Petition to Supervisor Dennis Rodoni
Save The Last Resort -- A Working Model of Sustainability in Marin County
Dear Supervisor Rodoni, We immensely appreciate your recent efforts to, at long last, reach a compromise that preserves The Last Resort (http://thelastresortlagunitas.org) David Lee Hoffman's property, as a historic landmark. As the process of working with David progresses, we must express the imperative to reinstate Marin County's own Architectural Commission's ruling that David's site is historically important. This would allow the use of the California Historic Building Code as a guideline and protections this code offers. Reinstating the Commission's ruling is ethical and allows for long-awaited progress in complying with reasonable code upgrades and an ultimate resolution. We do not want to lose The Last Resort, nor do we want to lose David as a friend, neighbor, and contributor to our community. We feel that David is a visionary who, during the past 40 years, has created solutions to climate change issues that we face as a global community. These solutions lie in the very structures and systems that stand to be destroyed if the Commission's unanimous ruling continues to be discounted or ignored. We believe the demolition of his work would severely endanger the health, safety, beauty and tranquility of Marin County - and the potential for large-scale solutions that David's innovation provides. We request that Marin County, through their receiver, reinstate their own Commission's unanimous ruling, which declared that David's property deserves local historic status. You, too, recently stated in your January 31, 2017 letter to the appointed receiver, “Furthermore, please consider this an official request from my office to include architectural and cultural value determinations on the Hoffman property in your final recommendations.” The reinstatement of the County Architectural Commission ruling would be the final step in bringing closure to the issue of preserving as much of David’s site as possible without interfering with the work of the receiver. We believe that if David loses, we all lose -- and we believe the solution is outlined by the steps in this petition. We are truly thankful to have you addressing these issues. By signing this petition we support the reinstatement of the Marin County Architectural Commission resolution that all 36 structures on the 2-acre property of David Lee Hoffman in Lagunitas constitute a cultural and historic landmark of local importance. Signed,
Petition to Levar Stoney
Mayor Stoney - Join the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy
ProblemThe Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's October 2018 report makes it clear: "unprecedented" changes must be made to avert Global warming above 1.5 degrees celsius. The report states that in the next decade, humanity will make the choice - whether to avert runaway climate change - or to place the wellbeing of future generations before short term comfort and do the great work of dismantling the carbon-based economy. Now is the time for unprecedented action. SolutionDid you know that there is a global organization of city mayors tracking carbon and implementing real policies to fight climate change at the local level?A majority of major economic centers - like New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and London, are already deeply involved. Major cities like Philadelphia, DC, Atlanta and Boston are in. Hip Cities like Austin, Berkeley and and Portland are in. Smaller southern cities are like Birmingham, Charlotte and Blacksburg are in. And yet Richmond is only "considering" membership, "at some point in the future," according to the Mayor's office. Climate change is now. The time for action is now. The time for Mayor Stoney to join the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy - and guide Richmond towards a liveable future - is now. The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy is "the broadest global alliance committed to climate leadership, building on the commitment of over 9,000 cities and local governments from six continents and 127 countries representing more than 770 million residents." *"More and more cities and local governments across the globe are heeding the call to act, and their response could not be more urgent as nations begin the work of meeting the goals of the Paris climate agreement." *Sign this petition, and help Richmond join the ranks of hundreds of cities - large and small - around the world doing their part to make a liveable future possible. *Source: GlobalCovenantofMayors.org Personal storyMy name is Barry O'Keefe - I am an artist, teacher, and lifelong resident of the City of Richmond. I work at VCU, the Visual Arts Center, Gallery 5 and Milk River Arts. My wife and I welcomed our first child, Cyrus, last May. It brings me tremendous grief to think of the ecologically devastated world that he will be inheriting from us. I personally believe that it is my responsibility, and the responsibility of every elected official, to act to avert the most catastrophic effects of climate change.
Petition to The Board of the Nobel Foundation
Create A New Nobel Prize For The Fight Against Climate Change
In October the special UN Report on Climate Change was released with alarming forecasts, but it was quickly buried by the constant cycle of breaking news. Mobilizing people to fight climate change begins with winning the news cycle. The same week the report was released, the Nobel Prizes were awarded. As the most prestigious awards, the Nobel Prizes benefit from global coverage for a week, and their laureates are given a platform for years. In his will, Alfred Nobel specified that the prizes were awarded for work that was « for the greatest benefit to humankind ». We believe that there is no greater benefit to mankind than to fight humanity’s most imminent threat: climate change. That’s why through this petition we are asking the Nobel Foundation Board to create a new Nobel Prize for the Fight Against Climate Change. Learn more on how the prize would work: www.climatechangenobelprize.org Follow us on Twitter @NobelPetition or Like us on Facebook We are also looking for volunteers to translate the petition to truly make it global! If you can help send an email at email@example.com THANK YOU!Hélène and Raoul, Parents Act For Climate
Petition to President Rodrigo Duterte
No to Kaliwa Dam!
