Business and Brands
Petition to Chick-Fil-A
Chick-Fil-A: No more styrofoam!
As someone who cares deeply about our environment, I'm writing to ask Chick-Fil-A to STOP using styrofoam cups. The particles created from disposal of these cups are being eaten by wildlife and endangering their lives. Polystyrene is also dangerous to humans, and its chemicals easily leech into our drinks. If we continue to destroy our ecosystem through the irresponsible use of nonbiodegradable materials, our planet will not be able to continue supporting us.Other food industry giants have stepped up their game and ditched styrofoam for more sustainable packaging. It's time you came on board. Millions of cups get thrown away without a second thought. Even still, you cannot recycle these cups into more cups, and so the production continues along with the destruction of our environment.Do the right thing, and switch over to paper. It's more eco-friendly, more sustainable, more recyclable, and overall the better choice for your company and the planet. Thank you for your time and your advocacy for us allSwitch to a more eco friendly paper cup
Petition to The Walt Disney Company
STOP Disney - Last Chance for Lighthouse Point
There are plenty of places in the Bahamas where Disney can dock its cruise ships. There is only one Lighthouse Point. We are deeply concerned about Disney’s plans that threaten this unique natural place treasured by generations of Bahamians and visitors from around the world. The seas surrounding the point are so biologically rich that they have been formally proposed as a Marine Protected Area. This is NOT the place where an environmentally responsible corporation would choose to construct a massive private cruise ship port - the centerpiece of which is a half-mile-long pier cutting across coral reefs including endangered staghorn coral. The port’s construction and operation would seriously harm the environment, while the economic benefits to communities in South Eleuthera are still unclear and very questionable. Our planet’s oceans are already facing unprecedented pressures. Their future depends on the choices we make today to protect places like the proposed Lighthouse Point Marine Protected Area. Disney should follow the lead of other cruise companies that have chosen instead to rehabilitate already degraded areas for their cruise facilities. This is our last chance to protect Lighthouse Point for generations to come. Sign the petition to call upon Disney to secure a different, more suitable site for their cruise ship port and instead work with Bahamian citizen groups on a sustainable development alternative for Lighthouse Point.
Petition to Josh Silcox, Anna Steffens, Brian Trusheim, Scott Patton, Joan Kavanaugh, Erin Loverher
Tell Aldi to Go 100% Gestation Crate Free
Many of us are loyal Aldi shoppers who appreciate the grocery chain’s quality, low-priced foods, commitment to sustainability, and desire to serve its customers in meaningful ways. That’s why it is especially disheartening to learn that unlike almost every other major grocer in the U.S., Aldi still has not committed to stopping its pork suppliers from locking up mother pigs in tiny “gestation crates” for virtually their entire life. Please sign our petition. Urge Aldi to take the responsible road like so many other retailers and commit to a 100% gestation crate free supply chain by 2022. Gestation crates are widely recognized as cruel and inhumane. They confine a mother pig throughout her 4-month pregnancy in a space so tiny it’s roughly the same size as her body, so narrow she can’t even turn around. The mother pig is subsequently transferred into another crate to give birth, re-impregnated, and then put back into a gestation crate. This inhumane cycle repeats, pregnancy after pregnancy, for virtually their entire lives, adding up to years of immobilization. Almost every leading company in the food industry has listened to public opinion by adopting a policy to phase-out purchasing from operators using gestation crates —from restaurants like McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, Cracker Barrel, and Quiznos to other cost-conscious retailers such as Costco, Trader Joe’s, Kroger, and Walmart. As one of the largest grocers in the U.S., it is time for Aldi to do the same and acknowledge that animals ought to be allowed to move. Aldi says it cares about what its customers want. Please sign and share this petition and let Aldi know that you care about the animal welfare practices of their pork suppliers. Ask them to commit to phasing out the use of gestation crates for a mother pig’s entire pregnancy from its supply chain within a specified timeframe.
