climate justice

5 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Dean Baquet, James Bennet, Joseph Kahn, James Dao, Terry Tang, Liz Spayd, desk, Public Editor

Tell The NY Times: do not promote climate denial at your paper

Tell The New York Times that climate denial should have no place on its editorial page! Please sign and share our petition! The New York Times has hired the columnist Bret Stephens, who is on record dismissing climate change as “hysteria generated by an imperceptible temperature rise of 1.7 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880.” In his first column for the Times, “Climate of Complete Certainty,” Stephens argued that we should doubt the certainty of climate science before we call for changes in public policy to address climate change. He said it is “not entirely” true that “the science is settled” and “the threat is clear.” In fact, climate science tells us with over 90-95% certainty that if we continue to emit CO2 at our current rate we will cause the planet to warm between 3-5.5 °C over the coming ninety years. Uncertainty in the modeling is already accounted for by the range of projected temperatures. Even 3°C warming would be catastrophic for human beings everywhere. 3°C warming would destroy agricultural systems that feed millions of people, incite fatal droughts and heat waves, and flood our costal cities, rendering them uninhabitable. It is only by taking immediate steps to decarbonize our global economy – even bigger steps than were outlined in the 2016 Paris Agreement – that we have any hope to hold warming at 2°C and preserve our current way of life. The world's most respected climate scientists have signed an open letter calling Stephens' work “inaccurate and misleading.” (You can read that letter here: And indeed Stephens is spreading the disinformation campaign developed by Exxon and its lobbyists in the 1990's (a campaign first exposed, in a somewhat painful irony, by The New York Times itself). This campaign uses the tobacco-industry playbook of minimizing and distorting scientific research into the hazards of smoking to minimize and distort scientific discoveries about the dangers of burning fossil fuels. The connections between tobacco-industry and fossil-fuel-industry propaganda have been well documented, for example in Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University. By claiming that Bret Stephens' arguments fall safely within "a range of views" that reasonable people may debate, The New York Times is legitimating the dangerous lie that there is enough uncertainty in the climate science to make us question whether we need to phase out fossil fuel consumption. In seeming to provide its readers with different viewpoints about climate change, The New York Times is in fact reinforcing and amplifying one viewpoint: that of the fossil-fuel industry and the climate-deniers in the Trump administration who are spreading the fake news that we must debate the science before policymakers act. Legitimating fake news about climate is irresponsible and dangerous. Every one of us who signs this petition has a deeply personal reason for protesting the hiring of Stephens by The New York Times. I am lucky to have a seven-year-old boy who I and his father love more than anything in the world; we will fight tirelessly to leave him a planet on which he can live safely and, if he wishes, have children of his own to love with equal ferocity. We trust that the Editors of The New York Times have similar hopes for a livable future. We urge the Times to remember that only its commitment to the truth enables it to fulfill the public trust and maintain the broad readership that has made The New York Times America's paper of record. We call on The New York Times to rescind its offer to Bret Stephens and instead hire a columnist committed to advancing his political position without using lies to support his argument.

Genevieve Guenther
36,268 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Charlie Baker, Gina Raimondo, Dannel Malloy, Paul LePage, Phil Scott, Chris Sununu

Save the Bees! Ban Bifenthrin & Deltamethrin in New England

Mosquito Squad, an insecticide company operating in more than 100,000 properties around the U.S., utilizes the highly toxic pyrethroid chemical Bifenthrin which has significant adverse health effects on bee and other insect populations. It, as well as the other most widely used pyrethroid Deltamethrin, is lethal to honey bees in high concentrations and results in reduced fertility and increased larva mortality rates in nonlethal quantities. Our bees are dying because more than 30 folks in the vicinity are getting their properties professionally sprayed with this poison every three weeks and untold numbers are using domestic insecticides. For the sake of posterity stop spraying, educate others who are, and sign this petition calling for a ban on Bifenthrin and Deltamethrin use in New England.                                                                                                              "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,                                               Nothing is going to get better. It's not.”                                                   -Dr. Seuss                                                                                                                      Research paper citing the effects of sublethal concentrations of bifenthrin and deltamethrin on fecundity, growth, and development in honeybees

Jordan Keating
675 supporters
Update posted 11 months ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Support Carbon Fee & Dividend Plan to reduce CO2 emissions & transition to a green economy

