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environmental protection

364 petitions

Update posted 4 hours ago

Petition to Panda Express, James Thomas, Peggy Cherng, andrew cherng

Dear Panda Express: We Don't Want Your 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. 

Isha S
5,311 supporters
Update posted 6 hours ago

Petition to Mayor Bieter, City of Boise P&Z Board Chairman

Save Central Foothills: Petition to the City of Boise to Deny Proposed Development

(** Please note: you DO NOT have to Donate to sign petition! Donations go to Change.org -NOT CFNA-. Donating promotes the petition & supports Change.org's platform  however it is 100% not required. You can close or choose 'Share' after signing instead...thanks! ) We request that the City of Boise deny the proposal for the development known as Eyrie Terraces (CFH19-00055 / 2317 W. Winter Camp Drive).  We support development that is consistent with the City of Boise’s foothills development priorities, best development practices, and our community’s vision.  The proposed Eyrie Terraces development meets none of these criteria.        Eyrie Terraces would eliminate open space and reduce trail connectivity.  The proposed development requires a road to be built through open space that was set aside in 2008 as unbuildable in exchange for allowances provided to the developer.  Allowing the development of this open space would set a bad precedent and run counter to voters’ intent to protect foothills open space. Eyrie Terraces would demolish ridgetops and flatten foothills.  The proposed development would require the “cut and fill” off ridgetops of up to 100 feet.  Very little of the area to be developed is less than a 25% grade, the City’s threshold for hillside development.  The to-be-demolished ridges are adjacent to the Quail Hollow Golf Course and are visible from many parts of the city, as far out as Chinden Boulevard.  The proposed development would change Boise’s foothills skyline.  Eyrie Terraces would be potentially unsafe.  The proposed development only has one access road because, among other reasons, the City of Boise prevailed in a taxpayer-funded lawsuit to deny access to the property from 36th Street.  This area is subject to fire risk, having had a 60-acre wildfire as recently as 2015.  The development presents a danger to residents and first responders in the event of a fire and resulting logjam traffic on a single access road.

Central Foothills Neighborhood Assocation
3,576 supporters
Update posted 19 hours ago

Petition to American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Alzheimer's Association, St. John's Catholic Church of Goshen, Hamptonburgh Cemetery Association, Dennis Caplicki

Save Wagon Wheel Farm

For 19 years, Jason & Kristin Touw have managed, and more recently farmed, the Kozareski lands in Goshen and Hamptonburgh.  Joan Kozareski expressed on several occasions verbally and in writing that it was her intent to sell the land to the Touw family so that Wagon Wheel Farm can continue to be a working farm and destination for families and community members to make memories for decades to come.  In November 2018, the Touw family was approved with financing to purchase the properties.  Wagon Wheel Farm is an agribusiness modeled in environmental sustainability, community, and supports building local businesses and infrastructure while maintaining the beautiful rural character of central Orange County that everyone has come to cherish. Just days after the Touws received financing, Ms. Kozareski suddenly passed away and made a generous donation of several million dollars in savings to five charities: St. John's Catholic Church of Goshen, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimer's Association and the Hamptonburgh Cemetery Association.  In addition, she donated the farmland to these charities as well.  They will now decide the fate of Wagon Wheel Farm.  The business owners, Jason and Kristin Touw, have approached the charities with an interest in purchasing and preserving the farms, but there has not been much communication and the charities have listed the farms apparently to sell to the highest bidder, most likely a developer or individual that will not be farming the property themselves.  Jason and Kristin Touw have spoken with the Orange County Land Trust and are committed to securing preservation for both the farm on Sarah Wells Trail and the farm on Route 416 adjacent the Orange County Thomas Bull Park, should a purchase agreement prevail. We need the help from the community to contact these charities and tell them to SAVE WAGON WHEEL FARM!  The Touw family is the recipient of the 2018 New Farmer's Grant from Governor Cuomo and they are dedicated to seeing the longevity and prosperity of the property as working farms for the community to visit and enjoy for years to come!

Friends of Wagon Wheel Farm
2,333 supporters
Started 4 days ago

Petition to Eastern Visayas Community

Protect Tourist Spots in Eastern Visayas

According to OECD, there are 1 billion tourist arrivals in the world every year. That’s 30 every single second. By 2020 the number will increase by 60 percent.  United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) (2001) states that the quality of the environment, both natural and man-made, is essential to tourism. However, tourism's relationship with the environment is complex. It involves many activities that can have adverse environmental effects. Many of these impacts are linked with the construction of general infrastructure such as roads and airports, and of tourism facilities, including resorts, hotels, restaurants, shops, golf courses and marinas. The negative impacts of tourism development can gradually destroy the environmental resources on which it depends.On the other hand, tourism has the potential to create beneficial effects on the environment by contributing to environmental protection and conservation. It is a way to raise awareness of environmental values and it can serve as a tool to finance protection of natural areas and increase their economic importance. When the level of visitor use is greater than the environment's ability to cope with this use within the acceptable limits of change, negative impacts from tourism occur. Unregulated common tourism shows possible threats to a lot of natural areas around the world. It can put tremendous pressure on an area and lead to impacts that such as soil erosion, increased pollution, discharges into the sea, natural habitat loss, increased pressure on endangered species and heightened vulnerability to forest fires. For the use of critical resources, it often puts a strain on water resources and it can force local populations to compete for it.  Tourism may bring a lot of opportunities to the people of Eastern Visayas which may bring economic and social benefits. As the number of tourists in Eastern Visayas increases, roads and establishments are continuously developing which is a clear sign that the economy in the region is improving as well. However, the financial benefits that this event gives are getting outweighed by the possible negative effects on the environment of the community.  We, the concerned youth who resides in the Eastern Visayas region are aiming to inform the people who are directly and indirectly concerned about the cleanliness and orderliness of the region. We started observing the changes in the environment since more people discovered the beauty of our region. While growing up, we witnessed the evolution of our dear homeland. It saddens us that now we are seeing food scraps, plastic bottles and other pieces of garbage. We have been taught that these kinds of things are the main causes of the destruction of our environment. We cannot bear to watch our region slowly deteriorating and not just our province but also the whole country. This the simplest thing we could think of to encourage the people to act NOW. Please sign this petition and help us protect what must be protected. To God be the glory forever and ever! Amen. Galatians 1:5-7 Photo Credits: Vigattin Tourism References: https://www.gdrc.org/uem/eco-tour/envi/one.html http://www.oecd.org/environment/indicators-modelling-outlooks/oecdenvironmentaloutlookto2030.htm https://wedocs.unep.org/bitstream/handle/20.500.11822/286/UNEP_Annual_Evaluation_Report_2001.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

Group 7 - Guava
170 supporters