Record-Setting Three Million Strong for Wildlife

from Wildlife Promise

This summer, wildlife have suffered the effects of the terrible wildfires, droughts, and heat caused by climate change. The Western fires sent moose fleeing their blazing habitat in Colorado, the drought turned sagebrush habitat to tinder, and warmed streams to such hot temperatures that thousands of fish were killed across the Midwest.

Carbon Rule Comment Delivery with Polar Bear

Delivery of hundreds of thousands of messages in April, 2012, as they continued to pour into the Environmental Protection Agency.

But global temperatures were not the only thing heating up this summer.

Support Heating Up for Wildlife

Over the past few months, over three million people officially voiced their support for landmark first-ever limits on carbon pollution  from new coal-fired power plants.

The record-breaking number of messages to the Environmental Protection Agency is sending a strong message to our leaders that Americans want an end to the unlimited pollution that drives rising global temperatures with increasing negative impacts for our wildlife and our communities.

As the heat blazed across the country, National Wildlife Federation supporters have been taking action on solutions to global warming–voicing support for Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to limit carbon pollution, speaking at public hearings, and spreading the word to help more people protect wildlife.

Big Polluters Attack Environmental Protection Agency

The fight continues as Big Polluters fund members of Congress who are attempting to cripple the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to protect us from harmful carbon pollution.

With each new attack, National Wildlife Federation supporters have immediately spoken up for wildlife–contacting their legislators to urge action on global warming and giving generous donations to continue the campaign for wildlife.

First-Ever Limits on Carbon from Coal-Fired Power

The first-ever rules on carbon pollution from new coal fired power plants are expected to be completed by the Environmental Protection Agency and approved by the Obama Administration this year. These ground-breaking carbon pollution limits pave the way for moving forward with limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants–the largest source of carbon pollution in the nation.

credit, Susanne Miller/USFWS

Limits on carbon pollution are critical for wildlife across the country.  Polar bears in the Hudson Bay struggle to survive as the ice they depend on to hunt for seals melts sooner each spring and later each fall–forcing them to go longer and longer without food. In Minnesota, moose have disappearedin huge numbers from the stress of too-warm temperatures and the agony of being overcome by thousands of ticks–as tick infestations explode due to the mild winters.

Throughout the Midwest, this summer’s heat waves fueled by climate change worsened summer temperatures in streams and rivers, driving them to impossibly high temperatures. Already, tens of thousands of fish have been reported dead–including sturgeon, bass, catfish and carp.

Reducing the carbon pollution that fuels global warming is necessary to ensure wildlife habitats do not become uninhabitable–giving hope to the future of polar bears, moose and fish.

Thanks for all you do for wildlife—keep up the great work!