Petition to Walter Harris
South Florida the 51st state
We need 25,000 signers . South Florida is in a very precarious position. Not only are we in harms way due to rising sea levels caused by global warming, but most of South Florida sits on porous limestone so sea water rises from beneath the ground causing saltwater intrusion into our freshwater supply as well as flooding. Most of South Florida is only 15 feet or less above sea level and in areas near the coast less than 5 feet. This includes the Everglades and Lake Okeechobee. By 2070 sea level may rise as much as 5 to 10 feet unless we can reduce the contributing causes. . Although the new South Florida will constitute only 35% of Florida's 67 counties and 39% of the state's area, we have more than 67% of the state"s population and pay more than 69% of the state's taxes. Lake Okeechobee , located in South Florida, is the second largest freshwater lake in the United States and an integral part of the water supply to South Florida, and would be severely compromised by rising sea level. While virtually all scientists now agree that climate change is a reality, our governor Rick Scott and now our president elect Donald J. Trump, refuse to consider the reality of climate change. In fact, our new president wants to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and even allow oil exploration, drilling and fracking in South Florida, disregarding any lessons learned from BP disaster. He even wants the United States to pull out from the new Paris accord on climate change. For the reasons mentioned above I strongly advocate the separation of North and South Florida. Splitting the state of Florida into two states may prove to be even more beneficial to North Florida than South Florida. The average elevation in North Florida is about 100 feet, as high as 150. Sea level rise will significantly drive up infrastructure cost in South Florida, creating a huge financial burden on North Florida. And while the population continues to grow in South Florida, South Florida will increase the blue vote, often negating the voice of North Florida. This might be the time for North Florida to separate its political and financial liabilities from South Florida thus benefiting both North and South. But for South Florida, the issue is much more than political, it is the very physical survival of the state. Time is crucial. We need to take control of our situation here in South Florida without the interference and bureaucracy of Tallahassee. If you feel, as we do, that the time has come for the separation of north and south Florida, then Please sign this petition and send it to your family and friends. Your signature will help send a message to Tallahassee and Washington. Thank you, Walter Harris
Petition to Donald Trump
Join the fight to defend climate progress!
President Trump entered office flanked by congressional leaders who have made attacking climate action and dismantling health safeguards their top priorities. Climate change affects every facet of American life, from basic public health to extreme weather events to national security threats. Despite the fact that a majority of Americans, and even a majority of Republicans, support action on climate change, Trump refuses to accept the facts and take climate change seriously, putting the health and safety of our families at risk. Trump and his team have said they will “scrap” the Clean Power Plan, “cancel the Paris Climate Agreement“ and gut the Clean Air Act—a bedrock law that protects our environment, climate and public health against industrial pollution, and has been saving lives for 40 years. An overwhelming majority of Americans support these protections because they know that climate change poses an urgent threat to our environment, health and way of life. This election did not change that basic fact. Nobody voted to end clean air. Earthjustice has been fighting for years—through administrations both friendly and hostile—to protect our communities and the health of our environment, and we won’t stop now. Over the last eight years, we’ve made remarkable progress in the fight against climate change, with the Clean Power Plan, stronger standards to reduce dangerous pollutants like methane, and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Rolling back these vital protections is unacceptable and dangerous. With anti-environment extremists controlling the House, Senate and White House, fighting for climate action will be an uphill battle. Trump has made it clear that he will put the interests of big polluters and dirty energy insiders above those of the American people. But with your help, we can both hold the line against rollbacks and continue to make progress toward clean energy. The planet can’t afford four years of climate change denial and rollbacks of climate progress. Tell Trump that you will fight to protect climate progress.
Petition to Dean Baquet, James Bennet, Joseph Kahn, James Dao, Terry Tang, Liz Spayd
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: https://www.climatefactsfirst.org) 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.
