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Beekeepers Win Ban on Monsanto’s GMOs in Poland

Monsanto’s Mon810 corn, genetically engineered to produce a mutant version of the insecticide Bt, has been banned in Poland following protests by beekeepers who showed the corn was killing honeybees.

Poland is the first country to formally acknowledge the link between Monsanto’s genetically engineered corn and the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) that’s been devastating bees around the world. Many analysts believe that Monsanto has known the danger their GMOs posed to bees all along. The biotech giant recently purchased a CCD research firm, Beeologics, that government agencies, including the US Department of Agriculture, have been relying on for help unraveling the mystery behind the disappearance of the bees.

Now that it’s owned by Monsanto, it’s very unlikely that Beeologics will investigate the links, but genetically engineered crops have been implicated in CCD for years now.

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Push Button. Save Planet.

Push button. Save planet.

By now you don’t need to be convinced that climate change is happening. Record-setting heat waves, storms, and droughts are all occurring with increased intensity and regularity, making change visible to all.

But while we’re all familiar with the problem, solutions haven’t been as simple to talk about. In fact, it often feels like there’s very little any one individual can do.

Until today.

Sign here to support the EPA’s historic limit on carbon pollution.

For the first time ever, the EPA has proposed a limit on carbon pollution. It’s a courageous and critical step toward curbing carbon emissions from fossil-fuel-fired power plants and solving the climate crisis.

And it’s your opportunity to take real action.

By clicking here you will be signing and sending a message to the White House that this measure is a step in the right direction — a direction of leadership on the issue of climate-altering carbon pollution. It could just be the most important click you ever make.

Support the EPA’s historic limit on carbon pollution — then pass this on to your friends so they can sign, too.

Push button. Save planet. (Clicking this link will automatically sign your name to the petition!)


Maggie L. Fox
President and CEO
The Climate Reality Project

Take a moment to add your voice.
Tell our leaders that it’s time to real steps toward solving the climate crisis.
Push button to sign now.


Stop Use of Manipulated Research by Monsanto

Upon discovering research that identified pesticides as a leading contributor to declining bee populations, Monsanto, a major producer of genetically modified foods, decided to simply buy out Beelogic, the research company.

Put a stop to this manipulation of research! »

Monsanto will now be able to point the blame away from chemicals used in GMO food production. And to make matters worse, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) may begin to use this bogus research, which will encourage other companies to fund and manipulate research as well. It is imperative that we find the real reasons why the bee population is declining.

Take action today. Together we can stop the USDA from utilizing research funded by Monsanto! »


Save Yellowstone from Big Coal!

Yellowstone National park is a national treasure, home to grizzly bears and some of the last herds of free-roaming bison. Every year, over 3 million people visit to see these animals, to watch Old Faithful blow its top, and to view the sunset over Yellowstone Falls.1

Unfortunately, dirty coal pollution is ruining the view. Haze from a nearby coal-fired plant makes it hard to enjoy these sunsets, or take in the majesty of the roaming bison herds.

Right now, the EPA is taking comments on a plan to cut nearby coal pollution, but they need your support. Tell the EPA to protect Yellowstone National Park from dirty coal pollution today.

Yellowstone is as special to Americans as baseball and apple pie, but coal executives are fighting the EPA’s plan to protect the park. They’d rather tarnish its beauty with toxic emissions than put pollution controls on a coal-fired power plant in Montana.

Let’s show Big Coal that we won’t let them destroy one of our country’s national treasures by sending 30,000 comments to the EPA. Send your comment now!

Yellowstone was America’s first National Park — founded in 1872. We need to make sure it stays as pristine now, as it was then. Strong pollution standards will ensure our kids and grandkids experience the park the way it was intended — clean, clear, and unspoiled.

Make sure the next generation can experience Old Faithful and Yellowstone Falls without looking through toxic air. Urge the EPA to protect Yellowstone National Park today.

Thanks for all you do for the environment,

Mike Scott
Beyond Coal Campaign
Sierra Club

P.S. – After you have taken action, forward this message to your friends.

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1Yellowstone National Park Reports, Annual Visitation (All Years), National Park Service Public Use Statistics Office. Accessed, March 29, 2012.


