Some of our most biodiverse ecosystems, like the rainforest, are threatened by climate change—but they’re also key tools for lessening that crisis. Healthy ecosystems, dense with plant life and living soil, absorb vast amounts of carbon from the atmosphere. Forests alone, home to everything from pollinators to apex predators, suck up nearly one-third of the total carbon emitted by humans annually. Calls to protect and restore 30 percent of the earth’s land and oceans by 2030 act as a one-two punch against the intimately linked issues of extinction and climate change. Take action by visiting the link in our profile!
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From governments and large food companies to ordinary people, we all have the 💪 power 💪 to make a difference in the fight against climate change by changing the way we grow our food and changing what we eat. NRDC water and agriculture expert Lara Bryant explains that if we shift our ways of producing food back to a model of diversified farming centered around improving soil health, a more hopeful future for our climate is within our reach. (She also breaks down what you can do to help!) Learn more: https://on.nrdc.org/2NiVzRk #soil#farming#food#farmpolicy#soilhealth#climatechange#climate#environment
A native of Flint, Michigan, @revacosr remembers the moment he realized the gravity of the city’s water crisis. One weekend in 2014, he woke up to some startling news on TV: General Motors would be switching its water supply. “I knew if General Motors couldn’t use the Flint water because it was corroding their metal and iron parts, it couldn’t be safe for humans,” Pastor Overton says.
As a member of the local Concerned Pastors for Social Action, a group that eventually became a plaintiff in NRDC’s Flint water lawsuit, Pastor Overton took action. “I spoke out for the people,” he says. “I asked for meetings and tried to request information.” He even marched through Flint with Reverend Jesse Jackson. “Thanks be to God that he opened doors for us,” he says.
Now, years into the crisis, Pastor Overton, who currently serves as pastor of Flint’s Christ Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, continues to push for a full overhaul of the city’s water infrastructure. “My congregation members are still always asking me if the water’s really safe, if we can ever really get off bottled water. They ask if we can trust what they’re saying about the water.” Pastor Overton has also been calling for economic empowerment and development in the city. He wants to rebuild after the crisis and, more importantly, believes they can. “We saw the ability for citizens to get involved and stand up for their future and their community.” Photo credit: @brittanygreeson for NRDC
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Happy #NationalHoneyBeeDay! 🐝 Honey bees are some of our most important pollinators, and so many foods that we eat depend on the hard work of bees. 🍽 Let's return the favor and do some work to protect bees from harmful pesticides. Take action via the link in our bio, or text BUZZ to 21333! 💛
U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s schedule tells you everything you need to know about his priorities. Before rolling back limits on climate-destroying methane from oil and natural gas wells, he should have studied up on climate science, the social cost of greenhouse gas emissions, and the suffering of people who live on the front lines of climate change—not to mention, how he would be wasting taxpayer money. Instead, he lunched with oil and gas executives and huddled with climate change deniers. Learn more via the link in our bio.
Giraffes have declined 40% in 30 years, and there are now approximately 68K left in the wild. 🦒Yet neither U.S. nor international laws give them much protection. And while giraffes clearly qualify under the Endangered Species Act, they’re not on the list. Learn more, and take action to protect this magnificent animal, via the link in our profile.
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The Trump administration’s Dept. of Transportation announced it would slash the penalties automakers must pay for not meeting federal fuel economy standards. That means instead of ramping up efforts to *cut* carbon pollution from cars and trucks, automakers will get a lesser punishment for polluting our air. This fee rollback is yet another of many examples of the Trump administration siding with polluters over the needs of our children, our health and our economic security. So we’re suing. Visit the link in our bio to learn more.
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BREAKING: The Trump admin. just finalized dangerous and drastic rollbacks to the Endangered Species Act (ESA), which protects at-risk species from gray wolves to bald eagles. The changes to the law insert economic factors into decisions regarding whether a species should be listed as endangered, letting dollar signs control these decisions instead of science. Read more about what this means for our endangered species in the link in our bio.