We are very grateful to Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) for their commitment to this issue. We also wish to thank the Recording Arts and Sciences Congressional Caucus Co-Chairs, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). Both were instrumental in clearing House passage last night.
Finally, we thank you, the Recording Academy members. Your participation proves time and again that your advocacy can and does make a difference.
Praise Organization for Helping Shut Down Last Fur Farm
Goal: Thank organization for all its hard work in helping shut down the last fur farm in Japan.
During the peak of the industry, there were around 4,000 fur farms in Japan. Now, thanks largely in part to the Animal Rights Center Japan (ARCJ), the last fur farm in all of Japan has shut its doors for good. Now, the 2,500 minks that were held on this farm will no longer be tortured and killed for their coats.
Animals held on fur farms face horrifying obstacles every day. They typically live in small, dirty cages where they have limited access to food and water. Their short lives are filled with misery and pain, and end with a crude killing.
Sign this petition and thank the ARCJ for all its hard work in shutting the doors of the last fur farm in Japan indefinitely.
- Mission Blue received 400+ Hope Spot nominations from 75 countries
- Ross Sea Hope Spot became Largest Marine Protected Area on Earth
- Ascension Island Hope Spot was protected by the United Kingdom
- President of Colombia commited to expanding Malpelo Hope Spot
- President Obama protected 582,578 square miles near Hawaii
- We will create more Hope Spots around the globe
- We're going to Costa Rica to advocate for High Seas governance
- We're doubling down on documenting Shark Finning in Mexico
- Dr. Earle will advocate for the ocean at the UN on World Oceans Day
- We'll produce stunning photos, videos & stories to support Hope Spots
- We have 180+ partners and will continue to expand the network
Coal Being Phased Out in Alberta.
Goal: Congratulate Alberta, Canada, on taking steps to phase out coal-powered energy and usher in renewables.
The Canadian province of Alberta, northern neighbor of Montana, is rich in oil and natural gas, and until recently tended to lean conservative in its politics – some have called it the Texas of Canada. But Canadian Texas has proven it’s ahead of the U.S. in terms of climate action. The Alberta government recently brokered a deal with three major coal power producers to shut down their plants, as part of the government’s progressive climate change agenda. This is the latest in a series of progressive energy changes made by the new government.
Last year, Albertans voted the New Democratic Party (NDP), the most left-leaning of Canada’s major political parties, into power. The NDP now governs Alberta for the first time in Canadian history, under the leadership of Rachel Notley – and with a higher percentage of women officials than any other government in Canada.
Shifting public opinion in Alberta, which has ushered in this new government and its clean energy policies, is in part due to growing awareness of issues affecting our planet, and the urgency of reckoning with these issues. Online petition campaigns, like these two published on ForceChange, can have an important hand in this.
The deal comes at no small cost to the government, which will pay over $1 billion Canadian to the coal producers over the next 14 years, in compensation for shutting down their plants early. Still, it’s money well spent if it means Canada will take its place as a world leader on combatting climate change. Environment Minister Shannon Phillips commented: “We have chosen to incentivize new investment in clean energy and improve Albertans’ health by eliminating dangerous air pollution.”
Sign our petition to thank the government of Alberta for taking this monumental step.