Petition to Tom Wolf, Lou Barletta, Pennsylvania State House, John Gordner, PA Department of Community and Economic Development, David Millard, Kurt Masser
Save Graffiti Highway
PennDOT wants to cut public access to Graffiti Highway. They claim that the road is much too dangerous, even for foot traffic. This is not the case. Graffiti Highway is a gathering spot for tourists and residents of NEPA. The road itself is no more hazardous than a common PA hiking trail. Graffiti Highway is an outlet of expression for artists of all kinds; it should not be shut down.
Petition to Scott Pruitt, Walter Mugdan, President of the United States, Chris Christie, Andy Hobbs, Cory Booker, Frank Pallone, Scott Heck, John M. Speer, John Prince
USEPA: Protect 2 million Americans' water + stop toxic discharge in Ringwood State Park!
Support the Edison Wetlands Association's work to save historic Ringwood State Park and help protect drinking water for over 2 million New Jersey residents! The Ringwood Mines Superfund Site is located in the historic and naturally breathtaking mining district in Passaic County, New Jersey; the iron mined by the Ramapough community in Ringwood was used in the construction of the United States Capitol Dome in Washington D.C., the George Washington Bridge going into New York City, the cannon balls fired in WW1 and WW2, and many other national treasures. Ford Motor Company turned this one-of-a-kind piece of American history into a toxic wasteland, dumping paint sludges and other toxic industrial wastes laden with lead, benzene, and 1,4-dioxane directly onto the ground and in the mines throughout the 1960s and 70s. This has poisoned Upper Ringwood families' resources for decades, who suffer devastating health impacts, staggering rates of premature deaths, rare cancers, and autoimmune diseases believed to be linked to the toxins left in their home. Even now in 2017, an ongoing source of cancer-causing chemicals is discharging into Ringwood State Park, directly upstream from a drinking water resource for over 2 million Americans, the Wanaque Reservoir. A May 2017 report from the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission states, "Since the existing [water treatment] plant cannot remove 1,4-dioxane, if the contaminant was to reach the intake it will impact the finished water quality" - confirming the unacceptable threat the contaminants pose to the health of millions, including our most vulnerable population, our children. Tell our elected officials and the United States Environmental Protection Agency to require Ford Motor Company to remove all of the waste it abandoned in Ringwood, not simply cover the problem with a cap, which Ringwood taxpayers will need to maintain forever. The security of clean drinking water should not be governed by one's zip code. Take action now - the families of Ringwood, and anyone who believes a State Park should be safe to enjoy and drinking water safeguarded, are counting on YOU! Please consider donating to the 501(C)(3) non-profit Edison Wetlands Association, dedicated to protecting human health and the environment through education, action, and public awareness. Follow this link to watch "Troubled Water" on Monday, August 14th, which examines leaking toxic nightmares across the United States, putting American families from sea to polluted sea at peril: News21 "Troubled Water" Documentary (CLICK)
Petition to Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Stop Natural History Museum IMAX Demolition
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History plans to demolish the Samuel C. Johnson IMAX Theater – the only immersive film experience in DC dedicated to bringing the wonders of the natural world to the giant screen. What will they put in its place? An expanded cafeteria. You read that correctly: An expanded cafeteria is more important than educational documentary films about nature. The demise of such a theater would be an enormous loss to the hundreds of thousands of annual visitors who delight in, are inspired by, and learn from such a unique film experience. We are a group of concerned filmmakers and other supporters of educational film who wish to bring public awareness to this issue. We are asking the museum to delay or stop this demolition. Sign our petition to bring this issue to the attention of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and help save an invaluable educational opportunity.
