Petition to Gov. Greg Abbott, Will Hurd, Carlos Uresti, Poncho Nevarez, Ted Cruz, John Cornyn
Don’t build the border wall in Big Bend National Park.
Big Bend National Park is one of the most remote and beautiful outposts of our National Park system. A mix of desert, mountains, and river, it’s also the largest National Park in Texas -- attracting over 350,000 visitors each year. Big Bend also lies along the Texas/Mexico border, which places it in the target zone for President Trump’s 30-foot tall border security wall. Building a wall through Big Bend will be intrusive, bad for the environment, and won’t even help with border security. We need to stop this from happening. A 30-foot tall border wall through Big Bend is unnecessary. The wild, often treacherous terrain makes it one of the most difficult areas of the U.S. border to navigate. Last year “Big Bend had the fewest illegal border crossings of any sector along the [entire] Texas border.” The park itself functions as a type of “security wall”. A border wall through Big Bend is unwanted -- even Republicans who support the President don’t want this wall. Texas governor Greg Abbott has said publicly “we don’t want to see a wall in the beautiful Big Bend National Park.” Congressman Will Hurd, who represents the area that includes Big Bend, says the proposed border wall would be “the most expensive and least effective way to secure the border.” A border security wall simply isn’t feasible for the park’s 118-mile border, which is actually a river -- not land. Should the wall be built through the water or just beyond it, it will destroy the wild and wonderful vista Big Bend is famous for -- and the tourism it attracts. Instead of keeping us safe, this wall will only hurt jobs and the local economy. Sign this petition today and tell Congress: Don’t waste valuable taxpayer dollars on a big, ugly wall that won’t even keep us safe. It simply doesn’t make sense.
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Tell Congress: Protect Conservation Funding
Clean air and water. Astonishing vistas and precious, unique natural places. Wildlife, wide open spaces, and cultural resources. These are all part of an irreplaceable heritage handed down by generations of Americans, and a legacy we must safeguard. The Administration's budget proposal strips much of the critical funding required to preserve this legacy and protect the natural resources that sustain us all. It's simple: we can't protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and our nation's natural places unless we protect essential conservation and science funding. Together, we must call on Congress to ensure that funding levels stay strong and vital conservation programs and services do not end up on the chopping block. Because undermining conservation doesn't just hurt wildlife and natural treasures—it harms local communities and our national economy. Stand with us now and tell Congress to protect funding for conservation.
Petition to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Protect the only nearshore coral reef in the continental United States
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning a major dredging project in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to deepen the Port Everglades channel to make way for ever-larger ships due to the expanded Panama Canal. However, the Corps’ initial plan didn’t include necessary protections to save nearby corals. Earthjustice filed litigation, and as a result, the Corps has agreed to conduct new environmental studies and complete new reviews and analysis before starting the dredging project. But, we need your help to ensure the Corps keeps its promises. The Corps is now accepting public comments for the proposed Port Everglades dredging project as part of this revised environmental study. Sign today and urge the Corps to protect Florida’s coral reefs. A similar Army Corps dredging operation at Port Miami proved disastrous for the delicate corals there. Dredging stirred up fine-grained sediment, which smothered tens of thousands of coral colonies and more than 250 acres of reef designated as critical habitat for threatened staghorn corals. The National Marine Fisheries Service later surveyed the wrecked reef and concluded that 95 percent of the reef it assessed is no longer suitable habitat for corals. The service reported that some of the damaged reef may never recover naturally. We cannot let this happen again. The Army Corps must learn from its mistakes and ensure that corals will be protected before further taxpayer dollars are spent on this potentially devastating project. Sign the petition today!
