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Petitioning Publix Super Markets, Walmart, Target, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S, United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Florida Department of Health, Environmental Protection ...

Stop McArthur Dairy Farms from torturing cows by terminating their contracts now.

After watching the investigation conducted by ARM at McArthur Dairy Farms, a company of Dean Foods, we as consumers and non-consumers demand Publix, Walmart and Target to stop dairy supply from McArthur Dairy Farms. We refuse to purchase products or support any organization that has a business relationship with a company that commits these terrible atrocities to cows. Suspending the receiving of milk is not enough as we do not want to see inhumane companies in the market, which is why we request a termination of contract.  In addition, we urge Publix, Walmart, and Target to raise the standards for their dairy suppliers requiring them to protect dairy cows by treating them humanely and giving them a quality of life. We would also like to see the State of Florida and the FDA write laws and statues that protect dairy cows from living inhumanly on dairy farms. 

Andrea Palacio
211,964 supporters
Petitioning Environmental Protection Agency

Prevent expansion of honeybee-killing pesticides

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering a proposal to dramatically expand the use of the bee-killing pesticide thiamethoxam. If approved, the harmful pesticide would be allowed to be sprayed directly on wheat, barley, corn, sorghum, alfalfa, rice, and potato crops, greatly increasing the exposure to already at-risk honeybees. Sign my petition to ask that the EPA deny the proposal expanding the use of neonicotinoids, and shift directions to restricting these harmful pesticides. Bees pollinate approximately 75 percent of the fruits, nuts, and vegetables grown in the U.S. Without bees, many of the food crops we rely on would simply die off. The proposal, by the agrochemical giant Syngenta, was released the same day as an assessment by EPA scientists detailing the dangers posed by neonicotinoid pesticides, including thiamethoxam, to honeybees, birds and aquatic life. Sign the petition to ask the EPA to reject Syngenta's proposal to expand the use of bee-killing pesticides. The European Union and Canada are already taking steps to limit or ban neonicotinoid pesticides due to their negative impact to pollinators. By expanding their use in the U.S., the EPA would be causing grave harm to the environment and our food supply. Photo credit: Björn Appel (Wikipedia)

Natalie adt
148,904 supporters
Petitioning President Trump

Ban Toxic Chinese Drywall, Provide Medical Monitoring, Injunctive Equitable Relief, Public Awareness

After Hurricane Katrina, our Family moved from Louisiana to Florida. We bought a new house and were thrilled to be getting a fresh start. However, our happiness was short-lived. Soon, the entire family’s health, and our house’s appliances, air conditioning unit, and wiring all began failing. It was a bizarre nightmare. What we learned later was that our walls were literally made from poison. After talking to neighbors who were experiencing the same issues, we brought in a forensic toxic specialist. Our drywall had been shipped in from China and was made with toxins that should never have been allowed in a building product. But by then, it was too late. Our builder had gone out of business, our insurance had a pollution exclusion, and our mortgage company said we were responsible. I filed a complaint with the insurance commissioner and after investigating they dismissed my complaint stating in fine print there was a pollution exclusion, I knew they weren't referencing these gasses emitting from Chinese Drywall. I need your help to make sure no family has to endure what we are facing. Join me in demanding that all Chinese drywall be banned from  the United States until it has been guaranteed to be safe and toxin-free. After hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Chinese drywall flooded the US market. According to shipping information Knauf Tianjin sent at least 38.7 million pounds of Chinese Drywall, Knauf Wuhu sent 28.6 million pounds. Based on U.S. customs and census information these figures indicate 78% from these two China plants in 2006. Those numbers have continued to increase affecting more innocent homeowners. It was used in countless homes, and thousands of families are currently involved in lawsuits over it. They have experienced the same horrible health effects as us, such as eye and upper respiratory infections, chronic nose bleeds, vomiting blood,scalp sores, migraines and chronic fatigue, and have also seen it destroy everything they worked hard to build. The problem is so bad that Congress passed a bill to learn more about the dangers of Chinese drywall used in homes like mine. We ended up having to walk away from our home, losing over $100,000 in equity. After we did, it was bulldozed to the ground. When we moved into a new place, we learned that it, too, had Chinese drywall. This toxic product is everywhere. There is reports of eleven infants at Fort Bragg that have mysteriously died  and the homes contained Chinese Drywall. This design defect by China allowed high levels of sulfide gasses: carbon disulfide, carbonyl sulfide, dimethyl sulfide and other chemicals to emit through off-gassing into our homes. If it can corrode wiring turn our metals, silverware, jewelry black,  what is the long term health effects we face? We have photos of congress entering our homes wearing masks, however their saying theirs no danger when you leave. They refuse to study the health effects that families have suffered and continue to suffer daily. My family has never received justice. We still suffer from ill health, our credit has been destroyed, and we have to scrape every penny just to get by day-to-day. We are no longer home owners, we rent. Recently, I learned I have thyroid cancer, and I know in my heart that it is from the Chinese drywall. A home is supposed to protect you, not kill you. It is time to ban Chinese drywall until we have answers and guarantees that it is safe.