Put a price on carbon pollution, so that we can create a more livable world! Carbon Fee and Dividend is simple to implement and cheap to operate. It's fair to everyone and won’t hurt people financially. It's a bipartisan solution. It’s a plan for the people. 1. The carbon fee & dividend proposal places a steadily rising fee on coal, oil and gas at the source - CCL proposes an initial fee of $15/ton on the CO2 equivalent emissions of fossil fuels, increasing $10/ton/year, imposed upstream at the mine, well or port of entry. That rate of increase - not too fast and not too slow – is paced to yield a significant decrease in CO2 emissions over time (see point 4 below). Accounting for the true cost of fossil fuel emissions creates a level-playing field for all sources of energy and informs consumers of the true cost-comparison of various fuels when making purchase decisions. 2. Gives all of the revenue from the carbon fee back to households - All the funds are collected by the government and evenly re-distributed back to households as a monthly dividend. The majority of households will receive more than they will pay for increased energy costs. This feature will inject billions into the economy, protect family budgets, free households to make independent choices about their energy usage, spur innovation and build aggregate demand for low-carbon products at the consumer level. In this way, it is not a tax. 3. Border adjustments would discourage businesses from relocating and encourage other nations to enforce a carbon fee as well - Import fees on products imported from countries without a carbon fee, along with rebates to US industries exporting to those countries, will discourage businesses from relocating where they can emit more CO2 and motivate other countries to adopt similar carbon pricing policies. Existing tax and trade systems avoid complex new institutional arrangements. Firms seeking to escape higher energy costs will be discouraged from relocating to non-compliant nations (“leakage”), as their products will be subject to import fees. 4. It's good for the economy AND even better for the climate - A study from Regional Economic Modeling Inc. shows that carbon fee-and-dividend will reduce CO2 emissions 52% below 1990 levels in 20 years and that recycling the revenue creates an economic stimulus that adds 2.8 million jobs to the economy. A structured rising price on GHG emissions will focus business planning on optimizing investment priorities to thrive in a carbon-constrained world. Carbon Fee and Dividend does not increase the size of government, require new bureaucracies or directly increase government revenues. The dividend increases real disposable income, protects personal spending decisions and will recruit widespread, sustained engagement. For more information, go to: Citizens' Climate Lobby

Citizens' Climate Lobby
2,235 supporters
Started 1 year ago

Petition to University at Buffalo Foundation

Divest the University at Buffalo Endowment from Fossil Fuels

We, the undersigned are proud to stand with the students who have initiated a call for fossil fuel divestment known as “Fossil Free UB”. We urge you, for the sake of ecological sustainability and social justice, to join other universities and colleges to FREEZE any new investments in fossil fuels, DIVEST from direct ownership and any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds within 5 years, and REINVEST in clean energy and socially responsible alternatives. This "Fossil Free UB" campaign has been growing steadily since September 2015. It was initiated by the UB Environmental Network, and has collected nearly 1,000 signatures on paper petitions since then.  The University at Buffalo has received considerable recognition for its efforts in promoting sustainability; but with leadership comes responsibility. Since March 2007, As an early signatory of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, UB has committed themselves to becoming climate neutral by 2030. In addition, to the recent Gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, we show our sustainability leadership through the Solar Strand, the creation of the Environmental Stewardship Committee, the 2009 Climate Action Plan, and the numerous awards received by our dining program are just a few of the ways our university showcases its environmental leadership. A university celebrated for sustainability initiatives should be in the forefront of the movement to slow climate change through fossil fuel divestment. UB faculty all across campus teach about the ecological and social consequences of fossil fuel dependence; our university investments should reflect that wisdom. UB has long been recognized for the commitment of its faculty and librarians to scholarship that promotes social justice, we emphasize that climate change poses a danger to the entire planet, and that people of low income, people of color, indigenous people, and people in the Global South are disproportionately affected by the environmental consequences of fossil fuel dependence. Through fossil fuel divestment, the Board of Trustees would bring the UB Foundation into alignment with the values and achievements of UB faculty, librarians, students and staff. As long as fossil fuel corporations remain profitable, they will continue to influence government energy policy and undermine hopes for a sustainable future. A growing number of academic institutions, municipalities, religious institutions, and foundations have already divested from fossil fuels. Joining this movement sends a powerful message that saving the planet requires a rapid transition to renewable sources of energy. The choice to divest has become more financially sound. Investment professionals have become increasingly concerned about the financial risks of continuing to invest in these industries, while numerous reports have shown that portfolios without fossil fuel investments may in fact out-perform those with them. Fossil fuel divestment takes the fossil fuel industry to task for its culpability in the climate crisis. By naming this industry’s singularly destructive influence — and by highlighting the moral dimensions of climate change — we hope that the fossil fuel divestment movement can break the hold that the fossil fuel industry has on our economy and government. It is time for the University at Buffalo to join the movement to divest from fossil fuel companies.

Fossil Free UB
296 supporters