Topic

environmental issues

35 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to St. Paul City Council

Support Sustainable To-Go Packaging in St. Paul

The City of St. Paul currently does not require restaurants and other retail food establishments to utilize sustainable to-go packaging.  As a result, a large portion of the waste in our waste stream is made up of non-recyclable items that once briefly contained food items for immediate consumption.  These items, mostly plastics, have negative effects on our environment (particularly our waterways) and contribute to environmental degradation of our community and beyond.  Minneapolis and St. Louis Park both recently adopted "to-go" food packaging ordinances, and we urge St. Paul to do the same. St. Paul's City Council is meeting on August 2nd to vote on the changes highlighted below (see link for more details).  In an effort to support environmental sustainability, we urge the city to approve of the proposed changes to St. Paul Code of Ordinances Chapter 236 and require the use of compostable, reusable, or recyclable food packaging.  Proposals: "Amend the current ordinance to apply only to food packaging intended for immediate consumption. Provide 1 year between Council adoption and effective date of ordinance. (See Current Draft.) Require the use of compostable, reusable or recyclable food packaging except in cases where there are no commercially available alternatives. The following factors will be used in determining if there are any commercially available alternatives:Availability, Economic consequences, Competitive effects, Regional context (Items for which there are no commercially available alternatives would be considered an “exemption” to the requirement). Establish list of “exemptions” and process for annual review of “exemptions” at time of ordinance adoption. Tie the initiative to existing programs:o Recyclable or compostable will be defined by City’s residential recycling contacts. (This effort will not entail amending the contract.)o Ramsey County BizRecycling program Conduct business outreach and resource fairs during the proposed 1 year implementation period." Source: https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/safety-inspections/city-council-consider-ordinance-amendments-related-%E2%80%9C-go%E2%80%9D-food For more information, click here: https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/safety-inspections/city-council-consider-ordinance-amendments-related-%E2%80%9C-go%E2%80%9D-food Interested in doing more?  Attend the Sustainable To-Go Packaging Hearing on Wednesday, August 2nd at 5:30pm at St. Paul City Hall (15 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55102).  

Victoria Downey
149 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Jackie Biskupski, Andrew Johnston, James Rogers, Stan Penfold, Derek Kitchen, erin mendenhall, charlie luke, Lisa Adams

Ban plastic bags in Salt Lake City

Your help is needed to pass a resolution that would ban the use of plastic bags in Salt Lake City, Utah. Plastic bags, while convenient, have proven to be a huge problem for the environment. These disposable and damaging bags, while only used for 12 minutes on average, end up in streets, sewers, rivers, forests and our oceans where they slowly degrade over thousands of years. These plastics wreak havoc on the environment wherever they go. They threaten hundreds of species of animals, leak toxins which end up in our food and water and cost taxpayers millions in waste management. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, up to one hundred trillion plastic bags are used around the world each year. Every year, 15 billion pounds of plastic are produced in the U.S. alone, but only 1 billion are recycled. At a time where many people are trying to find ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we are collectively using about 12 million barrels of oil to produce the plastic bags that are used each year. Breaking the habit of plastic bag use can start with the individual. We can take reusable bags with us when we shop, we can choose paper over plastic or even skip bagging all together when we only have few items. Voice your concern with your friends, family, local retailers and city officials. All these things can help gain traction in the war on plastic. It may seem like a daunting task to try and solve the plastic bag problem, especially considering the trillions of plastic bags used every year. You may think to yourself that your tiny little choices in your tiny little life couldn't possibly affect this great big world. You may be right, but collectively, billions of people making daily decisions can and do impact the world. That is why we need our local government to establish laws that can aid in the fight. Some governments and retailers have begun taking steps to phase out plastic bags. Many cities across the U.S. have banned single use plastic bags, including Utah's very own Park City. Utah is known world wide for its beautiful landscape and abundant wildlife. It only makes sense that we should lead the charge in environmental conservation. It's time for this great state's capitol to shine as a leader and ban plastic bags.  I leave you to ponder this quote from conservationist, Aldo Leopold.  "We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect" Please join the fight for a greener tomorrow. Sign and share this petition and together we WILL make a difference.    

