Petition to Ministry of Agriculture Fiji
Ban Paraquat in Fiji! - Hundreds of dogs already killed...
Paraquat is a highly toxic non-selective herbicide (a plant-killer which is also toxic to anything else it comes in contact with). It has already been banned in many countries. Unfortunately, even though there are safe alternatives in Fiji, it is still widely used for spraying weeds and grass in sugarcane farms as an instant insect killer. It is also used for the baiting of dogs (purposely hiding the poison in food that dogs will eat with the intention to kill them) which is illegal without the written permission from the CEO if Ministry of Agriculture Fiji. It is poisonous to humans, especially children. For animals it is a death sentence which kills them slowly and painfully... If Paraquat is banned in Fiji, it will not effect the ability to spray using a herbicide as Malathion is available which is safe for children and dogs. It will however reduce the amount of toxic skin contact and fumes you, your family and your animals can ingest. Banning Paraquat will make Fiji a safer place for children and animals alike. Alternate names for Paraquat: Paraquat dichloride; Methyl viologen dichloride; Crisquat; Dexuron; Esgram; Gramuron; Ortho Paraquat CL; Para-col: Pillarxone; Tota-col; Toxer Total; PP148; Cyclone; Gramixel; Gramoxone; Pathclear; AH 501 Learn more about Paraquat here: http://www.uptodate.com/contents/paraquat-poisoningand here:https://www.vetary.com/dog/condition/paraquat-garden-items-poisoning PLEASE NOTE: The CEO of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Fiji Government have not approved or currently support the use of paraquat for animal population control. The majority of use is by individuals legally using paraquat as a herbicide resulting in the unintentional death of dogs and harm to humans and the illegal use by individuals as an intentional means to kill dogs . We are not protesting the governments use, we are petitioning for the ban of paraquat as a whole due to the unsafe nature of its legal use as a pesticide and to eliminate the illegal baiting of dogs.
Petition to Kevin de Leon, Kamala Harris, DIane Feinstein, Jerry Brown
Make California have and use 100% Renewable Sources/clean for our homes by 2025
According to a Recent Study featured on CNN, we are entering a "Biological Annihilation"*. Species are dying at an alarming rate, and we need to do something about it! We live in a dying world, and there are signs of it everywhere: global warming, pollution, snow on Antarctica, and other minor warnings. Right now these problems are small, but pretty soon our world will reach an irreversible point. Where global warming won't be one of those things that is not a big deal, and when that tipping point comes I don't want to think that I was part of it. Recently California agreed on a bill to make California have 100% renewable energy sources by 2045 (SB 100). I think that is ridiculous.Some scientists believe that if we continue on the path that we are on tight now in terms of energy, it will be impossible to turn back the environment into what it was in the 1700's by 2040. Also, why do businesses need 27 years to change their energy source? I think that we can make California have 100% renewable energy sources by 2025, this gives companies 7 whole years to switch to renewable sources. It is an ambitious goal, but if you agree with me and want to make a change in the world then sign this petition and make California clean! *Study was published by: "Proceedings of the National Academy Of Sciences"
Petition to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Revoke Mark "The Shark" Quartiano's Charter and Fishing Licenses
Mark "The Shark" Quartiano has killed over 100,000 sharks during his fishing career, of which several have been protected species. The practice of shark fishing is truly despicable considering the dwindling number of sharks in the world today, as they near extinction due to overfishing and shark finning. Due to sharks' late and lengthy reproduction period, their populations cannot be sustained while unscrupulous hunters like Mark "The Shark" continue to decimate their populations. By revoking Mark Quartiano's charter and license to fish, marine ecosystems off the coast of Miami will slowly rebuild from their currently imbalanced state.
