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climate

19 petitions

Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Tom Torlakson, Dr. Michael Kirst, Vernon Billy, Tom Gentzel, Frank Pugh, Mike Walsh, Bruce Holaday, Eric Heins, Kathleen Minke, John Roach, Brian Leung

Educational Leaders Please Pass Climate Action Resolutions to Protect Students

Our Congress needs help doing the right thing on climate change. Continued Congressional inaction on climate change harms kids and future generations. Educational leaders from across the country can speak with one, non-partisan voice to help break the logjam on commonsense national climate policy in DC. Twenty-six local school boards and one student council in California, Colorado, New York, and Virginia have led the way by passing climate action resolutions. Here are some examples: Sonoma COE, Albany (CA) USD, Harmony USD, San Lorenzo USD, Tamalpais UHSD, Credo HS Student Council, and Fairfax County Public Schools. The educational leaders addressed in this petition represent school districts, school board members, and school personnel in 14,000 school districts across the nation. These educational leaders have been true champions for children and for educational equity for many years. They likely already privately believe that climate change is an unfair burden to pass on to young people and that Congress should find a bipartisan solution to limit the harm. By signing this petition, you can help these educational leaders articulate this private belief publicly---in a climate action resolution. Were any of the 3 organizations (California State Board of Education, the California School Boards Association, and the National School Boards Association) to pass their own climate action resolution, likely hundreds or thousands of local school boards would follow their lead. We have spoken to members of Congress who feel certain this would help move Congress to act on climate. Educators know the climate harm young people will face and now have a tool to help lessen the harm.  The educational sector, more than any other sector, has standing to speak up in a non-partisan way for climate justice. We stand at the interface between the generations. Our mission---to help kids create great future outcomes for themselves---and our institutional integrity is directly threatened by national climate inaction and our silence about it. No educator or educational leader needs to be a silent witness to the generational justice issue created by national climate inaction. By signing this petition, you can help the educational sector speak up for climate justice.  Please leave a comment with notes about your school stakeholder status (parent of school kids, grandparent, teacher, administrator, school board member, student, community member, etc.). Please share widely. Thank you so much for your time.           

Schools for Climate Action
1,817 supporters
Started 5 days ago

Petition to Marathon Oil

Tell Marathon to get out of U.S. car emissions policies

Car companies don’t want it. Americans don’t want it. But oil companies do. Right now, a group of American oil companies, led by Marathon, is pushing the federal government to remove car emissions standards so they can make even more money. Marathon has expanded their operations and is now the largest oil refiner in the United States. If Americans are forced to buy cars that need more gas, Marathon and others can sell more oil. Tell Marathon to back off clean air standards, car emissions policies need to get better, not disappear overnight. Oil companies shouldn’t be setting emissions policies, but for years Marathon has been working behind the scenes to gut car emissions standards. They worked in conjunction with other oil companies to launch Facebook ads under a group founded by an oil lobbyist, Energy4US. The ads directed people to submit comments to the Department of Transportation for ‘affordable energy’. But they haven’t stopped there, Marathon worked closely with well connected oil-industry groups and a network of conservative lobbyists to influence and re-write state-level car emissions standards. They’ve also joined with the Koch Brothers to push forward an eight-word long bill in the House, “to repeal the corporate average fuel economy standards.” Essentially, to remove all car emissions standards. Not only would a car emissions roll back contribute towards climate change, it would harm the health of millions of Americans. Half of all Americans breathe polluted air everyday. Passenger cars and heavy duty trucks account for roughly 50% of all emissions in the United States with current emissions policies. Air pollution increases the rates of asthma and the risks of developing cancer. In the U.S., it causes 30,000 premature deaths every year. Oil giants like Marathon have no business influencing clean air and emissions policies that impact the health and welfare of millions of Americans. Tell Marathon to back off clean air.

Campaigns Lab
24 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Michigan state representatives, Michigan State Senators

Oppose the Line 5 Oil Pipeline Tunnel

A 65-year-old pipeline known as Line 5 carries millions of gallons of oil every day through the heart of the Great Lakes. An oil spill here would be devastating. Instead of shutting down this oil pipeline, what tens of thousands of Michiganders have called for, Michigan’s outgoing Governor wants to build a new oil pipeline under the Great Lakes. He is trying to rush through a deal with Enbridge, the Canadian company that owns Line 5, to lock us into this tunnel before Michigan's new governor takes office in January. This oil tunnel deal with Enbridge is a horrible deal for the Great Lakes, and it is a disastrous deal for the climate. It would allow the existing dented and corroded pipeline to keep operating in these treasured waters for another 10 years while the tunnel is built. This tunnel would be leased to Enbridge for up to 99 more years of oil transport. This investment in a new oil pipeline will inevitably delay the transition off of fossil fuels at a time when we cannot afford it. In October, the world’s top scientists released the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report finding that we must cut climate emissions in half within 12 years if we are to avoid the worst climate impacts. If we fail to act, the report specifically states that hundreds of millions of lives will be lost around the world from food shortages, worsening drought, and heat waves. Michigan and the U.S. are not immune from these impacts, and we have a responsibility to make wise decisions about fossil fuel infrastructure. When burned, the oil in Line 5 releases the pollution equivalent of 21 coal-fired power plants. Transportation fuels are now the largest source of climate pollution in the U.S. Rather than moving forward with a disastrous deal to guarantee a commitment to fossil fuels for a century, we should be investing in clean energy, to guarantee a sustainable, healthy future for the state of Michigan. The people of Michigan just elected a new Governor and Attorney General who have said they do not support an oil tunnel, and will work to shut down Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. The outgoing Governor is rushing to sign this deal with Enbridge before he leaves office so that Michigan is stuck with it. Help us fight this. Tell Michigan Policymakers - No Tunnel!

Michigan Climate Action Network
1,011 supporters