Topic

environmental impact

26 petitions

Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Sal Panto, Jim Deegan, Ken Brown, Peter Melan, Sandra Vulcano, David O'Connell, Dr. Roger Ruggles, Donald R. Barrett, Jr., Wilson Borough, Palmer Township Board of Supervisors, Rudy Miller

Stop Express-Times from littering our neighborhoods!

The Express-Times litters our sidewalks, yards and streets weekly with its Marketplace flyer. This creates an unsightly, unsafe criminal environment and reduces the real estate values of our homes. This is not a subscription and therefore should not be delivered unless requested by individual residents. We want the Express Times to stop delivering to property owners who don't specifically request it, stop throwing them into yards, onto sidewalks and into the streets. They must be placed at doors or delivered via the USPS. Studies show that people are more likely to litter where there is already litter. Therefore, it isn't just the direct impact of their littering but also the additional litter that it perpetuates that foments a negative perception of our neighborhoods. Also, it has been proven that crime rates are higher in areas that are littered. Criminals are more likely to perpetrate crimes in areas that are perceived to be unkept, unmanaged and untidy because they feel that the residents are negligent and unlikely to report suspicious activity. In addition, when residents are on vacation, accumulated flyers advertise to would-be thieves that there is no one at home and therefore it is a prime target for theft. The abandoned homes that have numerous flyers in front are a signal to criminals that the house is available to carry out criminal activity.

Kevin-Louis Barton
253 supporters
This petition won 1 month ago

Petition to Lansing Illinois School District 158 School Board

Delay the Coolidge chimney demolition until October for the Chimney Swifts.

The original Coolidge Elementary School building was built in 1928. A decision was made in 2016 to build a new school on the same property. The new building is needed and will serve our children well. But demolishing the original structure—specifically the large, brick chimney—will displace more than 300 chimney swifts who migrate there each year and spend the summer building nests, raising their young, and preparing them for the return flight to Peru. Chimney swifts are a federally protected species of bird. Their populations are in decline because of urban development and widespread use of insecticides. The colony of swifts that returns to Coolidge each year is unique because of its size, and it has become something of a sight-seeing and community-building attraction in recent weeks. Moreover, swifts provide a valuable ecological service—they eat about a third of their weight in insects every day. And they are models of effective community, with adult birds working together to raise the young. Their evening chatter as they return to the roost each dusk is an encouragement not only to members of the bird colony, but also to their human neighbors in the surrounding community. We would like for decision-makers at Lansing School District 158 to see the Coolidge chimney swifts as a unique opportunity to be leveraged rather than a problem to be eliminated. With some reimagining of the plans and some readjusting of the construction schedule, the old chimney (and possibly the surrounding structure) could become a permanent nesting site for the birds and an education resource for the surrounding community. Repurposing some of the existing structure would result in fewer parking spots in the proposed parking lot, but imagine having a small learning center with information about swifts, ecology, migration, Peru, and even some history of the old school and the old chimney. Community interest in the birds is already growing steadily, and with a little marketing, and some tie-ins to Fox Pointe, the Coolidge chimney swifts could attract birders, environmentalists, and curious families from throughout the area. That’s our dream and our hope, but without access to the building, it’s difficult to get a sense of how feasible such an idea is. If it’s not possible to transform the existing structure into a habitat and learning center, we are hoping a new structure could be incorporated on the site—a makeshift Chimney Swift Tower that the colony could begin using next year. The timing is critical. The Coolidge chimney swifts arrive each March, spend the summer in Lansing, and then depart in October to return to Peru. This year’s swifts have already begun laying their eggs, and in July the eggs will begin hatching. If construction continues, those eggs and fledglings will be destroyed. The fledglings need all summer to develop the strength for their return migration. We would like for District 158 to take that into account and modify the timetable for the demolition they have planned. Will you join us in being a voice for these birds? Will you join us in saving this large, social family of swifts, this colony that is unique to Lansing? Please sign this petition and join your neighbors in asking District 158 to modify their plans and make a home for the Coolidge chimney swifts.

