17 petitions

Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency

Tell the EPA and FDA to ban Monsanto’s cancer-causing herbicides

A North Carolina groundskeeper was awarded $78 million from Monsanto for damages. Those damages were cancer. Dewayne Johnson is 46-years old. He had been spraying Roundup on school grounds for years. Sometimes the chemical would get onto his skin. Dewayne hadn’t heard the rumours about Roundup causing cancer. Since there are no health warnings on Roundup, Dewayne thought it was safe. By the time he knew something was wrong, it was too late. Four years ago he noticed a rash, that rash turned out to be the beginning of non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. His doctors estimate he has at most two years to live. He’ll leave behind a wife and three children. There’s something the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can do today to make sure others aren’t faced with a similar fate. Tell the EPA and FDA to ban Roundup. Dewayne’s story has now unleashed a floodgate of lawsuits against Monsanto, with 8,700 plaintiffs suing for similar reasons. Since the 1970’s, Monsanto’s Roundup has included a harmful substance called glyphosate. Scientists have studied the effects of this chemical and determined that it can cause serious health impacts, including cancer. Traces of glyphosate have even been found in the food that we eat. Demand the EPA and FDA ban glyphosate. Chemicals that can cause cancer shouldn’t be sprayed on our food and yards. Roundup can cause irreversible life threatening damage to people. It could even harm consumers who eat glyphosate laced foods. Tell the EPA and FDA to stand up for Americans, ban Monsanto’s cancerous herbicides.

Campaigns Lab
986 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to Weyerhaeuser, , , , , , ,

Weyerhaeuser, Don't Use Glyphosate Herbicide Mixtures Around Lake Cavanaugh

Our request for help is URGENT. Weyerhaeuser could begin chemical applications as early as Monday 8/27/18. Help us urge Weyerhaeuser to use alternative methods in their forest vegetation management practices. Out for a walk along South Shore Drive on Monday 8/20/18, a community member spotted a barely legible notice on what looked like standard-sized printer paper. This notice was posted at the entrance to logging sites West of Lake Cavanaugh in Mount Vernon. Basically, it reads the logged area will now be sprayed with glyphosate (Roundup), imazapry, metasulfuron methyl, sulfometuron methyl and methylated seed oil (surfactant). There was no outreach beyond these tiny signs. The sign said to contact Kelly Dougherty at Weyerhaeuser with concerns. Our community has discussed our concerns with her to no avail. Since it's such a large area, Weyerhaeuser will conduct ground applications followed by aerial applications as early as the week of August 27th, 2018. This is incredibly troubling not only because of the known health risks of these chemicals and their carcinogenic nature, but also because of its close proximity to Lake Cavanaugh and its watershed - a drinking water source for many of the residents on the lake. The lake provides resources not just for its human residents, but wildlife as well. Even if Weyerhaeuser is found to be in compliance with the rules and regulations put forth by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Washington State Department of Agriculture (both who regulate these chemicals), as well as the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (which issues permits for the chemical application process), our community’s goal is to get Weyerhaeuser to stop using them in our area based on the growing body of evidence indicating their detrimental health effects to humans and animals. The push-back against this type of product, and glyphosate in particular, is widespread and growing. Monsanto, who makes Roundup, has 8,000 pending lawsuits alleging its glyphosate-based product gave the plaintiffs or their loved ones cancer. The World Health Organization labels glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. France has banned its use. Italy has banned it use. The European Union is working on banning its use. Arkansas has banned its use during the summer. The state of California has labeled it a probable carcinogen. California’s city of Santa Rosa has banned its use where children play. The Oakland hills are working to prevent its use. Our local neighbors in Kitsap and Jefferson counties, as well as the Skykomish River Valley are also working to prevent its use by their local logging outfits. The list goes on. As it says on our community website, "Not only is Lake Cavanaugh a beautiful place to live and play, but we also pride ourselves in being a small community that works together toward common goals." Right now, our common goal is to protect our beautiful lake, the families around it, our watershed and our ecosystem. Please help us stop this poisonous event. Your signature asks Weyerhaeuser to be a responsible neighbor, stop using these chemicals in our area, and instead opt for safe alternative methods in their forest vegetation management practices.  More information: Chemical Spraying page at RCW 70.54.010 “Polluting Water Supply – Penalty” Drift and accidental exposure during aerial applications happens! Read the story below.Timberland Herbicide Spraying Sickens a Community

Lake Cavanaugh Community
1,308 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Governor Jerry Brown

Governor Brown: Ban Glyphosate in California!