Crystal K
90,098 supporters
Petitioning Monsanto, Environmental Protection Agency

Ban neonicotinoids from pesticide products used for agriculture

Since 1990, beekeepers have noticed a drastic decline in the bee population. Bee colonies have been disappearing left and right due to the excess use of Neonicotinoids. These chemicals are harmful to the species and are causing a pandemic for these honeybees. Before planting, some might use a product by Monsanto or Bayer to help the plants with pesticides. By doing this, though, they have made it so when a bee goes to pollinate, it will get sick to the point where it will not be able to survive. More and more bees have not been able to live through the winters because of the harmful chemicals left in their bodies. Without bees, we will lose a drastic amount of agricultural products, which will hurt not only the food industry, but our economy.  This petition is to ban the use of neonicotinoids in our pesticides. It is far more harmful to the insects and is killing off species. We must make a change if we do not want to see our food die off or become unsustainable. The bees are far more important to the human race than we make them out to be. Not only do they provide honey, they pollinate our agriculture and give us a source of food. We must save the bees to save ourselves.

Moira Vodila
87,509 supporters
Petitioning Environmental Protection Agency

Protect Bristol Bay From Open Pit Mining

Having always been an advocate for the environment, I was horrified when EPA head Scott Pruitt reversed protections for Alaska’s Bristol Bay, one of the world’s largest salmon fisheries, to allow for the construction of a massive mine in the heart of the bay. The Pebble Mine would be irreversible and catastrophic for Bristol Bay and its salmon. Join me in standing up for this natural treasure by demanding that the EPA protect Bristol Bay. Bristol Bay is home to the world’s most valuable wild salmon fishery in the world – half of the world’s sockeye salmon catch comes from here alone. The bay generates over 14,000 jobs and and close to half a billion dollars of revenue for the area and the salmon support thousands of Alaskan Native people who have depended on the fish for centuries. This proposed large scale mine would be the largest and most destructive open pit mine in North America. It would be at least 1/3 mile deep, over 12 square miles wide, and generate a massive 23 billion tons of toxic mining waste that would have to be contained by a series of dams. We can stop this irreversible catastrophe from happening. Sign this petition and continue to voice your disapproval of the Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay.

Thomas Dao
67,428 supporters
Petitioning Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Boris Johnson MP, Nick Clegg MP, David Cameron MP, Nicky Morgan MP, Amber Rudd MP, Mary Macleod MP, Greg Hunt MP, The Hon. Sussan Ley MP, Environmental Protection ...

No More Plastic Straws in McDonalds

Plastic pollution is a growing problem in the world. By 2050 it is estimated that, by weight, there is going to be more plastic than fish in the world. And, in recent years it has also started to make its way into the food-chain. Whales are known to have eaten plastic bags, so too have Sea Turtles. Whilst, fish have succumbed to eating polyethyelene microplastics. However, in recent years a new problem has come to the attention of the public: Plastic Straws. They are known to have caused the drowning of turtles  as they get stuck in their nostrils. This is needless and inhumane. Especially when an easy alternative is already readily available worldwide. Paper straws do exactly the same, except when they have been used they biodegrade. McDonalds, one of the largest Transnational Corporations in every country is one of the front-runners in their production of plastic straws, if they can stop, why can't many others follow their lead?! When we, as a nation, signed up to the UN Sustainable Development Goals we pledged to help life under water- this could be one of the biggest steps in helping us achieve this. Please sign...#PlasticStrawsSuck 

