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clean water

40 petitions

Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Town of Chapel Hill NC, OWASA , Orange County Commissioners, Town of Carrboro

Fluoride Free Chapel Hill Carrboro

On February 2, 2017, there was a fluoride over-feed caused by negligence on the part of those who were managing the chemical compounds being added to our water at the OWASA treatment plant. This brought to light a problem that some have been advocating against since 2012, asking OWASA to look at the science regarding adding fluoride to our water in the first place. The incident could have been much worse, as they have stated that none of the contaminated water ended up in anyone's water supply. However, the fact is that hydrofluorosilicic acid (a known toxic chemical that is a by-product of the phosphate fertilizer industry and is NOT pharmaceutical grade) is being added to our drinking water as a medication intended to prevent tooth decay. Orange County does not have a license to practice medicine, nor is it legal to impose medication on people without their consent. Additionally, there has never been a single, randomized controlled trial to demonstrate the effectiveness or SAFETY of water fluoridation. The only studies have been on fluoride applied TOPICALLY to the teeth, not used systemically. Many health concerns have been cited including, but not limited to: thyroid, neurological, lowering of IQ, fluorosis, arthritic symptoms. Please see more at: http://www.fluoridealert.org/50-reasons.htm We have repeatedly presented concerns and objections to OWASA, only to have been dismissed. In 2013, OWASA refused to hear the science and engage in a discussion with the author of "The Case Against Fluoride," Dr. Paul Connett, who travels around the world speaking on this topic. They instead held a meeting that was billed as a fair debate on the subject, with two "experts" who were to be on each side of the issue. They would not allow for any public comment or questions. It was a sham of a debate as the person who was supposedly against fluoridation didn't cite any scientific or medical reports or studies, but just shrugged his shoulders and agreed that it's a good idea to keep fluoridation alive in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. With that, they dismissed those concerned and said they would no longer hear anything on the subject. We were not welcome to future meetings. Once the fluoride overfeed occurred, they opened the floor to public comments and in addition to those of us who participated in the efforts in 2012-13, there were others from the town who also voiced their opposition to the practice, including two former employees/board members of OWASA. The following meeting on March 9 was staged with four people going to the podium in support of the practice of water fluoridation - ALL FROM THE UNC DENTAL SCHOOL. Those from the community who spoke were all in opposition. The board did not ask questions or otherwise respond to a single concern from the citizens of the town and said they would resume the practice of water fluoridation (they had ceased since the incident on Feb 2nd) and would not discuss the matter of fluoridation any further. This is not acceptable. The people of Chapel Hill and Carrboro have a right to know what is going into their water, be able to voice their opinions and be heard. They also ought to have public officials/servants who are willing to read the scientific evidence - not just listen to the propaganda in the form of endorsements that have been used for decades to support this outdated practice. PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION, PASS ALONG TO YOUR NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS WHO ARE ON THE OWASA SYSTEM OR WHO EVEN DINE IN CHAPEL HILL/CARRBORO! Thank you for your support.

Daria Barazandeh
152 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Steven Oroho, Robert Menendez, Cory Booker, Raymond Lesniak, Bob Smith, John McKeon, Samuel Thompson, Gail Phoebus, Parker Space, Christopher Bateman, Tim Eustace, Paul Moriarty, Michael Doherty, Brian Stack, Loretta Weinberg, Nia Gill, M. Teresa Ruiz, John Wisniewski, Annette Quijano, Thomas Kean, Vincent Prieto, Linda Greenstein, Robert Karabinchak

HELP SAVE OUR PRECIOUS PUBLIC LANDS!

