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All Americans should care about the wildlife on the coast plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, even if we never visit.

In a world overrun by plastic pollution, Thanksgiving shouldn’t come with a side of plastic. That's why we're calling on Whole Foods to take action.

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Krista Early
Advocate, Environment North Carolina

As we mark the fifth anniversary of the historic Paris Agreement on climate change this week, our country is promising to cooperate once again on solving this existential challenge for our nation and for the world. President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to rejoin the Paris Agreement as one of his first actions in office. While we cannot make up the time we’ve lost, it’s important to take a broader look at the past four years, because, despite the failure by our executive branch, there has been progress thanks to states across the nation. 

Join Environment America in counting down the final days of 2020 with daily activities to celebrate and explore nature.

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Brynn Furey
Energy Conservation & Efficiency, Associate

Energy saving tips that are written in the stars

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Brynn Furey
Energy Conservation & Efficiency, Associate

Stealing your energy and the TPIN costume contest trophy

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John Rumpler
Senior Director, Clean Water for America Campaign and Senior Attorney

There is still time for the EPA reverse course on the Lead and Copper Rule - and stop the widespread contamination of our drinking water.

In the past couple weeks, there has been speculation that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon finalize its update to the nation’s regulation on lead in drinking water, known as the Lead & Copper Rule. Indeed, the agency has sent the rule over to the White House for final review. 

So, here is my urgent plea to the Trump administration: don’t do it.

Each year, 1 million acres of boreal forest is cut in Canada, much of it turned into pulp that is used for tissue products. This threatens wildlife and puts incredible pressure on our changing climate. 

The Trump administration announced Monday that it will begin oil leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. We've been working for decades to protect this 19 million acre wilderness, and we're not giving up now.

John Muir was among the early advocates for preserving the Tongass National Forest. Teddy Roosevelt declared it a national forest — America's largest. But why are people from California to Texas to Maine so passionate about a forest in remote southern Alaska? Much of that passion is owed to the fact that some places stir the imagination and therefore, the soul. People also understand intuitively that the campaign to save the Tongass is about something larger than even that vast forest: It’s about what we value as a society.