Petition to McDonald's
McDonald's: Stop Using Plastic Straws!
McDonald's has ~37,000 establishments worldwide that serve approximately 68 million customers every single day. The majority of their restaurants (with the exception of the U.K., which said it would begin to phase out plastic straws) distribute plastic straws and various other plastic products that pollute our oceans and have a devastating effect on the wildlife it supports. Plastic makes up around 13 percent of the waste cycle, representing 32 million tons of waste. While around 9 percent of that plastic goes into recycling programs, the rest enters landfills, where it takes up space for hundreds of years or more. Biodegradable plastics, however, can break down over the course of several months. We could potentially lower that number to below 5 percent if this switch is made. Based on research done over the years, scientists have concluded that anywhere between 5 and 13 million tons of plastic makes its way into our oceans every year. The fact that humans use 500+ million straws every single day is a large contributor to this growing issue; fast food joints play a big role in that statistic. If we can switch to biodegradable straws, we could lower that number by several million tons (3 to 4 million or more), which would make a huge difference! It is not just McDonald's at fault for this problem; most restaurants use plastic drinking straws because of their convenience and cheap price, and we ourselves commonly use such products for the same reasons. It is estimated that McDonald's distributes millions of plastic straws every single day, and these plastic-based products pollute our oceans and kill wildlife. Sea life digest and choke on these materials, leading to a slow and painful death. Sea turtles are a prime example and common victim of these man-made substances. Biodegradable/compostable straws are a more sustainable and efficient solution; they are able to decompose quicker than plastic straws and would also not pose as much of a threat to aquatic ecosystems. As of May 25, 2018, McDonald's has voted to keep plastic straws in their restaurants. In fact, less than 8% of the votes agreed with the movement to ban plastic straws! This is not surprising but is still unacceptable, as there are other options available that would work just as well. Please sign this petition to ensure this issue stays in the light and doesn't fade into the background! Sign this petition with half a million signatures as well to ensure your voice is heard: https://actions.sumofus.org/a/mcdonalds-is-polluting-our-oceans?source=campaigns Learn more about this pressing issue here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2018/05/21/mcdonalds-being-sucked-into-movement-ban-plastic-straws/501242002/
Petition to Community of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary
Environmental Impact of Cruise Ships in the Monterey Bay Sanctuary, California
By signing this petition, you are supporting the protection of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary in California. This Sanctuary is home to one of the world’s most diverse marine ecosystems, nurturing a habitat for whales, dolphins, sharks, seals, otters, sea birds, hundreds of species of fish, kelp forests, and much more. This year, 19 cruise ships are scheduled to anchor off the Monterey wharf, running diesel engines their entire stay, and sending a smoke stack looming overhead. Threats that face the marine sanctuary from these ships include air pollution from the exhaust, massive oil and sewage spills, endangerment to wildlife, as well as underwater noise disturbance from the engines; impacting wildlife above and below the surface. The Monterey Bay wharf was not designed for cruise ships, nor should a marine sanctuary be subjected to a potential and avoidable environmental catastrophe. It is our duty as a community to stand up for our marine environment and protect this amazing ecosystem for future generations. We can all be apart of the solution by educating ourselves on these issues, attending city council meetings to voice our opinions, and speaking with local residents and organizations to gain support and awareness. As a community, we can set a precedence for marine sanctuaries by limiting our societies encroachment on wild lands and marine ecosystems. Peacefully and politely, let’s make our voices heard, and make it clear that these ships have no purpose here. Millions of tourists travel to admire this beautiful stretch of coastline each year. They come to look out on the Pacific Ocean to see wildlife they never could of imagined. In one day it’s possible to see whales spouting and breaching, dolphins surfing the waves, seals basking on rocks, huge flocks of seabirds, and otters playing in the kelp forests. You could spend a lifetime exploring the magic of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary and barely skim the surface of what this place has to offer. Humanities desire to live in comfort and convenience has a significant impact on the health of the world. By making educated and passionate choices, we can create a future that respects all life on Earth. Let’s begin by banning luxury cruise lines from entering fragile marine sanctuaries to insure a brighter future. Thank you for your support!
