Previous Action Alerts


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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! 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


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)


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)


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


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.

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


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


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


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


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