News Roundup & Action Opportunities!

Some more green news of the week: 1. The Weekly Standard Does Horrible Job Covering “Climategate 2”. The full post The Weekly Standard apart over on Media Matters is worth a read, but here are the key points from the piece (note: Hayward is the author): Hayward Cites Email About Page Limits To Claim That

The Climate Movement and Occupy Wall Street

We are all a movement for change for the better, whether that be towards a sustainable future, or whether it’s towards ending corporate rule over our economy. We must stand together for change, change that happens, change that makes sense, change that is in our hands, not in the hands of the 1% and not in the hands of people who put religion and their personal morals over our freedom.

7 Top Action Opportunities

Along with the many top activism stories I’ve shared in the past couple weeks, here are several more I keep forgetting to get to because I was saving them on email and not in my normal places. Check them out:

Tim DeChristopher — Is 2 Years in Prison Really Worth It? (+ Videos)

The buzz around the green and especially green activist blogoshere over the past 24 hours or so has been the sentencing of climate change and environmental activist Tim DeChristopher, whose actions we’ve covered in detail before here on Planetsave (click the link on his name to read more if you missed those stories). Of course, anyone with any sense of justice is outraged by the 2-year prison sentence DeChrsitopher has received. Will Potter of Green is the New Red has noted that he is getting more time than people who burned churches and threatened black leaders. The fact that he is going to prison for two years for stopping something that was illegal itself is quite insane. There are actually many insane things about this story that I could delve into, but I want to focus on something else….

Help Stop Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline {TAKE ACTION}

11 veteran U.S. and Canadian scientists and environmentalists (Maude Barlow, Wendell Berry, Tom Goldtooth, Danny Glover, James Hansen, Wes Jackson, Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, George Poitras, David Suzuki, and Gus Speth) have jointly called for non-violent disobedience in front of our grand White House this summer to try to stop the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Cerrado, Truly Precious Ecosystem, Under Threat {Take Action}

Ever heard of the Cerrado? I can’t get on you if haven’t, since I hadn’t until a week or two ago myself. But this truly precious ecosystem is home to approximately 5% of the world’s species, and (the not good news) it has been cut in half in the last 40 years (an area greater in size than the UK, Germany, Italy and Portugal combined).

Time to Support Tim DeChristopher

This is a story I think I’ve touched on in the past on here and surely one I will be covering continuously in the next month or so. It also inspires a ton of ideas in my head for where the environmental and climate action movement should be headed and where I think this blog,

Greenpeace Activists Climb Old Coal Power Plant [VIDEO]

On the heals of a momentous new study on the true cost of coal released by leading Harvard economist Dr. Paul Epstein, Greenpeace engaged in some trademark direct action in Bridgeport, Connecticut this morning. Greenpeace activists climbed an old coal power plant there and hung a banner (above) reading “Shut It Down: Quit Coal.” Six schools

Pot Plant Owl Threated in South Africa, Help Save It

There is a certain Wild Spotted Eagle owl, the Pot Plant Owl, that has apparently become quite famous for making its nest in a potted plant on someone’s balcony in South Africa. As happens all over the world, however, this owl is now being threatened by development encroaching upon its natural habitat. The protected wetland where

Cool Your Green Mind Monday

Keeping up with all the environmental news (i.e. growing environmental problems, environmental failures by politicians, environmental disasters, and a few success stories here and there) can be tiring, frustrating, and saddening. I think it’s important for anyone interested in these matters to take a step back and view life from a wider perspective from time

Human Activity Flips the Brazos River

A new study has found that human activity on the Brazos River in Texas has reversed the natural flow of the river. “The natural factors that influence carbon dioxide cycling in the Brazos are fairly obvious, and we expected the radiocarbon signature of the river to reflect those influences,” said study co-author Caroline Masiello, assistant

The Mercy Project [VIDEO]

[social_buttons] One of our readers, Johnie Lewis Tidwell, passed on a link about a great-looking project in response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf. The video below from the The Pauli Carman Show is about the Mercy Project. The Mercy Project is a special music project focused on bringing awareness and the importance

Taxpayer Bailout for BP?

Take action below and tell your Senators that you don’t want to pay for BP’s oil spill. [social_buttons] This is hard to believe, to be honest, even considering who it is coming from. Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska wants taxpayers to foot the bill for BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill. She has proposed that

Curbing Greenhouse Emissions Will Be A Challenge

Since the monumental failure of the Copenhagen summit in December, one must wonder how we’ll ever avert catastrophe. [social_buttons]Instead of coming out of the climate change conference in Copenhagen with a new international climate treaty we found that countries are more divisive than ever, with industrialized nations, new economic powers like China and Argentina, and

How to Help the Environment

If you are reading this article, I think you are probably more concerned about the environment than most others. I assume that you keep up with environmental news a bit, reading more than the miniscule amount covered in the mainstream media. However, I cannot make any guess as to how much you actually do to

3 Things You Can Do as We Count Down to Earth Hour 2009

[social_buttons] Did you read all about the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour coming up on March 29th and get excited about what you can do to make a difference? Here are three simple things you can start with to take action: 1. Sign up for Earth Hour 2009 You can take action by signing up

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