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 Ken Russell, City of Miami, Mayor Francis Suarez
Save the manatees from being evicted
We are lucky to see wild manatees in Miami. As the water gets colder, more and more manatees come to a small park on Brickell. The city of Miami has approved construction of a floating dock on the same spot manatees live during the winter. The City's argument is they want to bring more people access to the water and although this sounds very nice, coincidentally there is a multimillion dollar project next to the park that would appreciate that dock, and is actually advertising spots for sale in their marina. The permit approved by the city says they can sell the "floating dock" at any point. We have tried reaching out to the city, and Commissioner Ken Russell said he would stop the construction for now, that was the beginning of November (4 days before the election) and by the second week of November a first attempt at construction happened. Luckily, 2 residents started filming the workers and they stopped the work once they realized they were being filmed. The manatees were there while these people were about to start building. Please help me bring awareness to what is going on. We are lucky enough to share our space with wild animals, let's do our part in keeping them safe.
Petition to Suwannee River Water Management District, Nestlé, Governor Ron DeSantis
Stop Nestle from draining 1.2 million gallons/day from Ginnie Springs
Nestle wants to renew a permit bought from Seven Springs. Up till now about .2 million/gallons a day is what has been extracted from the facility near Ginnie Springs however the permit already allows up to 1.2 - 1.7 million gallons a day. Now Nestle bought Seven Springs bottling plant and will be seeking renewal. Resist this permit until we see a financial projection of how much they will need daily as well as a risk assessment of our wetlands or over all health of the state aquifers which supports their volume requests. A large corporation may possibly push the limits of this permit or violate the permit altogether as they have in Tampa, FL and California. We need to slow them down and keep them accountable! Potential risks include: Deterioration of water quality, lowering the water table reducing residential well water supplies, reduction of water to other streams and lakes in the state, destruction of ecosystems and wetlands, loss of support below soils creating sink holes. Although Nestle will pay Seven Springs for the water they bottle at the Ginnie Springs plant the city or state do not benefit from the water sales. They gain all profits, we lose our ecosystems, well supplies and local watering hole without any financial gain to the state. edited :8-12-19 for accuracy based on new information obtained since petition was created.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Go #AllinforClimateAction NOW - #Climate Emergency
Time is running out for our planet. And as the Amazon “the lungs of our planet” burn before our eyes, we must act now to fight climate change or doom this and future generations into an age of extinction. The next generation may never see the Amazon rainforest, coral reefs, or a polar bear. But the spectacular biodiversity existing on our planet, our home, is more than just beautiful, it is what keeps us alive. Our destruction of ecological life support systems will literally kill us all. My name is Cynthia Leung and I am a high school student from Brooklyn. I first started getting involved with the movement during the UN's High-Level Political Forum when I learned about the linkages that climate change can have with multiple important topics. Having the Climate Change Summit in the New York UN Headquarters is extremely important for the American climate action movement. In fact, since the summit will be in New York, we need to utilize our voices to make sure our message is heard loud and clear by world leaders in September. Being one of many youth climate activists proves that young people will continue to advocate and protest until we have definite plans for climate change because our futures are at risk. My generation and millions of young people from all over the world, are skipping school, university or work, taking to the streets and protesting your inaction on climate change. The time to act is now and we have one month to add our voices to call for strong, unified climate action from our government. Add your voice today if you want to hear our world leaders’ plans to mitigate emissions by 2020, and dramatically reduce emissions to reach net-zero emissions by mid-century! This September, world leaders will unite in NYC for the UN Climate Change Summit. And young climate leaders from around the globe will be there to deliver the world’s biggest call-to-action! We demand that they come up with bold, ambitious, definite and effective climate and environmental action plans. Great-Britain and Ireland have already headed our call and declared a climate emergency. We urgently need more countries to stand up to protect their people, animals, and OUR planet. Let’s face the truth. Radical transformational change is imperative in safeguarding our future and future generations. IPCC’s 2018 report emphasizes that we need major transformation, especially since we are now off track in limiting climate change to 1.5 degrees celsius. And global political and business leaders hold the key to the transformational change we urgently need. We, the youth of today, are holding them accountable through direct action and we expect the powerful to take responsibility to deliver a sustainable future for all. World leaders should no longer ignore tens of thousands on the streets. In the moments leading up to September and the meeting of the powerful, we’ll mobilize internationally to get world leaders to take climate action! When leaders of the world unite in New York City in September, we will be there and we will deliver, the world’s most signed call-to-action! Until then, we are watching them carefully. We will not go down without a fight. We will keep rising until governments will act. And when September comes, we will be there! This petition is part of an international campaign. You find all petitions here: www.change.org/allinforclimateaction Please support our campaign and join us! Sign this, if you are also #AllinforClimateAction! Please follow us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/allinforclimateaction/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/allinforclimateaction/
Petition to Panda Express, James Thomas, Peggy Cherng, andrew cherng
Dear Panda Express: Stop Giving Out Single Use Plastic
Having lived in the Puget Sound region for my sixteen years of life, I love 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. During my freshman year of high school, I became a volunteer at the Seattle Aquarium. I educated visitors about marine science and conservation. I also learned the shocking realities of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Washington’s severely polluted orca population, and microplastics in our drinking water. This led me to take a closer look at what plastic waste is doing to our home. Every year, Washington generates tens of millions of pounds of plastic waste, and the majority ISN'T recycled. Instead, much of this plastic goes into the ocean, where it breaks down into its smaller, toxic components that accumulate in the tissues of wildlife and people. This is killing the Puget Sound. It threatens our CRITICALLY endangered Southern Resident killer whales, and it threatens me and other youth who will inherit this region. If we care about the well-being of our children, we need to hold companies that distribute plastic accountable. One of those companies is Panda Express. While I love the food, I no longer go to Panda Express because of the single use plastic that is generated there--and I know other customers are turned off, too. If you have ever eaten at Panda Express, you know how much waste they create--a plastic container, plastic utensils, maybe a plastic bag. And that's just for one person. Panda Express has over 2,000 locations, each processing hundreds of orders a day. Think about how much plastic could be saved if Panda Express switched to biodegradable or reusable products. Subway, Trader Joe's, Starbucks, and other major chains have pledged to cut down on their plastic distribution. Panda Express should do the same. Panda Express has already had to respond to some local and state regulations that have forced the company to introduce sustainable packaging in some locations. If Panda Express can do this for some locations, why can't they do this nationwide and became a true leader in sustainable packaging in the fast-food industry? 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 or reusable. The people and wildlife of Puget Sound deserve better.
