Rebecca Riley saves the environment a little bit

The Endangered Species Act, passed in 1973, has saved hundreds of species from extinction, including the American crocodile, grizzly bear, bald eagle, and gray wolf. Some members of Congress are proposing new bills to drastically weaken the ESA by making it easier to remove animals on the Threatened and Endangered Species List and more difficult to add new ones. In both cases congress gets to decide who goes off or on the list. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) sued the new WH administration for suspending protection for bumblebees (the bumblebee has since been added to the endangered species list). And now, they're prepared to take further action to defend the ESA. Read more here and then thank Rebecca Riley, the lead attorney for the NRDC for standing up for threatened species.

Rebecca Riley
Senior Attorney, Land & Wildlife Program
20 North Wacker Drive
Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60606

Seattle and others divest to protest DAPL

Inspired by the work of Standing Rock Sioux water protectors, activist and councilwoman Kshama Sawant started pushing Seattle to pull investments from banks backing DAPL early this year. Her success inspired other cities to follow suit, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Bellingham, Raleigh, Albuquerque, and Berlin. 

Read more about her efforts and those of others here, and then send her a thank you for standing up for Standing Rock. 

Councilwoman Kshama Sawant
Seattle City Hall
600 Fourth Avenue
2nd Fl. 
Seattle, WA 98104