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deforestation

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Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Melvin Oliver, Pitzer College

Pitzer College Must Divest from BlackRock

Two years ago Pitzer College created a fossil fuel-free fund to boast itself as the first college to divest from fossil fuels. However, with that money, they chose to reinvest with the asset manager BlackRock. BlackRock, worth over $6 trillion, is the largest investor in coal power, detention centers, private prisons, deforestation, weapon manufacturing, and companies drilling in the arctic. By partnering with BlackRock, Pitzer College directly contributes to each of these issues. Having done our own research we discovered the asset manager Boston Common Asset Management, a socially responsible investment firm that falls closely in line with the core values of Pitzer College. This firm is owned by a woman of color dedicated to sustainable and responsible, long-only, global equity investment strategies. Our proposition is to divest from BlackRock and use that money to reinvest either completely or partially with Boston Common Asset Management or other socially responsible asset managers with similar business practices. Because of the nature of how this discussion began the Latinx Student Union took it upon themselves to make a list of demand, which we will back and support. This list is: The removal of Robert Fairbairn from the Board of Trustees. A full divestment and dissociation with BlackRock, including a Statement from Pitzer itself regarding why, to be drafted by LSU. The establishment of a committee on ethics for future hiring and appointments, including representatives from each affinity group Establishing a committee to oversee where Pitzer invest its endowment Full disclosure as to where Fairbairn and BlackRock’s money has been spent by Pitzer, as well as Pitzer’s investments and donors. Divestment from companies directly profiting from private prisons and immigrantdetention centers Movement of all money donated in the past associated with private detention centers to be funneled to scholarships and resources for undocumented students, including a full-time staff member to assist undocumented students with applying to Pitzer college, as well as assisting them during their time at Pitzer and post-grad life. A committee on sanctuary to be reformed and active in decision-making Unlimited mental health screenings for students impacted by migration, undocumented students Establishment of an “UpwardBound type” program for undocumented students in Adelanto, CA A discreet physical space on campus for undocumented people/ or the establishment of a Pitzer affinity group for undocumented students Ensure protections for undocumented workers and ensure ethical food sourcing as to limit the exploitation of undocumented workers Sign this petition to support our divestment movement!

Students Demanding Change
190 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to United Nations Environment Program, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Donald J. Trump

Plant 1 Trillion Trees by 2040 by Passing the Climate Deal!

For too long, our planet has been compromised for profits. As a human, I am worried about my future and what is in store for us on this Earth. The crisis of our time is not just wealth inequality or corporate greed; it is deforestation. Deforestation is not only a national crisis but an international one. Politicians and world leaders continue to ignore the dangerous effects of cutting trees at horrendous levels, but now is a time for a change. Why is this important? Humans cut down a forest the size of a football field every second. 80,000 acres of forest disappear from Earth every day. These facts are scary but are also very true. In 100 years, all of the world's rainforests could disappear if we continue our cruel methods. 1.6 billion people rely on forests for their livelihoods. Many animals could likely go extinct if the rainforests are eliminated. These animals include harpy eagles, gorillas, pumas, geckos and many more. This is a dilemma that must be solved NOW. This is no longer a question about if, but it is a question about when. The generation that we leave behind to our children should be prosperous and green. We no longer have time to wait around for our leaders to act. If we lose this fight, it not only means the loss of many animal species or beautiful sights, but it means the end of a green life as we know it today.  What can we do to stop this? Help pass the Climate Deal! The Climate Deal is the plan that will help take the first step to end Climate Change. The Climate Deal is a 4-point plan to minimize the disastrous effects of climate change.  Plant 1 trillion trees- Plant 1 trillion trees over 10 years. Trees are the most effective and cheapest way to slow down climate change. Trees store carbon dioxide which is essential for boosting climate change. Although 1 trillion seems like a lot, our planet fosters 3 trillion trees, which could vanish completely in the next 100 years. The United States should propose a bill to the United Nations to build a pact with other nations supporting the climate deal. Many nations are stronger than one. End fossil fuel subsidies- Fossil fuel and oil companies do not need subsidies when they sit on top of their giant profits. Fossil fuel and oil companies do not tax-payer finder subsidies while our planet is being harmed. Companies that harm the planet should not receive any more government assistance. The United States should be subsidizing large fossil fuel corporations who sit on millions of dollars of profit while ignoring the mom and pop businesses that are struggling to get through. Promote clean energy- Invest in clean energy projects in solar and wind energy in the world. Solar and wind energy are the 21st-century energy providers. Renewable energy and renewable energy jobs must be promoted in order to have a successful climate takeover. The days of oil and coal are coming to an end, although oil and coal can provide fast charges of energy, they are not what we need for the future. The United States should start a clean energy initiative that incentivizes people to get clean energy jobs and cars through tax credits and deductions. Deny political donations from fossil fuel companies- American politicians are now owned by special interest groups and lobbyists that destroy our democracy and our country every day we ignore them. According to Opensecrets.org, since 1990, politicians have accepted from both parties have accepted $313,771,283 from fossil fuel companies. Companies like Koch Industries, Chevron Corporation, BP, and Exxon Mobil spend millions of dollars every year on lobbyists and political donations to undermine our democracy and our environment. Why should we care? The trees can not speak for themselves. Stand up now and be their voice. Lawmakers and politicians will take action if you speak up for our trees! Join me to fight the world leaders and help take a step into making the world a greener place! What can you do? (URGENT) (2-3 Minutes) To help support our cause, please share this petition with friends, family, coworkers, and urge them to sign and share as well.  Share this petition on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #1TrillionTrees with a picture of you hugging a tree!  

