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Top 10 Endangered Rivers in the US

April 17th, 2013

Photo: Pete McBride

For more than two decades American Rivers has released its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers. American Rivers released the 2013 list today, and the river at the top—the most endangered river in the nation—is the mighty Colorado.

As Americans we are lucky to have this river in our proverbial backyard. But our demands on the river’s water now far exceed its supply, leaving the river so over-tapped that it no longer flows to the sea. A century of water management policies and practices promoting wasteful water use have put the river at a critical crossroads.

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Take Action: Tell President Obama to Stop the Tar Sands Pipeline

August 24th, 2011

It’s now into the fifth day of peaceful protest outside of the White House, where a diverse group of concerned Americans are gathering to send the Obama administration a simple message: Do not approve the Keystone XL, a 1,700 mile pipeline that would inextricably link the nation’s energy future to Canada’s tar sands — the dirtiest fuel source known to man. So far, more than 200 people have been arrested in the protests, including well-known author and climate advocate Bill McKibben.

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Mountainfilm: Awareness Into Action Special Guests

March 10th, 2011

Mountainfilm isn’t just a festival to showcase films; it’s a festival devoted to sparking a conversation. It’s an assembly of people who have come together to see what the human spirit can achieve.

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival: Celebrate Free-Flowing Rivers and Wild Salmon!

January 12th, 2011

POWER IN THE PRISTINE PREMIER

Saturday, January 15: Great Hall, Doors at 9a.m.

Power in the Pristine from Rios Libres on Vimeo.

Patagonia, one of the last untouched places on the planet is under attack. Big business seeks to choke two of the region’s most pristine rivers with dams and plans to decimate unique forest ecosystems to build the longest powerline in the world. Led by pro athlete, Timmy O’Neill and writer, Craig Childs, Team Rios Libres journeys from the source of the Baker River to the sea and learns why we must act now to Keep Patagonia Wild.

Join Osprey Packs and James Q. Martin for pack giveaways and an update on the Rios Libres campaign to keep Patagonia’s rivers wild.

CELEBRATE WILD SALMON PREMIERE PARTY

Saturday, January 15: The National Hotel, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Connecting ocean and forest in the Great Bear Rainforest and tackling an epic migration from Alaska to Idaho’s mountains, salmon are an integral piece of our cultures, ecosystems, food security and global economies. But to save them, we have to protect their habitat and restore migration corridors.

Join the filmmakers of The Greatest Migration and SPOIL for a beer and take action to protect wild salmon and the people, places and wildlife that depend upon them. Sierra Nevada brews, photo projections from iLCP and gear giveaways from Patagonia and Osprey Packs!

Make sure to catch The Greatest Migration and SPOIL on the big screen too! See full Wild & Scenic Film Festival schedule here.

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World Oceans Day: What Are You Doing To Celebrate Our Oceans?

June 8th, 2010

IMG_3603Our ocean. It generates most of the oxygen we breathe. It gives us food. It regulates our climate and cleans the water we drink. And for anyone who has ever stood on the beach and closed their eyes, listening to the waves crash—our ocean is exhilarating and provides limitless inspiration.

It’s our ocean, so we need to protect it. Today is World Oceans Day. What are you doing to celebrate and protect our oceans?

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Celebrate Endangered Species Day + Protect Our Biodiversity!

May 21st, 2010

screen-shot-2010-05-19-at-8-00-23-amToday is Endangered Species Day, and tomorrow is the International Day of Biodiversity, so do something to celebrate our incredible community of species. And while you’re at it, do something to protect it.

From Mountainfilm:

What exactly is biodiversity? The International League of Conservation Photographers put together this great multimedia piece that showcases what biodiversity is and why it’s important. Watching it, you’ll quickly realize that biodiversity is something that affects all of us… and that’s why we have a duty to do something to ensure its protection.

http://www.vimeo.com/11499468

5 Ways to Celebrate Endangered Species Day

  1. TAKE ACTION – Tell the Secretary of the Interior to protect critical habitat for endangered polar bears and stop Shell Oil from off-shore drilling, or urge President Obama to save the West’s most iconic salmon species from extinction.
  2. Update your Facebook profile pic – Show your support for endangered species with a photo of your favorite wildlife species. Both National Wildlife Federation and the Endangered Species Coalition have some species snaps to choose from. Let us know you did it by including @Endangered Species Coalition or @National Wildlife Federation in your status message.
  3. Help spread the word via Twitter – Share an Endangered Species Day message or wildlife fact with your friends and family. Make sure to include #speciesday in your tweet.
  4. Attend an Endangered Species Day event! Events are held across the country to highlight endangered species stories.
  5. Get Outside! Take a hike on your favorite trail, climb your favorite pitch or shred up the last of that spring snow. What species live there? And what can you do to make sure that they will be there for future generations?

Happy Friday!

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Take Action to Help Wildlife in The Gulf of Mexico

May 14th, 2010

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The catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico caused late last month by the explosion of an offshore oil rig has put local economies, wildlife and the Gulf’s delicate coastal ecosystem at risk. And unfortunately oil is still spilling. This could easily be one of the worst environmental disasters in our nation’s history.

As part of the outdoor community, we understand firsthand how important it is to safeguard this country’s natural world. This country’s unparalleled wildlands and waters form the bedrock of our industry — they are the places that inspire us to manufacture the highest-quality products so that our customers can enjoy the best-possible outdoor experiences. These wild places — along with the plants, animals and ecosystems they support — are also an integral part of the outdoor spirit, and we take very seriously our industry’s responsibility to help protect them for generations to come.oilspill

So, take a moment today to do something to help the wildlife that’s hurting in the Gulf today. Here are some tips from the National Wildlife Federation:

1. Text “WILDLIFE” to 20222 to Donate $10 - You can help wildlife threatened by the oil spill by donating via your mobile phone. Your donation will help support National Wildlife Federation’s on-the-ground volunteer and restoration efforts.

2. Speak Up for Cleaner Energy Choices - Tell your senators that now more than ever we need to pass comprehensive legislation that provides America with cleaner and safer energy choices.

3. Help Spread Messages Online – There are tons of groups out there working hard on the ground. Give a follow Friday to these folks @NWF, @waterkeeper, @NRDC for updates about the BP Oil Spill and how people are taking action.

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Wild & Scenic: Learn, Explore, Act to Protect Our Environment

May 5th, 2010

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With all of the bad environmental news bearing down on us, it’s important to stay inspired and motivated to keep fighting. That’s why we’re psyched to support the Wild & Scenic Film Festival — the largest environmental film festival in the United States.

Wild & Scenic is on tour and may be coming to your neck of the woods. Check the tour schedule and boogie on over to watch some incredible films, then get out and protect our beautiful world!

And if you need a bit of inspiration right now, take a few moments to watch Flathead Wild from our good friends at the Epicocity Project. The good news? The Canadian government announced a ban on oil and gas development in the Flathead River Basin. Groups are now working to permanently protect this wild, ecological gem.

http://www.vimeo.com/7775085

Flathead Wild Trailer from Epicocity Project on Vimeo.

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