Petition to YouTube , Susan Wojcicki
Reinstate SBSK comment sections on YouTube
Video explanation here: https://youtu.be/Wy7Tvo-q63o YouTube has taken discriminatory action against SBSK (YouTube.com/specialbooksbyspecialkids) and other channels that feature minors as part of an over-reaching effort to combat child predation on their platform. They have chosen channels at random and disabled all of their comments without any sort of transparency or real communication with creators. Their actions were not all encompassing, rather many channels (especially those tied to large corporations and advertisers) have been left unaffected. They have no information for creators/communities on how long the comments will be disabled or if the action is permanent. We at SBSK are fighting this blatant discrimination and censorship of the disability community. Our impact as a channel and a nonprofit is greatly limited without our comment section. We are heartbroken and angry for all that we have lost due to YouTube's actions. Chris and I have advocated since receiving the initial notice last week, but our pleas and outrage have been ignored. We are asking you, our community across the globe, to rally around us and to fight this discrimination. Please sign our petition and include a message demanding the immediate reinstatement of comments on SBSK's channel. You can read our full open letter to YouTube below: Dear YouTube, On our channel, comments aren't just "an important way for our team to engage with our community"... they are as paramount to the work we are doing and the positive global change we are trying to promote as the videos themselves. Our comment section is where the individuals we feature often hear and experience societal acceptance for the first time. They are a place where information and tips are shared; where myths are dispelled and stigma challenged. They are a place, (one of the only public forums) where someone can be acknowledged as more than their diagnosis. Our comment section is where dialogue happens. Where perspectives are challenged and widened. It is where empathy is found, fostered, and made commonplace. To have lost our comment section is devastating for our team and our community. It is devastating to our mission and the neurodiversity movement that had found it's voice on YouTube. I appreciate your response, and while I believe there is a need to further protect minors on your platform, there has to be another way. Half of our mission is to show those we feature that society will accept them if they have the courage to put themselves out there. So far, every person I have interviewed has been met with an abundance of loving and supportive comments. I am incredibly proud of SBSK's followers and the empowerment and ownership they feel towards our channel. We have one of those most positive comment sections on the internet; one that is monitored by us and policed by our community who will accept nothing less than respect in those forums. By choosing to move forward this way, YouTube will severely minimize our impact as a non-profit. In trying to do the right thing with an emphasis to protect your advertisers, you have genuinely hurt people and censored them. These individuals are not the pedophiles you were targeting, just collateral damage. The disability community has fought too hard and long for it's voice. I know there has to be a way that we can work together to support the protection of minors on YouTube without isolating and silencing the disability community once more. We ask that you consider us for the group of channels who will be allowed comments while working with you to moderate them. Sincerely, Chris Ulmer and Alyssa Porter Team SBSK
Petition to Kraft Foods, Miguel Patricio, Michael Mullen, Caroline Krajewski, Eric Palmer
Kraft a Better BOCA and Ditch Dairy!
