Petition to Starbucks
Single use plastics are dangerous to our environment and all of the creatures that inhabit it - including us. Starbucks cold drink cups are recyclable, but unfortunately, the plastic straws are not. I would like to petition Starbucks to get rid of plastic straws completely and use their sippy lids, reusable straws, or even paper straws. I am a barista at Starbucks, and I would like them to become environmentally conscious to make the world as green as their logo, and keep the oceans, where the Starbucks Siren would live, a clean place. Helping the environment only helps us in turn. Join me!
Petition to Bruce
Save Westside Santa Cruz - Stop the Dream Inn's massive expansion at West Cliff & Bay
We, the following, are opposed to the proposed expansion and over-development of the Dream Inn parking lot, which has been submitted to the City of Santa Cruz Planning Department. This massive mixed use project at West Cliff and Bay will increase congestion (with increased cars, buses, bicycles, pedestrians and other activities) at this key intersection in the city of Santa Cruz. This intersection is also the gateway to West Cliff Drive and the Westside of Santa Cruz for surfers, tourists, residents, students and others! Excavation for the two-story underground parking garage may destabilize the construction site and surrounding area. Just one large earthquake could be disastrous! We, the following residents of Santa Cruz, strongly oppose this over-development of our city and the Westside area and request that the Santa Cruz City Council and Planning Department do not approve this permit and project as currently proposed.
Petition to Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Dianne Feinstein, Raul Ruiz, Ken Calvert, Juan Vargas, Eduardo Garcia, Ben Hueso
Save the Salton Sea
The Salton Sea, California's largest lake, is rapidly drying up. Starting this year, 2018, the largest rural to urban water transfer will exponentially accelerate the rate at which the sea shrinks, exposing acres of dry lakebed. The exposed playa, containing 100 years worth of farm chemicals, could become airborne, sending billowing clouds of toxic dust towards major population centers in the Southwest. Located in a desolate pocket of Southern California's Colorado Desert, the plight of the sea is largely ignored. According to countless studies and experts, without a new water source, Southern California will soon face serious public health risks due to degraded air quality. The region would face loss of extensive wetland habitat, massive animal die-offs, economic distress, decreasing water levels, dangerously high salinity levels and massive exposure of shorelines containing harmful PM10 dust. Particulate matter (PM), or particulates, are microscopic solid matter suspended in Earth's atmosphere. They have impacts on climate and precipitation that adversely affect human health. PM10 particles (on the order of 10 micrometers or less) can penetrate the deepest part of the lungs such as the bronchioles or alveoli, and can cause asthma, lung cancer, respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, and death. THE SOLUTION: to execute a long-term restoration of the Salton Sea region through ocean water import to cover playa and maintain shoreline water levels. The Salton Sea is 230 feet below sea-level and only 100 miles north of the Pacific Ocean. That means it's one of the few places on earth that ocean water will flow by gravity. The plan is to connect the ocean to the Salton Sea via a downhill, gravity-fed, canal which will in turn, when combined with water turbine and other local technologies, generate enough power to desalinate that water as it flows inland, solving the freshwater crisis in the southwest. The Salton Sea is at a tipping point. We're at a place where we could either have a beautiful example of what we can do as humans beings coming together with solutions in mind; a place for people and animals to live healthy for many years, or we can see an absolute environmental disaster. OUR GOAL: Petition California's executive and legislative bodies, including Governor Brown to incorporate a long-term ocean-water import solution beyond simple mitigation projects in order to permanently stabilize the lake level. Will you help S.O.S? ("Save Our Sea")
Petition to David Clarke, Damian O’Connor, James Shaw, David Parker
Hemp is not a Drug Remove industrial Hemp from the Misuse of drugs act MoDA 1975
New Zealand is officially the last place in the world you are NOT able to use Hemp products as a food for humans or animals. Hemp Hearts until 2014 were legal to sell in New Zealand as a ingredient in animal products. In 2014 the Ministry Of Health (MOH) sought a Crown Law opinion that changed the status of Hemp Hearts from a product of Industrial Hemp to a Seed. A Seed is defined as “The unit of reproduction of a flowering plant, capable of developing into another such plant” this opinion made Hemp Hearts a drug requiring a licence. The NZHIA has challenged this opinion and Is requesting it be made public, as it not based on facts or knowledge and disabled the industries progress of Hemp Hearts for animal products. Technically a nut, hemp Hearts are a optimum nutritional ingredient in human and animal products. They contain over 30% fat and are exceptionally rich in two essential fatty acids for healthy brain function and development, linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3). They