Petition to Ryan Zinke, Kelly Hammerle
Protect our coast, stop offshore drilling
Offshore drilling has led to some of the greatest manmade disasters of our time. Oil spills kill marine life, devastate ocean environments, and risk the livelihoods of coastal communities. We have experienced our share of petroleum disasters, including the 1989 grounding of World Prodigy on Brenton Reef and the 1996 North Cape oil spill off of Moonstone Beach. In Narragansett Bay and throughout the region, we've made extraordinary progress cleaning up our waters. Recently, the Trump Administration has proposed an unprecedented expansion to offshore drilling, which directly threatens our coasts. The last thing our coastal environment needs is oil drilling and all of the risks that go with it. Join Save The Bay in opposing this ill-conceived proposal.
Petition to Catherine Nolan, Michael Gianaris, Andrew Cuomo, Corey Johnson, Carolyn Maloney, Joseph Crowley, Jimmy Van Bramer, Melinda Katz, Letitia James, Scott M. Stringer, Bill de Blasio, Lam Group, Marriott, Denise Keehan-Smith
Stop the Warehousing of Homeless People in NYC Hotels | Establish Affordable Housing NOW!
It's time for "We the People" to UNITE!! Vulnerable homeless people and communities of all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds in New York City are casualties of: Continuing Policies that Benefit only a Handful Lack of Safe and Affordable Housing Political Rivalries and Crossfires Polarizing Figures Rapid and Excessive Real Estate Development The Mayor and the Department of Homeless Services are proposing a 3rd homeless shelter (52-34 Van Dam Street, Blissville LIC, NY 11101) that would house approximately 350 Homeless Adults in the tiny, isolated and NEGLECTED working-class community of Blissville which is located in the town of Long Island City. Blissville is home to approximately 450 residents: nearly 110 are children. It is also zoned as an industrial/commercial area and is surrounded by warehouses, factories, auto body shops, waste stations, recycling centers, scrap metal yards, a cemetery, freight rail yards, ***NEWTOWN CREEK*** and a correctional facility all no more than a 0.5-mile radius. The Blissville community is already doing their Fair Share with 2 homeless shelters within a 0.3-mile radius. To say that the addition of a third "hotel-to-shelter" facility would change the character of the Blissville neighborhood would be a stark understatement. A 3rd hotel-to-shelter facility would: DOUBLE the Blissville Population Cost the City an exorbitant amount of taxpayer dollars for Sanitation Disposal, Law Enforcement, Environmental, Traffic, Security and Safety concerns for the vulnerable homeless adults, the residents of Blissville as well as neighboring communities Although District 26 was blindsided by DHS's implementation of a 2nd hotel-turned-shelter, Blissville accepted their Fair Share of 54 families who were initially housed in the City View Hotel only to be ousted in a last-minute decision and replaced with 100 Single men overnight by DHS. Furthermore, Blissville residents choose to live here in spite of the more than half-mile distance to basic facilities, the environmental challenges, and neglect from the City. The vulnerable homeless families and individuals don't get to choose their home yet the City chooses to warehouse them in a neighborhood of warehouses and dump them in a neighborhood that has been dumped on for decades. In conclusion, we stand in agreement with our District 26 Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer: “This is not about demonizing the homeless,” Van Bramer said. “This is about the administration having little to no solution and therefore choosing hotels in Long Island City and Blissville. We are doing more than our fair share.” ***UNITED WE CAN FIGHT THE "GOOD" FIGHT FOR ALL PEOPLE!*** #peoplenotprofits!
Petition to Ugandan , Ugandan Wildlife Authority, Andrew Ggunga Seguya
Save the Lions of Uganda
On April 11th a cute pride of 3 lionesses and 8 cubs was found after being killed by poisoning probably in revenge for preying on livestock. This is at least the second such mass poisoning of lions from Queen Elizabeth National Park. These tree climbing lions live in only two places in the world and are endangered by habitat loss and rapidly growing populations around the park. Please sign the petition today to help us save these magnificent creatures by urging the Ugandan Wildlife Authority to take action to save these lions through better community outreach and better compensation for the herding families that surround the park and lose their livestock to lions that wander from the park. Please also donate to Uganda's conservation partners such as the African Wildlife Foundation. I have seen the unique and beautiful tree climbing lions in this park and urge you to help save them.