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Tell Congress: Help Save Vanishing Species
The Multinational Species Conservation Funds, run by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, play an important role in helping to protect the planet’s remaining populations of elephants, rhinos, tigers, great apes and marine turtles. To help boost these funds, Congress created the Save Vanishing Species Semipostal Stamp – commonly referred to as the “Tiger Stamp” - which lets consumers support these wildlife conservation programs every time they send a letter. Since the Tiger Stamp went on sale in 2011, more than 35 million have been sold, raising over $3.7 million for international conservation at no cost to US taxpayers. This great program will expire later this year unless Congress acts to renew it. Ask your Members of Congress to cosponsor the Multinational Species Semipostal Stamp Reauthorization Act.
Petition to Jerry Brown
Save the Salmon: Stop the Delta Tunnels Plan
The purpose of the California Water Fix and Eco Restore (AKA the Bay Delta Conservation Plan), as proposed by California governor Jerry Brown, is to carry fresh water from the Sacramento River under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta toward the intake stations for the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project (0). However, many findings and studies by experts suggest this plan will cause more harm than good. The construction of the tunnels is estimated to be around $24.5 billion, and, among other factors, will be destructive to Delta ecosystems (3). The Delta Tunnels of the California Water Fix plan will not ease California's growing water crisis, and it will also endanger a number of habitats and species, including the Chinook salmon. This already endangered species will in turn have a devastating effect the dwindling population of the Southern Resident Killer Whales, whose primary diet is Chinook Salmon. As a teen resident of California and someone who is passionate about wildlife, I urge you to educate yourself on this topic and sign this petition. "Under a plan called the California Water Fix (formerly known as BDCP), a pair of twin tunnels, 40 feet in diameter, will be constructed 150 feet underneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The tunnels would run about 30 miles, from south of Sacramento to north of Tracy"(1). "The models used to gauge the damage to salmon showed a zero percent chance the tunnels would help winter-run Chinook salmon. Instead the modeling showed a slow steady decline towards extinction for these salmon if the tunnels are built and operated as currently envisioned. . . The NMFS science and the peer review both make clear the current twin tunnels proposal will likely drive the salmon to extinction and will harm other wildlife. GGSA has no option but to oppose this project.” --John McManus, Golden Gate Salmon Association executive director For more fast facts and rebuttals about this plan, click here. "Governor Brown continues to push for the construction of the Delta Tunnels. After claiming that California would lead “the Resistance” against Donald Trump in his State of the State Address on January 24, Brown later praised the president for his plan to spend $1 trillion in infrastructure funding. Delta advocates fear that Brown will try to make a deal with the Trump administration to approve the permits to build the California WaterFix" (2). Alternative Solutions (As suggested by Restore the Delta and California Water Impact Network): Strengthen the existing Delta levees. Reduce the amount of water taken from the Delta and retire toxic farmland. Increase natural flows of fresh water through the Delta. Increase reliance on local water supply and improve water capture and storage. Better management of groundwater basins. Improve fish screens at existing delta pumps. Make water a true public trust.
Petition to Honorable Arnold L. Natali, Jr., J.S.C., Hon. Linda R. Feinberg, J.S.C. (ret.), F. Clifford Gibbons, Esquire, Christine A. Nazzaro-Cofone, AICP/PP, Donald J. Sears, Esquire
South Brunswick Citizens for Sustainable Growth
As a result of the ongoing Statewide litigation over each municipality’s obligation to provide for its fair share of affordable housing, a Hearing Officer appointed by the Judge in New Brunswick, will decide whether to permit 6 developers to build up to 7,290 new housing units. We, the undersigned represent the many voices of South Brunswick, request that the growth and development of our township occur in a controlled and equitable manner in which housing can be absorbed without unduly stressing the infrastructure of services, schools and roads. The unsustainable growth that is being proposed for South Brunswick Township will directly affect the air we breathe, exacerbate suburban sprawl, increase traffic congestion, overcrowd the schools and affect the quality of life. We, the citizens of South Brunswick understand the importance of affordable housing and have always fully supported this effort in our community. However, South Brunswick’s infrastructure could not sustain this level of development. New Jersey has the highest property tax rate in the country. The developments that are being planned will drastically increase the already exorbitant tax rate that our citizens currently pay We, the undersigned, want to provide input into the manner in which South Brunswick Township develops, however due to the inconvenient location and time of the scheduled hearing, we are unable to attend.
