Do you ever write to your Congressmen and women? Has it been easy to find places to sign petitions to help animals? Prior to making a conscious commitment to sign petitions, I would just add my name when I saw something pop up in social media.
But about three years ago, I realized that many organizations sort petitions into one page on their website. They make it super easy to scroll through them and hit a button, fill out a form, and become a part of the action.
My simple idea for today’s episode is to choose one day per month to sign petitions. Then go to your favorite website that day and choose a few petitions to sign.
If you don’t already have a favorite website, you can try one of my top 6 places to sign petitions to help animals below.
Simple idea: choose ONE day per month and sign petitions that day
1. THE NATURE CONSERVANCY:
The Nature Conservancy is one of my favorite organizations. They proactively work to protect lands from development and bring them back to their natural ecosystems. I fell in love with this group when I visited their Kankakee Sands property just north of the home where I grew up. They do so much cool stuff in the world, and they always have petitions to sign.
I recently signed a petition to support the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, which highlights that 1/3 of American fish and wildlife species are in danger of extinction. The bill calls for funds to be dedicated to conservation and restoration of wildlife.
2. NATIONAL RESOURCE DEFENSE COUNCIL (NRDC):
NRDC works to help people, animals, and the planet. They’ve been established for over 50 years and are basically huge. This is one of the best places to sign petitions to help animals and people.
I recently found an easy way to write to the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to help save Florida Panthers from fossil fuel development in the Florida Everglades.
3. ONE GREEN PLANET:
One Green Planet is basically a blog that became a huge resource of helpful info on compassionate living. They even have an app with plant-based recipes called Food Monster. They have a page with unique petitions that we can sign. I like that a lot of these are international and not stemming out of the USA.
I recently found one to the Costa Rican government to ban toxic ingredients in sunscreen that kill the coral reef and other ocean animals.
4. WORLD WILDLIFE FUND:
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is always a plethora of resources, especially to learn about various species. They are one of the great places to sign petitions for animals. I recently found a petition to support the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act, which calls for more responsibility for waste management and recycling to be put on the companies that are creating the plastic in the first place.
5. GREEN PEACE:
Green Peace is one of my favorite resources that looks at people, animals, and the environment simultaneously with their work. Their petitions cover more social justice issues than some of the others, and I love that they are a grassroots organization that is funded through individual contributors and not politicians or corporations. I recently found a petition targeted to the California governor to stop drilling permits within 2500 feet of homes, schools and other sensitive sites. They have USA and Global action networks to support.
6. LADY FREETHINKER:
Lady Freethinker is a nonprofit focused on investigating areas of animal cruelty, with education and petitions surrounding their findings to drive change. They cover areas that may not otherwise be seen. I recently found a petition to support Cash’s Law, which is a House bill calling for harsher punishments for animal cruelty.
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