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, L. 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 smaller programs, including coastal management, estuary reserves, and Sea Grant – a well-leveraged scientific research partnership with 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 Congressional Representatives and Legislators that funding for the EPA and NOAA is important to you, your family, your business, and community.
Petition to Jean-Claude Juncker
Etiquetage nutritionnel: pour un logo "couleurs" obligatoire dans toute l'Europe
Alors que la France vient de décider de mettre en place un étiquetage nutritionnel "5-couleurs" facultatif (1), il faut maintenant que l'Europe reprenne en main cette question pour rendre l'étiquetage "couleurs" obligatoire dans toute l'Europe. Il ne faut pas laisser les grandes multinationales faire la loi dans l’UE, comme elles sont en train d’essayer de le faire (2), la balle est maintenant entre les mains des autorités européennes. Les consommateurs ont le droit de savoir, par un étiquetage clair, si les aliments qu'ils consomment et qu'ils achètent pour leurs enfants, sont bons ou non pour leur santé. Consommateurs européens, signez pour interpeller directement le président de la Commission européenne, à qui je me chargerai de remettre cette pétition. En attendant qu'un cadre européen clair soit mis en place, nous demandons aussi aux industriels d'étiqueter leurs produits en France avec le logo "5-couleurs", au lieu de mettre en place des logos concurrents qui ne feraient que porter à confusion. Michèle Rivasi, députée européenne (1)http://www.leparisien.fr/societe/marisol-touraine-annonce-pour-avril-le-logo-qui-classe-les-aliments-par-couleur-15-03-2017-6762966.php (2)http://abonnes.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2017/03/09/nutrition-l-offensive-surprise-de-l-agrobusiness_5091929_3244.html
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 Muhtar Kent, James Quincey, Beatriz Perez, Bernard McGuinness, Clyde Tuggle
Coca-Cola: Save wildlife by switching to edible six-pack rings
Plastic six-pack rings are everywhere. They are a convenient tool for holding our bottles and cans together. Unfortunately, they also cause terrible suffering and death for more than one million wild creatures - like turtles, fish, birds and small mammals - each year. Plastic items we toss in the garbage (or out the window) mostly wind up in or near our oceans. Marine animals can become tangled in the six-pack rings with no hope of escape. Sadly, even cutting them apart doesn't save wildlife who try to eat the pieces, mistaking them for food. Luckily something can be done about this - right now. And it's so simple! Saltwater Brewery, a small Florida craft beer company, has developed a completely biodegradable six-pack ring that wildlife can actually eat! Coca-Cola, we are now looking to you. The animals and the oceans need your company - the global leader in the soft drinks industry - to initiate this long overdue effort for true sustainability. With your team of leading-edge engineers and scientists, surely a harmless, edible six-pack ring can be put into production. It will likely cost more at first. But we only have one earth, and the wild creatures who share it with us should not be condemned to suffer for the sake of our convenience and profits. Please don't let us down.
Petition to Maggie Barry, Dr Jan Wright, Lou Sanson, John Key, Neil Silver, Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman
STOP 1080 Poison Drop, near Tira Ora Estate, New Zealand. People and animals live here
Tira Ora is a Wildlife Sanctuary. Volunteers from New Zealand and 20 different countries in the world visit Tira Ora each year, to get a 1st Class opportunity to live close to Nature, drink from our river, and hunt, fish and eat from the land. Bird watching and photography is superb. We protect the following birds from 1080 Poison: Endemic birdsBellbird/KorimakoFantail/PīwakawakaGrey warbler/RiroriroNZ Falcon/KāreareaNZ Pigeon/KererūParadise Shelduck/PūtangitangiTui/TūīVariable Oystercatcher/Tōrea PangoWeka Native BirdsAustralasian Gannet/TākapuBlack-Backed Gull/KaroroBlue Penguin/KororāMorepork/RuruNankeen Night HeronPied shag/KāruhiruhiPukeko/PūkekoRoyal Spoonbill/Kōtuku NgutupapaSilvereye /TauhouSpur-winged PloverWelcome Swallow/WarouWhite-Faced Heron/Matuku Moana Introduced BirdsBlackbird/Manu PangoCalifornia QuailChaffinch/PahiriniGoldfinchGreenfinchYellowhammer We also have horses, llama, ostriches, donkeys, poultry, dogs and cats who all drink from the river. Please STOP the 1080 Drop scheduled for our area, because we are a Global Exchange Community, and Wildlife Sanctuary, full of Native Birds at present. 1080 poison misadventure will ruin our established lifestyle. 1080 poison KILLS Birds. 1080 Poison KILLS Dogs, and other mammals. There is no antidote for 1080 Poison.