Petition to Scott Pruitt, Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senator John Barrasso, Senator John Shimkus, Senator Rob Bishop
The EPA must fulfill its mission to protect the environment!
As citizens actively concerned with our environment, we exhort Administrator Pruitt to strengthen the EPA and use the power of his office to enact regulations to protect our environment from those who would damage or destroy it. Specifically, we are asking that Administrator Pruitt: Recognize that climate change is progressing and that actions are needed to slow its pace Support the Paris Climate Agreement by taking steps to meet its emissions goals Work against the repeal of the Clean Car Act Support renewable energy and prevent drilling on public land Ban hydraulic fracking Maintain and strengthen the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act Aggressively enforce environmental regulations to reduce damage by polluters Require thorough testing and examination of pesticides to protect wildlife and human health Continue and expand research on climate change We urge Administrator Pruitt to seriously consider these matters, and to fully appreciate and respect the purpose of the Environmental Protection Agency: to protect the environment. We are calling upon the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, the US House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, and the US House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee to join us in urging Administrator Pruitt to protect our environment. Respectfully yours,
Petition to Representantes do governo nacional, regional, e camaras municipais.
O Algarve Diz NAO ao Fracking / Algarve Says NO to Fracking
Caros amigos do Algarve O Algarve é conhecido pela sua grande beleza, beleza esta que está agora em risco de ser destruída. O Algarve é sem duvida uma zona pobre de água, e é uma região ecologicamente sensível que está agora sob ameaça de ser devastada por operações de mineração para extrair gás natural através de uma técnica controversa chamado de fraturamento hidráulico ou "fracking" ou através de outras tecnologias não convencionais. Durante o processo de fracking, milhões de litros de água, areia e diversos produtos químicos - a maioria dos quais são tóxicos, carcinogic bem como teratogénico (que incluem benzeno, tolueno, etilbenzeno, xileno, etileno glicol (anti-congelante), o combustível diesel, naftaleno (bola para a traça) compostos , ácido bórico, arsénico, hidrocarbonetos orgânicos poli nucleares, apenas para citar alguns dos 600 e tantos produtos químicos utilizados) - são bombeados nos furos com água a alta pressão para liberar o gás natural (chamado gás de xisto) preso em camadas de rocha no subsolo. Nos EUA, onde fracking tem sido amplamente utilizado, tem havido centenas de casos documentados deste processo, que resultou em: poluição catastrófica da água potável; poluição do ar; aumento da actividade sísmica, resultando em terremotos; impactos gerais na saúde de seres humanos e animais; e uma grande degradação ambiental. Agora, a Portfuel (que anda aparentemente à procura de parceiros internacionais e locais) está a preparar-se para explorar dezenas de milhares de quilómetros quadrados de terra no Algarve para exploração de gás natural atravez de tecnologias de fracking. Em toda a região do Algarve já temos regularmente uma ameaça de falta de água e não se justifica por em risco as nossas fontes de agua potável devido aos riscos dessa agua ser desperdiçada ou contaminada pelo processo de fracking que, uma vez em plena produção, vai envolver dezenas de milhares de furos, e milhões de litros de água por cada furo. Neste momento há já uma onda crescente de oposição ao uso de fracking no Algarve, liderado por muitas empresas, agricultores, organizações ambientalistas e de direitos humanos, investidores, turistas, estrangeiros residentes e cidadãos comuns. Se está preocupado com os impactos que este género de exploração de gás natural no nosso país vai trazer para a sua região, por favor junte a sua voz a nossa adicionando o seu nome na petição. Texto da petição Nós, os abaixo-assinados: Chamamos ao governo nacional, provincial e municipal para instituir um moratório sobre toda a exploração em terra, e toda a exploração de gás natural em Portugal, especialmente qualquer operação que envolva o processo de fraturamento hidráulico, pelo menos até avaliações abrangentes e independentes terem sido feitas. Avaliacoes que venham a garantir que tais actividades de prospecção e exploração não vai ter efeitos ambientais negativos, ou prejudiciais à saúde. E