Previous Action Alerts


MIGRATORY BIRDS NEED YOUR HELP! 09-22-21

For over a century, since 1918, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) has protected migratory birds from unintentional, but predictable, killings from industrial activity. But under the Trump administration, the MBTA was weakened, opening the door to the killing of migratory birds from explosions, oil spills, collisions and more. President Biden and the US Fish and Wildlife Service are acting to reverse such needless slaughter. But pelicans, geese, songbirds, and more need permanent protection that cannot be quickly eliminated by a future president.


TELL INTERIOR SECRETARY DEB HAALAND TO MAKE THE TEMPORARY PAUSE ON OIL AND GAS DRILLING LEASES PERMANENT! 07-26-21

In January, the White House temporarily paused granting leases for pending oil and gas drilling projects on publicly owned lands and waters. While the temporary moratorium on extraction leasing has no set end date, Secretary Deb Haaland announced that it would not be permanentBut drilling must stop for good! Deb Haaland has the power to do that.

On average, offshore drilling operations spill 157,000 barrels of oil every year. That equals 10 Olympic swimming pools of oil ruining our ocean ecosystems every year.


DANGEROUS DUKE ENERGY LOBBYISTS ARE AT IT AGAIN! 07-23-21 (Residents of North Carolina only)

Behind closed doors, Duke lobbyists and Republicans in Raleigh put together a bill that is terrible for the environment, the consumer, and North Carolina. AND NC House Republicans passed it in the middle of the night!

This bill will stick North Carolinians with the bill for Duke’s polluting natural gas infrastructure and massive fees for their minimal transitions to renewable solar energy. Duke says they’re helping North Carolina change to a clean energy economy, but they’re actually backing fossil fuels for decades to come.


PUFFINS AND OTHER THREATENED SEABIRD SPECIES ARE STARVING! 07-20-21

These iconic birds must eat to survive. But with less and less forage fish in the ocean, they often cannot find enough food. Forage fish are small fish relied on by puffins and other predators, but overfishing is exacerbating their population collapse. No forage fish, no food.

Some Atlantic Puffin colonies have decreased by 80% since the 1970s because of a lack of prey. We must act now, or these beloved birds will continue to go hungry. Click here to take action


CELEBRATE SHARK WEEK RIGHT: SAVE THE SHARKS 07-13-21

This shark week you may be drawn to TV shows and movies that exaggerate the danger of sharks. WE are the danger, not sharks. Shark attacks result in less than 10 fatalities per year. Humans kill about 275,000 sharks EVERY DAY. Most of these sharks are gruesomely killed by severing their top fin and throwing their bodies back into the ocean to bleed out, be eaten, ordrown. The fins are then traded legally and illegally across the world. YOU can help the US stop its support of this devastating trade.


KICK OFF PLASTIC FREE JULY! FREE NATIONAL PARKS FROM PLASTIC WASTE! 07-02-21

While packing a day bag for Yellowstone National Park, I made sure to fill up my Nalgene for the trip. They’ll have plenty of fill stations to keep me going, but I’ll take my largest bottle just in case. From the Grand Prismatic to Ole Faithful, out to the Eastern Falls and back west to Mammoth Hot Springs, I only found one fill-station for water bottles. I traveled 128 miles over 10hours with a grand total of 64 oz of water. Even picnic areas with bathroom infrastructure lacked so much as a rusty old water fountain.


S.O.S. SAVE OUR SEABIRDS! 07-01-21

We celebrated World Albatross Day on June 19th. But now this legendary seabird and other amazing species that roam the oceans need our help! Before it’s too late.

68% of albatross species and 50% of petrel species are threatened with extinction!

Take action NOW to send an S.O.S. and save the huge number of beloved albatrosses, petrels, and shearwaters that are killed by fisheries and plastic pollution every year.


OUR WILDLIFE IS IN DANGER! 06-22-21

From pollution to habitat destruction to climate change, human actions have endangered the species that sustain our ecosystems. Currently, 64% of North American bird species are threatened, 40% of North America’s freshwater fish species are endangered or already extinct, and at least 8,500 of America’s plant and animal species are at risk of extinction. But you can help save them! Click here now to take action.

Tell your Senators that you want them to co-sponsor the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act of 2021, (RAWA) (S. 2372), introduced by Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO).