Sam Street
48,384 supporters
Petitioning City of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, Veronica Petrosyan, Environmental Protection Agency, United Nations Environment Program, Los Angeles Finance Department

BEAUTIFUL WINGED FRIENDS-save the butterflies from neonicotinoid pesticides & insecticides

WHO is being affected? Butterflies are the underdog pollinators.  While bees contribute to the pollination of a majority of plants, butterflies pollinate a number of different plant populations worldwide with their unique abilities.  They collect pollen and nectar on their long legs, both feeding themselves and allowing other plants’ seeds (on which they posit previously collected pollen and nectar) to be fertilized.  Their slender and tubular shape allows them to pollinate plants (like the firecracker plant and the sunflower) that the bodies of bees cannot successfully reach. To butterflies, finding safe and accessible egg-laying sites is an important habitat characteristic (Merckx, Dyck, Karlsson, Leimar). They are also extremely responsive to ecological changes, which makes them great indicators of an ecosystem’s condition (Hawkinson).  However, as more and more pesticides are sprayed in areas varying from school yards and agricultural fields,  the ability for butterflies to find safe spots to lay their eggs and live healthy lives has lessened at extraordinary rates (Hawkinson). WHAT is the problem? Habitat fragmentation (the loss and division of habitat stemming from a variety of different reasons) has increasingly become detrimental to many species.  To butterflies (and bees) pesticide usage is the antagonist responsible for the fragmentation of their habitats (plants and flowers), and as bee populations continue to decline due to the overuse of insecticides, it has become even more crucial to save the bees’ beautiful winged cousins.  Pesticides and insecticides, which have contributed to the 4% decline in butterfly populations since 2011 (Latham), are toxic to many butterfly species.  The primary culprit in this demoralizing loss of biodiversity is the neonicotinoid insecticide clothianidin.  This water soluble nicotine based insecticide (which can either be sprayed directly onto plants or applied to soil) intoxicates the nectar and pollen that butterflies gather, harming them by reducing available egg-laying sites and food sources (citybugs.tamu.edu).  Commonly found in urban areas and agricultural cultivation sites, these neonicotinoids must be eliminated.  We must act now to save the butterflies before it is too late. HOW do we make a change? To affect change, we are asking policymakers to increase taxes on these harmful pesticides and lower them on natural, mint, hot pepper, and garlic-based insecticides.  Insect infestations can be easily avoided with garlic insecticide sprays (made of vegetable oil, 2 cloves of garlic, water, and mild liquid soap), chile pepper insecticide sprays, or even soap sprays. The aromas of these alternatives to chemical pesticides are easily detectable to most insects, making them avoid affected plants while not causing harm to their beings.  Natural aroma pesticides and insecticides will save the future populations of the beautiful butterfly.  A friend to all, we cannot let chemicals destroy their chances of survival.  It is crucial that all neonicotinoid chemicals become not as easily accessible as they are today.  Butterflies play a crucial part in the environmental well being of our planet, pollinating, serving as indicators of important changes, and bringing such elegant beauty to nature.  As bee populations additionally continue to decline, it has become more important than ever to save their winged friends.  Help raise taxes on butterfly and bee killing neonicotinoid insecticides and make natural ones more easily accessible to the general public. Sign the petition below that will be sent to local Los Angeles finance department as well as the L.A. environmental health district office. Not convinced? Follow the attached link to a video where young Chloe expresses her sentiments toward the decline in butterfly populations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43t3u7uyEPc  

Maya Winkler
33,254 supporters
Petitioning Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Honorable Ivan Solís alcaldecul2013@gmail.com, Coral Parrilla coralparrilla@yahoo.com, Honorable Ricardo Rosello mensaj...

