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Petitioning Charles Schumer, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, United States Fish & Wildlife Service, Animal Planet, Kirsten Gillibrand, Ellen Jaffee, Andrew C...

Create more marine protected areas to reduce effect of overfishing on oceanic ecosystems

Overfishing occurs when more fish are caught than the population can replace through natural reproduction and it is a serious issue that is often ignored. It is a problem within the United States but even worse outside of it. Some stocks of large fish have decreased by about 90% in the past 60 years. Overfishing leads to so many deaths of fish (especially large fish) that the oceanic ecosystems are being negatively impacted. By protecting more areas in the ocean and creating more "no fishing" areas across oceans, the effect of overfishing would be reduced and fish populations may begin replenishing themselves. More than 85 percent of the world's fisheries have been pushed to or beyond their biological limits and are in need of strict management plans to restore them. The creation of more "no fishing" zones would only be a step towards stopping overfishing and its harms. Overfishing is an issue that affects everyone, not only fish; it is in everybody's best interest to keep the fish populations healthy. 

Allison King
33,559 supporters
Petitioning Government Delta, Greenpeace USA

Help to ban the single use plastic bags in stores

Plastic is one of the most dangerous things for our environment, especially for the oceans. It destroys the habitat and the livelihoods of so many people and animals. That has to stop! Meanwhile many recognize this massive problem with plastic, and try to diminish the wastage of plastic, but that's still not enough: huge plastic islands float in the oceans and often animals, like fish or turtles confuse plastic with food and wound themselves heavy or die painfully. Also the plastic soils our drinking water and entire landscapes. It's really dangerous for all living creatures around this world . One big problem are the "single use plastic bags" in stores. It's handy when you forget your own bags, but not necessary. These bags are often very thin and tear after one use. Then you can just throw them away and often these plastic bags are not recycled or find their way into the environment. With this petition I want to achieve, that all retailers using these bags, charge a little fee for them. This little fee led in these countries which initiate this to a less plastic wastage, for example in Germany: since H&M has charge a little fee for the plastic bags, the usage is less than 50%! That's possible here too! Help us with your sign to achieve this, to help our environment.

Nele N.
24,072 supporters
Petitioning Parques Nacionales, cltprensa@gmail.com Visite www.tompkinsconservation.org, Greenpeace USA, Verónica Derna, twitter.com/passalacquaok , twitter.com/mauriciomacri

Decile NO al camino en el Parque Moconá, en Misiones, Argentina.

