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colorado

14 petitions

This petition won 2 months ago

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!  

Misty Morris
60,431 supporters
This petition won 3 months ago

Petition to John Hickenlooper, Colorado Governor

Get Colorado to join other states in the Climate Alliance

Seven years ago my father, a renowned climatologist, got on stage and had an open discussion with 52 ordinary people in Australia who did not believe that climate change was happening. He was not intimidated as he had been working for most of his life to convince people that human-caused climate change was real. A few weeks later my father passed away. In the years since his death, I had hoped that the debate around climate change would have evolved, but it seems to have have gotten worse: President Trump recently made the disastrous decision to withdraw our nation from the Paris Climate Accord. Because of this reckless decision, the governors of several states and territories including California, New York, Massachusetts, Hawai’i, Connecticut, Minnesota, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington have formed a Climate Alliance together, committing to hold to the terms of the Paris Agreement regardless of the federal government's position.  Now I’m calling on Governor Hickenlooper to follow suit and bring Colorado into the United States Climate Alliance, effective immediately. The governor has already expressed his disapproval of the President's reckless decision, and that he agrees with the clear majority of Coloradans who support America's participation in the Paris Agreement. I grew up in this beautiful state, and like most Coloradans know that our environment is a huge part of what makes our home special. And like most of us, I also know that because of climate change, the stakes have never been higher for Colorado, the United States, and humanity as a whole. Before my father died in 2010, he spent his life fighting fiercely to stop climate change in its path. He made the future of our planet his life’s work, and it’s time for us to carry on his legacy and do our bit to help prevent the impending global catastrophe that is looming over us all. Please sign my petition and demand that Governor Hickenlooper be bold and join the Climate Alliance to show the entire world that our great state of Colorado refuses to be dragged onto the wrong side of history. Together we can make a difference, and help to ensure that future generations of Coloradans will have the same opportunities as us to enjoy the unique and gorgeous environmental setting that makes our home such a wonderful place!

Adam Schneider
6,255 supporters