climate justice

36 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Marc R. Pacheco, Jim Braude & Margery Eagan, Michael J. Barrett, Dylan Fernandes, Michael Rodrigues, Cindy Friedman, Edward J. Markey, Ayanna Pressley, Ronald Mariano, William Francis Galvin, Secretary Kathleen A. Theoharides

Make Most MA Government Buildings Renewable Energy Users

Dear Members of the Massachusetts Legislature,  My name is Kourosh Farboodmanesh and I am a 7th grader attending Wellan Montessori School in Newton, MA. However, I live in Wellesley. I have become very interested in climate change and global warming. I wanted to do something about it. I started by talking to the Wellesley Municipal Light Plant about their Voluntary Renewable Energy Program and I pushed to promote it and finally got the answers I was looking for. On January 1st, 2021, the Wellesley Voluntary Renewable Energy Program will become an opt-out program instead of an opt-in program. This makes it so that every Wellesley resident will use renewable energy sources to power their house unless they were to opt-out. I am writing this letter to you because I wanted to take my work on climate change to the next level. My goal is to promote renewable energy usage to make a more habitable planet for my generation.  I want to propose a bill idea to you to use renewable energy to power the major governmental buildings within our state. These buildings include the State House, City Halls, and Town Halls. Ideally, it would be to install solar panels on these buildings, however, I understand that these buildings are very historical. The option that I want to push for would be to have renewable energy being sent to these buildings just like the Wellesley Renewable Energy Program does. A way to pay for this would be to raise the state excise tax on gasoline. I believe that this is a good way to pay for helping our planet. Firstly, gasoline is one of the biggest polluters in our state and our country, and to increase the tax on it for a cause to help our planet is a double-win. Raising the gas tax will send a message to the citizens of the Commonwealth to be careful about their gas usage and ultimately move towards electric cars while using renewable energy in our federal buildings.  Below are the calculations that I made. The current state excise tax on gasoline in Massachusetts is 24¢. In 2016, the Commonwealth made $766 Million in Motor Fuel Tax Revenue. After dividing the revenue by the tax amount, I was able to find the gallons of gas that were bought that fiscal year, about 3,191,666,666 gallons. If we were to raise the gas tax by .3¢, the difference would be about an extra $9,575,000 per year for spending. Based on multiple different sources, for the Massachusetts State House alone, the extra amount to pay for renewable energy sources would be around $1,800 a month extra. These calculations are based on the monthly energy usage of 100,000 kWh. This would be $21,600 extra per year just for the State House to be powered by renewable energy sources.  Moving on to the rest of the Commonwealth, there are 294 towns and 57 cities in the Commonwealth. If we were to say that each of the city halls and town halls had the same electricity usage as the Massachusetts State House, it would cost a total of $7,581,600 extra a year. Or, $631,800 extra per month to power all of the city and town halls with renewable energy.  Lastly, we need to combine the State House price and the price of the city and town halls. The total price of this project would come out to be around $7,603,200 extra per year. Again, this is going off of a monthly kWh usage of 100,000 kWh per month for each building.  Considering that we would raise the gas tax price by three-tenths of a cent, each year this program would be making about $9,575,000. This amount would put us in a surplus of $1,971,800. This surplus could help fund problems that need to be fixed, labor fees, etc.  The benefits of this bill are tremendous. However, to begin with, if we were to say that each of these buildings were to produce 100,000 kWh a month, each building would give off about 70 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. That is the same as 175,444 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle, 77,906 pounds of coal burned, or 7,956 gallons of gasoline consumed.  If we were to multiply this number by 351 (the number of cities and towns in the Commonwealth), every month our city halls, town halls, and State House produce around 24,815 metric tons of carbon dioxide. For better terms, these buildings are responsible for about 0.43% of the Commonwealth’s yearly carbon emissions. By changing the supply of energy to our federal buildings from non-renewable to renewable is a small step in the right direction. We can show the country and the world that climate change is real and that we are taking action now.  Millions of species are dying daily because of the carbon footprint we are leaving on this planet. Last year, the United States of America produced 5,130,000,000 tons of carbon emissions. 36,000,000,000 metric tons of carbon emissions were produced in our world. The US is responsible for 14% of that, this is greater than just our Commonwealth, this is a world problem, and we can be the first to start making change. That is the benefit of this bill.  Overall, raising the gas tax by just three-tenths of a cent can help us show the country and the world that something must be done about climate change and that we are taking action now. Some numbers can be changed based on exact measurements and if you could get back to me on the exact energy usage of the State House in kWh per month that would help our calculations even more. Climate Change is a cause that needs solutions, and it needs them now. This is a small step, but it is in the right direction.  I know there are a lot of things on your mind right now and I thank you for your time.  Sincerely, Kourosh Farboodmanesh

