Petition to Bujar Nishani, Lefter Koka, Marinko Čavara, Edita Ðapo, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, Slaven Dobrović, Matteo Renzi, Gian Luca Galletti, Filip Vujanović, Ivana Vojinović, Jelena Knežević, Borut Pahor, Irena Majcen
Adriatic Countries: Permanently Ban Oil and Gas Drilling in the Adriatic Sea
Dear ladies and gentlemen, We call on the countries of Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Albania to come together and implement a permanent ban on hydrocarbon exploration and production drilling in the waters of the almost entirely enclosed Adriatic Sea. A ban on Adriatic fossil fuel extraction is a critical step, alongside an immediate social and economic plan to move aggressively to 100% clean renewable energy, in order to reverse climate change and stop Adriatic degradation. Please provide the critical protections and clean energy resources that our communities are demanding from our leaders in the Adriatic region. Together we can build healthier, self-sufficient communities and a stronger economy. Thank you.
Petition to Members of the LA County Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Kathryn Barger
Save HAHAMONGNA Watershed for the FUTURE! It’s Still a Big Dig and We Still Say NO!
Supervisor Kathryn Barger and the LA County Board of Supervisors, We thought we had won a victory last November when your Board voted to substantially modify and reduce the Flood Control District's Big Dig program for Hahamongna Watershed / Devil's Gate Dam Sediment Removal Project, agreeing to decrease by 30% the amount of soil and habitat to be excavated and trucked away from behind Devil’s Gate Dam. But LA County Public Works is defying this agreement and pushing forward with their original plan to dig up and remove 70 acres of habitat, with work set to begin in November of this year. Excavating 70 acres will turn our watershed with its rare riparian habitat into a crater, devoid of life. The community strongly opposes what is still the BIG DIG! Hahamongna is the key connecting link between the San Gabriel Mountains and Downtown Los Angeles, providing water, sediment, habitat and wildlife to the entire LA River system through the Arroyo Seco. Its rich riparian resources are too valuable to be turned into a maintenance area for the Flood Control District. We implore the County Supervisors to enforce the agreement made last November by working with the community to develop a slow, steady sediment removal plan that reduces the amount of acreage to be excavated and the other negative impacts by 30%. The plan should be resilient, informed by science and work to: re-establish the natural systems that make the Arroyo Seco one of the key tributaries to the LA River. It should protect the wildlife corridor and habitat for endangered species, such as the Least Bell’s Vireo, and save the trees that absorb CO2, diminishing the greenhouse effect and improving air quality. A slow, steady sediment removal plan would also reduce the impact of noise, dust, and traffic and air pollution on surrounding communities and provide flood protection that works with nature instead of against it. Please work with us to Save Hahamongna for future generations. Save the Arroyo Seco Hahamongna Watershed: It’s Still a Big Dig! And We Still Say NO! SIGN THE PETITION: --->>> CLICK HERE ================================= SEND YOUR COMMENTS TO THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TODAY! PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ENDS JULY 12TH: CLICK HEREThe US Army Corps of Engineers has issued a public notice regarding their permit for the Devil's Gate Sediment Mining and Trucking program, aka the Big Dig. They invite all those who are concerned about Hahamongna to make comments regarding the project and the USACE's responsibiIlity to protect the environment. ================================ The Hahamongna Watershed is a rare spot in the Arroyo Seco at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains where the mountainous watershed meets the urban plain. Periodically floods roar into this basin. Bounded on the north by the mountains and Jet Propulsion Laboratory and on the south by Devil's Gate Dam. Hahamongna contains five unique habitat zones that only exist in alluvial canyons near the mountains. Most sites like this in Southern California have been destroyed. Don't let the Hahamongna Watershed go the way of other lost environmental treasures in Southern California. The Meaning of Hahamongna:The word means "Flowing Waters, Fruitful Valley" in the native Tongva language. Threats to HahamongnaIt's the most precious environmental zone in our region, but it's under attack again. A massive sediment and habitat removal program of the County of Los Angeles will strip the basin of its rare riparian and alluvial scrub habitat and a vital corridor for wildlife. What's wrong with the Big Dig: CLICK HERE The Sustainable Plan for Hahamongna: CLICK HERE Riparian HabitatMuch of Hahamongna Watershed consists of a riparian zone, a region of direct interaction between terrestrial and stream systems. This zone directly influences the Arroyo Seco stream channel and eco-system. The riparian