preciso parar com toda esta actividade até medidas independentes e eficientes estiverem criadas com capacidade de monitor-ar toda a exploração de gás de xisto e exploração em Portugal. Chamamos a Portfuel e a outras empresas internacionais, bem como empresas portugueses para que se abstenham de colocar em risco a integridade ambiental do Algarve e a saúde de todos os seus habitantes que já sabemos que e originada pela prática de exploração de gás de xisto e extracção usando fraturamento hidráulico e outras tecnologias de extracção não-convencionais. Saiba mais sobre o que e o fracking aqui: muitas informações sobre fracking neste link: http://asmaa-algarve.org/index.php/en/campaigns/frack-off-campaign apresentações em Power Point aqui neste link que pode consultar: http://asmaa-algarve.org/index.php/en/campaigns/presentations pode ver uma seleção de vídeos de todo o mundo, incluindo Gasland I e II e Unhearthed: http://asmaa-algarve.org/index.php/en/campaigns/videos pode avaliar se a sua propriade está dentro das áreas de concessão, verificando-o no Mapa interativo do Google que encontra na página inicial do nosso site: http://asmaa-algarve.org ************************************************************************ Dear friends of the Algarve Large parts of Algarve’s beautiful, but water-poor and ecologically sensitive regions are under threat of being devastated by mining operations to extract natural gas using a controversial technique called hydraulic fracturing or 'fracking' or other unconventional technologies. During fracking millions of liters of water, sand and numerous chemicals most of which are toxic, carcinogenic as well as teratogenic (they include benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, xylene, ethylene glycol (antifreeze), diesel fuel, naphthalene (moth ball) compounds, boric acid, arsenic, poly nuclear organic hydrocarbons, only to name a few of 600-odd chemicals used), are pumped into boreholes at high pressure to release natural gas (called shale gas) trapped in layers of underground rock. In the USA, where fracking has been used extensively, there have been hundreds of documented cases of this process resulting in: catastrophic drinking water pollution; air pollution; increased seismic activity resulting in earthquakes; health concerns for humans and animals; and general environmental degradation. Right now, Portfuel (which is apparently looking for international and local partners) is preparing to explore hundreds of square kilometers of land in the Algarve for natural gas exploration by fracking. Most of the area under threat is already extremely water-stressed and cannot afford any water to be either wasted or contaminated by the fracking process which, once in full production, may involve hundreds of boreholes and millions of liters of water per borehole. There is a growing groundswell of opposition to the use of fracking in the Algarve lead by a broad coalition of local businesses, farmers, environmental organizations, tourists, investors, as well as ordinary citizens and expat residents. If you are concerned about the likely environmental and health impacts of natural gas exploitation in our country, please join us in adding your name to the following petition. The Petition Letter We, the undersigned: Call on national, provincial and municipal government to institute a moratorium on all on-shore exploration and exploitation of natural gas in Portugal, especially any operations involving hydraulic fracturing, at least until comprehensive, independent, scientific assessments can guarantee that such exploration and exploitation activities will not lead to detrimental environmental or health effects and until independent and efficient measures are in place to monitor all shale gas exploration and exploitation. Call on Portfuel and other international as well as Portuguese companies to refrain from endangering the environmental integrity of the Algarve and the health of its inhabitants by engaging in shale gas exploration and extraction using hydraulic fracturing and other non-conventional extraction technologies. Find out more about fracking here: lots of info on this link: http://asmaa-algarve.org/index.php/en/campaigns/frack-off-campaign see the presentations: http://asmaa-algarve.org/index.php/en/campaigns/presentations see a selection of videos from all over the world including Gasland I and II and Unhearthed: http://asmaa-algarve.org/index.php/en/campaigns/videos see if you fall within the allocated concession areas by checking the interactive Google Map on our site's home page: http://asmaa-algarve.org