Kourosh Farboodmanesh
93 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Catholic Church, All European monarchies and the Untied States of America, Donald Trump, Queen of England

Awareness & Call to Action by 528th (1493 -2021) Signing Date (May 4)Doctrine of Discovery

“Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.”                                                  – James Baldwin We held a 9 Day (August 31- September 8,2020)Online Celebration of the 19th(2001- 2020) Anniversary of The World Conference against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance Conference August 31 - September 8 Durban, South Africa Out of the daily conversations came a Solution: 9 months(September 8, 2020 - May 4, 2021)Online Petition journey to ensure a solid "Global Day of Rejection and Repudiation of The Doctrine of Discovery"! Our Goal: To have 2 billion citizens from around the planet to sign this Online Petition to create in one clear voice "No" to the inhumane illogical framework that is the foundation of the current human chaos and crises and One Race, The Human Race!  The 1455 Project will be launched in the African World History Month February 1, 2025! Background on "The Doctrine of Discovery"! 570th (1452 - 2022) and 573th(1455-2025)The origin of the doctrine goes back to the papal bulls issued by Pope Nicholas V in 1452 and 1455 570th(1455 - 2025) respectively, allowing the invasion and killing of the Indigenous Peoples. 540th(1493 - 2023) Commemoration May 4, 1493: The Doctrine of Discovery was signed. This document provided a legal framework for Christian explorers, in the name of their sovereign, to lay claim to territories uninhabited by Christians. If the lands were vacant, as long as there was no other European Christian presence then they could be defined as “discovered”, sovereignty claimed. 570th(1493-2023) Commemoration of The Papal Bull “Inter Caetera,” issued by Pope Alexander VI on May 4, 1493, played a central role in the Spanish conquest of the New World. The document supported Spain's strategy to ensure its exclusive right to the lands discovered by Columbus the previous year. Will be the 10th (2012- 2022)The doctrine was re-introduced in the law of the United States and was referenced in the United States Supreme Court case of Johnson v. Feb 27, 2012

Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry
237 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Hellenic parliament, Grand National Assembly of Turkey