Connor Foshee
395 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Vice Mayor Jovencio B. Bumanglag, Atty. Gerard Mosquera

PRESERVE THE DIGNITY OF PRISONERS: CLOSE THE OPEN DUMPSITE!

The establishment of open dump site in Sitio Candanque, Barangay Azagra, Tanjay City; and, adjacent or in close proximity of the District Jail - not only violates brazenly the declared State Policies, particularly, on Ensuring protection of the Public Health and Environment, but, by the most frustrating condition on the preservation of the dignity of prisoners as human beings. It could create an unlikely impression that they are an inferior class in society, which is unfair, hence, the laments of families and relatives. That based on the June 2016 ESWM Compliance Status Report of the then DENR-NIR, and until now, the City Government of Tanjay is noncompliant with the provisions of the Republic Act (R.A.) 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) Plan, and the establishment of its appropriate disposal facility, mainly sanitary landfill. That despite repeated reminders and warnings from the concerned authorities, urban Tanjay still failed to comply as there is no more valid reason for the locale to continue violating the law. In fact, the Local Government Unit of Tanjay, received a Certificate of Non-Compliance, in said regard. Therefore, to the Vice Mayor and the Members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Tanjay, We Petition You, to Totally Close the Open Dumpsite and Initiate Compliance of R.A. 9003, by pushing harder the CENRO, otherwise, we will elevate the issue to the Office of the Environmental Ombudsman which could result to utter embarrassment and unfriendliness. ON PRESENTATION TO THE APPROPRIATE AGENCIES, THIS PETITION WILL BECOME A PUBLIC DOCUMENT.      

Eliseo Joselito Monroy
32 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to William B. Judge-Mayor

Better water quality for the City of Barberton.

These subdivisions are primarily responsible for operating and maintaining the city’s water system and for providing the citizens with an uninterrupted supply of high-quality drinking water and the essential accounting and customer service functions. Water distribution and treatment services are provided to approximately 11,000 customers in and around the Barberton area.   Posted by the City of Barberton on the City web site, once professed to have good standing water.  Uninterrupted and high-quality water.  In the past year to date we have had an upward or 20+ "precautionary" boil alerts.  Some residents going days unable to use city water.  Many have felt the quality of water to be low, not worth the price paid. Residents deserve to be heard, and treated fairly.   A team of environmental experts should be sent to properly test for contaminated sediments and give an update on all over water quality.  The experts should not just test one area, but multiple areas giving an all over environmental analysis of the City of Barberton.  From glclean-n-fresh.com: The following is an actual drinking report from Barberton, Ohio, stating that the contaminants in water violated the maximum contaminant level for TTHM. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? The levels detected do not pose an immediate risk to your health. However, some people who drink water containing TTHM in excess of MCL (minimum standards) over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous systems, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer. WHAT IS BEING DONE? “We are investigating.” This notice appeared for four years!!! This same wording in the Barberton drinking water notice was sent out for many years. I have attached a copy of an “open letter” I have written to the Ohio community and I did not want to alarm the public at that time. But I wanted them to take action on the quality of their water. It seems we don’t take action until it becomes a crisis. PLEASE do not wait for a crisis. If I told you that your water meets all EPA and government standards “and does not pose an immediate risk to your health,” would you drink that water and allow your children to drink that water? By law, if water contaminates are above government standards, and drinking notice must be sent to home owners (30, 60, 90 days).    I say let's get answers.  We won't wait until a crisis. We won't stand by.  It's our water.  We drink it, our kids drink it, and shower in it. Are you ready for change? Progress? Are you with me?

Chris Clark
24 supporters