Petition to Minister Victor Toledo - SEMARNAT
SAVE THE VAQUITA AND SEA OF CORTEZ FROM EXTINCTION
The Call to Action: Tell Mexico’s new Minister of the Environment and the President of Mexico that they cannot let the vaquita go extinct on their watch! Recent genetic research on the species shows that they CAN STILL RECOVER. There is hope, but there is not much time. The illegal fishing season starts again in November. Tell the Mexican government that they must launch a comprehensive plan to save the vaquita including the following strategies: Take measures to be ready to enforce the fishing ban come November Prosecute offenders both on and off the water Root out corruption in law enforcement and military Act to dismantle the known organized crime and cartel run wildlife trafficking rings Invest in sustainable economic alternatives for communities in the Sea of Cortez Wildlife crime is a billion-dollar industry funding terrorist organizations and organized crime all around the world. The fight for the vaquita is about global security just as much as it is about species protection. Sign and share this petition to add your voice to the demand for action. Send a postcard or letter to Minister Victor Toledo, SEMARNAT, Embassy of Mexico, 1911 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006. And follow us on social media to stay up to date about the fight to save the vaquita and new calls to action! The Problem:The endangered vaquita marina is on the brink of extinction with fewer than 15 remaining. This small, shy porpoise has seen a steep decline in population due to rampant illegal poaching largely funded and run by dangerous cartel influences from Mexico and organized crime from China. Another endangered species - the totoaba fish - is the target of illegal fishermen operating in the vaquita’s habitat. The swim bladder of a totoaba can sell for well over $110,000 on black markets in Hong Kong and mainland China, driving a “gold rush” among impoverished local fishermen to fulfill the profitable demand from illegal wildlife traffickers. Fishermen put out illegal gillnets to try and catch the prized totoaba but instead often catch sea turtles, rays, sharks, seals, dolphins… and the critically endangered vaquita. The vaquita is endemic to the Upper Gulf of California in the Sea of Cortez, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where the Colorado River empties into the slim finger of ocean that lies between mainland Mexico and the Baja peninsula. Jacques Cousteau called it “the aquarium of the sea” for its rich biodiversity. But illegal gillnets are destroying life in the Upper Gulf with thousands of submerged nets making walls of death throughout the refuge. Strict laws exist in Mexico banning fishing and the use of gillnets in the refuge. But lack of enforcement and corruption means that illegal fishing operations continue with impunity. Fishermen living within the vaquita refuge where legal fishing is now banned used to receive modest compensation, and the government promised investment in alternative, sustainable livelihoods. But the compensation program was cancelled when Mexican President Lopez Obrador began his presidential term in January 2019, and progress on sustainable solutions has stalled. Desperation combined with lack of enforcement has led to violent riots and an increase in illegal fishing. The vaquita and the stability of communities in the Upper Gulf are on the brink of extinction. The Solution: In October 2017, a multinational multimillion dollar effort to rescue the few remaining vaquita and bring them into protective captivity was launched. This effort was not successful. The future of the vaquita therefore depends upon rigorous action by Mexican law enforcement and military and combating the dangerous influence of Mexican cartels and Chinese traffickers. International interest in the plight of the vaquita has gained rapid momentum following the release of National Geographic Documentary Films’ SEA OF SHADOWS. From executive producer Leonardo Di Caprio and the makers of “The Ivory Game,” the film shines a spotlight on the frontlines of the battle to save the Sea of Cortez. In May 2019, the former Minister of the Environment in Mexico resigned following public criticism by the president for her lack of action on the vaquita issue and accusations of abuse of power. The new minister, Victor Toledo, is forming his policy and agenda with Mexican President Lopez Obrador. Help us ensure that they know protection for the vaquita, enforcement of the gillnet ban and other critical actions for the Sea of Cortez should be at the top of their list! The world is watching, and there is no time to lose.
Petition to Isanti Township
Restore Boat Access to Essens Landing in Isanti Township Minnesota
Essens landing, located on the southeast side of Lake Fanny in Isanti County Minnesota, has been around fore more than 60 years. While this landing has been falling to ill repair the last several years it is used by 100s of fisherman and swimmers throughout the year. With the only other lake access on busy Highway 95 that has limited parking, it has been used by smaller boats and many ice fishermen along with kids, adults and seniors who like to shore fish. On July 13th, after weeks of the gate being closed, it opened to many people’s dismay with only access for kayaks and canoes. There is no room to drive even an ATV out for ice fishing. The signs up indicate that people are to stay off of the newly planted vegetation which limits the ability to shore fish to a very small section now covered in rocks. This landing is managed by Isanti Township and the work was permitted by the DNR. The DNR confirmed to me that they do prioritize outdoorspeople access to the lake but simply permitted this work as this landing is maintained by the township. Isanti Township did not notify residents that these changes were taking place outside of Township meetings. Letters should have been mailed to allow public comment. These changes have restricted the use of this landing to perhaps the 5% of people who use this landing for carry on access only. This will also lead to a much busier landing on Highway 95 on an accident-prone section of the highway. While the vegetation change is necessary for reducing erosion, there was no need to restrict boat and lake access to most of the people who use this landing. It is my hope that we can raise enough signatures, and at some point, enough funding to restore boat access and add a fishing pier to the landing. I ask that people sign this petition and also attend Isanti Township meetings (held the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm at 2281 301st Avenue NE Isanti, MN 55040) to voice their concern.