Petition to Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo, Governor Eddie Baza Calvo, Speaker BJ Cruz, Vice Speaker Therese Terlaje, Congressman Rob Bishop, U.S. Fish and Wildlife services
Prutehi Litekyan: Save Ritidian and Oppose Degradation and Militarization of Native Lands
We, the Guam-based group Prutehi Litekyan: Save Ritidian, are a direct action group dedicated to the protection of natural and cultural resources in all sites identified for DOD live-fire firing training on Guam. We oppose the establishment of any military firing range and align our efforts with other regional movements working to prevent environmental degradation and destruction on sacred and native lands. Our work promotes the continued pursuit for return of ancestral lands. We protest the signing of the Integrated Natural Resource Management Plan (INRMP) that would allow the construction of the Live-Fire Training Range Complex (LFTRC) at Andersen Air Force Base. We vehemently protest the detrimental impacts that the firing range would have on the ancient village of Litekyan (Ritidian), Urunao, and Jinapsan and all of the species, endangered or otherwise, within the Guam Wildlife Refuge. We protest the signing of the INRMP for the following reasons: 1. There is an ongoing Earthjustice lawsuit seeking to set aside the 2010 and 2015 Records of Decision regarding the relocation of the Marines from Okinawa to the Guam because the Department of Defense found no other alternatives for the move and also did not create a single Environmental Impact Statement for various projects it would involve. 2. Of the options considered, building the LFTRC at the Northwest Field would be the most destructive option to the environment, the natural and cultural resources, and to the communities surrounding the area. 3. The 2010 and 2015 Records of Decision underestimate or leave out the impacts of endangered species in the Refuge Overlay of the Guam National Wildlife Refuge. 4. Mitigation efforts are not sufficient to protect endangered species. Avoidance of adverse effects stemming from the construction and operation of live-fire ranges is the only option. 5. The LFTRC poses a tremendous risk of contaminating Guam’s primary fresh water resource – the Northern Guam Lens Aquifer (NGLA). 6. The impact on ancestral and historic sites cannot be mitigated because many of the resources at the site still remain in pristine, undisturbed condition and are still being studied. Furthermore, Litekyan/Ritidian is a sacred site for native people and a place of spiritual connection to their ancestors. 7. The construction of the LFTRC constitutes an environmental injustice to the indigenous people of Guam, the Chamorro people, and further disempowers native communities through militarization and contamination of native lands. Please sign our petition to divert the LFTRC and the signing of the INRMP, which would have a devastating impact on the people and land of Guåhan. For more information, please email: email@example.com.
Petition to Judith Enck, Walter Mugdan, Lisa Jackson, Bob Martin, Glen Logan, Andy Hobbs, Samuel Thompson, President of the United States, New Jersey Governor
Save Ringwood State Park! Don’t let Ford Motor Company use it as a toxic landfill!
Save historic Ringwood State Park! Don’t let the government give it away to a notorious polluter! Tell our elected officials and the United States Environmental Protection Agency to require Ford Motor Company to clean up and restore this beloved jewel of the New Jersey State Park system, ensuring it remains as beautiful parkland - and not to a toxic waste landfill threatening the health and safety of the disadvantaged Ramapough Mountain Indian Tribe. For background, as part of the cleanup of the Ringwood Mines/Landfill Superfund Site in Ringwood, New Jersey, the polluter, Ford Motor Company, is trying to take back State parkland so they can use it as a toxic dump for their poisonous sludge and drums of leaking chemicals. Ringwood State Park and the neighboring Ramapough Mountain Indian Tribe homeland is dotted with former iron mines that once provided iron used in the construction of the United States Capitol Dome and the George Washington Bridge going into New York City. Yet recent testing shows these abandoned mines are leaking, and that the cancer-causing witches brew of toxic sludge and benzene could potentially impact the water supply for over 1 to 2 million people in this watershed! Unfortunately, Ford has been secretly lobbying behind closed doors with the state and federal governments to allow them to take this historic area so they can continue to use it for toxic waste disposal and long-term containment. The goal of this, of course, is to save this global polluter millions of dollars, with scarcely a concern for its impact on the environment and public health. This land belongs to the public! Don’t let them take our land away! Tell our government to REQUIRE Ford to remediate and restore it completely so we can enjoy a safe and healthy State parkland once again! For more info on this fight, visit: www.RingwoodSuperfundSite.org and www.ToxicLegacy.com
