ARE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE YET?
If environmentalists are going to change things for the future of our planet, we must vote in every election. Take a moment to get registered today! You must be registered by April 20th to vote in this year’s presidential primary election on May 19th. To vote on Election Day, November 3rd, you must be registered to vote by October 5th. Even if you are registered to vote, you should still check to see if your registration is still valid. Here in Georgia hundreds of thousands of voters are purged from the rolls each year, and this could impact you.
GET COUNTED: TAKE THE CENSUS
Every ten years, the U.S. government issues a census survey to collect information about the American population. The information that is collected is used for two critical purposes:
1. More than $1.5 trillion in federal funding is distributed to state and local governments based on census counts. This provides much-needed funding for critical environmental and public health programs.
2. The census counts are used to recalculate the number of seats that each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives. If more people in an area take the census, they will have more representation.
The census is critical for the environment. Be counted!
Water is a basic human need and a right.
But the coronavirus pandemic has exposed and exacerbated our national crisis of water insecurity, where an estimated 15 million people in America — that’s 1 out of every 20 households — are going without running water, mainly because they can’t afford to pay for it.
We need nationwide legislation immediately, following the lead of states like Michigan that have not only established a moratorium on new water shut-offs, but are also requiring utilities to turn people’s water back on if it’s been shut off.
THE EVIDENCE IS CLEAR – COAL ASH IS TOXIC AND IT’S POLLUTING GEORGIA’S WATER.
A report of groundwater monitoring at coal plants found pollution at 10 out of 11 plants.
Georgia is one of just two states in the nation that have been granted permission from the federal government to oversee coal ash pond closures. The state’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD) is handling this process in Georgia. EPD staff will make the final decisions on important aspects of coal ash cleanup in Georgia that will have lasting impacts for our communities, including which ponds can be capped and remain in place.
PROTECT THE OKEFENOKEE
Deep in the southern part of Georgia is a shallow, 438,000-acre wetland that many critters, big and small, call home. The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and Okefenokee Wilderness is a place that many Georgians hold near and dear to their hearts, but this treasured swamp is under threat once more by an Alabama mining company. While most of the country is trying to cope with the spread of COVID-19, Twin Pines Minerals, LLC, is quietly moving forward on a proposal to mine 12,000 acres of Trail Ridge where it forms the eastern border of the Okefenokee Swamp. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers now needs to hear from you – again – to save the threatened Okefenokee. Comments are currently due by May 28, 2020.
Stop Sabal Trail’s Air Pollution From Making Albany’s COVID-19 Crisis Even Deadlier!
We are calling on Governor Kemp and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to take urgent action to stop the operation of Sabal Trail Transmission’s Albany Gas Compressor Station and prevent dangerous air pollutants that are likely to make our community’s severe COVID-19 crisis even deadlier.
The Sabal Trail Pipeline and its Albany compressor station, pumping gas from Alabama through Georgia into Central Florida, provides no benefits to Georgians, and it will unnecessarily put our state, and in particular our communities in the Albany Metro area, at risk.
Protect Georgia’s Right to Farm Act!
Voting is a right, not a privilege.
With the current Covid-19 pandemic continuing to affect our communities, it’s vital that our elected officials and government leaders take immediate steps to ensure that access to voting and the polls remain available for everyone. This includes taking the necessary actions to protect our voters without putting them at risk of becoming infected.
Voting is a right for every citizen, not a privilege afforded to members of a select few. No one should be forced to put their health and lives on the line to vote in unsafe conditions. We need Congress and local state leaders to invest adequate funding and resources to ensure that the 2020 elections are safe and available to as many people as possible.