Petition to United States Supreme Court, Environmental Protection Agency
Force the EPA to pay for the Animas River Spill
The Gold King Mine Spill occurred in the Animas River in Colorado (which runs into the San Juan River in New Mexico). The EPA claimed responsibility for the spill because those who caused the spill were EPA contractors. Both New Mexico and the Navajo Nation have sued Colorado. The Supreme Court still won't hear this case. Three million gallons of metal-concentrated water spilled from the mine into the Animas River. Arsenic concentrations reached 300 times the normal level and lead reached 3,500 times. People were told to avoid contact with the water and to not give it to their farm animals. Many farmers and ranchers relied on the Animas and San Juan Rivers. Although metal levels have evened out, metals in the water have settled at the bottom and will remain insoluble unless the river becomes extremely acidic. The good news is that the San Juan River has been rehabilitated to pre-spill conditions. The EPA, however, hasn't reimbursed locals for the damages caused. 500,000 mines still need to be cleaned up and the spill caused around $420 million in damages. The spill has affected so many and ruined lives. The EPA needs to pay for the damages its company has caused.
Petition to John Hickenlooper, Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Prevent the Needless Euthanasia of Wild Animals in Colorado
In order to support dwindling deer populations, the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife has given the green light to a pilot study in which predatory animals, such as mountain lions and bears, will be selectively euthanized. The basic rationale for this is that by killing predatory animals, deer populations will increase. This is important to the department, not from an ecological standpoint, but because hunting licenses are a primary source of their revenue. In their own words, “We rarely address the ‘should’ question. We primarily address the ‘how.'” Experts in the arena of wildlife ecology from Colorado State University, who have "extensively studied predator ecology," have cast significant doubt on the efficacy of the departments approach, stating "plans to test the effects of predator removal are not based on science, and run counter to prior scientific evidence published by CPW’s own researchers." Other groups, such as the National Wildlife Federation, a hunting and conservation group, and the Humane Society of the United States, point out that it is not predators, but overdevelopment,that has caused significant drops in deer population. Even so, the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife "hasn’t taken a position on a federal Bureau of Land Management plan to allow up to 15,000 new oil and gas wells on prime deer habitat in northwestern Colorado." Without addressing the myriad of issues surrounding destruction of habitat, the department can not, in good faith, embark on a potentially destructive strategy without any evidence to support their assertion that this will increase deer populations. This proposal is strongly opposed by experts, is myopic, cruel, and clearly involves the self interest of the department. It is not supported by science. It should thus be rejected, and resources should be placed into protecting habitat. The Department, and leaders in Colorado government who find this proposal palatable, might take a moment to consider the "should question," in depth.
Petition to John Hickenlooper, Chris Howes, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Ban Plastic Bags in the State of Colorado
It's no surprise that plastic bags are absolutely detrimental to the environment and the fragile ecosystem. It takes anywhere from 400 to 1,000 years for plastic bags to biodegrade. Instead of breaking down into the soil when a bag is littered, it just continues to break into smaller toxic pieces, contaminating waterways and the soil. This is where a seemingly harmless bag becomes a murder weapon for the animals that accidentally eat them. An animal that eats a bag and dies from it will biodegrade while the bag does not, so that same bag will continue killing more animals. It wraps around their intestines and chokes them causing them to suffer a slow and painful death claiming the lives of an average of 1 billion seabirds and mammals each year. Plastic bags also cause an average of 100 million deaths to marine life annually that also mistake it for food. Almost 90% of the debris found in the ocean is plastic. Instead of getting a new plastic bag every time you shop, you could be using a cloth bag or a bag made from recycled material over and over again. This would benefit all sides of the spectrum including the retailers who would save a tremendous amount of money because it costs the U.S. alone an estimated $4 billion to produce these 1 billion bags a year. What's worse is plastic bags are made of polyethylene which is a petroleum product and the production of these bags causes an incredibly large amount of pollution and energy consumption. With each plastic bag that is made, the petroleum used could drive a car 11 meters. All of this is incredibly unnecessary! We can make a huge difference in the world we are living in one step at a time. Imagine how many species will be saved by making a simple change. It's time we take pride in the beautiful world we live in and use smarter and safer methods in our lifestyle that affect all of us and our children. We are all a part of this Earth. We are born here and we will die here, going back into the circle of life. So, when we destroy the Earth, we are destroying all that we are. I don't want to see another animal dead because of my neglect to face an inconvenient truth. We as humans are conscious of our actions so we should be taking the opportunity to change our ways. It is our responsibility to do our part and set an example to get the ball rolling one beautiful state at a time! Please help me address this issue and put a ban on plastic bags among all retailers in the state of Colorado. This is where I need your help in the power of numbers; Sharing this petition with anyone and everyone is the key to a speedy success so don't be shy to keep posting this on your Facebook, Email, Twitter, or even putting the website link on your Instagram bio. Social media in this case can have a really powerful and positive effect so please share this opportunity to everyone you can and encourage them to do the same. It is so appreciated and your precious planet and it's beautiful creatures will thank you. Let's be the change in the world we wish to see; it starts here!
