Petition to Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, Bill Walker
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 budget resolution that could allow for the ANWR to be opened for oil and gas drilling. With all that we now know about the effects of drilling on its surrounding ecosystem, to allow drilling in ANWR would signal an absolute surrender of our society to corporate interests. Join me in demanding that the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge be protected from oil drilling. The ANWR 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 would be under imminent threat if the refuge were 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 ANWR should be put towards other means of securing our future energy needs. Keep the oil in the ground and protect the ANWR by signing my petition. This is by no means a done deal – there are several steps that must be taken before the refuge is opened for drilling. It’s up to us to oppose every single effort to do so, pressuring legislators to do what’s right for our planet. Join us!
Petition to Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, John Barrasso, Tom Carper, James Inhofe, Shelley Capito, John Boozman, Roger Wicker, Deb Fischer, Jerry Moran, Mike Rounds, Joni Ernst, Dan Sullivan, Richard Shelby, Bernie Sanders, Ben Cardin, Sheldon Whitehouse, Jeff Merkley, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, Edward Markey, Tammy Duckworth
Tell Congress to Maintain EPA & NOAA Funding
Protect Our Oceans. Protect Our Health. Protect Our EPA & NOAA. The White House recently proposed debilitating budget and workforce cuts for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) starting this October when the 2018 fiscal year begins. Every department seems to be affected; from environmental justice programs and science education, to research and monitoring. In the new administration’s plan, many critical ocean grants, programs, and services will be completely eliminated unless our representatives and legislators vote against the cuts in Congress. This comes at a critical time when America’s coastal infrastructure is failing in the face of intensifying storms and rising seas associated with climate change. We should be doubling down on efforts to prepare and defend our coastlines. We should be empowering scientists, researchers, and youth in America to become stewards for our ocean and environment. We should be investing our hard-earned tax dollars into the next generation of ocean innovation. Instead, the proposals drastically reduce fundamental resources to prepare and respond to environmental emergencies. The White House’s plan includes slashing the EPA budget by 31 percent — to the tune of $2.6 billion — and reducing staff by more than 3,200 people. The EPA is already operating on a lean budget – federal funding has been decreased by over $2 billion since 2010. Nearly three-quarters of the EPA’s annual budget goes toward funding grants for states, tribes, and contractors. These grants aid crucial environmental cleanup, monitoring, and preparedness efforts. Commonly known for its weather forecasting services, NOAA also leads the nation on climate monitoring, fisheries, and ocean services. NOAA’s annual budget is $5.6 billion, a small fraction of the overall federal budget. The administration proposed a stiff 17% cut to NOAA’s overall budget. And, a 22% reduction in funding for NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service, which creates and operates weather satellites. This program also houses the National Centers for Environmental Information – an essential environmental science research center and repository of climate data. Additionally, climate protection programs would suffer a nearly 70% cut, which would thwart efforts to prepare for sea level rise, adapt to hotter urban areas, and buffer our communities for increased storm intensity and flooding. This is particularly important as previous worst case scenario projections for sea level rise in Southern California – 5.5 feet by 2100 – are now being revised to predict even more extreme impacts as ice sheets at our planet’s poles are melting faster than expected. Beach tourism and the coast recreation economy are valued at close to $90 billion, so EPA’s investment of $10 million annually in beach water quality monitoring makes fiscal and public health sense to ensure that beachgoers are healthy and safe. However, the Beach Grant Program would suffer complete elimination. This vital program supports weekly water quality sampling at beaches across the country, and, helps to sustain thriving marine life and public awareness of pollution for the 90 million people visiting our nation’s beaches annually. Environmental education through the EPA would be cut by over 90% - a disservice to preparing and educating our youth, who are the future stewards of our nation. And, communities who are already the most under-served would be disproportionately impacted by the planned 78% cuts to environmental justice programs. Funding would be completely zeroed out for several targeted programs, including the national estuary program – long-term management planning to improve water quality and living conditions for 28 critical estuaries located along the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific coasts and in Puerto Rico, and Sea Grant – a well-leveraged scientific research partnership with top universities throughout the nation. Removing the Sea Grant program would cut funding for important fisheries, wetlands, wildlife, and public health research at 33 universities across the country – this is hands-on and applied research that informs management and protection of our economically and environmentally beneficial coastal and ocean resources. The new administration’s proposals would cripple our efforts to safeguard marine habitats, threatened animals, and coastal resilience – placing entire communities and ecosystems at a further disadvantage. The White House has said it is committed to promoting clean water and clean air, but these proposed actions demonstrate otherwise. It seems virtually impossible to maintain basic environmental and public health protections, given such deep cuts and job losses. Please help Heal the Bay and many other trusted environmental groups nationwide in our effort to keep the EPA and NOAA from being disabled. Tell your State Senators, Congressional Representatives and Legislators that funding for the EPA and NOAA is important to you, your family, your business and community.