also contain gamma-linolenic acid, which has been linked to a number of health benefits. Hemp seeds are a great protein source, as more than 25% of their total calories are from high-quality digestible protein.They are also a great source of vitamin E and minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulphur, calcium, iron and zinc. Containing 20 amino acids which aid in DNA repair, 9 of these animals can not produce, The leaves can be made for feedstocks and can be used in a wide range of natural animal health products. Our last NZ govt can pass a bill in 48 hours for humans to drink alcohol at 5 am and watch the AB’s which causes far more social harm and has little health benefits. MOH have issued licences for 17 years under the regulations which are supposed to enable licence holders to grow process and trade in products derived in part or in whole from the Industrial Hemp plant. Why are we enabled to obtain a licence to grow process and trade in Hemp under these regulations, yet disabled by the regulators Medicines control opinions from making animal products in part or in whole from Industrial Hemp as the regulations state we can. September 7th 2017 Peter Dune made an amendment to the Misuse of Drugs act that classified ANY product containing Cannabidiol (CBD) a prescription medicine further disabling the Hemp industry and restricting the use of Hemp in animal feeds or agriculture. We agree that any therapeutic dose of CBD may have Drug interactions with other prescription medication and needs to be prescribed by a physician. However with the absence of harm from CBD to completely ban CBD from any products is not necessary and in fact detrimental to the progress of a viable industry. Grapefruit acts on the same p450 liver enzyme yet we don't ban this? Countries around the world that allow human and animal products to be made from Industrial Hemp are seeing the proven positive results for the health and wellbeing of animals and public alike. At its November 2017 meeting, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) concluded that, in its pure state, CBD is not a drug and does not appear to have abuse potential or cause harm. CBD is not currently a scheduled Drug in its own right. (only as a component of cannabis extracts) However, where CBD is produced for pharmaceutical purposes as an extract of cannabis, cannabis extracts and tinctures are included in the 1961 UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. The WHO does not recommend CBD for medical use. Due to Industrial Hemps low THC content 0.35% and its inability to be used as a recreational drug for abuse IndustrialHemp produced for food or fibre is exempt from the UN single convention. The people who sign this petition ask the newly elected New Zealand Government to acknowledge that Industrial Hemp is not a drug and there is no need for it to be regulated as one. It has no potential harms associated with any products derived in part or in whole from the plant. Hemp is how we should educate our children on the correct uses for Cannabis Sativa L. The object of the regulations are supposed to enable licence holders to grow, process, produce, and trade in these products. It in fact it has major economic and health benefits to New Zealand’s business, health, housing, environmental, and rural sectors. Approving only Fibre and seed is only a portion of the 25000 possible uses for Industrial Hemp. Hemp has been around for 1000’s of years as a food fibre and dietary source of vital phyto nutrients and poses no harm for humans, enabling early voyagers to travel the world. Industrial Hemp is Cannabis Sativa L genus that contains no more than 0.35% THC in flowering leaves and tops. For to long Hemp has been tainted with the Cannabis / marijuana restrictions and stigma, yet the lack of harm or potential for abuse of the whole plant or products made using industrial Hemp warrants no further justification for this. Now in the Information age the New Zealand public are able to understand why this versatile functional food was removed from agriculture around the world, it was simply racism and greed. We ask that the newly elected govt of New Zealand remove Industrial Hemp from MoDA and allow the industry to take advantage of all economic opportunities that the industry currently presents without restriction. Isn’t It’s time to lead and not follow the rest of the world ? Hemp answers so many of the current issues New Zealand faces we ask that you do your own research and support our petition.
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.
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.
Petition to West Bay Land Trust, Mayor Allan Fung, Rick DeGrandpre Cranston Tree Warden, Cranston Department of Public Works
Stop The Decimation of 243 More Trees
National Grid plans to cut down 243 trees along the Cranston historic farm route that runs adjacent to the Knight Farm conservation lands. These trees DO NOT need to come down. The developer can work with National Grid to put underground lines in. They have said that it’s a matter of extra cost to the developer. What is the cost to our city and our environment? 400 trees on each of 60 acres have been clear-cut—24,000 trees have already been cut down for this project!!! Please sign this petition to appeal to the Tree Warden of the City of Cranston to STOP this additional destruction and put these lines underground.
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.