Petition to Eric Garcetti, Herb Wesson, Paul Krekorian, Mitch O’Farrell, Paul Koretz, Mike Bonin, Nury Martinez, Monica Rodriguez, Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Curren Price, Jr., David Ryu, Mitchell Englander, Bob Blumenfield, Jose Huizar, Joe Buscaino
Los Angeles Divest from DAPL #DivestLA
We the people call on Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council to divest from Wells Fargo. We will not support financial institutions that illegally foreclose on working-class families, discriminate against people of color or low-income consumers, commit mortgage fraud, invest in oppression against indigenous peoples, or finance the destruction of our shared environment.We are petitioning LA City Council to pass an ordinance to end the city’s relationship with Wells Fargo, and amend the current Responsible Banking Ordinance (RBO) to include stronger social and environmental criteria when considering banking contracts.Wells Fargo is a major financier of the Dakota Access Pipeline, an oil pipeline project that has destroyed sacred tribal lands, endangers the clean water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation and millions of Americans, and has resulted in human rights violations of indigenous peoples and water protectors.Wells Fargo’s morally bankrupt practices are further exemplified by the 2016 lawsuit filed against the bank by the Los Angeles City Attorney for fraudulently opening more than two million unauthorized checking and credit card accounts, victimizing ordinary citizens for profit gain. For their deceptive practices, the bank settled with the County and City of Los Angeles for $185 million. This is one of numerous lawsuits filed against Wells Fargo by the city. Our representatives cannot continue to trust taxpayer money with a bank repeatedly sued for corruption. The City of Seattle recently achieved a landmark victory by divesting $3 billion from Wells Fargo, specifically highlighting the bank’s recent settlement with the City of LA and financing Dakota Access Pipeline. The City of Davis, CA followed suit by voting to divest $125 million from Wells Fargo. The divestment movement is underway.Cities all across the United States are strengthening socially responsible banking ordinances and divesting from unethical banks. We can no longer sit idle as our banks profit from injustice. The people are ready to take on the big banks and fossil fuel industry, regardless of who resides in the White House. Seattle was the first major city to divest. Los Angeles will be next.We are calling on our elected city officials and all Los Angeles residents to take a stand for a socially conscious and ethical world and divest all funds from DAPL. Stand with the people and protect the planet. Divest for our future.#DivestLADrafted by Revolution LA.
Petition to Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
Stop the Line 3 Pipeline
What if we told you that another pipeline even longer than the Dakota Access Pipeline was threatening our water, land, and the treaty rights of indigenous communities from the U.S. to Canada? This project will cement young people like ourselves into a lifetime of dangerous climate change, and we need your help to stop it. Will you stand with the future generations? Sign to ask the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to stop Enbridge’s Line 3 Pipeline. We, the Youth Climate Interveners, are a group of 13 young people under the age of 25 who recently won legal standing in the case against the pipeline. After much work, we were able to prove that we would suffer disproportionate personal harm by this project, which will carry up to 760,000 barrels of tar sands oil per day. This oil must stay in the ground in order for the earth to remain liveable for the young people building a future on it. Add your name to the petition – for us. Rose is a member of the Ho-Chunk and Santee Dakota nations, and has seen how oil projects ignore Native American Treaty rights and increase violence against indigenous women. We feel a responsibility to prevent the harmful effects the project’s construction will cause to the creatures, waterways and people in its path and to stop the carbon which threatens the earth and will be produced because of this pipeline. Young people deserve clean water and a future free from fossil fuels – we all do. Don’t let Enbridge take that away from us.Follow the Youth Climate Intervenors on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/YouthClimateIntervenors/ Learn more about the resistance at www.stopline3.org While we are unaffiliated with any organization and representing ourselves in this process, we want to share our gratitude for the support and collaboration we've had from the Power Shift Network, MN350, Honor the Earth, and the Sierra Club Northstar Chapter!
Petition to Bill de Blasio, Melissa Mark Viverito, New York City Council
Mayor de Blasio: Take Immediate Action to Protect NYC's Air
I am a father and a lifelong resident of West Harlem in NYC, which has been my family’s home for almost 90 years. I am also the Deputy Director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice, a grassroots organization that mobilizes low-income residents and people of color to take action on clean air, climate justice, and healthy indoor environments for ALL New Yorkers. Growing up in Harlem, I have seen how dirty fossil fuels are not only drivers of climate change, but contribute to some of the nation’s highest rates of asthma and associated health problems in neighborhoods like the South Bronx and East Harlem. Please sign our petition asking Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and the City Council to quickly phase out the dangerous home heating oils which pollute New York City’s air. Over 75% of NYC’s contributions to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from the energy we use everyday in our buildings and many older buildings in New York, and throughout the Northeast, still rely on dirty heating oil. Heating oil is very similar in chemical makeup to diesel fuel, which contains particulates like sulfur, which are dangerous to our health. In 2012, WE ACT for Environmental Justice was one of the leading groups pushing NYC and Mayor Bloomberg to require landlords to clean up the dirty home heating oils that were spewing into people’s homes and triggering respiratory illnesses like asthma. We also advocated to make sure that landlords couldn’t file for Major Capital Improvements (MCI) and raise rents. While the phasing out of the dirtiest oil, No. 6, has been highly successful and saved hundreds of lives every year, it is time to speed up the deadline for property owners to phase out all No. 4 heating oil too. A NYC bill called “Intro 1465" would require that the timeline for the phase out of Number 4 oil be moved up from 2030 to 2025. That means they still have 8 years to clean up their act! New York must continue to lead the way on cleaner air and greenhouse gas reductions, and expediting the removal of No. 4 heating oil is a simple, yet impactful way to do it. Please sign your name and share the petition to tell Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Viverito, and NY City Council you agree.