A pesar de las críticas y las opiniones técnicas en contra, el Gobierno provincial tomó la decisión de avanzar con la construcción de un camino en el interior del Parque Provincial Moconá para que se pueda acceder desde la ruta costera 2 al Lote 8, un predio privado que se encuentra lindante al parque, donde viven algunas comunidades mbya. En el Boletín Oficial de la provincia se publicaron este viernes dos elementos jurídicos que avalan la construcción de la obra. Primero el decreto 558, firmado por el gobernador Hugo Passalacqua, el ministro de Gabinete Adolfo Pischik y la ministra de Ecología, Verónica Derna, donde se dispone “la continuidad de los trámites administrativos” del proyecto; y por otra parte, la resolución 200 de Derna, con fecha 5 de junio, por medio de la cual se aprueba la “viabilidad ambiental” del proyecto. El año pasado, a raíz de las numerosas críticas que cosechó esta intención, el Gobierno dispuso el decreto 1.614/16 suspendiendo todos los trámites. Ahora, con el decreto 558 publicado el viernes, se dio continuidad a los trámites. Entre los fundamentos de la polémica decisión se explicó que “el Ministerio de Ecología debe maximizar los esfuerzos para la difusión de la información referente a la posibilidad, viabilidad y factibilidad de la apertura de un acceso al Lote 8 de la Reserva Biosfera Yabotí” y se agregó que “conforme surge del informe emitido por el Departamento de Prensa y Difusión del Ministerio de Ecología, se ha concretado la difusión de información en diferentes medios de comunicación, tanto radial, digital, gráfico, como televisivo”. “La Ministra de Ecología manifiesta que se han maximizado los esfuerzos a fin de difundir la información referente a la posibilidad, viabilidad y factibilidad de la apertura de un acceso al Lote 8 de la Reserva Biosfera Yabotí, por lo que considera cumplimentado el requisito establecido en el artículo 2 del Decreto 1.614/16”, se indicó en el documento. Luego se recurrió al argumento de que las comunidades mbya solicitan un acceso por el interior del Parque: “A fojas 24 obra nota de los integrantes de la comunidad mbya guaraní por la cual solicitan la urgente apertura del camino del Lote 8 de la Reserva Biosfera Yabotí, y por la cual manifiestan que debido al accionar de personas que no habitan en dicho lugar se los inhibe de poder mejorar su calidad de vida”.  Sin embargo, nada dice el decreto sobre la intención de construir un emprendimiento turístico de elite en el Lote 8, que podría utilizar el camino para ingresar desde el Parque. Este fue uno de los cuestionamientos de los guardaparques porque “vamos a dejar de ser un Parque protegido para ser la tranquera de acceso a un emprendimiento privado”, dijeron. Ecología también argumentó que “la reconocida organización no gubernamental Greenpeace dio su apoyo al pedido de las comunidades mbya guaraní” al igual que la Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, que “se expresa en idéntico sentido, manifestando su respaldo al pedido de los pueblos originarios respecto al pretendido camino”. Por ello, en el artículo 1 del decreto 558 se dispone “la continuidad de los trámites administrativos cuya suspensión fuera establecida en decreto N° 1614/2016”. Otros caminos alternativosDesde un primer momento, los guardaparques y organizaciones ambientales que se opusieron al camino argumentaron que existen otros caminos alternativos por afuera del parque, sin la necesidad de dañar un área protegida extremadamente sensible que alberga especies únicas en el mundo y plantas que son patrimonio natural.  Para ir desde la ruta costera hasta el Lote 8 las comunidades actualmente caminan 30 kilómetros por adentro del Parque y es ahí donde se pretende construir el camino. Sin embargo, un grupo de guardaparques elaboró una propuesta alternativa, utilizando viejos caminos donde transitan camiones para sacar la madera y que solo tendría 22 kilómetros de longitud, sin pasar por el interior del Parque. A esta propuesta, el Ministerio de Ecología nunca la tuvo en cuenta, a pesar de las ventajas, dejando con ello en evidencia que su intención es un camino por adentro del Parque para llegar al lote privado.  Qué dice la Viabilidad AmbientalEl 5 de junio la ministra de Ecología, Verónica Derna, firmó la resolución 200 que otorgó Viabilidad Ambiental al camino que pasará por el interior del Parque Moconá. En dicho documento se indicó que hay un acuerdo “para el Uso Sostenible del Lote 8 suscripto entre el Ministerio de Ecología, las comunidades mbya guaraní de Tekoa Yma, Kapií Vate e Itao-Mirí, World Land Trust y El Moconá SA (empresa propietaria del lote)”. Todos piden que el Lote 8 “tenga un camino de acceso a la vía pública con el fin de preservar las necesidades humanitarias básicas”. Asimismo, señaló que “se presenta el Estudio de Impacto Ambiental del acceso al Lote 8, con relevamiento de flora, revelamiento faunístico y con informe ambiental” que fue puesto a consideración de las autoridades indígenas de aquellas comunidades, “quienes expresamente y por escrito han manifestado su aceptación”. Luego menciona la resolución de Ecología que se cumplió con la Audiencia Pública el día 7 de septiembre de 2016, en Aristóbulo del Valle (lejos del lugar afectado), donde la mayoría optó por la Alternativa III del camino, según el informe de Audiencia realizado por el antropólogo Lautaro Sosa. También se consideró un informe técnico  Nº 02/17 “elaborado por la Comisión Técnica de Evaluación de Impacto Ambiental de este Ministerio” que analizó el proyecto “construcción de un camino de acceso al Lote 8 de la Reserva de Biosfera Yabotí, Alternativa III”, y consideró  “oportuno, meritorio y conveniente” otorgar la Viabilidad Ambiental al proyecto “sujeta al total cumplimiento de las recomendaciones”.  El proyecto consiste en “la construcción del camino dentro del Parque Moconá de unos 3.000 metros aproximadamente y de “….un ancho total de 4 metros, el material que se sugiere utilizar es la consolidación pétrea mezclado con el suelo rotulado, detallado en el punto 4.2. el mismo resiste mucho peso, con baja erosión y resulta además menos impactante para el ambiente (FIG. 9 )....”. Se obliga al consultor técnico a solicitar asistencia a Vialidad Provincial, cumplir requerimientos de las Áreas intervinientes en los informes y agregar el mayor nivel de detalle y precisión en su informe. Lo más polémico es que se puede modificar el proyecto, avisando a Ecología 60 días antes.

