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marine conservation

14 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to California State Legislature, Fran Pavley, Mark Stone, Henry Stern, Andrei Gribakov

California, Stop Sucking: Adopt a "Straw Upon Request" Policy

Americans use an estimated 500 million plastic straws each day ― that's enough to wrap around the circumference of the earth 2.5 times. By 2050, it has been predicted that there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. Plastic straws are made of polypropylene, a petroleum-derived polymer which takes up to 200 years to decompose. Although polypropylene is an entirely recyclable plastic resin, industrial recycling facilities don't accept plastic straws, as recycling machines don't accommodate for the small size of straws. We use this item at our convenience and toss it, often without considering the repercussions of this single-use item. As reported by the EPA, one-third to two-thirds of the debris found on beaches comes from single use, disposable plastic packaging from food and beverage-related goods and services. Plastic straws are one of the most prevalent items found polluting our oceans and waterways. Each year, 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine animals die from ingesting small plastics.  Currently, there is a "straw upon request" bill making its way through the California State Legislature ― Assembly Bill 1884. This ordinance would require restaurant associations to provide plastic straws only to customers that request one, rather than giving all customers one. With this policy, the use of straws are still available to those who require it to drink, such as children or those with physical disabilities. This policy would only apply to sit-down restaurants, not bars or fast food locations. We at Smart Environment have created this petition in support of this state bill. This subtle change would not greatly reduce the unnecessary use of straws, but also bring attention to the urgency of the battle against plastic pollution.  Make your voice be heard by signing, sharing, and refusing the plastic straw. This petition will be addressed to the California Environmental Legislative Caucus, specifically co-chairs Senator Fran Pavley and Assembly Member Mark Stone, and staff Andrei Gribakov and Henry Stern.   Video Sources: https://www.lonelywhale.org/strawlessocean/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2J2qdOrW44&t=28s Other Sources: https://get-green-now.com/environmental-impact-plastic-straws/ https://4ocean.com/blogs/blog/how-long-does-it-take-trash-to-biodegrade https://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2013-07/how-it-works-recycling-machines-separate-junk-type https://www.epa.gov/trash-free-waters/sources-aquatic-trash https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2018/01/29/plastic-straws-illegal-unless-requested-under-california-bill/1074610001/

CVHS Smart Environment Club
577 supporters
This petition won 1 month ago

Petition to Philippine Government

I Support the Protection of Philippine Rise

WHY PROTECT THE PHILIPPINE RISE? 1.       The Philippine Rise is Philippine territory.  A large part of the region is within the country's 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone and continental shelf. In April 2012, the Extended Continental Shelf claim of the Philippines was approved by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).  According to the 1987 Constitution, all areas for which the Philippines has sovereignty or jurisdiction are considered legally part of the National Territory. As the Philippine Rise fits this definition – the region is definitely considered as Philippine territory. 2.       It nearly doubles the size of the Philippines. The area of Benham Rise within the Exclusive Economic Zone and continental shelf of the Philippines is 11.4 million hectares while the Extended Continental Shelf is 13 million hectares. The region spans over 24 million hectares, compared with the 30 million hectare total land area of the Philippines – meaning our territory grew significantly. 3.       Benham Bank, the shallowest portion of the Philippine Rise, is a spawning area. Preliminary research conducted by scientists as early as 2013 revealed that Benham Bank is a spawning ground for assorted fish.  4.       The Philippine Rise is possibly the only place in the Philippines where coral cover hovers around 100% and is a likely source of larval spawn for corals and reef fish.    What must be done:  1.       As an immediate response, the Philippine government should issue an order declaring Benham Bank, the shallowest portion of the Philippine Rise, as a no-take zone, meaning no fishing, mining or drilling activities can take place on or around it, ensuring protection. 2.      Oceana recommends the formulation of a Management Plan for the Philippine Rise for the protection and sustainable use of the Philippine Rise. This regulatory framework is crucial before any human activity with a negative impact on its ecological integrity can be considered in the area.  3.      More research should be done on Benham Bank and the Philippine Rise, particularly on biodiversity and interconnectivity with shallow-water reefs. A thorough study of resources should be conducted ensuring decisions are made based on science.  By signing this petition, you are declaring your support for the protection of the Philippine Rise. Please share this on your social media accounts with the hashtag #ProtectPHRise to spread the word and encourage others!  Now is the time to protect and stand up for what is ours!

Oceana Philippines
26,622 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Bernie Sanders, Alan Lowenthal, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Maxine Waters, Kevin McCarthy, Darren Soto, Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell, Rick Larsen, Derek Kilmer, Pramila Jayapal, Alma Adams

Tell Congress not to pass the SEA, Act & SECURE, Act which will harm protected marine life

The SEA Act bill and the SECURE Act bill would give oil industries almost unregulated ability to perform Seismic surveying. The practice involves a ship firing blasts of pressurized air to create powerful sound pulses that penetrate beneath the seafloor. Below the water, the explosions sound like bombs going off every 10 to 15 seconds and can be heard as far as 1,500 miles, audio recordings show. The testing threatens a number of species and is part of a thinly veiled oil industry wish list that would upend established protections and fast-track the permitting process for oil exploration off the Atlantic, much of Alaska and even California. Both bills have passed committee and could head to a full vote any day. The bills follow other undoings that have prioritized oil and gas energy over conservation which is vital to the protection of endangered species. The new bills would target the core provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which regulates seismic blasts used to locate oil and gas. The noise, scientists say, can disorient and damage the hearing of whales and dolphins so badly that they lose their ability to navigate and reproduce. We cannot allow further offshore oil and gas exploration and development as it harms our coastal economies in the near term and opens the door to even greater risks from offshore oil and gas production down the road. To read the full story, check out http://seavoicenews.com/2018/04/02/oil-seismic-tests-law-harms-marine-life/

Sea Voice News
156,474 supporters
Update posted 4 months 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
7,698 supporters