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Petitioning U​.​S National Park Services, Ron DeSantis, Environmental Protection Agency

Stop Cypress Oil

Big Cypress, the United States' first national preserve, protects over 700,000 acres of wetlands that allow the flow of clean water into the Everglades and critical estuaries along the Florida coast. It is home to hundreds of species including over 100 threatened and endangered animals and plants including the Florida Panther. The land is sacred to the Miccosukee and Seminole tribes who continue to fight for the preservation of their homeland, way of life, and the environment amidst continued exploitation by the oil exploration and extraction industry. Burnett Oil Company has been seeking approval for new permits to develop oil infrastructure that would allow the company to construct oil wells and access roads to facilitate new oil drilling in the Cypress wetlands. As of recently, the company has withdrawn said permits but plans to resubmit soon. Now is the time for action. Still bearing scars from the company's previous exploitation of the land in 2017 and 2018, the effects of further oil development of Big Cypress include damage to wetlands (an important carbon sink), local wildlife, aquifers that provide clean drinking water, and cultural/educational resources and values. Not to mention the unequivocal contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, a problem that threatens the well being of countless species and billions of people all over the world including millions across coastal Florida. For the sake of Florida's natural environment and the affected communities, sign this petition to block these efforts by the Burnett Oil Company and keep the oil in the ground, now and always. #StopCypressOil

Ghislaine Fandel
325,026 supporters
Petitioning U.S National Park Services

Remove Selma’s KKK Memorialization: Rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge

Fifty years ago, the Voting Rights Movement marched through Selma and over the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The marches across the bridge led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and today the bridge is a symbol of nonviolent victory for change! Unfortunately, the bridge is STILL named after a man who served as Grand Dragon of the Alabama Ku Klux Klan, was a Confederate General, and was later elected as a United States Senator. The bridge was the site of “Bloody Sunday”. On March 7, 1965, hundreds of nonviolent protesters attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery for their right to vote. But as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge, they were met by Alabama state troopers and deputized civilians who were armed with billy clubs, tear gas, and cattle prods and attacked the marchers and drove them back to Brown Chapel Church. How could a landmark that holds so much significance for the civil rights movement be named after a man who not only supported slavery, but held one of the highest positions within the Ku Klux Klan? It's time for the state of Alabama, the city of Selma, and the National Park Service to remove a KKK leader's name from the historic bridge.  Selma and the Voting Rights Movement altered the course of history forever, and Selma has done too much for this country to remain unchanged. Selma is currently 80% African American, with a black mayor and majority African American local city officials. The name Edmund Pettus is far from what the city of Selma should honor. Let’s change the image of the bridge from hatred and rename it to memorialize hope and progress. Please sign our petition calling on Selma and Alabama leaders and the National Park Service to rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Students UNITE
183,346 supporters
Petitioning U​.​S National Park Services, Director of the U​.​S. National Park Service

Protect Endangered Sea Turtles

The U.S. Virgin Islands National Park, in the Caribbean, gets many tourists from the mainland United States. It has beautiful bays and many sea turtles graze in the seagrass. People come with boats and moor them in the bays. But, unfortunately, people are harassing sea turtles at some of these bays. This means they pet, chase and ride turtles. This is against the law because sea turtles are endangered and protected and because being harassed harms them in many ways. This harm includes disrupting their eating, resting, and most importantly, nesting behaviors. These beaches are sea turtle nesting sites and very important to the conservation of these endangered animals. Many people still harass the turtles, possibly because there isn’t enough publicity about the law. The signs that are in existence are only on the beaches, and pretty small. I am petitioning for two things: larger signs on the beaches and signs on buoys near the mooring sites. The reason for signs on buoys is that many people are coming from the boats moored in the bay, and don’t see the signs on the beach. When I have enough signatures on this petition, I intend to submit this to U.S. National Park Service and its director. Image citation: green sea turtle..(Chelonia mydas), Red sea, Marsa Alam, Abu Dabab, Egypt. Photograph. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 9 Jul 2018. Accessed 1 May 2021.

Lyra Silvertongue
96,472 supporters