Petition to Cory Booker, Robert Menendez, Tom MacArthur, Chris Smith, Stephen Sweeney, Bob Martin
End Shark Fishing Tournaments in New Jersey
It is not uncommon to catch a shark in New Jersey waters in the months of May through October. Many are terrified to contemplate sharing the Jersey shore’s waters with such an alarming apex predator. Common misconceptions and opinions aside, shark populations are declining all over the world in devastating numbers with drastic impacts on the future of our ecosystem. As a matter of fact, in a report from WildAid, “Parts of the US East Coast may well host more recreational fishing for large sharks than anywhere else in the world”. It is considerable importance that sharks in the state of New Jersey are protected to combat future environmental catastrophes. Sharks return every year, their population are threatened by dangerous fishing tournaments and un-accompanying regulations. Allowing such activities to continue is negligent as it contributes to serious health hazards for the community as well as the environment. Critical changes must be implemented. June is a prime time for fishermen as the shark fishing tournaments begin along the atlantic coast and the “thrill” of catching big game brings returns...along with major health risks. Shark fishing is extremely popular in Point Pleasant. Many charter boats and competitions offer significant cash prizes for the heaviest mako or thresher that can be obtained. Nicknamed “the Jersey Swordfish” according to their steak texture, it is typical that fishermen sell or keep shark meat for later consumption. According to The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, some of the species you might expect to see include: Shortfin mako, thresher, porbeagle, blue, lemon, blacktip, spinner, bull, finetooth, blacknose, atlantic sharpnose, scalloped and bonnethead hammerhead, and smooth and spiny dogfish. Mako and Thresher are the main goal for many ambitious fishermen despite the fact that these species in particular have elevated mercury levels. Mercury is toxic and can cause serious health problems (“Shark”). Without further action, shark fishing for meat encourages the community to be consuming poisonous levels of mercury causing many detrimental effects on people’s health. In order to fish, anglers must acquire a permit and report any sharks for trade. Although the state encourages catch and release of makos, it is not required. Regulations have been set in place by NJ Department of Environmental Protection which states that each vessel may retain one shark per day (minimum fifty-four inches fork length), plus one bonnethead and atlantic sharpnose. It is mentioned on their website that “The registry is an important tool that will help fishermen and policymakers work together to better account for the contributions and impacts of saltwater anglers on ocean ecosystems and coastal economies. ” But how do these regulations protect the vulnerable or endangered species that inhabit New Jersey’s coast in the summer? The sexual maturity size of the Mako shark, the most popular game, is much larger than the minimum 54 inches required. Sexual maturity in a female mako is 108 inches and 73 for males. Not to mention the fifteen to eighteen-month gestational period, with only a few young who survive. Having such a long period of time invested into reproduction, and reproducing later in their lives, these regulations cannot be suitable for protection of a vulnerable species. A minimum size smaller than sexual maturity endangers sharks like the Thresher, for example, that reaches sexual maturity after about eight years, and only has two to four pups every two years. Furthermore, of the sharks listed above, thirteen appear on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s "red list" as vulnerable or endangered. Notably, there is no size limit or bag limit on spiny or smooth dogfish. The spiny dogfish also appears on the IUCN red list as vulnerable and have elevated mercury levels. Although many regulations are put in place, they could not possibly encourage the protection of the sharks that share the same ocean as New Jersey citizens. New enhanced regulations on shark fishing are urgent if the species is to have any chance. All over the world, overexploitation of sharks is starting to concern scientists and communities as already ninety percent of apex predators have already been wiped from the sea. With all the knowledge discovered and new research being conducted, the conservation of sharks is not only an important environmental issue but a human health issue as well. If stricter regulations could be implemented and ultimately the eradication of shark tournaments, the future of shark populations and environmental impacts will see improvements worldwide. Citations Buckley, Luis, and Jennifer Hile. The End of the Line- Global Threat to Sharks. 2nd ed., WildAid, 2007, p. 28, The End of the Line- Global Threat to Sharks, www.sharkwater.com/downloads/pdfs/WildAid_Shark_Report2007.pdf NEW JERSEY DIVISION OF FISH & WILDLIFE MARINE FISHERIES ADMINISTRATION COMMERCIAL REGULATIONS. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, 20 Apr. 2015, www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/pdf/2015/comregs15.pdf “Shark.” Seafood Selector, Environmental Defense Fund, 28 Mar. 2013, seafood.edf.org/shark. “The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.” The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, 2017, www.iucnredlist.org/ “What You Can Do to Protect Yourself against Mercury Poisoning.” Edited by Gary A Rayant, The Dangers of Hidden Mercury, Dear Doctor, 5 May 2011,www.deardoctor.com/articles/the-dangers-of-hidden-mercury/
Petition to Laurie Cumbo, Eric Adams
Save The Brooklyn Botanic Garden!
Action Alert : Come out on Tuesday, March 13 - 7 pm - Community Board 9 General Board Meeting Hearing, at MS 61 - 400 Empire Blvd, 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! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Come to The Community Board 9 meetings on this Rezoning Proposal and Say No! Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 7 pm - Community Board 9 Land Use Committee meeting - at Carroll Community Garden Center, across the street from 890 Nostrand Ave. bet. President and Carroll st. Tuesday, March 27 , 2017 - 7 pm - Community Board 9 General Board Meeting, at MS 61 - 400 Empire Blvd, Brooklyn N.Y. 11225 Volunteer Your Time! Call (718) 703-3086 - Find Out What Else You Can Do! Please make a Donation
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Tell Congress not to cut funding that protects family farmers & hungry Americans!
