Petition to Sonoma County City Councils and Board of Supervisors
Support Equitable Climate Emergency Action in Sonoma County!
Record-setting heat waves, droughts, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, vanishing glaciers, thawing permafrost, disintegrating ice sheets, rising sea levels, dying coral reefs, extinction of species – the disasters we are now witnessing are but a preview of more devastating impacts to come. The governments of all nations on Earth acknowledge the consensus view of the world’s scientific community: we are facing a climate crisis that requires, “…rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.” We simply cannot delay. We must immediately respond to the challenge of restoring a safe climate system with an understanding that we all rise or fall together! But let’s not just look at this as a battle to be waged! Let’s imagine the kind of world we want to create! Let’s start planning a Just Transition to a vibrant, resilient, people-centered, climate-adapted world -- with clean air, jobs, and justice for all! An Equitable Climate Emergency Resolution is an action passed by a City Council or Board of Supervisors that commits the city/County to: Acknowledge the existence of a climate emergency. Elevate climate issues to the highest priority in all city/County goal-setting. Evaluate all policies, projects, purchases, and priorities through the lens of climate impact. Set a goal of zero net emissions within ten years and annually track and publicly report progress toward that goal. Update its General Plan and other guiding documents in accordance with the goals of mitigation, drawdown, adaptation, and social justice. Create a new entity in their jurisdiction to oversee ongoing climate-related efforts. Educate and engage all city/County employees and all community members on the urgency of the climate crisis and the need for “…rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.” Encourage the active participation of the entire community, including our marginalized and disenfranchised members who will be the most heavily impacted by climate change, in a Just Transition toward a resilient future. We ask all the cities in Sonoma County -- and the County of Sonoma -- to join the City of Petaluma and over 960 jurisdictions worldwide [as of 8-21-19] and over 7,000 colleges and universities in passing an Equitable Climate Emergency Resolution and signaling their sincere commitment to an equitable, livable future for all. This petition will be presented to city councils around Sonoma County and to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in support of all Equitable Climate Emergency Resolutions. Please note that any money that you "chip in" after you click on the petition flows to change.org and only benefits Sonoma Climate Mobilization indirectly!
Petition to Local Governments of Sual and Pangasinan, Philippine Government
No To KEPCO's Coal Power Plant in Sual! No To Second Coal Power Plant in Pangasinan!
NO TO SECOND COAL POWER PLANT IN PANGASINAN! COAL EXIT NOW! The province of Pangasinan hosts the largest coal-fired power plant in the country, the 1200-megawatt Sual Coal-Fired Power Plant in Barangay Pangascasan in the town of Sual. Residents, environmentalists, and civil society organizations opposed the power plant project which began construction in 1996. As if this was not enough another one is on the way- the 1000-megawatt Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) coal power project in Barangay Baquioen. More than ever we are steadfast in opposing this coal power project: � Coal is the dirtiest of all fossil fuels, nearly four grams of carbon dioxide (CO2) are produced for every gram of carbon burnt. Coal combustion releases toxic airborne pollutants and heavy metals such as mercury, sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), particulate matter and other harmful pollutants such as lead, cadmium, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds which produces ozone, and arsenic. � Host communities and immediate environs of coal power plants are plagued with respiratory ailments such as asthma, bronchitis, pharyngitis and other chronic respiratory diseases; skin infections; exacerbate cardiovascular diseases; and contamination with carcinogens and substances damaging to the nervous, digestive, and immune systems. � A Greenpeace Southeast Asia report in 2016 showed an estimated 960 premature deaths in the country each year attributed to coal-related pollution. The deaths may rise up to 2,410 with the construction of new power plants. � Available data from the Municipal Health Office of Sual from 2014 to 2016 indicate hundreds of residents from “impact barangays”, the host village and villages aroundthe coal power plant (Barangays Pangascasan, Baquioen, Baybay Norte, Baybay Sur) suffer acute upper respiratory infections. The poblacion area, demonstrated as the “control community” though only around 6 kilometers from the power plant displayed the same alarming albeit slightly higher cases of acute upper respiratory infections. It is important to note that in these communities there are also significant cases of cardiovascular related diseases and skin infections. � Farmers in the impact barangays report a downward trend in their rice harvests since the operation of the power plant. Fisherfolks on the other hand declare dwindling catch and the disappearance of fish like monamon (Engraulidae), abundant prior to the operation of the plant. � The second coal power plant will also be located along the coast of Lingayen Gulf, an environmentally critical area home to different marine flora and fauna, and important to fishing communities and tourism. The proposed coal power project will only be around 12 to 14 kilometers from the renowned Hundred Islands National Park. As we are facing a climate emergency and an unprecedented environmental crisis, construction of coal power plants are a bane to the growing environmental