environmental justice

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Petition to Mike Duggan

Stop the Detroit Trash Incinerator

My name is William Copeland. As an environmental educator in Detroit, I work everyday with students who are deeply affected by pollution and associated health problems. When I ask a class of students how many of them have had asthma, often half of the room raise their hands. When I broaden the question to see how many of the students have family members who’ve had an asthma attack or been hospitalized for asthma, almost every student puts their hand in the air. And my heart breaks. In 1986 a trash incinerator was built in the city of Detroit, and city residents have been battling for the right to clean air every since. Today, Detroit's asthma hospitalization rate is three times that of the state of Michigan, and in my city was ranked the fourth most challenging place to live in the United States for those with asthma. Help protect the air we breathe. Tell Detroit’s mayor to stop trash incineration in our city. By burning trash, the incinerator releases many chemicals that contribute to staggering rates of asthma and other respiratory ailments. These chemicals can include nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, dioxins, particulate matter, and lead. My friend and coworker, Melissa Sargent, lives not far from the incinerator. At a community hearing, she told a couple hundred neighbors, concerned citizens, and officials: "My husband and I and our five children live less than two miles from the incinerator. We smell the piled up garbage as we work in our garden, and as the children play outside and ride their bikes. We hear the jet engine-like sound at all hours of the night as we rock our baby back to sleep. But what I am most worried about is what we can’t smell or hear." Please sign our petition and join people like Melissa who are taking a stand for clean air and community health. The pollutants being released into Detroit’s air are not solely from our city, or even our county. The incinerator takes in refuse from numerous neighboring counties (even as far away as Canada!) and turns it into harmful pollution for Detroit residents to breath. These communities believe that they are throwing their trash 'away,' but really they are tossing their waste straight into the lungs of our friends and family. Tell Detroit’s mayor to stop treating Detroit like a toxic dumping ground and endangering the health of our neighbors and loved ones.

William Copeland and Our Climate Voices
13,550 supporters
This petition won 8 months ago

Petition to Seattle City Council

Say Yes! To Housing Near Transit #udistrict #yestothefuture

Now is the time to voice your support for the U District Urban Design changes! The proposal would allow our city to house more people in the blocks surrounding the new light rail station opening in 2021 at NE 43rd St. and Brooklyn Ave NE. The proposal would also implement new affordable housing and open space requirements, as well as incentives for childcare, historic preservation, and street improvements. Learn more about the U District Urban Design Changes here:  The City of Seattle identified the following as the framework for these changes: Recognize light rail as a catalyst for change Balance the regional influences with the eclectic local character Provide a network of great streets and public spaces Grow and diversify jobs Welcome a diversity of residents Improve public safety Encourage quality and variety in the built environment Build an environmentally sustainable neighborhood Improve integration between UW and the U District Support walking, biking, and transit In addition to signing this petition it is important that you write to Seattle City Council today! Please email all the councilmembers and tell them you want walkable, amenity-rich, transit-rich neighborhoods that are welcoming to everyone. The U District is getting more and more expensive everyday. Opposing these design changes will not prevent rents from rising or help long term affordability in our growing city. Please support the U District Urban Design changes by signing this petition today! 

Seattle YIMBYs
204 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to City of Newton

Lead and Justice (Pb&J) in Newton public water fountains

Summary: We are petitioning the Newton mayor’s office and Department of Public Works to fulfill their promise to take action to remediate high lead levels in Newton’s public water fountains. Brought by: This petition is brought forth under the Pb&J Initiative, Lead & Justice Initiative, by a group of Newton North students who are members of the Tigers for Climate Action club. About this Petition: Newton, Massachusetts is a city that is rightfully proud of its great schools and community services. Indeed, Newton is often recognized as one of the nation’s “best cities to live” by local and national publications. In many respects, this reputation is deserved. Yet, with respect to remediating excessive levels of lead in the drinking water found in public fountains, Newton officials have fallen far short of their commitment and promise made to the community they purportedly serve. Outgoing mayor Setti Warren, that has quietly disappeared from radar screens with respect to an issue that he himself raised as being important to the community. At a time when clean, safe drinking water is in the news on a daily basis, we must hold our public officials accountable to keep their promises to protect the citizens of Newton against the hazards of lead in the drinking water in public places, but at the same time provide Newton’s citizens with services that live up to the high standards that Newton holds its schools, its police department, its fire department, its sanitation department, and other services critical to its  infrastructure.        Fact: In July, 2016, the Newton Department of Public Works turned off more than 40 public water fountains after finding high lead levels in some fountains. In the letter sent to Newton residents last July, residents were encouraged to bring their own water bottles to public spaces. An initial survey was also sent out to Newton residents regarding use of water fountains to which almost all residents overwhelming demanded the reopening of public water fountains. However, the city still has not acted on its commitment to provide a clean, safe, public water source in the Newton community’s critically important common areas The purpose of this petition is to: Make sure the tax-paying residents of Newton are being heard and that there voices mean something to city leadership.  Demand access to safe public water fountains—clean water is a basic right that should be provided by the city to its citizens. Push Mayor Setti Warren to stop delaying the remediation of public water fountains, a commitment made  over a year ago that seems to have fallen by the wayside in light of his impending departure from the mayor’s office and possible consideration as a candidate for Governor of Massachusetts. Reduce the need for use of plastic water bottles, themselves a critical problem in our society, by providing clean, safe, public water sources. Push the city of Newton to keep up with nearby towns such as Cambridge that provide clean, safe public water sources. Please sign and share this petition to support the Lead & Justice Initiative in pushing the Newton city government to take action in making the public water fountains safe and accessible to all. Sincerely, Lucy Lu, Tigers for Climate Action, and concerned Newton residents

Lucy Lu
5 supporters