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Trump Administration Plan Puts Endangered Species on Path to Extinction | Take Action Tuesday @EarthFoodLife

On the edge: The whooping crane, the tallest North American bird, is an endangered crane species. (Photo credit: John Noll/USDA/Wikipedia)

Center for Biological Diversity: The Trump administration just took another wrecking ball to the Endangered Species Act, and wildlife will pay an awful price. This latest attack will make it much harder to protect the places where imperiled species could live and raise their young. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is pushing to redefine “critical habitat” and severely limit the places where species can recover. This proposal breaks with decades of precedent and amounts to an extinction plan. It’s also incredibly shortsighted and ignores what many species will need to survive climate change. The Endangered Species Act (ESA) has saved 99% of the plants and animals under its protection. Species with designated critical habitat are twice as likely to recover as those without it. The proposed rule would weaken the ESA and doom more species to extinction, undermining the fundamental purpose of the ESA. Every day as many as 22 species go extinct; this plan would make it worse. We can’t stop the extinction crisis without protecting the lands and waters where species can live.
>>>Urge the USFWS to immediately withdraw this disastrous plan.

Conservation Law Foundation: The North Atlantic right whale is facing a crisis. Since April 2017, at least 20 North Atlantic right whales have died, and scientists estimate that fewer than 410 individuals remain. Right whales continue to be killed by entanglement in commercial fishing gear and ship strikes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) must step up to the plate and do more to protect these majestic animals. The measures implemented by federal regulators thus far have not gone far enough to save right whales from the threat of extinction.
>>>Urge NOAA to reevaluate activities that threaten right whales, including commercial fishing, and identify and implement solutions to prevent this species from going extinct.

Change: Every year, the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP) meets to discuss how to tackle the issues surrounding the climate crisis. The conference has been serving less meat over the past few years, but they have the chance to really lead by example in 2021 by serving plant-based meals. Scientists estimate that a vegan diet could reduce agricultural carbon emissions by 50-80%. Studies also show that reducing the impacts of our diets is a necessary part of any plan to meet the Paris agreement goal of keeping global warming well below 2°C. At a time when climate negotiations are at such an important stage, the plant-based food solution must come to the table at the world’s largest climate gathering.
>>>Urge the UN to align their actions with their goals by serving climate-friendly food.


Cause for concern…

Last gasp?: Polar bear jumping on fast ice in Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard Archipelago, Norway (Photo credit: Arturo de Frias Marques/Flickr)

“Scientists have predicted for the first time when, where and how polar bears are likely to disappear, warning that if greenhouse gas emissions stay on their current trajectory all but a few polar bear populations in the Arctic will probably be gone by 2100,” reports Gloria Dickie for The Guardian.


Round of applause…

Leap of faith? Artwork made from plastic bottles in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Photo credit: michael5790/Flickr)

According to a new report, 1.3 billion metric tons of plastic could pollute the Earth’s land and water by 2040 if society does nothing to curb this environmental crisis. But it’s not too late, say experts. Some modeling scenarios show that it is possible to reduce the amount of plastic waste by 80%. But that would require real action by political and business leaders.


Parting thought…

(Photo credit: Beth Scupham/Flickr)

“The Earth is what we all have in common.” —Wendell Berry


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