Mauricio Fri
13,052 supporters
Petitioning Greenpeace USA, Mark Zuckerberg

Arrêtons ce meurtrier !!!!

Tim Wells est un meurtrier qui prend un malin plaisir à tuer des animaux, loups, singes, cerfs... pour ensuite se prendre fièrement en photo avec ses victimes à côté de lui!!! Les images sont insoutenables! Lui et ses amis prospèrent sur les réseaux sociaux en se prenant pour des guerriers valeureux!! Sa page facebook a été signalé plusieurs fois mais d'après eux ils n'y a rien de choquant!!! Cela ne doit plus durer!! Alors si vous aussi, vous vous voulez que justice soit faite contre ce barbare, venez-vous aussi signer la pétition. Le monde ne sera pas détruit par ceux qui font le mal, mais par ceux qui les regardent sans rien faire. Un grand Merci à tous ceux qui ont un coeur et se battent pour la cause animale!!

Angelique NOILOU
12,900 supporters
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Petitioning Greenpeace USA, Cheyenne Yammine, Sierra Club, National Audubon Society, World Wildlife Fund, Earth First!, The Nature Conservancy, Emirates Environmental Group, Friends of The Earth Middle East, G...

Kornet Al Sawda : Saving the highest mountain peak in the Middle East

Green Lebanon, we used to say.  Why are we using the past tense ? Lebanon's nature is mesmerising: heaven on earth some would say.  Home. Is it still home though ?  Helplessness and despair of Lebanese communities is making us lose our beautiful country one day at a time. However, we don't have to. We should fight against our learned helplessness. We can change our destiny, we can change the capitalism and corruption that are making us lose our country, our home. What we need, is for us to stick together as communities. Let's share our resources and make a change.  ________________________________ A 500 million dollar project was put in place by Realis Development (owned by the Ghanem family) to build a luxury resort at Kornet Al Sawda ("the black peak"), the highest mountain peak of the Middle East .(reference: http://www.businessnews.com.lb/cms/Story/StoryDetails.aspx?ItemID=5859 ) The greed of our own citizens, is slowly throwing our nature away.Maybe someday, the cedar on our flag will become nothing but an old memory of where we came from. But for now, we will not let this happen.Together, let's stop this project.

Cheyenne Yammine
11,038 supporters
Petitioning Nestlé, World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace USA, WildAid, Food and Drug Administration, PepsiCo, Environmental Protection Agency, Unilever

Stop the use of palm oil as it harms people, animals, and our planet.

