2015 Environmental Wins
Thanks to EarthShare members, Tongass National Forest is protected from development. Photo: Joseph/Flickr
EarthShare’s 500+ member organizations are working every day to protect wildlife, fight climate change, and build healthy communities in the US and around the world. In fact, you’ll find our members behind some of the biggest environmental victories of the past year.
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Supporters like you made so many accomplishments possible in 2015, including:
- Helping pass California’s SB 350 bill, which significantly increases the state’s renewable energy mix and doubles the efficiency of existing buildings (Environmental Defense Fund).
- Worked successfully with McDonald’s and KFC to eliminate unsustainable palm oil from their products (Union of Concerned Scientists).
- Launched a program that gives low-income households and communities better access to and funding for clean energy resources (Rocky Mountain Institute).
- Worked with the White House to implement a new national strategy to protect pollinators, a federal plan to fight honeybee and butterfly declines through habitat conservation and other measures (Xerces Society; NatureServe).
- Won the fight to tighten water discharge limits at a BP oil refinery in Washington state (Friends of the Earth)
- Convinced the government of Alberta, Canada to conserve more than 250,000 acres of prime wildlife habitat in one of the most biologically rich landscapes in the country (Yellowstone to Yukon Initiative).
- Provided capacity-building support to small cocoa farmers through a partnership with NYU Stern (Rainforest Alliance).
- Achieved an environmental justice victory by helping EPA close loopholes that allowed industry to emit massive amounts of air pollution in low income communities and communities of color (Sierra Club).
- Affirmed the right of citizens in South Africa to access environmental information from corporations (Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide).
- Successfully advocated for the State Department’s denial of the Keystone XL tarsands pipeline (Sierra Club; Natural Resources Defense Council; Defenders of Wildlife).
- Protected the Buffalo National River in Arkansas from the polluting hog industry through legal challenges (National Parks Conservation Association).
- Opposed the oil industry’s attempts to drill in the Arctic Ocean. In 2015, Shell announced it would no longer explore for oil off the coast of Alaska (Ocean Conservancy).
- Won the legal fight to protect the Tongass National Forest in Alaska from development and logging (Earthjustice).
- Supported Portland, Oregon’s ban on toxic bee-killing pesticides (Beyond Pesticides).
- Convinced Boston’s City Council to take a moral stand on climate change and pass a resolution calling on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to divest all of its assets from fossil fuels (Alliance for Climate Education).
- Published a roadmap for doubling US energy productivity by 2030 (Alliance to Save Energy).
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. Thank you!