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Petition to Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, Virginia department of environmental quality

Stop the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines

My name is Donald Jones. My family has lived on interconnected farms in the beautiful hills and valleys of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Giles and Salem County since 1758. Two years ago, my dad George learned that fracking companies planned to destroy our family property by building a 42-inch pipeline, called the Mountain Valley Pipeline, right through the middle of our land. This pipeline would threaten our ancient mountain spring, along with hundreds of other water sources in Virginia and West Virginia. As a 1930’s farm boy, my dad knew that the most valuable commodity for life is water. He was appalled to know that his elected officers were uninformed about risks this pipeline would pose to ecosystems and water supplies all across Virginia. It has been an awful experience for us to deal with. The invasion of our land has been devastating. One day, shortly after learning that a survey was conducted on his land without his knowledge or presence, my dad had a debilitating stroke. But the pipeline has not been built yet and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has the power to stop it. This is why I’m hoping you will sign this petition asking him to reject these pipelines. My dad fought in the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Navy, to protect the rights of American citizens and to spread the peace and liberty guaranteed citizens here throughout the world. He was devastated when he felt that his own government was stripping his property rights away by using eminent domain for the benefit of a private corporation. There are scores of citizens all across Virginia facing the same situation with their property, their rights, their health, their heritage and their water. We are outraged by this violation of citizen rights -- but equally concerned with the certain destruction to the ecosystem and especially ancient water systems that can never be “fixed.”  Together, the two pipelines would add up to nearly 1,000 miles of harm across West Virginia and Virginia, threatening hundreds of waterways. But my dad and I will keep fighting. Despite his stroke, dad knows he has an obligation to fight for our land and our rights. He has lost memory of many things but asks me how the pipeline fight is going every day. One day on his mountain, he told me he was going to fight as long as he could stand. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has the power to stand with citizens, protect our water, and reject the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines. Now I’m asking you, on behalf of my dad and all the other landowners and residents of communities in the path of these pipelines, to tell Governor Northam right away: stop these pipelines.

Don Jones and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network
65,272 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to Haldane Central School District Board of Education

Ask HCSD to pass the Climate Change Resolution

At HCSD we should be actively trying to tackle climate change in the school, not only to reduce our greenhouse gases but also to provide real-world experiences for students and the school community. We should be focusing on energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, waste diversion, as well as opportunities for education and student engagement. We recognize the urgency and magnitude of climate change and that students will be the most affected if we fail to act, right now! That is why we are urging the HCSD Board of Ed to pass a resolution similar to the Sebastopol Union School District recognizing climate change as a children and student’s issue and to form a climate change committee. Below is a copy of the climate change resolution we wish to be passed. Sebastopol Union School District Climate Change Resolution 1718-07 Approved December 4, 2017 WHEREAS, We believe it is important for us to advocate for climate action to curtail one of the greatest threats facing communities throughout the world; and, WHEREAS, We believe that climate change should be neither a partisan nor political issue and that policies should be guided by the best available science; and, WHEREAS, There is broad scientific consensus among climate scientists that human activities contributing to increases in greenhouse gas emissions are the dominant cause in climate change; and, WHEREAS, Children represent a particularly vulnerable group because greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere will accumulate over the coming decades and will profoundly impact today’s children throughout their lives as well as the lives of future generations; and, WHEREAS, Sebastopol Union School District recognizes climate change as a children’s issue; and WHEREAS, The global impact, urgency and magnitude of the challenge of addressing climate change calls for leadership in all sectors of society, all institutions and all elected leaders; and, WHEREAS, We work to ensure that all Sebastopol Union School District students graduate as “globally-minded citizens”; and, WHEREAS, Sebastopol Union School District has a responsibility to minimize its greenhouse gas emissions, demonstrate leadership, and provide education and actionable solutions that children can engage in to address climate change, and LET IT THEREFORE BE RESOLVED THAT, Sebastopol Union School District shall establish a Climate Change Committee to develop recommendations for taking action on climate change that are within the purview of the District, such as: curricular and educational opportunities; facilities and operational priorities and projects; targets for reducing District greenhouse gas emissions; and, engagement with local, state and federal jurisdictions. The Committee shall be open to participation by board members, administration, staff, parents, students, and community members, and shall provide regular reports of its activities to the Board of Trustees.

Haldane High School’s Environmental Interest Group
53 supporters