Petition to Supervisor Burgis, Supervisor Andersen, Supervisor Glover, Supervisor Gioia, Supervisor Mitchoff
Contra Costa County Urban Limit Line Threatened! Over 9,000 acres of Open Space At Risk! Stop Urban Sprawl into Tassajara Valley!
A high-density 125 home development (“Tassajara Parks”) is being proposed for the undeveloped portion of Tassajara Valley east of Danville. The development is outside the voter mandated Urban Limit Line (“ULL”) that prohibits urban development outside the line and into the county’s protected agricultural lands and open spaces. If the county supervisors approve this development, it will establish a precedent for other developers to follow, and put at risk over 9,000 acres of voter approved protected lands in the county to further development. Add your name to telling the county’s supervisors to reject this development proposal and respect the will of the county’s voters that the Urban Limit Line means “no development outside of the line”.
Petition to 2T 2U Rule Comments, DEQ/DWR Water Planning Section
Keep Toxic Waste Out of Our Yards
No one likes when neighbors neglect to curb their dogs – particularly when poop lands in our front yard. Imagine if that poop was 10 billion gallons of fecal waste yearly and it was turning up in the air you breathe, the soil where you grow your food, and the water you drink and bathe in. That’s life in North Carolina, where the Department of Environmental Quality has turned a blind eye to factory farms, who routinely dump toxic waste too close to homes, schools, and churches. It isn't just foul-smelling; it's also a health threat. Manure has been known to carry E. coli, salmonella, cryptosporidium and other bacteria that can lead to serious illness or death if they spread to humans. A 2016 Duke University School of Medicine report linked exposure to waste from hog farms with acute blood pressure increase, impaired neurobehavioral and pulmonary function. It also pointed to carcinogenic effects induced by chemicals from hog farming waste. Respiratory illnesses are another concern, yet dry-litter operations are exempt from state odor ordinances, and federal regulators don't monitor poultry plant air emissions. Factory farm facilities are responsible for a lot more animals than your neighbor with the dog. We’re talking about some 200 million birds, 9 million pigs, and more than 810,000 cattle. And their waste output is staggering. Pig and cattle facilities collectively produce 10 billion gallons of wet fecal waste yearly, enough to fill more than 15,000 Olympic-size swimming pools. Factor in 2 million tons of dry waste from the state’s 200 million factory-farmed birds, and you start to see why there’s been such a stink about factory farming in this state. Enough is enough. North Carolina tax payers deserve better. Thankfully, for the first time since 2005, residents have an opportunity to comment on updating the waste regulations – the “2T” rules (15A NCAC 02T) – which are grossly inadequate. Together, we can push for policies that restrict the growth and negative impact of factory farms in the state by raising the following concerns and recommendations: The current absence of a permitting process with regard to new poultry operations leaves the state unable to provide basic oversight and prevent irresponsible practices of these facilities. Poultry operations are the fastest-growing source of agricultural pollution, and the state needs to protect its citizens from this industry. Given the disparate impact of animal operations (especially hog farms) on vulnerable communities, the state should take additional measures to protect those at the greatest risk. The state department of environmental quality should require that livestock and poultry operators sample surface water, ground water, and air quality in order to protect residents. Farmers should be incentivized to grow more fruits, vegetables, and other healthy plant foods, which can be produced in a more ecologically sound way than animal products. We're all neighbors; what hurts our neighbors, threatens us all. Thank you for joining Farm Sanctuary in sending NC DEQ the attached letter to help prevent industrial animal farms from threatening the environment, and the health and well-being of North Carolina’s residents.
