Earth Day should be a time to celebrate the natural beauty of our ocean planet and to commit to preserving it. Coming two days after BP’s disaster that unleashed 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf, last year’s Earth Day was about licking our wounds and mourning what was lost.
All told, over 8,000 birds, turtles and marine mammal deaths have been confirmed. Actual mortality is thought to be much greater, and the spill is not done wreaking havoc. Critical wetlands have been lost, and 153 dolphins, many just infants, have washed up on Gulf shores since January. Gulf fishermen still find fish with lesions in every catch, shrimpers dredge up buckets of oil, and “unexplained” fish kills are still happening.
What will Earth Day 2011 be about?
If House Leadership has its way, it’ll be about feeding our addiction to oil. They’re pushing three bills that seek to speed up and expand offshore drilling on virtually every U.S. coast! This is an assault on fish, turtles, marine mammals and coastal habitat, as well as on jobs that depend on tourism and healthy fisheries.
We think Earth Day 2011 should be about protecting marine life and clean coastal water. That’s why we’re raising $50,000 by Memorial Day to:
Help us protect the strong fisheries conservation law we helped pass by donating generously to Ocean Champions today.
As you know, Ocean Champions is the only ocean group that endorses and supports Members of Congress. This ensures that our voice is heard, but we need your help to make it even stronger at this critical time. This Earth Day, become a “Fighter for Fish” by giving generously to Ocean Champions.
For Earth Day, and for the oceans,