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Big Firms Need to Reduce Their Carbon Footprint NOW!

I call to big oil and coal companies to halt their production of harmful gasses, and to reduce their carbon footprint. Polluters continue to worsen and heat up our future, and have NO intention to stop, putting ALL our lives at risk.   The Problem: The Guardian revealed that 20 big oil companies accounted for ⅓ of ALL of the world's carbon emissions. These companies have been taxing our environment, and many other aspects of the world.  These polluters are “household names such as Chevron, Exxon, BP and Shell – to state-owned companies including Saudi Aramco and Gazprom. Chevron topped the list of the eight investor-owned corporations, followed closely by Exxon, BP and Shell. Together these four global businesses are behind more than 10% of the world’s carbon emissions since 1965.”    Those Affected: These firms that are making up the majority of emissions are hurting so many citizens worldwide. Life Science tells us, “783 million people don’t have access to clean water, and around 2.5 billion don’t have access to adequate sanitation.” Adequate sanitation helps to keep sewage and other contaminants from entering the water supply. These random contaminants do happen, but these companies exacerbate this problem to occur on a vast scale. To make it even worse, spills occur 11 times each month, and 2 big spills a year. One example of where these spills deeply affected us was in 2010 when National Geographic said, “the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, causing oil to gush from the ocean floor. In the following months, hundreds of millions of gallons of oil spewed into the gulf waters. The oil slick coated wetlands in the U.S. states of Louisiana and Mississippi, killing marsh plants and aquatic organisms such as crabs and fish. More than 2 million animals died as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.” Oil spills like this make life challenging for all of the marine life in these bodies of water, but it also affects the people who are exposed to contaminated waters. Toxic pollution affects more than 200 million people worldwide, according to Pure Earth, a non-profit environmental organization. In some of the world's worst polluted places, babies are born with birth defects, children lose 30 to 40 IQ points, and life expectancy can be as low as 45 years because of cancers and other diseases. The Direct damage costs to health, according to the WHO, was an estimated “2-4 billion USD a year.” Health bills worldwide continue to rise with increased production of oil, and the release of other harmful greenhouse gasses. The Future: The effects of climate change right now, is nowhere near how severe it will get over the next decade. Climate change has been slowly getting worse, but now it is going to start rapidly increasing. Climate events are going to start happening more frequently, and more severely. Since 1880, water levels have risen 8 inches, but over the next decade, NASA “predicts they will increase over 8 feet!” To make this even worse, the Arctic Ocean is expected to become essentially ice free in summer before mid-century. These firms have done so much harm that it is going to be hard to combat because we have done so much warming already. Every section that has been exacerbated by climate change is going to be harmed further, and fast. Also, the potential future effects of global climate change includes more frequent wildfires, longer periods of drought in some regions and an increase in the number, duration and intensity of tropical storms. The reason why we need these companies to reduce their carbon footprint is because these effects are soon and already becoming irreversible. The New York Times says “In order to prevent the average global temperature from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, the threshold beyond which the dangers of global warming grow immensely, we will need as many solutions as possible.” Solutions: These companies have many options of how they can go about reducing their footprint. The two main solutions are refrigerants, and renewable energy. Refrigerants are a compound typically found in either a fluid or gaseous state. It readily absorbs heat from the environment. This is one of the best solutions because we already have the technology to roll this out on a vast scale which can directly go against the effects of these big warming companies. Unfortunately, EPA tells us, there are “risks associated with the use of refrigerants that include toxicity, flammability, asphyxiation, and physical hazards.” Besides the risks that refrigerants pose, this is one of the only solutions we have an ample supply of right now. On the other hand, Renewable energy would work much faster than refrigerants, and could reduce climate change before we go past the point of no return, but we just don’t have the supply to roll this out on a mass scale yet. Renewable energy consists of wind, solar, water, and more. We have already started to use these types of renewable energy, but they can't fully go against warming right now. This will be the best solution soon, but right now, refrigerants are the best option.  If we don’t act NOW, these companies are going to continue to pollute, and exacerbate the effects of warming past an extent where it becomes irreversible. Signing this petition is one step closer to getting big and harmful companies to stop the warming, and a cool future.  

Jake Somerfeld
70 supporters
Update posted 9 months ago

Petition to Humphreys county sheriff office

Demolish the Waverly Housing Authority Apartments in Waverly tn after many lives were lost

On Saturday, August 21, 2021 our small town of wavery had a natural disaster. A flood. 17 inches of rain. It came so quick and early, right around 8:30 am. this is the 3rd time its flooded since 2010, and most/all residents of WaverlyHousingAuthority were impacted. (WHA is hud housing/lowincome families) But this time it was a whole lot worse! We lost many lives who were tenants to WHA. I know 6 or 7 that lost their lives that were tenants, 2 that were my neighbors next to my apartment. These apartments are a DEATH trap. I was stuck in my apartment, slowly watching the water go up my window. Everyone lost everything. My neighbor was stuck too and she's been there for all of them, says this one did it for her, shes moving, after being there for 13 years. We are all traumatized! I'm sure most of the tenants would agree and stand being me on having this place demolished!!! No one should have to live in a flood zone like this!! Here's an article about the flooding.

Christianne Johns
184 supporters