Here is some important news and several pro-environment actions that can be taken for the weeks of April 15-30, 2013.
1) ONLINE ACTION: 350.ORG
A Million Comments Against Keystone XL
Sign on to this petition
2) ONLINE ACTION: 350.ORG
Open Letter to Obama calling for bold climate action.
3) Do the Math Screenings and House Parties: 350.ORG
Participate in public screenings of 350.org’s movie “Do The Math” on
Sunday, April 21st. You can find organized events nearest your zip code
by visiting the Screening Search Site.
4) ONLINE ACTION: Friends of the Earth to the US Army Corps of Engineers
Stop the Northwest from becoming a conduit for dangerous coal exports
To date, more than 150,000 people have made their voices heard expressing serious concerns regarding the issue of exporting coal from the Pacific Northwest. Add your name to this petition.
5) IMPORTANT TED TALK: Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig identifies the central source of our failure to function as a democratic republic: financial control of legislation from a powerful wealthy elite.
6) BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE RAILWAY, COAL SHIPPERS RECEIVE NOTICE OF INTENT TO SUE FOR COAL CONTAMINATION IN WATERWAYS.
Coal export proposals would worsen existing water
Click here for detailed information.
By BNSF’s own figures, the four daily coal trains travelling through Washington heading to Canada or to the state’s last remaining coal plant combine to lose a staggering 120 tons of coal dust per day. Local residents and conservation groups are concerned that the problem will only worsen if coal companies receive approval to move forward with their hotly contested plan to develop five coal export sites in Washington and Oregon, which could send an additional 60 trains through Washington daily.
Coal mined in the Powder River Basin located in Wyoming and Montana breaks apart easily and contains mercury, arsenic, uranium, and hundreds of other toxins harmful to fish and human health. Under the Clean Water Act, anyone dumping pollutants or fill into U.S. waters must first obtain what is known as a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit or a Section 404 dredge and fill permit.
“Coal is a toxic pollutant and this action today seeks to stop illegal pollution and keep our river free of dirty coal,” said Brett VandenHeuvel, Executive Director of the Columbia Riverkeeper. “The threat of coal export makes this lawsuit even timelier.”