Petition to US Department of Agriculture
Ban the chemical that’s killing our bees
The ability to put food on our tables is under threat. Bees pollinate much of our produce, and bees are dying off at an alarming rate. We need the United States Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency to take action before it is too late. Imagine a world where fresh produce is a luxury most families can’t afford. That will be the reality if the USDA and the EPA don't take action. Bees responsible for the pollination of over $15 billion dollars in crops every year are dying off by the millions. It is called colony collapse disorder, and for a long time its cause was a mystery. But we now know that a popular pesticide is what’s killing our bees and discontinuing its use would help end colony collapse disorder. The agriculture industry uses seeds coated with a pesticide called neonicotinoids. Approved by the Environmental Protection Agency based on a study funded by the makers of the pesticide, neonicotinoids are an addictive toxin bees absorb and take back to the hive or nest. The neonicotinoid spreads through the bee colony and eventually kills all the bees. In turn, crops are not pollinated and are unable to produce fruit. Because of this pesticide, one-third of US beehives are being decimated every year. California has already lost 90% of its bee population. The European Union has already banned neonicotinoids, and it is now time for the United States to follow suit. We are calling on the USDA and the EPA to implement a US ban immediately, before it is too late. Neonicotinoids have been used in seeds that cover more than 150 million acres -- that is the size of California and Washington combined. In one incident, over 37 million bees died after one corn crop was planted with the toxin. Crops and food prices have already taken a hit because of record-breaking droughts. Add colony collapse disorder to the mix, and our tables will soon be empty of the fruits and vegetables we’ve come to count on. Do we want to leave our children and grandchildren a world without bees? The stakes are too high, and we owe it to them to take action now. Join me in asking the USDA and the EPA to ban the manufacturing and use of neonicotinoids. Get more details here: http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/research/2012/120111KrupkeBees http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2012/04/pesticide-tied-to-bee-colony-collapse/ http://marketbusinessnews.com/bees-crave-neonicotinoid-pesticides-like-humans-with-nicotine/58089 http://naturalsociety.com/37-million-bees-found-dead-canada-large-gmo-crop-planting/ http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pubs/pest/_fact-fiche/neonicotinoid/neonicotinoid-eng.php
Petition to Jack Gibson, Armando Quintero, Cynthia Koehler, Larry Russell, Larry Bragman, Tom Cronin, Mary Casey - General Counsel, Krishna Kumar - General Manager
Marin Municipal Water District: Discontinue Fluoridating the Drinking Water in Marin County California
Adding fluoride to municipal water supplies has documented, significant, widely recognized, adverse health effects; many are listed in the petition below. Municipalities throughout the United States and these European countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, and Switzerland) have chosen fluoride-free water, in light of newest research data. ~ Take a few minutes to watch the excellent video presentations linked on this page, below the petition. They are informative, offer latest, up-to-date research and address several incontrovertible, key issues. ~ Please join us in our effort to eliminate the addition of Fluoride to the public water supply in Marin County, California; assuring safe water for those relying on drinking water from Marin Municipal Water District, as an essential component of daily sustenance and optimal health. Read an overview of this request here:"Sinking Our Teeth Into the Marin Fluoridation Discussion" AND share the link to this petition with your friends and colleagues:SafeWaterMarin.org Thank you for your support! ~~~ SafeWaterMarin Alliance Petition as follows:
Petition to OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, Zia Ahmed, Gina Forster, Lesa Holford, Patrick Ionno, Tim Keegstra, Kate Bartter, Paul Laurent, Michael V. Drake, Mira Zimmerman, Barbara Fohl
Bring more sustainable foods to our dining halls!
