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environmental protection

371 petitions

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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. 

Isha S
14,988 supporters
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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 

Livable Lake Stevens
416 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

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.   

Save California Salmon !
7,818 supporters