Get Monsanto out of the White House

In 2009, President Obama appointed the infamous Michael Taylor, a former Monsanto lawyer-lobbyist, as Food Safety Czar in the FDA (Food & Drug Administration), and Tom Vilsack, Iowa’s former Biotech Governor of the Year (an award from the industry organization representing Monsanto and the other genetic engineering companies), as Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture.

Sign Food Democracy Now’s Petition to Stop “Pink Slime”

What are some of the consequences of having Monsanto’s foxes guarding our food safety hen house? The following alerts are a couple of examples of Taylor & Vilsack’s worst crimes, followed by an action link to put pressure on President Obama to drop these guys before the 2012 election.

Pink Slime is the process of keeping these leftover trimmings, spinning them around to break up the meat from the fat, and then dousing the lean meat with ammonia to kill the E. Coli. This process also thins the beef, creating about 15% more meat. It has been estimated that almost 70% of the beef in America includes this ammonia treated filler. Read more: McDonald's No Longer Selling "Pink Slime" Beef Treated With Ammonia | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

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Rebuilding a Home for the Homeless in Pittsburgh

January 16th is Martin Luther King’s Birthday – that means our annual benefit for the homeless! This the 23rd year of celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King at the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern. Musicians have donated their time and talent. Life would be different if Dr. King were still alive and an elder statesman among us. This is an attempt to honor his life, and belief in non-violent change in an era that only knows war and indifference. funds raised will go to a new house for the homeless in pittsburgh.
— vincent scotti eirene

During this evening we will have music and poetry, as well as speeches by Dr. King.
1. Bob Ziller
2. Renee Alberts
3. Mike and Laura, from Soft Money
4. Jonnyflower
5. Paul Labrise
6. Ben Hartlage
7. Chris Serra and friends
8. PhatManDee (and Miguel)
9. The Grifters
10. The Stillhouse Pickers
11. The BEATLESs
12. Dylan Rooke


Take Back Your Houses!

On Tuesday, Occupy Wall Streeters in 20 cities across the country marched in neighborhoods that have been hardest hit by foreclosures. In East New York,Brooklyn, about 400 protesters broke into a foreclosed vacant property and moved in a family that was homeless after losing their house to a bank. Read more…

As it has been since the beginning of the movement, the leaderless structure appears to be working. Crowds come together on cue. Messages go out to the media. Lawsuits are filed. Funds are raised


Thousands of Occupy protesters across the US will occupy foreclosed homes today, in what organisers are describing as a “new frontier” for the movement.


OCCUPY movement still camping out! News from London…

Having banks that are ‘too big to fail’ which are then bailed out by normal people is wrong.

Demonstrators have camped outside St Paul's Cathedral since October

Demonstrators have camped outside St Paul's Cathedral since October

The demonstrators called for a “future system that is democratic, just, open, accountable and transparent” and discussed the need for regulators to be “genuinely independent of the industries they regulate”.

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Big Oil, Corrupt Congress, Governments Hands Tied – You can help

Stop the Keystone Pipeline.

It seems Big Oil will stop at nothing to get its way.

Just weeks after President Obama derailed the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, the oil giants’ Congressional allies are now planning to hold spending legislation hostage unless this destructive project is approved.
No Keystone Oil Pipeline
In the House, Republican leaders are trying to force approval of the Keystone XL by attaching it to a bill extending unemployment benefits and the payroll-tax cut — a bill they know President Obama urgently wants to sign.

And they’re not stopping there. They’re looking to load up this fast-moving economic bill with other pro-polluter provisions that would otherwise stand little chance of passing both houses on their own.

Tell your members of Congress to reject these cynical attempts to fast track the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and other anti-environmental measures by attaching them to last-minute spending legislation.

In response to the public outcry you and I helped galvanize, the Obama Administration has already started a new review of the Keystone XL’s true environmental costs.

Any thorough review will unmask the Keystone XL as a boon to Big Oil and a disaster-in-the-making for the rest of us. The pipeline would drive more destruction of the Boreal forest, turbo-charge global warming, threaten water supplies in the heartland, raise gas prices and lock America into the dirtiest oil on the planet for decades to come.

And that’s exactly why the oil giants want this project railroaded through Congress before that review is completed. Please help stop them!

Tell your members of Congress to reject any attempt to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and ram through other pro-polluter riders that would sacrifice our health and environment.

Thank for you taking action at this critical moment.


Abandon Congress – Your congress has been bought.