Petition to San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors, san luis obispo county planning commission, salud carbajal congressman, California Congress, House of Representatives, Senate
NO to Phillips 66 Rail Spur Project in San Luis Obispo County
The Phillips 66 Rail Spur Project is being forced upon the residents of the County of San Luis Obispo California. The purpose of this petition is to state our position that the citizens of this county are adamant that the Phillips 66 Rail Spur project be prohibited in our county. Whereas the San Luis Obispo Planning Commission denied the Phillips 66 Rail Spur project in October 2016 and: 1. since Phillips 66 has subsequently appealed and filed suit against the county for doing so, and whereas by many measures the project interferes with the safety and quality of life in our county, puts residents and businesses along the rail project at risk, and whereas the company and industry has a history of failing to prevent accidents and a failure to protect areas surrounding rail transport in areas as evidenced by numerous explosions within recent the recent past while transporting petroleum products by rail and also is not in accordance with our general plan, and 2. as the appeal results in the issue being put before the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors, whom allow they wish to hear the citizens on this matter in accordance with the Brown Act which first states “The people of this State do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them;” We, the people of San Luis Obispo County state it is our wish to deny the increased rail transport and the effects of this transport in and through our county. We are hereby notifying our local, county, state and federal representatives that it is our wish the Rail Spur project proposed by Phillips 66 not go forward. More information about this project can be seen at this link: http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/planning/environmental/EnvironmentalNotices/Phillips_66_Company_Rail_Spur_Extension_Project.htm
Petition to Environmental Protection Agency
Protect Our National Parks from Drilling!
Along with Donald Trump's inauguration came the imminent danger to our national parks. The stunning beauty and tranquility that often take visitors' breaths away is under threat, and it is imperative that we protect these lands at all costs. Donald Trump wants to make it easier to mine coal and drill oil and gas in the national parks, which will have devastating effects on the landscape and the ecosystem it supports. On March 28, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order that required federal agencies to review or repeal multiple crucial policies that protect our national parks from the negative impacts of oil and gas development/drilling. This order included the National Park Service 9B rules, which set safety and enforcement standards for oil and gas drilling within the boundaries of more than 40 national parks. This includes the Everglades, a beautiful ecosystem and attraction in Florida. Reversing these 9B rules would seriously weaken the ability of the National Park Service to protect our national parks in the future. This not only affects the land, but the organisms that inhabit the areas as well. Various species will be displaced from their original habitats, which would have unknown consequences (none of them positive). This has happened in many places already, including White River National Forest in Colorado. It is the country's most visited national forest and is home to mountain lions, bears, elk, and many other species. Unfortunately, this has not stopped fossil fuel companies from pursuing the rights to frack on ~250,000 acres of forest. We must stand up to these companies and let them know we will not stand for this! Please sign this petition to preserve our beautiful national parks! Learn more about drilling in the national parks here:1. https://www.npca.org/articles/1471-the-facts-on-oil-and-gas-drilling-in-national-parks2. https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/not-even-national-parks-are-safe-from-fracking/3. https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/4/20/15272642/trump-drill-oil-gas-national-parks-map
Petition to http://savetheorangutan.org , https://www.rainforesttrust.org/save-orangutans/?gclid=Cj0KCQiA8_PfBRC3ARIsAOzJ2urbK2lZFiopJsEjPhC8V, https://www.orangutan.org.au , https://www.nutella.com/en/int , https://www.dove.com/us/en/washing-and-bathing/beauty-bar.html?gclid=Cj0KCQiAoo7gBRDuARIsANeJKUaWMlN, https://www.fritolay.com , https://www.rspo.org
Source Palm Oil Responsibly to Save the Orangutans
ProblemThe forests with the largest Palm Oil exports are in Indonesia and Malaysia. These forests are also home to the endangered Orangutans. There are only 50,000 - 65,000 Orangutans left in the wild with 2,000-3,000 Orangutans being KILLED each year. Only 6,000 Sumatran Orangutans are left in the wild. Within the next 10 years, the orangutans will become EXTINCT. It is our job to help these creatures and their home that humankind has been killing off in the demand for cheap Palm Oil. We need to educate companies to source Palm Oil responsibly and fight for the end of deforestation.Solution Share this, educate yourselves, and have empathy for these animals that cannot fight for their right to survive peacefully in the wild. We need to educate corporations to harvest their oil from sustainable resources–the problem isn’t the oil itself, it is how it's harvested. Palm Oil has found a way into our daily lives: Food, Skincare, Toothpaste, Soaps, Hair Care, Cleaning Products etc. Please read labels, find companies that use sustainable or no Palm Oil and have a no-deforestation policy. Do not support companies that contribute to deforestation. The Palm Oil that isn't sustainable is what is destroying habitats of hundreds of species and slaughtering some of the most endangered great apes in the world! This is how we can make a change in our everyday life so that the forests and the biodiversity within can survive. Educate companies, save the forests, and save the Orangutans!