Petition to Genevieve Damico, Mayor Dennis Tyler, Tamara Havics, State Representative Sue Errington, State Senator Timothy Lanane, City Councilwoman Lynn Peters, City Councilman Doug Marshall
Protect Muncie Families! Demand a Public Meeting on Exide's Permit & Toxic Pollution
Exide Technologies has filed an application with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to renew their General Operating Permit at their plant located at 2601 West Mt. Pleasant Blvd. in Muncie. Despite calls from hundreds of Muncie residents that IDEM hold a simple public meeting on Exide's permit, IDEM has elected not to allow a public meeting, putting an irresponsible corporation with a long history of violations and fines for excessive emissions of toxic contaminants and bad practices, BEFORE the health and safety of thousands of Muncie residents and families. Since 1989, Exide has released 227,275 pounds of toxic pollutants- including dangerous lead, sulfuric acid and arsenic- into the air and water in Muncie. If approved, this Operating Permit will allow Exide to continue to emit 474.5 tons (949,000 pounds) of toxic pollutants in Muncie PER YEAR, including 4.86 tons (9,720 pounds) of lead. This will negatively impact local homes, businesses, residents' health, our environment and wildlife. Please join with hundreds of your neighbors and friends in calling for the EPA and IDEM to allow a simple public meeting on Exide's permit! We deserve an opportunity to learn more about Exide's permit, toxic emissions and the impact Exide's operation has had on the health and properties of thousands of Muncie families; especially given that Exide has one of the worst public health and environmental safety records of any company in the U.S. and have been subject to millions of dollars in fines and criminal charges in several communities- including in Muncie! You can also send an email to Genevieve Damico (email@example.com) at the EPA to express your concerns and request a public meeting; refer to permit number T035-37825-00028 in your correspondence. For more information, or to get involved, email ProtectMuncie@gmail.com
Petition to Natural Resources Board-Laurie Ross, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Diane Brusoe, Jeffrey Voltz, Kurt Thiede
The Wisconsin DNR must deny Kohler Company the use of public State lands for their private profit. The role of the WDNR is to protect the environment...not work for developers.
The Kohler Company has proposed building a golf course in a pristine forest and sensitive environmental corridor in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin. We are asking the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to DENY the Kohler Company's request for an easement across heavily used public recreational lands which are part of the Kohler-Andrae State Park. We ask the DNR to DENY the Kohler Company's request to build a private maintenance shed on over 12 acres of public land. The DNR must tell the Kohler Company they can NOT destroy wetlands, bulldoze rare dunes along the Lake Michigan shoreline, clear cut over 125 acres of forest and use public lands for a private, for-profit, Golf course. The DNR must NOT set a precedent of stealing land from Wisconsin residents and giving to the highest bidder. We are requesting the Wisconsin DNR to PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT AND PRESERVE WISCONSIN'S PUBLIC LANDS. http://www.friendsblackriverforest.org
Petition to MEP's
We Demand that the EU Investigates oil exploration contracts in Portugal
Why do we Demand that the EC Conducts an Investigation into the Contracts Awarded by the Portuguese Government to Repsol and Partex for the Lagosta and Lagostim Concessions Late in July 2015 the Portuguese government published for the first time the concession contracts awarded for the exploration of offshore oil and gas in the Algarve Basin to the consortium Repsol/ Partex. ASMAA’s had the contracts analyzed by legal experts. After extensive discussions with the various legal advisers, we are of the opinion that there are grounds to request an investigation. This investigation is aimed at ascertaining and verifying if the contracts as they currently stand were not drafted as they are, with the intent to circumvent European laws and guidelines. As a result, we will be submitting a written request to the Directorate of Energy in the European Union to investigate the contracts for any breaches. In addition the Portuguese government is at fault by failing to transpose on 19 July 2015 into Portuguese law the European Directive for Offshore Oil & Gas Safety Directive (Directive 2013/30/EU. THIS HAS NOW BEEN DONE ON 9 MARCH 2016 - 9 MONTHS LATER. If you support our application to the European Commission for Energy, we request that you sign the petition and add your voice to our submission. The ASMAA Team Links: Copies of the contracts are on the official Portuguese government department website responsible http://enmc.pt. Copies of Contracts on ASMAA website: Lagostim Contract: http://tinyurl.com/ouzx9vy Lagosta Contract: http://tinyurl.com/qzjs8om More info on our site: http://asmaa-algarve.org ********************************************************************************** Porquê exigimos que CE faça uma investigação aos contractos entre o Governo Português e a Repsol e Partex das concessões Lagosta e Logostim ? No final de Julho 2015 o Governo Português publicou pela primeira vez os contractos de concessão para as explorações de petroleo e gáz Offshore na bacia do Algarve ao concorcio Repsol / Partex A ASMAA encomendou uma analize dos referidos contractos a especialistas juridicos. Depois de extensivas discussões com os advogados, somos da opinião que há base para requerer uma investigação. Esta investigação visa verificar se os contractos, como se apresentam, não foram redigidos com a intenção de contornar leis e directivas europeias. Neste contexto, iremos submeter um requerimento ao Comissariado da Energia das Comunidades Europeias solicitando a investigação destes contractos. Se concorda com este requerimento à Comissão Europeia, pedimos que assinem a petição juntando a sua voz à nossa. ObrigadaA Equipa da ASMAA Links: Copias dos contractos na pagina official do governo portugues: http://enmc.pt Copias dos contractos no site da ASMAA: Lagostim Contracto: http://tinyurl.com/ouzx9vy Lagosta Contracto: http://tinyurl.com/qzjs8om Mais informacao no nosso site: http://asmaa-algarve.org
Petition to Politicos, Governo e Administradores das Grandes Empresas em Portugal
Youth Says NO to Oil and Gas Drilling in Portugal / Os Jovens Dizem Nao A Exploracao de Petroleo e Gas em Portugal
Uma carta aberta dos jovens a todos os líderes portugueses Nós, os jovens de Portugal, bem como Luso-descendentes espalhados por todo o mundo, apoiados por muitos dos nossos amigos nos países em que vivemos, vimos juntar as nossas vozes à campanha da ASMAA "Oilgarve - Algarve diz não ao Petróleo e ao Gás " e pedir-vos que parem a insana exploração de combustíveis fósseis que está a iniciar-se a sério em Portugal - um país que amamos, onde vivemos ou visitamos com as nossas famílias, durante os períodos de férias. A nossa geração será a mais afectada pelas vossas acções – tanto as concretizadas no passado como as que pretendem realizar futuramente – prejudicarão a minha vida e a dos meus amigos se continuarem nessa vossa busca gananciosa e inabalável de petróleo e gás. Nós, jovens de Portugal, assim como os do resto do mundo, encontramo-nos, ainda, sem podermos votar, nem dinheiro para pagarmos lobistas poderosos, como as grandes corporações e as elites fazem em Portugal e com isso influenciarem as vossas acções apenas em seu próprio benefício. Embora não tenhamos os recursos normais que aqueles poderosos lóbis usam para fazer valer os próprios interesses, acreditamos que esta petição é uma maneira de juntarmos a nossa às vozes de todos aqueles que se interessam o suficiente por nós e pelo nosso futuro; aqueles que se preocupam com o meio ambiente e com a sustentabilidade do nosso planeta. Juntos, pedimos que vocês parem este louco propósito de exploração de combustíveis fósseis em terra e no mar de Portugal, de norte a sul. Nós, os jovens de Portugal, bem como os milhares de Luso-descendentes espalhados por todo o mundo, apoiados pelas juventudes de outros países, ao assinar esta petição exigimos o seguinte: Um futuro seguro: Exigimos que o governo Português adopte metas de energia e de eficiência energética renováveis que permitam reduzir as emissões globais de carbono. Distribuição equitativa de energia: Exigimos que todas as pessoas, em todas as regiões, tenham acesso a energias renováveis e tecnologias de eficiência energética. Um fim aos subsídios para as empresas de combustíveis fósseis: As empresas petrolíferas são das corporações mais ricas do planeta e normalmente muitas delas até mais ricas do que muitos países combinados. Elas não precisam de dinheiro do governo (ou dos contribuintes portugueses). O facto de usufruírem dele, origina uma competição injusta e impossível, sem normalidade, nem ética, para as organizações de energia solar e eólica, assim como para outras empresas de energia renovável. Paragem de toda a exploração de petróleo e gás - tanto em terra, bem como no mar, em Portugal. O momento de agir é agora, enquanto os impactos das mudanças climáticas se intensificam. Nós, os jovens de Portugal em nosso nome e em nome de toda a juventude global, vimos por este meio convidar todos os nossos dirigentes portugueses, "a liderar em função da importância do nosso futuro " - definindo-nos no caminho da sustentabilidade, um caminho construído por empregos verdes, um caminho cheio de ar limpo, água limpa, praias limpas, oceanos limpos e ecossistemas intactos para as gerações futuras. Há mais de um século que vocês estão dependentes nas energias fósseis, mas agora é o momento certo para a mudança. Cada ano que esperamos, cada hora que passa, o futuro do planeta e a sobrevivência das gerações futuras é posta em causa. Agora não é o momento para uma a acção incrementada, mas sim de uma acção séria e eficaz. Nesta conjuntura de definição da história humana, pedimos aos líderes portugueses – que se comprometam a oferecer a segurança e oportunidades à nossa geração, como a que lhes foi dada pelos vossos antecessores. Pedimo-vos para aceitarem a