Petition to U.S National Park Services, Donald J. Trump, Greenpeace USA, World Wildlife Fund
Stop Trump from drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge TODAY!
Trump has rolled back regulations on the Endangered Species Act, and is now actively working to sell oil AND gas drilling rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge...threatening the lives of our already dwindling populations of polar bears, caribou, wolves, whales and many many other species. These animals have well known migratory paths throughout the ANWR that will be destroyed and disrupted if drilling is allowed to occur there, not to mention how devastating the effects of drilling will be to their living environment. It is also a protected land of the indigenous Gwich'in tribes from the north who rely on these lands and the animals within them to live. The government claims this is a necessary evil to assure our economy and energy resources in america,however scientists and economic advisors have released papers saying that drilling here does not offer any economic or energy assurities to our country. The ANWR is the largest refuge of it's kind, we cannot allow it to be destroyed. Please help me fight this and protect our beautiful planet! Sign this petition please! And share it!
Petition to Kyrsten Sinema
Ban on single-use plastic straws in the state of Arizona
Only about 9% of the plastic we use is actually recyclable. Most plastics just end up in the oceans or in landfills. Plastic is not biodegradable, it breaks down in as little as one year, resulting in the release of toxic chemicals, including BPA (bisphenol A), into the ocean. Plastic straws are non-biodegradable, meaning that it can’t be naturally broken down by decomposers. Straws also aren’t accepted by recycling facilities because they can jam recycling machinery, due to their small size. Thus, plastic straws can’t be recycled. We need to start with a single-use plastic ban, this is why I am petitioning for the state of Arizona to ban the use of disposable plastic straws. Disposable straws contribute 2,000 tons of plastic, and straws account for 4% of the number of pieces of plastic waste in marine environments. The most notable benefit is reduced death and injury to wildlife due to choking or internal injury resulting from the consumption of plastic straws. When animals ingest plastic, it clogs up their digestive systems, which can easily choke or kill animals like birds or sea turtles. The elimination of straws also greatly reduces environmental contamination and litter. This ban will reduce the number of plastic straws polluting the ocean.
Petition to Mike DeWine, Ohio State House
Masks should be recycled in facemask recycling bins.
Have you ever seen a mask on the ground? Almost all of us have seen masks littered. MASKS SHOULD BE RECYCLED IN RECYCLING BINS. Specific recycling bins should be placed in beaches, parks, schools, and other public places. Masks are a good thing to have to keep us from spreading the virus, but littering them is bad. One reason littering is bad is it is bad for animals. Animals could mistake masks for food and could make them sick. This could cause covid and other illnesses to enter our food chain. One of our classmates saw a squirrel that died because of a mask. Just think about, a fish swimming and getting caught in a mask. It could wrap around the fishes’ face, and kill it. Another reason littering masks is bad is masks can even end up in the water and eventually the ocean. Disposable masks and latex gloves are frequently found in the sea, that is how animals could die from them. It was even reported that across a small stretch of beach in Hong Kong, volunteers collected over 70 used masks. Masks are even being found along the roadways. Another reason is, masks should be placed in recycling bins, because masks have germs that can be spread to other people.Many people are trying to be safe, but there are still many masks with germs on the ground. When we were outside for our mask break, we found a used mask lying in the grass. We felt worried to pick it up because of the germs, but we didn’t want to leave it outside to blow away. So, if there was a mask recycling bin, then people could do the right thing. Finally, mask recycling bins would be useful for garbage men and women. Everyday they are out touching the trash that we throw away. If there are used masks, those people might test positive and keep spreading the virus. If we had a special mask bin, this would keep the germs separated. There are already 13 tons of trash every year, and masks are making it worse. When going out for a walk, people can bring plastic gloves and a trash bag to help get rid of the masks. The Earth is our home, so we have to protect it! The recycling bins will help to contain the germs, protect animals, and give people a place to put them instead of on the ground.MASKS SHOULD BE RECYCLED IN RECYCLING BINS. Notice, help, care. Please sign if you think that masks should be recycled in mask recycling bins.
