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Google Is Funding Climate Denial | Take Action Tuesday @EarthFoodLife

December 3, 2019
Double-dealer: Google CEO Sundar Pichai. The tech giant has made public calls for action on the climate crisis while financially backing conservative think tanks that support climate denialism. (Photo credit: Maurizio Pesce/Flickr)

Move On: Google recently released a list of the organizations it sponsors, and it includes groups that consistently deny climate change. Google claims to be an advocate for climate change policy, but the company has made generous donations to organizations like CEI that were instrumental in pushing the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement and reverse Obama-era environmental protections. In addition, Google has contributed to groups like State Policy Network, an umbrella organization including the Heartland Institute, a known anti-science think tank. Google employees upset by the company’s behavior have even criticized Google for reportedly funding 111 members of Congress who voted against climate legislation 90 percent of the time.
>>>Urge Google CEO Sundar Pichai to stop funding organizations that deny climate change.

CREDO Action: The bald eagle, beluga whale, whooping crane and American grey wolf: All could be a distant memory if the Trump administration’s heartless and greedy extinction plan remains in effect. Earlier this year, despite massive public opposition, Trump and his minions pushed through dangerous regulations to gut the Endangered Species Act, open up protected areas to fossil fuel development and line the pockets of big polluters. Progressive champion Rep. Raul Grijalva recently introduced critical legislation called the PAW and FIN Conservation Act of 2019 that would repeal these rule changes. Congress should immediately pass this bill to stop Trump’s handout to the oil and gas industry and protect and recover precious, threatened wildlife.
>>>Tell Congress to save the Endangered Species Act.

Humane Society International: Every five years, the world’s largest animal sacrifice takes place at the Gadhimai Temple in the Bara district of Nepal. On December 3, following a month-long celebration or “mela,” the festival culminates in the ritual slaughter of tens of thousands of animals, including water buffalo, goats, chickens, pigs, pigeons, ducks and rats, who are decapitated with blunt metal tools. At its height in 2009, around half a million animals were slaughtered. In 2015, animal sacrifice was banned at this festival following negotiations and campaigning by HSI, Animal Welfare Network Nepal and People for Animals. But public pressure is still needed to enforce this ban.
>>>Urge Nepalese Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli to end this killing once and for all.

Cause for concern…

Grim outlook: In many regions across the world, the hottest years over the last century have occurred in the last decade. At the global level, the past four years were the hottest in the last 139 years. “Unprecedented cuts in greenhouse gas emissions offer the only hope of averting an ever-intensifying cascade of consequences,” reports Brady Dennis for the Washington Post. A majority of Americans believe that the government isn’t doing enough to protect the climate, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. (Graphic: NOAA via United Nations).

Round of applause…

Youth leader: Greta Thunberg addresses climate strikers at Civic Center Park in Denver on October 12, 2019. The 16-year-old Swedish climate activist started skipping classes in August 2018 to campaign for action on the climate crisis. Within months, her grassroots movement went global. (Photo credit: Andy Bosselman, Streetsblog Denver/Flickr)

Parting thought…

“The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say we will never forgive you.” —Greta Thunberg at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York, September 23, 2019

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