Petition to Smoothie King, Wan Kim, Brian Judge, Kevin King
Say No to Smoothie King Styrofoam
I'm a senior and a student-athlete in high school, and I love to have Smoothie King after a workout but hate their Styrofoam (EPS) cups. I go to my local Smoothie King a lot, (my family might probably say too much!) and every time I finish my smoothie and drop my foam cup in the trash I feel so guilty knowing that its neither recyclable nor biodegradable material, so recently I decided to look a bit deeper into the issue. Styrofoam is dangerous to the health of our environment and potentially our own health; thus, cities like New York, San Francisco, Washington DC, and countless others have banned the use of Styrofoam products. EPS - aka expanded polystyrene - (or Styrofoam by its brand name) is made from styrene which is classified as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen", and workers who create EPS are exposed to benzene, a known carcinogen. Not only is it dangerous to us, Styrofoam has also been found in several studies in the bodies of marine organisms as a result of its extremely long lifetime. In 2012, Jamba Juice pledged to go Styrofoam-free after a successful change.org petition, and I'm hoping that Smoothie King will have the same foresight as part of their vision to become an "integral part of every health and fitness plan". Materials that are toxic to our environment and the organisms around us, as well as our own wellbeing, only serve to hinder their mission. Instead, possible alternatives include paper (uses renewable resources such as trees and water and can be made with post consumer material) and other more recyclable plastics, including polypropylene, which Dunkin Donuts has chosen to replace their foam cups with. In addition, another profitable solution could be the implementation of a reusable cup program, similar to the successful program utilized by Starbucks. Let's get rid of Styrofoam nationwide. Join me in saying no to Styrofoam! Let's opt for products made from renewable resources, or more readily recyclable materials, and choose to reuse. Watch my short video for more information on the consequences of Styrofoam on the world we live in. We must take action together to protect our home - there is no Planet B.
Petition to Bill Clarkson, Dave Hudson, Harry Sachs, Phil O'Loane, Scott Perkins
Stop the Sale of Mudd's Beautiful Land
Neighbors, Our City Council recently voted, behind closed doors and without a public hearing, to continue negotiations to sell one of the most beautiful pieces of land in San Ramon—the site of the old Mudd's Restaurant. There is no other spot in San Ramon that is so wild and yet so accessible. It is right off Crow Canyon, but when you are there the noise and traffic feel a million miles away. It was bought by the City in 2008 for over $2 million using taxpayer dollars to be a public park, and now they are trying to sell it. Because it has been allowed to go into disrepair, the current appraisal is only $1.2 mil. WE own this land! IF they sell it, the City will only get less than $50K for their investment of $2 mil plus costs like fencing it, removing trees and fixing a mudslide. What will WE get? Another office building, more traffic. What will we lose? 2+ acres of absolutely gorgeous land, peace and quiet, space for our children, pets, an afternoon stroll. The old parking lot alone has 22 heritage trees ranging in diameter from 15"to over 36". It is surrounded on 3 sides by a creek that still is running (with rapids!) in June. And, it adjoins the Crow Canyon Community Garden and picnic area—another 7.5-acres. Put together, we would have a magnificent 10-acre park with a beautiful community center (the architecture of the old Mudd's building is stunning) and shaded BBQ areas. City leaders are saying they have to sell as part of the State unwinding of its Redevelopment Agency. But they don't. They could insist on their rights to keep it, they could buy it back, they could exchange it for another piece of land they own which has no delicate habitats (like creeks) and no mature native trees. It was bought to be a park and should remain a park. Please sign below to tell our Mayor and Council to stop the negotiations and look for alternatives to save this irreplaceable land. Here's What You Can Do Now Stay informed: click on Settings and tell Change to send you updates about Mudd's as they are posted. Help us get to 3000 signatures by posting the link to this petition on Facebook, Twitter and everywhere, and emailing it to your friends and neighbors. Here is the short link: Bit.ly/SaveMudds Thanks for taking a stand to save our city from turning into a concrete jungle. Franette Armstrong Citizen’s Coalition for the Preservation of Mudd’s PS: Scroll down a bit to see all the updates and articles posted!
