Petition to Patty Murray, Jay Inslee, Maria Cantwell
Dammed to extinction, Southern Resident Orcas are starving. Time is running out!
The 76 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 2018 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 use the current EIS to breach the dams within a few months! 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 MURRAY AND GOVERNOR INSLEE, Please take action today and urge the Army Corps' Major General Spellmon and Bonneville Power Administration's Elliot Mainzer to begin breaching dams in 2018. 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 Anabel Solá Márquez (Rama Judicial de Puerto Rico), Ricardo Roselló Nevares (Oficina del Gobernador de Puerto Rico), Departamento de Agricultura de Puerto Rico, International Surfing Community, Junta de Planificación, Junta de Calidad Ambiental, Comunidad de Playuela, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, Departamento de Salud, Hon. Carlos Mendez, US Fish & Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Geological Survey, Departamento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales (DRNA), Ciudadanos de Puerto Rico, United States Department of the Interior, Departamento de Justicia de Puerto Rico, Tribunal Supremo de Aguadilla, Hon. Ricardo Roselló Nevares, Tribunal de Primera Instancia de Aguadilla, Tribunal de Apelaciones de Aguadilla, Isabel Picó Vidal, Policia de Puerto Rico, Policía Municipal de Aguadilla, Cuerpo de Vigilantes del DRNA, Ernesto Diaz, Idelfonso Ruiz, Damaris Delgado, Terry Wells, Marelissa Rivera, Edwin Muñez, Tania Vazquez
Stop Christopher Columbus Landing Resort and Designate a Natural Reserve
Sign this petition to STOP CONSTRUCTION of the Christopher Columbus Landing Resort until PUBLIC HEARINGS ARE FULLY RENEWED through an ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER from THE GOVERNOR OF PUERTO RICO to P.R's PLANNING BOARD and CARIBBEAN MANAGEMENT GROUP, INC. We oppose the construction of a coastal mega hotel-residential complex, which consists of 121-acres, 300 room hotel with a 17,000 square foot casino, convention center, 160 condo-hotel units, 240 apartment condominium, and 100 residential villas. The complex covers nearly 4,000 feet of the coastline of Playuela, a significant part of an already-working Ecological Corridor in Northwest Puerto Rico, Municipality of Aguadilla. Construction operations started last October 31st, 2016 on urban-free lands ("Suelos Rústicos") that should be maintained free from urbanization. This land category is established in the Land Use Plan of the Puerto Rico Planning Board (pags 140-151, 2015). This is also true for the Municipality Territorial Ordinance. Developers vaguely justify urbanization here under the Law of Tourism Development, arguing that the project will have little ecological impact and brings economy. In fact, because of this law, developers applied for tax forgiveness and they won't even pay Municipal taxes for this construction project. Environmental groups argue this economic model is highly unsustainable, only benefiting specific-private construction and real estate business owners, promoting social inequity, and environmental degradation/conflicts. These lands hold great biodiversity of fauna and flora. Species interact with the urban-free environment to form a Sustainable Paradise with up to five distinct ecosystems. This provides a sense of place to the people. Several protected species of corals, manatees, hawksbill turtles, boas (potentially), birds, and native palm trees depend on Land & Sea Ecological Integrity and would benefit from conservation and restoration efforts. Also, this area hosts four of the most recognized surf breaks, not just by Puerto Rico, but also by the international surfing community. These are: “El Mix”, “Wishing Wells”, “Pressure Point”, and “Wilderness”. South of this site are other world class breaks like “Gas Chambers” and “Crash Boats”, and North "Surfers Beach", "Table Tops", "PR's Backdoor", and "Survivals". To complete the Christopher Columbus Landing Resort it is required the construction of an extended sewage pipeline system damaging underground aquifers. Increasing the capacity of a nearby-river sewage treatment plant is also required. Curious enough, the project was sold to investors as a Beach Front Hotel Complex. Now we know, this propaganda was an OAX! The project engineer admitted a sandy beach will not be constructed. Nevertheless, significant threats of habitat loss and scenery degradation remains. Natural-intrinsic coastal values are essential sustainable-assets for the local economy, attracting tourists to Aguadilla, Rincón, Isabela and other Northwest Municipalities of PR. Many existing hotels, hostels, and guest houses in the area benefit from these resources. However, it is an undeniable truth that the natural space is poorly managed, being affected by illegal trash deposits, sewage disposal, and eroding trails. To consolidate our cause we are developing counter-proposals to designate these lands as a series of Surfing/Natural Reserves and develop a Management Plan for the Ecological Corridor. These are strategic investments that can be done to develop sustainable economies like Eco-Tourism and ensure the coherent implementation of the Land Use Plan to be in concordance with the sustainability needs of Puerto Rico's socio-economic and socio-ecological systems. ACT NOW!!! DEMAND RENEWAL OF PUBLIC HEARINGS, an appropriate forum and level of discussion where the destiny of Playuela's Beauty and Value can be changed for GOOD! For More Information, Click Here!