Ecological Alliance of Greek and Turkish organisations against Fossil Fuels' Extraction! The rapid deterioration of climate, due to human activities, is an indisputable fact. The effects of climate change are the cause, inter alia, of transnational and cross-border conflicts in the management of natural resources and refugee flows, burdening a state's vulnerability to climate change and in cases such as Greece's long-standing conflict relationship with Turkey, threaten the sustainability of peace in the region, as there is a high risk for the re-emergence of armed conflict. In the Aegean, the intention to exploit the region's natural wealth in fossil fuels, not only threatens the ecosystem's viability, but also acts as a contributing factor in increasing tensions between the two neighboring rival countries. Addressing the climate crisis creates opportunities for co-operation for countries such as Greece and Turkey and ameliorates the prospects for peaceful co-existence through the implementation of joint actions. We are therefore calling on the governments of these two countries to follow the example of a climate emergency declaration, a joint declaration on the will to free the Aegean from extraction of fossil fuels and the design of joint actions focusing on their shift to rely 100% on Renewable Energies. Indicative actions in this regard are educational and scientific projects on climate change, as well as the development of technology for the co-exploitation of floating windmill farms.   Η ραγδαία επιδείνωση της κλιματικής αλλαγής εξαιτίας των ανθρωπίνων δραστηριοτήτων είναι αδιαμφισβήτητο γεγονός. Οι επιπτώσεις της κλιματικής αλλαγής είναι η αιτία, μεταξύ άλλων, για την εμφάνιση διακρατικών και διασυνοριακών συγκρούσεων σε θέματα διαχείρισης φυσικών πόρων και προσφυγικών ροών, δυσχεραίνοντας την ικανότητα του εκάστοτε κράτους να αντιμετωπίσει τις επιπτώσεις της κλιματικής αλλαγής και σε περιπτώσεις, όπως αυτή μεταξύ της διαχρονικής συγκρουσιακής σχέσης Ελλάδας-Τουρκίας, τίθεται ζήτημα και για τον κίνδυνο επανέναρξης ένοπλων συγκρούσεων. Στο Αιγαίο, η πρόθεση εκμετάλλευσης του φυσικού πλούτου της περιοχής σε ορυκτά καύσιμα, όχι μόνο απειλεί τη βιωσιμότητα του οικοσυστήματος, αλλά και λειτουργεί ως παράγοντας για την αύξηση των εντάσεων μεταξύ Ελλάδας-Τουρκίας, ιδιαίτερα λόγω της οικονομικής δυσχέρειας στην οποία βρίσκονται τα δύο αυτά κράτη. Η αντιμετώπιση της κλιματικής κρίσης δημιουργεί ευκαιρίες συνεργασίας για χώρες όπως η Ελλάδα και η Τουρκία και προοπτικές ειρηνικής συνύπαρξης, μέσω της υλοποίησης κοινών δράσεων. Καλούμε λοιπόν τις κυβερνήσεις των δύο αυτών κρατών να ακολουθήσουν το παράδειγμα για κήρυξη κατάστασης έκτακτης ανάγκης για την κλιματική κρίση, κοινή δήλωση για κήρυξη του Αιγαίου σε ζώνη ελεύθερη από τις εξορύξεις ορυκτών καυσίμων και το σχεδιασμό κοινών δράσεων που θα εστιάζουν στην στροφή τους προς τις Ανανεώσιμες Πηγές Ενέργειας. Ενδεικτικές δράσεις προς αυτή την κατεύθυνση είναι η συνεργασία σε εκπαιδευτικό και επιστημονικό επίπεδο σε θέματα κλιματικής αλλαγής, καθώς και η ανάπτυξη τεχνολογίας για την συνεκμετάλλευση θαλάσσιων αιολικών πάρκων.   İklimin insan eylemlerine bağlı olarak kötüye gidişi tartışma götürmez bir gerçek. İklim değişikliğinin etkileri, diğerlerinin yanı sıra, doğal kaynakların ve mülteci akınlarının idaresi gibi uluslararası ve sınır ötesi sorunlara sebeb olarak, bir devletin iklim değişikliğine karşı hassasiyetini arttırıyor. Yunanistan ve Türkiye arasında olduğu gibi uzun süreli çatışma ilişkisi olan durumlarda ise silahlı çatışmanın yeniden başlama riski yüksek olduğu için bölgedeki barışın sürdürülebilirliğini tehlikeye atıyor. Ege'de, bölgenin fosil yakıtlar açısından doğal zenginliklerini kullanma niyeti, sadece ekosistemin yaşayabilirliğini tehdit etmekle kalmıyor, aynı zamanda komşu iki ülke arasındaki gerilimi arttırmaya katkıda bulunan bir faktör durumuna geliyor. İklim krizini ele almak, Yunanistan ve Türkiye gibi ülkeler için işbirliği fırsatları yaratıyor ve ortak eylemlerin uygulanması yoluyla barışçıl işbirliği için umutları geliştiriyor. Bu nedenle, bu iki ülkeyi iklim acil durumu ilanı örneklerini takip etmeye, Ege’yi fosil yakıtların çıkarılmasından kurtarma ortak iradesini temsil eden bir bildiriye imza atmaya ve %100 yenilenebilir enerjiye geçişe odaklanan ortak adımlar atmaya çağırıyoruz. Bu konudaki gösterge niteliğindeki eylemler, yüzen rüzgar türbinlerinin ortak kullanılması için teknolojinin geliştirilmesinin yanı sıra iklim değişikliği ile ilgili eğitimsel ve bilimsel projelerdir.   Αρχικές Υπογραφές - Original Signatures: 1) Νέοι Πράσινοι-Μέλος της Ομοσπονδίας Νέων Ευρωπαίων Πρασίνων (Neoi Prasinoi - Member of FYEG) 2) Οικολογική Συμμαχία - Ecological Alliance 3) Οικολογική Κίνηση Καβάλας - Ecological Movement of Kavala 4) Yokoluş İsyanı - Extinction Rebellion Turkey 5) Genç Yeşiller - Young Greens of Turkey (Member of FYEG) 6) Οικολογία Αλληλεγγύη Α.Μ.Θ. - Ecological Solidarity for Eastern Macedonia & Thrace (Prefecture Party) 7) Yeşil Düşünce Derneği (Green Thought Association) 8) 350 Türkiye (350 Turkey) 9) Fridays For Future (Turkey) 10) Ένωση Καταναλωτών Καβάλας - Consumers' Association of Kavala 11) The Green Tank (Greece)

Neoi Prasinoi
74 supporters