Petition to Public, Bernheim Forrest
Stop the pipelines from destroying the environmentally protected species
There’s the federally endangered Kentucky Glade Cress, a plant found no where else in the world. It would be heavily impacted by some sections of this pipeline. There’s also three endangered bats: the Gray Bat, the Indiana Bat and the Northern Long-Eared Bat, and vertigo snails which have federal protections https://www.wave3.com/2019/05/15/bernheim-arboretum-research-forest-fights-against-proposed-pipeline/
Petition to Lake Stevens City Council, Mayor John Spencer, Councilmember Kim Daughtry, Councilmember Kurt Hilt, Councilmember Brett Gailey, Councilmember Rauchel McDaniel, Councilmember Gary Petershagen, Councilmember Marcus Tageant, Councilmember Todd Welch, Councilmember Sam Low, Councilmember Brian Sullivan, Councilmember Nate Nehring
Keep Lake Stevens Great, NO to the Proposed Costco Warehouse & Gas Station!
We are Lake Stevens residents, neighbors and merchants who love our community. With thoughtful planning and responsible growth, our town can thrive while still maintaining that special character and charm that makes Lake Stevens such a special place to live. And that is why we are so concerned and opposed to plans for a massive 37-acre, 170,000 sq. ft. Costco warehouse and 30 pump gas station at the corner of Hwy. 9 & 20th Street SE in Lake Stevens. The proposed Costco development will significantly and dramatically impact traffic, commute and emergency response times, air quality, public health and safety, and the six wetlands on the property. This project alone is expected to generate at least 3,000-5,000 vehicle traffic trips PER DAY on already overburdened and heavily congested Hwy. 9 and local roads. In addition to the traffic busting congestion it will cause, are the very real and negative economic impacts that it will have on our smaller, existing businesses that actually support our community and who don’t ask for the millions of dollars in tax breaks and incentives from the City that Costco is seeking just for the “privilege” of locating in Lake Stevens. We are also deeply troubled by the lack of any comprehensive environmental studies and analysis on the negative impacts this project would have on the six wetlands that are on the property, including several Critical Area wetlands and the headwaters of Mosher Creek which host native cutthroat trout, Coho salmon, and lamprey. Costco and the City need to do the right thing and conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement and consider alternative projects or uses for the site that will not destroy the critical wetlands and habitats on this property. We don’t want to become another traffic congested, strip mall suburb of Seattle! Please SIGN this petition and speak out in support of a better plan that matches the scope and scale of our special lakeside community, a plan that won’t so negatively impact our traffic, wetlands, small businesses, and natural resources. For more information or to get involved, visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LivableLakeStevens/ or email us at LivableLakeStevens@gmail.com
Petition to John M. Mudre,, Susan Kester
FERC/PG&E: Un-Dam the Eel River, Bring the Salmon Home
It is time to Un-Dam the Eel River Two dams owned by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) on the Eel River, the Scott Dam and the Cape Horn, known collectively as the Potter Valley Project, are currently up for relicensing by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC project number P-77-001). This is a process that only happens every 50 years and this is the second relicensing for these dams, which produce only nine megawatts (about 3 windmills worth) of power. Both public scoping hearings to receive public comments on the dams relicensing have happened out of basin and in non-fishing communities. The Eel River is the third largest salmon-bearing river in California and once hosted up to 800,000 salmon a year, which supported the commercial fishing industry and Tribal subsistence fishing for the Wiyot, Round Valley, Bear River, Sherwood Valley, and other Tribes. Now fish numbers are about 1% of historical levels and subsistence, commercial and sport fishing opportunities have been strictly curtailed. The Scott Dam blocks fish passage to between 55-89 miles of habitat for Chinook Salmon and198-288 miles of habitat for steelhead. This dam is very old, has no spillway and presents a safety risk for downstream users. It also creates toxic algae, warms water, and creates many other water quality impacts. The Cape Horn Dam diverts large amounts of water to the Russian River and is is also part of this project. The dams on the Eel River are not the only issue impacting salmon in this rural watershed, however their removal would be a major step in restoring the Eel River fishery, and making sure Eel River salmon and trout survive the impacts of climate change. PG&E also uses dangerous chemicals to maintain vegetation around the dams on the Eel River.