Tip of the Day – Remember the Power of Your Voice

Posted on July 23, 2008 by Allie

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In February, I wrote about Rocky Mountain wolves being pulled off the endangered list.

After the de-listing, 110 wolves were slaughtered.  And then an amazing thing happened.

From National Geographic:

A federal judge has restored protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act for gray wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains, derailing plans by three states to hold public wolf hunts this fall.

U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy in Missoula, Montana, granted a preliminary injunction late Friday restoring federal protection for wolves in Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho.

I made a few phone calls and signed a few petitions.  I almost do it as a ritual now, forgetting that there is the potential for my name and my voice to help.  We get so much bad news about what’s going on with our environment.  We get innundated with stories of all sorts of things that feel like an uphill battle, or a lost cause.  It’s great to have a win, isn’t it?  It’s great to remember that speaking up can make a difference.

Care 2 members submitted a petition with over 300,000 names.  The NRDC, Earth Justice and a coalition of eleven other groups took aggressive action, fueled by donations and support.  People called, wrote letters, e-mailed, donated, signed petitions and protested.  And today, for now, the wolves are protected.

Remember the power of your voice.  Fight for what you are passionate about.  Doing something can be as simple as signing your name or picking up the phone.  Don’t hesitate to.

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  1. Great post Allie, and I’d also say that it’s just as important to let people/organizations, etc. know when they are doing something good. Send off an email to your favorite green company about a product, or let them know you appreciate that they use minimal packaging, etc. you get the idea! You are so write, our voices are heard!

    July 23rd, 2008 at 10:19 pm
    Comment by Jill
  2. Jill, that’s an excellent point! Thanks!

    July 24th, 2008 at 1:13 pm
    Comment by Allie
  3. I was so amazed that the lawsuit was decided in favor of the wolves! Maybe all the signatures we sent did help, if not it certainly bolstered those groups who sued for the protection. We’ll see how the appeals that the Western states IMMEDIATELY entered fare. But I’ll keep signing and supporting those people doing the legal work. Thanks for the encouraging post Allie.

    July 24th, 2008 at 5:17 pm
    Comment by Equa Yona
  4. I’m so embarrassed. I just reread my comment from yesterday and realized I said “you are so write” yikes! Perhaps your readers just think I’m witty since you were writing a blog- ha! Yeah, that’s it…I meant to type that! :)

    July 24th, 2008 at 5:54 pm
    Comment by Jill
  5. That’s what I thought, Jill! :)

    Thanks EY!

    July 24th, 2008 at 11:05 pm
    Comment by Allie

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If It Doesn’t Smell, Don’t Wash It

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According to Real Simple, if every American made an effort to launder less — cutting out just one load of laundry a week per household — we’d save enough water to fill seven million swimming pools each year.

So if it looks clean, and it smells clean, call it clean and wear it again. Consider hanging worn clothes out on your clothesline to freshen them up between wearings.


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