Alan Shaji
152 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Nia H. Gill, Esq, M. Teresa Ruiz, Annette Quijano, Thomas H. Kean Jr., Vincent Prieto, Linda R. Greenstein, Robert Karabinchak, Nancy Pinkin, Catherine McCabe, Philip Murphy NJ, Joseph Lagana, Kevin Rooney, David Wolfe, Reed Gusciora, Richard J. Codey, Mila Jasey, Raymond Lesniak of NJ, John Wisniewski, Steven V. Oroho, Robert Menendez, Cory A. Booker, Bob Smith, John McKeon, Samuel D. Thompson, Parker Space, Christopher "Kip" Bateman, Paul Moriarty, Michael J. Doherty, Brian P. Stack, Loretta Weinberg, Harold J. Wirths, Josh Gottheimer, Mikie Sherrill, Rep. Mikie Sherrill, Chris Williams, Cheryl Krouse

HELP SAVE OUR PRECIOUS PUBLIC LANDS FROM DEFORESTATION!

The State of New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife wants to sell out NJ's Public Lands like on Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area to commercial loggers, hunters and other private interests. THEY MUST BE STOPPED. Under the guise of a “forest stewardship plan,” "oak regeneration plan", "creating habitat" and other "management/treatment plans",State bureaucrats are trying to raise money by permitting clear cutting, herbicidal and fire use and the degradation of our water supply and other natural resources in our public open spaces.  Sparta Mountain, like many other public open spaces, is home to many rare and endangered plant and animal species. This bogus plan would cause irreparable damage to the complex wetland systems and C1 trout streams assigned the highest classification in the State.   The Highlands region, which includes the Sparta Mountains, also provides the drinking water to over 70% of ALL NJ residents. This plan sells out our New Jersey’s public lands and parks which belong to all of us and are held in the public trust. They must not be sold to the highest bidder. Don’t let State bureaucrats destroy our forests, endanger our water supply and decrease our property values.  Help stop commercial logging on Sparta Mountain  and on ALL of NJ's Public Lands before it’s too late!    ACTION PETITION FOR: We, the undersigned, as concerned citizens, urge our elected officials (local, state, and federal) to act now to stop the DEVASTATION of our cherished Public Lands like on Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area. We call for them to prohibit commercial clear cutting, herbicidal and fire use and the degradation of our water supply and other natural resources in our public open spaces by requiring the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife to ABANDON the proposed 10-year Forest Stewardship Plan for SMWMA and withdraw bills S234 and A3389 from consideration (which would transfer the NJ State Forestry Services to the Department of Agriculture).  NJ's public forests ARE NOT agriculture crops to be "harvested from".  On 10/22/19 We ask for a permanent  CEASE-AND-DESIST of all  Statewide logging activities and on Sparta Mountain (a High Conservation Value Forest with over 120+ Rare, Threatened/Endangered and Special Concern Species), so that additional ecological harm (2 vernal pools have already been clear cut with over 50% of the intact forested canopy removed- to the demise of the species that called that home) is not done and we do not destroy the drinking water supply to over 70% of the state. Thank you!  

NJ Forest Watch and The Friends of Sparta Mountain
4,076 supporters