Petition to Cory A. Booker, Robert Menendez, Tom MacArthur, Christopher H. Smith, Steve Sweeney, Bob Martin
End Shark Fishing Tournaments in New Jersey
It is not uncommon to catch a shark in New Jersey waters in the months of May through October. Many are terrified to contemplate sharing the Jersey shore’s waters with such an alarming apex predator. Common misconceptions and opinions aside, shark populations are declining all over the world in devastating numbers with drastic impacts on the future of our ecosystem. As a matter of fact, in a report from WildAid, “Parts of the US East Coast may well host more recreational fishing for large sharks than anywhere else in the world”. It is considerable importance that sharks in the state of New Jersey are protected to combat future environmental catastrophes. Sharks return every year, their population are threatened by dangerous fishing tournaments and un-accompanying regulations. Allowing such activities to continue is negligent as it contributes to serious health hazards for the community as well as the environment. Critical changes must be implemented. June is a prime time for fishermen as the shark fishing tournaments begin along the atlantic coast and the “thrill” of catching big game brings returns...along with major health risks. Shark fishing is extremely popular in Point Pleasant. Many charter boats and competitions offer significant cash prizes for the heaviest mako or thresher that can be obtained. Nicknamed “the Jersey Swordfish” according to their steak texture, it is typical that fishermen sell or keep shark meat for later consumption. According to The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, some of the species you might expect to see include: Shortfin mako, thresher, porbeagle, blue, lemon, blacktip, spinner, bull, finetooth, blacknose, atlantic sharpnose, scalloped and bonnethead hammerhead, and smooth and spiny dogfish. Mako and Thresher are the main goal for many ambitious fishermen despite the fact that these species in particular have elevated mercury levels. Mercury is toxic and can cause serious health problems (“Shark”). Without further action, shark fishing for meat encourages the community to be consuming poisonous levels of mercury causing many detrimental effects on people’s health. In order to fish, anglers must acquire a permit and report any sharks for trade. Although the state encourages catch and release of makos, it is not required. Regulations have been set in place by NJ Department of Environmental Protection which states that each vessel may retain one shark per day (minimum fifty-four inches fork length), plus one bonnethead and atlantic sharpnose. It is mentioned on their website that “The registry is an important tool that will help fishermen and policymakers work together to better account for the contributions and impacts of saltwater anglers on ocean ecosystems and coastal economies. ” But how do these regulations protect the vulnerable or endangered species that inhabit New Jersey’s coast in the summer? The sexual maturity size of the Mako shark, the most popular game, is much larger than the minimum 54 inches required. Sexual maturity in a female mako is 108 inches and 73 for males. Not to mention the fifteen to eighteen-month gestational period, with only a few young who survive. Having such a long period of time invested into reproduction, and reproducing later in their lives, these regulations cannot be suitable for protection of a vulnerable species. A minimum size smaller than sexual maturity endangers sharks like the Thresher, for example, that reaches sexual maturity after about eight years, and only has two to four pups every two years. Furthermore, of the sharks listed above, thirteen appear on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s "red list" as vulnerable or endangered. Notably, there is no size limit or bag limit on spiny or smooth dogfish. The spiny dogfish also appears on the IUCN red list as vulnerable and have elevated mercury levels. Although many regulations are put in place, they could not possibly encourage the protection of the sharks that share the same ocean as New Jersey citizens. New enhanced regulations on shark fishing are urgent if the species is to have any chance. All over the world, overexploitation of sharks is starting to concern scientists and communities as already ninety percent of apex predators have already been wiped from the sea. With all the knowledge discovered and new research being conducted, the conservation of sharks is not only an important environmental issue but a human health issue as well. If stricter regulations could be implemented and ultimately the eradication of shark tournaments, the future of shark populations and environmental impacts will see improvements worldwide. Citations Buckley, Luis, and Jennifer Hile. The End of the Line- Global Threat to Sharks. 