Petition to National Park Service - LWCF Division
Save Creve Coeur Lake Park
Imagine 40 acres of Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park converted to a concrete and steel complex operated by private interests for professional sports franchises, colleges and hockey enthusiasts. That is the current proposal for parkland adjacent to Sailboat Cove and the big lake. We support hockey and facilities for its practice, but this project does not belong in this public park. Sign this petition and say no to converting 40 acres of your parkland to a 250,000 square foot, 4,500 seat multi-story hockey complex with 1,000+ parking spaces. With over 1 million users annually, Creve Coeur Park is a precious gem for our region. We love it because it is a quiet space to enjoy the water, birds, trees, and natural environment. We use it for biking, birding, running, and boating. Converting 40 acres of Creve Coeur Lake Park to an indoor sports complex will only increase noise, light, traffic, and obstruct the views for those currently using the park. Neither the public in general nor the County taxpayers specifically were given a chance to vote on this giveaway of public park land. Sign this petition and show your elected officials and the park department that you don’t want this facility in Creve Coeur Lake Park. Flooding is a problem inside Creve Coeur Park. Twice in just the last 18 months, major portions of the Park have been under water, including the proposed site and Marine Avenue, the road that will be used to access the complex. Developers promise they can elevate the buildings above future floods, but the fill required will only displace more water leading to increased flooding in other areas of the park. Sign this petition and say YES to Creve Coeur Park and NO to the proposal to convert 40 acres of public parkland to an indoor sports complex. If you love Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park the way it is, speak up! Are you a park user? Please use this form to submit comments on the proposed St. Louis Ice Center, to be built in Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park. Be specific about how you use the park (biking, walking, sailing, etc.) and your concerns about the proposed development.
Petition to City Council of Chesapeake
Support Solar Power Generation in Chesapeake
We the undersigned citizens of Chesapeake and the surrounding communities support the development of solar power in our city as a clean renewal energy resource. Solar power generation is compatible with the Comprehensive Plan objectives of encouraging the development of alternative energy sources and improving local air quality by reducing fossil fuel “smokestack” emissions across the state. Solar energy will reduce environmental degradation in Virginia and neighboring states caused by mountaintop removal mining, the disposal of new coal ash, the contamination of rivers from mining and fracking, and air pollution. Utility scale solar energy production - solar farms - will provide our city with cost-effective solutions while providing agricultural farm owners with options to increase their financial opportunities while safeguarding their land from permanent development. Many neighboring cities have seen unfettered encroachment within their rural areas. Solar power farms are a lower impact use of the land, reducing the pressure for residential development. Restricting solar farms to land zoned Industrial will have negative consequences. Acquiring existing industrial land is very costly and will make solar energy much more expensive, thus causing us to continue to use energy sources that cause far greater destruction to the our air, water, natural areas, and ultimately our health. Re-zoning currently agricultural land as industrial will, almost literally, pave the way for that land to be used much more intensively in the future. The advantage of the solar farm was that it was relatively low intensity and allowed the land to be used for other options, including farming, in the future.
Petition to City of Rocklin, CA
Stop High Density Housing At Sierra College/Rocklin Rd Intersection(400 Oak Trees Destroyed!! 400 Extra Cars on Your Travel Route!!)
An LA developer with zero investment in the natural beauty of Rocklin plans to build 9 three-story apartment buildings, 195 apartments, approx 400 new residents near the intersection of Sierra College/Rocklin Road. Being planned for the first quarter of 2015 - act now!! An extra 400 cars are expected to exit onto the already busy Sierra College/Rocklin Rd intersection each day from this new construction. Apartment direct entry/exit located both on Rocklin Rd, and Water Lily Ln. It will be hell on your commute! 400 oak trees will be destroyed along with the natural habitats of many birds and other wildlife. 10 acres of land flattened, natural hills and landscape demolished. This high density housing project will also bring increased crime and decreased safety for our homes, families and children, in addition to increasing noise and other forms of pollution.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DO ANY OF THESE ISSUES AFFECT AND CONCERN YOU!? ACT NOW!!!! PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO PETITION AGAINST THIS DEVELOPMENT (AND GIVE A REASON FOR YOUR PETITION IF POSSIBLE). Read more below!