Petition to Tom O'Halleran, US Senator Mark Kelly, US Senator Kyrsten Sinema, US Forest Service Chief Victoria Christiansen, Coconino National Forest Supervisor Laura Jo West, US Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland
End Impunity for Arizona Snowbowl
Help us hold Arizona Snowbowl accountable for harmful development impacting Indigenous communities, local residents, and the environment. The Snowbowl ski resort has been operating within the San Francisco Peaks Traditional Cultural Property near Flagstaff, AZ, since 1938. This mountain is sacred to at least thirteen Indigenous Nations, including Diné, Acoma, Fort McDowell, Mohave Apache, Havasupai, Hopi, Hualapai, San Carlos Apache, San Juan Southern Paiute, Tonto Apache, White Mountain Apache, Yavapai-Apache, Yavapai-Prescott, and Zuni. A delicate ecosystem that supports rare and isolated flora and fauna, the mountain is also integral to the Indigenous cultures of the region. Indigenous peoples have actively opposed Snowbowl for many generations over the last 80+ years, as a violation of our cultural identities and religious freedom. Snowbowl’s use of reclaimed wastewater to manufacture artificial snow has emboldened the resort to even more egregious environmental and human rights abuses. Today, Indigenous Circle of Flagstaff (ICF), an intertribal, grassroots organization, is standing together with our allies in protection of the mountain. Will you join us? The United States Forest Service (USFS) last analyzed the entirety of Snowbowl’s operations in 2005. Since then, Snowbowl has made numerous modifications to its operations, some without any environmental review, public involvement, or Tribal consultation. Aerial photographs reveal Snowbowl's construction of a new parking lot in an area known as Hart Prairie, which will rapidly expand its business to a year-round model. In 2005, the Coconino National Forest refused to even discuss allowing an increase in daily visitation above 2,825 skiers per day, insisting that they would keep parking capacity static to prevent an increase in visitors. Now, a new lot is being constructed for skier use, which, along with operation of a free shuttle system, the USFS admits “decouples the previous tie between parking and visitation.” It is is also causing severe environmental degradation and erosion of a formerly intact meadow ecosystem. The lot is being constructed without required public notice, comment and review procedures, and without Indigenous consultation. According to research by Sierra Club - Grand Canyon Chapter, this is just one example of several ways that the United States Forest Service is allowing violations of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Endangered Species Act. Snowbowl’s desire for profit is threatening biodiversity, groundwater safety, and human communities that have been developing here for millennia. Most of the Indigenous Nations who revere this mountain are in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District. These Indigenous votes contributed to Congressman Tom O’Halleran’s and Senator Mark Kelly’s elections in 2020. ICF is calling for an investigation and field hearing led by Representative O’Halleran, to publicly disclose how the USFS is enabling Arizona Snowbowl’s violations. We are calling on Rep. O’Halleran to direct the Forest Service to end Snowbowl’s impunity. The Forest Service must conduct a thorough review of cultural and environmental impacts, including required public involvement, of all modifications made at the resort since 2005, and Snowbowl must be held responsible for remediation of all environmental impacts before further business continues. We call for public notice and a process of public review, comment, and legitimate Indigenous consultation before Arizona Snowbowl’s forthcoming Master Development Plan is reviewed by the Coconino National Forest Supervisor Laura Jo West. All future modifications to Snowbowl operations must be halted until that review is complete. Thank you for helping us protect a beautiful, sacred place for all species in the generations to come!
