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Support the Union of Concerned Scientists

Support the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), a 48-year-old organization that champions independent, sound science and translates it into political action.

Founded at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969, the UCS promotes science-based actions and practical solutions to a range of problems that we face. It is also alert to how politicians are using–and misusing–science, and celebrates it and calls it out as needed. (They’ve needed to do the latter a lot more lately.)


Visit the UCS webpage:


See its History page:


Visit its online Center for Science and Democracy:


See its pages on global warming and nuclear power:


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Attend a #SaveSCOTUS Event Between Monday July 9 and Friday, July 13, 2018

Attend a #SaveSCOTUS event between Monday, July 9, and Friday, July 13, 2018.


Team Trump intends to announce the name of its Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) nominee on Monday, July 9, 2018.


A team of organizations, headed by the good folks at Indivisible, have planned a week-long series of actions to protest the nominee, who will no doubt be a hard-right extremist.


See the website below to find an event near you:



Download the #SaveSCOTUS toolkit, which includes tips on how to plan a local #SaveSCOTUS event:



Visit Indivisible’s main website:



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Save This Tool:

This OTYCD entry originally posted in May 2017.


Bookmark What Do I Do About Trump, a clearing house of resistance resources.


Many anti-Trump lists, sites, services, and social media accounts have sprung up since the election. Most are good, but some are better.


What Do I Do About Trump, an all-volunteer effort, stands out for its depth and breadth. It’s the digital equivalent of a Trump resistance supermarket, except it’s a supermarket where half the aisles are full of cool stuff you heard of once and forgot about, or had no idea existed.


The site also stands apart from its competitors for offering two dedicated sections of note:


Inspiring Friends, which explicitly recognizes the value of recruiting your friends to join you in your activism


Protect Yourself, which gives you resources on how to protect yourself “if some of Trump’s campaign promises become reality”.


Fair warning: Set aside an afternoon and get your bookmarking finger ready. You’ll be disappearing down the rabbit hole, in a good way.



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Uphold the Paris Climate Agreement (Yes, You Personally)

This OTYCD entry originally posted in June 2017.

Learn what you, personally, can do to uphold the spirit of the Paris agreement on climate change.

On June 1, 2017, Trump announced that the United States would exit the Paris climate accord, making it one of just three nations–the others are Nicaragua and Syria–of 198 to sit it out. The Paris agreement calls for every nation to set goals to curtail its carbon emissions in the hopes of slowing or stopping the warming trend that climate scientists have documented. The U.S.’s individual goal was to reduce emissions between 26 and 28 percent from its 2005 levels by 2025.


Here’s just some of the things that you can do to push back against this short-sighted decision:


Call your members of Congress. But before you do, check their websites and social media and see where they stand on the issue.

Are they pushing back? Then thank them and tell them you support their actions.

Have they said nothing? Urge them to come out against Trump’s decision.

Are they for it? Say you have noticed their statements in favor and urge them to change their minds. If they refuse, prepare to spend time and money to get their opponents elected the next time they run for re-election, and tell them so.


Join the Sierra Club and sign up for its newsletter. They’re on top of environmental stuff in general and have done excellent work showing how ordinary citizens can push back against Trump’s environment-harming stances.


Ask your state governor to join the United States Climate Alliance. Launched on June 1, it’s a group of state leaders who have committed to upholding the spirit of the Paris agreement.

As of June 2, its official members include: California, New York, Washington state, Connecticut, Vermont, Oregon, Hawaii, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts (this last has a Republican governor, btw). Collectively, these states represent just over 27 percent of the country’s population, 31 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP), and a little over 14 percent of its carbon dioxide emissions (as of 2014).


If you live in a city, ask your mayor or city council leader to join the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda. Founded in 2014, it counts 180 participating mayors as of June 2. Together, they represent about 51 million Americans.

Scan the list in this Medium story and see if your mayor is among them.

You can also support the Global Covenant of Mayors, which unites mayors the world over in combatting climate change (scroll down for its info).


Support former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s efforts to nullify Trump’s wrongheaded decision. He’s forming and funding a larger group unites the efforts of the governors and mayors with those of business leaders and academic institutions. And on June 2, his self-named charity pledged to donate $15 million over two years to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.


Learn more about the Paris accord, and about the consequences of leaving it:

Learn 10 things you can do to uphold the Paris accord, per the Sierra Club:


Read about the United States Climate Alliance:


Visit the web page for the Climate Mayors:


Visit the web page for the Global Covenant of Mayors:


Read about Michael Bloomberg’s efforts to step up and lead when Trump won’t:




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Join the Postcards for America Page and Keep Fighting Trump With Postcards

This OTYCD entry originally posted in March 2017.


The OTYCD page on joining #TheIdesOfTrump–the effort to bury Trump in postcards on March 15–is the most popular in the young blog’s history.


Seeing as you all have such an appetite for sending postcards, we’re doing a post on one or our favorite Facebook activist pages: Postcards for America.


Its main goal is to encourage you to send postcards to your members of Congress about your fears and concerns. But it also alerts you to other postcard campaigns and suggests legislators who might benefit from receiving great wobbling piles of postcards that tell them they’re wrong, or in some cases, exquisitely correct and in need of thanks.


Apply for admission to the Postcards for America Facebook group:


Please note: Postcards for America is a closed group. You can apply to join and you will have to wait for an administrator to approve you before you are admitted.


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Protect the Environment

UPDATE: The Environmental Defense Fund Matching Funds Campaign Now Ends July 31

Update: The donor was so pleased with the way the matching funds campaign was going, they extended the matching period to July 31. If you haven’t given yet, get on it!