Petition to Stewartville City Council
Amend the Boulevard Tree Ordinance (Stewartville, MN)
Stewartville City Ordinance # 600.03 Planting Trees, Shrubs, Bushes on Boulevard Portion of Street reads: It shall be unlawful for any person to plant trees, shrubs, or bushes on the boulevard portion of a street described as that strip of land lying between the abutting property owner and the developed street. (Am. Ord. 2002-03, passed 3-26-03; Am. Ord. 2016-4, passed 5-24-16). We know that due to Emerald Ash Borer and other, future tree diseases, most (or even all) of our boulevard trees will eventually be removed or die. The current law states that we cannot replant on our boulevards, and we believe this ordinance lacks the foresight of the many benefits that boulevard trees provide, outweighing the cons of "potential damage that they could cause if they penetrated storm sewer catch basins" (per council meeting minutes 5-24-16). Some benefits of boulevard trees that may have been overlooked include: Economic stability through enhanced property values, improved property marketability, and valuable components of the city infrastructure: A 2005 study in Minnesota found an average street tree saves $34 in electricity and natural gas costs due to cooling effects. Shade and transpiration can create a 5-10 degree difference, and even more in heavily paved areas. An average street tree can absorb over 1,500 gallons of storm water annually, and as much as 50-100 gallons of water during storm events, reducing strain on storm water systems. Shaded streets have lower pavement temperatures, reducing pavement stress. This leads to a longer lifespan of the roadway surface, deferring resurfacing 10 years on a well shaded street to as much as 25 years on a heavily shaded street. Home prices have shown to have a 0.3% - 0.5% increase in neighborhoods with greater than 10% canopy cover, increasing property tax base. Health benefits through an increased sense of community, mental comfort, air & water quality, traffic safety, and support of a walkable community: Air quality improvements, by filtering pollutants and particulates from the air. This reduces the causes of asthma and other respiratory problems. Water and soil quality improvements, by filtering water as it percolates into the soil. Trees promote activity and healthy lifestyles. They can reduce stress and anxiety and improve mental well-being. Street trees act as noise buffers and car reduce noise pollution by absorbing sound. Traffic speeds can be reduced 10-15% in neighborhoods with street trees; they can also reduce the number and severity of accidents. Improve neighborhood aesthetics and sense of community identity. Reduced exposure to UV rays and the risk of sunburns in neighborhoods with shaded streets/sidewalks. Air pollution reduction through removal of atmospheric chemicals including greenhouse gases and particulate matter. Trees improve noise, glare, and create wind shield/barrier during winter and spring storms. Signing this petition signifies your support of Stewartville boulevard trees (you do not HAVE to have them) as well as the recommendation of the Boulevard Tree Committee to create a Boulevard Tree Management Plan with input from urban forestry experts, such as landscape architects, the DNR, and local arborists, who would create standards for tree selection, installation, maintenance, and removal of boulevard trees throughout the community of Stewartville. Stewartville Public Works will be involved in the committee and recommendations/decision-making. All recommendations and potential ordinance amendments would be voted on by the Stewartville City Council, representing your voice. #stewartvillemn
Petition to Dianne Feinstein, Kamala D. Harris, Gavin Newsom, Boeing, Senator Henry Stern, Meredith Williams, Mohsen Nazemi, Julia Brownley, Jared Blumenfeld
No more kids with cancer: clean up the Santa Susana Field Lab
When my daughter Grace Ellen was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer, at age four, I thought that our family had the worst, most devastating luck. But after spending months in the hospital with her, we learned that she was one of over 50 children who may have been poisoned by one of the worst nuclear meltdowns in America. Sign to demand that governor Gavin Newsom push the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to completely clean the Santa Susana Field Lab and prevent any more children from getting cancer. Grace Ellen’s form of cancer was incredibly aggressive. At age four she was put on several clinical trials, had ten times the normal amount of chemotherapy, and spent two years fighting her cancer. A year and a half later her cancer came back and she underwent a bone marrow transplant. She was unable to walk or eat or drink, and had to fight for her life in the hospital isolation floor. Her childhood was stolen from her, and it haunts me to know her cancer might have been avoidable. She, like the other 50 children, grew up within 20 miles the Santa Susana Field Lab, land which was developed in the 1940s to conduct nuclear research. In 1959 an uncontained partial meltdown of a sodium reactor caused such a devastating radiation leak that many consider it to be the worst nuclear disaster in U.S. history – and it was completely covered up for years. Our community has up to 60% higher cancer rates, 20% higher invasive breast cancer rates, we have the reports to prove it. It is the Department of Toxic Substance Control’s job to clean up this mess. They know our children are sick and dying, but they aren’t taking any meaningful action against those who own the land – Boeing, NASA and the DOE. The Woolsey Fire, which began on Santa Susana Field Lab, may have exposed millions of people in Southern California to the chemical and radioactive waste from the site, via ash and smoke. It proved once again that we will not be safe until the site is 100% cleaned up. I will protect my children even if I have to tear down mountains with my bare hands – and I am one of many parents fighting for our kids. To win this, we need our governor to push the corrupt Department of Toxic Substances to clean up this disaster once and for all. Will you join us?
