Petition to Brian Cornell, Jennifer Silberman, Brian Lannan, Doug Baker, George Barrett, Ken Salazar, Melissa McLean, Monica Lozano, Henrique De Castro, Dmitri Stockton, Melanie Healey
Target, Stop Filling the World with Plastic Bags!
We, Target customers, ask Target to eliminate plastic bags. We understand this won’t be convenient to us, but it is time to act. For those of us who also shop at Costco or IKEA, we know we can survive without plastic bags. 2 million single-use plastic bags are consumed every minute. These bags often wind up in waterways and our landscape, degrading water and soil as they break down into tiny toxic bits. These bags have a massive carbon footprint. Switching to paper won’t help. The carbon footprint of paper bags is even bigger. Paper production uses trees that could instead be absorbing carbon dioxide, releases more greenhouse gases, takes 3 times the amount of water, and results in 50 times more water pollutants. Paper bags do not breakdown faster in a landfill and take more space. If Target provides bags for purchase, we ask it to charge a meaningful amount because this approach works. Plastic bag use fell by 90% in Ireland following a plastic bag tax of 37 cents. In Australia, 2 major retailers led by eliminating plastic bags in their stores and the country reduced plastic bag use by 80% in 3 months. In Los Angeles county, a plastic bag ban with a charge on paper bags reduced single bag use by 95%. Target’s current 5 cent discount for those bringing bags does not meaningfully curb Target’s plastic bag consumption. We want Target to act swiftly. Target’s plastic bags are choking the earth.
Petition to Connecticut State Senate, Connecticut State House
Pass HB5385 in CT, “An Act Requiring the Elimination of Single-Use Plastic Straws”
Annually, 200,000 tons of plastic straws end up in our worlds landfills and oceans. And worse, in CT, we use approximately 6 million straws a day, amounting to 2 billion straws yearly. Clearly, straws are detrimental to our environment. Luckily, the option to say “no”, as HB5385 would mandate, would greatly cut CT’s plastic straw pollution.
Petition to School Cafeterias, U.S. Senate, New Jersey State Senate, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Phil Murphy, AL GORE, Environmental Protection Agency, Cory A. Booker, Andrew M. Cuomo
A Simple Idea To Help Solve An Environmental Crisis!
#WTBeeF with our Carbon Footprint
A simple idea to help solve a big-complex environmental crisis and lower our carbon footprint by over 30%! I am Mili, a 13-year old middle school student. I’m very passionate about solving one of the most critical crisis affecting our planet earth! My initiative started as a science fair project analyzing the biggest factor that adversely impacts our environment...climate change! I was alarmed to find out how our food habits have a huge impact on our carbon footprint and more how a simple change can greatly reduce the negative impact we cause on our environment. Beef amongst all foods is by far the largest contributor to one’s carbon footprint. Determined to find more evidence, I conducted a study in my school and community to analyze the impact of beef consumption on our carbon footprint. The results were quiet shocking-the annual beef consumption of only 68 residents in the town of Secaucus is equivalent to using the water in nine olympic sized pools (6,000,000 gallons) and 78,000 miles in car driven annually. However, this huge impact can be reversed by cutting out beef from our diet just once a week...If 68 residents cut their beef consumption by just 1-day/week we could save the water equivalent to over 3 olympic sized pools (2,000,000 gallons), 23,000 miles in car driven annually. This finding was very alarming, and motivated me to take action for a cause that not only affects my generation growing up but also future generations. I feel deeply concerned about this un-sustainable high carbon footprint and urge you all to support my initiative to have our school cafeteria's implement one #beeflessday /week. Let's lower our beef consumption just once-a-week, for the sake of our environment because every little bit goes a long way! Every pledge is one step closer to a better planet, a better tomorrow... Link to my original presentation with the mayor, town council and study results posted on Secaucus.gov website. Reduce our Carbon Footprint Mili Carbon Footprint Study_Secaucus
Petition to Governments Around the Globe
Earth Day Should Be a National Holiday
We believe that Earth Day should be a national holiday - giving everyone time to explore our planet. When people take time to appreciate Earth, they feel more connected to it and are more likely to protect it. That’s why we are taking a stand and committing that on Earth Day we will explore and connect with our surroundings. We believe love for our planet comes from having the freedom to explore it, and that Earth Day should be recognized as a national holiday everywhere. Sign and share to join the petition to support Earth Day as a national holiday. Today, we’re spending more time in front of screens than ever before. The average person with a smartphone checks their phone 47 times per day, and we’re averaging 4 hours a day of emails, photos and a steady stream of “you might like” suggestions. This behavior is hindering our ability to discover and make meaningful connections in the real world. When we unplug, we’re more open to connect with each other, our communities, and the world around us. We all deserve time to explore and connect. Sign our petition to make Earth Day a national holiday and spend the day exploring the planet we love.