ACCIÓN COMUNAL: RESCATEMOS LA PLAYA FLAMENCO, Culebra, Puerto Rico

 ••• Scroll down for English •••   Nos unimos para defender las aguas pristinas costaneras de la famosa Playa Flamenco, joya del archipiélago Caribeño de Culebra, Puerto Rico.   Los fracasos de las agencias gubernamentales al no obligar el cumplimiento con la política pública y las leyes ambientales ha resultado en un daño irreparable a la integridad ecológica de la Bahía Flamenco, Designada como; Hábitat Crítico para Arrecifes de Coral y Tortugas Marinas en Peligro de Extinción.   Un delincuente ambiental crónico, ha continuado la construcción ilegal y sin permisos por más de diez años. Sigue rellenando humedales protegidos y escarbando carreteras, causando erosión e impactos significantes de sedimentación en el área conocida como el Muellecito.   Últimamente, como resultado de dos huracanes catastróficos, nuestros ciudadanos y las agencias públicas están enfocadas en esfuerzos de recuperación, mientras se usa el desastre natural para encubrir deforestación acelerada.   Ésto le ha causado un impacto mortal al sistema ecológico que tanto ha sufrido recientemente.  A su vez, éste impacto sigue alterando para siempre la belleza extraordinaria del paisaje natural y las aguas cristalinas de nuestra querida Playa Flamenco.   Éste ‘proyectista’, quien busca identificarse como ambientalista, sigue abusando de nuestros tribunales y continúa su hábito de intimidación hacia agencias de gobierno y ciudadanos locales.  Consigue privatizar lo que se honra como dominio público y bloquea el acceso tradicional hacia áreas históricas, logrando la destrucción del patrimonio natural y cultural.     Éste patrimonio otorgado en herencia, está protegido por leyes federales, estatales y municipales.    Especificamente, Ley 66 del 1975, (política pública de Puerto Rico) que tiene como propósito principal el preservar y conservar la integridad ecológica de Culebra.    Por lo tanto, reclamamos la ejecución de leyes existentes y política pública para asegurar la protección y conservación de la Bahía de Flamenco para la prosperidad y bienestar de futuras generaciones.   Nosotros, los suscritos, EXIGIMOS que nuestras agencias tomen acción y obliguen el cumplimiento con:   El CESE y DESISTA INMEDIATO a todo trabajo en el área de Flamenco.   La ELIMINACIÓN de estructuras ilegales y RESTAURACIÓN de todas las áreas afectadas en Flamenco.   Imponer MULTAS y PENALIDADES proporcional a un delincuente habitual por cada movimiento de terreno, carretera y estructura ilegal en el área de Flamenco.   Re-establecer el ACCESO LIBRE en lugares de dominio público.  Eliminación de portones, verjas y escombros bloqueando el ACCESO público tradicional al Muellecito, Playa Resaca, el Bosque de Piedras y el Puesto de Observación (OP), según resolución ACDEC 01-076-A del 17 de enero 2007  (acceso de emergencia).   Asegurar la TRANSPARENCIA en todas las acciones posteriores. Ésto se llevará a cabo a través de notificaciones a la comunidad en general, por medio de anuncios o boletines impresos, redes sociales y reuniones públicas.              ____________________                                        ••• ENGLISH •••     COMMUNITY ACTION:     RESCUE FLAMENCO BEACH   We are uniting to defend the pristine coastal waters of world renowned Flamenco beach, the jewel of the Caribbean archipelago of Culebra, Puerto Rico…   Failures of government agencies to enforce public policy and environmental laws has resulted in irreparable harm to the ecological integrity of Flamenco Bay, listed as Critical Habitat for endangered sea turtles and coral reefs.   For over a decade, a chronic environmental offender has continued illegal construction without permits, filling protected wetlands and carving roads, causing erosion and significant sedimentation impacts to the area known as “El Muellecito.”   Now in the aftermath of two catastrophic hurricanes public agencies and citizens are focused on recovery efforts, meanwhile the natural disaster is being used as a cover for accelerated deforestation and unsustainable development.  This has dealt a mortal blow to the recently battered ecosystem, forever altering the extraordinary beauty, natural landscape and crystalline waters of our beloved Flamenco Beach.   Through the abuse of our legal system, this developer who falsely presents himself as an environmentalist, has consistently intimidated government agencies and local citizens, privatizing what we honor as public domain and blocking traditional access to historical areas, effectively destroying cultural and natural patrimony.   All of this is protected by federal, state and municipal laws.   Specifically, Law 66 of 1975, (public policy of Puerto Rico) whose primary purpose is to preserve and conserve the ecological integrity of Culebra’s delicate ecosystem.     Therefore, we seek the enforcement of existing laws and public policy, to ensure the protection and conservation of Flamenco Bay for the prosperity and well-being of future generations.    We (the undersigned) DEMAND agencies take action and enforce: IMMEDIATE CEASE and DESIST of all work in the area of Flamenco. REMOVAL of illegal structures & RESTORATION of ALL affected areas of Flamenco.   FINES and PENALTIES proportionate to a repeat offender for each illegal movement of earth, road and structure in the area of Flamenco. OPEN ACCESS to Public Domain areas. Extraction of fences, gates and debris blocking traditional public ACCESS to El Muellecito (the shark pen), Resaca beach, the boulder forest and the observation post (OP), in accordance with ACDEC resolution 01-076-A, January 17, 2007. (Emergency access) TRANSPARENCY on all further actions.  This is to occur through written notifications to the community using advertisements, bulletins, social media, and public meetings.              ____________________    