Petition to Arctic Slope Regional Corporation
Protect polar bears. No oil drilling in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge
Right now, a company you’ve probably never heard of is lobbying the Department of Interior to speed through environmental impact surveys so they can drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Home to polar bears and caribou, and the Gwich'in Athabascan Native Americans. It’s the last untouched slice of nature in the United States. If there’s an open season on oil and gas in ANWR, it will be yet another instance of public lands being parcelled off by the Trump Administration. Tell the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation to get out of ANWR. In 2017, Arctic Slope spent $590,000 lobbying the federal government to open ANWR up to oil and gas development. Ryan Zinke even appointed one of Arctic Slope’s top executives to a major post at the Department of Interior. Zinke’s office isn’t alone, in 2017 Arctic Slope lobbied the Senate to allow drilling in ANWR’s 1.5 million acre coastal plane. But before oil companies can buy leases, environmental impact surveys have to happen. Under Ryan Zinke, these surveys have been cut to ram the process through as quickly as possible. Lease sales could start as early as 2019! The size of South Carolina, since 1960 ANWR has been protected from oil and gas development. There are no roads and no towns; only the occasional hiker. The Gwich'in Athabascan Native Americans have relied on migrating caribou in ANWR for millennia. There are also 900 threatened polar bears who call ANWR home. Climate change is peeling away ice sheets that restrict their ability to find food. If oil and gas companies start drilling in ANWR, it could be the end of the Gwich’in Native Americans and America’s polar bears. Wildlife and communities shouldn’t be put into harm's way for nominal profits, tell Arctic Slope that ANWR is off limits! Communities across the U.S. are still reeling from decades old oil spills like Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon, if an oil spill happens in the Arctic, it would have devastating consequences. Tell Arctic Slope ANWR isn’t for oil and gas.
Petition to HEB
Combating Plastic Pollution by Taxing Plastic Bags at HEB in Texas
Did you know that nearly 2 million plastic bags are handed out or used every minute? That adds up to be roughly one trillion single-use plastic bags wasted per year. Plastic bags have a minimum lifespan of 20 years, however, if these bags make it into the ocean or any body of water, they never completely biodegrade. Instead, the plastic bags break into small, dangerous microplastics that take centuries to fully disappear. Our goal is to eliminate plastic pollution, by first reducing plastic pollution within our community. According to the Texas Supreme Court, cities are not allowed to ban plastic bags. However, there is no law that states companies and businesses can not ban plastic bags. HEB is Texas´s #1 grocery supplier, which means they distribute a high number of plastic bags every day. If this petition reaches its goal of 5,000 signatures, then our team will set up a meeting to discuss banning single-use plastic bags at HEB. If we are unable to ban the bags, then we will ask to place a fee or tax onto single-use plastic bags to incentivize customers to purchase reusable bags. Please sign and share this petition to help bring our world a step closer to ending the deadly cycle of plastic pollution! Also, we encourage you to find ways to limit your plastic use in your daily life, or within your community.
Petition to Laurie Cumbo, Eric Adams
Save The Brooklyn Botanic Garden!
Action Alert : Come to Town Hall Meeting Being Conducted by Council Woman Laurie Cumbo. Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 6 pm - Medgar Evers College Preparatory School 1186 Carrol St, Brooklyn N.Y. 11225 __________________________________________________________________ In the above photo the orange buildings are developments being proposed. The big one the right would be the largest residential development in Brooklyn if built. This is an update to the original petition! Please Support Our Fundraiser efforts! In 1991 The Brooklyn Botanic Garden "BBG" got a rezoning along its perimeter to protect itself against tall buildings that would cast shadows and destroy the visual integrity of the Garden. In 2017 a developer, Cornell Realty, wanted to break the height limits of 6/7 stories (60/70 feet) and build buildings as high as 23 stories (230 ft) which is over a 300% increase. We organized and pushed back, got over 5,000 people to sign our petition, so the developer withdrew the application with the promise of coming back when he got local elected support. Now a year later an even larger development is being proposed by developer Bruce Eichner, who wants to build 42 stories in a height limited zone of 6/7 story, that is even closer than Cornell Reality to BBG. Now that Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo is no longer facing an election year, (this is her last term) and the developer Eichner has been reported to have given money to all of the local elected officials it appears that he will not be withdrawing his application. In the meantime, Cornell Reality is simply waiting in the wings to see what happens so that he too can re-apply with his application. Please sign our petition and let our Elected officials know that we care about our sunlight, our air, our public spaces and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Tell them to say NO! to this development. Let them know that we will fight this both in the streets and in the courts. That we vow to only support elected officials that support our causes and protect our public assets. Help us preserve and protect this valuable public greenspace, where over 900,000 people a year visit! If you want more information about this, please go to http://mtopp.org/bbgfund.html Or call (718) 703-3086. Further Things You Can Do to Support Please support Our Fundraiser. We need to prepare our own Shadow Study and prepare for a legal challenge. For more information please click here. Please write an email to Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo telling her to say NO to this proposed development at email@example.com Come to Town Hall Meeting Being Conducted by Council Woman Laurie Cumbo Thursday, December 13- 6 pm - Medgar Evers College Preparatory school 1186 Carrol St, Brooklyn N.Y. 11225 Volunteer Your Time! Call (718) 703-3086 - Find Out What Else You Can Do! Please make a Donation New Directions in Healing is taking contributions on our behalf and all of your donations are tax deductible.
Petition to Michael B. Enzi, Robert Pittenger, Kyrsten Sinema, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, United States Department of the Treasury, United States Mint
Kill the US $1 Dollar Bill with The US $1 Dollar Coin here in America!!!