Petition to Publix Super Markets
Ban Plastic Bags In Florida
Plastic Bags are an environmental disaster, especially in the State of Florida, which has a very diverse ecosystem. Plastic bags are killing marine life, causing flooding by clogging storm drains and aren't biodegradable. I started this petition because I couldn't tolerate seeing plastic bags in our beautiful waters, on our beaches and within our cities anymore. It's a dangerous form of litter that needs to be eliminated. Get involved by sharing this petition. Presently, the City of Coral Gables is in the process of banning plastic bags. There is a 'State Preemption Law' which loosely says cities can't ban plastic bags. House Bill 93 and Senate Bill 0162 will allow coastal cities with under 100,000 in population to pass ordinances which will put them into a pilot program to regulate plastic bags. These bills will give coastal cities local home rule which has been restricted for so many years. http://www.CleanUpMiamiBeach.com
Petition to Manhattan Beach Residents for Responsible Development
Keep Sepulveda Safe!!
Some issues don't stop at City borders. California State Highway 1, in front of the proposed Gelson's in MB (between 6th & 8th - the old car lot), is unfortunately a very dangerous stretch of Sepulveda/PCH in the South Bay - including several fatalities. Paragon, the proposed developer of Gelson's, in their recent Plan resubmittal, has now indicated a willingness to install a southbound safety deceleration lane for safer entry and exit of delivery trucks, and customer vehicle, traffic on fast flowing southbound Sepulveda - if so required. The City of MB and CalTrans will define any such requirements. Whether you're for Gelson's or not, please sign this petition which we will present to the City of MB and CalTrans to show our South Bay Community support for a safety decelration lane.
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Ban Fracking On The Island Of Ireland
The island of Ireland is one of the greenest places on earth but global energy corporations want to change that. The fracking industry have big plans for both sides of the border and we need to act fast to stop them. We can't sit back and let our land and water be destroyed by those who promise us the earth while destroying it in the process. Demand that we follow follow the French and German governments, invest heavily in renewables, and ban fracking on the island of Ireland. Sign and share the petition now. Each time someone signs it, key politicians will get an email urging them to act. Despite huge opposition, Australian company Tamboran Resources wants to commence fracking work in scenic Fermanagh and Leitrim. Other areas under threat include the Antrim, Down, Derry, Donegal, Sligo, Roscommon, Cavan, Monaghan, Clare, Cork and Kerry. Fracking promises an abundance of jobs and energy but at what cost? Fracking or 'hydraulic fracturing' involves drilling down and injecting toxic chemicals into the earth at high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas. Studies show that fracking contaminates drinking water, affects air quality, and disrupts fish, farming, wildlife and tourism. It has also been linked to tremors and earthquakes in England, the U.S and elsewhere. It also impacts negatively on house prices. The French government have described fracking as a massacre on the landscape. All around the world citizens and governments are waking up to the destruction and dangers it poses. We need to come together and demand leaders in Belfast, Dublin and London do the same. Sign and share the petition now. Everyone agrees that the island of Ireland urgently needs jobs, investment and new sources of energy. What we need is a sensible long-term plan that makes both parts of the island global leaders in eco-tourism and green food and energy. That way we can create real and sustainable jobs that don't cost the earth. We already have huge momentum. Leitrim, Donegal, Sligo, Roscommon and Sligo County Councils have all passed motions calling for a ban, as has Omagh and Fermanagh District Council. Their opposition to fracking is shared by well known figures including Paul McCartney, Robert Redford, Matt Damon, Adrian Dunbar, Yoko Ono and Alec Baldwin. Northern Ireland Environment Minister Mark Durkan and Alex White, the Irish Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, both say that further studies are needed before fracking can begin in full force. However campaigners suspect that global energy lobbyists could get their way when it comes to influencing new studies and legislation. Our ancestors knew to protect the land for future generations and we must do the same. Let us unite together, protect our beautiful island, and build a prosperous future for all. Demand a ban on fracking. Sign and share the petition now! Joe, Lisa and all at Afri ________________________ Media links Friends Of The Earth Warm Over Fracking In Northern Ireland http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/environment/friends-of-the-earth-warn-over-fracking-in-northern-ireland-29904048.html Leitrim Councillors Condemn Tamboran Resources http://www.rte.ie/news/2014/0731/634288-fracking/ No fracking pledge by Fermanagh’s biggest landownerhttp://fermanaghherald.com/2013/10/no-fracking-pledge-by-fermanaghs-biggest-landowner/#sthash.HN8IJWht.dpuf EPA officlal links fracking to water issueshttp://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/epa-official-links-fracking-and-drinking-water-issues-in-dimock-pa/2013/07/29/7d8b34b2-f8a1-11e2-afc1-c850c6ee5af8_story.html Germany bans fracking until at least 2021 http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/wall-street-journal/germany-bans-fracking-till-2021/story-fnay3ubk-1226979613342?nk=129c02e9cb3c4b08d15ac04f015e88b7 France Upholds Ban On Fracking http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/12/business/international/france-upholds-fracking-ban.html?