don't mourn, organize
It's activism Thursday here at the Lab. Take two minutes to click on one of the links provided by the Care2 site below and put your John Holmes on a petition, otherwise you'll be forfeit of your Lab privileges for a week. And Ms. Ivins would want you to do it. Hell, she'd say, click two:
* The Bush Administration has proposed to list the polar bear as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act because its Arctic sea ice habitat is melting from global warming. This proposed protection comes after successful legal action by NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) and its partners to protect the imperiled polar bear. But this proposal won't become reality without a huge outpouring of public support. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is asking for your comments before making a final decision about whether to protect polar bears or leave them at the mercy of global warming and their vanishing habitat.
* The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released its proposal to strip wolves of crucial Endangered Species Act protections in Idaho and parts of Wyoming. Both states are now preparing massive wolf eradication plans, with the intent of killing hundreds of wolves. In Idaho alone, the governor plans to kill all but 100 of the wolves in the state. He's already set a price too: $26.50 to kill a wolf if you're a resident and $256 dollars if you're from out-of-state...Tell Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne that you’re outraged by his department’s decision to eliminate protections for wolves in states that are now preparing widespread wolf eradication.
* Lead is one of the most harmful toxins on Earth and is especially hazardous for children. Incredibly, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering removing lead entirely from the list of pollutants it controls under the Clean Air Act. Exposure to leads can pose high risks to humans. Lead poisoning damages the major organs and causes osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart disease, anemia, memory problems and seizures. Children are at the greatest risk with lead poisoning, as low levels of lead can cause lowered IQ levels and learning deficits... Tell the EPA that it must continue to use the best available science to protect the air we breathe from dangerous lead pollution.