2nd ed., WildAid, 2007, p. 28, The End of the Line- Global Threat to Sharks, www.sharkwater.com/downloads/pdfs/WildAid_Shark_Report2007.pdf NEW JERSEY DIVISION OF FISH & WILDLIFE MARINE FISHERIES ADMINISTRATION COMMERCIAL REGULATIONS. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, 20 Apr. 2015, www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/pdf/2015/comregs15.pdf “Shark.” Seafood Selector, Environmental Defense Fund, 28 Mar. 2013, seafood.edf.org/shark. “The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.” The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, 2017, www.iucnredlist.org/ “What You Can Do to Protect Yourself against Mercury Poisoning.” Edited by Gary A Rayant, The Dangers of Hidden Mercury, Dear Doctor, 5 May 2011,www.deardoctor.com/articles/the-dangers-of-hidden-mercury/
Petition to American people with a moral conscience
Declaration repudiating Trump and Trumpism
Declaration repudiating Donald Trump, his words and actions, and asserting his essential and irremediable unfitness to serve as President of the United States of America We strongly and unequivocally believe it to be the responsibility of every citizen in a properly functioning democracy and normal political environment to accept the outcome of an election freely and fairly conducted and to acknowledge, despite differences of opinion with regard to public policy and political-economic philosophy, those declared winners of such an election as the electorate’s legitimate leaders and representatives. When, however, the citizens are asked to choose between doing what is morally right and carrying out what is their customary responsibility in a democratic society to accept an election outcome, an extraordinary situation has arisen. No citizen should feel or be compelled to take a position for the sake of political expedience that is in violation of fundamental and universal moral principles. In such instance, the citizens have a right – and even a responsibility – to take a stand against an immoral outcome which has been deceitfully attained. That right and responsibility may reach so far as to repudiate the declared winner of such election. To recognize as legitimate such a declared winner of an election would be to commit an immoral act, and no political authority or system can rightfully oblige the citizenry to commit a shameful act which is offensive to fundamental and universally recognized morality. Whereas Donald Trump as a presidential candidate, his key staff, and many of his supporters made explicitly clear during the campaign that they would not feel compelled to accept the outcome of the election if they were to lose, Whereas Donald Trump and elements of the Republic Party ran a campaign based and built upon divisiveness, bigotry, racism, incitement to hatred and even violence, hypocrisy, slanderous untruths, and misrepresentation to an extent so extreme as to be inconsistent with fundamental human, American, and democratic values, Whereas Donald Trump, in contrast to all other major party candidates in perhaps the entire history of the United States has uniquely shown himself by his words and actions to be morally and temperamentally unfit to serve as President of the United States of America, Whereas forces within the Federal Bureau of Investigation took blatant steps to influence the election of Donald Trump in the last 11 days of the campaign, doing so with facilitation from, and perhaps the outright complicity of, FBI director James Comey, and whereas forces from outside the United States used stolen and perhaps falsified emails of Democratic Party officials to influence the election in favor of Trump, and whereas the Trump–Pence campaign exploited the FBI’s irresponsible actions and the stolen materials to create, publish and broadcast patently untrue and defamatory advertisements in the traditional media and to circulate similarly untrue and defamatory messages on social media, Whereas Donald Trump, since being declared most probably to