Petition to FAA and Congress
Ban Nonessential Helicopters Over NYC & Regulate NY/NJ Metropolitan Airspace
I, the undersigned, for the numerous reasons listed below, urge the FAA to ban non-essential helicopters from NYC’s airspace and adjacent waterways and I petition the United States Congress to pass H.R.4880 – “The Improving Helicopter Safety Act of 2019.” 1) Non-essential Helicopters Pose Needless Dangers Over Densely Populated Cities, such as NYC: Since 1980, there have been at least 30 helicopter crashes in and around NYC, resulting in numerous fatalities and serious injuries, as well as property damage. In 2019, a commuter helicopter crashed into midtown’s Equitable Building resulting in the death of the pilot, a rooftop fire, and a neighborhood evacuation. Also, in 2019, a Blade helicopter crashed into the Hudson River. In 2017, all 5 passengers died when a Liberty Tour sightseeing flight crashed into the East River. Unbelievably, even with such a history of crashes, tourism, photography, commuter and charter helicopters continue to fly dangerously low over our buildings, parks, schools, waterways and roadways seven days a week. Non-essential helicopters should not be flying over densely populated cities, and “The Improving Helicopter Safety Act of 2019” introduced by NY Congress-members Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler, and Nydia Velasquez, would prohibit such risky flights. This legislation is long-overdue and must be passed by Congress, as the FAA has negligently allowed helicopter traffic to run amok over NYC, NJ, local waterways, and much of the NY metropolitan area without appropriate restrictive and protective regulations. Non-essential helicopters also pose an unnecessary terrorism risk, as heliport security is generally lax to non-existent; NYC has already been the target of several terrorist attacks, including the 9/11 hijacked airline flights into the World Trade Center. We need to protect our citizens from both accidental helicopter crashes and potential helicopter terrorism. 2) Non-Essential Helicopters Create Needless and Harmful Environmental and Noise Pollution: Passing this legislation would have a positive impact on literally millions of residents and visitors in the greater NY Metropolitan Area who suffer needlessly from toxic noise and air pollution year after year. The incessant loud noise and rumbling vibrations from helicopter flights over buildings, homes, parks, schools and open spaces create a continuous stressful environment. Numerous studies show the deleterious effect of noise on learning, and excessive helicopter noise can lead to slower brain development in children and eventual brain damage if not curtailed early. Yet, alarmingly, many schools are near the flightpaths of these non-essential helicopters. Additionally, beloved urban parks, such as NYC’s iconic Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Governor’s Island, and others are part of the sightseeing plans of tourism and photography helicopters that emanate from New Jersey airports; for example, loud helicopters hover over the reservoir jogging path, Shakespeare in the Park, and the NY Philharmonics Great Lawn concerts in Central Park. Helicopters detract from what should be quiet and peaceful experiences for residents and tourists in our urban nature oases. Similarly, incessant tourist and commuter helicopters buzzing over our surrounding rivers and harbors reduce the ability of residents and visitors alike to enjoy these areas for recreation and sightseeing. After spending over $1 billion on beautiful waterfront parks (in NYC’s five boroughs and along the Hudson River on both the NJ and NY sides), park goers now have to suffer with noisy flights as often as every two minutes. Additionally, these fossil fuel guzzling helicopter flights add at least 6,000 tons of toxic carbon pollution annually, poisoning the air we breathe and contributing to climate change. 3) Conclusion: For-profit helicopter companies treat our skies and neighborhoods as their private domain with no regard for the millions of people who are negatively affected on a daily basis. Helicopter traffic reduces real estate values, puts people at risk of life and property loss, and negatively impacts outdoor businesses, festivals and public events. These non-essential helicopters are a highly polluting form of transportation and entertainment and they needlessly create stress-inducing noise pollution throughout NY and NJ neighborhoods. Helicopter “joyrides” have dangerously been allowed to proliferate our skies irrespective of the detriment they cause to the many. For all these stated reasons, Congress must ban non-essential helicopter flights over densely populated urban areas, and the FAA must finally agree to properly regulate the overcrowded and unsafe airspace in the greater NY/NJ Metropolitan area. It is time to take back our skies, environment, and peace of mind! Sources: www.stopthechopnynj.org
Petition to Rita Ventry, Dr. Robbin Trindell, Curt Smith, Debbie Mayfield, Thad Altman, Bill Posey
Stop HF Radar System on Hightower Park Preserve
