Team EarthShare: 2013 Accomplishments

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In 2013, NRDC launched a crowd-funding campaign to help schools around the country go solar. Photo: Black Rock Solar


Saving the planet is no cakewalk.

From climate change and pollution to habitat encroachment and poaching, anyone who decides to make environmental work their mission in life faces some truly epic challenges. But that isn’t stopping our 600+ member organizations from forging ahead on behalf of all life on Earth. With your help, environmental organizations of every size are achieving victories in the fight for a healthy future for next generations. In 2013, EarthShare members:

 

* Established projects to plant 1.8 million trees across the U.S. and around the world (American Forests).

* Successfully defended a ban on new uranium mining on one million acres near the Grand Canyon (Earthjustice).

* Displayed the importance and effectiveness of the wildlife crossing structures in Montana through areal imaging (Defenders of Wildlife; LightHawk).

* Reached a milestone by permanently protecting five million acres of agricultural land (American Farmland Trust).

* Helped retire the 150th coal plant in the United States in campaign to move country beyond coal by 2030 (Sierra Club).

* Helped McDonald’s transition away from polystyrene foam cups in favor of more sustainable fiber-based paper cups at its 14,000 U.S. restaurants (Environmental Defense Fund). McDonald’s also began using Rainforest Alliance Certified espresso for its beverages across the U.S.

* Hosted environmental lawyers from East Africa to help strengthen their organizations and tap legal and scientific resources (Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide).

* Funded Friends of Nevada Wilderness projects that train citizen-volunteers to maintain wilderness areas in Nevada’s Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest (National Forest Foundation).

* With partners, saw China’s decision to phase out the harmful pesticide endosulfan (Pesticide Action Network).

* Helped raise community opposition to the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska, resulting in mining company Anglo American’s decision to pull out of the project (Earthworks; Natural Resources Defense Council; National Wildlife Federation).

* Provided extensive documentation of the potential human and environmental health effects of triclosan, giving impetus to personal care companies like Proctor and Gamble to drop the chemical from its products (Beyond Pesticides).

* Shared best practices in sustainable transportation and urban development with the City of São Paulo, Brazil, resulting in a new Master Plan aligned with ITDP’s ”eight principles” that promote vibrant, sustainable cities (Institute for Transportation and Development Policy).

* Successfully pushed to designate the Basque area of Jaizkibel, Spain as a special area of conservation (Oceana).

* Achieved a vital litigation victory in the ongoing battle to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales from lethal entanglements in commercial lobster fishing gear (Defenders of Wildlife).

* Launched a new Greenhouse Gas Protocol tool to help Chinese cities measure and manage their greenhouse gas emissions (World Resources Institute).

* Launched a crowd-funding campaign to help schools around the country go solar (Natural Resources Defense Council).

* Successfully campaigned to stop the installation of an oil platform in Russia near the habitat of a critically endangered whale population (World Wildlife Fund).

* Sent around 600 volunteers to the Atlantic Coast to lead Hurricane Sandy relief efforts: removing debris, repairing storm damage, planting trees, and more (Student Conservation Association).

 

These victories for our air, land, water and wildlife wouldn’t be possible without donor support like yours. Please join Team EarthShare and help support our incredible member groups by giving a year-end gift to help us continue our work – you can also now make your gift on your mobile device! Don’t forget to tell your friends and family why you joined #TeamEarthShare on Facebook and Twitter and encourage them to invest in our planet’s future, too!

Thank you for all you do to make the world a better, greener place for all of us.

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