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 Sonic Drive-In, Claudia San Pedro, Christina Vaughan, Paige Bass, E. Edward Saroch, Lori Abou Habib, Doug Cook, Corey Horsch, Michele Varian, Johnny jones
Convince Sonic Drive-In to stop using styrofoam
As new statistics about climate change and pollution come out almost daily, it is clear that we as humans need to take responsibility to make a change. We are putting our own lives and future on the line, as well as the futures of thousands of plants and animals on the brink of extinction. While significant changes need to be made, every person can make a change in the small choices they make every day, for example, using items that are reusable and/or easy to recycle. Sonic Drive-In is a favorite of mine and many of my friends. Unfortunately, they continue to use styrofoam cups. Styrofoam is incredibly difficult to recycle, and there aren't many easily accessible recycling stations that accept it. That means that almost all of the cups sold at Sonic Drive-Ins across the country will end up in a landfill. We do not currently know how long it takes styrofoam to degrade if it ever does. Estimates say at least 500 years. Not only that, but trash in a landfill does not biodegrade naturally. Since the garbage is compacted so tightly and gets incredibly hot, there are not many microorganisms that can survive in that condition and break down our waste. Also, styrofoam can be incredibly toxic to make as it contains chemicals like benzene and styrene, which are carcinogenic (causing cancer) and have to potential to change one's chromosomal make-up. By continuing to use styrofoam cups, Sonic is showing support to the companies that put workers in these dangerous conditions. In the past, Sonic has claimed that part of the reason they would not change from styrofoam cups was due to consumer complaints about cups "sweating." This is not an acceptable reason, especially now that other large chains have already made changes to be more sustainable. McDonald's and Starbucks have both made changes to the cups they provide, and it's time for Sonic to follow suit. Sonic Drive-In needs to switch to either plastic cups that can be easily recycled or paper cups that could be recycled or composted. I have also seen claims about how many trees would have to be cut down to provide paper cups, but this is ignoring the fact that paper can be made from other materials. Some alternatives include paper that has already been recycled, but also paper made from plants that grow much more quickly than trees like hemp, kenaf, bamboo, and cotton. Sonic could also take another hint from Starbucks and allow customers to purchase and bring back reusable cups. With all of these options available, there is simply no reason for a large chain company to continue to use harmful styrofoam cups when it has become apparent that we need to make changes before our planet and its environment is damaged beyond repair. The future of humanity, as well as a multitude of other species, depends on it.
Petition to City of Los Angeles, LA City Planning Commission, Los Angeles City Council
Support 100 acres of open space on the LA River
Friends of the LA River supports equitable public access and ecological restoration on the LA River. We’re fighting for 100 continuous acres of open space on the east bank. Join our advocacy efforts to Crack the Concrete! Two urgent opportunities to make our voices heard will determine the River’s future - Taylor Yards G2 proposes concrete removal, while the Casitas Lofts development threatens restoration efforts. Crack the Concrete pushes River revitalization forward by: Supporting concrete removal, ecological regeneration, and equitable design at Taylor Yard G2 River Park Project. Opposing the Casitas Lofts high-end development as proposed. We can’t do this alone. We need your voice and vision alongside ours to advance the River Movement. Learn more of the backstory on folar.org/advocacy-now FoLAR is member supported - help us organize supporters, spread this petition, and deliver it to city leaders by becoming a member today: folar.org/donate
Petition to Target, Brian Cornell
Target: Use sustainable palm oil
Palm oil can be produced without destroying habitats and rainforests. But often companies don’t choose sustainable palm oil because keeping things status quo is the easier way out. Target stores promised that they would, by 2018, only sell products that contain traceable and sustainably sourced palm oil You can find this promise on their website. But it’s been a year and they still haven’t told us whether they fulfilled that promise. Palm oil: is a vegetable oil that comes from the oil palm tree. It’s in close to half of the products that you buy every day. It’s an incredibly easy product to use that is odorless and colorless However, the issue with palm oil is: that it is a major cause of deforestation, is contributing to climate change, it is destroying habitats of endangered species, and it is a cause of worker exploitation. Unsustainably-produced palm oil destroys the habitat of endangered species like the orangutan and pygmy elephant. Unsustainably produced palm oil has led to the death of an estimated 100,000 orangutans. Half of the Bornean orangutan population has been killed in just 6 years a result of practices like these, and 193 other endangered species are threatened by palm oil production. Target said that it would only sell products that use 100% sustainably produced palm oil, and it needs to stick to that commitment. Words are just words, but it’s in action that we see if killing orangutans and contributing to deforestation and climate change really matters to Target.
