Petition to The Honolulu Board of Water Supply
Save the unique and historic Ha'ikū Stairs (Stairway to Heaven) from destruction.
The Ha'ikū Stairs were part of a pioneering communications network built during the Second World War. They were repaired in 2002 at a cost to the city of $950,000 but have remained closed ever since. Despite this, the stairs remain legendary to hikers and climbing enthusiasts from all over the world, offering panoramic views of Oahu and a valuable opportunity to study Hawaiian history, culture, as well as native plant and animal life. The Honolulu Board of Water Supply (BWS) owns the land under the stairs and is about to initiate steps to remove this eligible historic structure protected by law. Please sign this petition (using your signature and physical address for maximum impact) to show you support saving the Ha'ikū Stairs. Together, let's urge the Board of Water supply to work with stakeholders for a managed access plan that would mitigate any further costs to the city, solve illegal hiking problems, and save this world famous and unique piece of history for future generations.
Petition to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Revoke Mark "The Shark" Quartiano's Charter and Fishing Licenses
Mark "The Shark" Quartiano has killed over 100,000 sharks during his fishing career, of which several have been protected species. The practice of shark fishing is truly despicable considering the dwindling number of sharks in the world today, as they near extinction due to overfishing and shark finning. Due to sharks' late and lengthy reproduction period, their populations cannot be sustained while unscrupulous hunters like Mark "The Shark" continue to decimate their populations. By revoking Mark Quartiano's charter and license to fish, marine ecosystems off the coast of Miami will slowly rebuild from their currently imbalanced state.
Petition to Nathan Deal, Georgia Governor, Georgia State Senate, Georgia State House
Ban shark fins in Georgia!
Shark finning is the abhorrent practice of cutting only the fins of a shark off, all while the shark is still very much alive, and then dumping it back into the water. Because most sharks need to keep moving to breathe, they sink down to the bottom and die a slow and agonizing death. Studies have long confirmed that fish feel pain. This is done because generally, the only good part of the shark is the fins. They are used in a Chinese delicacy called shark fin soup and fetch a high price globally. Since the popularization of shark fin soup, shark populations have been absolutely decimated by this truly sinister practice. Most people think of sharks as powerful and frightening predators, not vulnerable or in trouble, but the truth is that the ocean's sharks are being driven to the brink of extinction due to the global demand for their fins. Unlike other fish that have hundreds of babies at a time, sharks only give birth to a few babies each year. They are very slow-growing and do not reach reproductive age until they are as old as 10. Because of this, they are extremely vulnerable to overexploitation, and in many places, shark populations have decreased by 90% in the last 20 years. Although many people view sharks as a danger, only 12 people per year are fatally wounded by sharks, where as humans kill over 100 million sharks a year for their fins. The truth is that we need sharks. Sharks are vital to the health of our oceans. As top predators, they play the important role of keeping the populations of everything else below them balanced. When sharks start to disappear, we see entire ecosystem collapse. This leads to a trickle-down effect that studies have proved negatively impacts human lives and local/regional economies. We are in the midst of the 6th mass extinction event that our Earth has seen and in the next 100 years, 50% of the planet's biodiversity could be gone. Species are going extinct at a rate 1000 times faster than that of the natural extinction rate, and this is due to humans. We have a responsibility to protect what is left and to be stewards to the ocean that we rely on for everything from the oxygen that we breathe to the weather that impacts our lives. Our oceans need sharks to be healthy, and so that means that all of us need sharks. In the United States, only 10 of the 50 states prohibit the sale, trade, possession and distribution of shark fins within state borders: Texas, Hawaii, California, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Oregon, Washington, Illinois and Massachusetts. I recently moved from MA to Georgia, and after walking into a Chinese Restaurant in Atlanta and seeing shark fins displayed right at the door I knew I needed to take action to press for my state to follow in the footsteps of the other 10 ocean steward states that have banned the trade of fins thus far, bringing our country 1 step closer to a fin-free society!
