Petition to The Honolulu Board of Water Supply
Save the unique and historic Ha'ikū Stairs (Stairway to Heaven) from destruction.
The Ha'ikū Stairs were part of a pioneering communications network built during the Second World War. They were repaired in 2002 at a cost to the city of $950,000 but have remained closed ever since. Despite this, the stairs remain legendary to hikers and climbing enthusiasts from all over the world, offering panoramic views of Oahu and a valuable opportunity to study Hawaiian history, culture, as well as native plant and animal life. The Honolulu Board of Water Supply (BWS) owns the land under the stairs and is about to initiate steps to remove this eligible historic structure protected by law. Please sign this petition (using your signature and physical address for maximum impact) to show you support saving the Ha'ikū Stairs. Together, let's urge the Board of Water supply to work with stakeholders for a managed access plan that would mitigate any further costs to the city, solve illegal hiking problems, and save this world famous and unique piece of history for future generations.
Petition to SARASOTA COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Make a Fresh Start for the Celery Fields
We respectfully request that the Sarasota County Commission proactively work with the community to achieve a shared, broad-based vision for public lands near the Celery Fields bird sanctuary. Sarasota County, FL, has consistently rejected industrial uses in the "Quad area," i.e., those public lands located at Palmer Boulevard and Apex Road near the regional storm water area park and bird sanctuary known as Celery Fields. In August, the County denied a demolition waste processing facility proposed for this site. Fresh Start - consisting of 46 neighborhood and business organizations near the Celery Fields - has written to the County, asking that the Quad lands now be removed from the surplus lands sale list in order to allow thoughtful, community-wide consideration of the future of these public lands. A successful plan -- one that unifies the area’s recreational and ecotourism amenities by integrating them with surrounding neighborhoods, schools, parks, and businesses -- will benefit all. Therefore I wish to join in urging Sarasota County to make a Fresh Start by taking two actions without delay: Remove the Quad properties from the Surplus lands list; Work with the community using a facilitated workshop process to achieve consensus on how to best protect, enhance, and optimize the future of the Quads and Celery Fields area.
Petition to Governor Larry Hogan, Roger Berliner
Respect The Law, No Tree Cutting/Irreversible Harm Until The Court Rules
Governor Larry Hogan DO NOT CUT ANY TREES, close the Capital Crescent Trail or allow any other irreversible environmental harm until the court makes its final ruling on the Purple Line. The haste with which MTA and its Purple Line contractor announced that they are closing the Trail next Tuesday September 5th for 5 years is shocking and unwarranted. Students will return on their first day of school only to find their access cut off without a safe alternative, as will commuters, walkers, wounded warriors and other users of the Trail. The 48 acres of forest marked for immediate clear-cutting harbor owls, woodpeckers and migratory songbirds and protect our streams and water quality. The story is the same all along the path of the Purple Line, affecting residents, students, commuters, small businesses, and our environment. We know MTA can do better for the communities affected. A brief pause on the closure will allow for the legal process to come to conclusion, and for MTA to fulfill its commitments to plan safe alternatives for Trail users and for all communities along the Purple Line.
Petition to Nathan Deal, Georgia Governor, Georgia State Senate, Georgia State House
Ban shark fins in Georgia!
Shark finning is the abhorrent practice of cutting only the fins of a shark off, all while the shark is still very much alive, and then dumping it back into the water. Because most sharks need to keep moving to breathe, they sink down to the bottom and die a slow and agonizing death. Studies have long confirmed that fish feel pain. This is done because generally, the only good part of the shark is the fins. They are used in a Chinese delicacy called shark fin soup and fetch a high price globally. Since the popularization of shark fin soup, shark populations have been absolutely decimated by this truly sinister practice. Most people think of sharks as powerful and frightening predators, not vulnerable or in trouble, but the truth is that the ocean's sharks are being driven to the brink of extinction due to the global demand for their fins. Unlike other fish that have hundreds of babies at a time, sharks only give birth to a few babies each year. They are very slow-growing and do not reach reproductive age until they are as old as 10. Because of this, they are extremely vulnerable to overexploitation, and in many places, shark populations have decreased by 90% in the last 20 years. Although many people view sharks as a danger, only 12 people per year are fatally wounded by sharks, where as humans kill over 100 million sharks a year for their fins. The truth is that we need sharks. Sharks are vital to the health of our oceans. As top predators, they play the important role of keeping the populations of everything else below them balanced. When sharks start to disappear, we see entire ecosystem collapse. This leads to a trickle-down effect that studies have proved negatively impacts human lives and local/regional economies. We are in the midst of the 6th mass extinction event that our Earth has seen and in the next 100 years, 50% of the planet's biodiversity could be gone. Species are going extinct at a rate 1000 times faster than that of the natural extinction rate, and this is due to humans. We have a responsibility to protect what is left and to be stewards to the ocean that we rely on for everything from the oxygen that we breathe to the weather that impacts our lives. Our oceans need sharks to be healthy, and so that means that all of us need sharks. In the United States, only 10 of the 50 states prohibit the sale, trade, possession and distribution of shark fins within state borders: Texas, Hawaii, California, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Oregon, Washington, Illinois and Massachusetts. I recently moved from MA to Georgia, and after walking into a Chinese Restaurant in Atlanta and seeing shark fins displayed right at the door I knew I needed to take action to press for my state to follow in the footsteps of the other 10 ocean steward states that have banned the trade of fins thus far, bringing our country 1 step closer to a fin-free society!