consciousness to halt if not to overturn our impending doom. � Coal, a carbon-intensive fuel is the major contributor for the release of the two major greenhouse gases responsible for climate change -carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrous oxide (N2O). Mining coal releases methane (CH4) which is 34-86 times stronger than carbon dioxide in trapping heat depending on the period of time. Greenhouse gases (GHGs) in our atmosphere increased to unprecedented levels in at least the last 800,000 years. � The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2018 warned that there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a minimum of 1.5 °C, beyond which would entail global sea level rise of higher than 10 centimeters by 2100, extreme heatwaves to be experienced by more than a third of the planet, ice free summers in the Arctic, and the loss of all of the world’s coral reefs. � As the Earth’s temperature is rising we are in the beginning of a mass extinction, a million species are currently threatened with extinction endangering our very existence. This year, we are bearing the effects of this grave environmental crisis like domino pieces falling into one anotherfrom thebushfires in Australia, fires in Amazon rainforest, in Siberian tundra, and in California to the COVID-19 pandemic. � As a developing country, we are not and will not be unaffected by this crisis, in fact we are the second most vulnerable country to climate change. We are experiencing more extreme weather conditions such intense and abrupt rainfall and thunderstorms, stronger typhoons, prolonged dry spells, and severe monsoon seasons. Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013 was the strongest typhoon to landfall, leaving huge swaths of devastation in Eastern Visayas. � While the Philippines only contribute less than 1% of global GHG emissions, coal power projects will only rub salt into the wounds of the most impoverished communities where these projects are located and planned to be constructed. These communities of farmers and fisherfolks are also the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. In this light, we people, organizations, and institutions from the province of Pangasinan within or outside the country including the diaspora, and people from the Philippines and abroad, united in the common belief on the inalienable right of the people for a safe, clean and healthy environment; on the belief that the people have the right to self-determination including the utilization of their natural resources for their collective good; call for the following: > For the Provincial Government of Pangasinan, the Honorable Governor Amado “Pogi" I. Espino III and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, a) to categorically reject Korea Electric Power Corporation’s (KEPCO) coal power plant project in Barangay Baquioen, Sual, Pangasinan; b) to reject any coal power projects in the province of Pangasinan; c) to follow suit the provincial government of Occidental Mindoro, Guimaras, Masbate, Negros Oriental, Bohol, Sorsogon, Ilocos Norte,Antique and the municipal governments of San Juan, Aringay and San Gabriel in La Union in banning theconstruction of coal power plants in their respective jurisdictions, and acknowledge the municipal resolution of Labrador opposing the establishment of a new coal fired power plant in Sual; d) to formulate an energy plan responsive to the environmental crisis and the needs of the people especially the most marginalized sectors of farmers and fisherfolks. The plan should be a framework for transitioning to renewable energy and for the support of local scientist, scientist and groups working on and for renewable energy; e) and to formulate a plan for the province on the climate emergency and environmental crisis together with environmentalists, experts, non-government organizations (NGOs), people’s organizations and other civil society organizations (CSOs); > For the Local Government of Sual, the Honorable Mayor Liseldo “Dong” Calugay and the Sangguniang Bayan, a) to uphold your electoral promise on rejecting the proposed coal power project in the municipality; b) to categorically reject Korea Electric Power Corporation’s (KEPCO) coal power plant project in Barangay Baquioen, Sual, Pangasinan; c) to look into the needs of the Sual Coal Power Plant affected communities and workwith necessary government units and agencies for their indemnification and rehabilitation of their livelihood and environment; d) to formulate a similar energy plan with the provincial government responsive to the environmental crisis and the needs of the people, and the transition to renewable energy; and e) to formulate a plan for municipality on the climate emergency and environmental crisis together with environmentalists, experts, non-government organizations (NGOs), people’s organizations and other civil society organizations (CSOs); > For the President of the Republic of the Philippines, His Excellency Rodrigo Roa Duterte, a) to take cognizance of the intensifying opposition to coal power plants from different sectors -grassroots and people’s organizations, environmental groups, scientists and climate experts, churches and faith-based organizations and a number of local government units by rescinding planned coal power projects and implementing a nationwide coal moratorium, and b) transition the country’s energy policy towards renewable energy responsive to the environmental crisis and the needs of the people on the framework of national industrialization; c) and to support our scientists and experts for the development of an environment-friendly and people-centered energy sector; Our time is running, we urge you to listen to the voices of the people, of the people over profit. Yours and our future, the youth not only of this country but of the planet is at stake. NO TO KEPCO’s COAL POWER PLANT IN SUAL!NO TO SECOND COAL POWER PLANT IN PANGASINAN! COAL EXIT NOW!