Petition to Department of Interior (Department of Interior), Chris Croy, Regional Director, Molly Diggins, Director of North Carolina Chapter of Sierra Club, Tom Cormons, Executive Director, John T. Coley IV - Vice Chairman, Gordon S. Myers, David Cobb - Division Chief, Jon Evans, Jim Davis, Mike Clampitt, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S National Park Services, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Richard Burr, Thom Tillis, Mark Meadows, CeCe Hipps - President, Mark Clasby - Director, Waynesville Chamber of Commerce, S. Lewis Ebert
Boycott Elk Killers, Ross and Sons Dairy Farms
Elk are native to the Southern Appalachians and the eastern seaboard. They have seen a tremendous comeback in states like Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Tennessee, bringing in tourist dollars, hunting and outfitting dollars, and benefiting the ecosystems they exist in by browsing down young forest, fertilizing meadows and opening up grassy areas that other wildlife like deer, turkey, grouse and bear depend on. Unfortunately, while the public at large has hailed the return of the majestic elk to the hills of the smoky mountains, a handful of bad actors has taken it upon themselves to poach, poison and shoot these animals. One of the worst culprits is the Ralph Ross and Sons Dairy Farm of Waynesville, NC. Just this year 2 young bull elk were found dead on the farm. The owners did not report the incident, the elk were found by a wildlife officer doing his rounds. When the officer returned the next day to investigate further, the facility had attempted to cover up the killing by burying the 2 elk on the property. This was after the NC WIldlife Resources Commission installed an electric fence on the farm to keep the elk out, at taxpayer expense. The fence cost $19,000 and was funded from state hunting license sales. Ross farms did not shell out a penny, and has likely been reimbursed for any damage the animals ever inflicted on crops. Again, at taxpayer expense. Between 1995 and 2014 Ross and Sons Dairy farm has received $222,787 in state dairy subsidies, and are among the top 3 farms receiving such subsidies in Haywood County. https://farm.ewg.org/top_recips.php?fips=37087&progcode=dairy. During the same period they received a total of $336,330 in Federal USDA subsidies. https://farm.ewg.org/persondetail.php?custnumber=A11708336&summlevel=detail Yet despite the significant public dole this facility is on, they continue to shoot the public's elk at every opportunity. The Wildlife Resource Commisions members were infuriated, and described the shootings as a "spite killing". Not only this, on January 29 of last year, no less than 7 elk were shot on or near Ross Farms. Ralph Ross called the NC WRC to report shooting 3 elk that were eating his crop, but WRC officers found 4 more shot to death on the property and in the woods nearby. This brings the total number of elk shot by Ross Farms to 9, that we know of (who knows how many others they've buried in the woods), and suggests that the farm is not only killing elk that trespass, but also *proactively murdering and possibly poisoning elk that venture anywhere near the farm*. http://www.smokymountainnews.com/news/item/18451-no-elk-allowed-two-mile-fence-keeps-elk-off-dairy-farm-following-winter-shooting-of-seven-animals There is absolutely no evidence that Ross Farms has even attempted to take any non-lethal measures to keep elk away, such as taste and odor based repellents, salt shot, trained dogs, strengthening existing fencing, etc. Small farms like Ross Dairy are entitled to numerous subsidies and tax write offs in this country. It is likely that none of the non-lethal methods mentioned above would cost Ross Farms a penny. Furthermore, it is unlikely that any of the small amount of crop damage done by elk thus far has cost the farm any money, either. I'm sure we all support small farm operations; I do too. I want Ross Farms to do well and stay in business. But I cannot in good conscience patronize a farm operation engaged in an ignorant war with wildlife, and a precarious population of elk at that. When Ross Farms cleans up it's act I will be comfortable purchasing from them again. We're asking that you all boycott Ross and Sons Dairy Farm, and that the officials and administrators linked in this petition impose legal and monetary sanction on businesses that dip their hands into the public coffers while pursuing anti-conservation practices. They're stealing from the people of North Carolina and hurting the cause of wildlife conservation. Those of you who live in North Carolina can contact your House Representative http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ and Senators https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/ and ask that Ross and Sons Dairy Farm and anti-wildlife businesses like them be punished. Everyone else please contact U.S. Fish and Wildlife https://www.fws.gov/duspit/contactus.htm the National Park Service https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/contactus.htm and the Department of Interior https://www.doi.gov/contact-us and say the same. Everyone can also contact the Waynesville, Haywood County and North Carolina Chambers of Commerce and tell them that no ethical business would purchase from Ross Farms! http://www.waynesvilleohio.com/ https://haywoodchamber.com/contact https://ncchamber.net/about-us/staff/
Petition to Cyndi Andrades
Preserve and Protect 75 Cleveland St., Norfolk, from Developers
