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asthma

6 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Mike Duggan

Stop the Detroit Trash Incinerator

My name is William Copeland. As an environmental educator in Detroit, I work everyday with students who are deeply affected by pollution and associated health problems. When I ask a class of students how many of them have had asthma, often half of the room raise their hands. When I broaden the question to see how many of the students have family members who’ve had an asthma attack or been hospitalized for asthma, almost every student puts their hand in the air. And my heart breaks. In 1986 a trash incinerator was built in the city of Detroit, and city residents have been battling for the right to clean air every since. Today, Detroit's asthma hospitalization rate is three times that of the state of Michigan, and in my city was ranked the fourth most challenging place to live in the United States for those with asthma. Help protect the air we breathe. Tell Detroit’s mayor to stop trash incineration in our city. By burning trash, the incinerator releases many chemicals that contribute to staggering rates of asthma and other respiratory ailments. These chemicals can include nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, dioxins, particulate matter, and lead. My friend and coworker, Melissa Sargent, lives not far from the incinerator. At a community hearing, she told a couple hundred neighbors, concerned citizens, and officials: "My husband and I and our five children live less than two miles from the incinerator. We smell the piled up garbage as we work in our garden, and as the children play outside and ride their bikes. We hear the jet engine-like sound at all hours of the night as we rock our baby back to sleep. But what I am most worried about is what we can’t smell or hear." Please sign our petition and join people like Melissa who are taking a stand for clean air and community health. The pollutants being released into Detroit’s air are not solely from our city, or even our county. The incinerator takes in refuse from numerous neighboring counties (even as far away as Canada!) and turns it into harmful pollution for Detroit residents to breath. These communities believe that they are throwing their trash 'away,' but really they are tossing their waste straight into the lungs of our friends and family. Tell Detroit’s mayor to stop treating Detroit like a toxic dumping ground and endangering the health of our neighbors and loved ones.

William Copeland and Our Climate Voices
13,548 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Jim Kenney, Darrell Clarke, Cindy Bass, Jannie Blackwell, Kenyatta Johnson, Curtis Jones, Maria D. Quinines Sanchez, Mark Squilla, Bobby Henon, Cherelle Parker, Brian J. O'Neill, Blondell Reynolds Brown, Allan Domb, Derek Green, David Oh, Helen Gym, William Greenlee, Al Taubenberger, Pamela A DeLissio, James R Roebuck Jr., Donna Bullock, Emilio Vazquez, Rosita Youngblood, Stephen Kinsey, Representative Chris Rabb, Angel Cruz, Jordan Harris, Art Haywood, Sharif Street, Vincent Hughes, Lawrence M Farnese Jr.

STOP A POLLUTING GAS POWER PLANT IN PHILADELPHIA!

Another polluting power plant  is planned for a residential neighborhood in Philadelphia.  This plant would be in a neighborhood called Nicetown, where nearly 1/3 of children already have a diagnosis of asthma. The site is one mile from my house.  37,000 people live within 1 mile.  Since gas plant emissions cause a host of health problems including respiratory, cardiac, and cognitive dysfunction,  I wish to protect my neighborhood, and others who will be impacted by a rise in air pollution, especially growing children, the elderly, and the most vulnerable. As a public middle school teacher, I have felt helpless watching my students panic, straining to breathe.  Asthmatic students opt out of running, and playing physical games with friends.  Asthma causes students to stay home from school, and leave school early, sometimes en route to a hospital.   Please sign the petition to Mayor Kenney and local legislators, asking them to take action to prevent the gas plant from being constructed. The Southeastern Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has applied to build this gas plant, to generate electricity for their regional rail lines, but they have no actual use for more electrical power.  Philadelphia Electric Company (PECO) supplies all they need. SEPTA caved into funding threats, from certain powerful politicians, connected to the gas industry in PA, and is being forced to be a gas customer.  SEPTA's plant would burn gas transported by pipeline, from fracking wells in PA. Burning natural gas is less toxic than burning coal, but worse for the climate.  Both fossil fuels need to be abandoned in favor of renewable energy.  There is a 4-9% leakage rate of methane, from gas fields and additional leaks occur from pipelines and compressor stations. Methane is 86 to 105 times as warming to the atmosphere as CO2, over a 20 year time frame.  Please sign the petition to Mayor Kenney and local legislators, asking them to take action to prevent the gas plant from being constructed. To see the letter to local politicians, click on "read the letter" in small red words below. Thank you for your time and support!     

Lynn Robinson
60 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Cincinnati City Council Members

No to Zone Change Requested by Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Stop the Destruction of Another Cincinnati Neighborhood To learn more, review the Power Point document Read the letter to the Zoning Commission Photo of proposed hospital- proposed to drop into a residential neighborhood. Cincinnati Children's Hospital is requesting a zone change which permanently closes portions of Erkenbrecher Ave. and Hearne Ave in Avondale in order to build a massive hospital wing & parking garage. This development wipes out a large portion of houses and includes no plans for the remaining homeowners who will be left behind to endure 5 years of construction. The community was not involved in the planning of his massive development, it was done behind close doors with the help of a few of our current elected officials. Reporting the plan in community meetings is not involving the community and is not acceptable. This Goliath development cannot be isolated to the need for a new hospital tower. The greater impact on the further destruction of a vulnerable Black neighborhood must be in the forefront. YES to listening to the vote of the Community Councils recognized by the city as the voice of the community. YES to a Health Impact Study Assessment Study (Google to see how these studies aid massive developments) YES to  transparency which involves residents in planning massive developments for our community NO to demolition of Avondale homes for corporate expansion–over 300 homes demolished to date and families displaced NO to the deceptive purchasing of property for hospital expansion NO to pollution caused by daily traffic gridlock on our residential streets contributing to “20 years less life expectancy for Avondale Families” and high Asthma rates *Source Cincinnati Heath Department NO to higher property taxes for homeowners due to the Gentrification of Avondale  

Avondale Community Council
40 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Members of the World Health Assembly

Sign the Charter for Lung Health

Read the full Charter for Lung Health here: http://www.firsnet.org/publications/charter This is an urgent call to action by the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) for better lung health around the world.Respiratory diseases are often not recognized as the major problem they are: More than 65 million people suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, sometimes known as emphysema or chronic bronchitis) and 3 million die each year, making it the third leading cause of death worldwide−and the numbers are increasing. About 334 million people suffer from asthma, making the most common chronic disease of childhood  It affects 14% of children globally−and rising. The most common lethal neoplasm in the world is lung cancer. It kills 1.6 million people each year−and again, those numbers are growing. For decades, pneumonia has been among the top three causes of death and disability among both children and adults. In 2015, 10.4 million people developed tuberculosis−and 1.4 million people died from it. At least 2 billion people are exposed to toxic indoor smoke; 1 billion inhale polluted air outside, and 1 billion are exposed to tobacco smoke. Four million people die prematurely every year from other chronic respiratory diseases. Fortunately, most respiratory diseases are PREVENTABLE by improving the quality of the air. Common sources of unhealthy air are tobacco smoke, indoor and outdoor air pollution, and air containing microbes, toxic particles, fumes, or allergens. Join us in reducing tobacco consumption, controlling unhealthy air especially in the workplace, and strengthening immunization programs as important first steps. By signing this petition, you are indicating your support for the Charter for Lung Health, a document designed to address these issues.  We are aiming for 100,000 signatories from around the world!Everyone has the right to breathe clean air and to have healthy lungs. Read the full Charter for Lung Health here: http://www.firsnet.org/publications/charter

Forum of International Respiratory Societies
4,247 supporters