Care2 and Defenders of Wildlife Announce Earth Day Virtual March

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First-ever virtual event protests U.S. wildlife conservation legislation and policies.

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) April 5, 2005 – Wildlife conservation organizations Care2 and the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund today announced the first-ever Earth Day environmental virtual march to take place April 22, 2005. The joint effort, through a special website http://www.earthdayvirtualmarch.org, provides an organized way for citizens to protest the recent Senate vote to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling and other anti-conservation policies of the White House and the Congress.

Randy Paynter, founder of Care2 said, "We wanted to give individuals the means to have their voices heard collectively by the politicians in Washington and see the impact of joining forces with activists across the country. Through the virtual march, our elected representatives will receive an avalanche of emails, phone calls and faxes that should help persuade them to reconsider their actions that harm our wildlife, their habitat and the environment we share."

Speaking for the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, President Rodger Schlickeisen explained, "Through this first Earth Day virtual march, conservationists can send a message to the White House and the Congress that oil drilling in America's greatest wildlife sanctuary is not the way to prepare for America’s energy future. It’s time for the President, Senators and Representatives to stop listening to oil interests, and instead build a wildlife conservation legacy for our children and grandchildren."

Through http://www.earthdayvirtualmarch.org, individuals can sign up for the march and simultaneously send an email praising or criticizing their Senators on their Arctic vote, for final email delivery on Earth Day. March participants are also encouraged to call or fax the White House and their Senators and Representative on Earth Day to urge greater wildlife conservation activism and protection.

In addition, participants may spread the word about the virtual event and encourage friends to sign up by utilizing the http://www.earthdayvirtualmarch.org site. Providing an individualized map showing ripple effect of each person’s efforts, this attractive feature allows each participating individual to see how their activism spreads across the country.

Care2 (http://www.earthdayvirtualmarch.org) is the leading online destination and action center for people with a passion for leading a healthy, responsible lifestyle and supporting progressive causes. Along with its own 4 million members, Care2 is building a powerful network of online communities to collectively make a difference in the most important social, health and environmental causes of our time.

The Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund (http://www.earthdayvirtualmarch.org) is a non-profit organization that provides the wildlife conservation community with a voice in the legislative and political process.    The Defenders Action Fund also educates the public about the legislative records of members of Congress, especially through its Conservation Report Card. For information about the Earth Day virtual march, visit http://www.earthdayvirtualmarch.org.

Brad DeVries

Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund

202-772-0237

Marlin Miller

Care2.com

650-622-0866

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