also help stop KXL. Submit a public comment before June 25. Visit our profile link to take action.
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The state of Michigan just set the strictest lead water rules in country, becoming the first state to not only require full lead service line replacement, but to also require the state’s water utility to replace and pay for the entire lead service line.
“These new protections can never make up for the disaster in Flint. And while they don’t solve the whole problem, they help ensure that other communities are better protected moving forward.” — @NRDC’s Cyndi Roper. To learn more, visit our profile link.
President Trump claimed that forging ahead with the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines would create 42,000 jobs. In fact, for Keystone XL, that number is fewer than 2,000 temporary jobs during construction and just 50 permanent jobs. And the Dakota Access pipeline was almost complete when he took office. Learn more via the link in our profile!