Petition to DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu, Representative Dulce Ann Hofer, Representative Wilter Palma III, Sangguniang Bayan of Ipil
Preserve and rehabilitate the Protected Area and Watershed of the Municipality of Ipil.
The Protected Area and Watershed of the Municipality of Ipil is the town's last frontier with a total land area of 2,533 hectares traversing through the eight barangays of the Municipalities of Ipil, R.T. Lim, and Titay, all in Zamboanga Sibugay. It is threatened with the incursion of a tourism road into majestic Busay Falls, located inside the watershed. Preserving and rehabilitating this watershed is crucial to maintaining the ecosystem from the ridge to reefs: prevent the siltation of its tributary rivers and sea, irrigation for farmlands, and sustainable community water supply.
Petition to Circle K, everyone who drinks a 79 cent soda from Circle K
reduce the amount of Polar Pop cups littering the highway
Everywhere I look on the side of the road there is an empty Polar Pop cup. I'm asking Circle K to implement a program rewarding users to bring the cups back to the Circle K and deposit them into a container for a discount on the next Polar Pop drink instead of throwing them onto the ground. And to reward people who bring these used cups back to the store to receive points towards prizes.
Petition to Citizens, environmentalists
Stop the massacre of maturely grown trees.
Though it is understood that infrastructural works need to be done for the upgrade of traffic network system this should NOT be done at the expense of maturely grown trees. Massacre and butchering of trees is wasting the years they took to grow. A disservice to nature and future generations.
Petition to In-N-Out, Roger Kotch, CFO, Lynsi Snyder, President
Make vegan-friendly options available at In-N-Out
In-N-Out Burger Needs a Vegan, Plant-Based Option! There are 342 In-N-Out locations across the Southwest and Pacific Coast. As we know, this burger place is a classic food joint. However, the ONLY vegan option here is the fries. Although the In-N-Out fries are the bomb, this is a major bummer. Other fast food joints such as Carl's Jr, Del Taco, and Burger King have caught up to speed with the changing food climate and now offer either Beyond Burger meat or the Impossible Burger patty. Why is a big food chain like In-N-Out so behind? I called the In-N-Out customer service (1-800-786-1000) and spoke with David who told me there are not even discussions yet about adding a vegan patty to the menu. This is disappointing. We are in a climate crisis and animal agriculture is a huge component to this nasty mess we are in environmentally. The world needs MORE vegan options as the vegan populations grows and as more people stray away from the typical beef patty due to the harmful carbon emissions created by that industry. Help us convince In-N-Out's key leaders Lynsi Snyder (President), Mark Taylor, (COO), and Roger Kotch (CFO) that this is a topic that needs to be on the table for discussion and that a vegan patty and vegan bun need to be added to the menu. (Not to mention, it is probably in their best interest to change along with the times and accommodate a growing vegan population.) If In-N-Out chooses not to add a vegan option to their menu, they are essentially losing out on a swiftly growing vegan population's money and will continue to lose business as we continue to expand in numbers. They will be considered by many as not caring about the environment and unwilling to change. If In-N-Out chooses to add a vegan option, the vegan community will be in support of In-N-Out once again and have our business. Additionally, since veganism and plant-based diets are so trendy at the moment, it will only help In-N-Out's publicity to be along for the ride, so-to-speak. Chains such as Burger King, Carl's Jr, and Del Taco received plenty of positive publicity and international hype when they chose to add a vegan option to their menu. I care about this because I love In-N-Out. It represents California to me. I am from Kansas City and for many years I have been driving from the Midwest to the West Coast. Seeing the In-N-Out sign from my driver's side window was always a happy moment. I knew I was back in California, where I was meant to be, where dreams come true, and where the possibilities are endless. Help us convince In-N-Out to offer a vegan option!