Petition to Patty Murray, Jay Inslee, Maria Cantwell
Dammed to extinction, Southern Resident Orcas are starving. Time is running out!
The 75 remaining wild critically endangered salmon-eating Southern Resident Orcas are dying from starvation. ⇒ Leaving an effective breeding population less than 30, near the point of no recovery. Breach the Lower Snake River Dams in 2019 Why are these Orcas starving? More than 50% of their diet comes from salmon produced in the Columbia Basin, half of which were produced in the Snake River System. How is dam breaching possible? Since 2002, the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has designated dam breaching as the best solution to recover wild salmon on the Snake River. The Corps of Engineers can implement breaching the dams now by using the existing 2002 EIS's 'Breach Alternative Four.' The Impact and benefits of breaching: • If the lower Snake River dams were breached, it would double or triple survival rates, restoring many millions of fish to the Columbia Basin. • Give the orcas a fighting chance to recover by increasing their food supply. • Breaching costs the state nothing. The first two dams can be breached for the cost of another EIS estimated at $80 million; 5 years to completion. • The four lower Snake River dams in Eastern Washington do not provide flood control and produce only low value surplus electricity. • Savings from these dams can be applied to more efficient dams and/or projects. • NOTHING else, not more spill across the dams, not more hatchery fish, not less boat traffic, not more studies and a new EIS can achieve this in time to save wild salmon or Southern Resident Orcas. Congressional Legislation or new appropriations are not needed to start breaching the Snake River dams this year! SENATOR PATTY MURRAY AND GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE, Please take action today and urge the Army Corps' General Helmlinger and Bonneville Power Administration's Elliot Mainzer to begin breaching dams in 2019. Thank you to the hundreds of thousands who have petitioned for immediate dam breaching, for those of you who want more information on how to save the salmon and orcas, visit www.damsense.org
Petition to Minnesota DNR
Urgent: Protect the North Arm Trails!
*We are asking the DNR to transfer management of all state lands between the North Arm of Burntside Lake and the BWCAW to the DNR Parks and Trails division.* The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources holds in trust the cherished mature pine forest surrounding the North Arm Trails near Burntside Lake. Since the late 1970’s, the 42 km North Arm Trails have provided easy hiking and skiing access to this landscape which inspires thousands of visitors of all ages each year. These ancient, hushed, mossy pine forests were once more common in northern Minnesota. Now visitors travel hundreds of miles to stay nearby and immerse themselves in the quietude of this special place. Under towering pines among twin flowers, orchids and trailing arbutus the pine martens, lynx and wolves make their home. The silence is broken only by birdsong and wind in the pines. Grey jays are cheerful ambassadors where caribou moss covers glacial ridges and families pick blueberries under open canopies of mature red and white pine. In the lower areas, labrador tea and cranberries send their roots into the deep sphagnum moss and black-backed woodpeckers forage in the spruce above. In this environment, it is impossible to not to not be inspired. The summer trails and forests are enjoyed by all ages staying nearby in the Ely community, at resorts or the neighboring YMCA family and youth camps. In the winter, people travel hundreds of miles to experience the large network of volunteer-maintained ski trails for an original backwoods experience, which serve as a gateway into the Boundary Waters Wilderness. We feel it is essential that the DNR manage this area for the purpose it already serves: connecting people with the outdoors. The state lands surrounding this trail system are best managed under the Parks and Trails division of the DNR, where it’s greatest attributes can be aptly supported. Please transfer management of all state lands between the North Arm of Burntside Lake and the BWCAW to the DNR Parks and Trails division. This will: Connect Minnesota families and citizens of all ages with the outdoors via hiking, skiing, nature study, berry picking, and birding. Manage for the highest public value, supporting thousands of citizen visits to the region, sustainably supporting the local economy.
Petition to Arctic Slope Regional Corporation
Protect polar bears. No oil drilling in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge
Right now, a company you’ve probably never heard of is lobbying the Department of Interior to speed through environmental impact surveys so they can drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Home to polar bears and caribou, and the Gwich'in Athabascan Native Americans. It’s the last untouched slice of nature in the United States. If there’s an open season on oil and gas in ANWR, it will be yet another instance of public lands being parcelled off by the Trump Administration. Tell the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation to get out of ANWR. In 2017, Arctic Slope spent $590,000 lobbying the federal government to open ANWR up to oil and gas development. Ryan Zinke even appointed one of Arctic Slope’s top executives to a major post at the Department of Interior. Zinke’s office isn’t alone, in 2017 Arctic Slope lobbied the Senate to allow drilling in ANWR’s 1.5 million acre coastal plane. But before oil companies can buy leases, environmental impact surveys have to happen. Under Ryan Zinke, these surveys have been cut to ram the process through as quickly as possible. Lease sales could start as early as 2019! The size of South Carolina, since 1960 ANWR has been protected from oil and gas development. There are no roads and no towns; only the occasional hiker. The Gwich'in Athabascan Native Americans have relied on migrating caribou in ANWR for millennia. There are also 900 threatened polar bears who call ANWR home. Climate change is peeling away ice sheets that restrict their ability to find food. If oil and gas companies start drilling in ANWR, it could be the end of the Gwich’in Native Americans and America’s polar bears. Wildlife and communities shouldn’t be put into harm's way for nominal profits, tell Arctic Slope that ANWR is off limits! Communities across the U.S. are still reeling from decades old oil spills like Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon, if an oil spill happens in the Arctic, it would have devastating consequences. Tell Arctic Slope ANWR isn’t for oil and gas.