wetlands, which occur on the edge of the steam, feature woody vegetation such as white alder, cottonwood, and willow. Riparian habitats are characterized by lush vegetation and a rich diversity of species. Elderberries, wild rose, and blackberries grow beneath willow, oak, laurel, sycamore and cottonwood trees. Songbirds, woodpeckers, hawks, owls, frogs, snakes, skunks, raccoon, coyote and deer thrive here. The healthy riparian corridor through Hahamongna once was critical habitat for salmon, steelhead trout and other anadromous fish. Today trout still swim in the mountains just north of Hahamongna. Freshwater Marsh HabitatIn the southern part of the Hahamongna basin, flow from Flint Canyon and the western portion of the Arroyo Seco watershed has established a lovely pond or freshwater marsh. Freshwater marsh habitat grows in and near ponds, low lying areas that accumulate runoff and slow-moving segments of streams. This pond is vegetated mostly with herbaceous plants, predominantly cattails, sedges, and rushes. Freshwater marshes have mineral soils that are less fertile than those of salt marshes but exhibit a greater variety of plant species. Alluvial Scrub HabitatHahamongna is a canyon and flood basin consisting of the silt, sand, gravel, rocks and similar material deposited by the Arroyo Seco stream as it descends from the mountains. These alluvial canyons are particularly rare in Southern California. Most have been severely degraded by development and other human activity. The Hahamongna Watershed is a particularly good example of alluvial fan sage scrub habitat, a Mediterranean shrubland type that occurs in washes and on gently sloping alluvial fans. Alluvial scrub is made up predominantly of drought-deciduous soft-leaved shrubs, but with significant cover of larger perennial species generally found in chaparral. Alluvial scrub typically is composed of scale broom, white sage, redberry, California buckwheat, Spanish bayonet, California croton, cholla, tarragon, yerba santa, mule fat, and mountain-mahogany. Riversidean Alluvial Fan Sage Scrub, such as that found at Hahamongna, is the most threatened of Coastal Sage Scrub associations with less than 15,000-acres remaining worldwide ... making it more endangered than ancient redwood forests of the Pacific Northwest and tropical rainforests. California ChaparralThe slopes of Hahamongna are crowded with chaparral, a shrubland or heathland plant community found primarily in California and in the northern portion of the Baja California peninsula, Mexico. It is shaped by a Mediterranean climate (mild, wet winters and hot dry summers) and wildfire. Similar plant communities are found in the four other Mediterranean climate regions around the world, including the Mediterranean Basin (where it is known as maquis), central Chile (where it is called matorral), South African Cape Region (known there as fynbos), and in Western and Southern Australia. A typical chaparral plant community consists of densely-growing evergreen scrub oaks and other drought-resistant shrubs. It often grows so densely that it is all but impenetrable to large animals and humans. This, and its generally arid condition, makes it notoriously prone to wildfires. Although many chaparral plant species require some fire cue (heat, smoke, or charred wood) for germination, chaparral plants are not "adapted" to fire per se. Rather, these species are adapted to particular fire regimes involving season, frequency, intensity and severity of the burn. Oak WoodlandCalifornia oak woodland is a plant community found throughout the California chaparral and woodlands ecoregion of California and northwestern Baja California. Oak woodland is widespread at lower elevations in coastal California, interior valleys of the Coast Ranges, and in a ring around the California Central Valley grasslands. The dominant trees are oaks, interspersed with other broadleaf and coniferous trees, with an understory of grasses, herbs, geophytes, and shrubs. Oak savannas occur where the oaks are more widely spaced. The Oak woodlands of Southern California and coastal Northern California are dominated by Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia), but also include Valley Oak (Q. lobata), California Black Oak (Q. kelloggii), Canyon live oak (Q. chrysolepis), and other California oaks. Hahamongna also includes Englemann oaks, a distinctive cousin of the Blue Oak that was called the Pasadena Oak by the early settlers of our region. The Hahamongna to Tujunga Wildlife Corridor Initiative of the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy and has a goal of linking the San Gabriel Mountains at Hahamongna Watershed Park to the San Gabriels at Big Tujunga Wash for wildlife passage through the San Rafael Hills and the Verdugo Mountains, a 20-mile long Corridor. A successful project will bring to life 2,400 acres of habitat in the San Rafaels and 11,000 acres in the Verdugos by connecting them with the 700,000-acre Angeles National Forest in the San Gabriels. Wildlife can then live in these urban hills with ready access to others of their species in the abundant range of the San Gabriels, assuring genetic diversity.
