Active Actions

Please join our team in taking action to protect our environment and stand up for science!

Mission Statement

Our mission is to resist the agenda of the Trump administration and promote an agenda that protects the environment and the role of science in society by affecting change through the political system at all levels of government. We care about all aspects of the environment and science, including but not limited to climate change, pollution, science denial, endangered species, and public lands.

Our group focuses on actions. We meet, discuss, conduct research, and inform each other always with the aim of coordinating and taking actions that will have maximum impact. Members can influence the focus of our group by taking the initiative to organize actions affecting topics they care about. We believe that actions taken collectively are far more impactful than actions taken individually, and so we believe in a deliberate and efficient process for acting as a group. We maximize our impact by providing clear directions for action to all members of our group and to all Indivisible Berkeley members.

Team Information

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If you have questions about our team, email environment+owner@indivisibleberkeley.org. You can find us in the #science_environment channel in the IB Slack.



TAKE ACTION: Save Critical Protection Standards. Oppose the Regulatory Accountability Act

Contact Information

  • Senator Dianne Feinstein: (415) 393-0707, (310) 914-7300, (202) 224-3841, or email
  • Senator Kamala Harris: (415) 355-9041, (213) 894-5000, (202) 224-3553, or email
  • or find your senator

Script

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].

I want to express my strong opposition to the Regulatory Accountability Act, Senate Bill 951. This Act is designed to impose almost insurmountable obstacles to enacting even the most critical regulatory protections for Americans - from food-borne illness to childhood lead poisoning and worker safety. These safeguards should not be politicized. I urge you to vote no.

Thank you for your time and attention.

[If leaving a voicemail, leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

Optional Additional Script

Share a personal example about how federally created protections impact you and/or people you care about. For example:

  • I have children in my life, and I am concerned about even more toxic chemicals.
  • I care about clean air and water, and this act would make it nearly impossible for the EPA to regulate new pollutants.
  • I am a student, and I am concerned about the lack of regulation on the loan industry getting even worse.
  • I live with a disability and am concerned about accessibility standards being diminished.
  • I am a worker concerned about weakening health and safety standards that help protect me and my co-workers from getting injured on the job.

Background Information

The Environmental Defense Fund calls the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) "the scariest legislation you've never heard of." Masked in technicalities, the Regulatory Accountability Act is a backdoor attempt to fundamentally dismantle the ability of federal agencies to create regulations, and allow industry free play at the expense of our health, environment, and civil rights. It would make nearly every regulation impossible to enact. The bill has passed the House and is moving forward in the Senate.

See this letter to legislators that was signed by 14 environmental organizations. See also see our Regulatory Accountability Act google doc.



TAKE ACTION: Put Pressure on Trumps Economic Advisory Board

Call, email or tweet the contacts below to tell Trump’s Economic Advisory Board to quit in protest over his exiting the Paris Climate Agreement. Thank Elon Musk and Disney’s CEO Bob Iger for having already stepped down.

Script

I am deeply distressed to see your company still on Trump’s Economic Advisory board after his refusal to honor the Paris Agreement. Seventy-one percent of Americans support the Agreement, and we are glad to see Elon Musk and Disney step down in protest. I urge you to also be a good corporate citizen and step down immediately. Thank you.

Musk and Iger: Thank you for taking an honorable and conscientious stand in stepping down from Trump’s Economic Advisory Board.

Background

Elon Musk (Tesla) and Bob Iger (DIsney) quit Trump’s advisory board as a result of Trump’s decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement. See further details in Rogan’s List, and Jessica Craven’s Daily Action, which along with Indivisible are part of the Action Alliance. This link describes the other Board members:

Contacts:

  • Mr. Elon Musk, Tesla Headquarters, 3500 Deer Creek Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304
  • Mr. Robert Iger, Walt Disney Company, 500 S Buena Vista St, Burbank, CA 91521.

Ask the following to step down

  • Pepsico
    • call 800-433-2652 hit 0
    • email indra.nooyi@pepsico.com
    • tweet .@PepsiCo
  • Walmart
    • call 800-925-6278
    • call their ethics department at 800-963-8442 (press 3)
    • email doug.mcmillon@wal-mart.com
    • tweet .@Walmart
  • GE
    • call 203-373-2211
    • email jeff.immelt@ge.com
    • tweet .@generalelectric
  • Dell
    • call 800-624-9897
    • email michael@dell.com
    • tweet .@dell
  • GM
    • email Mary.barra@gm.com
    • tweet .@GM
  • JPMorganChase
    • call 212-270-7042
    • email jamie.dimon@jpmchase.com
    • tweet .@jpmorgan
  • Intel
    • email Brian.Krzanich@intel.com
    • tweet: .@intel
  • IBM
    • call 914-499-1900
    • email grometty@us.ibm.com
    • tweet .@IBM


TAKE ACTION: Defend Our National Monuments

Comment on Regulations.gov by 7/10 →

Script

National monuments are treasures for all Americans to be proud of and to enjoy. Studies show that the economies of nearby communities expand after designation, including employment, personal income and per capita income. National monuments belong to every American citizen, and visitors from all over the country and the world marvel at their raw beauty. Maintain all monument designations and keep their current size.

Optional: A list of monuments under review, including marine monuments, is shown in the page linked above. Add your personal experience at one or more monuments you’ve visited.

Background

The president has ordered the Interior Department to review 27 national monuments, including marine national monuments, designated since 1996 and over 100,000 acres in size. The objective is to determine if they should be eliminated as national monuments or reduced in size. The president has also order review of the 1906 Antiquities Act that allows a president to designate national monuments.

The administration claims the designations result in lost jobs and poor local economies. Eliminating monuments benefits oil and mining interests, which want greater access within and around the areas, including for on- and off-shore energy projects. In reality, national monuments have economic benefits.