Hightower Park Preserve in Satellite Beach, Florida is a state funded Oceanside Wildlife and Habitat Preserve, created in 1999 by what is now called Florida Forever Fund. The problem is Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) will install a High Frequency Radar system on preservation lands meant to be undisturbed. But first they need a permit from USFWS and permission from FDEP. The project is funded by NOAA. RADAR WILL DISTURB IMPERILED PRESERVATION AREAAccording to management plan: "The objective of preserving in its native state the largest remaining expanse of contiguous undeveloped oceanfront within the 30+ miles... of reasonably-intact Coastal strand." Additionally, "This project site contains the last remaining natural Coastal Strand, as well as much of the remaining imperiled natural Beach Dune and Coastal Grassland" within 30 miles. "Documented to contain biologically viable populations of three listed plant species (one endangered and two threatened)" and "remnant population of Federal and State threatened southeastern beach mouse."ACTION NEEDED NOW. Unless we take action, HF radar system will be permitted in 30-60 days for 12 towers near the dune and 4 transmit more towers in an area of heavy vegetation. The project was approved by the City of Satellite Beach 20 January 2021. We need the Florida Communities Trust (FCT) under the Florida Dept of Environmental Protection to not amend their Preserve Agreement to allow this use; and the federal USFWS agency to say no to the permits. To do this we need your signature on this petition. Time is very short to get this done. Please share to your friends and please call your state representative and congressman to ask for support on this issue.PURPOSE OF PRESERVE NOT CONSISTENT WITH HF RADARThe purpose of this Hightower Preserve is for preservation, environmental education and community beach park (with small parking lot to minimize human inpact to preserve). The preserve is to protect endangered plant species, endangered mouse, threatened and endangered shore birds, endangered and threatened sea turtles, as well as protections for the very diverse near-shore reef. Nothing about this project fullfils the purpose of the preserve. RADAR NOT FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCHThe HF radar system doesn't belong in a preserve. Further Dr. Steven Lazarus, FIT said in the Satellite Beach Council meeting that the system is not for research scientists - it is for community purposes. Therefore, there is no value to the preserve in the way of academic research to benefit the preserve - all the while it has negative impact to sensitive lands. The purpose of the radar as communicated to Florida Today, states, "improve search-and-rescue, red tide, rip current and erosion predictions."PRESERVE PURPOSEIn addition to disturbances needed to install systems is not acceptable for the preserve- the system also does not provide any value to the function and purpose of the preserve. The radar does not meet the designated uses of the preserve: "wildlife and habitat preservation, open space and beach acceess for the public, environmental education." The designated uses of the preserve does NOT include radar towers or equiment. LACK OF DUE DILIGENCE INTO HARM TO PRESERVEThere is also a community concern whether the radar will harm the endangered and threatened species on a very environmentally sensitive preserve. No Updated Plant Species Survey and Plan for no disturbance: "In no case will the only specimen(s) of listed plants known to be on the Project Site be disturbed." There hasn't been an impact study, or survey of plants/species (supposed to be periodically done under management agreement with state) to access the impact to the preserve. The last survey of endangered and threatened species was 20 years ago.What scientific studies are available to demonstrate that the HF radar will not impact the preserve? Will it impact endangered mouse? Will it impact turtles or eggs? Has there been a study on turtle nesting numbers and success before an after installation? In one study, all (7) of the named species of sea turtles have poor auditory hearing. How would the frequency through the sand affect hatchlings? DISTURBANCE TO PRESERVERadar system is 1000 linear feet and requires extensive area to be disturbed which includes dense plantings as they trench to 12 inches for the cables needed. The area of the transmitter antenae is in area of dense plants as is the trailer. Dr. Lazanus said the disturbance is "pretty minimal" only digging and trenching 6" - while the documents indicate 12". How do you get through palms or bush without removing the entire plant to dig a trench? Removing vegetation is a concern as there are endangered plant species on the preserve including the south area - the preserve management agreement protects the plants. Some areas, such as the transmit antennae location identified for installation is in very dense vegetation as well as the proposed trailer location. Photos are available.SITE PLAN DOESN'T WORK WITH SEA GRAPES TO EDGE OF DUNEHaving looked at the site, the plan doesn't appear to work because of sea grapes to the dune edge in the north part of the radar poles. Dr. Lazarus also said in council meeting that the reason it was not put at PAFB was because the sea grapes are protected. So without damaging and removing sea grapes at Hightower there doesn't appear to be enough linear footage for the 1000 foot project without altering the sea grapes. Had FIT taken the time to research and understand the “Oceanside Wildlife and Habitat Preserve” they would not have suggested the area north of parking lot in response to comments on social media. Putting the radar poles in the north section of the preserve would be worse since this is the highest valued portion of the preserve environmentally as pristine and several endangered plant species.