The Farm Bill is the most important and comprehensive piece of food and farm legislation in the United States. In 2018, family farmers, the environment, and all Americans could suffer major losses if the Farm Bill is not adequately funded and passed this year. We’re asking Congress to pass a Farm Bill in 2018 that helps all Americans, and to provide sufficient funding so that the programs actually work. The Farm Bill is critical to family farmers and ranchers because it covers: Programs that help keep food producers on the land during times of environmental and economic uncertainty Trade relationships and food exports Federal loan programs that help food producers access financial resources necessary to maintain their operations Programs to ensure the future of American agriculture by training and supporting beginning and socially disadvantaged producers The Farm Bill isn’t just for farmers – it affects consumers, rural communities, and the environment too: Helps farmers implement practices to mitigate and adapt to climate change Funds essential programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that make food affordable for vulnerable populations Backs programs that help rural communities thrive by bolstering economic growth and improving quality of life. But the success of the Farm Bill depends on two things: funding and timing. If Congress fails to pass the Farm Bill within the year, many of these important programs are at risk of expiring, leaving family farmers and hungry Americans without crucial support. Even if it is passed in 2018, if the programs don’t receive adequate funding, they won’t be able to do what they’re supposed to do - secure our nation’s food supply and natural resources, support our rural communities, and feed our hungry. Sign this petition to ask for a Farm Bill that’s fully funded and passed on time – and join Farmers Union to fight for a food system that works for all of us.
Petition to Ms. Martinez
Stop Red Pandas From Becoming Endangered
Red panda populations are on the decline in the wild. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species classifies red pandas as "vulnerable," and estimates that their numbers may have decreased by as much as 40 percent over the last 50 years due to massive habitat loss in their native Nepal, northern Myanmar (Burma) and central China. Poaching and human encroachment are also to blame. Red panda pelts can be found in many local markets in China, where the species is most aggressively hunted. Like almost all endangered animals, loss of habitat is one of the main reasons for red pandas' dwindling numbers. Red panda habitats, namely Himalayan forests, are being cut down at an alarming rate each year. Usually, these forests are cleared due to logging operations or to convert the forested area into farmland where crops can be grown and cattle can graze. Poaching is common enough to be a severe problem for red pandas. Their bright, reddish fur and striped tails make them prime targets for those who would sell their pelts for profit. In certain rural areas, hats made from red panda fur were traditionally worn as good luck tokens for special occasions. Some people insist on carrying on this tradition, despite it being illegal. Poachers also kill red pandas due to the mistaken belief that certain red panda body parts have medicinal properties. Red pandas are appealing animals. They're widely considered to be cute and personable. While it is good that people are fascinated by red pandas and want to learn more about them, there is also a downside to red pandas' popularity: namely, people who like red pandas so much that they want to keep them as pets. While it may seem fun to keep a red panda as a pet, it is horrible idea because red pandas are not domesticated animals. Unlike dogs or cats, they have not been bred to deal with the stress of captivity. This stress usually leads pet red pandas to become fearful and aggressive toward their owners. Unlike domesticated animals, they cannot be properly trained and require a highly specialized diet. Most pet red pandas die due to a lack of proper care. Since all pet red pandas are illegally stolen from the wild, the illegal pet trade has had a devastating effect on red pandas' wild population.
Petition to World Wildlife Fund
The World Wildlife Fund MUST protect more species than just charismatic megafauna!
With Earth Day coming up, many humans around the world are donating so much to the World Wildlife Fund for Nature, which touts itself as the largest conservation organization in the world. But do not let this arrogance and self-pride fool you. The WWF is massively biased, that its members dedicate their heart to popular but clichéd species, such as elephants, rhinos, tigers, orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees, polar bears, pangolins, dolphins, sea turtles, and sharks. In fact, most of these species are classified as only Vulnerable(VU) by the International Union for Conservation of Nature(IUCN). In great contrast, Critically Endangered(CR) species that are at a MUCH greater risk of extinction, from the pygmy hog(Porcula salvania) to the Chinese giant salamander(Andrias davidianus) to the American burying beetle(Nicrophorus americanus) to the ploughshare tortoise(Astrochelys yniphora)to the Antiguan racer snake(Alsophis antiguae) to the delta smelt(Hypomesus transpacificus) and to the Asimina tetramera, are not even featured on the World Wildlife Fund's priority species and are left to die and be forgotten. The WWF MUST recognize this blatant hypocrisy and extend its care to more species, and feature more than just charismatic megafauna on its website. The World Wildlife Fund's species are also what most would describe as "cute," or "beautiful," which can dangerously mislead people away from protecting uninteresting but equally important species, such as the Widdringtonia wallichii(Clanwilliam Cypress) and the Russian desman(Desmana moschata), as well as result in extremely disproportionate funding, compassion, and care. Appealing to the general population's interest in certain species also distracts people from the true importance of organisms, such as their niches and intrinsic values as living and deserving kindness. Please sign this petition and show the World Wildlife Fund that you care, and that it is imperative they feature more priority species. While it is impossible to care for ALL endangered species, there are still some that require the utmost attention, once again, from the Hainan gibbon(Nomascus hainanus) to the Macedonian lacewing(Pseudochazara cingovskii) to the spotted handfish(Brachionichthys hirsutus) and to the Araucaria muelleri.