As a staple at cookouts, on camping trips, and on restaurant menus nationwide, Kraft Heinz’ BOCA brand has long been a household name at the forefront of the meatless market. But while other veggie burger brands have embraced the soaring demand for dairy-free dining in recent years, the majority of the BOCA burgers and bowls lining grocery store shelves still contain unhealthy, cruelly produced cow’s milk.In 2009, BOCA took a major, promising step forward by committing to dropping all eggs from its line after hearing from tens of thousands of consumers who were hungry for fully plant-based burgers through a campaign by Compassion Over Killing and other organizations. Yet today, although BOCA has recognized that “consumers are increasingly looking for plant-based options,” most of its meatless products contain cow’s milk. Join us in telling parent company Kraft Heinz that it’s time to ditch the dairy and make BOCA an all-vegan brand!At least 60 percent of adults worldwide can’t digest cow’s milk. Millions more are cutting out milk not only for their own health, but also for the environment and for animals, who, as a recent Compassion Over Killing investigative video exposed, suffer a systematic cycle of cruelty in the dairy industry. On factory farms, dairy cows are impregnated by artificial insemination year after year; each newborn calf is taken from them shortly after birth so their milk can be sold for humans; and when their exhausted bodies can no longer produce milk, these mother cows are sent to slaughter because they’re no longer considered profitable.As more and more Americans turn away from cow’s milk, dairy alternatives are flying off the shelves, with sales projected to reach $35 billion by 2024. To meet the meat-free, dairy-free demand, brands like Gardein, the Bill Gates-backed Beyond Meat, and Field Roast are already producing completely vegan burger lines, and even fast food giants like White Castle are dishing up plant-based patties. After hearing from consumers, meatless brand Lightlife also jumped aboard in 2017, announcing its transition to a 100% vegan line. If Lightlife can do it, why can’t BOCA?A new report by international restaurant consultants Baum+Whiteman has named plant-based dining as the 2018 trend of the year, citing factors like a 257% increase between 2012 and 2016 in vegan-labeled food and drink products at grocery stores. BOCA is falling behind in this plant-based revolution--but it can reposition itself as an industry leader in this rapidly growing market by dropping dairy for good.Join us today in telling Kraft Heinz that consumers are craving an all-vegan BOCA brand, and it’s time to ditch the dairy!
Petition to Brian Cornell, Jennifer Silberman, Brian Lannan, Doug Baker, George Barrett, Ken Salazar, Melissa McLean, Monica Lozano, Henrique De Castro, Dmitri Stockton, Melanie Healey, Lisa Boyd
Target, Stop Filling the World with Plastic Bags!
We, Target customers, ask Target to eliminate plastic bags. We understand this won’t be convenient to us, but it is time to act. For those of us who also shop at Costco or IKEA, we know we can survive without plastic bags. 2 million single-use plastic bags are consumed every minute. These bags often wind up in waterways and our landscape, degrading water and soil as they break down into tiny toxic bits. These bags have a massive carbon footprint. Switching to paper is not the answer. The carbon footprint of paper bags is even bigger. Paper production uses trees that could instead be absorbing carbon dioxide, releases more greenhouse gases, takes 3 times the amount of water, and results in 50 times more water pollutants. We can bring our own bags. If Target provides bags for purchase, we ask it to charge a meaningful amount because this approach works. Plastic bag use fell by 90% in Ireland following a plastic bag tax of 37 cents. In Australia, 2 major retailers led by eliminating plastic bags in their stores and the country reduced plastic bag use by 80% in 3 months. In Los Angeles county, a plastic bag ban with a charge on paper bags reduced single bag use by 95%. Target’s current 5 cent discount for those bringing bags does not meaningfully curb Target’s plastic bag consumption. We want Target to act swiftly. Target’s plastic bags are choking the earth.
Petition to Kevin Plank, ÖSV Präsident Prof. Peter Schröcksnadel, Präsident Oke Göttlich, Kevin Mansell, Roberta Myre
Please Boycott Under Armour for promoting Trophy-Hunters
Picture: Under Armour sponsored "Athlete" and Trophy Killer Lee Lakosky. Under Armour sponsors numerous Trophy-hunters like Kendall Jones, Lee and Tiffany Lakosky, Cameron Hanes, and many others, to kill wild animals for sport on different continents in order to promote the sale of Under Armour Hunting Gear. Under Armour trophy hunters flaunt their numerous kills ostentatiously on "UNDER ARMOUR HUNT" social media pages as well as their personal websites. To Kevin Plank, Founder and CEO of Under Armour: "Sir, the inspired spirit of innovation that built your company is contrary to the sport hunting programs you support and sponsor. Watching individuals butcher unsuspecting wild animals for the thrill of killing, flaunting pictures of themselves with their kills on social media is something that haunts any conscientious human being. Your aim to inspire through sport is noble and innovative. Including killing sentinent beings into that aim is base, grotesque and inhumane. Please reconsider and cancel your involvement in hunting. It literally destroys the reputation of your entire company."
