By Lisa Evans, Earthjustice – see the original post here.
Five years ago, fish biologists scooped up a catfish full of toxic ash from the Kingston coal ash disaster.
Last month, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia brought us one step closer to ensuring such a disaster will never happen again. The court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency must set federal standards to prevent another potentially deadly disaster, protecting aquatic life and the hundreds of communities that live near coal-burning power plants. Read more…
Posted on November 28, 2013 | Filed Under Global Warming and a New Energy Economy | Comments Off
by Jonathan A. Scott, Director of Corporate Relations
The folks at We-Care.com
OK, I admit it. I’m not a very good example of the kind of consumer some businesses would like to have these days. What about you?
To begin with, I just don’t buy a lot of stuff. I think carefully and research compulsively before I buy. I don’t just look at the selling price. I’m also concerned about the products’ impact on people and the planet. Organic and Fair Trade certifications are important to me as indicators of how products I’m considering have been produced.
I rarely frequent national chains or big box stores, preferring to give the business to smaller stores in my own community. I often end up buying from people I know. Still, a really good deal is hard to resist, and sometimes it just makes sense to buy stuff online.
This time of year, especially, we shoppers are inundated with deals, coupons, offers all aimed at getting us to shop more and buy more. It can be very tempting to join in the frenzy.
But, if I do, you won’t find me standing in line for one of the much-promoted door-buster specials. Instead, I’ll stay home and take a look at what’s available online.
Thanks to Clean Water Action’s successful partnership with We-Care.com, anything I choose to buy online at any of more than 2,600 participating merchants automatically generates a donation to Clean Water Action. Whenever I want, I have access to some of the best deals and coupons around, and that will include all kinds of “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” specials this year. In fact, through We-Care.com, I am able to get all kinds of specials and deals that will save me money and benefit Clean Water Action 24/7, year-round.
So here is my advice to you, from one Clean Water Action member to another:
1. Sign up with our friends at We-Care.com That way, whenever you do shop and buy online (that includes everything from technology, travel, tax software, and holiday gifts to office supplies and much, much more), your purchases can generate donations for Clean Water Action. It doesn’t cost anything. It’s easy and fun. And you will find information on all kinds of deals from participating stores.
2. Wherever you shop, consider the environmental, economic and community impacts from your purchases. Sometimes the best choice may be to buy nothing at all.
3. Look for opportunities to “buy local” and certified Organic and Fair Trade products.
Ready to check out what our We-Care.com partners have to offer?
Create your account by visiting www.CleanWaterAction.We-Care.com/GetStarted
Sample Dashboard (100% Privacy Protected)
Your free account gives you access to thousands of stores where you can earn a donation, tons of deals and sales, and a dashboard where you can track what you’ve earned and where you’ve shopped!
Download the We-Care.com app onto your browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome), and once installed, you will be notified anytime you visit a website where your purchase is eligible to earn a free donation.
<– Here’s what you see while the We-Care app is active. Whenever you visit a participating online store, the light blue “slider” drops down briefly to show you how much has been raised. Or it highlights special deals for Clean Water Action supporters. After a few seconds, it slides back up out of sight while you shop.
Browse and shop the web as you normally would. When you visit a participating merchant’s site, the We-Care app will let you know that your purchase is eligible for a free donation.
DONATE FOR FREE
A percentage of what you spend at participating online merchants will be automatically returned to Clean Water Action as a donation, at no additional cost to you.
Accept a BIG THANK YOU from Clean Water Action!
Posted on November 27, 2013 | Filed Under Healthy, Safer Families and Communities, Protecting America's Waters | Comments Off
By Becky Smith, Massachusetts Campaigns Director
Here I am with Congressman McGovern. What an honor!
Last week I attended the annual benefit for MA Alliance, a group that Clean Water Action is a member of which works to elect progressives in Massachusetts.
It was a freezing and windy night to hike it across the water from the Boston office, and I’d considered leaving before the string of speakers took the stage. Thankfully I didn’t, because this happened:
After a several speakers, the Governor was introduced and whipped up the crowd with a rousing “sermon” about how there’s a war on the poor and that progressives, and the issues we fight for, are more important than ever if we truly want to impact lives. Then he introduced U.S.
Congressman Jim McGovern. You know someone is a true champ when they are introduced by the Guv! Read more…
Posted on November 27, 2013 | Filed Under Making Democracy Work | Comments Off
By Tom Hoffman, Western Pennsylvania Director and Sarah Peterson, Nine Mile Run Watershed Association
In Pittsburgh, Clean Water Action is one of the key members of the Clean Rivers Campaign fighting to ensure that the investments we will make to fix our combined sewer overflow problem will give our communities the most benefits possible.
On November 18th, the Clean Rivers Campaign testified in front of Pittsburgh City Council in a Post-Agenda hearing. CRC supporters filled every seat in the City Council chambers. They listened as experts from local and national organizations explained how families, workers, and the environment can benefit from Pittsburgh’s largest-ever public investment to stop water pollution while solving multiple community needs at the same time through the use of large-scale green infrastructure. Read more…
Posted on November 26, 2013 | Filed Under Healthy, Safer Families and Communities, Making Democracy Work, Protecting America's Waters | Comments Off
Stop these bad bills now!
By Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director
This week’s U.S. House votes around oil and gas activities demonstrate that extreme views can easily dominate public policy debate. Masquerading behind titles including words like “energy security” these three bills are about none of that. These bills would eliminate federal oversight of oil and gas drilling on public lands, including removing the baseline protections for clean water and public health which we would expect to apply to this activity wherever it occurs. One bill would put absurd restrictions on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) scientific research into the potential harm to drinking water from hydraulic fracturing extraction activities. Another removes common-sense routine oversight from the permitting process for interstate pipelines.
We are urging everyone to tell their Representatives to vote “NO” on all of these bills. Read more…
Posted on November 20, 2013 | Filed Under Global Warming and a New Energy Economy, Making Democracy Work, Protecting America's Waters | Comments Off