IT’S POLLINATOR WEEK: TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT OR POLLINATORS 06-21-21

Pollinator Week reminds us that change is critical to the survival of the planet and that we can take action, both in our households and communities and in the state and federal policy arena.

Write President Biden and your governor and tell them to ban all pesticides and treated seeds that harm pollinators. —There are many deadly chemical insecticides including neonicotinoids, synthetic pyrethroids, and organophosphate insecticides that should be banned to protect pollinators. We need a national strategy that will eliminate our dependence on toxic chemical pesticides and help growers and land managers transition to organic alternatives. Ask your governor to take the same steps at the state level. We must act now to protect our ecosystems and biodiversity and avert an insect apocalypse.


STOP THE STRANGLE! TELL CONGRESS TO SAY NO TO GILLNETS! 06-11-21

Gillnets used for commercial fishing trap far more than intended. Over 70 important marine species have been caught, strangled, and killed in gillnet lines including dolphins, sharks, sea turtles — even whales. These dangerous fishing lines are a threat to all marine life in their path and can stretch for miles along our US coastlines. Luckily, there are bipartisan bills in the Senate and the House to get rid of these killer netsNOW. The bill to end gillnetting was vetoed by President Trump in January of 2021 even after Congress passed it with bipartisan support! But now we can act to Stop the Strangle!


SAY NO TO PLASTIC POLLUTION! SUPPORT THE BREAK FREE OF PLASTIC ACT 06-03-21

Every year, the U.S. mismanages 2.24 million tons of plastic waste, leaving it to flood into our oceans, lakes, and rivers. As the world’s largest producer of plastic pollution, the U.S. must take strong action to stop plastic pollution at the source.

Our recycling systems were not designed to keep up with the catastrophic rate of plastic production today, and these systems continue to failunder the pressure. Plastic waste now fills our coastlines and the shores of countries overseas where we export our waste.


REMOVE DONALD TRUMP 01-08-21

On January 6, 2021, at a demonstration called by President Donald S. Trump to oppose the legitimate results of the November 3, 2020 election and urged on by the president, thousands of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol interrupting Congress’ certification of the presidential election results.

The president’s actions amount to the incitement of violence against the elected government of the United States and are treasonous. The President of the United States must respect the Constitution of the United States, the rule of law, and the will of the people. These are the bedrock of democracy and the American republic. Click here to take action


STOP NAVY TRAINING 11-24-20

This month, the Trump Administration published permits for U.S. Navy training exercises in the Pacific Northwest that threaten endangered whales. These exercises involve firing torpedoes, detonating bombs, and using sonar to pilot underwater drones.

The National Marine Fisheries Service failed to analyze harm done to a number of whale species including both Southern Resident orcas, or killer whales, and North Pacific right whales. Only a couple of dozen right whales remain on earth. Deafening sonar and explosions interfere with marine mammals’ feeding, breeding, and migration. Click here to take action


PROTECT THE NORTHERN RIGHT WHALE 11-16-20

North Atlantic right whales could soon become the first great whale in modern history to go extinct. With only 400 of these magnificent creatures left in existence, we can’t allow this to happen.

For 40 years, scientists, environmentalists and conservationists have fought hard to save the endangered North Atlantic right whale. But the number of these unique and beautiful creatures left in the wild is dwindling fast — since 2017, there have been a record 31 deaths of these rare animals. Click here to take action


SAY NO TO MORE LOGGING 11-09-20

Join the RCC and other major environmental organizations in opposing S 4431/HR 7978 which would bring destructive logging in our National Forests. We need your voice to put a stop to an environmental disastrous logging bill currently in Congress. By clicking the button below you can immediately contact your Congressional Representative and US Senators and urge them to oppose H.R.7978/S. 4431, the “Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act of 2020.”

The title of this bill is completely misleading. It proposes extreme attacks on environmental laws in order to increase destructive commercial logging in our National Forests, including logging of large, old trees and clear cutting. Additionally, it would destroy endangered wildlife habitat, increase fire intensity and smoke, result in increased threats to communities from wild land fire, and hasten climate change. Click here to take action


STOP SEISMIC TESTING IN THE ARCTIC 10-29-20

The Bureau of Land Management released a plan last week that would clear the way for seismic oil exploration in December in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Make your voice heard and help stop the destruction of one of our last great wild areas.

