WWF Conservation Action Network activists want to
know: How effective have I been lately? Here's the answer -- your
latest Conservation Action Network scorecard which shows the important
environmental victories that you've achieved over the past few months,
as well as the tough battles that we haven't yet won.
You'll see that Conservation Action Network crusaders
have been incredibly busy and successful lately. In several cases,
you've joined forces with online activists from other WWF offices
around the world, making our collective voices louder and clearer with
Thank you and congratulations!
* Big Win for the Great Barrier Reef
During the past two years, scores of Conservation
Action Network activists took part in WWF-Australia's campaign for
greater protection for the world famous Great Barrier Reef. In December
2003, the Australian parliament agreed to safeguard 27,000,000 acres of
the reef -- creating the largest network of marine sanctuaries on Earth.
* Ecuador Rethinks Agreement with Galapagos Fishermen
Thankfully, the Ecuadorian
government recently backed away from an agreement it had reached with
protesting local fishermen that could have spelled big trouble down the
road for the Galapagos Islands' fragile marine environment and the
people who depend on it. WWF activists helped bring about this victory
by sending a total of 35,000 messages to the president of Ecuador and
two government ministers.
* U.S. Congress Nixes Plan that Threatened Alaska
Fish and Wildlife
In January, Congress removed from a spending bill
language that would have prevented federal funds from being spent to
protect essential fish habitat and marine ecosystems in the waters off
Alaska -- including recently-discovered deep water coral and sponge
habitats -- from destructive fishing practices like bottom trawling.
Also removed were incentives for resuming fishing for depleted pollock
fish stocks. WWF activists sent 17,000 letters to their senators
pushing for these changes.
* Baltic Sea Gets Special Protection
When WWF offices in countries
bordering the Baltic Sea asked for help in sheltering this
extraordinary marine habitat from oil spills and other impacts of
shipping, you responded enthusiastically, sending 10,000 letters of
support. As a result, in April the Baltic was given the protection it
deserves when the International Maritime Organization designated it as
a "Particularly Sensitive Sea Area."
* Support Builds for Endocrine Disruptor Legislation
Cosponsorship of the Environmental Health Research
Act jumped by 42 representatives and four senators since WWF activists
started speaking out in support of the measure last fall. So far, these
online advocates have sent 44,000 letters to Congress. The bill calls
for a badly-needed U.S. government-wide program of research on
chemicals that disrupt the hormones of people and wildlife. U.S.
activists can still urge their members of Congress to cosponsor
* Arctic Refuge Safe -- For Now
During the past year, WWF advocates sent an amazing
73,000 letters urging Congress to spare the Arctic National Wildlife
Refuge from the ravages of energy development. You've had great
success. First, drilling provisions were kept out of the national
energy bill pending in Congress. Then, after both Republicans and
Democrats raised objections, congressional leaders chose not to assume
in the fiscal year 2005 budget bill that revenues from oil and gas
development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would contribute to
federal income. Including the revenues in the budget bill would have
made it easier for legislators to authorize oil and gas development in
But, the refuge won't be safe until it's been
designated as wilderness. U.S. activists can still urge their members of Congress to cosponsor
Arctic Refuge wilderness legislation.
* U.S. Offshore Oil Drilling Moratorium Intact
After WWF activists sent 31,000
letters to Congress, legislators also kept language calling for an
inventory of potential oil and gas resources in the entire outer
continental shelf out of the pending national energy bill. That study
could have been the first step toward overturning a long-standing
offshore oil drilling moratorium that protects these fragile areas.
* $2.5 Million for Florida Keys Water Quality
Florida activists played a
special role in boosting funding for improvements to water quality in
the Florida Keys. They sent hundreds of letters urging Governor Jeb
Bush to push Congress to increase federal funding. In the end, Congress
approved $2.5 million for wastewater and stormwater treatment in the
Florida Keys, which will help save the Keys' imperiled coral reef
ecosystem and fisheries from the water pollution that threatens their
* Public's Right to Comment is Upheld
Late last year, the U.S. Forest Service dropped a
plan that would have restricted how the public can submit comments on
forest management plans, amendments, or revisions. WWF activists sent
8,000 letters objecting to the proposal.
Despite your tens of thousands of emails, some
decision makers were unwilling to make conservation a priority. You'll
be hearing from us as opportunities arise to change these outcomes.
* Germany Undermines Global Warming Progress
Germany turned from being an international climate policy leader to one
that openly supports new coal-fired power plants at the expense of
cleaner energies. In so doing, it undermined the process of the
European Union meeting its Kyoto Protocol obligations to fight global
The good news is that we caught the German
chancellor's eye and were successful in convincing him to get
personally involved in the debate. We also generated enormous media
coverage of the issue, particularly in the German press. And, we showed
the power of collaboration, teaming with WWF-Germany and other WWF
offices to send 16,000 letters in just a few days time.
* Roadless Areas Still at Risk
Late last year, the Bush administration announced
that it would exempt the Tongass National Forest in Alaska from the
Clinton-era roadless area protection rule. The exemption will allow
nearly 50 timber sales to go forward -- comprising 300,000 acres of old
growth forest. Furthermore, the administration has refused to implement
the roadless rule or defend it against industry-inspired court
challenges. Any day now, the administration is expected to announce its
version of the rule, which may allow states to request exemptions.
Meanwhile, WWF activists have sent 41,000 letters urging their members
of Congress to circumvent these threats and make the roadless rule the
law of the land. You can still lend your voice.
* Oil and Gas Exploration Planned for Western Arctic
The administration recently gave
its approval for oil and gas leasing within nearly 9 million acres of
the 23 million acre National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska in the Western
Arctic. Located west of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and home to
the Inupiat Eskimo people, the region is teeming with wildlife and
critical habitats. Last year, WWF activists sent 8,700 comments
objecting to the development; this year, they sent 42,000 letters
asking Congress to intervene.
* More Development Allowed in Florida Keys
In March, Florida Governor Jeb Bush and his cabinet
voted to increase development in the Florida Keys, eliminate a water
quality initiative, and not include important natural areas in a
temporary building moratorium on sensitive lands -- despite receiving
30,000 letters from Conservation Action Network advocates.
* Oil and Gas Leasing Planned for Otero Mesa
The Bush administration recently firmed up plans to
allow energy development within New Mexico's Otero Mesa, one of the
last relatively unfragmented desert grasslands within the
globally-outstanding Chihuahuan Desert ecoregion. The plans call for
reclamation, but restoring this type of habitat is virtually
impossible. During the public comment period, 7,700 WWF activists
opposed the development.
For more on these and other past campaigns, visit the
"Your Successes" section.
WHAT MORE YOU CAN DO
* Ramp up Your Activism
Now, it's easier to add your own thoughts to the letters
you send and dramatically increase your impact because the Conservation
Action Network Web site stores your password when you log in. Each time
you come back to the site, you can go right to the page that lets you
personalize your letters. Log in and edit away.
* Get Your Friends on Board
Send your friends WWF e-postcards
and urge them to join the Conservation Action Network. The more people
who are committed to taking action, the more powerfully we will speak
out for wildlife and wild spaces around the world.
* Learn More About Your Representatives
U.S. activists, do you know who your members of Congress
are? Now, you can find out and contact them directly.
Working together, we can all become a force for