Julie Blackwood
1,289 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to David Ige, Hawaii State Senate, Hawaii State House, Mazie Hirono, Brian Schatz, Tulsi Gabbard, Colleen Hanabusa

For People, Land, Air and Sea: Stop RIMPAC Military Exercises

We call on the Hawaiʻi State Government to end the Rim of the Pacific exercises, known as RIMPAC.    RIMPAC pollutes our land, ocean and air, causes irreparable damage to vulnerable sea life, reefs and shorelines, and increases Hawai`i’s economic dependence on U.S. militarism.   We will not be silent in the face of such destruction nor will we be complicit in “war games” intended to prepare for wars of aggression against the peoples of other countries.   We instead demand that the Hawai`i State Government uphold and enforce Section I of the Hawai`i State Constitution which states that “the State and its political subdivisions shall conserve and protect Hawai`i's natural beauty and all natural resources, including land, water, air, minerals and energy sources, and shall promote the development and utilization of these resources in a manner consistent with their conservation and in furtherance of the self-sufficiency of the State.”   RIMPAC exercises do the opposite.  What is RIMPAC?   RIMPAC is the largest maritime military exercise in the world.  26 nations, more than 25,000 personnel,  50+ ships, 5 submarines, ground troops from 18 countries, and 250 planes are expected to participate in the month-long 2018 exercises.   RIMPAC has been held in Hawai`i biennially since 1971.   What does RIMPAC do?    RIMPAC simulates a hypothetical sea-battle between countries.  Cruise missiles with a range of 300 nautical miles are fired from ships and submarines.  Land-based missiles fire on ships.  Planes drop bombs on ocean targets.    The latest in weaponry is tested and operations include amphibious operations, gunnery, counter-piracy, mine clearance, explosive ordnance disposal, mass casualty exercises, and diving and salvage operations.   RIMPAC 2018 will host its first “Innovation Fair” at Pearl Harbor Naval Base which will showcase the latest U.S. weaponry for the international arms market.   How does RIMPAC harm Hawai`i?   Following are just a few examples:   Retired military ships are towed out to sea and then targeted with missiles and torpedoes until they sink to a watery graveyard on the ocean floor.   There they leach toxic chemicals, including PCBs, which accumulate in the bodies of fish, dolphins and whales – and ultimately into our food. Amphibious landing exercises, which include heavy tracked vehicles, damage reefs, erode shoreline, and endanger wildlife. Military sonar and underwater bomb detonations have been proven to wreak havoc on whales and dolphins by driving them from feeding areas, causing them to beach in panic, interfering with communication and mating, causing hemorrhages and embolisms in their bodies. An increase in toxic waste, noise pollution, harmful air emissions, and fuel spillage diminishes the quality of life throughout the State of Hawai`i. The Army’s Pohakuloa Training Area on the island of Hawai`i hosts live-fire training for ground troops from other countries who leave their ships to “practice with the entire gamut of weapons systems, everything from the pistol all the way up to 84mm rockets and missiles.”  Pohakuloa is almost 5 times the size of the island of Kaho`oloawe, the 5th largest island in Hawai`i that was completely destroyed by U.S. bombing practice, and is the U.S. military’s largest live-fire training range in the U.S.  It is located on the slopes of MaunaKea, a mountain held sacred by many.   RIMPAC exercises further destroy the environment and cultural sites and subject surrounding communities to aerosolized Depleted Uranium and other toxins. The influx of more than 25,000 military personnel to Hawai`i increases the sex industry, supported by sex trafficking. The enormous military presence in Hawai`i has done, and continues to do, irreparable damage to Hawai`i’s people, land, air and sea.  Areas that have been used for live fire training and bombing practice are uninhabitable; bombing and live fire practice is not only continuing but escalating in the age of the “Pacific Pivot”.  Indigenous Hawaiian cultural sites have been destroyed.  U.S. Military fuel storage tanks are leaking poisons into the drinking water in Hawai`i's most populous city. Vast areas of land and water are so toxic as to be unusable.  In a state where land is extremely limited the U.S. military occupies a larger percentage of land than in any other state, paying only $1/year for each base or tract.  This has contributed to making Hawai`i #1 in cost of living, as well as in homelessness.    RIMPAC exercises further contribute to this destruction.   

World Can't Wait-Hawai`i
829 supporters