I want both houses of Congress(Senate and House of Representatives) to replace the US $1 dollar bill with the US $1 Dollar coin. Take the old $1 dollar bill out of circulation. Everyday we don't do this, is waste of tax payers' money on the old $1 dollar bill that has outlive its usefulness.I would also like to demand that we stop minting pennies and get them out of circulation and I want the US $2 dollar bill replaced with a new $2 dollar coin. "Sixty-one percent of Americans back a switch to the dollar coin when they learn about the savings. That is one reason why Congressional advocates for responsible government spending, such as Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Senate Budget Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY), and Representative Robert Pittenger (R-NC) and Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) have introduced legislation to implement at least $57 billion in cost savings throughout the federal government, including eliminating the dollar note and replacing it with the more sustainable and efficient dollar coin, through the USA Act. It is important to recognize that this change in our dollar currency is long overdue. By one estimate, Congress has already missed out on over $2.6 billion in savings by not converting to the coin back in 2011. The missed savings grows larger every day, despite repeated calls from Congress' own budget watchdog, the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Over the past 25 years, the GAO has urged Congress to make the switch ten times due to the billions the federal government would save." We have to act know and if your interested in learning more about dollar coins please visit http://www.dollarcoinalliance.org/Every other industrialized nation has made the switch its time for America do the same thing. Dollar coins last 30+ years while a dollar bill only 2-4 years and dollar coins are recyclable because they can be melted down and mint new coins. The recent COINS ACT(The Currency Optimization, Innovation, and National Savings) also introduced making the Nickel cheaper to produced and stop minting pennies for the next 10 years. So I am in favor of replacing $1&$2 dollar bills with dollar coins, making the nickel cheaper to mint and stop minting pennies.
Petition to Civic Leaders of the Town of Lincoln
Support a leaf blower by-law for Lincoln, MA
Fellow Lincoln, Massachusetts residents: At our March 23 Town Meeting we will have the opportunity to vote on a by-law to place reasonable limits on gas powered leaf blowers. As a citizen who cares about the health of the community and our shared environment, I am hosting this petition. The purpose is to gather signatures to show support for this proposed by-law. As our civic leaders consider this matter, they are interested to know if it has broad public support. Consider these reasons to sign the petition and demonstrate your support: Gas-powered leaf blowers -- being used around our neighborhoods, schools, and public spaces -- generate:1) Noise that far exceeds health and safety standards2) Toxic, carcinogenic air pollution3) Carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas4) Fuel spillage and waste that contaminate our soil and water The use of gas leaf blowers comes with high costs to our health and environment and interferes with the enjoyment of our homes and community. Legislation limiting their use has been enacted in over 150 communities in the US.Many landscapers in Lincoln continue to use two-stroke, gas-powered leaf blowers. After considerable research and consultation, Lincoln’s Leaf Blower Study Committee, a subcommittee of the Conservation Commission, is proposing a by-law that would regulate the use of leaf blowers as follows:1) Gas leaf blowers may be used during specified weeks for spring and fall clean-ups.2) Electric leaf blowers may be used during the spring, summer and fall.3) No leaf blowers may be used during the winter.A public meeting will be held at 7 pm, February 28th in the Donaldson Room at Town Hall to discuss the proposal. I urge all residents to attend. Please indicate if you agree with the intent of this by-law to improve public health, environment, and quality of life for residents in Lincoln by signing this petition. Important: this petition is intended only for residents of Lincoln, Massachusetts. Be sure to correctly identify your town of residence as Lincoln when you are signing. Thank you for your attention to this important issue! Sponsor: Alex Chatfield, 270 Concord Road, Lincoln, MA (firstname.lastname@example.org) • A copy of the proposed by-law (as well as educational resources) can be found at www.lincolnleaves.org• Questions or comments can be emailed to the Leaf Blower Study Committee at email@example.com.
Petition to Panda Express
End Single-Use Plastic at Panda Express
Having lived in the Puget Sound region for my sixteen years of life, I take pride in my local landscape. Our community is lucky to be surrounded by lush mountains and endless water. We take pride in implementing green policies and on keeping the region pristine. At least, that's the illusion. Every year, Washington generates tens of millions of pounds of plastic waste, and the majority isn't recycled. Instead, some of this plastic goes into the ocean, where it breaks down into its smaller, toxic components. These components accumulate in the tissues of wildlife and people. This threatens the health of Puget Sound. It threatens our declining Southern Resident killer whales, and it threatens me and other youth who will inherit this region. But if we care about the well-being of our children, we should hold companies that distribute plastic accountable. One of those companies is Panda Express. If you have ever gotten a meal at Panda Express, you know how much plastic is generated--a plastic container, plastic utensils, maybe a plastic bag, too. And that's just for one person. But Panda Express has over 2,000 store locations which can process up to hundreds of orders every day. Think about how much plastic could be saved if Panda Express switched to biodegradable products. Subway, Trader Joe's, Starbucks, and other major chains have pledged to cut down on their plastic distribution. Why can't Panda Express do the same? For the health of my community and others around the world, I urge Panda Express to stop its use of disposable plastic containers and utensils and substitute them for something biodegradable. The people and wildlife of Puget Sound deserve better.