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Peter A. DeFazio, Richard Anderson, Peter Wilander
Tell Amtrak and Congress We Want Dining Car Service To Remain On All Long Distance Trains.
By an Act of Congress under H.R. Bill 749 the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015, and passing Federal Code 49 USC Ch. 24321 Amtrak Food and Beverage Reform, which stipulated that Amtrak must at least break even on food and beverage service during FY2020. Although Congress did not say how to accomplish this, AMTRAK management headed by Mr. Richard Anderson, CEO and President of Amtrak eliminated the traditional dining car service on long distance trains east of the Mississippi River, except for the Auto Train on October 01, 2019. Those trains affected are the Cardinal, City of New Orleans, Crescent, and Silver Meteor. Traditional dining car service on two other east coast trains was cut last year. The traditional dining service will remain for now on the California Zephyr, Coast Starlight Empire Builder, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited, Texas Eagle, as well as the Auto Train between Lorton, Virginia, and Sanford, Florida. Although it is the consensus of various sources that "Contemporary Dining" will be instituted nationwide, perhaps except for the Acela and the Northeast Corridor. The reason for this move is to cut costs by eliminating the dining car staff and the traditional dining car meals and replacing it with "Contemporary Dining" and a new Enhanced Flexible Dining menu, yet still offer complimentary food and beverages to sleeping car passengers according to Amtrak. They also unjustly put the blame on the millennials for wanting this change of menu and not being in favor of shared table seating in the diners. Amtrak will offer this new complimentary menu, but as of this writing it is not available to coach passengers, although it is supposed to be offered to coach in 2020. These are pre-packaged meals prepared off-site that would be heated if necessary and available to sleeping car passengers only. They arrive onboard in cellophane wrappers, plastic lids and aluminum covers, to be unwrapped and served on the accompanying reusuable trays. However, some passengers have noted that they received the meals still wrapped, emphasizing their frustration with the presentation. Gone are the traditional meals we enjoyed as we watched the rolling countryside from our dining car table's window; the Amtrak exclusives like railroad french toast, flat iron steaks, crab cakes, desserts, etc. We feel that if certain passengers would enjoy the new to go entree options, they should have that right. Equally so, if other passengers including myself and the supporters of this petition would rather sit in the dining car and order from the menu, a fresh cooked to order meal on plates with silverware and linen tablecloths and napkins. While some may wish to buy snacks or light food items from the Café car. All three options have their place on an overnight train or one of at least 500 miles. It should be noted that the Contemporary Dining menu meals appear to be unhealthy. For example, the Red Wine Braised Beef is 490 calories with 250 calories from fat, 28 grams total fat of which 13 grams is saturated fat, and a whopping 2340 grams of sodium which is 102% of one's daily recommended dose based on a 2000 calorie diet. Other entrees are equally high in sugar, fats, sodium or carbohydrates. Amtrak notes that sleeping car and coach passengers may continue to purchase snacks and food items from the Café car. Coach passengers would be able to purchase snacks and limited food items from the Café cars for dining or provide for their own meals onboard, or until such time coach is allowed to buy the new meals, and or if traditional dining is reinstated. At the very least, with the discontinuation of the traditional dining car service, coach passengers should be able to purchase the same flexible dining choices as the sleeping car passengers, and have the option to use the dining or lounge cars to eat, other than at their seat. Since the institution of the Enhanced Flexible Dining menu passengers have noted that the Café cars are running out of items mid-trip leaving few choices and hungry travelers. On October 01, 2019 a 100 year plus tradition of meals cooked onboard and served in the dining cars will end; the midwest and west coast trains are sure to follow, although Amtrak has stated not as of now. And so will national rail travel as we know it, unless we speak up and be heard. Photograph: National Railroad Passenger Corp. d/b/a Amtrak Note: Results of this survey and comments will be made available to multiple decision makers in Congress including Peter A. DeFazio, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Sub-Committee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials of the U.S. House of Representatives. Gene ArensonNARP MemberRail Passenger Advocate Started: Aug.12, 2019Revised: Oct.14, 2019