My name is Annika and I’m 13 years old. Just over a year ago I watched a play that changed my perspective on the world. The play tackled many serious issues such as environmental disasters and death but the thing that stuck with me the most was blunt portrayal of how the palm oil industry is affecting our planet. Ever since then I’ve made an active decision to do everything I can to end this as soon as possible but to do so I need your support. Palm oil is a cheap oil used in many food products and toiletries. In fact over 50% of a products in American supermarkets include it. Some companies claim it enhances their products, saying they wouldn't be the same without them. But palm oil production is destructive. It has been linked to deforestation, animal endangerment, and climate change. It leads the the deaths of many beautiful and endangered creatures such as orang-utans, sumatran elephants and sumatran rhinos.  It is also more carcinogenic than other oils. We NEED to stop using it and stop people producing it. But at the same time, companies only produce what people buy, so not buying the products that include palm oil  does and will make a difference.   Please sign and share this petition to stop the use of palm oil  once and for all .                                   (a list of names used to disguise palm oil) Acetic and fatty acid esters of glycerolAlkyl PolyglucosideAluminum Myristates/PalmitatesAluminium stearateAluminium, calcium, sodium, magnesium salts of fatty acidsAmmonium laureth sulphateAmmonium lauryl sulphateArachamide meaAscorbyl palmitate (304)Ascorbyl stearateAzelaic acidBeta CaroteneBTMSButyl MyristateButyl stearateCalcium lactylateCalcium MyristateCalcium oleyl lactylateCalcium stearateCalcium stearoyl lactylateCapric triglycerideCaprylic acidCaprylic / Capric GlyceridesCaprylic triglycerideCaprylic/capric triglycerideCaprylic/capric/stearic triglycerideCapryloyl glycineCaprylyl glycolCarotene (Sometimes made from palm)Castile soap (often from palm)Ceteareth (2-100)Cetearyl alcoholCetearyl ethylhexanoteCetearyl glucosideCetearyl isononanoateCeteth-20Ceteth-24Cetostearyl AlcoholCetyl acetateCetyl alcoholCetyl ethylhexanoateCetyl hydroxyethylcelluloseCetyl lactateCetyl MyristateCetyl octanoateCetyl palmitateCetyl ricinoleateCitric and fatty acid esters of glycerolCocoa butter equivalent (CBE)Cocoa butter substitute (CBS)Cocamide DEACocamidopropyl betaineCocoyl Sarcosine Conditioning emulsifierDecyl GlucosideDecyl MyristateDecyl oleateDiacetyltartaric and fatty acid esters of glycerolDilinoleic acidDisodium laureth sulfosuccinateDisodium lauryl sulfosuccinateDistilled Monoglyceride PalmElaeis guineensisEmulsifiers: E304, E422, E430, E431, E432, E433, E434, E435, E436, E470, E470a, E470b, E471, E472, E472a, E472b, E472c, E472e, E472f, E473, E474, E475, E476, E477, E478, E479, E480, E481, E482, E483, E493, E494, E495Emulsifying waxEpoxidized palm oil (uv cured coatings)Esters of Myristic AcidEthyl lauroyl arginate (243)Ethyl myristateEthyl palmitateEthylene glycol monostearateEthylhexyl hydroxystearateEthylhexyl MyristateEthylhexyl PalminateEthylhexyl palmitateEthylhexyl stearateEthylhexylglycerinFatty acidsFatty alcohol alkoxylateFatty alcohol sulphatesGlycerinGlycerin or glycerol (442)Glyceryl cocoateGlyceryl DimyristateGlyceryl distearateGlyceryl laurateGlyceryl monostearateGlyceryl myristateGlyceryl oleateGlyceryl polymethacrylateGlyceryl RosinateGlyceryl stearateGlyceryl stearate SEGlycol distearateGlycol stearateGuineesis (palm)HexadecylicHexyl laurateHexyldecanolHumectant 422Humectant glycerolHydrogenated palm glyceridesIsobutyl MyristateIsocetyl alcoholIsocetyl MyristateIsocetyl stearateIsodecyl MyristateIsodecyl oleate Isopropyl isostearate Isopropyl MyristateIsopropyl palmitateIsopropyl titanium