---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- THE IMPACT TO ROCKLIN’S OAK TREES - THE CITY’S FAILED PROMISES In the past, Rocklin City has recognized the value of oak trees as a valuable natural resource for the area with their oak preservation guidelines stating; "Oak woodlands constitute a valuable natural resource for the city. They also provide habitat for many wildlife species. They contribute to the City's beauty and varied scenery. They also provide shade in parks as well as developed areas. Oaks enrich the soil and protect watersheds and streams from erosion". They have a clear and strong message, demonstrating how they will honor their commitment to "....address the decline of oak woodlands due to urbanization.....". However, with this proposal they do not appear to be honoring that commitment. The project will completely destroy 400 oak trees, and will flatten 10 acres of land. The natural beauty and wildlife will be replaced by 9 very large three story buildings, housing approx 400 residents. This will contribute to noise, light and other pollution, possible crime, decreased safety for our homes, family and children. Is the City paying lip service to us all as residents? In reality, the city allows developers the options simply pay into a fund to mitigate the loss of these trees. This mitigation fund collects money and stagnates….. With over $1.3 million accumulated in this fund already, it would appear that very little is being done to truly preserve these precious trees. INCREASED TRAFFIC Those who use Sierra College and Rocklin Road on a regular basis strongly believe that the proposed entry and exit routes into the development will cause significant delays to travel time and increased congestion. After all there will be approx. 400 extra cars entering and exiting the Sierra College Blvd intersection from the apartment complex. They will be entering just around 100 feet from two of the entrances of the intersection (north from Sierra College, West from Rocklin Rd), on this already very busy intersection. It’s clear to see how this will disrupt commuter traffic and the major trucking/transport companies, for whom Sierra College Blvd is essential route. A traffic impact study is being conducted for this development. These studies assess the impact of developments upon the traffic systems, such as intersections. However, the experiences of residents/commuters and their opinions about the current state of traffic, and how they feel the changes will impact upon delays and safety, are not taken into consideration as part of such studies. Furthermore, this traffic analysis study is conducted by a third party company hired by the developer, which though entirely compliant with the State guidelines, gives a general feeling of uneasiness, lack of confidence, and a feeling that there may be partiality within whole process.
Petition to Portland City Council
Pass an organic land care ordinance in Portland, Maine
Organic land care is the way of the future. More than 25 Maine communities already restrict conventional pesticides. Most of Canada has banned both the use and sale of conventional pesticides. France started rolling out its own ban in 2017. In 2016, South Portland passed the strongest organic land care ordinance in the country. Portland residents want an ordinance as strong OR stronger than South Portland's. Responding to resident complaints, the city finally eliminated its sidewalk Roundup spray program in 2016. The city is also working to reduce pesticide use. But the pace is slow and city staff still cling to IPM, which allows the use of conventional pesticides and fertilizers for cosmetic purposes. Meanwhile, any property owner in the city is free to buy conventional pesticides and apply them as they see fit. This often means high risk conventional pesticides run-off into storm drains and drift into neighboring yards. Residents and visitors continue to be exposed to pesticides used on city athletic fields, the city golf course and by untrained property owners. Retailers remain free to sell these varied chemicals linked to diseases in both humans and animals; known to kill bees and other pollinators; and that negatively affect our environment and coastal waters.. In 2015, the city spent $25,000 on synthetic pesticides for the Riverside Golf Course, which abuts the Presumpscot River. Our property rights are taken from us when pesticides drift and runoff from neighboring properties and kill foraging honey bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Children and pets often run across or lay down in treated areas. Other communities in Maine, across the country and around the world have restricted conventional pesticides within their city limits. Eldredge Lumber and Hardware, which has a retail center in Portland, has removed all synthetic pesticides and fertilizers from its store shelves and replaced them with organics and seen sales rise 30 percent. Organic land care is the way of the future. PETITION We the undersigned Portland residents, property owners, workers, business owners and visitors ask the City Council to reject IPM and enact an organic land care ordinance restricting the use and sale of conventional pesticides and fertilizers and permitting those allowed in the National Organic Program. It is our duty to advocate for children, pets and pollinators today. By passing such an ordinance, the Portland City Council can keep our community and environment healthy and thriving and maintain our place as a leading green city.
Petition to Environmental Protection Agency
Ban plastic straws in California!
Plastic is a part of every day life for pretty much every American. We don't think much of it when we're drinking from our straws or when we throw out old bottles, but the sad reality is that between 12,000 and 24,000 tons of plastic is ingested every year by fish, causing injury and death. That plastic later transfers to bigger marine life higher up the food chain as they consume the fish. And the fish who aren't hunted by bigger life find their way on to your dinner plates, leaching harmful toxins, such as BPA, into the bodies of you and your loved ones. Plastic straws in particular kill millions of sea birds a year, and it was estimated that at least a quarter of fish found in markets have plastic fibers in their bellies. Something as simple as switching to biodegradable straws could change the world for the better. Banning plastic straws may seem like too much of a hassle, but the reality is that the positive impact it would have on us and the environment is so astounding that we could actually create a healthy and thriving world for our fellow earth inhabitants and our future descendants. If you can't do it for the animals and the planet, do it for your family!