TAKE ACTION: Ban Chlorpyrifos Pesticides

Comment on Regulations.gov by 6/5 →

Studies suggest that the organophosphate pesticide Chlorpyrifos may be dangerous to children. Obama's EPA took steps to ban it based on the precautionary principle, but Scott Pruitt's EPA wants to keep using it. Comments are accepted until 8:59 ET on June 5.

Script

Customize as you like, but here's a start:

I oppose the EPA's decision to allow continued use of chlorpyrifos. Overwhelming scientific evidence exists showing that this pesticide is unsafe for children, workers, endangered species and consumers. Do not ignore what EPA’s robust, peer-reviewed and unbiased science has shown. There is more than enough evidence to show that chlorpyrifos does not meet the Food Quality Protection Act requirement that it can be used with “a reasonable certainty of no harm.” Protect Americans and ban this pesticide.

Fun facts about Chlorpyrifos

  • All food exposures of chlorpyrifos exceed safe levels, with children ages 1-2 exposed to levels of chlorpyrifos that are 140 times what the EPA deems safe.
  • There is no safe level of chlorpyrifos in drinking water.
  • Chlorpyrifos is found at unsafe levels in the air at schools and homes in communities in agricultural areas.
  • All workers who mix and apply chlorpyrifos are exposed to unsafe levels of the pesticide, even with maximum personal protective equipment and engineering controls.
  • Prenatal exposures are associated with reduced IQ, loss of working memory, attention disorders and delayed motor development.
  • Chlorpyrifos harms almost every endangered species studied.
  • Chlorpyrifos leaches into ground water, which may be used for drinking and irrigation, and it persists in residues on fruits and vegetables, even after washing and peeling.

More on the health effects of chlorpyrifos was recently reported in the New York Times. Check out the regulations.gov tips on writing effective comments.

Background

The NRDC and PANNA (Pesticide Action Network North America) petitioned EPA to revoke what’s called “tolerances” and cancel registrations for chlorpyrifos. Revocation would result in a ban on using the pesticide. There is robust, unbiased scientific evidence of the neurotoxicity of this dangerous pesticide. Under President Obama, the EPA recommended banning chlorpyrifos. Under Pruitt, the EPA now proposes to deny the NRDC and PANNA petition, thereby allowing continued use of the pesticide. (Chlorpyrifos is sold by Dow Chemical, which is reported to have bankrolled Trump’s inauguration and to support the roll back of government protections (Vanity Fair)). Pruitt’s action claims that “there continue to be considerable areas of uncertainty” about neurodevelopmental effects of early life exposure to the pesticide. However, the Agency has not provided information about the basis for its reversal.



Take Action: Tell USDA to Enact Animal Welfare Rules

Comment on Regulations.gov by 6/9 →

Tell the Department of Agriculture to implement the Organic Livestock and Poultry Welfare Rules!

Script

Let the rule become effective. As a consumer of organic meat and poultry, I want a higher standard of animal welfare during the animals’ lives. The “organic” label is good business, the rules benefit the producers who implement them, and consumers benefit when the “organic” label reflects the animal treatment standards we expect.

Background

From Civil Eats --

“The proposed rules are the product of decades-long conversations involving the Organic Trade Association (OTA), animal welfare and consumer groups and they’re based on formal recommendations from the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), the 15-member public advisory group to the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s National Organic Program comprised of organic producers, environmentalists, and consumer advocates, among others.” The Trump administration now wants to roll them back or delay implementation. Four actions are proposed for public comment. Please choose the first, “Let the rule become effective.”



TAKE ACTION: Thank EPA's San Francisco Employees

Please send a note of thanks and support to EPA's San Francisco employees. If you have a personal story of how EPA has helped you, include that in your card. This is a tough time for these career public servants, and it would be great to let them know how much we support them.

Send cards to this address:

Employees of EPA Region 9 (ORA)
75 Hawthorne St.
San Francisco, CA 94105



TAKE ACTION: Save Environmental, Food and Drug Protections

Contact Information

  • Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs: (202) 224-4751 or email
  • Senator Dianne Feinstein: (415) 393-0707, (310) 914-7300, (202) 224-3841, or email
  • Senator Kamala Harris: (415) 355-9041, (213) 894-5000, (202) 224-3553, or email
  • or find your senator

Script

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].

I'm in opposition to three bills currently before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: S. 21 - the REINS act, S. 34 - the Midnight Rules Relief Act, and H.R.5 - the Regulatory Accountability Act.

These bills endanger the public. Regulations provide protections from poisons, pollutants, and disease-causing elements in our water, air, and food. Removing those regulations removes protections for me, my family, and my community — which is YOUR community too.

I urge you in the strongest possible terms to vote against these bills.

Thank you for your time and attention.

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Background Information

Federal agencies such as the EPA and the FDA exist to protect the public from harm, largely from corporations that put poisons, pollutants, and disease-causing elements into our water, air, food, and drugs. Those protections are carried out via rules and regulations.

S. 21 (the REINS act), S. 34 (the Midnight Rules Relief Act), and H.R. 5 (the Regulatory Accountability Act) have all three passed the house and are currently under consideration by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

The REINS Act puts politics ahead of protection, giving Congress the ability to cancel out science-based regulations that have satisfied all regulatory requirements including public comment.

The Midnight Rules Relief Act would allow Congress to wipe away successful environmental protections from the Obama administration.

The Regulatory Accountability Act would put tremendous burdens on and tie the hands of EPA and other regulatory agencies beyond the high bar they have now.



Attacks on Environmental Regulations

Please see our Overview on Environmental Regulations for a summary of what's under attack!