AN URGENT LETTER TO PRESIDENT RODRIGO DUTERTE WHO IS BEING MANIPULATED BY HIS ADVISERS TO SIGN THE CONTRACT FOR THE KALIWA DAM PROJECT WITH CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING ON NOVEMBER 11, 2018 Dear Mr. President: If you really care for our country, you will NOT SIGN THE Agreement FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE KALIWA DAM for the following COMPELLING reasons: 1. IT WILL PLACE 100,000 LIVES IN DANGER. While Manila is now preparing for the Big One earthquake of the Marikina West Valley Fault, the proposed 60-meter Kaliwa Dam will be constructed within a zone of two active tectonics represented by the Philippine Fault Zone and the Valley Fault System. The Agos Dam site is located only 7-8 kilometers from the Philippine Fault Zone (Infanta Fault). In case an active fault is nearby the proposed dam site, two major problems can occur and will greatly affect the design of the proposed structures, namely: 1.) seismicity caused by the earthquakes occurring in active fault zone; and 2.) deformation in dam-foundation caused by the movement of active faults. Most of the proposed dam sites would be subject to high peak acceleration and are exposed to generally high degree of seismicity. Along the Philippine Fault, there were many large-scale earthquakes that were recorded in the past and the relative movement of 6 cm was observed in the period of 1991 to 1993. It can be said that the Philippine Fault Zone has a potential to cause very high seismic activity, as what have been recorded in the July 18, 1880 earthquake where the old churches of Infanta, Mauban (both in Quezon province) and Manila Cathedral were devastated (Page 3-11 of the The 2003 results of JICA study “The Study on Water Resources Development for Metro Manila in the Republic of the Philippines”). ”Even with its best technology, Japan was caught flat-footed with its 2011 earthquake”. 2. IT VIOLATES THE LAW. To sign the bilateral loan agreement thru ODA for the Kaliwa Dam Project would essentially violate R.A. 8173 and R.A. 7586. Up until now there is no Free, Prior and Informed Consent ever given by the Dumagat-Remontados for this construction as required by R. A. 8173. Neither has there been an Environmental Compliance Certificate as required by R.A. 7586 and yet your advisers have scheduled the signing on November 11, 2018. 3. IT IS A DEBT TRAP. By refusing to be transparent on the Kaliwa Dam despite your Freedom of Information E.O. 2, your advisers have effectively prevented a solidly based scientific study of the Dam. For all their rhetoric your advisers are paving the way to a debt trap. They are simply duplicating Sri Lanka’s Hambantota airport and seaport experience during the dictatorship of Mahinda Rajapaksa. Both airport and seaport became liabilities so much so that Sri Lanka had to lease the seaport for 99 years. Malaysia’s newly elected Mahatir has cancelled projects with China to avoid being trapped. 4. IT IS IGNORES THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE. The collapse of the dams in Vietnam and in Myanmar a few months ago, the Itogon tragedy, the landslide in Naga City, Cebu and the most recent incident in Natonin, Mountain Province are enough signs that the impact of climate change can no longer be ignored. These should teach the Philippines to listen to the recommendation of the World Commission on Dams not to build big dams anymore. 5. THE PHILIPPINES IS FLOODED WITH RAIN WATER. PROMOTE THE FORESTS, NOT DAM PROJECTS. The proposed NCWS-Kaliwa Dam Project will inundate 291 hectares of forest from the 9,800-hectare forest in Infanta Kaliwa Watershed, including the sacred site of Dumagat-Remontado in the areas of Tinipak in Brgry. Daraitan, Tanay, Rizal. Kaliwa Dam also plans to get 600 MLD (Million Liters per Day) of water in the Kaliwa river thru embarkment dam of 60 meters high, transported via conveyance tunnel with 4 meters in diameter to Tanay & Antipolo Water Treatment Plants. This will greatly affect irrigation system that sustainably supports Infanta rice granary and it will dry up aquifers supplying ground-water source for Infanta Quezon Water District (IQWD) servicing its populace. Construction of Big Dams are not the only answer to the impending water crisis in Metro Manila, there are many other sustainable options. Why not fund the protection and rehabilitation of our degraded watersheds and existing dams, and not the construction of another big dams? It is good news for the environment and can save us from global warming, but bad news for the investors who only want profits at the expense of massive deforestation and community dislocations. The government can also mandate rain water collection modules and water conservation measures, especially for the households and big subdivisions / condominiums, as well as companies, industries, factories and hotel operators within the Metro Manila, instead of spending billions for dams without the assurance of success.