Petition to Charles Whelan, Candace Moon, Kathy Turley, Carrie Penaloza, Doris Truhlar, Ken Lucas, Mark Gotto, Stephanie Piko
Urge Centennial City Council to deny ER on corner of Dry Creek Road/Colorado Blvd!
The Centennial City Council is voting to approve a Free Standing Emergency Room (FSER) on the corner of Colorado Boulevard and Dry Creek Road. Urge the Council to DENY APPROVAL for these reasons: The proposed FSER will negatively affect local home values. The FSER in question will literally be in neighbors’ backyard. The adverse impact on home values is the reason that local HOAs are fiercely opposed to this initiative. The location of the proposed FSER is ill suited for the intended use. The northeast corner of Colorado Boulevard and Dry Creek Road is in the middle of a busy residential intersection that would make egress and ingress of emergency vehicles hazardous to pedestrians and traffic. FSERs are much more expensive than urgent care. FSERs charge exorbitant “facility fees,” which are passed along to patients. FSERs typically do not disclose their fees before care is rendered, and as such there is a complete lack of transparency as to potential medical costs. FSERs medical bills can be over 10x the cost of a visit to a doctor or an urgent care clinic! FSERs not connected to a hospital cannot accept Medicare or Medicaid. Therefore, senior citizens (often on fixed incomes) and the economically disadvantaged are most at risk at incurring ruinous medical bills. Overlap in scope of services with urgent care centers and hospital-based EDs lead to consumer confusion about appropriate use. FSER medical bills can be so large that patients find themselves in multi-year payment plans or have their unpaid bills being sent to debt collectors. FSERs are not equipped to handle all trauma care, and some do not have on-call specialists. The Centennial/Littleton area is saturated with existing emergency services options. Controversial Model and Risk of Failure. FSERs have been subject to intense public scrutiny and at least one class action lawsuit. The largest FSER operator in the United States, Adeptus Health Inc. (UC Health’s partner for its Colorado FSERs) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on April 19, 2017. FSERs are increasingly being built in locations that compete with hospital emergency departments. FSERs duplicate personnel and equipment offered by acute care hospitals, and FSER are adverse to a healthcare delivery system already facing severe economic challenges. Minimal academic study confirming quality and effectiveness.