Petition to Philippines Pres. Rodrigo Duterte
A Call To Action To Save One of The World's Best Island from Verge of Extinction.
The Philippines tourists index algorithm data showed that Boracay island still holds the nation’s pride as the Philippine prime tourist destination. In fact, Google keyword volume search data tells "Boracay" as the number one keyword in Philippines demographic target and the following backlink online publications are the trending factors: 2012 - No.1 Best Island in the World - Travel and Leisure 2013 - No.2 Best Island in the World - Travel and Leisure 2014 - No.12 Best Island the World - Condé Nast Traveler's Readers’ Choice Awards 2015 - No.1 Best Beach in Asia, White Beach Balabag - TripAdvisor 2015 - 7th World's Best Beach - TripAdvisor 2016 - No.1 Best Island in the World - Condé Nast Traveler's 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards 2016 - No.1 Island in the World for Relaxation - Agoda Poll 2017 - No.2 Best Beach in Asia, White Beach Balabag - TripAdvisor 2017 - No.1 Best Island in the World - Condé Nast Traveler's 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards 2017 - No.24 Best Island in the World - TripAdvisor This accolades continued not just to increase the influx of tourist coming to the island but also drives more local and foreign developers that are potential risks to the sustainability of Boracay environment, ecosystems and natural resources. Behind this highlighted distinctions, We continue to ignore what our naked eyes see, the intensive indiscriminate use of land and declassification of the remaining wildlife forest areas in use for commercial consumption. This unsustainable tourism development continue to contribute to coastal and ecological degradation, social and cultural dislocation, rapid growth of island population, rampant solid waste disposal and increasing numbers of illegal connection of sewerage disposal where some of this were thrown out at the shoreline of Bulabog beach. We see the unstoppable mega construction of high rise buildings on both side of every road. In 2014, Local Government of Malay issued 296 building permits in just 3-month period, based on the 441 establishments monitored by DENR 6 monitoring team, 383 establishments committed violations, 174 has no Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC), 103 have discharge permit violation; and 107 don't have permits to operate. The JICA independent research project called Coastal Ecosystem Conservation and Adaptive Management (CECAM) said: “After analysing satellite images, the team calculated that coral cover in Boracay declined by 70.5% between 1988 to 2011. They also noted that that the highest decline over the 23-year period happened between 2008 to 2011, as tourist arrivals rose by 38.4%. The island is experiencing beach erosion, consequently endangering it’s white sand shoreline.” Also, Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) in their Boracay Research Study provided by Aklanon Scientist Prof. Raymond Jacinto Sucgang: “The eminent nitrates and nutrients were discovered in seawater in the various sites [Boracay beaches] of the neritic zone particularly in sites 2,4,6 and 7 Beaches . Potential point sources of infiltrating plumes in Bulabog Beach sites were exposed by the anomalies in tritium and 18O in sea water. Septic and canal outflows as well as land based run-offs and submarine groundwater discharge were the identified causes of nutrient enrichments in sites 2, 4, 6, and 7 [White beach in Balabag and Bulabog Beach]. The isotope composition implies that algae acquire nutrients from septic contamination, while a number of corals assimilate inorganic fertiliser nutrients from land-based plumes.” Puka Shell Beach at the northern part of Boracay, lies in one of the remaining tropical forest, home of the endangered wildlife species nearing its extinction. It is one of the last protected environment forest lands but the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) managed to reclassify the land for commercial development. Now, there is an ongoing construction of a 426 hotel rooms with 77 underwater aquatic window rooms resort. Is this what we call Sustainable Tourism of DOT’s Boracay Initiative? Where is the economic, social, political and environmental sustainability of the island? I doubt that the Local Government Unit truly understand the word “Sustainability”. Destroying the vast natural ecosystem of the island is like killing the very life of it. "The uncontrolled urban growth and institutional weakness of the regulatory ordinances on building construction and tourism have also brought about all kinds of pollution to the island. Land pollution for lack of waste disposal plan; water pollution for the waste discharges; air and noise pollution because of the vehicles; visual pollution because of the visually obtrusive signboards and advertisements; and light pollution. What people are doing is like “killing the golden goose that lays the golden egg” – people want a piece of this island and overbuild despite the negative impact on the natural island environment and the local community." - Arch. Felino A. Palafox Jr. “We have not inherited this land from our parents to do with it what we will. We have borrowed it from our children and we must be careful to use it in their interests as well as our own.” - Moses Henry Cass - Former Australian Minister for the Environment and Conservation “Forest... are in fact the world’s air-conditioning systems - the very lungs of the planet and we are on the verge of switching it off.” - Prince Charles When can we tell enough is enough? Who can stop this if we don’t act together? If not you then who? If not us, who will? Here is My Comprehensive Proposals: 1. ENVIRONMENT SUSTAINABILITY : Abolish Building Permits in Boracay Island NOW! To Preserve what is left, Restore what's lost. To Save the last remaining natural forest lands - conservation. To Save and protect wildlife species from land to sea. To Stop continuing coastal and ecological degradation. To Stop beach and sea coral erosion. 