Petition to Concerned USA Registered Voters
NO Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge!
There are few places left on earth that haven’t been changed by industry and development, but the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is one of those places. Now, after a decades-long fight, the U.S. Senate has just passed a Taxation Bill that will allow for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to be opened for oil and gas drilling. With all that we now know about the effects of drilling on its surrounding ecosystem, allowing drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge signals an absolute surrender of our society to corporate interests. Join us in demanding that the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge be protected from oil drilling. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge includes eighteen major rivers, hundreds of species of birds, land and marine mammals, and fish. Among the many inhabitants of the refuge are the Gwi'ichin people, who live in the far northern reaches of the state of Alaska, and who for generations, have depended on the animals who live there. All of these creatures and landscapes are under imminent threat with the refuge opened for drilling. What's worse is that pulling more oil out of the ground would mean prolonging an energy system that we KNOW cannot sustain itself and is threatening our future on this planet. The money, time and resources going into drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge should be put towards other means of securing our future energy needs. Keep the oil in the ground and protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by signing our petition. This is by no means a done deal – there are several steps that must be taken before the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is opened for drilling. It’s up to us to oppose every single effort to do so. Please stay in touch with our updates as they will provide ways in which you can take critical action.
Petition to Ron DeSantis, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Ban plastic bags and straws in Florida
Plastic is becoming a plague on this earth. Let’s fight together to show our legislators Florida is a treasure and we want to protect our beautiful state, precious marine life and be on the forefront of ecological preservation.
Petition to Publix Super Markets
Ban Plastic Bags In Florida
Plastic Bags are an environmental disaster, especially in the State of Florida, which has a very diverse ecosystem. Plastic bags are killing marine life, causing flooding by clogging storm drains and aren't biodegradable. I started this petition because I couldn't tolerate seeing plastic bags in our beautiful waters, on our beaches and within our cities anymore. It's a dangerous form of litter that needs to be eliminated. Get involved by sharing this petition. Presently, the City of Coral Gables is in the process of banning plastic bags. There is a 'State Preemption Law' which loosely says cities can't ban plastic bags. House Bill 93 and Senate Bill 0162 will allow coastal cities with under 100,000 in population to pass ordinances which will put them into a pilot program to regulate plastic bags. These bills will give coastal cities local home rule which has been restricted for so many years. http://www.CleanUpMiamiBeach.com
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives
Wildlife is at stake: Tell the House to reject Trump’s border wall!
As soon as February 2019, work will be underway to build the first phase of Trump’s border wall across the U.S. and Mexico border. The wall will not only drive immigrants into riskier areas, it will devastate threatened species - like the monarch butterfly. Once constructed, it will bulldoze right through the most vibrant butterfly sanctuary in the U.S., the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas. Visitors can expect to see up to 60 different types of butterflies on any given day. This sanctuary is right on the border with Mexico - a perfect meeting point along the monarch butterfly migration path, and it’s set to have construction crews arrive next year to build the wall. The wall will devastate one of North America’s most vital pollinators - the monarch butterfly. It will also devastate big cats, reptiles, and other animals who regularly migrate between the U.S. and Mexico. The clock is ticking, tell the House to reject all funding for Trump’s border wall - wildlife is at stake. Countless unique ecosystems and protected areas in the lower Rio Grande Valley are under threat. A recent Supreme Court ruling gave the Trump Administration the authority to waive 28 federal laws, including the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. This ruling gives the administration a green-light to start construction on 33-miles worth of border wall right through the National Butterfly Center and other protected areas along the Rio Grande Valley. The administration also has the ability to use eminent domain laws to take public and private land without trial or compensation to build this wall. This is only some of the damage the first phase of the wall will cause. If there are no funds for the next phase, it can’t be built. Tell the House not to fund this wall! The number of monarch butterflies are dwindling, just in California there’s been a 90% drop in some areas! That’s why in 2014, petitions went to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to protect the monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species Act. In 2019, USFWS will decide if the monarch butterfly will be protected. This unique and vital keystone species could be wiped out. Demand the House stop Trump’s border wall!
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Ryan Zinke, Donald Trump
Say NO to Largest Expansion of Off Shore Drilling EVER!
In a gift to Oil Companies, and against the clear wishes of both the affected Governors AND the American Public, Trump's Interior Secretary Zinke has proposed the LARGEST Expansion of Offshore Drilling EVER - including expanding drilling into the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, and the Atlantic! The 2010 Gulf Spill (BP) devastated over 1,300 miles of coastline and has ecosystems still trying to recover from the immense pollution. We can only imagine the Oil Spills that would arise from such a dangerous and completely unwanted expansion of Offshore Drilling. How many more dolphins, whales, birds, and more will lose their lives to this egregious GREED? PLEASE tell Zinke and Trump that you ABSOLUTELY will not stand for this dangerous expansion of Offshore Drilling!