Petition to Tasmanian State Premier Will Hodgman
Support World Heritage protection for takayna / Tarkine
“The Tarkine has given me back my sense of identify, my sense of self - who I am and what I could be. And then to find that this area, which was starting to really grab my heart, was so under threat and being destroyed. But for what?” - Dr. Nicole Anderson; Tasmanian doctor, activist, runner Tasmania's takayna / Tarkine is a 495,000 hectare region in northwestern Tasmania and one of the last undisturbed tracts of ancient rainforest in the world. It also includes one of the highest concentrations of Aboriginal archaeology in the hemisphere—traditional use of coastal takayna / Tarkine dates back thousands of years and those cultural resources are still an important part of Aboriginal heritage and culture. The area is a crucial habitat for sixty of Tasmania's rare and endangered species including the Tasmanian giant freshwater crayfish, the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle and the iconic Tasmanian devil. Despite the takayna / Tarkine's immense ecological and cultural value, it remains unprotected and at the mercy of destructive extraction industries, including logging and mining. The Tasmanian State Premier Will Hodgman has the responsibility to protect this landscape in perpetuity as a World Heritage Area. Researchers have already identified that takayna / Tarkine meets several of the ten Outstanding Universal Values criteria for World Heritage Listing. Not only would a World Heritage Area designation benefit the ecological and cultural integrity of the landscape, it would also create economic opportunities for nearby communities as a result of increased global tourism—a market that already contributes $2.5 billion AUD to the Tasmanian economy. For years, Australian activists like Dr. Nicole Anderson and the Bob Brown Foundation have been fighting for protection of takayna / Tarkine and the end of rainforest logging in Tasmania. Sign our petition and join Patagonia and the Bob Brown Foundation in telling the Tasmanian government to nominate takayna / Tarkine for World Heritage protection. WATCH THE FILM and learn more about the campaign.
Petition to Walter Harris
South Florida the 51st state
We need 25,000 signers . South Florida is in a very precarious position. Not only are we in harms way due to rising sea levels caused by global warming, but most of South Florida sits on porous limestone so sea water rises from beneath the ground causing saltwater intrusion into our freshwater supply as well as flooding. Most of South Florida is only 15 feet or less above sea level and in areas near the coast less than 5 feet. This includes the Everglades and Lake Okeechobee. By 2070 sea level may rise as much as 5 to 10 feet unless we can reduce the contributing causes. . Although the new South Florida will constitute only 35% of Florida's 67 counties and 39% of the state's area, we have more than 67% of the state"s population and pay more than 69% of the state's taxes. Lake Okeechobee , located in South Florida, is the second largest freshwater lake in the United States and an integral part of the water supply to South Florida, and would be severely compromised by rising sea level. While virtually all scientists now agree that climate change is a reality, our governor Rick Scott and now our president elect Donald J. Trump, refuse to consider the reality of climate change. In fact, our new president wants to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and even allow oil exploration, drilling and fracking in South Florida, disregarding any lessons learned from BP disaster. He even wants the United States to pull out from the new Paris accord on climate change. For the reasons mentioned above I strongly advocate the separation of North and South Florida. Splitting the state of Florida into two states may prove to be even more beneficial to North Florida than South Florida. The average elevation in North Florida is about 100 feet, as high as 150. Sea level rise will significantly drive up infrastructure cost in South Florida, creating a huge financial burden on North Florida. And while the population continues to grow in South Florida, South Florida will increase the blue vote, often negating the voice of North Florida. This might be the time for North Florida to separate its political and financial liabilities from South Florida thus benefiting both North and South. But for South Florida, the issue is much more than political, it is the very physical survival of the state. Time is crucial. We need to take control of our situation here in South Florida without the interference and bureaucracy of Tallahassee. If you feel, as we do, that the time has come for the separation of north and south Florida, then Please sign this petition and send it to your family and friends. Your signature will help send a message to Tallahassee and Washington. Thank you, Walter Harris
Petition to Allan Kittleman, larry hogan, Boyd Rutherford, Brian E. Frosh, ben jealous
Commit to Howard Beyond Fossil Fuels
