This Giving Tuesday, November 29th, after spending quality time gorging comfort foods with family and friends and waddling around like penguins from store to store, don’t forget to set aside some of your stash for the forests, rivers, and wildlife that sustain us with the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink.
Founded as a response to the commercialization and consumerism of the holiday season, Giving Tuesday, the international day of charitable giving, is integral to nonprofits, providing concentrated support from people who donate to the causes they care about. Because we live in a capitalistic society, we vote with the dollar. It is our hope that more people choose to invest their hard-earned money into community resources that help to improve our physical and social environment.
Non-profits provide a way for people to bypass politics and bureaucracies and work together for the common good. These are the organizations that directly provide things like food for the hungry, opportunities for children, arts for communities, and protection for the environment.
Here at EPIC, we may be small, but we continue to wrangle some big accomplishments. In the last year, we have helped to protect:
Wildlife and mature forests on public lands by commenting on ALL of the timber sales that were proposed in the Klamath, Shasta-Trinity, Six Rivers and Mendocino National Forests,
Endangered coho salmon in the Shasta River by filing a lawsuit challenging the Shasta safe harbor agreement that has authorized take permits for irrigators,
Jackson Demonstration State Forest by working with lawmakers, local tribes, and forest activists to halt logging, develop a management plan, and to advocate for tribal management of the forest,
Pacific fishers by filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asking Endangered Species Act protections for fishers,
Humboldt County from herbicide spraying by pressuring the Board of Supervisors to adopt a policy that will prevent attempts by PG&E, Caltrans, and other from spraying herbicides without our consent, and
One of Mendocino County’s four currently active bald eagle nests from PG&E chainsaws by launching an action alert that sent hundreds of emails to PG&E demanding for the tree to be left standing.
Think of us as your local environmental law enforcement group that goes after large crooked corporations and corrupt government agencies, except we provide this service for a donation instead of being provided tax funds like other law enforcement agencies.
We work for the voiceless. In our line of work, it is so important to celebrate the wins, and we are grateful for our supporters who help us reach these goals! It takes people power and when we work together, we can make a difference. But it would not be possible without you.
Please make a donation today! Give what you can to support EPIC and other essential organizations.
For the wild!