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 António Guterres, Secretary-General, António Guterres, United Nations
United Nations: BAN Trophy Hunting. STOP Poachers. END Export/Imports.
Ban International Travel for Hunting. Ban importing/exporting animal parts. More than 7,798,346,439 (billion) humans on Earth.Two-thirds of all animal species are being wiped out.100,000 elephants killed in the last 3 years. Too many species with once robust populations now reduced to a few thousand, a few hundred or even less. Humans are rapidly destroying the natural world in a blood-soaked pursuit of greed, false-power, ego, ignorance and stupidity. We are witnessing The Great Animal Extinction, this animal holocaust caused entirely by soulless humans. Tigers, elephants, bears, rhinoceros, wolves, leopards, jaguars, cheetahs, gorillas, orangutans, so many bird species, sea life, are on the brink of extinction, and in a few years will be gone. The list is frighteningly long. Wild animals we love are being massacred at a terrifyingly rapid rate of destruction. Extinction is forever. EXTINCTION IS FOREVER!Natural habitat destruction, climate-change and greed are BIG problems, but the worst and most grotesque offenders are vile poachers and mentally diseased trophy hunters. These killers are an horrifying example of mental illness. Aided by slimy companies that profit from killing these beautiful creatures. These businesses & clubs are guilty of lobbying governments to let them break the law by importing exotic animals and their body parts and promoting death. They must be stopped right NOW! It's nearly too late. We must act right NOW or we will be living in a world devoid of nature. A dead planet.There is no time left to save the Earth's great land, air and sea creatures. Actions taken by organizations and individuals have helped but are not enough to stop the massacre. You sir, Mr. Secretary General, and we, must all act today, we must tip the balance for the animals! WE MUST BE THEIR PROTECTORS.What will the world look like if you/we do nothing? Please do something Mr. Secretary-General, we know you have the heart and courage to make changes happen in the world! ~ Please sign the petition and share it with everyone. It will be hand delivered to the United Nations. I thank you. The animals thank you. Mother Earth thanks you.
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 Sean Ryan, Brian Higgins, Andrew Cuomo, Byron Brown
Designate Buffalo’s Outer Harbor on Lake Erie Coast as Parkland
Our Lake Erie coast is and always was Buffalo’s greatest asset. It should be officially designated as parkland to protect and support its public value as our drinking water supply, our access to Lake Erie, as a globally-significant fish & wildlife habitat, and as crucial to Buffalo’s climate resilience and recovery from the impacts of its industrial past. Declare the Outer Harbor A PARK to protect Lake Erie Coast as a public trust that belongs to all of us in perpetuity. _________ Access to premium beauty, water and recreation: Our Lake Erie coast is one of Buffalo’s most diverse, well-used, and beautiful open spaces. It is the location Olmsted desired to complete his world-renowned park system for Buffalo. And now, for the first time since Buffalo became a city, it is undeveloped, mostly public land, and already heavily used as a PARK by fisherman, photographers, hikers, skiers, bikers, wind surfers, boaters, kite flyers, and picnicers. It is the perfect, peaceful and natural counterbalance to the Inner Harbor's focus on residential, commercial and active recreational use. ________ Significant global and regional wildlife: Because of its strategic location in the Great Lakes, Buffalo’s Outer Harbor is the gateway to the Niagara River globally Important Bird Area – a migration corridor connecting habitats from the Amazon forests to the Arctic tundra. It is a critical spawning and nursery area for Lake Erie fish. It provides stopover, breeding and/or wintering grounds for many rare fish and wildlife species including Lake Sturgeon, Muskellunge, Snowy Owls, Common Terns, a rich diversity of warbler species, and more! A PARK DESIGNATION will help to conserve and restore this wildlife and their habits. _________ Clean water = healthy people, ecosystems, and a strong economy: This is an environmental justice issue that affects everybody's health in Buffalo, and the health of everybody that lives downstream. A nature-based, Olmstedian PARK allows contaminated water, soil, fish and wildlife time to recover and sustain the next seven generations. In this time of accelerated climate change, extreme weather events, a global pandemic, and an unstable global economy, parkland is key to our local ability to heal and build a sustainable foundation for future life and economies. _________ The public trust: Great Lakes coastal and submerged lands are a public trust to be held in perpetuity for uses including protection of environmental resources. Until the PARK designation is in place, we need the state to cease piecemeal private development on the Outer Harbor. This land is traditional Haudenosaunee territory and has always been a public trust for all people and life to enjoy. Now more than ever public lands must be held in the interest of the public good. _________ Please sign our petition for an Outer Harbor Park! A formal parkland designation is needed to protect our water, our Lake Erie coast and our access to it. This is your park — love it, protect it, reclaim it and restore it! We the undersigned urge our lawmakers to officially designate this land as a public park. _________ - Our Outer Harbor Coalition, including member groups: Partnership for the Public Good, 21st Century Park on the Outer Harbor Inc, Western New York Environmental Alliance, Designing to Live Sustainably, League of Women Voters of Buffalo/Niagara, Friends of Times Beach Nature Preserve, WNY Trout Unlimited, Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs Inc, Youth Climate Council, Native Plants Collaborative, Sierra Club Niagara Group, Adirondack Mountain Club, Niagara Frontier Chapter, Healthy Communities 2030 _________ Links to sources and more info: 1. Partnership for the Public Good’s Parkland Proposal - https://ppgbuffalo.org/files/documents/environment/buffalos_outer_harbor_the_right_place_for_a_world-class_park.pdf 2. Buffalo’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan (LWRP) – https://docs.dos.ny.gov/opd-lwrp/LWRP/Buffalo_C/BuffaloLWRP.pdf 3. Our Outer Harbor Coalition – http://www.ourouterharbor.org/ 4. Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) Outer Harbor Public Meeting info – https://buffalowaterfront.com/accessandactivation 5. Buffalo’s Green Code – –https://www.buffalony.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1785/Buffalo-Green-Code---Unified-Development-Ordinance-PDF?bidId=