Enough is enough with inaction, denial, delay, procrastination, and corruption. We NEED to achieve a fossil free county by 2030 by doing the following -Allowing NO new fossil fuel projects (pipelines, offshore drilling) -Increasing investment of renewable energy that will bring jobs and strengthen our economy -Mandating new house and building must run on renewable energy like solar and wind -Increase climate change coverage in the media by at least 20% -Teach kids the science of climate change and how they can take action -Increasing investment of reforestation projects -Requiring restaurants go meatless on Mondays -Require restaurants, schools, and businesses to compost
Petition to Seattle City Council, Seattle Office of Planning and Community Developement, Mayor Jenny Durkan, Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections
Stop Luxury Housing at Talaris and Build Housing for Everyone
Who? A couple of months ago, inspired by the fantastic organizing for housing at Fort Lawton near Discovery Park, we formed Affordable Talaris. We want to ensure that Seattle uses all of its land for the most equitable purposes and the most just outcomes. We believe Seattleites can work together to address racial and economic desegregation. We passionately support development without displacement. We would love you to join us in these efforts. What? We urge the City Council to deny permits to Quadrant Homes for the current proposal at Talaris in Laurelhurst. Despite sitting in the heart of a growing city in desperate need of affordable housing, this location is slated to host 60 suburban-style homes — starting at 2 million each — with no affordable units whatsoever. Why? Please read our op-ed in The Stranger (Guest Editorial: Luxury Homes for Rich People or Housing for Everyone? May 2, 2018) If you've been to a land use hearing in the last 10 years, you've no doubt heard homeowners declare that they're not against development, but they want to do it right. Affordable Talaris organizers believe development should provide many more people with the opportunity to live near sought-after schools, abundant open space, grocery stores, a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line, two major regional hospitals, the most useful bike trail in the city, and a major state employer, the University of Washington. During a global climate crisis we want many more people to be able to walk, bike, or bus to the Husky Stadium LINK light rail station. Building much more housing on or near Talaris is a chance to do development right. Lack of permanently affordable and workforce housing in the current Talaris plan means more displacement in places like South Seattle where communities of color don't have the resources to fight with lawyers. Our housing solutions can be fair and just with considerations for geographic equity. Laurelhurst residents have seen their home values--and their net worth--rise by more than $700,000 in the last decade. Why should Seattle's richest neighborhoods be allowed to reserve spots for only the wealthy? We collectively scratch our heads and ask each other, “It doesn’t have to be this way, does it?” What do we want? Let’s work together for more welcoming, eco-friendly, sustainable, and equitable cities. Once luxury houses are built at Talaris, we are stuck with them for generations. Seattle will regret it. We urge the City Council to deny permits to Quadrant Homes for the current proposal. Let’s implement an equitable development outreach plan. This city can't afford to let inequitable developments move forward on lots this large without evaluating how more people, more jobs, and more students impact the need for homes in Northeast Seattle. Let’s ensure that more people have access to the natural beauty and historic buildings at Talaris and beyond. The best time to act on an equitable development plan for Talaris was many years ago, but it is not too late to act now. Who has attended Affordable Talaris events? Affordable Talaris’ meetings have generated interest from the Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle City Council staff, two recent mayoral candidates, and the president of the Laurelhurst Community Council. Other attendees included climate scientists, climate justice activists from 350 Seattle and Sierra Club, tenants’ rights advocates, building professionals, students, and citizen journalists. We have held four public meetings and a well-attended walking tour of the site. What other sites are you looking at and how do they compare to Fort Lawton? Check out this comparison of Fort Lawton in Magnolia, Talaris, and the Roosevelt Reservoir sites. How should people contact you to get involved or attend your next event? Please read more about us. We invite anyone to attend our meetings and acknowledge that equitable development planning should be led by the people most impacted by housing insecurity. To learn more about Affordable Talaris, please read our values document. Email email@example.com or find us on Facebook to get involved. We stand in solidarity with efforts throughout Seattle that are led by the people most impacted by housing insecurity and climate injustice. We acknowledge that Seattle is on the stolen land of the Coastal Salish tribes, including the unrecognized Duwamish peoples, as well as the Muckleshoot peoples. Stay tuned for action alerts.