Petition to Colorado State Senate, Colorado State House
Require "Future Notes" on the environmental impacts of legislation in Colorado
Facing worsening and more frequent wildfires, decreasing snowpack, degradation of the Colorado River, the depletion of wells beneath the eastern plains, and global climate catastrophe, Keep Colorado Green asks on behalf of Colorado’s 1,042,670 young people that the Colorado State Legislature put forward legislation mandating the estimation of ecological and environmental impacts of legislation before it is voted on. Currently, the Colorado State General is obliged to provide a fiscal note, estimating the financial costs of legislation once it is proposed. According to the General Assembly’s site: “The fiscal note provides a summary of the proposed law, an explanation of its fiscal impact on state and local government revenue and spending, and an explanation of how it will be implemented. Fiscal notes are based on a set of assumptions that take into account information collected from state agencies, local governments, and other entities or sources. During the legislative session, fiscal notes are updated to reflect amendments adopted that change the proposed measure's fiscal impact.” This serves to inform legislators on the cost of any bill or law well before it is considered, and helps to ensure responsible legislating. The proposed “future note” would mandate that a similar analysis be done with regard to legislation’s ecological, environmental, and public health impacts. This could include everything from an approximated carbon footprint to a land disruption study. In the face of worsening crises, ranging from the increase in beetle kill to the aforementioned drought on the eastern plains, we believe that any responsible legislation must consider how generations of future Coloradans will be affected. As young people, who will be forced to live in whatever world this legislature creates, we believe we have the right to understand the true impacts of proposed legislation. In the midst of a burgeoning global climate catastrophe which is burning our forests and drying our plains, it is absurd to suggest that only fiscal impacts are relevant. In order to fulfill our obligations to each other, our children, and our species, we must face the consequences of the actions we take today. On behalf of our students at high schools and universities across the state, of the future generations both born and unborn, and on behalf of all signed below, Keep Colorado Green asks the legislature to mandate a “future note” on all forthcoming legislation, and further, that individual legislators work to sponsor, propose, and implement this legislation. This is our future, and we have a right to defend it. Signed, -- Keep Colorado Green President Matthew Barad Director Cory Vandenberg Director Sebastian Lloret Director Kelsey McKenna Director Dan McCarthy Director Jackson Chen 350 Colorado Micah Parkin Julia Williams Unite Colorado Springs Ryan James Barry
Petition to City of evans
Create a "Peeping Tom Law" for Evans, Colorado
We have an issue with "Peeping Tom"s in Evans, Colorado. There currently is NO law against looking through the windows of a home or a vehicle (or otherwise "home"). Please sign this Petition and share with your entire friends list! We would like to make a bill that will be passed into a law similar to the one below! (a) A person commits an offense if the person, with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of the actor, observes another person without the other person's consent while the other person is in a dwelling or structure in which the other person has a reasonable expectation of privacy. (b) Except as provided by Subsection (c) or (d), an offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor. (c) An offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor if it is shown on the trial of the offense that the actor has previously been convicted two or more times of an offense under this section. (d) An offense under this section is a state jail felony if the victim was a child younger than 14 years of age at the time of the offense. (e) If conduct that constitutes an offense under this section also constitutes an offense under any other law, the actor may be prosecuted under this section, the other law, or both.
Petition to Jim Wilson
Support Eric's Law, a law that requires people to report life threatening situations.
Eric's Law is a proposed "Duty to Report" law. It is named after Eric Ashby who was abandoned in the Arkansas River in Fremont County, Colorado on June 28, 2017. Ashby was on an excursion with four other people when he was swept away by the fast, class four rapids. His companions saw him desperately clinging to a rock, but they didn't call for help. They got in Eric's car and drove home and did not report the incident until 10 days later. To date (8/25/2017), Eric has not been found. A body was recovered from the river near Florence, CO (about 15 miles downstream from where Eric went in) and DNA/dental results are pending. The people who left him will not face criminal charges because Colorado's existing duty to report law only extends to instances of child abuse/neglect. A few weeks later, a young man from Arizona was discovered by an early morning dog walker, clinging to a life vest (he was not wearing it) in Vallecito Reservoir, La Plata County, screaming for help. The previous night, he and a companion went out on the reservoir in canoes. At some point, the young men capsized both canoes into the cold, deep water. The companion was able to swim to the shore, but the Arizona man was unable. Instead of immediately summoning help, the companion went home and went to bed. The Arizona man was fortuitously found by the dog walker the next morning after spending nine hours in the reservoir. When he was pulled from the water, he was in very critical condition. Earlier this year, in Alamosa County, a young woman was abandoned after a horrific head-on collision. The driver of the car she was in did not render aid nor call for rescue. She leaves behind two very beautiful children to mourn her aching loss. That is three separate incidents, in three different counties, all within this year. The callousness presented in these cases is more than reprehensible, but we can make a difference and prevent more senseless deaths from occurring. Please support Eric's Law. It is a proposed "Duty to Report" law that requires anyone who witnesses a dangerous situation where someone's life is in danger to immediately, within the best of their ability, call 911. This is NOT a "Duty to Rescue" law that requires an individual to risk their personal safety, this is just a phone call, something pretty much everyone can do, especially in the age of cell phones. Nine other states already have this law, and we feel it is time for Colorado to step up to the plate. There is absolutely no reason someone, a fellow human being, should be left to die when help is so easily accessible. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Please sign this petition and share it with your friends and family. Together, we CAN save lives!