Thursday, October 20, 2016

Conserving the Future is a Matter of Public Trust - Project Coyote

Children suing state and federal governments argue climate change will be irreversible and current generations should not rob the next of a stable, predictable climate. Treves says the same argument can be made regarding wildlife extinction. Photo: Thomas Good

Last May, a group of children persuaded the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to compel the state government to regulate greenhouse gases. Their case was based on a claim that the atmosphere falls under a long-standing legal principle: the government is obligated to hold some resources in trust for public use, now and in the future.
“Atmospheric trust” lawsuits are also advancing in other state courts and two federal courts. Their arguments arise from common-law principles, as well as the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of intergenerational justice for the beneficiaries identified in its Preamble: “to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”
The U.S. Constitution does not specifically mention the environment, so marshaling it in such cases depends on a common law doctrine called the “public trust” – the concept that certain assets must be held in trust for our children and theirs. This doctrine has guided almost 200 years of U.S. jurisprudence.
The Massachusetts case is just one of many that might revolutionize how the U.S. and state governments preserve our climate, water, and wildlife...

more: Conserving the Future is a Matter of Public Trust - Project Coyote

Sunday, October 16, 2016

#petition: Protect Freedom of The Press: Drop Charges Against Journalists for Covering ND Pipeline Protests :: #NoDAPL

Drop Charges Against Journalists for Covering #NoDAPL Protests

– In North Dakota, journalists are being targeted and arrested for covering peaceful protests against a harmful pipeline. These arrests are a clear and blatant attempt to suppress the press from reporting on human rights violations committed by the state acting on behalf of oil and gas companies. 
As Earth Guardians around the globe, we demand that North Dakota officials drop the charges against journalists and that President Obama ask the DOJ to investigate the unlawful arrests.

Even at 16 years old, I know the importance of the first amendment of the constitution, which protects the freedom of our press. It's an essential right in a free country and is something that sets us apart from countries around the world where reporters are locked up for reporting on human rights violations. But right now that's exactly what's happening:
Democracy Now's Amy Goodman was charged with criminal trespassing simply for filming an attack on Native American-led water protectors. Actress and activist Shailene Woodley along with many other peaceful protestors have been arrested as well. Most recently, documentarian Deia Schlosberg, the producer of Josh Fox's new climate change documentary has been arrested for filming a protest in North Dakota. She could face up to 45 years in prison if convicted. 
We cannot let corporations and police violate the first amendment and intimidate our work towards a healthy and sustainable future. Please sign on to demand our constitutional right of freedom of the press is protected!

SIGN NOW: petition: Protect Freedom of The Press: Drop Charges Against Journalists for Covering ND Pipeline Protests

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

#JoinThePack :: Wolves Need A Good Lawyer, Now More Than Ever Before.

We howled for art celebrating wolves and received over 150 submissions to our art campaign. Vote now:

– THE INCREDIBLE COMEBACK OF THE GRAY WOLF in the Northern Rockies signaled the resolve of a society strong enough to embrace a world ensured not just for us, but for all species. Today, the future of wolves remains under threat—from hostile state management plans to anti-wildlife politicians. Earthjustice enforces the rule of law to preserve our irreplaceable wildlife and wild places. And we hold accountable those who harm them.

A Look Into The Fight For Wolves
Earthjustice advocates on behalf of wolf populations throughout the country alongside our partners and clients. Our current legal and policy work...

Wolves Need A Good Lawyer | Earthjustice


• Save this incredibly rare subspecies of wolf - Earthjustice
A sub-species of the gray wolf known as the lobo is one of the most endangered mammals in North America.
• Protect wolves from congressional attacks - Earthjustice
Some of the toughest fights for wolves lie in Congress. Politicians are attempting to sidestep the Endangered Species Act and remove protections from wolves through legislative edict.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Bees added to US endangered species list for the first time | Environment | The Guardian

Seven types of bees once found in abundance in Hawaii have become the first bees to be added to the US federal list of endangered and threatened species.

Placing yellow-faced bees under federal safeguards comes just over a week since the US Fish and Wildlife Service proposed adding the imperilled rusty patched bumble bee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once found in the upper midwest and north-eastern United States, to the endangered and threatened species list.
One of several wild bee species seen declining over the past two decades, the rusty patched bumble bee is the first in the continental United States formally proposed for protections.
...The listing decision, published on Friday in the Federal Register, classifies seven varieties of yellow-faced or masked bees as endangered, due to such factors as habitat loss, wildfires and the invasion of non-native plants and insects...
...The bees faced a variety of threats including “feral pigs, invasive ants, loss of native habitat due to invasive plants, fire, as well as development, especially in some for the coastal areas”, Jepson told Associated Press...
...Hawaii-based entomologist Karl Magnacca said the bees “tend to favor the more dominant trees and shrubs we have here”, he said. “People tend to focus on the rare plants, and those are important, that’s a big part of the diversity. But the other side is maintaining the common ones as common. (The bees) help maintain the structure of the whole forest.”
The bees were critical for maintaining the health of plants and other animals across the islands, said Gregory Koob, conservation and restoration team manager for the Fish and Wildlife Service in Honolulu.
“Those plants are not only food and nesting habitat for the bees, but they also provide habitat for other animals,” he said. “It’s the web of life.”

complete article: Bees added to US endangered species list for the first time | Environment | The Guardian

More than 100 Native American tribes have joined a protest in North Dakota against a major oil pipeline. As the the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline continues + Federal Bill Seeks First Native American Land Grab in 100 Years

PBS NewsHour | posted on Facebook by Indigenous People Of America

Federal Bill Seeks First Native American Land Grab in 100 Years
The proposed bill also seeks to remove protection from 18 million acres of land in eastern Utah and prevent President Obama from designating the Bears Ears area a national monument.

Adjoining Canyonlands National Park and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Bears Ears is an unprotected culturally significant region that contains more than 100,000 Native American archeological sites. These sacred sites are subject to continual looting and desecration. More than a dozen serious looting cases were reported between May 2014 and April 2015.

The area has been inhabited for at least 11,000 years. Many Southwestern tribes have longstanding connections to this land, including Navajo, Ute and Paiute peoples. The Navajo Nation and the White Mesa Ute Reservation border Bears Ears. Rock paintings and petroglyphs are found throughout the area...

more @ EcoWatch

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