CULEBRA 66
26,253 supporters
Petitioning Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Honorable Ivan Solís alcaldecul2013@gmail.com, Coral Parrilla coralparrilla@yahoo.com, Honorable Ricardo Rosello mensaj...

ACCIÓN COMUNAL: RESCATEMOS LA PLAYA FLAMENCO, Culebra, Puerto Rico

 ••• Scroll down for English •••   Nos unimos para defender las aguas pristinas costaneras de la famosa Playa Flamenco, joya del archipiélago Caribeño de Culebra, Puerto Rico.   Los fracasos de las agencias gubernamentales al no obligar el cumplimiento con la política pública y las leyes ambientales ha resultado en un daño irreparable a la integridad ecológica de la Bahía Flamenco, Designada como; Hábitat Crítico para Arrecifes de Coral y Tortugas Marinas en Peligro de Extinción.   Un delincuente ambiental crónico, ha continuado la construcción ilegal y sin permisos por más de diez años. Sigue rellenando humedales protegidos y escarbando carreteras, causando erosión e impactos significantes de sedimentación en el área conocida como el Muellecito.   Últimamente, como resultado de dos huracanes catastróficos, nuestros ciudadanos y las agencias públicas están enfocadas en esfuerzos de recuperación, mientras se usa el desastre natural para encubrir deforestación acelerada.   Ésto le ha causado un impacto mortal al sistema ecológico que tanto ha sufrido recientemente.  A su vez, éste impacto sigue alterando para siempre la belleza extraordinaria del paisaje natural y las aguas cristalinas de nuestra querida Playa Flamenco.   Éste ‘proyectista’, quien busca identificarse como ambientalista, sigue abusando de nuestros tribunales y continúa su hábito de intimidación hacia agencias de gobierno y ciudadanos locales.  Consigue privatizar lo que se honra como dominio público y bloquea el acceso tradicional hacia áreas históricas, logrando la destrucción del patrimonio natural y cultural.     Éste patrimonio otorgado en herencia, está protegido por leyes federales, estatales y municipales.    Especificamente, Ley 66 del 1975, (política pública de Puerto Rico) que tiene como propósito principal el preservar y conservar la integridad ecológica de Culebra.    Por lo tanto, reclamamos la ejecución de leyes existentes y política pública para asegurar la protección y conservación de la Bahía de Flamenco para la prosperidad y bienestar de futuras generaciones.   Nosotros, los suscritos, EXIGIMOS que nuestras agencias tomen acción y obliguen el cumplimiento con:   El CESE y DESISTA INMEDIATO a todo trabajo en el área de Flamenco.   La ELIMINACIÓN de estructuras ilegales y RESTAURACIÓN de todas las áreas afectadas en Flamenco.   Imponer MULTAS y PENALIDADES proporcional a un delincuente habitual por cada movimiento de terreno, carretera y estructura ilegal en el área de Flamenco.   Re-establecer el ACCESO LIBRE en lugares de dominio público.  Eliminación de portones, verjas y escombros bloqueando el ACCESO público tradicional al Muellecito, Playa Resaca, el Bosque de Piedras y el Puesto de Observación (OP), según resolución ACDEC 01-076-A del 17 de enero 2007  (acceso de emergencia).   Asegurar la TRANSPARENCIA en todas las acciones posteriores. Ésto se llevará a cabo a través de notificaciones a la comunidad en general, por medio de anuncios o boletines impresos, redes sociales y reuniones públicas.              ____________________                                        ••• ENGLISH •••     COMMUNITY ACTION:     RESCUE FLAMENCO BEACH   We are uniting to defend the pristine coastal waters of world renowned Flamenco beach, the jewel of the Caribbean archipelago of Culebra, Puerto Rico…   Failures of government agencies to enforce public policy and environmental laws has resulted in irreparable harm to the ecological integrity of Flamenco Bay, listed as Critical Habitat for endangered sea turtles and coral reefs.   For over a decade, a chronic environmental offender has continued illegal construction without permits, filling protected wetlands and carving roads, causing erosion and significant sedimentation impacts to the area known as “El Muellecito.”   Now in the aftermath of two catastrophic hurricanes public agencies and citizens are focused on recovery efforts, meanwhile the natural disaster is being used as a cover for accelerated deforestation and unsustainable development.  This has dealt a mortal blow to the recently battered ecosystem, forever altering the extraordinary beauty, natural landscape and crystalline waters of our beloved Flamenco Beach.   Through the abuse of our legal system, this developer who falsely presents himself as an environmentalist, has consistently intimidated government agencies and local citizens, privatizing what we honor as public domain and blocking traditional access to historical areas, effectively destroying cultural and natural patrimony.   All of this is protected by federal, state and municipal laws.   Specifically, Law 66 of 1975, (public policy of Puerto Rico) whose primary purpose is to preserve and conserve the ecological integrity of Culebra’s delicate ecosystem.     Therefore, we seek the enforcement of existing laws and public policy, to ensure the protection and conservation of Flamenco Bay for the prosperity and well-being of future generations.    We (the undersigned) DEMAND agencies take action and enforce: IMMEDIATE CEASE and DESIST of all work in the area of Flamenco. REMOVAL of illegal structures & RESTORATION of ALL affected areas of Flamenco.   FINES and PENALTIES proportionate to a repeat offender for each illegal movement of earth, road and structure in the area of Flamenco. OPEN ACCESS to Public Domain areas. Extraction of fences, gates and debris blocking traditional public ACCESS to El Muellecito (the shark pen), Resaca beach, the boulder forest and the observation post (OP), in accordance with ACDEC resolution 01-076-A, January 17, 2007. (Emergency access) TRANSPARENCY on all further actions.  This is to occur through written notifications to the community using advertisements, bulletins, social media, and public meetings.              ____________________    