Petition to New Haven Board of Alders, Justin Elicker, New Haven Board of Education
Increase Climate Education and Action in New Haven Public Schools
As the threat of the climate crisis continues to grow, it is increasingly vital to prepare the next generation to fight it. In accordance with the City of New Haven’s passage of the Climate Emergency Resolution, New Haven schools must respond to this issue through increased climate education and action. Schools need to take an interdisciplinary approach to teach students about the climate crisis in order to ensure a well-rounded climate education. Climate change is not just a scientific issue, it is an issue that will affect all areas of life. Thus, students must learn about climate education not only in science class, but also in other subject areas. By implementing climate education through standard teaching practices and project-based learning, schools will give students the opportunity to formulate their own ideas surrounding solutions to climate change. Students will also have the chance to discover different climate issues they are passionate about and increase their knowledge surrounding them. Thus, climate education opens doors for various career paths and opportunities. Additionally, it is equally important for New Haven Schools to increase their action surrounding the climate crisis. Different areas of the school’s functioning must reflect efforts to combat climate change. It is crucial that schools reflect a commitment to reducing greenhouse gasses in their operations. The list of positive impacts of pursuing the above goes on and on. Most importantly, students will be thoroughly informed about numerous aspects of a real crisis that we cannot stall to act upon. Well informed students create a well-informed population, thus fostering an atmosphere of truth and support surrounding the climate crisis and solutions. Few districts have implemented an inter-departmental approach to the climate emergency. New Haven can become one of the nation’s leaders in climate education.
Petition to Walmart, Target, Sprouts
Pressure Walmart, Target and Sprouts to transition to Biodegradable Plastic Bags
Plastic bags kill at least 100,000 animals every year, according to some estimates. Not only do animals get stuck in the bags, they also ingest the material, causing not only death but also unnecessary suffering.I have added my signature many places, in the past, in favor of reducing plastic bags and it's only resulted in the continued use of plastic bags, with an additional 10 cent fee, in my area. People sometimes use their own bags but many just pay the extra 10 cents. The result is that we still have huge numbers of plastic bags that don't degrade entering our ecosystem and poisoning birds, fish and other animals. In addition, now, because of the pandemic, many stores are not letting people re-use their own plastic bags or bring in their own canvas or cloth.Everyone can do their own google search, but the following link to an Earth Eclipse article, sums up the ongoing, critical issues associated with the use of plastic bags;https://www.eartheclipse.com/environment/serious-effects-plastic-bags.htmlIn addition to killing animals, the continued use of plastic bags is a huge contributor to climate change, which effects not just animals, but us. Here's also another useful climate change article:https://www.wwf.org.au/news/blogs/plastic-waste-and-climate-change-whats-the-connection#gs.bb38wjIf all of these companies switched to biodegradable plastics, we might have a chance at saving those 100,000 animals every year from death and unnecessary suffering.Please help me advocate for animals and slow climate change by putting pressure on these stores to use biodegradable plastic bags at checkout.(Photo credit - https://www.worldwildlife.org/stories/what-do-sea-turtles-eat-unfortunately-plastic-bags ) Additonal related links... How plastic in the ocean accelerates climate change.... A New Link Between Plastic and Climate Changehttps://www.parley.tv/updates/2018/7/23/a-new-link-between-plastic-and-climate-changehttps://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/07/19/article-2369792-0D44024200000578-516_306x283.jpghttps://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2369792/Supermarkets-handed-SEVEN-BILLION-plastic-bags-year-despite-Camerons-promise-curb-practice.html https://www.instagram.com/p/Bx0dobdA5YQ/?igshid=1bdngy6h9590y