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Tell Young Life to Halt Plans to Discharge Wastewater into One of Texas' Last Pure Rivers
Your help is needed to prevent this from happening to the ultra-pure, clear, waters of the Sabinal River near Lost Maples State Natural Area in the Texas Hill Country. Join us in asking Young Life to stop plans that would allow discharge of treated wastewater into the pristine waters of the river. Young Life is putting this Texas treasure in jeopardy. Young Life is proposing the construction of a wastewater treatment plant at their new camp in Vanderpool, TX and they are seeking permission from the State to release up to 60,000 gallons of treated wastewater per day into local creeks that flow to the Sabinal River. This precedent-setting Permit Application would pave the way for others to seek the same type of permits and further damage this ecologically sensitive area. We propose that Young Life seek a safe and proven alternative such as a no-discharge plan. Colorado-based Young Life is opening a new camp in Texas and has applied with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for a Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit that if granted, would set a dangerously bad precedent. It would be the first wastewater discharge permit EVER in the Upper Nueces River Basin which includes the Frio, Nueces and Sabinal Rivers, along with many small creeks and streams. If we don’t stop this plan now it will pave the way for others to secure similar permits putting this sensitive area at greater risk. Thousands of recreational tourists and nature enthusiasts from around the world come to the area each year to enjoy the Sabinal River. Many small businesses in the area are dependent on visitors coming to the area to enjoy the river. These visitors spend money on lodging, supplies, dining, outdoor activities and purchases at other local retail establishments. Protecting the river ensures the livelihoods of those who call this area home. Releasing wastewater, even treated to the highest levels, does not match the purity of the river. Wastewater treated with the latest technology --- to ‘drinking water” standards--- would still introduce harmful nutrients into the river that would cause the water to become cloudy and promote algae blooms (like in the image above of the San Gabriel River. Source: www.nodumpingsewage.org) that would clog the river, make it unsightly, un-swimmable and cause harm to wildlife, fish and birds. This environmentally sensitive area is comprised of a complex network of underground springs, streams and waterways that feed the critical Edwards Aquifer. If this precedent-setting permit application is allowed to move forward, it’s expected many others will follow. Please reach out and ask Young Life to change from setting a horribly bad precedent to setting a good one. There’s an opportunity here for Young Life to change their plans to a no-discharge approach such as a Texas Land Application Permit. This proven method is successfully used by State Parks in the area along with other commercial and private landowners to responsibly handle wastewater using it for irrigation. This method also helps to reduce the vulnerability of area water wells during times of drought. Young Life is a valued organization with a Christian mission that provides meaningful and life-changing programs for young people around the world. We support this mission—but we do not support Young Life’s attempt to manage wastewater in a destructive way. One of Young Life’s guiding values is “Observing the highest standards of stewardship of all of the resources placed in our trust.” We agree with this and are committed to work together to protect the beautiful land and water God has entrusted to us. Please sign our petition to send this message to Young Life to change their plans. More information about how you can get involved is available at www.banderacanyonlandsalliance.org; Facebook at Sabinal Canyon Coalition; or Instagram: SabinalCanyonCoalition. Help us spread the word— share this with anyone you know who loves the Texas Hill Country or would want to be aware of this risk to one of our natural treasures. Quick action is needed by you to save this precious Texas river for the enjoyment of future generations. Help us “Save Our Sabinal." Here’s how you can help:1.) Sign this Change.org petition and share with everyone you know. 2.) Specifically, if you know people who are active with Young Life, Alumni or Donors make sure they know about this issue. Let’s all ask Young Life leadership to live their values and do the right thing.3.) Learn more about how discharge of treated wastewater poses a huge threat to Texas rivers.4.) If you’re able, donate to help us in our efforts to protect this Texas river. You can gain more information at the website above, or can mail a donation to Bandera Canyonlands Alliance, P.O. Box 164, Vanderpool, TX 78885 Bandera Canyonlands Alliance
Petition to Houghton County voters, Houghton City Council, Residents of Canal Road, People concerned with the Environment
Stop Houghton City Ordinance 2020-314 & 315
Houghton City Ordinances 2020-314 & 315 have the potential major impact on the Houghton Community. 314 would allow the construction of a major hotel on the Michigan Smelter Hazardous Waste Torch Lake Superfund site. 315 would allow allow the construction of a Commercial Seaplane Base on the Portage Waterway. 314 and 315 allow the re-zoning of the area between UPPCO and the Cole's Creek Wetlands from the current R-1 which has been in place for 15 years to B-2 which would allow the construction of Hotels, Motels, Taverns, and Bars among other Commercial uses under both B-1 and B-2. In addition to concerns about air and water pollution, construction of a major Hotel could add many more vehicles PER DAY on Canal Road affecting every one who lives in the area. Sign the petition now to show your opposition to this Houghton City Councill Ordinance and Zoning change. Informational website: http://stop314.com