have received the majority of the Electoral College votes, albeit while receiving some 2 million fewer of the popular votes than did the candidate who was his nearest rival, has shown every indication by his words and action that he will refuse to be bound by generally and historically accepted standards to avoid conflicts of interest and would indeed endeavor to utilize the office of president to further enrich himself and his family, and Whereas populist, anti-democratic, demagogic, and potentially authoritarian forces and politicians also are gathering strength in other countries beyond the United States, and notably so in numerous European countries, and whereas these forces and politicians are finding inspiration, encouragement, and public support in the successes of Trump and the vile words and deeds of his most abhorrent supporters, and inasmuch as this phenomenon provides comfort to and encourages greater boldness in our nation’s adversaries even as it threatens our democracy, international cooperation and world peace, Therefore, we the undersigned and those who will support our nonpartisan position and efforts resolve and unambiguously declare that we do not and will never accept that Donald Trump can or does legitimately serve as president of our free country with its tradition of equality, toleration and decency, law and order, or that he should be regarded as legitimately so serving. For us to do otherwise would be to commit an egregiously immoral act. We further declare that we will actively and continuously oppose Donald Trump’s illegitimate and wrongfully obtained claim to the office of the President of the United States of America, and we denounce those within his circle and any other political leader, whether or not formerly or currently holding public office, who had supported or condoned his candidacy and his unjust claim to the office of president.
Petition to Thomas Massie Kentucky’s 4th district representative)
Convince Thomas Massie to vote yes on the “green new deal”
Recently a new bill has been proposed and the frameworks laid out. This is the ‘Green New Deal’. A bill that takes big steps into changing our negative impact on the environment. Over the course of the years following the potential passing of this bill, fossil fuel use, and the combustion engine itself will be phased out. The bill is also about the job opportunity America will then create with the presence of these new renewable energy industries. The impact humanity has had on the environment for the last 100+ years is starting to show dramatic effects, and without this change some of our children might not have a future on this planet. The time to act is now. Living in Kentucky I fear for our representatives concern for the environment might be too little. We are a major producer of fossil fuels. This petition is for Thomas Massie, Kentucky’s 4th district representative. These signatures are from the voters in your district that wish you not concern yourself with the money you may make off of supporting the fossil fuel industry, and look toward the future with new job opportunities for the state, and the country. Vote in favor of the ‘Green New Deal’ when the time comes. The people are asking for change and it is your duty to listen to the people you represent. We will be heard, and there will be change for the future.
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, email@example.com, (518) 455-5404 · Senator Betty Little, firstname.lastname@example.org, (518) 455-2811
Petition to Florida Governor
Stop Red Tide Before It's Too Late For Florida's Beaches!
Red tide took Florida by storm in 2018. We saw record breaking deaths tolls for everything from manatees to sea turtles. Instead of scenic sunsets, beach goers were subjected to toxic algae and the remains of wildlife like whale sharks and pelicans. Even humans were affected by the toxic red tide -- especially those with respiratory problems. This year's outbreak not only hurt local economies but has destroyed coastal ecosystems. Researchers are concerned with the emptiness of Florida's beaches and reefs… and unfortunately red tide appears to be returning. In fact, algae blooms have been recently reported along the Southwest Florida coast from Venice all the way to Naples. -- Our fragile ecostystems can't handle much more of this destruction. Tell DeSantis to keep his promises and clean up Florida's water before it's too late! Click Here To Help