Topic

clean air

22 petitions

Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to City of Dover New Hampshire

City of Dover, NH: Please Expand Organic Pilot Program

Starting in Spring 2015, the City of Dover, NH initiated a pilot program by beginning the process of managing two public spaces, lower Henry Law park and Sullivan Dr. ball field, organically. This is a tremendously positive first step. Along with hosting a municipal training session with Chip Osborne in Fall 2015, and eliminating the use of pollinator harming neonicotinoid class insecticides on school and city owned property, the City has made good progress in fulfilling the promises set out in the Sustainable Dover initiative. We wish to thank them for their efforts so far, and encourage the city to keep up the good work by expanding the program to include all city owned property, and eliminating toxic herbicide use for curbside vegetation control.  This is being done successfully elsewhere. Pesticide use effects all of us, and our children are especially vulnerable. Recently dozens of leading scientists and medical experts have created a call to action to reduce widespread exposures to chemicals that interfere with fetal and children’s brain development.  They state that "the current system in the United States for evaluating scientific evidence and making health-based decisions about environmental chemicals is fundamentally broken." It is imperative that we continue to move ahead in eliminating as much of these types of exposures as we can. Some of the products being used by the city contractors include... Mec Amine-D 3-way herbicide - (2,4 – d, Mecoprop-P, & Dicamba) 2,4 - d is a component of Vietnam defoliant Agent Orange, and it is contaminated with dioxin during the manufacturing process. The three active ingredients have never been tested in combination, only alone and never as a whole formulated product with 'inert' proprietary ingredients that comprise more than half. Acclaim - contains ingredients that are considered to be probable orsuspected human carcinogens, and may have target organ effects, or Quinclorac for post emergent crabgrass control to Soccer fields. Dimension - crabgrass pre-emergent herbicide Roundup Promax & Rodeo Herbicide - (glyphosate) Listed by the World Health Organization as a probable carcinogen, known to be genotoxic, which means it damages DNA in ways that can cause cancer, and shows endocrine disrupting activity at very low levels. Reward herbicide, active ingredient diquat dibromide. Residues of diquat have been found to persist in soil for many years with very little degradation. It doesn't have to be this way. As the home of the Children's Museum, the city of Dover receives many visitors. We have the opportunity to set an example for surrounding Seacoast communities by expanding the organic pilot programs to public areas still being conventionally treated, such as upper Henry Law park (pictured above), the public library, the McConnell Center, and many other spaces where children in particular frequent.  Not only is this program good for public and environmental health - but it also contributes to fiscal health by saving taxpayer money in the long term. Going forward, we ask that the City of Dover commits to stop using toxic pesticides in public places, to encourage organic property maintenance for all new developments, and to provide education to businesses and residents about organic property maintenance and least toxic alternatives for weed control.      

Non Toxic Dover NH
559 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to City Council of Chesapeake

Support Solar Power Generation in Chesapeake

We the undersigned citizens of Chesapeake and the surrounding communities support the development of solar power in our city as a clean renewal energy resource. Solar power generation is compatible with the Comprehensive Plan objectives of encouraging the development of alternative energy sources and improving local air quality by reducing fossil fuel “smokestack” emissions across the state. Solar energy will reduce environmental degradation in Virginia and neighboring states caused by mountaintop removal mining, the disposal of new coal ash, the contamination of rivers from mining and fracking, and air pollution. Utility scale solar energy production - solar farms - will provide our city with cost-effective solutions while providing agricultural farm owners with options to increase their financial opportunities while safeguarding their land from permanent development. Many neighboring cities have seen unfettered encroachment within their rural areas. Solar power farms are a lower impact use of the land, reducing the pressure for residential development. Restricting solar farms to land zoned Industrial will have negative consequences. Acquiring existing industrial land is very costly and will make solar energy much more expensive, thus causing us to continue to use energy sources that cause far greater destruction to the our air, water, natural areas, and ultimately our health. Re-zoning currently agricultural land as industrial will, almost literally, pave the way for that land to be used much more intensively in the future. The advantage of the solar farm was that it was relatively low intensity and allowed the land to be used for other options, including farming, in the future.

Support Solar in Chesapeake
409 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Carlos Chacon, Mayor Carolyn Goodman

Save the Las Vegas Alternative Fuel Permit program

In the City of Las Vegas - there are 1000s of people who are dependent on the electric charging stations at City Hall Parking and surrounding areas. People commute everyday from all over to work who depend on these chargers to get home. This year, I bought an electric car as a project to start a car sharing program EVLV - that is dedicated to getting Electric Vehicles in the hands of those who cannot afford to buy one - but would benefit from access.  The Alternative Fuel program helps its users so much with costs of owning an electric vehicle with incentives like "Free Parking" at all the meters around the city, Free Charging for users at city hall (24 hr access). This has helped tremendously because I know that even though I made the decision to invest money in Electric upfront - the possibilities of the long term benefits are endless. The city supplements this program by charging the users a small fee of $20 a year to maintain the program in accordance with the easement agreement with NV energy. Recently the city has gone in a different direction - decided to partner with an alternative partner and small business to put independent solar charging stations around the city. While this is progressive and is positive - canceling the already in place Alternative Fuel program is a step backwards.  Please join me and the 1000s of users who depend on this program to commute to work and help impact the environment of Las Vegas and the world to help save this program and show that we NEED this program to survive. I am one voice - but with your signature we can keep moving forward and continue to making a stride to help the city and its users see the benefits of clean energy.  

Chad Wilson
53 supporters