Petition to Carlstadt , cliffside park, Cresskill , East Rutherford, Edgewater , elmwood park, Englewood , Englewood Cliffs, Fort Lee, Garfield, Hasbrouck heights, Leonia , Little Ferry, Lyndhurst , Moonachie , North Arlington, Palisades park, Ridgefield, Ridgefield Park, Rutherford, Saddle Brook, South Hackensack, Teaneck , Tenafly , Teterboro , Wallington , Woodridge , Seacaucus , Kearny , Clifton , Haledon , Passaic , Paterson , Prospect Park
Democrats should be talking Climate Crisis
The Democratic National Committee had warned Governor Inslee that he’d be excluded from future debates if he participated in a non-DNC-sanctioned climate debate. This petition calls for New Jersey's Democratic Party Chair, John Currie, to join other states in submitting a resolution to the Democratic Party's next executive board meeting to reverse the DNC's decision. The resolution calls for one of the first several Democratic presidential debates to focus on “climate change issues and solutions.” If the DNC does not sponsor such a debate, candidates will be free to participate in “any and all forums or debates” on the subject sponsored by other groups.
Petition to Costco Wholesale
Costco: Commit to permanently carrying recycled paper products in your stores
Many everyday paper products sold in the US contain 50-75% material sourced from old, second-growth, and sometimes virgin forests in Latin and North America. The forests that are being cut down to produce things like toilet paper and paper towels provide irreplaceable habitat for wildlife and are important absorbers of carbon dioxide, the main heat-trapping gas linked to global warming. Their removal contributes to climate change and loss of biodiversity. In addition, producing paper products from virgin sources rather than recycled material requires more water and often uses polluting chlorine-based bleach. Those same paper products can be made from recycled paper, thus reducing our impact on existing forests, the climate, and our water systems while diverting paper waste from going into the landfill. While the comfort and softness achieved by virgin-sourced products will always make those products competitive, a rising number of consumers are looking to reduce their impact on the environment through purchasing decisions. As a Costco shopper and an advocate for the sustainable use of our natural resources, I am asking Costco Wholesale to commit to permanently carrying paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, disposable plates and cups) sourced from recycled materials in all of its stores. Costco Wholesale details it’s commitment to good land stewardship practices on it’s website. Those commitments include avoiding deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems, conserving or restoring natural ecosystems, avoiding pollution, and protecting water resources. By committing to carrying recycled paper options in it’s stores, Costco can stand by it’s commitment to the environment while continuing to offer great products to it’s members.
Petition to Mayor Sal Panto, Sandi Vulcano, Jared Mast, Dr. Roger Ruggles, James Edinger, Ken Brown, Rudy Miller, Peter Melan
Preserve the Green Space at 4th and Church in Easton, Pennsylvania
Prevent the construction of a parking deck on N. 4th Street in downtown Easton. A deck at this location would destroy the historical integrity of this quaint neighborhood. The beauty of this serene, tree-lined street was already greatly diminished by the blind decision on behalf the city to make it a two-way thoroughfare to and from the freeway, introducing an unwarranted increase in heavy traffic. Once again, this is the proliferation of suburban design in a downtown area that the city officials continually embrace. These designs arose in the 1950's and repeatedly failed. In order to create a sustainable, thriving and liveable downtown, the focus has to be on pedestrian traffic and local residents. The mayor's focus is transient visitors and automobiles. This model has never ever succeeded. Presently, cities around the globe are focusing on reducing automobile traffic and its negative impact in lieu of residential growth and pedestrian safety. The focus needs to be on providing housing, and essential services such as a grocery store, hardware store, etc. for the residents so that they don't require a car to fulfill basic needs. Local residents and pedestrian traffic always lead to an increase in local business. There needs to be much more attention paid to increasing the population and catering to their needs rather than to attempt to increase the transient tourist dollars that take a toll on the environment and the quality of life of the residents. The infrastructure for an increased pedestrian community is much more environmentally and financially sustainable than the focus on cars. This parking deck would undeniably have an irreversible negative impact on downtown Easton.
Petition to Panda Express, James Thomas
Dear Panda Express: We Don't Want Your Single Use Plastic
Having lived in the Puget Sound region for my sixteen years of life, I take pride in my local landscape. Our community is lucky to be surrounded by lush mountains and endless water. We take pride in implementing green policies and on keeping the region pristine. At least, that's the illusion. Every year, Washington generates tens of millions of pounds of plastic waste, and the majority ISN'T recycled. Instead, some of this plastic goes into the ocean, where it breaks down into its smaller, toxic components. These components accumulate in the tissues of wildlife and people. This threatens the health of Puget Sound. It threatens our CRITICALLY endangered Southern Resident killer whales, and it threatens me and other youth who will inherit this region. But if we care about the well-being of our children, we should hold companies that distribute plastic accountable. One of those companies is Panda Express. While I love the food, I no longer go to Panda Express because of the single use plastic that is generated there--and I know other customers are turned off, too. If you have ever gotten a meal at Panda Express, you know how much--a plastic container, plastic utensils, maybe a plastic bag, too. And that's just for one person. But Panda Express has over 2,000 store locations which can process up to hundreds of orders every day. Think about how much plastic could be saved if Panda Express switched to biodegradable or reusable products. Subway, Trader Joe's, Starbucks, and other major chains have pledged to cut down on their plastic distribution. Why can't Panda Express do the same? For the health of my community and others around the world, I urge Panda Express to stop its use of disposable plastic containers and utensils and substitute them for something biodegradable or reusable. The people and wildlife of Puget Sound deserve better.