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 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!
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 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!