Dear Norfolk Neighbors, Please consider signing this petition asking Norfolk Town Representatives to investigate purchasing, preserving, and protecting 18.54 acres at 75 Cleveland Street in Norfolk. The home and land are currently for sale and a developer can purchase the property to build a 40B project. The purchase and preservation of this property may benefit the town in many ways: The house on the property may have historical significance or may be rehabbed to become a 40B single home (Norfolk needs more 40B homes to meet the state requirements.) The property at 75 Cleveland abuts conservation land that cannot currently be accessed via the road. The frontage at 75 Cleveland Street would allow such access and increase the size and availability of recreational areas (walking and hiking trails, possible park?) The cost of the property is relatively low compared to the cost the town will face if a 40B development is built at that location (expanding population = water needs, first responder needs, larger schools, increased traffic.) The location is currently a sanctuary for wildlife and some of the property is considered wetlands. Some of the property is also designated as 61A farmland. Norfolk's Community Preservation Committee, Historical Commission, and Affordable Housing Committee have been contacted about purchasing and preserving the house and land at 75 Cleveland Street. Members of the commissions and committees attended an open house at the property. The committees and commissions need to hear from the town's citizens and know that we support this effort. Cyndi Andrade of the Community Preservation Committee, along with members of the Historical Commission and Affordable Housing Committee, will meet on Wednesday, October 4 at 7:30 at Town Hall in Room 124 (main floor). The first item on the agenda is investigating the purchase and preservation of 75 Cleveland St. Please join me in helping to preserve this property. Please attend the meeting on Wednesday, October 4. In addition, please sign this petition which asks the committees and commissions to purchase, preserve and protect 75 Cleveland St. The petition will be presented at the meeting. You can also contact the individuals who serve our town via the following email addresses and/or phone numbers: Community Preservation Committee: Michele Thoener, Clerk: firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-801-5844 Cynthia Andrade, Chair: 508-528-3804 Paul Terrio, Chair Historical Commission (508-528-4800): Betsey Whitney, Clerk Norfolk Municipal Affordable Housing Trust (508-440-2812): Susan Jacobson, Housing Director, email@example.com Jim Lehan, Chair Mark Henney, Vice Chair Tom Cleverdon, Clerk Conservation Committee: Amy Brady (firstname.lastname@example.org) Janet DeLonga (email@example.com) Board of Selectman (508-440-2855): Scott Bugbee, SBugbee@norfolk.ma.us Jim Lehan, JLehan@norfolk.ma.us Jeff Palumbo, Jpalumbo@norfolk.ma.us For more information on the property at 75 Cleveland Street, please visit: https://www.coldwellbankerhomes.com/ma/norfolk/75-cleveland/pid_19867553/ Please sign this petition and please feel free to share with others. Sincerely, Catherine Troutman Churchill Road, Norfolk, Massachusetts
Petition to Keith Giagnorio
Stop the Installation of Two LED Billboards in Lombard, IL.
The Village is being offered $75,000 to install two new LED billboards at the below locations. There are many reasons why this project shouldn't move forward. Please sign this petition to tell Lombard Trustees that $75K a year (a drop in the bucket for a municipal budget) is not worth the wellbeing of our communities. A 20-year lease means that we can't change our minds for the next twenty years! The location of the billboards is environmentally sensitive. They are installed at Churchill Woods Forest Preserve, which is one of eleven protected places in the world where the Federally-Threatened Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid can be found. This rare orchid can only be pollinated sustainably by nocturnal hawkmoths. These two giant billboards emitting blue-rich light will certainly affect the local population of these moths. (Imagine the moths attracted to your house's night lamp multiplied out to the power of a billboard). Many residents journey to Churchill Woods from miles around to receive eco-psychological renewal and wellbeing that only unmolested nature can provide. These billboards will mar the treescape/skyscape for hikers who are attracted to this area for its natural beauty. The billboards (projecting commercial messaging from corporations like coca cola, mcdonalds, and burger king) will degrade the experience of people enjoying the Illinois Prairie Path and Great Western Trail- important amenities for recreation in DuPage County. Blue-rich LED light disrupts the human endocrine system (this is the system which controls our hormones). Many people don't realize that exposure to blue-rich light prevents our bodies from creating the hormone melatonin, which allows us to sleep. Exposure to this kind of light can disrupt sleep patterns and cause chronic illness. It's hard to believe that unnatural light can be a kind of pollution, but many scientific studies actually show that in areas with irresponsible night-time lighting there are increased risks of cancer due to long-term sleeplessness. There has been little study on the effect of LED billboards on road safety. Humans are naturally distracted by bright lights and the flickering motion of LED billboards, at a time when concentration is crucial to protect families driving on the road. These billboards are going to affect our home values as they will eliminate the ability of DuPage residents to see the Milky Way, or any stars, for miles around. The global trend is heading toward dark-sky compliant night time lighting, so these billboards are a step in the wrong direction and will certainly prevent our children from connecting to the ancient heritage of star-viewing that provides an incomparable experience of wonder-making and inspiration. Without seeing the stars, it is hard for humans to understand our place in the cosmos.
Petition to Shawn Osterbrink, Barb Ermeling, Village of Weston
Raising awareness and support for the Lower Eau Claire River Water Trail Master Plan.