Alaska’s North Slope is already open for oil and gas exploration and development, we should not destroy one of our last great wild areas that is home to countless species of wildlife.

Seismic testing is extremely destructive to wildlife. If this plan is approved, huge vehicles will be rumbling across the fragile tundra 24/7 for months, threatening migratory bird habitats, denning polar bears and calving caribou herds. Click here to take action


SAVE DOLPHINS AND WHALES 07-14-20

Trump recently overruled North Carolina’s objection to seismic blasting in the Atlantic.

By firing air guns every 10-15 seconds all day, every day, corporations want to scour ocean beds for oil and gas. These blasts are one of the loudest sounds that humans can make––loud enough to injure, deafen, and kill marine life.

Dolphins and whales are acoustic creatures; they depend on sound to locate food sources, find mates, and navigate. The North Atlantic Right Whale is critically endangered. Seismic tests could push this species to extinction. Must we continue to lose dolphins, whales, and fish to extract energy from fossilized life? How much of our natural world will be sacrificed for the sake of fossil fuels? Click here to take action


COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE. SAVE OUR FORESTS! 04-22-20

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a day established to reflect on the beauty of nature and to take action to protect it. But right now, our forests and their soil face daily assaults that threaten the best way of drawing down and sequestering carbon from the atmosphere. On this historic Earth Day, the Rachel Carson Council needs you to sign our joint petitionwith the John Muir Project. Tell Congress to take action on the climate crisis through real forest protection and renewable energy solutions, not fake ones.

We appreciate that it may be difficult to take action during the overwhelming coronavirus crisis. But we need to act now as the new and expanding energy source called woody biomass is touted by corporations and their lobbyists as carbon neutral and renewable. It is neither. Every day, our forests are being ground up and shipped for energy production to Europe. They are being “managed” in ways that destroy their natural benefits and harm the communities around them, particularly environmental justice communities. We must protect them now. Click here to take action


STOP STRIP MINING 03-31-20

For me this is personal, deeply personal. Amidst the coronavirus crisis, the Trump administration is considering opening 75,000 acres of the pristine, protected Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee to strip mining for coal.1 That’s where I grew up. As a native Tennessean and Appalachian, I’d like to tell you why that’s a terrible idea.

A part of the Appalachian Mountains, the Cumberland Plateau forms a natural break that covers three states: Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee. It’s filled with forests, waterfalls and the wild places I explored as a boy. It’s where I camped and hiked with my grandfather. It’s a big part of why I am an environmental justice advocate today, so someday I can do the same with my grandchildren.

Both Democrats and Republicans oppose the Trump administration opening this area to coal companies! Click here to take action


BIRDS ARE BEING KILLED 01-14-20

Birds are Being Killed! You Can Help Stop It! Write your Representatives and Senators NOW To Support the Migratory Bird Protection Act (H.R. 5552)

Since 1970, migratory bird populations have declined by 3 billion birds.  These critical populations need protection now.

Bipartisan legislation introduced by Rep. Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) would strengthen the critical Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1970 which has saved countless bird populations across the US.  It will be voted on in committee this Wednesday, January 15.  Now, more than ever, it is critical you tell your Representatives to pass this bill. Click here to take action


OPPOSE ENVIVA FOURTH PLANT EXPANSION 09-19-19

In an unsurprising turn of events, Enviva has applied for its fourth expansion permit in under a year for its Southampton Plant located in Franklin, Virginia. This expansion would increase production by 246,000 tons per year equaling another 5,600 acres of forests cut down annually. This is unacceptable. We are on the precipice of climate disaster, and the only tried and true way to draw down carbon from the atmosphere is through the protection and expansion of biodiverse forests. Every week, more reports and investigations are demonstrating that forests are key to any climate solution and that the wood pellet industry is failing to properly source its materials, failing to protect communities’ health, and worsening our climate through its operations. (Link expired)


VOICE YOUR OPPOSITION TO THE EXPANSION OF THE WOOD PELLET INDUSTRY! 08-14-19

Enviva, the world’s largest producer of wood pellets, destroys almost 100 acres of forest every day in North Carolina.  And now, Enviva is applying to increase production at their facility in Northampton County, North Carolina, just weeks after their application to increase production at their Sampson County plant.