Petition to Sen. Thibodeau and Rep. Gideon Maine State Legislature
Save Frenchman Bay and Acadia National Park Maine from a Mega Cruise Ship Pier!
[ETA 2: Please read our latest update "Some sad news." We will continue to make our voices heard.] [ETA: please read update entitled "Really Great News" before you sign. The Committee voted to continue the discussion on LD#1400 till January. We have time to breathe, but the fight and this petition are no less important.] The cruise ship lines have Frenchman Bay and Acadia National Park Maine in their sights for further development. They would like Bar Harbor, which is the closest town to the Park, to build a pier capable of docking two 1000' long, 200' tall cruise ships at a time. And NO environmental impact study has been done at this time. As it is now, without a pier, 171 cruise ship visits are scheduled for 2017. 226,000 visitors. That's plenty. We are against LD 1400 in the Maine State Legislature. It calls for the emergency establishment of a Bar Harbor Port Authority. A port authority will enable millions of dollars in bonds to be raised in order to finance this $30-40,000,000 project. In our opinion, development of the pier will demand more and more cruise ships to come into Frenchman Bay, to pay for this infrastructure and as a ROI. The largest cruise ships can carry up to 6,000 tourists and crews of 2000 each. The proposed pier would allow up to two mega cruise ships to dock at Bar Harbor each day, so together they could allow up to 10,000 day tripping tourists per day to land at Bar Harbor. This is in addition to existing cruise ships that already anchor in the Bay--taller than the Porcupine Islands in the Bay, that you see pictures of above. We petitioners hereby express our strongest possible opposition to a Port Authority which--in our opinion--will lead to the development of this up to 1/2 mile long mega pier in Bar Harbor. And once again, NO environmental impact study is being done at this time. We support ecological sanity for Frenchman Bay and surrounding areas. We believe that more cruise ships would be bad for Bar Harbor businesses, bad for the physical health of Bar Harbor residents, and a national travesty for Acadia National Park, the only National Park in the entire New England region. BAD FOR BAR HARBOR BUSINESSES Large numbers of mega cruise ship day-tripping tourists flooding into Bar Harbor, MDI and Acadia National Park would cause significant disruption: traffic, noise, congestion, lines. These nuisances would result in a worse quality of tourism for the thousands of overnight tourists. In our opinion, If mega cruise ship day tripping tourists overwhelm Bar Harbor and Acadia, overnight tourists will go elsewhere. Overnight tourists spend locally 10 times more per day than cruise ship tourists, so such cruise ships jeopardize the very lifeblood of Bar Harbor and greater Frenchman Bay: tourism. BAD FOR OUR HEALTH Mega cruise ships are like floating cities. They are significant sources of pollution, especially air pollution from the 24-hour running of electricity generators. Summer time prevailing winds would blow this pollution directly into Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. In addition, more mega cruise ships and the building of the pier would create other pollution, including noise, silt disruption from dredging, and inevitable effluent discharges. The pier will be extraordinarily brightly lit 24/7 for security purposes. In our opinion, the cruise ship industry is not necessarily well known for its ecological stewardship. Our area is well known and treasured for its Dark Skies, itself a compelling reason for many to come to the beauty that is Frenchman Bay and DownEast Maine. A NATIONAL TRAVESTY For more than 10,000 years, humans have visited the coastal edge of Frenchman Bay to gaze with awe at the beautiful island and its mountains. The United States recognized this treasure by creating Acadia National Park, the only National Park in New England. The majesty of a National Park is completely incompatible with even more mega cruise ships, a brightly lit mega pier and thousands of point-specific day tripping tourists. Would anyone favor up to 50 Boeing 757 flights per day to the rim of the Grand Canyon or El Capitan in Yosemite? That is the equivalent of two mega cruise ships docking at Bar Harbor, literally across the road from Acadia National Park. This petition asks the Maine State Legislature to reject LD 1400, whose sole purpose is to create an Emergency Port Authority so that the mega pier can be built for the cruise ship industry. And once again--NO environmental impact study has been done in advance. Thank you for your support in signing our letter. We know so many of you treasure your moments at Acadia National Park and DownEast Maine.