Stimulate a Green Economy:
“Members of Congress are crafting an economic stimulus and recovery plan. Please tell them that the stimulus must help to build an inclusive green economy – not reinforce the pollution-based economy’s status quo – and has to include funding for the Green Jobs Act.”
-from Green for All.org
Ask Congress to green the inevitable economic stimulus by filling out this petition.
While you’re at it, you may want to consider asking your mayor and county executives to pledge to support green jobs on a local level.
And if you REALLY want to get all fired up, read Van Jones’ The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems.
Be An Instrument for Change:
Ideas For Change in America is collecting, well, ideas for change in america, and encouraging everyone to vote for those ideas they most support.
The “Top 10 Ideas for America” will be presented to the Obama Administration on Inauguration Day. We will then build a national campaign to advance each idea in Congress, marshaling the resources of Change.org, MySpace, and our dozens of partner organizations and millions of combined members.
At first glance I am partial to asking the Obama administration to support Al Gore’s challenge for 100% green energy in 10 years.
That’s just looking at energy; but, as this eloquent post from Treehugger states, we can’t afford to get this issue of energy use and the environment even one little bit wrong.
There’s also ideas on education, the economy, gay rights, healthcare, the Middle East. Let me know if you come across any other worthy ideas; I’ll keep digging, too.
Make Schools Non-Toxic:
In response to the Smokestack Effect Special Report, MomsRising.org has made it easy for you to demand action on school air quality health and safety standards.
Sign that petition here.
Save the Teddy Bears (and other homemade toys):
After all the recalls brought about by the discovery of phthalates and lead and date rape drugs in children’s toys, Congress passed the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act strengthening testing and safety standards. Unfortunately, the cost of the testing required will likely put every homemade toymaker (like anyone who sells on Etsy) and every small toymaking business under, benefiting the big business companies who made this mess in the first place!
Again, who do we want to support? Do we want big business to be the only ones left standing? Here I thought America was all about independence and individuality and and the entrepeneurial spirit.
Just a few minutes to add your voice. That’s all I’m asking.