Monday, May 25, 2009

Support Wildlife Adapation Funding in ACES Bill

Last week the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed H.R. 2454 -the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) marking the first time a legitimate climate bill has advanced this far in the House.

The bill itself is a big first step in the direction of capping carbon pollution that causes global warming. The bill would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 17% by 2020 and 42% by 2030 as well as promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.
It is an effort long overdue. Scientists project that carbon emissions already released to the atmosphere will cause sea levels to rise, mountain snowpack to melt, oceans to acidify, storms to worsen and floods and droughts to be more severe. Were we to do nothing, a recent study showed the Earth's surface temperature could rise by nearly 10 degrees by 2100. Substantial dedicated funding for adaptation provisions are essential in order to safeguard wildlife and other natural resources from these impacts.

The American Clean Energy and Security Act includes funding allocation for natural resources adaptation that is sourced by the sale of emissions allowances. The annual percentage directed to wildlife adaptation would start at 1% in 2012 and rise incrementally to 4% in 2027. That would be a projected $4.52B based on EPA modelling of allowance prices. The funding is critical to putting programs in place to safeguard species. While it's in the bill as it's currently written, a lot can change before it becomes law.


The bill is expected to go before the full House before the August recess but could be modified in part in as many as 6 committees with authority over portions of the bill before then. The Senate isn't likely to move on it until late fall and it faces a tough battle there. It's important that your member of Congress knows you support natural resources adaptation provisions with adequate dedicated funding.


Call your member of Congress today and urge them to support H.R. 2454's natural resources adaptation provisions with adequate dedicated funding.


You can reach your member of Congress by calling the US Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.


For more information about safeguarding species in a warming world visit the
ESC website.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Happy Endangered Species Day!

Today is Endangered Species Day!

Endangered Species Day is a celebration of our nation's amazing wildlife and wild places. To learn about Endangered Species Day, visit www.EndangeredSpeciesDay.org

Every year, millions of people throughout the country celebrate Endangered Species Day at parks, wildlife refuges, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, libraries, schools and community centers.

Attend an Endangered Species Day event
You can find an Endangered Species Day event near you. You can participate in festivals, field trips, bird and wildlife watching, hikes, park tours, community clean-ups, film showings, classroom presentations, and many other fun activities. Events are happening this Friday and throughout the month of May. Please take a picture to show us how you celebrated Endangered Species Day. Send it to esc@stopextinction.org

Send an Endangered Species Day e-card

American Greetings has created a cool Endangered Species Day e-card with beautiful photos of endangered species. Send a card to your friends and family to celebrate the occasion.

Send the Endangered Species Day e-card here.

Thank you for helping to save endangered species

Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for people young and old to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and everyday actions that people can take to help protect our nation’s disappearing wildlife and last remaining open space. Protecting America’s wildlife and plants today is a legacy we leave to our children and grandchildren, so that all Americans can experience the rich variety of native species that help to define our nation.

Get involved at www.EndangeredSpeciesDay.org

Endangered Species Day is also a celebration of all of the people who work to protect our nation's wildlife and wild places. Thank you for your work to save endangered species.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Celebrate Endangered Species Day this Friday!

Endangered Species Day is this Friday, May 15th! Started in 2006 by the United States Congress, Endangered Species Day is a celebration of our nation’s wildlife and wild places. This year, millions of people will celebrate Endangered Species Day on Friday and throughout the month of May.

America is blessed with amazing wildlife: bald eagles and peregrine falcons flying in our skies, gray wolves and grizzly bears roaming the wilderness, Canada lynx and spotted owls in ancient forests, salmon and steelhead spawning in wild rivers, and whales and sea turtles in our coastal waters.

Celebrate Endangered Species Day and our nation's amazing wildlife and wild places.
To learn about Endangered Species Day, visit www.EndangeredSpeciesDay.org

For Endangered Species Day, parks, wildlife refuges, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, museums, libraries, schools, agencies, businesses, conservation organizations, religious organizations and community groups hold events to highlight the everyday actions that people can take to help protect our nation’s wildlife heritage. Events are happening this Friday and throughout the month of May. For an event near you, check out the list of Endangered Species Day events.

Plan your own event or activity with our Endangered Species Day toolkit. You can get downloadable brochures, flyers, stickers and more!

For teachers and other educators, we have developed educational materials including lesson plans and handouts. Check out the Endangered Species Day educational materials.

Children can submit artwork, posters and pictures to the Endangered Species Day Artwork Contest.

If your children are in the Girl Scouts, they can earn an Endangered Species Day Girl Scout badge!

Find out things you can do at home to protect endangered species. Start by picking one to do on Endangered Species Day and do the rest throughout the year.

Endangered Species Day is a great opportunity for people young and old to learn about wildlife, birds, fish and plants in your area and the everyday actions that you can take to help protect our nation’s disappearing wildlife and last remaining wild lands.

In addition to the Endangered Species Coalition, the many organizations supporting Endangered Species Day include: The Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the Girl Scouts of the U.S., the National Association of Biology Teachers, National Wildlife Federation, and the Native Plant Conservation Campaign.

Get involved at www.EndangeredSpeciesDay.org

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Senator Feinstein Introduces Endangered Species Day Resolution

Endangered Species Day is a celebration of our nation's wildlife and wild places. Started in 2006 by the United States Congress, Endangered Species Day is the third Friday of May.

This year, Senator Feinstein has introduced a resolution designating Friday, May 15th 2009 as Endangered Species Day. The resolution encourages the people of the United States to become educated about, and aware of, threats to species, success stories in species recovery, and opportunities to promote species conservation worldwide. It also encourages schools to teach about the threats to endangered species around the world and efforts to restore endangered species.

You can send a letter to your Senator asking them to support the Endangered Species Day resolution.

Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for people young and old to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and everyday actions that people can take to help protect our nation's disappearing wildlife and last remaining open space.

Every year, thousands of people throughout the country celebrate Endangered Species Day at parks, wildlife refuges, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, libraries, schools and community centers.

Protecting America's wildlife and plants today is a legacy we leave to our children and grandchildren, so that all Americans can experience the rich variety of native species that help to define our nation.

Endangered Species Day is next Friday, May 15th 2009. Get involved at www.EndangeredSpeciesDay.org