Petition to Joseph P. Moore, Karyn Merkel, John Redmond
Stop The Use of Roundup in Fond du Lac City Parks and Playgrounds
Dear City Manager of Fond du Lac, Joseph Moore, Superintendent of Fond du Lac Parks and Forests, John Redmond & City Council President, Karyn Merkel “We," the families of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and the surrounding area, respectfully ask that you immediately cease the use of Roundup being sprayed at all the Fond du Lac Parks, where children and families are present daily. After many studies of the ill-effects of Roundup, cities, parks, and schools across the United States are taking steps to rid the use of this chemical being used. Pesticides like Roundup contribute to cancer, asthma, and learning disabilities. In March 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer found glyphosate, Roundup's main ingredient, to be linked to cancer. There are many safe, organic alternatives to this weed killer. Please join this petition to lead Fond du Lac parks in the right direction for our children. See the articles below for the ill-effects Roundup has on our children and the environment. Statistics showing how pesticides contribute to children's asthma, cancer, and learning disabilities: http://relandscapes.com/relatedsciences/media/childrenandlawnchemicalsdontmix-1.pdf California judge rules Roundup's ingredient, glyphosate, could be classified by state officials as a cancer risk and schools stop using: http://www.latimes.com/socal/burbank-leader/news/tn-blr-me-busd-round-up-20170320-story.html Study of toxicity of pesticides on human cells: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/yesmaam/pages/680/attachments/original/1407922513/Mesnage_et_al_2014_Major_Pesticides_are_more_toxic_to_human_cells_than_their_declared_active_principles.pdf?1407922513 How pesticides harm honey bees: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/yesmaam/pages/680/attachments/original/1490490756/Herbicides_and_metals_affect_redox_system_in_honeybees.pdf?1490490756 Study linking pesticides and non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/yesmaam/pages/680/attachments/original/1490157272/Non_Hodgkins_Lymphoma_and_Glyphosate.pdf?1490157272 Study showing pesticides cause wheeze among farmers: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/yesmaam/pages/680/attachments/original/1468158684/Wheeze_Among_Farmers_and_Pesticides.pdf?1468158684
Petition to Natural Resources Board, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Diane Brusoe, Jeffrey Voltz, Kurt Thiede
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 Greg Abbott
Reintroducing Great Plains wolf back to Texas to restore balance to the ecosystem.
"The Great Plains Wolf, also known as the buffalo wolf, dusky wolf or loafer, is a subspecies of gray wolf whose range once extended throughout the Great Plains from southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan southward to northern Texas". Wikipedia But thanks to human intervention it's range has been decimated and now endangered. As a result the ecosystem in these places has lost it's once great diversity, Without the wolves presence, its usual prey has been destroying the undergrowth/saplings. It is critical that we return the Great Plains Wolf to it's natural environment hunting buffalo and deer. And once reinstated, it will be illegal to murder. Because the food chain is unbalanced with too many coyotes which hurts the energy flow, by refusing the ecosystem a apex predator.
Petition to 2T 2U Rule Comments, DEQ/DWR Water Planning Section
Keep Toxic Waste Out of Our Yards
No one likes when neighbors neglect to curb their dogs – particularly when poop lands in our front yard. Imagine if that poop was 10 billion gallons of fecal waste yearly and it was turning up in the air you breathe, the soil where you grow your food, and the water you drink and bathe in. That’s life in North Carolina, where the Department of Environmental Quality has turned a blind eye to factory farms, who routinely dump toxic waste too close to homes, schools, and churches. It isn't just foul-smelling; it's also a health threat. Manure has been known to carry E. coli, salmonella, cryptosporidium and other bacteria that can lead to serious illness or death if they spread to humans. A 2016 Duke University School of Medicine report linked exposure to waste from hog farms with acute blood pressure increase, impaired neurobehavioral and pulmonary function. It also pointed to carcinogenic effects induced by chemicals from hog farming waste. Respiratory illnesses are another concern, yet dry-litter operations are exempt from state odor ordinances, and federal regulators don't monitor poultry plant air emissions. Factory farm facilities are responsible for a lot more animals than your neighbor with the dog. We’re talking about some 200 million birds, 9 million pigs, and more than 810,000 cattle. And their waste output is staggering. Pig and cattle facilities collectively produce 10 billion gallons of wet fecal waste yearly, enough to fill more than 15,000 Olympic-size swimming pools. Factor in 2 million tons of dry waste from the state’s 200 million factory-farmed birds, and you start to see why there’s been such a stink about factory farming in this state. Enough is enough. North Carolina tax payers deserve better. Thankfully, for the first time since 2005, residents have an opportunity to comment on updating the waste regulations – the “2T” rules (15A NCAC 02T) – which are grossly inadequate. Together, we can push for policies that restrict the growth and negative impact of factory farms in the state by raising the following concerns and recommendations: The current absence of a permitting process with regard to new poultry operations leaves the state unable to provide basic oversight and prevent irresponsible practices of these facilities. Poultry operations are the fastest-growing source of agricultural pollution, and the state needs to protect its citizens from this industry. Given the disparate impact of animal operations (especially hog farms) on vulnerable communities, the state should take additional measures to protect those at the greatest risk. The state department of environmental quality should require that livestock and poultry operators sample surface water, ground water, and air quality in order to protect residents. Farmers should be incentivized to grow more fruits, vegetables, and other healthy plant foods, which can be produced in a more ecologically sound way than animal products. We're all neighbors; what hurts our neighbors, threatens us all. Thank you for joining Farm Sanctuary in sending NC DEQ the attached letter to help prevent industrial animal farms from threatening the environment, and the health and well-being of North Carolina’s residents.