CULEBRA 66
26,253 supporters
Petitioning Environmental Protection Agency

Ban on plastic disposable plates, cups, and cutlery; promote biodegradable alternatives

Everyday we make use of millions of disposable plastic plates, cups, spoons, forks, knife etc. that end up in trash after single use. Some examples of this are drinking water from a water dispenser in any one of the NHS Hospitals or buying soup from any high street food store / take away joint. We all use plastic products as they are economical, however we overlook the cost of recycling or disposing plastic and the ill effects of plastic on our natural resources such as soil, lakes, rivers, mountains, sea, animals, birds, marine life to name a few. Some hard-hitting facts about plastic: · Some of these compounds found in plastic have been found to alter hormones or have other potential human health effects.· 50 percent of the plastic we use, we use just once and throw away; only 1 to 3% of all plastics used is recycled globally· Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times· We now use about 20 times more plastic than we did 50 years ago.· Plastic can take up 500 to 1000 years to decompose! There are several alternatives that are available easily today - example some Chinese / Japanese take away joints offer cutlery made of wood but they still use containers that have some plastic in it. Like we banned plastic bags from the stores, it is time for us now to ban other plastic products where we have alternate options. We need to force restaurants, large & small retailers and consumers to move away from plastic and switch to sustainable and environmental friendly options. France has done it, the ban comes into effect in 2020. So what are we waiting for? Please act before it is too late. Sign this petition and support the cause to save the environment and the future generations.

Akshay Upadhye
26,233 supporters