2. TOURISM ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY :Build Boracay-Aklan Mainland Bridge To reduce carrying capacity of the island. To relocate government and business workforce residency. To expand tourist economic growth and infrastructure development throughout the coastal mainland of Aklan mainly in the municipalities of Malay, Nabas and Buruanga. To link tourist travel mode in promoting other mainland tourist attractions. To boost tourism supply and demand using the "from Farm to Table" principle by linking mainland local agricultural products of the Aklan province including the promotion of organic foods for tourist consumptions. To create point of entry access technology system adopting island wide database application to be used in immigration and transportation control. (ISLA ID system) Employment and livelihood prioritisation for the affected communities. 3. SOCIAL & CULTURAL SUSTAINABILITY :Restore Indigenous People (Ati) and Natural Eco Heritage To promote the island-mainland's cultural tourism to global market (Ati-atihan). To enhance effective social security for safer community of the island. To develop tangible economic plan that will benefit the wider local communities in line to the tourism industry growth and developments. To give indigenous native people *ATI" the rights to grow with their community in the island and participate in the local tourism industry promotion. Your support will put pressure to our national and local government of the Philippines to make an immediate solution to end this unstoppable mega-construction. We aim to start a good example of global unity to protect the last remaining natural forest land of this amazing island from verge of extinction so the rest neighbouring islands can pave its way to sustainable and balanced tourism development. “Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal.” - Edward O. Wilson "I plead to your principles as I believe you are a compassionate and responsive person, who will not allow greedy/ self indulgent businessmen to disrespect the sustainability of our environment in Boracay." - Natural Science Prof. Raymond Jacinto Sucgang “Preservation of our environment is not liberal or conservative challenge, its a common sense” - Ronald Reagan Your ONE VOTE can truly make a difference in saving this BEAUTIFUL ISLAND! Give your support and share this call for change to your family and friends. #SaveBoracay #BanBuildingPermitNOW #WeLoveBoracay #SaveBoracayForest #SaveBoracay #SaveBoracayEndangeredSpecies Visit https://www.facebook.com/dboracay to see some of the amazing pictures of the island.
Petition to Environmental Protection Agency
Prevent expansion of honeybee-killing pesticides
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering a proposal to dramatically expand the use of the bee-killing pesticide thiamethoxam. If approved, the harmful pesticide would be allowed to be sprayed directly on wheat, barley, corn, sorghum, alfalfa, rice, and potato crops, greatly increasing the exposure to already at-risk honeybees. Sign my petition to ask that the EPA deny the proposal expanding the use of neonicotinoids, and shift directions to restricting these harmful pesticides. Bees pollinate approximately 75 percent of the fruits, nuts, and vegetables grown in the U.S. Without bees, many of the food crops we rely on would simply die off. The proposal, by the agrochemical giant Syngenta, was released the same day as an assessment by EPA scientists detailing the dangers posed by neonicotinoid pesticides, including thiamethoxam, to honeybees, birds and aquatic life. Sign the petition to ask the EPA to reject Syngenta's proposal to expand the use of bee-killing pesticides. The European Union and Canada are already taking steps to limit or ban neonicotinoid pesticides due to their negative impact to pollinators. By expanding their use in the U.S., the EPA would be causing grave harm to the environment and our food supply. Photo credit: Björn Appel (Wikipedia)
Petition to Natural Resources Board-Laurie Ross, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Diane Brusoe, Jeffrey Voltz, Ed Eberle, Ben Bergey, Douglas Haag
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 Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, Virginia department of environmental quality
Stop the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines
My name is Donald Jones. My family has lived on interconnected farms in the beautiful hills and valleys of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Giles and Salem County since 1758. Two years ago, my dad George learned that fracking companies planned to destroy our family property by building a 42-inch pipeline, called the Mountain Valley Pipeline, right through the middle of our land. This pipeline would threaten our ancient mountain spring, along with hundreds of other water sources in Virginia and West Virginia. As a 1930’s farm boy, my dad knew that the most valuable commodity for life is water. He was appalled to know that his elected officers were uninformed about risks this pipeline would pose to ecosystems and water supplies all across Virginia. It has been an awful experience for us to deal with. The invasion of our land has been devastating. One day, shortly after learning that a survey was conducted on his land without his knowledge or presence, my dad had a debilitating stroke. But the pipeline has not been built yet and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has the power to stop it. This is why I’m hoping you will sign this petition asking him to reject these pipelines. My dad fought in the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Navy, to protect the rights of American citizens and to spread the peace and liberty guaranteed citizens here throughout the world. He was devastated when he felt that his own government was stripping his property rights away by using eminent domain for the benefit of a private corporation. There are scores of citizens all across Virginia facing the same situation with their property, their rights, their health, their heritage and their water. We are outraged by this violation of citizen rights -- but equally concerned with the certain destruction to the ecosystem and especially ancient water systems that can never be “fixed.” Together, the two pipelines would add up to nearly 1,000 miles of harm across West Virginia and Virginia, threatening hundreds of waterways. But my dad and I will keep fighting. Despite his stroke, dad knows he has an obligation to fight for our land and our rights. He has lost memory of many things but asks me how the pipeline fight is going every day. One day on his mountain, he told me he was going to fight as long as he could stand. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has the power to stand with citizens, protect our water, and reject the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines. Now I’m asking you, on behalf of my dad and all the other landowners and residents of communities in the path of these pipelines, to tell Governor Northam right away: stop these pipelines.
Petition to Mayor Ted Wheeler, Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Commissioner Nick Fish, Commissioner Dan Saltzman, Commissioner Chloe Eudaly
MAKE FOREST PARK SAFE AGAIN
MAKE FOREST PARK SAFE AGAIN! Uphold The Law and Environmental Code Say "NO" to High-Speed Single-track Cycling on Pedestrian-only Trails in Forest Park 90% of the half-million annual visitors to Forest Park are pedestrians. Visitors represent all racial/ethnic, socio-economic, and age groups and come from all over. They include seniors, families, and up to 100,000 visits by children who walk in the park each year. Currently, Forest Park trails are starting to get less safe due to increasing illegal cycling on pedestrian-only trails. This threatens the well-being of park users and the ecological health of the park itself. The Forest Park Natural Resources Management Plan clearly states that single-track cycling is not an allowed use in Forest Park for safety reasons, and has a detrimental impact to wildlife and habitat. We petition City Government to follow the Management Plan, Ordinance 168509 and Environmental Zone Code 33.430.030. We ask the City to implement the Plan’s high priority recommendations to preserve and restore habitat, and that the City take measures to keep pedestrians safe. We ask the City to direct the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to protect the Park from further single-track cycling, and cease its current efforts towards recommending a process to change the law to allow single-track cycling on the already narrow pedestrian trails in Forest Park. A change of that sort will put all users at greater risk for injury. We ask the City to continue to allow cycling on the 33% of designated trails in Forest Park that already meet the legal standard of 8 feet wide, hard surface, and good line of sight — provided that this user group (who make up only 8% of the Park visitors) follows trail etiquette and obeys the law. In the interest of safety, we ask the City make it a priority to fund and to provide enforcement of trail regulations, as specified in the Forest Park Management Plan, but which is not currently being done.
Petition to Santa Cruz City Council
"Stop High Density Zoning for Water St and Soquel Ave. in Santa Cruz, Calif.”
The citizens signing this petition would like to prevent Water Street and Soquel Avenue, in the City of Santa Cruz, from being re-zoned as Mixed Use High Density; 10 to 55 density units per acre zoning which could result in building heights of 55 to 65 ft high. This petition asks the Santa Cruz City Council to limit the allowed building zone density to Mixed Use Low Density; 10 to 20 density units per acre on Water Street and Soquel Ave. We believe minimizing additional traffic caused by high density buildings will help to prevent increased risk for walkers, bicyclists and drivers along Soquel Avenue and Water Street and also curb further air and noise pollution and water shortages in drought years. In the Santa Cruz document entitled “The General Plan 2030” it states in Number LU 4.2.2 that criteria for amending the zoning ordinance to allow infill parcels near or adjacent to the areas can be re-designed to Mixed Use High Density (MXHD) where appropriate. This petition to the City Council of Santa Cruz states it is not appropriate to zone for Mixed Use High Density on Water Street or Soquel Avenue in the City of Santa Cruz.