Petition to Arctic Slope Regional Corporation
Protect polar bears. No oil drilling in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge
Right now, a company you’ve probably never heard of is lobbying the Department of Interior to speed through environmental impact surveys so they can drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Home to polar bears and caribou, and the Gwich'in Athabascan Native Americans. It’s the last untouched slice of nature in the United States. If there’s an open season on oil and gas in ANWR, it will be yet another instance of public lands being parcelled off by the Trump Administration. Tell the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation to get out of ANWR. In 2017, Arctic Slope spent $590,000 lobbying the federal government to open ANWR up to oil and gas development. Ryan Zinke even appointed one of Arctic Slope’s top executives to a major post at the Department of Interior. Zinke’s office isn’t alone, in 2017 Arctic Slope lobbied the Senate to allow drilling in ANWR’s 1.5 million acre coastal plane. But before oil companies can buy leases, environmental impact surveys have to happen. Under Ryan Zinke, these surveys have been cut to ram the process through as quickly as possible. Lease sales could start as early as 2019! The size of South Carolina, since 1960 ANWR has been protected from oil and gas development. There are no roads and no towns; only the occasional hiker. The Gwich'in Athabascan Native Americans have relied on migrating caribou in ANWR for millennia. There are also 900 threatened polar bears who call ANWR home. Climate change is peeling away ice sheets that restrict their ability to find food. If oil and gas companies start drilling in ANWR, it could be the end of the Gwich’in Native Americans and America’s polar bears. Wildlife and communities shouldn’t be put into harm's way for nominal profits, tell Arctic Slope that ANWR is off limits! Communities across the U.S. are still reeling from decades old oil spills like Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon, if an oil spill happens in the Arctic, it would have devastating consequences. Tell Arctic Slope ANWR isn’t for oil and gas.
Petition to Florida State Senate
Demand Florida expand hurricane building codes to cover the Panhandle
After hurricane Andrew struck the Miami area in 1992, Florida created stringent building codes for all new homes built near the Atlantic coast, but those codes didn’t apply the same to the Panhandle. In the wake of Hurricane Michael’s devastation it’s never been more clear - Florida’s hurricane resilient building codes need to apply to the entire state. Tell Florida’s State Senate to expand existing building regulations to protect all Floridians from category-5 winds. A single home left standing on Mexico Beach was built by the owners to withstand anything nature could throw at it, up to 250 MPH winds. Their story is isolated, for most the devastation from Michael has completely changed their lives. The storm surge flooded whole neighborhoods up to the rooflines, while the sustained 155 MPH winds toppled homes. Some houses built since the 2002 building codes came into effect suffered damage but were still standing. Hurricane seasons are only getting worse for all parts of the Sunshine State. Tell the Florida State Senate to expand existing building codes - make the entire state resilient to dangerous hurricanes. Florida’s current codes are applied unevenly, people in hurricane-prone South Florida have to build structures to withstand strong category-5 hurricanes with up to 175 MPH winds. While new structures in the Panhandle near Mexico Beach only have to withstand 120-140 MPH winds, or a category-3 or 4 hurricane. After the unprecedented devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year, meteorologists are considering creating a new scale to account for category-6 hurricanes. People don’t need to lose their homes or their lives to devastating hurricanes. Urge Florida’s Senate to update building codes. All of Florida’s coastal communities need to be protected from deadly hurricanes.
Petition to W. Craig Jelinek, Costco
Demand Costco stop selling Koch Industries products!
Koch Industries is the owner of products such as AngelSoft, Quilted Northern, Dixie, Zee, Brawny, Sparkle, and others that are sold at every Costco. The Koch Brothers spend huge sums of money to lobby politicians to pass legislation that helps them, such as the GOP tax credits and climate change denial rhetoric used in our public schools. Koch Industries also own fossil fuel companies, 76, Phillips 66, Chevron and Conoco. One way to impact Koch Brothers bottom line is to stop buying their products and getting retailers, like Costco, to stop selling them. I am asking you to sign and share this petition so we can get Costco to stop selling Koch products.
Petition to Marathon Oil
Tell Marathon to get out of U.S. car emissions policies
Car companies don’t want it. Americans don’t want it. But oil companies do. Right now, a group of American oil companies, led by Marathon, is pushing the federal government to remove car emissions standards so they can make even more money. Marathon has expanded their operations and is now the largest oil refiner in the United States. If Americans are forced to buy cars that need more gas, Marathon and others can sell more oil. Tell Marathon to back off clean air standards, car emissions policies need to get better, not disappear overnight. Oil companies shouldn’t be setting emissions policies, but for years Marathon has been working behind the scenes to gut car emissions standards. They worked in conjunction with other oil companies to launch Facebook ads under a group founded by an oil lobbyist, Energy4US. The ads directed people to submit comments to the Department of Transportation for ‘affordable energy’. But they haven’t stopped there, Marathon worked closely with well connected oil-industry groups and a network of conservative lobbyists to influence and re-write state-level car emissions standards. They’ve also joined with the Koch Brothers to push forward an eight-word long bill in the House, “to repeal the corporate average fuel economy standards.” Essentially, to remove all car emissions standards. Not only would a car emissions roll back contribute towards climate change, it would harm the health of millions of Americans. Half of all Americans breathe polluted air everyday. Passenger cars and heavy duty trucks account for roughly 50% of all emissions in the United States with current emissions policies. Air pollution increases the rates of asthma and the risks of developing cancer. In the U.S., it causes 30,000 premature deaths every year. Oil giants like Marathon have no business influencing clean air and emissions policies that impact the health and welfare of millions of Americans. Tell Marathon to back off clean air.