Did you know that one of the most widely-used herbicides in history, sprayed on our food crops, streets, playgrounds, and parks, has been proven to cause serious harm to our health? I’m concerned about my children’s health and safety, and Monsanto’s Glyphosate  weed killer (Roundup) is putting all of ours at risk. Join our campaign asking Governor Jerry Brown to ban the use of Glyphosate in California. In fact, Glyphosate is considered a carcinogenic by the WHO and even the California State Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. Glyphosate herbicides have also been found to be linked to various cancers specifically lymphoma, are endocrine disruptors, neurotoxic, and a cause of liver disease. Yet this dangerous chemical is so pervasive that glyphosate is now found in our children's urine, mother's milk, our bloodstreams, and our food, beverages, water and more. There is a global movement taking place to ban this toxic chemical, and we’re asking California to lead the way for the U.S.  Other countries have begun to take action to protect their health, and the health of their children. Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and El Salvador have banned glyphosate. France is phasing out the use of glyphosate herbicides in agriculture over the next 5 years completely. In Europe, after 1 million Europeans requested a ban, 72% of the Members of the European Parliament voted to ban glyphosate and EU Member states have refused to renew the license. Sign my petition asking Governor Brown to ban glyphosate in our great state! To further support a glyphosate ban in California contact 

Zen Honeycutt
43,432 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to Barbara Delgleize, Billy O'Connell, Mike Posey, Erik Peterson, Lyn Semeta, Patrick Brenden, Fred Wilson, Denny Bacon, Travis Hopkins, Jill Hardy

Tell HB leadership to stop using toxic pesticides in our parks

[UPDATE: On May 1, HB City Council directed staff to test non-toxic methods in Central Park West and report back to Council with results and recommendations on August 7. Please sign the petition to show Council that you support expanding the program and making it permanent.] Did you know that Huntington Beach's parks, athletic fields, sidewalks, trails and greenbelts are frequently sprayed with toxic chemicals? Toxic pesticides and herbicides have been shown to lower IQ, cause cancer, damage developing reproductive organs, and cause other significant harm. In March 2016, the World Health Organization declared that glyphosate, the active ingredient in RoundUp, probably causes cancer in humans. Despite this grave warning, the City of Huntington Beach and HOA landscaping companies continue to spray RoundUp in the places where our children play sports such as soccer and baseball, roll in the grass, and do all the other things kids like to do. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that there is no safe level of pesticide or herbicide exposure for children. They are toxic chemicals -- poisons created to kill. They are dangerous for all living things, including adults and pregnant women, and are particularly dangerous for a child’s developing organ systems. Why are our children being subjected to these risks? For cosmetic landscaping purposes -- namely, to kill weeds. Dandelions do not pose a risk to children, but 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid does. 2,4-D is one of the key ingredients in Agent Orange, and is another one of many pesticides frequently used for cosmetic landscaping in Huntington Beach. This includes the sports fields, parks, and common areas where children play. This harmful toxic response is disproportionate to the cosmetic problem. You and your family can still be affected even if the chemicals are not sprayed on your street. Pesticides have been shown to drift for miles and can persist in indoor carpet fibers for a year after they are tracked inside. The U.S. Geological Survey found that, “After they are applied, many pesticides volatilize into the lower atmosphere, a process that can continue for days, weeks, or months after the application, depending on the compound. In addition, pesticides can become airborne attached to wind-blown dust.”  In clay soils like ours, the half-life of glyphosate can be as long as 22 years. Also alarming, the interactions between the many chemicals being sprayed near our homes and in our parks are unknown. According to David Bellinger, professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, “Impacts from multiple chemicals may simply add up, amplify one another's effects.” By allowing children to be exposed to chemicals of unknown toxicity, we are unwittingly using our children in a massive experiment. The place to start is with easily substituted chemicals that have only cosmetic value, like weedkillers in our parks. This issue affects every person and pet in Huntington Beach. We are asking the City Council, School Boards, and HOA landscaping company leaders to immediately stop the use of all toxic pesticides and herbicides, and to switch to proven organic methods that are cost comparable and require 30% less water. This has already been accomplished in Irvine with great success. And San Juan Capistrano's council voted unanimously in April 2017 to follow Irvine's proven example. Harvard University also successfully switched to a non-toxic landscaping alternative. Cities across the U.S. are banning the use of toxic pesticides, and we would like to see Huntington Beach join in this endeavor. City staff will report to the Council ever three months on the progress of its non-toxic pilot program in Central Park West. They need to hear from all of us that we are no less concerned about our health and safety than the people of Irvine and San Juan Capistrano. Please sign this petition to tell our city's leaders that you want them to stop using toxic pesticides at our parks, schools, and public spaces, and to implement only organic practices. For more information, please visit our website – Thanks, Tim, Andi, Ashley, Karen, Rob, Mary Jo, Linda, Randy, and the rest of us P.S. Please watch this video, Little Things Matter, to learn how toxins damage the developing brain.

Huntington Beach Tomorrow
584 supporters