Petition to Target, Brian Cornell
Target: Use sustainable palm oil
Palm oil can be produced without destroying habitats and rainforests. But often companies don’t choose sustainable palm oil because keeping things status quo is the easier way out. Target stores promised that they would, by 2018, only sell products that contain traceable and sustainably sourced palm oil You can find this promise on their website. But it’s been a year and they still haven’t told us whether they fulfilled that promise. Palm oil: is a vegetable oil that comes from the oil palm tree. It’s in close to half of the products that you buy every day. It’s an incredibly easy product to use that is odorless and colorless However, the issue with palm oil is: that it is a major cause of deforestation, is contributing to climate change, it is destroying habitats of endangered species, and it is a cause of worker exploitation. Unsustainably-produced palm oil destroys the habitat of endangered species like the orangutan and pygmy elephant. Unsustainably produced palm oil has led to the death of an estimated 100,000 orangutans. Half of the Bornean orangutan population has been killed in just 6 years a result of practices like these, and 193 other endangered species are threatened by palm oil production. Target said that it would only sell products that use 100% sustainably produced palm oil, and it needs to stick to that commitment. Words are just words, but it’s in action that we see if killing orangutans and contributing to deforestation and climate change really matters to Target.
Petition to Dan Stec, Carrie Woerner, Elizabeth "Betty" Little
Demand Local Air Quality Monitoring Now!
Demand Local Air Quality Now! UPDATE: BEFORE READING Upon research, it is important right now that all of those who are concerned about the air quality in warren county, should be attending local meetings and asking questions to learn more about the actions already taking place in the city of Glens Falls on environmental issues. We have a Climate Smart Community Task Force that has monthly meetings at Crandall Public Library. We also have a Sustainability Counsel that holds meetings every 3rd Tuesday of the month at City Hall. I encourage you to regularly attend these meetings to get the latest information on what is going on. Enforce Continuous Air Emissions Monitoring in Warren County Lehigh Northeast Cement Co. of Glens Falls, NY wants to start burning a new resource called raggertail for their cement making process, which has been given the go-ahead to use. There has been local controversy over using raggertail due to it containing plastic. What is even more concerning, is that state-wide studies were done from 2011-2015 dubbing Warren County with the HIGHEST cancer rate in the state of New York. This is 15% above the state average. To put into perspective, 561 out of every 100,000 residents were diagnosed with an invasive form of cancer. To ADD MORE to these horrific results, we have found that there is NO LOCAL air quality monitoring systems locally in Warren County, which hosts 6 major factories that are in EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory Program. The DEC ONLY does a smokestack test for compliance once every 5 years, which does not provide enough reliable information. The CLOSEST air quality monitoring systems are at Whiteface Mt. (88 miles away) and Stillwater, NY (30 miles away). How can we make an intellectual decision about introducing alternative resources, if we don’t have any way to collect consistent data on our air quality to see how these factories affect the air currently? ACTION STEPS: 1) Sign the petition to demand LOCAL AIR QUALITY MONITORING NOW. Share and get as many people to sign on and get involved. 2) We need as many people to show up to Lehigh’s public forum on the issue. The Forum will be held at the Queensbury Hotel in the Adirondack Room, February, 27th at 6P.M. 3) Call or email local elected officials about the issue to demand a delay in the use of raggertail until we get consistent local air quality monitoring in Warren County: * Contact your ward supervisor for more information, or the Mayor of Glens Falls, Dan Hall. · Assemblyman Dan Stec, StecD@nyassembly.gov, (518) 455-5565 · Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, firstname.lastname@example.org, (518) 455-5404 · Senator Betty Little, email@example.com, (518) 455-2811
Petition to Members of the LA County Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Hilda Solis, Sheila Kuehl, Janis Hahn
Save HAHAMONGNA Watershed for the FUTURE! It’s Still a Big Dig and We Still Say NO!
