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environmental protection

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Petition to Panda Express

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 take pride in 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.  Every year, Washington generates tens of millions of pounds of plastic waste, and the majority ISN'T recycled. Instead, some of this plastic goes into the ocean, where it breaks down into its smaller, toxic components. These components accumulate in the tissues of wildlife and people.   This threatens the health of Puget Sound. It threatens our CRITICALLY endangered Southern Resident killer whales, and it threatens me and other youth who will inherit this region. But if we care about the well-being of our children, we should hold companies that distribute plastic accountable. One of those companies is Panda Express.  If you have ever gotten a meal at Panda Express, you know how much plastic is generated--a plastic container, plastic utensils, maybe a plastic bag, too. And that's just for one person. But Panda Express has over 2,000 store locations which can process up to hundreds of orders every 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. Why can't Panda Express do the same?  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
1,986 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Mayor Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles, Bothwell Family Estate

Preserve Bothwell Ranch as a Green Space for the City of Los Angeles & San Fernando Valley

By signing this petition you are encouraging all of the following: 1) Mayor Eric Garcetti's Sustainability Office to research the environmental benefits of the 14 acre Bothwell Ranch located in the San Fernando Valley for the purposes of understanding how much soil carbon it captures, the wildlife (birds, bees, insects, etc.) that benefit from the property, and any other environmental benefits to determine if purchasing this property is aligned with the Mayor's Green New Deal plan which explicitly outlines the goal of "maintaining at least 90,000 trees by 2028." 2) The Bothwell family to donate the property in the form of a public green space, community farm, learning center, and/or compost facility to the City of Los Angeles, State of California, and/or local nonprofits such as TreePeople, Rootdown LA, and/or Kiss The Ground. 3) Mayor Garcetti and The Bothwell Family collaborating to determine the best way to save the property as a "green space" defined as an area of grass, trees, or other vegetation set apart for recreational or aesthetic purposes in an otherwise urban environment.  My Hope: To see Bothwell Ranch remain a green space whether that be in the form of a community farm/garden, educational center, local compost facility, city park/recreational area, and/or carbon offsetting project.  Please see below for background information on the Bothwell Ranch, why I care, and why I think you should too.  Background: The Bothwell Ranch is the last commercial orange grove in the San Fernando Valley and home to 2,000 Valencia Orange trees. It is located south of Ventura Blvd. on Oakdale Ave. in Woodland Hills and approximately 14 acres big and over 60 years old.  It's original owners Helen (Ann) Bothwell and Lindley Bothwell were in the agriculture business and well known for their old racing car collection as well as being active members in the University of Southern California community.  They have passed on leaving the property in the hands of their children and grandchildren and great grandchildren. The family quietly put it on the market at the end of April 2019 for $14.1 million with the approval of 26 lots for new homes in its place. The most recent piece of press about the Bothwell Ranch was published by the LA Times in 1998, highlighting the troubles of local farming and the rising water costs. Why I Care: I am 26 years old and am doing everything in my power to raise awareness about solutions that can mitigate the effects of climate change. For the last seven years, personal and planetary health has been a passion of mine. Since graduating from Syracuse University in 2015, I have worked for environmental-focused organizations such as Kiss The Ground, Parley for the Oceans, Our Climate, The Years Project, Loliware, and Green Matters.  I grew up a short walk away from the Bothwell Ranch and always admired the greenery and abundance of birds and bees I would see along its fences. In the springtime, the blossoming orange trees create a distinct floral scent the entire community can enjoy. Such fresh air is hard to come by in an urban metropolis like Los Angeles. Without a doubt, we desperately need all the "green space" we can get in Los Angeles and, thankfully, our Mayor agrees that trees are critical to combating air pollution and balancing the carbon cycle, which is needed to mitigate (slow down) the effects of climate change.  On April 29th, Mayor Garcetti shared his Green New Deal proposition for the City of Los Angeles, an update to the Sustainable City pLAn. One of the "accelerated goals and new targets" listed in the Green New Deal is, "Planting and maintaining at least 90,000 trees - which will provide 61 million square feet of shade - citywide by 2021 and increasing tree canopy in low-income, severely heat impacted areas by at least 50% by 2028." Preserving Bothwell Ranch as a green space is critical for the Woodland Hills/Tarzana community as this area is severely impacted by heat. I assume the tree canopy helps local bird populations, which are needed to combat effects of climate change such as invasion of mosquitos, etc.  Environmental Benefits:  It is scientifically proven that trees clean air pollution, which is very important for Los Angeles, which was just named the "Smoggiest City in the U.S."  Scientists around the world have agreed that green spaces have a positive effect on mental health. TreePeople, an LA-based nonprofit, claims that trees raise property value, muffle sounds from nearby highways, and provide a habitat for wildlife.  Why Every Resident of The City of Los Angeles Should Care: We need all the green spaces we can get in our #smogcity as trees can directly improve air quality by filtering out pollutants. We know air pollution doesn't just negatively impact our lungs, but it also strains our hearts and brains (Moms Clean Air Force). Also trees serve a critical role in balancing the carbon cycle, which is desperately needed in order to mitigate the effects of climate change.   

Elizabeth Kahn
117 supporters