triisostearateIsostearamide DEAIsostearate DEAIsostearic acidIsostearyl alcoholIsostearyl isostearate Isostearyl MyristateIsostearyl neopentanoateIsotridecyl MyristateLactic and fatty acid easters of glycerolLauramide DEALauramide MEALauramine oxideLaurethLauric acidLauroyl sarcosineLauryl betaineLauryl dimonium hydrolysed collagen Lauryl lactateLauryl glucoside (from palm)Lauryl MyristateLauryl pyrrolidoneLauryl Sarcosine Linoleic acidMagnesium myristateMagnesium stearateMethyl MyristateMixed tartaric, acetic and fatty acid esters of glycerolMono and di-glycerides of fatty acidsMono glycerides of fatty acidsMyreth 3 Myrisrate MyristateMyristic acidMyristic Cetrimonium Chloride AcidMyristoylMyristyl myristateMyristoyl SarcosineMyristoyl SarcosinateMyristyl alcoholMyristyl myristateOctyl palmitateOctyl stearateOctyldodecyl myristateOctydodecyl stearateOctyldodecyl stearoyl stearateOleamide MIPAOleic acidOleyl betaineOleyl MyristateOleoyl SarcosineOlivem 1000Oliv-emulseOliv-wax LQCPalmesterPalm fruit oilPalmitoleic acid Palm kernel cakePalm kernel oilPalm oilPalm olein oilPalm stearinePalmatePalmitatePalmitamidopropyltrimonium chloridePalmitic acid Palmitoyl acidPalmitoyl alcoholPalmitoyl myristyl serinatePalmitoyl oxostearamidePalmitoyl oligopeptidePalmitoyl tetrapeptide-3Palmitoleic acidPalm Methyl Ester PBS BasePalmfonatePalmosaltPentaerythritol tetra caprai caprylatePentaerythrityl tetracaprylate/tetracapratePentaerythrityl tetraisostearatePeptide complexPG dicaprylate/caprate Planta cleansePolyethylene (40) stearate (431)Polyglycerol esters of fatty acidsPolyglycerol esters of interesterified ricinoleic acidPolyglycerol-2 oleyl etherPolyglyceryl-3 dilisostearatePolyglyceryl-4 isostearatePolyglyceryl-4 lauratePolyglyceryl-4 oleyl etherPolysorbate 60 or polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monostearatePolysorbate 65 or polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan tristearatePolysorbate 80 or polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monoolatePolysorbate-20Polysorbate-40Polysorbate-80Polysorbate-85Potassium MyristatePotassium stearatePropanediol dicaprylatePropylene GlycolPropylene Glycol Alginate Propylene glycol esters of fatty acidsPropylene glycol lauratePropylene Glycol MyristatePropylene glycol stearateRetinyl palmitateSaponified elaeis guineensisSlearethSLESSLSSodium cetearyl sulphateSodium Dodecyl Sulphate (SDS or NaDS)Sodium Isostearoyl LactylayeSodium lactylate; sodium oleyl lactylate; sodium stearoyl lactylateSodium laurateSodium laurelSodium laureth sulfateSodium laureth sulphateSodium laureth-13 carboxylateSodium lauroyl lactylateSodium laurylSodium lauryl ether sulphateSodium lauryl glucose carboxylateSodium lauryl sulfateSodium lauryl sulfoacetateSodium lauryl sulphateSodium lauroyl sarcosinateSodium Methyl Cocoyl TaurateSodium MyristateSodium palm kernelateSodium palmateSodium palmitateSodium stearateSodium stearoyl lactylateSolubiliser PS20Sorbitan esterSorbitan isotearateSorbitan laurateSorbitan monostearate (491)Sorbitan oleateSorbitan palmitateSorbitan sesquioleateSorbitan trioleateSorbitan tristearateSorbitan tristearate (492)Stearalkonium chlorideStearalkonium hectoriteStearamide MEAStearamidopropyl dimethylamineSteareth-10Steareth-2Steareth-20Steareth-21Stearic acid Stearic acid or fatty acid (570)Stearoyl sarcosineStearyl alcoholStearyl dimethiconeStearyl heptanoateStearoyl Sarcosine Sucrose stearateSucroseesters of fatty acidsSulphonated Methyl Esters Surfactant CCGTaxanomicTEA-lauryl sulphateTEA-stearateTetradecyloctadecyl MyristateTocopheryl linoleateTriacetinTriacetin (1518)TribeheninTricaprylinTridecyl MyristateTristearinVeg-emulseVegetable emulsifierVegetable glycerinVegetable OilVitamin A palmitateYeast with 491Zinc MyristateZinc stearate  