Support the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a 50-year-old nonprofit that is committed to bipartisan environmentalism.

EDF is one of the largest pro-environment organizations, counting two million members. It aims to improve the world’s air and water, expand sustainable fisheries, strengthen the resilience of ecosystems, and bolster the clean energy economy.

A longtime EDF member, spurred on by the damage that Trump’s administration could cause, is backing a two-for-one matching funds campaign until July 7.


Visit the EDF website:


See its ‘About,’ its ‘What We Do,’ and its ‘Mission and Values’ pages:


Donate to the EDF’s matching funds campaign:


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Tell Trump What You Think of His Plans For 27 National Monuments

Tell Trump to continue to preserve 27 national monuments that he has in his sights. 

The Trump administration recently asked Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior, to review the status of 27 national monuments–22 land-based ones in 11 states, and five marine ones. (Never mind that the monuments would have gone through review and public comment leading up to their designation…)

Given the way that Trump has behaved to date, you can bet that he and his minions aren’t interested in caring for these monuments as past administrations have pledged to do. It’s likely that Trump and friends are looking for ways to allow extraction of natural gas, coal, and the like on lands and waters held in public trust.

It’s on you to speak up and defend them.

The deadline to make comments in favor of the relatively newly-designated Bears Ears Monument in Utah is May 26. The deadline for submitting comments for the other 26 is July 10.


Modern Hiker has a good web page on how to comment, what to say, and which of the 27 seem to be at greater risk:


In particular, pay attention to what they write under the heading, “What Should I Write About In My Comments?” (Scroll down for this).


If you know what you want to say, here’s where to send your message (this is from the Modern Hiker page):

You can mail them to

Monument Review


U.S. Department of the Interior

1849 C Street NW

Washington, D.C. 20240

Online comments may be submitted via by searching for “DOI-2017-0002” or by using this direct link.

Note that all comments – including any personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time.


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Tell EPA Head Scott Pruitt to Stop Coddling Polluters and Keep Protections in Place

Leave comments for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt on what he should do–namely, leave environmental protections in place, thank you very much.

Until May 15, the EPA is accepting comments through its web site on “on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification.”

Please go to the site and make it clear that you want the EPA to do its best to, you know, protect the environment and keep our air and water clean.

To this end you may want to ask the EPA to restore legislation that prevented hunters from using lead ammunition in national parks and on public lands.

You may want to ask the EPA to keep the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), or even make them stricter.

You may want to ask that regulations protecting the environment be stricter, and punishments for polluters be harsher.

And you might also want to voice your support for policies that recognize that climate change is happening, humans are causing it, and humans can use the EPA to help fight it.

Just a few suggestions.

Remember: These are public comments, and they will be viewable by all. Please compose your thoughts accordingly.


See the page through which the EPA is accepting comments:


Or you can email your comments to the EPA:


You can also mail them:

Office of Policy Regulatory Reform,

Mail Code 1803A,

1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW,

Washington, DC 20460


Read a piece on about the importance of answering Pruitt’s call for comments before the deadline:


Read a Sierra Club piece on how MATS is under threat:

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Join the Peoples Climate March on April 29

Join the Peoples Climate March, a pro-environment march taking place April 29 in Washington, D.C., and across the country and the world. 

Organized by the Peoples Climate Movement, the Peoples Climate March predates the Trump era. The first march was held in New York City on September 21, 2014, ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit. More than 400,000 attended that event.

The 2017 event is scheduled for April 29–Trump’s 100th day in office. It will focus on climate, jobs, and justice, and will reflect the widespread resistance to Trump’s efforts to kill climate change efforts and despoil the environment.


Visit the Peoples Climate March website:


Find your nearest sister march:


Download Peoples Climate March posters and flyers to carry on the day:


See its Organizing Tool Kit:


Read the FAQ for the march:


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Updated: Ask Your Senators to Delay the Vote on Scott Pruitt as Head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Update: It seems that while he was attorney general of Oklahoma, Scott Pruitt denied requests to reveal emails sent from his office to fossil fuel companies for the past two years or so.

A liberal watchdog group just won a court battle that has forced Pruitt to disclose these emails. They will become public on Tuesday (Feb 21).

But Republicans, at last check, intended to proceed with the full floor vote on Pruitt’s nomination today (Feb 17).

So, in addition to calling your senators to oppose Pruitt if you haven’t already, demand that they delay the floor vote until at least Friday Feb.24, to give everyone some time to receive and review these emails.

Here is an NBC News piece about the emails case:

Original post text is below.

Call your senators and oppose Scott Pruitt, Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Trump’s shown a pattern of picking the worst possible person to head each agency, and Pruitt is no exception. The Oklahoma attorney general has said that the global warming debate “is far from settled” (though he admitted in his confirmation hearings this week that human activity has contributed to climate change “in some manner.”)

Upon taking office as his state’s attorney general, he took apart the team that was devoted to protecting Oklahoma’s natural resources. He resisted many Obama-era climate change initiatives, and he has joined at least eight lawsuits now in progress against the EPA, the agency that he would like to lead. During his hearings, he has declined to say whether he would recuse himself from these suits. Nine attorneys general have signed a letter opposing Pruitt’s nomination. (Scroll down for more information.)

Sample script: “Dear Senator (Lastname.) I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code). I am calling to ask you to vote against Scott Pruitt as the head of the EPA. His statements and actions show that he does not take climate change seriously and he will not do enough to keep our water and air clean.”

More on Pruitt: