60,000 People Join Virtual March for Earth Day 2005

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Care2 and Defenders of Wildlife urge wildlife conservation action on April 22nd.

Wildlife conservation organizations Care2 and the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund today urged conservationists to join over 60,000 online activists and let their fingers do the marching in the first-ever environmental virtual march to coincide with Earth Day, April 22nd.

The joint effort, through a special website at http://www.earthdayvirtualmarch.org, gives citizens a quick and effective way to make their voice heard for Earth Day, by protesting 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 viral 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 influence them to vote responsibly on issues affecting our wildlife, its habitat and the environment we share."

Speaking for Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, its President, Rodger Schlickeisen, said, "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. All of the emails will be delivered on Earth Day. Those participating in the march will also be urged to call or fax the White House, their Senators and their Representative on Earth Day.

In addition, those signing up will be encouraged to spread the word about the march and encourage friends to sign up. The http://www.earthdayvirtualmarch.org site provides an individualized map that will show the ripple effect of the viral effort by indicating how many people are in fact signing up and where they live. This attractive feature allows each participating individual to see how many marchers he or she produces, and how their impact spreads across the country.

Care2 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 is a non-profit organization that works to provide 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 more information about the Earth Day virtual march, please visit http://www.earthdayvirtualmarch.org.


Brad DeVries

Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund

202-772-0237 (Eastern Time)

Marlin Miller


650-622-0866 (Pacific Time)

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