Annika Whiston
4,180 supporters
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Petitioning World Wildlife Fund, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Greenpeace USA, Ian Gorst, Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Andrea Leadsom MP

Stop poaching of elephants in Bangladesh

Ivory trade and poaching of elephants is a massive problem in Bangladesh. Elephants in Bangladesh are seen as a problem destroying crops and infrastructure. In reality this is not the case elephants are highly endangered and should be protected. These people need help right now in order to protect these elephants sign the petition to show you care.

Tilly McCarthy
4,113 supporters
Petitioning World Bank, Greenpeace USA, United Nations

Do Your Part to Change the Narrative of The World's Largest E-Waste Dump - Agbogbloshie

Every year over 215,000 tons of e-waste is legally and illegally dumped at Agbogbloshie (Ghana) from the more developed western countries. Unfortunately, the repercussions of this have been the severe environmental degradation that has manifested itself at Agbogbloshie dubbed "Sodom and Gomorrah". Low-income inhabitants (poor men, women and children) trying to survive practice the burning of this electronic waste and scrap to salvage and sell the metals derived from this process. This self-harmful burning has serious health implications.  Low-income inhabitants (poor men, women and children) trying to survive practice the burning of this electronic waste and scrap to salvage and sell the metals derived from this process. This self-harmful burning is severely detrimental to the health of these individuals and releases toxic gases into the atmosphere. However, Agbogbloshie is more than just a dump site, a micro-economy has been established at the Old Fadama slum regarding the profitable redistribution and sale of metal scrap by the inhabitants at Agbogbloshie. It is expected that Ghana’s e-waste imports will double by 2020, the report said assuming growth continues in a linear manner. Subsequently, the "Agbogblo.Shine Initiative" is a non-profit foundation that seeks to fund social enterprises and projects dedicated to applying design-thinking to solve problems regarding e-waste. The first business we intend to support is involved in the repurposing of scrap and e-waste to create high-end furniture with a decidedly African aesthetic. This business also seeks to recruit and employ scrap burners from Agbogbloshie to train them vocationally in the art of the craftsmanship involved in making the furniture pieces - a job with no health implications and no inhalation of black smoke. This will mitigate the practice of mass burning and mitigate the waste. Please help us change the narrative of the world's largest e-waste dump and demonstrate your support by petitioning to aid in funding this foundation. We need you!

Joseph Awuah-Darko
3,932 supporters
Petitioning Greenpeace USA, Scott Pruitt, EPA

Save the Bees, Save the World

Ever since 2005, the people of the world have become more aware of the loss of bees in our delicate ecosystem.  Worldwide, Honey Bees are responsible for about 80% of all pollination. 70/100 of humanity's top crops rely on bees to pollinate them.  Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has led to a 60% reduction of colonies in the US from 1947 - 2008. What is the cause of CCD? Humans can be attributed nearly all responsibility for this issue. From pesticides, air pollution, and global warming, it can all be traced back to humanity. If we do not take initiative to save the bees, then we will continue to lose colonies worldwide. Soon there will not be enough bees to pollinate the crops which billions of people rely on for nearly 90% of the world's nutrition. This issue does NOT only affect one person, state, or country. The loss of bees every year adds up and can ultimately affect the whole world's food supply. Some things YOU can do: better regulate your use of pesticides; allow some of your garden to go to seed after harvest.

Teddy Dentinger
3,676 supporters
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Petitioning Greenpeace USA, United States Fish & Wildlife Service, World Wildlife Fund

Stop Whaling!

We all know whaling is cruel and despite bans on commercial whaling and the trade in whale products accepted by most countries, Japan, Norway and Iceland kill 2000 whales between them each year and also continue to trade whale products. In 1986 the International Whaling Commission banned commercial whaling as the number of whales being killed were putting their populations under threat. We can’t be certain that whale populations can survive large-scale hunting as well as the other daily threats they face. There is no humane way to kill a whale at sea. The hunting process can never be an exact exercise – whales are a moving target, shot at from a moving vessel which sits on a moving sea. Grenade harpoons are often used to kill whales subjecting them to a long, slow and painful death.

Victoria Andersen
3,565 supporters