Supervisor Kathryn Barger and the LA County Board of Supervisors, We thought we had won a victory last November when your Board voted to substantially modify and reduce the Flood Control District's Big Dig program for Hahamongna Watershed / Devil's Gate Dam Sediment Removal Project, agreeing to decrease by 30% the amount of soil and habitat to be excavated and trucked away from behind Devil’s Gate Dam. But LA County Public Works is defying this agreement and pushing forward with their original plan to dig up and remove 70 acres of habitat, with work set to begin in November of this year. Excavating 70 acres will turn our watershed with its rare riparian habitat into a crater, devoid of life. The community strongly opposes what is still the BIG DIG! Hahamongna Watershed in the Arroyo Seco is the key connecting corridor linking the San Gabriel Mountains to Downtown Los Angeles, providing water, sediment, habitat and wildlife to the entire LA River system through the Arroyo Seco. Its rich riparian resources are too valuable to be turned into a maintenance area for the Flood Control District. We implore the County Supervisors to enforce the agreement made last November by working with the community to develop a slow, steady sediment removal plan that reduces the amount of acreage to be excavated and the other negative impacts by 30%. The plan should be resilient, informed by science and work to: re-establish the natural systems that make the Arroyo Seco one of the key tributaries to the LA River. It should protect the wildlife corridor and habitat for endangered species, such as the Least Bell’s Vireo, and save the trees that absorb CO2, diminishing the greenhouse effect and improving air quality. A slow, steady sediment removal plan would also reduce the impact of noise, dust, and traffic and air pollution on surrounding communities and provide flood protection that works with nature instead of against it. Please work with us to Save Hahamongna for future generations. Save the Arroyo Seco Hahamongna Watershed: It’s Still a Big Dig! And We Still Say NO! SIGN THE PETITION: --->>> CLICK HERE Stay up to date at: SaveHahamongna.org ================================= SEND YOUR COMMENTS TO THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TODAY! PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ENDS JULY 12TH: CLICK HEREThe US Army Corps of Engineers has issued a public notice regarding their permit for the Devil's Gate Sediment Mining and Trucking program, aka the Big Dig. They invite all those who are concerned about Hahamongna to make comments regarding the project and the USACE's responsibiIlity to protect the environment. ================================ The Hahamongna Watershed is a rare spot in the Arroyo Seco at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains where the mountainous watershed meets the urban plain. Periodically floods roar into this basin. Bounded on the north by the mountains and Jet Propulsion Laboratory and on the south by Devil's Gate Dam. Hahamongna contains five unique habitat zones that only exist in alluvial canyons near the mountains. Most sites like this in Southern California have been destroyed. Don't let the Hahamongna Watershed go the way of other lost environmental treasures in Southern California. The Meaning of Hahamongna:The word means "Flowing Waters, Fruitful Valley" in the native Tongva language. Threats to HahamongnaIt's the most precious environmental zone in our region, but it's under attack again. A massive sediment and habitat removal program of the County of Los Angeles will strip the basin of its rare riparian and alluvial scrub habitat and a vital corridor for wildlife. What's wrong with the Big Dig: CLICK HERE The Sustainable Plan for Hahamongna: CLICK HERE Riparian HabitatMuch of Hahamongna Watershed consists of a riparian zone, a region of direct interaction between terrestrial and stream systems. This zone directly influences the Arroyo Seco stream channel and eco-system. The riparian wetlands, which occur on the edge of the steam, feature woody vegetation such as white alder, cottonwood, and willow. Riparian habitats are characterized by lush vegetation and a rich diversity of species. Elderberries, wild rose, and blackberries grow beneath willow, oak, laurel, sycamore and cottonwood trees. Songbirds, woodpeckers, hawks, owls, frogs, snakes, skunks, raccoon, coyote and deer thrive here. The healthy riparian corridor through Hahamongna once was critical habitat for salmon, steelhead trout and other anadromous fish. Today trout still swim in the mountains just north of Hahamongna. Freshwater Marsh HabitatIn the southern part of the Hahamongna basin, flow from Flint Canyon and the western portion of the Arroyo Seco watershed has established a lovely pond or freshwater marsh. Freshwater marsh habitat grows in and near ponds, low lying areas that accumulate runoff and slow-moving segments of streams. This pond is vegetated mostly with herbaceous plants, predominantly cattails, sedges, and rushes. Freshwater marshes have mineral soils that are less fertile than those of salt marshes but exhibit a greater variety of plant species. Alluvial Scrub HabitatHahamongna is a canyon and flood basin consisting of the silt, sand, gravel, rocks and similar material deposited by the Arroyo Seco stream as it descends from the mountains. These alluvial canyons are particularly rare in Southern California. Most have been severely degraded by development and other human activity. The Hahamongna Watershed