Can you join us at the Public Hearing in Gaston, NC, to voice your opposition to the expansion of the wood pellet industry?

  • WHAT: Public Meeting/Public Hearing on Enviva Pellets Northampton permit
  • WHEN: 6:30 PM Tuesday, August 20, 2019
  • WHERE: Northampton High School, Auditorium, 152 Hurricane Drive, Gaston, NC 27832 (Expired)

SAVE OUR SHORES! 07-23-19

From Maryland to North Carolina, our beach environments and coastal communities are directly threatened by proposals for seismic blasting and offshore oil drilling.  Help save our beach and coastal communities!

WesternGeco, a seismic testing company, has proposed plans to blast air guns, louder than a rocket launch, every 10 seconds, 19 miles off our coasts from the Eastern Shore, Maryland to the Outer Banks and beyond in North Carolina. These blasts would have a devastating impact on marine life, the recreational and commercial fisheries dependent upon them, and millions of Americans who vacation or live near or along the ocean.  Aside from the sheer noise and disruption, zooplankton populations, the very underpinnings of our fisheries, would be decimated, leaving fish and fishermen with no options. Click here to take action


WE DEMAND DEMOCRACY 06-28-19

It will be hard to protect the environment if the majority of Americans who share our views are not represented properly come election time. I wrote to you recently about the need for environmentalists (and all citizens) to worry about the state of democracy that has been under growing assault here at home and abroad. https://rachelcarsoncouncil.org/nature-empathy-fight-democracy/

Proof? Mitch McConnell and the U.S. Senate are sitting on a bill right now that could start to restore our democracy. I am asking for your help to pressure Senator Mitch McConnell and other Senate leaders to bring H.R.1 up for debate and a vote. Click here to take action


SAVE MD’S FORESTS 03-13-19

Did you know that Maryland lost over 2,600 acres of forests last year that were lawfully cleared and not replanted? We need you to sign RCC’s joint petition immediately! ACT NOW and save our forests today by urging your legislators to pass the Forest Conservation Act. This suite of bills would:

Define Forests: The current definition of “forest” recognizes trees on the street and forests in the same way. We need a stronger definition of “forests,” one that recognizes their biological diversity and supports healthy soils and habitat. Click here to take action


CHLORPYRIFOS BAN IN MD 03-06-19

Your state legislators will vote shortly on a bill to ban chlorpyrifos, a highly toxic pesticide manufactured by Dow. The EPA under President Obama determined that there was no safe level of exposure and no safe method of application. Unfortunately, President Trump’s EPA appointee reversed this ban – for no scientific reason. Tomorrow, the bill could advance with a crucial House committee vote, and another in the Senate committee this week. Dow Chemical is working hard to convince legislators to not support it. We need you to speak up NOW and make sure legislation to ban the use of this dangerous chemical in Maryland moves forward. Your action is critically important to protect Maryland children. Expired


HISTORIC BLACK WOMEN’S COLLEGE UNDER SEIGE 12-21-18

Bennett College, an HBCU and member of the Rachel Carson Council Campus Network (RCCCN), is at risk of losing its accreditation, despite growing enrollment and improved finances.  Bennett women were central to launching the nationwide civil rights sit-in movement in 1961 and remain active today. We are calling on you to#StandwithBennett

Founded in 1873, Bennett College is one of the oldest Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the country and, with Spelman College in Atlanta, one of only two focused on educating young black women. Recognizing the importance of Bennett, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke there in 1963 just before his historic “I Have a Dream” speech. He then met directly with student leaders. Click here to take action


DEFEND RICHMOND COUNTY AGAINST ENVIVAS EXPANSION 11-08-18

Every year, tens of thousands of acres of North Carolina forests are cut down, turned into wood pellets at Enviva’s mills, and shipped overseas to be burned for electricity. It’s worse for the climate than burning coal, and it’s hurting our communities here at home with toxic air emissions. Enviva plans to increase production by 88,000 tons per year – from 537,000 tons per year to 625,000 tons per year. This means 2,000 more acres of forests logged each year

We pay for Enviva’s booming business. The healthy forests they chop down for European buyers would protect us from flooding and storms and provide us with clean air and water. Meanwhile, our county leadership gives them tax incentives for the privilege of making us all less safe. Expired