responsabilidade que têm de proteger não só a humanidade, e os habitantes deste Portugal que lidera, mas também o planeta que partilhamos, a protecção dos oceanos que nos rodeiam, bem como a nossa terra. Confiando que façam o que esta correcto para a nossa e as futuras gerações Assino a favor da geração jovem Portuguesa e de todos os nossos amigos espalhados por todo o mundo que, de facto, representamos os seus filhos, netos e bisnetos. ************************************************** ADICIONA A TUA VOZ NA CAIXA DOS COMENTÁRIOS Se tens entre os 12 e os 18 anos, esta petição e para ti. ADICIONA A TUA VOZ NA CAIXA DOS COMENTÁRIOS. Se já tens 18 anos, assina a outra petição aqui neste link http://tinyurl.com/nxqqrg2 Não assines apenas a petição, na caixa dos comentários, diz-nos quem és, qual a tua idade e a razão da petição ser importante para ti. ASMAA's website: http://asmaa-algarve.org Obrigada ************************************************************************************ An open letter to all Portuguese Leaders by the youth We, the youth of Portugal as well as Lusa-descendants spread all over the world, supported by many of our friends in the countries we live in, raise our voices in unity with ASMAA’s Algarve Surf and Marine Activities “Oilgarve - Algarve Says NO to Oil and Gas” campaign and call on all of you to stop the fossil fuel exploration and exploitation madness that is starting in earnest in Portugal, a country that we love to live in or visit with our families during holiday breaks. Our generation will be the most affected by your actions - these actions that you have taken in the past and the actions that you will take in the future - but which affects me and the rest of my peers as you continue in the same unabated pursuit of oil and gas in this era of enlightenment. The youth of Portugal just like the youth of the rest of the world find ourselves without the ability to vote yet, and without the money to pay powerful lobbyists like big corporations and the elites do in Portugal, so that we can also influence your actions just like they do. Although we lack the normal resources that these powerful interests use to look after their own interests we believe that this petition will add our voice to the voices of all of these that care enough about us and our future; these that care about our environment, and these that care about the sustainability of our planet. Together we are asking that you stop the fossil fuel exploration madness in the offshores and onshores of Portugal, from north to south. We the youth of Portugal as well as the thousands of Lusa-descendants spread all over the world, supported by the youth of other countries, by signing this petition demand the following: A safe future: We demand that our government adopt renewable energy and energy efficiency targets that will reduce global carbon emissions. Equitable distribution of energy: We demand that all people, in all regions, have access to renewable energy and energy efficiency technology. An end to subsidy money for fossil fuel corporations: Oil and coal companies are among the richest corporations on the planet, richer than many countries combined. They do NOT need government money and it makes it unfair for solar and wind and other renewable energy companies to compete. A stop of all oil and gas exploration - both onshore as well as offshore in Portugal. The window for action is narrowing while the impacts of a changing climate are intensifying. We, the youth of Portugal on our behalf and on behalf of all of the global youth, do hereby call upon you, our Portuguese leaders, to “lead as if our future matters” - by setting us on the path to sustainability, a path built by green jobs, and a path filled with clean air, clean water, clean beaches, clean oceans and intact ecosystems for generations to come. You have been relying on fossil fuels for over a century but now is the time for change. For every year that we wait, for every hour that we stall, the future and survival of the youngest generations - and that of generations to come - is jeopardized. Now is not the time for incremental action. At this defining juncture in human history, we ask you - our Portuguese leaders - to commit to providing the security and opportunity for our generation that you were given by your predecessors. We call on you to accept the responsibility you have to protect the people you lead and the planet we share and to protect both the oceans that surrounds us as well as our land. With Trust. The young Portuguese generation and all our friends from all over the world who in fact represent your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. ********************************************************************************** ADD YOUR SAY IN THE COMMENT BOX If you are aged between 12 and 18, then this petition is for you. If you are older than 18 then please sign our other petition which you can find on this link http://tinyurl.com/nxqqrg2 Don't ONLY sign this petition, tell us who you are, how old you are, and why this matters to you in the comment box below. Add your say to the petition. Thank you ASMAA's website: http://asmaa-algarve.org