_r=0 New York Times Expose on Fracking Offers Lessons http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/egoldstein/new_york_times_expose_on_frack.html Two Thirds of Britons Favour Wind Over Frackinghttp://positivenews.org.uk/2014/environment/renewable_energy/15778/two-thirds-britons-favour-wind-power-fracking/ Scientists for Global Responsibility - fracking reportPress release - http://www.cieh.org/media/media3.aspx?id=53552PDF report - http://www.sgr.org.uk/pages/shale-gas-and-fracking-examining-evidence The Guardian - Fracking newshttp://www.theguardian.com/environment/shale-gas Canadaians can't drink their water after mining waste flows into rivers http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/08/05/3467611/bc-water-tailings-pond-breach/ Belfast Telegraph - Fracking Q & Ahttp://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/fracking-qa-on-the-divisive-issue-30468515.html Environment Minister Mark H Durkan rejects Tamboran proposals for exploratory drilling in Co Fermanaghhttp://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/fracking-environment-minister-mark-h-durkan-rejects-tamboran-proposals-for-exploratory-drilling-in-co-fermanagh-30499177.html#comments Fracking campaigners criticise 'censored' report on house priceshttp://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/aug/10/fracking-censored-house-price-reportU.S government report: Drinking Water at Risk from Underground Fracking Waste Injectionhttp://ecowatch.com/2014/07/28/drinking-water-at-risk-underground-fracking-waste-injection/ 7 Things You Need To Know About The Toxin That’s Poisoned Ohio’s Drinking Waterhttp://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/08/03/3467068/toledo-ohio-water-crisis/States With Fracking See Surge In Earthquake Activityhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/14/fracking-earthquake_n_5585892.htmlSmall English Community Takes on Fracking Industry - and wins!http://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/fracking-dilemma-goes-on-as-companies-seek-to-guzzle-gas-from-the-ground-1.1892844 LEAKED: MLA Members Briefing on Tamboran & Legislative Definition of Mineralshttp://www.scribd.com/doc/236337105/LEAKED-MLA-Members-Briefing-on-Tamboran-Legislative-Definition-of-Minerals Jury awards Texas family nearly $3 million in fracking casehttp://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-fracking-lawsuit-20140424-story.html________________________________________________ Fracking information Greenpeace - Fracking http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/campaigns/global-warming-and-energy/The-Problem/fracking/ Dangers of Fracking http://www.dangersoffracking.com No To Fracking http://nofracking.com Earth Justice - Resources http://earthjustice.org/features/campaigns/fracking-across-the-united-states Environment America report http://www.environmentamerica.org/sites/environment/files/reports/EA_FrackingNumbers_scrn.pdf ________________________________________________ Video / film Video - Presentation by Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith, Senior Adviser to the National Toxics Network and IPEN - Dublin, 24th May 2013. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mf6i54znf6s Video - Clare Fracking Concern short documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpzSmwIwK6Q Video - The Future of Fracking in Ireland (Letrim focus) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S10eRf8pYz4 Video - BBC Journalist Greg Palast Speaks at No Fracking Ireland Eventhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXyN0InzCdw Video - Talk by Leah Doherty, No Fracking Ireland https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu7ip8hei-E Film - Gasland http://vimeo.com/70442569 Film - Fracking Hell (18 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEB_Wwe-uBM ________________________________________________ Key contacts Contact details for Belfast, Dublin, London & Brussels politicianshttp://frackingfreeireland.org/contact/contact-irish-politicians/Email Irish TDs and Councillors directly from this sitehttp://www.contact.ie/ Find out phone numbers and info for all Irish politicianshttp://www.whoismytd.com/ Northern Ireland MLAshttp://www.niassembly.gov.uk/Your-MLAs/ Dublin Alex White TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and and Natural Resources Tel: +353 (0)1 618 3972 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @AlexWhiteTD Belfast Mark Durkan MLA, Minister of the Environment Tel: +44 (0) 28 7136 5516 Email: email@example.com Twitter: @markhdurkan ________________________________________________ Companies involved Tamboran resourceshttp://www.tamboran.com Lough Allen Natural Gas Co (Finvera Wind Energy) http://www.finavera.com Enegi Oilhttp://www.enegioil.com ________________________________________________ Anti-Fracking GroupsFracking Free Ireland http://frackingfreeireland.org No To Fracking Northern Ireland http://notofracking.com Fracking Free Clare http://frackingfreeclare.org Love Letrim http://www.loveleitrim.org/category/fracking/ Fermanagh Fracking Awareness Group http://www.frackaware.com/wordpress/ Not For Shale N.I http://notforshale.com Good Energies Ireland Alliance http://goodenergiesalliance.com/fracking-areas/