The Friends of the Lower Eau Claire River is a non-profit organization dedicated to the betterment of the river. Located in the Wausau, Wisconsin metro area, we invite you to experience all the Eau Claire River has to offer. These 'Friends' are sponsoring this petition. Recently, the Village of Weston authored an idea, which was published as the Lower Eau Claire River Water Trail Master Plan. The Plan is available for download from the Village's website, located at www.westonwi.gov. This Master Plan calls on the City of Wausau, the City of Schofield, the Village of Weston, the Town of Weston, and the Town of Ringle, in partnership with Marathon County to build and maintain multiple public access points for canoe/kayak sport and recreation enthusiasts along the lower portions of the Eau Claire River. Nature lovers and fishing enthusiasts also are being targeted as a group benefiting from this project. The Village of Weston has completed the first access point at the Ross Avenue bridge, and they are currently planning for a second site by the County Road J bridge. It is hard to quantify and rally an approximate number of canoe and kayak enthusiasts here in central Wisconsin. If you are a canoer and/or kayaker, or if you just happen to love the public having increased accessibility to this natural resource, and you support the framework and call to action presented in the Master Plan, please sign this petition and indicate your support for these planning/construction efforts. Questions? The Friends have established a local Facebook page and an online gathering space for neighbors who are interested in learning more about our efforts. You can learn more about these efforts at fb.me/EauClaireRiverFriends, or you can email the group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Petition to Hon. Jay Schneiderman, Hon. Christin Scalera, Hon. Julie Lofstad, Hon. Stan Glinka, Hon. John Bouvier, Sundy Schermeyer
B.A.N. the Gateway Proposal across from Bridgehampton Commons -
BRIDGEHAMPTON ACTION NOW (B.A.N.) THE GATEWAY PROPERTY ACROSS FROM BRIDGEHAMPTON COMMONS We won the first battle. Help us to Preserve this high traffic area and Watershed. B.A.N. supporters with the help of our attorney forced the withdrawal of the Town sponsored PDD Gateway proposal. However, the fight is not over, as a new proposal is expected to be submitted in the very near future. Due to B.A.N.'s vigilance and other concerned community groups, we have opposed any new inappropriate plan in order to protect the critical natural features and rural appearance of the Gateway site. B.A.N. will work to have the Town Board enact greater zoning protections for this important site. We will also participate in any Planning Board review to make sure that natural features and the watershed are fully protected from harm. The 1999 Comprehensive Plan already recommends the use of scenic greenways and watershed greenways to protect the features and the rural appearance of the Gateway site. A moratorium and a new Hamlet Study are also possible to evaluate appropriate development of the site. Residents’ comments in this petition overwhelmingly favor limiting development and protecting the natural features and appearance of the Gateway site. Additional zoning protection is required to stop the following potential impacts: Water Impact- Water and storm water runoff which threatens the integrity of 5 ponds which connect to Kellis Pond and Kellis Creek. in Bridgehampton are connected. DISEASE causing BLUE-GREEN ALGAE already growing in many of our Ponds including endangered Kellis Pond, currently on the New York State Impaired List. Existing Set-Backs must be increased to protect this sensitive watershed. INTENSE TRAFFIC CONGESTION- development threatens to increase the already horrific traffic during the Summer through Fall season. Traffic accidents have increased on Montauk Highway all year round between Water Mill and Bridgehampton in particular. Emergency vehicles, Fire trucks, Police etc. will have tremendous difficulty getting to those in need. ENVIRONMENT- The commercial development of the site poses a serious threat to Kellis Pond and wetland area which is habitat for wildlife and birds. ECONOMIC IMPACT DISASTER to MAIN STREET- Commercial development threatens the economic future of the charming retail and antique shops which are the centerpiece of the Bridgehampton . Four retail stores have closed on Main street and most are still unrented. Retail uses should not be introduced. Say no to high end and pop stress that kill local buinesses Additional zoning overlay restrictions: The Town Board should consider more restrictive zoning overlays to better protect the natural features of the site. If necessary, the Hamlet Study Plan should be updated to reflect current conditions. PLEASE SEND YOUR EMAILS directed to Town Board Members (listed below) to Bridgehamptonactionnow@gmail.com, and we will hand deliver these email to be sure they are read. This petition along with personal letters to the following board members will help us to Victory. CONTRIBUTIONS-in order for us to claim victory, we must see this through to the end with legal counsel, environmental and planning engineers. Checks are payable to Bridgehampton Action Now. Please send your contribution to Bridgehampton Action Now P.O. Box 1245, Bridgehampton, N.Y. 11932-1245. Thank you again for all your support. We CAN and WILL make the difference Letters directed to- Town Supervisor Jay Schneidermanemail@example.com Board Member John Bouvier- firstname.lastname@example.org Board Member Julie Lofstad- email@example.com Board Member Stan Glinka- firstname.lastname@example.org Board Member Christina Scaleraemail@example.com Town Clerk - firstname.lastname@example.org Please send a copy of your letter to Bridgehamptonactionnow@gmail.com Bridgehampton Action Now Committee (B.A.N.-a not- for- profit organization)