is a particularly good example of alluvial fan sage scrub habitat, a Mediterranean shrubland type that occurs in washes and on gently sloping alluvial fans. Alluvial scrub is made up predominantly of drought-deciduous soft-leaved shrubs, but with significant cover of larger perennial species generally found in chaparral. Alluvial scrub typically is composed of scale broom, white sage, redberry, California buckwheat, Spanish bayonet, California croton, cholla, tarragon, yerba santa, mule fat, and mountain-mahogany. Riversidean Alluvial Fan Sage Scrub, such as that found at Hahamongna, is the most threatened of Coastal Sage Scrub associations with less than 15,000-acres remaining worldwide ... making it more endangered than ancient redwood forests of the Pacific Northwest and tropical rainforests. California ChaparralThe slopes of Hahamongna are crowded with chaparral, a shrubland or heathland plant community found primarily in California and in the northern portion of the Baja California peninsula, Mexico. It is shaped by a Mediterranean climate (mild, wet winters and hot dry summers) and wildfire. Similar plant communities are found in the four other Mediterranean climate regions around the world, including the Mediterranean Basin (where it is known as maquis), central Chile (where it is called matorral), South African Cape Region (known there as fynbos), and in Western and Southern Australia. A typical chaparral plant community consists of densely-growing evergreen scrub oaks and other drought-resistant shrubs. It often grows so densely that it is all but impenetrable to large animals and humans. This, and its generally arid condition, makes it notoriously prone to wildfires. Although many chaparral plant species require some fire cue (heat, smoke, or charred wood) for germination, chaparral plants are not "adapted" to fire per se. Rather, these species are adapted to particular fire regimes involving season, frequency, intensity and severity of the burn. Oak WoodlandCalifornia oak woodland is a plant community found throughout the California chaparral and woodlands ecoregion of California and northwestern Baja California. Oak woodland is widespread at lower elevations in coastal California, interior valleys of the Coast Ranges, and in a ring around the California Central Valley grasslands. The dominant trees are oaks, interspersed with other broadleaf and coniferous trees, with an understory of grasses, herbs, geophytes, and shrubs. Oak savannas occur where the oaks are more widely spaced. The Oak woodlands of Southern California and coastal Northern California are dominated by Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia), but also include Valley Oak (Q. lobata), California Black Oak (Q. kelloggii), Canyon live oak (Q. chrysolepis), and other California oaks. Hahamongna also includes Englemann oaks, a distinctive cousin of the Blue Oak that was called the Pasadena Oak by the early settlers of our region. The Hahamongna to Tujunga Wildlife Corridor Initiative of the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy and has a goal of linking the San Gabriel Mountains at Hahamongna Watershed Park to the San Gabriels at Big Tujunga Wash for wildlife passage through the San Rafael Hills and the Verdugo Mountains, a 20-mile long Corridor. A successful project will bring to life 2,400 acres of habitat in the San Rafaels and 11,000 acres in the Verdugos by connecting them with the 700,000-acre Angeles National Forest in the San Gabriels. Wildlife can then live in these urban hills with ready access to others of their species in the abundant range of the San Gabriels, assuring genetic diversity.
Petition to Disney Cruise Line
Disney Cruise Line, Plastic Straws Pollute Our Oceans. Stop Using Them on Your Ships!
These days, you are much more likely to find plastic on the beach than a message in a bottle. Plastic is clogging our oceans at an alarming rate. In fact, the problem is so big that according to some studies, by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Many plastic products like the plastic straw — a largely unnecessary drink accessory — are used just once before they are sent to the dumps or end up in our seas. But more and more, companies are trying to do something to cut down on plastic waste. After Carnival, P&O Cruises, and Cunard all banned plastic straws, Royal Caribbean did the same. The cruise line became the latest company to say #strawssuck. The company has pledged to be plastic straw free by the end of the year. Additionally, they will also stop using other plastic items such as bags, cups and condiment packets by 2019. Now that nearly all of the major cruise lines have decided to say "bon voyage" to single-use plastic items, those of us that are concerned with our environment are asking, when will Disney Cruise Line (DCL) do the same? Small steps made by many companies can have a big impact. When market leaders decide to take a stand against plastic it can help encourage others in the industry to do the same. In order to tackle plastic pollution, we must all play our part. It's time for DCL to play theirs. Please sign the petition and ask Disney Cruise Lines to stop using plastic straws and other single-use plastic items on their cruises. Can you chip in $5 to get this petition on the agenda?Within an hour, this petition could have thousands more supporters if everyone chipped in the price of a coffee. Can you help reach this petition’s signature goal?Yes, I’ll chip in $5 or moreNo, I’ll share instead