Topic

clean air

21 petitions

Update posted 2 months 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
360 supporters
Update posted 3 months 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
253 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Governor Sandoval

Tell Gov. Sandoval: Use Nevada's VW Fund for Electric School Buses

“My children always take the school bus. Over the last five years or so, I noticed severe changes in my oldest child’s health. When the doctor confirmed that he had asthma, our family’s life changed,” said Angeles Carrillo, a Las Vegas resident and mother of four. “I couldn’t hold a steady job to help pay our household expenses because I had to attend to my child’s doctors’ visits. I couldn’t help him with homework assignments that he missed at school. These are very hard times.” Nevada is set to receive $22 million as part of a settlement after Volkswagen illegally polluted our air for decades. We’re demanding Governor Sandoval use this money to upgrade Nevada’s aging dirty diesel bus fleets to zero-emissions electric school buses, protecting the 181,000 schoolchildren who ride buses, as well as the countless communities they drive through every single day. After Volkswagen was caught cheating federal emissions tests and illegally polluting our air for decades, they are paying states a $14.7 billion settlement, and Nevada is receiving $22 million earmarked specifically to reduce diesel pollution and transition to zero-emissions vehicles, like electric school buses. It’s almost impossible to think of a reason NOT to upgrade our polluting school buses! Zero-emissions electric buses would immediately reduce the toxic pollutants breathed in by family communities and kids every day, save school districts money on the dirty diesel fuel they’re buying right now, create new jobs for local professionals to maintain the buses, and take a step in the right direction to fight climate change. Asthma is the single biggest factor for kids missing school, and dirty diesel school buses are a huge contributor to that fact. We’re knocking on hundreds of doors and talking to people across Nevada to get Governor Sandoval to act, but we need you right now! Tell Governor Sandoval not to waste any time and use the Volkswagen settlement funding for zero-emissions electric school buses!

League of Conservation Voters
8 supporters