As a student of Ohio State University and a passionate advocate for sustainability, I am confident in my ability to reduce my impact on the environment. But more importantly, I am incredibly encouraged and excited by the power we have as a campus to elicit positive change on a large scale. In light of the COP21 climate change conference in Paris, one thing is crystal clear: we are not doing enough to combat global warming. At OSU, our University Dining Services holds the key to our campus carbon footprint. Did you know that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations declared animal agriculture to be the biggest contributor to climate change, responsible for 18% of carbon emissions? While Dining Services offers an array of food choices - an applaudable feat for a campus our size - it is passing up an incredible opportunity. By slightly altering its purchasing habits, our Dining Services could prevent over two million grams of carbon emissions every single year, save over two million quarts of water and over 29,000 sq feet of land every single year. More than 500 schools across the country (including Yale, Harvard, Rutgers, University of Connecticut & University of Wisconsin) have clocked on to this initiative, which involves partnering with the food technology startup Hampton Creek. The company developed the eggless products Just Mayo and Just Cookies, far more sustainable - yet invariably delicious - versions of their conventional counterparts. Why would we pass up an opportunity like this, when the future of our planet is at stake? Fellow students: please join me in urging OSU Dining Services to implement this simple change that would reduce our campus carbon emissions by over two million grams per year.
Petition to California National Primate Research Center
UC Davis: Stop Cruel Primate Experiments
This petition is dedicated to raising awareness about the 5,000+ primate who undergo unnecessary/painful testing that goes on behind closed doors at the UC Davis Primate Research Center. #FreeDavisPrimates is a local, peaceful group in Davis, CA that aims to raise awareness about and end the unnecessary/painful testing that goes on at the UC Davis Primate Research Center. Free Davis Primates hosts peaceful, local demonstrations to raise awareness about the primates in our town. Let's use our voices for the voiceless and make a change for these beautiful, social, intelligent creatures who are prisoners in labs of experimentation. “There will come a time when the world will look back to modern vivisection in the name of Science, as they do now to burning people at the stake in the name of religion.” – Henry J. Bigelow, MD - - - Harvard University's primate research lab is closing to make way for better, more technologically-advanced options. When will we follow suit, Davis? (http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2015/4/13/usda-investigates-primate-center/ (viv·i·sec·tion noun \ˌvi-və-ˈsek-shən, ˈvi-və-ˌ\: The activity or practice of doing scientific or medical experiments on live animals) "Many primates at UC Davis are used in brain-mapping experiments. These projects attach recording cylinders to the skulls of these innocent animals. Eye coils are implanted. Electrodes are forced into the brain. Primates are also confined to restraint chairs and deprived of water for extended periods of time." [Via all-creatures.org] The National Primate Research Center system, (Harvard, Emory, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin, Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, Oregon Health Sciences University, Tulane, and University of California Davis) uses over $600,000,000 annually.Government waste: Most primates are not used in experiments that study the diseases that kill most Americans. Projects that study primate psychology, alcohol & addictive drugs, brain-mapping, and sex in primates far outnumber studies involving heart disease or cancer.Repetition is rampant among NIH-funded projects. Currently, 175 NIH projects study neural information processing in macaque monkeys. These useless experiments waste over $70 million in federal tax dollars every year. Many of these projects continue on for decades wasting millions of tax dollars each year and victimizing primates for an entire lifetime.Fact sheets: "Exposing the truth to wipe out animal experimentation" -http://www.all-creatures.org/saen/fact.htmlUC Davis experiments, deaths, infant mortality, government waste: http://www.all-creatures.org/saen/fact-primate-ucd.html [Please feel free to email us or send us a message on Facebook for additional detailed information on negligence reports from the USDA related to the CNPRC at UC Davis] "I abhor vivisection with my whole soul. All the scientific discoveries stained with innocent blood I count as of no consequence." -Gandhi
Petition to William Fremd High School
No School on Election Day
Dear Fremd High School, As many are aware, November 8 is election day. Many schools aren't having school on this day as their facilities are being used as voting centers. I acknowledge that Fremd is not being used as a voting center. However, many students have the privilege of voting, which is why it would be beneficial to the nation if school was canceled. This way they would be able to go and vote, instead of not utilizing their privilege by attending school. Therefore, I strongly urge for Fremd to cancel school on Tuesday, November 8 to allow their students to go and vote and make a change. Thank you.