Trump’s Border Wall Would Be an Environmental Nightmare

National shame: “Three weeks into the partial shutdown, trash is overflowing and human waste is blighting park roads and visitor areas,” reports the San Francisco Chronicle’s Kurt Repansket on the state of U.S. National Parks. “Illegal campers and off-roaders have trashed delicate ecosystems. Vandals axed some of Joshua Tree National Park’s namesake spiky evergreens.” (Photo credit: daveynin/Flickr)



League of Conservation Voters: President Trump shut down the government to demand funding for a monstrous border wall that would unfairly target and disrupt border communities, endanger immigrant families, waste taxpayer money and cause environmental damage.
>>>Tell your senators to end this shutdown without funding Trump’s racist and environmentally damaging border wall.

Sea Hugger: 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are littered worldwide each year. Cigarette butts are 98 percent plastic, take up to 10 years to degrade and are the most common form of human-made litter in the world. They are also the worst ocean contaminate.
>>>Urge Phillip Morris International, the world’s largest tobacco company, to create a biodegradable cigarette filter.

Organic Consumers Association: Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, is the most-used agricultural chemical ever. Mounting scientific evidence of its human health impacts indicates that it may also be the most devastating. In 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer reclassified the chemical as a probable human carcinogen.
>>>Tell the EPA to ban glyphosate.

Cathy Liss, Animal Welfare Institute: A recent review of USDA enforcement records has revealed more than 50 incidents in which birds were knowingly neglected or abandoned during transport or at the slaughterhouse. In all of the instances, large numbers of birds suffered; often, hundreds or thousands of them died. In one case, more than 34,000 birds froze to death in unprotected trucks en route to slaughter.
>>>Tell the Secretary of Agriculture to take action to prevent incidents of avoidable suffering to birds destined for slaughter.

Care2: In a quietly-dropped executive order, President Trump just authorized a radical increase in logging on federally owned land in the West. He says it will decrease fire risks. But scientists disagree. This proposal will benefit members of the Trump administration who receive support from the timber industry.
>>>Tell President Trump to leave the trees alone.

Parting thought…

“One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between man and nature shall not be broken.” —Leo Tolstoy

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