EarthShare Member Accomplishments 2014 

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EarthShare’s 500+ member organizations are working every day to protect wildlife, fight climate change, and build healthy communities in the U.S. and around the world. In fact, you’ll find our members behind some of the biggest environmental victories of the past year. With your help, we can keep up the fight for a healthy future -- please consider making a tax-deductible year-end gift today to support the work we'll be doing in 2015!

Let’s celebrate everything our members accomplished in 2014, including:

  • With partners, launched Accelerate Energy Productivity 2030, an initiative aimed at meeting President Obama’s goal to double U.S. energy productivity by 2030. (Alliance to Save Energy)
  • Successfully pushed for increased conservation, new opportunities for beginning farmers, and support to farmers markets and local foods in the 2014 Farm Bill. (American Farmland Trust)
  • Celebrated the permanent authorization of “Stewardship Contracting” clause in the Farm Bill that increases forest restoration efforts. (American Forests, Nature Conservancy)
  • Saw the nation’s biggest dam removal project on Washington’s Elwha River completed. The river restoration effort has stimulated the return of fish and native plants, and has rebuilt the beach at the river’s mouth. (American Rivers)
  • Prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to phase out the use of genetically engineered (GE) crops to feed wildlife and ban neonicotinoid insecticides from all wildlife refuges nationwide by January 2016. (Beyond Pesticides)
  • Helped coordinate the world’s leading institutional investors managing $24 trillion to call for carbon pricing and an ambitious global climate deal around the UN Climate Summit in September. (Ceres)
  • Successfully pushed the District of Columbia to ban polystyrene foam food containers. Clean Water Action went door-to-door and collected 300 letters from city residents, urging council members to support the ban, which will take effect in early 2016. (Clean Water Action)
  • Reinstated federal protections for gray wolves in Wyoming. (Defenders of Wildlife, NRDC, Earthjustice)
  • Forced the Environmental Protection Agency to accelerate federal rules to fight smog. (Earthjustice)
  • Hosted a meeting with Chinese government officials in September on ways to support a national carbon market in China and US-China collaboration to combat climate change. In November, a historic agreement to cut carbon pollution was made between the two countries. (Environmental Defense Fund)
  • Submitted over 90,000 signatures urging McDonald’s to reject GMO potatoes, which the company did in November. (Food & Water Watch)
  • Working with partners at Friends of the Earth Europe, successfully pressured Deutsche Bank to sell its shares in the Indonesian palm oil supplier Bumitama. (Friends of the Earth)
  • Successfully pushed for a law limiting off-road vehicle access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore. (National Audubon Society)
  • After more than six years and nearly 13,000 comments, got Florida Power and Light to agree to keep an intrusive power line out of Everglades National Park. (National Parks Conservation Association)
  • Restored and conserved the Amargosa River – a Mojave Desert waterway that provides a vital refuge for plants and animals, some found nowhere else on earth. (Nature Conservancy)
  • Deployed thousands of supporters and legal action to advocate for critical habitat for threatened loggerhead sea turtles along 685 miles of beaches and nearly 200,000 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. (Ocean Conservancy, Oceana)
  • Successfully campaigned to remove d-CON rodent control products from the market. The product had poisoned up to 10,000 children each year in the US. (Pesticide Action Network)
  • Published two reports that help commercial real estate managers shift to net-zero (or 100% renewable) buildings. (Rocky Mountain Institute)
  • Partnered with the National Park Service to help veterans transition from the military into federal firefighting jobs. (Student Conservation Association)
  • Sponsored International Surfing Day with beach cleanups around the world, recovering 22,000 pounds of trash. (Surfrider Foundation)
  • Launched the 96 Elephants campaign, which resulted in the delivery of over 100,000 messages to U.S. public officials in support of a ban on the sale of ivory. (Wildlife Conservation Society)
  • Started the Solar Community initiative, the first bulk solar purchase program that gives homeowners across the US and Canada easy access to more affordable, clean, renewable energy. (World Wildlife Fund)
  • Co-filed a legal petition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking Endangered Species Act protection for monarch butterflies, which have declined by more than 90 percent in under 20 years. (Xerces Society)
  • Conserved 3,800 acres along a seven-mile stretch of the Cheat River, one of West Virginia’s most iconic landscapes and a magnet for outdoor recreation. (Conservation Fund, Nature Conservancy)
  • Raised tens of thousands of dollars for Super Kodo, a popular children’s program in the Republic of Congo that inspires young people to care about the environment. (Jane Goodall Institute)*

 

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