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environmental issues

86 petitions

Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Shelley Dickstein, Nan Whaley, Tammi Clements, Terry Slaybaugh, Matt Joseph, Jeffery J. Mims, Christopher L. Shaw, Darryl Fairchild, Johan Henriksen

Preserve Knoop Prairie

In 1995, with Marie Aull’s support, Paul Knoop and other Aullwood staff planted what became the Paul Knoop Prairie on approximately 140 acres of airport property adjacent to Aullwood Farm at the corner of Frederick Pike and U.S. 40 (National Road). This prairie still thrives and is one of the oldest reconstructed prairies in the State of Ohio. It attracts hundreds of resident and migratory birds and mammals, and thousands of species of insects, butterflies and bees each year. Even more critical is the fact that it is flourishing on and protecting 120 acres of the watershed for Wiles Creek and it is, in fact, the headwaters to this critical tributary of the Stillwater River. Wiles Creek runs through the Aullwood Audubon property, providing key habitat throughout our 200 acres and then flows into Marie Aull’s garden where it has been a central landscape element of this National Historic Landmark since Marie and John Aull originally purchased the property. The City of Dayton and the Dayton International Airport have rezoned the Paul Knoop Prairie and now have a buyer interested in purchasing the property for commercial/industrial construction. Press reports have indicated that NorthPoint Development is the buyer for the proposed project. This is a tragic blow to Marie Aull’s legacy and to the environmental welfare of Aullwood, Marie’s garden, and to our region. It is impossible to predict all of the negative environmental consequences that this action will cause. Please join us in expressing our shock and dismay at this decision, and our belief that the Paul Knoop Prairie in its entirety should be permanently preserved.

Aullwood Audubon
13,311 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to City of Miami, Miami Dade County, Mayor Francis Suarez, Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, Alice N. Bravo, Donna E. Shalala

Protect our Girls! Their safety at risk with the city bus stop...

My daughter, Idania Rodriguez, is a Cadette Girl Scout with the Tropical Council. She is working on her Silver Award project to help her school and community in addressing the following: The City of Miami has re-located a metro bus stop at the main entrance of her school, Young Women’s Preparatory Academy, very few steps away from the main school door. It is very unsafe for the students, especially since this is an all-girl school, to have the constant present of any type of people waiting for the bus. Due to this situation the main door cannot be used. All the classrooms and offices are exposed to the public eye through its clear big windows facing the street and therefore the bus stop. The girls feel constantly watched and unprotected. School officials have called before the police to report lewd and lascivious conduct from individuals pretending to wait for the bus. No child should endure such conditions. The bus stop also creates traffic issues for the school, parent, students and community during drop off and pick up times. The line of cars going to our school obstructs the regular traffic on 1st street and 12th Ave of the Southwest since parents cannot use the bus stop lane. School buses cannot use the main entrance for drop off or pick up, they will have to use the back of the school. However, the back of the school coincides with the front of an elementary school (Riverside Elementary School) that also has a high traffic of parents and school buses.  Residents of the area are having a difficult time due to the traffic and poor logistics of it. It is very unsafe for kids and pedestrians in general to walk to school. The bus stop creates unsanitary conditions for the school and the community. The school personnel are constantly removing garbage, human waste, cigarettes, unidentified substances and else to keep school front clean and sanitized. Nevertheless, conditions deteriorate quickly. This is a focus of contamination and a hazard to our children’s health.   We need the City of Miami to remove this metro-bus stop from the entrance of our school. This will improve the safety of students, the traffic hazard and the cleanliness of our environment.   

Ivonne Fernandez
353 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, United States Department of Health and Human Services, United States Department of the Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Full Disclosure & Recognition of US Military's History of Toxic Exposures

Military-related toxic exposure has steadily become an increasing concern among United States Veterans, their family members, and Veterans’ Service Organizations in recent years. Contributing to this awareness, are stories revolving around the history of water contamination at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; burn pit exposures and reported Mustard gas attacks during the ongoing Global War on Terrorism; Blue Water Navy, Agent Orange, Dioxins, Pesticides, Herbicides used in Vietnam, Guam, Thailand, and Korea (among others); Atomic radiation and experimental exposures in World War II; Atomic clean-up in the Pacific; Jet fuels and PFAS firefighting foams throughout military air bases of various branches; and, several other installations within the United States, including the much talked about and often ignored Fort McClellan, Alabama and Field Station Kunia, Hawaii.  The issue of military-related Toxic Exposure extends well beyond a single branch of the military or installation. More than 150 United States military installations, representing at least 41 states, have been reported as contaminated, based on EPA reports and documents. Those that have not been identified as Superfund/CERCLA sites, have otherwise been the subject of supervised clean-up efforts. The United States Congress has demonstrated a limited amount of awareness and concern, with the majority of proposed legislation often being abandoned in Subcommittee or never fully introduced for a vote before the House or Senate. In response to the lack of Congressional action, social media groups, individual activists, nonprofit organizations, and even a few of the nation’s larger Veteran Service Organizations have all spoken out regarding the history of military-related toxic exposures.  The rare and complex nature of the reported illnesses and disabling conditions among Toxic Veterans and their family members is only further substantiated by the assertions that none of their diagnosed health conditions existed or were reflected in their preceding generations’ health histories. The types of health complications experienced represent that not only is more than one major health system affected; but, instead indicative of multiple-system involvement. Cancers, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular disease, dermatological disease, diabetes, gastrointestinal disease or disorder, musculoskeletal disease or disorder, neurological disease or disorder, pulmonary or respiratory disease, systemic illness or rheumatological disease, and reproductive systems are often reported among Toxic Veterans. To reiterate, most Toxic Veterans are afflicted by two or more of the aforementioned health systems being affected.  Additionally, advanced aging and early mortality rates among victims serve as indicators of this issue.  Perhaps, this can also help to reveal that the issues experienced are not simply attributable to lifestyle choices, as is sometimes speculated by critics and opponents. Some critics, including at least one current member of Congress have expressed that the health complications are simply the result of military service and that Veterans need to accept that. Aside from the obvious dismissal and lack of regard for those who served, that sentiment does not reflect the needs and concerns of military family members, descendants, or even community members surrounding contaminated military installations and perhaps exposed to ground water or air contamination.  One only needs to review the list of localities who have received modifications, improvements, or complete re-building of their public water service infrastructure from the Department of Defense, and United States Government, to realize that this problem is not exclusive to Veterans and that a percentage of Americans are potentially exposed to military toxicants.       The American public and Veterans of all branches of the US Military need to impress upon the United States Congress, the President of the United States, and the various Departments and Agencies that the time is now. It is time to discontinue the negligent mishandling and disposal of toxicants, clean up the contamination that already exists, research and fully disclose the extent of contamination that exists among the installations and at overseas deployment locations, and address the harmful affects experienced by hundreds of thousands, if not millions of Veterans and their families.  

Operation Stand Together
986 supporters