The State of New Jersey wants to sell out the Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area to commercial loggers, hunters and other private interests. THEY MUST BE STOPPED. Under the guise of a “forest stewardship plan,” State bureaucrats are trying to raise money by permitting clear cutting, herbicidal and fire use and the degradation of our water supply and other natural resources in our public open spaces.  Sparta Mountain, like many other public open spaces, is home to many rare and endangered plant and animal species. This bogus plan would cause irreparable damage to the complex wetland systems and C1 trout streams assigned the highest classification in the State.   The Highlands region, which includes the Sparta Mountains, also provides the drinking water to over 70% of ALL NJ residents. This plan sells out our New Jersey’s public lands and parks which belong to all of us and are held in the public trust. They must not be sold to the highest bidder. Don’t let State bureaucrats destroy our forests, endanger our water supply and decrease our property values.  Help stop commercial logging on Sparta Mountain before it’s too late!    ACTION PETITION FOR: We, the undersigned, as concerned citizens, urge our elected officials (local, state, and federal) to act now to stop the DEVASTATION of our cherished Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area. We call for them to prohibit commercial clear cutting, herbicidal and fire use and the degradation of our water supply and other natural resources in our public open spaces by requiring the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife to ABANDON the proposed 10-year Forest Stewardship Plan for SMWMA and withdraw bills S768 and A1505 from consideration.

Friends of Sparta Mountain
1,729 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Paul Ryan, Charles Schumer

Prevent 15 million deaths a year from world poverty for 30 billion dollars a year

Death from World hunger can be ended for 30 billion dollars a year https://borgenproject.org/the-cost-to-end-world-hunger/ World hunger can be eradicated. A price has been set and estimated by the United Nations to solve this crisis – $30 billion a year. It may seem like a large sum of money, but when compared to the U.S. defense budget – $737 billion in 2012 – $30 billion seems more attainable. The $30 billion expense is manageable, especially when the U.S. would be joined by other investors in global poverty, but the U.S. has the capacity to be the leader on this issue.   That's 9 million people a year https://unchronicle.un.org/article/losing-25000-hunger-every-day The dramatic rise in global food prices over the past twelve months, coupled with diminishing food stocks and escalating fuel costs, has gravely jeopardized global food and nutrition security, and has re-emphasized the critical actions needed to realize the right to adequate food. Hunger and under-nutrition are the greatest threats to public health, killing more people than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Each day, 25,000 people, including more than 10,000 children, die from hunger and related causes. Some 854 million people worldwide are estimated to be undernourished, and high food prices may drive another 100 million into poverty and hunger. The risks are particularly acute among those who must spend at least 60 per cent of their income on food: the urban poor and displaced populations, the rural landless, pastoralists and the majority of smallholder farmers.   Water and sanitation have a positive economic payback https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/publications/2012/globalcosts.pdf&ved=0ahUKEwi-q67DgozTAhVV8GMKHQlmA38QFggaMAA&usg=AFQjCNG0cWPATWa5aj70jC01iLgTf4iIqg&sig2=LdA5OJjVVJflJA1reGHOCg Summary results for attaining universal access to drinking-water are shown in Figure B.The benefit-cost ratio (BCR) for the necessary interventions varies from 0.6 in Oceania to3.7 in S Asia. The global economic return on water spending is US$ 2.0 per US dollarinvested. Combined water supply and sanitation interventions have a benefit-cost ratio of4.3 at the global level, ranging from 2.0 in Oceania to above 5.0 in the LAC and E Asiaregions.Summary results for attaining universal access to sanitation are shown in Figure A. Thebenefit-cost ratio (BCR) for the necessary interventions varies from 2.8 in the SSA regionto 8.0 in E Asia. The global economic return on sanitation spending is US$ 5.5 per USdollar invested.   Unsafe water kills 3.5 million people a year https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/global/wash_statistics.html- Water, sanitation and hygiene has the potential to prevent at least 9.1% of the global disease burden and 6.3% of all deaths 1.The impact of clean water technologies on public health in the U.S. is estimated to have had a rate of return of 23 to 1 for investments in water filtration and chlorination during the first half of the 20th century 5. http://www.ecology.com/birth-death-rates/ 55.3 million people die each year Vaccines have 18% roi http://www.gavi.org/library/news/roi/2010/vaccines-boost-economic-growth-in-poorest-countries/ Vaccines bring added value to the economies of the world's poorest countries with GAVI's investment in immunisation set to yield an 18% rate of return by 2020, according to a Harvard School of Public Health study.   3 million die from vaccine-preventable diseases http://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/vaccine-education-center/global-immunization/diseases-and-vaccines-world-view Despite this success, more than 3 million people die from vaccine-preventable diseases each year. Approximately 1.5 million of these deaths are in children less than 5 years old. Of the top 10 causes of death in those less than 5 years old, several are infectious, meaning they can be transmitted from one person to another

John Baker
11 supporters