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environmental justice

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Petition to Erik Solheim

Tell United Nations To Condemn Hamas’ Environmental War Crimes!

We call upon Mr. Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the UN Environmental Programme, to condemn Hamas and other terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip for causing severe environmental damage to southern Israel. Sign our petition to demand that the United Nations condemns Hamas' environmental war crimes! Over the course of the past three months, Hamas operatives and other terrorists have burned thousands of tires and launched hundreds of incendiary devices into Israeli territory. The combined effect of these heinous acts has not only led to the release of toxic materials into the fragile ecosystem, but has resulted in the destruction of more than 7,400 acres of land, hundreds of acres of wheat fields, and 2,700 acres of protected nature reserves.                                                                        When these devices touch down in Israel they leave a deadly path in their wake. Local wildlife are either killed or forced to flee their native habitats. Forests and farmland have been ravaged. And the livelihood of the thousands of farmers who have committed their lives to turning what was once desert into an oasis has been shattered.                                                                                                                       Thus far, 900 incendiary devices were sent across the border, leading to more than 750 fires –an average of eleven per day. Not only has the cost of damage exceeded $3 million, but it will take years to reverse the ecological damage caused by Hamas.                                             Both the United Nations Resolutions and International Humanitarian Law expressly prohibit the destruction of the natural environment in armed conflict, and yet the international community has remained silent as Hamas wages environmental warfare that endangers civilians, wildlife, and ravages the natural beauty and resources of Israel's southern region.                                                                            In May 2016, the Environment Assembly of the United Nations Environment Programme reaffirmed UN General Assembly resolution 47/37 entitled “Protection of the environment in armed conflict” which stressed “that destruction of the environment, not justified by military necessity and carried out wantonly, is clearly contrary to existing international law”.                                                                            Article 35 (3) of the Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions states: “It is prohibited to employ methods or means of warfare which are intended, or may be expected, to cause widespread, long-term and severe damage to the natural environment.”                                                                                                                 The International Committee of the Red Cross regards these obligations as customary international law. Based on the texts of these statutes, it is evident that Hamas has intentionally committed environmental damage, amounting to environmental war crimes.  Therefore, the World Jewish Congress calls on the UN Environmental Programme and Director Solheim to condemn these acts and use all necessary measures at their disposal to ensure that these illegal actions cease immediately.                          

World Jewish Congress
3,090 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to California Coastal Commission Staff, Al Padilla, Denise Truong

Open Letter Opposing Eldercare Project in Highland's Coastal Parklands Area

To the Honorable California Coastal Commissioners: We call on you to grant the Appeals in CCC Post Cert. Case No. 5-PPL-18-0034 regarding the proposed Project at 1525 Palisades Dr., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, and overturn the City of Los Angeles Decision to approve a Coastal Development Permit (CDP) for the Project. The Project violates numerous provisions of the Coastal Act (“Act”), and the City ignored the Regional Interpretive Guidelines (“RIGS”) as well as the City’s own Brentwood-Pacific Palisades Community Plan. The Project is a 4-story, 45 ft. high, residential Eldercare Facility (Assisted Living/Dementia Care) with 96 residents. Although characterized as a commercial development, the Project actually consists of 82 long-term residential dwelling units and its 4-story mass and scale is out of character with the surrounding neighborhood of predominantly 2-story structures. The Project is located in a highly scenic area bordering Santa Ynez Canyon City Park and within 200 ft. from Topanga State Park, both recreational areas within the Coastal Zone. The Project’s site can be seen from numerous, popular hiking trails and it would block public scenic views from Palisades Drive and from Vereda De La Montura and Michael Lane, which are local streets. The City incorrectly concluded that only ocean views are protected by the Coastal Act and that other coastal resources, such as views of coastal hills/mountains or views from hiking trails, are not protected. The City refused to consider and evaluate scenic public views from nearby trails in the adjacent parkland solely because the Project is 2½ miles from the ocean. The Project is in a Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone and will be required to create fire buffer zones next to Santa Ynez Canyon Park. This fire suppression will destroy the natural habitat surrounding the project, further exposing the Project structure to nearby parkland and trails. The Project failed to specify the number of visitors, including employees, independent medical care providers, delivery vehicles and other visitors to this 24/7, facility with 3 employee shifts. Without this information, any traffic projections were seriously inadequate. There is no public transportation within 2 miles, so all persons must drive to and from the Project. There is no separate parking for the nearby parks and overflow employees, visitors, etc. to the Project will park on the adjacent streets and interfere with park access. Therefore, a Substantial Issue exists regarding public access to nearby parkland. There was no traffic study and therefore, the City had insufficient information to conclude that there will be no significant effects relating to traffic, parking and park access. The City simply acknowledged the existence of the Regional Interpretive Guidelines and then without further analysis, concluded that the Project complied with them. The City made no effort to adequately review, analyze and consider the Regional Interpretive Guidelines. The City does not have a certified Local Coastal Program (LCP). The Project will have a precedential effect on the City's interpretation of any future LCP and will prejudice the ability of the City to prepare an LCP that is in conformity with the Coastal Act. The Commission should find the existence of Substantial Issue regarding the Project, grant the Appeals and deny a Coastal Development Permit to the proposed Project.

Pacific Palisades Residents Association
848 supporters