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We seek to create a system that benefits everyone. Whether we're stopping destructive corporate boondoggles or pushing for stronger government pollution standards, we aim to make it possible for all people to enjoy the planet's bounty. Our work focuses on the economic drivers of environmental degradation -- from government subsidies and permits to societal issues like urban sprawl and the externalized costs of pollution -- to limit and eventually end the destruction of the planet.

Our current campaigns have us leading the charge to stop genetically engineered foods from finding their way onto our plates, pressuring the federal government to prioritize people instead of polluters, and working to stop a toxic tar sands oil pipeline that would spell "game over" for the climate.

Tell Arnold Schwarzenegger to terminate his ties to forest destruction

On Sunday, Showtime aired the premiere of Years of Living Dangerously, the first broadcast television show to address the climate crisis. We love the show, but Friends of the Earth and Global Witness discovered that one of its producers and stars, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, is a part-owner of Dimensional Fund Advisors, a money manager with deep ties to forest destruction through logging and palm oil companies.

Take Action: Tell him to pressure DFA to cut its ties with forest-destroying palm oil companies.

Tell the NRC to fix reactor safety standards now

Three years after the catastrophe at Fukushime began, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is still bowing to industry pressure by not requiring new safety measures at U.S. reactors. We’re working with our allies to demand a halt to all reactor licensing and license renewals until the NRC integrates new safety information into their regulations.

Take action: Tell the NRC to accept our petition to incorporate new safety data into reactor licensing regulations.

Ask the CEO of Lowe's to stop selling plants pre-treated with bee-killing pesticides

A Friends of the Earth report has found bee-killing pesticides in more than half of the “bee-friendly” home garden plants sold at stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s -- with no warning to consumers.The global bee die-off keeps getting worse: 50,000 bumblebees found dead in a Target parking lot in Portland, 37 million bees dead on one farm in Ontario, beekeepers across the country losing up to 90 percent of their bees last winter. 

Take action: Help us put the CEO of Lowe’s on notice.

Tell Costco to join the Campaign for GE-Free Seafood

The data is in: Americans do not want genetically engineered (GE) seafood to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and they would rather abstain from eating it if GE fish are approved. Major grocery chains such as Target, Whole Foods and Trader Joe's representing more than 4,400 grocery stores across the country have already committed to not sell GE seafood. Costco has yet to join its peers and take the pledge against selling GE salmon and other GE fish.

Take action: Insist that Costco keep genetically engineered seafood out of their grocery stores.

Tell the USDA to reject GMO apples

McDonalds and Gerber recently declared that they do not plan to use the genetically modified Arctic Apple® in their food. Now it's the U.S. Department of Agriculture's turn to keep risky and unnecessary GMO apples off the market. By acting today, you can make your voice heard and tell the USDA to reject the Arctic Apple®.

Take action: Tell the USDA to keep GMO apples off the markets and out of our food.

Call on European leaders for a Robin Hood Tax on big banks

Momentum is building globally for the Robin Hood Tax, a tiny tax on Wall Street and big banks that would generate hundreds of billions of dollars each year to assist ordinary people, fight poverty and tackle climate change -- here at home and in developing countries. Europe is on the verge of establishing a Robin Hood Tax across 11 countries, but they need a push from the people. Success in Europe will pave a much easier path to establishing a Robin Hood Tax here in the United States.

Take action: Help us reach our goal of one million voices calling for a Robin Hood Tax.

Tell Carnival Cruise Lines to clean up its sewage problem – install advanced sewage treatment systems on all of its ships!

Friends of the Earth's 2013 Cruise Ship Report Card has given Carnival Cruise Lines an "F" for the second year in a row. Carnival's outdated sewage treatment technology and use of 'bunker fuel,' which is 2,000 times dirtier than diesel, make it the biggest polluter in the cruise ship industry. Carnival Cruise Industries must stop damaging the health of ocean biosystems and portside communities by complying with more stringent waste water and emissions standards.

Take action: Pressure Carnival to stop dumping sewage into our oceans.

Help stop dirty coal exports from the Pacific Northwest

Coal companies Ambre Energy and Arch Coal are seeking to build a coal export terminal, called the Millennium Bulk Terminals, in Longview, Washington. If we don’t stop it, the terminal would export up to 44 million tons of coal every year in huge ships down the Columbia River to be burnt in Asia. In order to stop coal shipping from polluting the Northwest's communities and delicate ecosystems -- and from ultimately contributing to climate change -- we need to keep it in the ground.

Take action: Submit your comment here to prevent U.S. export of dirty coal.

Tell Haagen Dazs, Dreyer’s, Edy’s, and Baskin Robbins: No Extreme Genetic Engineering in Our Ice Cream!

A new, genetically engineered form of vanilla called "synbio vanilla" is about to make the transition from the laboratory to your grocery stores without a label. This product, created through an extreme method of synthetic biology, will masquerade as "natural" when used in products such as ice cream and birthday cake. Allowing this virtually unregulated new product to enter the market sets a dangerous precedent for genetically modified foods.

Take action: Ask major ice cream producers to pledge not to use synbio vanilla.

Wilmar: Make good on your palm oil promises

Wilmar International, the world’s largest palm oil trader, has recently made a historic commitment to cut out deforestation, peatland destruction and the exploitation of human rights from its supply chain. But so far, it’s just words on paper. Its promise only matters if the company takes rapid and responsible action. Wilmar's crimes span continents and include deforestation and landgrabbing in Indonesia, Nigeria and Uganda. To make good on its promise, it needs to take clear, definitive action on its past crimes now.

Take action: Write to Wilmar and tell it to make good on its promises.

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