Avaaz helps you tell the governments of Brazil, Venezuela, and Colombia to create the world's largest environmental reserve in the Amazon rain forest. While some 80% of the planned reserve already enjoys some form of protection, the planned 135 million hectare reserve would wind up being more than twice as big as France -- no, the whole country of France -- and it's long overdue, not just because the huge rainforest slows down climate change by trapping carbon emissions, not just because a tenth of the world's known animal species live there, but because the forest has been threatened by developers for decades now, still losing some 100,000 hectares annually just to illegal logging. A few million dollars for a few developers (and, no doubt, their legislator cronies) versus helping to protect the planet and its diversity -- well, call me a hippie if you like, but I know which one would be better for all of us. And deforestation has started to go up again, particularly in Brazil. Oh, and the indigenous communities in the planned reserve are already on board, so no taking them hostage, right-wingers.
Meanwhile, Public Citizen helps you tell SEC Chair Mary Jo White to require publicly-traded corporations to disclose their political campaign spending. The cartoon video (length: one minute, six seconds) accompanying the action alert is amusing, and it reminds us that it's "your savings and investments" corporations use to "buy dirty political favors," which is a message we can't repeat enough. So we'll repeat it again: corporate executives throw away your money on political candidates who'll do their bidding when they're supposed to be doing your bidding! Of course, SEC Chair Mary Jo White hasn't been "granted special powers by the government" -- the legislative branch has given the SEC the power to regulate what publicly-traded corporations do with their shareholders' money. No doubt corporate executives say we don't need to be told what to do! Everything we do is to make the shareholders richer! Of course, they do what they do to make themselves richer, but the shareholders should make that call -- they may actually have priorities other than money.