Petition to Jerry Stritzke, REI Board of Directors
Divest from banks that fund the fossil fuel industry!
As a young person who cares about our planet, I know that we all need to take action to stop climate change. But did you know that REI – a company which prides itself on its commitment to the environment and improving access to the outdoors – uses the same banks which fund fossil fuel projects? Unless companies like REI lead the way by divesting from the fossil fuel industry, climate change will keep getting worse. Join me in demanding that REI do better by its members and the planet. It’s because of the support of banks like Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank that projects like the Dakota Access Pipeline are built, cementing us into a future dependent on fossil fuels and climate change. As a young person who will be alive long past the people running these companies and banks, I know that we must immediately change course. If we continue investing in fossil fuels, my children will likely never know the experience of the winter wonderland I grew up with, nor the beautiful Minnesota landscapes. Climate change is harming our planet and devastating our future on it – and REI is helping. The sad news is that most of REI’s customers probably don’t know that their money is being stored in banks which then lend it to the fossil fuel industry. The good news is that if enough of us speak out, the company is more compelled than ever to listen! REI claims to put purpose over its profits, and prioritize environmental stewardship over its bottom line. Join me in demanding that they walk their talk, and lead the way for other companies to divest.
Petition to Larry Hogan, Elijah Cummings, Chris Van Hollen, Vanessa Atterbeary, Ben Cardin, Guy Guzzone, Frank Turner
Save your beautiful beach getaway from destruction!
It's time we ban plastic bags, straws, styrofoam, and all single use plastics. These single use plastics are extremely wasteful, and once in landfills will stay in landfills for hundreds of years. While in landfills, they release toxins and can find their way waterways, contaminating drinking water, which is only 1% of all water on earth. Because they are light weight, wind can carry them across streets and into oceans where they cause tons of damage. Marine animals can accidentally ingest plastic, and kills 1 million birds, 100,000 turtles, and countless of other animals. Even after they die, the plastic stays in the ocean and photodegrades, meaning the sun turns the plastic into smaller pieces, without fully decomposing at all. They become micro plastics, which are toxic sponges. They are so tiny marine animals like fish ingest without knowing and swallow the toxins, which could be eaten by us, and could have harmful effects on us, like BPA, which is an endocrine disrupter. The ocean is extremely important and we need to protect it. 70% of the earth's oxygen comes from the ocean. Businesses that rely on the ocean contribute $500 billion to the world's economy. Especially in Maryland, a lot of businesses rely on the Chesapeake Bay to be protected. Some include the seafood industry, recreational businesses, and tourism businesses. If you love the beach, you just like things nice and clean, or really care about the environment, than the ocean should be important to you. Plastic bags alone use 12 billion barrels of oil for the 30 million bags used each year in the U.S., a non-renewable source we are quickly running out of. Wasting all that oil contributes to climate change, which is a huge problem facing humanity. Plastic litter is disgusting and gross. Cleaning up all that plastic costs taxpayers millions. Less than 6.5% of plastic is recycled. Creating sustainable products would create jobs. There are many alternatives to wasteful, harmful single use plastics. Plastic bags can be easily replaced with reusable cloth bags. They should be cheap and available for everyone. Even if you forget your bag, stores should always provide reusable bags for customers. One person using reusables bags would replace more than 22,000 plastic bags. Straws can be outlawed completely. People can drink just fine without straws. But if people feel the need for a straw, we can replace single use straws with metal ones, or even glass ones. Styrofoam take out containers can be replaced with biodegradable containers. Plastic bottles can be replaced with reusable bottles that can be filled with tap. Plastic silverware can be replaced with reusable silverware. Plastic sandwich bags can be replaced with reusable lunch containers. Families could save $2.32 per child per waste free lunch, which is $417.60 per child per year. The point of plastic was to be fast and convenient, so yes it would be hard to do more washing reusables. But LOLIWARE is the first biodegr(edible) cup that is 100% plastic-free, gluten-free, gelatin-free, BPA-free, non-GMO, all natural, non-toxic, safe, and FDA approved. They have tons of delicious flavors like Yuzu Citrus, Tart Cherry, Matcha Green Tea, and Vanilla Bean. In the future, LOLIWARE will expand into straws, functional food additions, and even edible water bottles. It is possible to sustain the environment without compromising lifestyle of people. Change is hard, but "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." ~ The Lorax.