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 Commisioners, State Representatives, State Senators, mayors, Governor, City Council Members, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senators
GenZ Trust Fund- Legislative Climate Action within Florida
PLEASE NOTE: We have attached the emails of Florida's house representatives, senators, commissioners, mayors, and our governor to this petition. Every signature automatically gets sent as a notification to them. Your voice has an impact. PLEASE share this petition with everyone around you so we can see legislative action this upcoming session. Generation Z, especially youth with already marginalized identities, is being the most affected by the impacts of climate change. This is the reality, and legislation reducing climate-related disasters by lowering emissions and transforming food systems has never been more important. As a coastal state, Florida will continue to be significantly impacted by sea-level rise and air/water pollution, without any necessary measures taken to reduce the consequences of these events. While climate change is starting to gain recognition within our state offices, it’s not enough to affirm that the action we need will be achieved. The GenZ Trust Fund is a youth-led pledge created to ensure that Florida’s elected officials and candidates are willing to invest in GenZ’s future by advocating for a transition to renewable energy, preservation of natural resources/areas, and sustainable agricultural practices that will reduce the impacts of climate change. This is Zero Hour to act on climate change. And we need our politicians' action. Read our full pledge here: http://zerohourorlando.org/trust-fund-pledge/
Petition to Joe Biden
Joe Biden Must Make Climate A Day One Priority
Can you sign the petition to hold Biden accountable to his campaign promise of stopping climate change and creating millions of good jobs? We have to show that millions of people are with us. Regardless of the tantrum Trump is throwing, the Presidential election is finally over. But our work to stop climate change and win a Green New Deal in 2021 is just beginning. Sunrise is a movement of young people fighting to stop the climate crisis and create millions of good jobs in the process. We pushed Biden to make bold, Green New Deal-style climate mobilization a central component of his campaign, and then we helped send 3.5 million young people to the polls. Our work paid off—support from young voters, especially young voters of color, skyrocketed. Our generation delivered his margin of victory and helped save our democracy. But now, to make sure that Biden’s new administration delivers on his promise, we need to show them RIGHT NOW that millions of people are with us in demanding immediate and aggressive action against climate change. We must build an unprecedented mass movement of the same coalition that came together to deliver Biden’s victory—people of every age, race, and class background who believe in climate, racial, and economic justice. And with record-setting climate disasters and the coronavirus pandemic devastating the country, there’s no time to waste. We The People won Biden his election. And now, it’s up to us to ensure he takes action.
Petition to Kate Brown
Eliminate Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers in Oregon = Better health for everyone/everything
Eliminate Gas-powered Leaf-blowers in Oregon - NOW This is especially important now that we are facing Covid-19 which attacks the lungs. Leaf-blowers create toxic exhaust and dust = Their use needs to be curtailed NOW! Oregonians should have the right to right to enjoy our own property, open our windows on a beautiful day, work quietly in our gardens and walk our dogs or exercise outside without landscapers' gas leaf blowers destroying the peace of our neighborhoods with their constant blasting of deafening noise, dangerous particulate matter, and carcinogenic exhaust.Why is this important?2-Stroke leaf blowers, which are omnipresent around Oregon, are 300X more polluting than a car in terms of ozone-causing pollution. The 2-stroke engine has been banned for every other use except lawn maintenance engines due to heavy lobbying by the landscaping industry. These have recently been banned in Washington, DC. We need to get on board. In truth, all gas leaf blowers destroy our air quality and our rights as property owners. Thousands of studies proclaim the importance of time spent in nature for reducing anxiety and stress. Our yards used to offer tranquil stress reduction, but are now the source of noise and chaos in urban life. Green spaces are rendered uninhabitable by the roar, growl, wail and whine of constant leaf blower noise. Many once-peaceful neighborhoods, now sound like industrial zones-- without being zoned industrial. Homebuyers want peaceful, quiet neighborhoods and the noise pollution is bringing down our property values. If our peace of mind and health aren't important, what is? Even a newer 2017 4-stroke gas leaf blower was recently tested emitting 50X more brain-damaging particulate pollutants than all the car engines in a busy intersection at rush hour. This particulate pollution ends up in children's lungs. Their developing lungs are permanently stunted and damaged. And consider the workers who carry these machines on their backs for 8 hours a day. What's in store for them? They're destroying their lungs and their eardrums when a rake or a broom would work just fine. Smart sustainability means less focus on the perfect golf-course-style lawn. Wasteful lawns that sit unused in front of our homes use fossil fuels, chemical inputs, water and add tons of pollution. Dealing with fall leaves doesn't have to mean a loud polluting battle of roaring leaf blowers. We can all use wire composting bins. It's so easy; you hire the teenager down the street to RAKE your leaves into your bin and leaves turn into healthy soil and mulch by next year. Or, just leave the leaves to compost in place! All this leaf blowing is meant to achieve a "perfectly manicured look" but the price we pay for a golf course type lawn is too high. Naturalistic landscaping is gorgeous and the best landscape designers understand the need for neat, tidy, native-plant yards that can be tranquil organic gardens without the need for polluting loud equipment. It's not necessary. Let's change the paradigm. Small changes for the better in landscaping can make a difference for all of us. AGZA.net researches all the newest electric landscaping equipment and can help institute changes. Let's switch to the newest, quiet, battery-pack electric leaf blowers or bring back the rake for healthy exercise and embrace beautiful, naturalistic landscaping and less lawn.Join a newsletter for this issue @ https://tinyurl.com/noGLBs-in-Oregon