Topic

oceans

30 petitions

Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Larry Hogan, Elijah Cummings, Chris Van Hollen, Vanessa Atterbeary, Ben Cardin, Guy Guzzone

Save your beautiful beach getaway from destruction!

It's time we ban plastic bags, straws, styrofoam, and all single use plastics. These single use plastics are extremely wasteful, and once in landfills will stay in landfills for hundreds of years. While in landfills, they release toxins and can find their way waterways, contaminating drinking water, which is only 1% of all water on earth. Because they are light weight, wind can carry them across streets and into oceans where they cause tons of damage. Marine animals can accidentally ingest plastic, and kills 1 million birds, 100,000 turtles, and countless of other animals. Even after they die, the plastic stays in the ocean and photodegrades, meaning the sun turns the plastic into smaller pieces, without fully decomposing at all. They become micro plastics, which are toxic sponges. They are so tiny marine animals like fish ingest without knowing and swallow the toxins, which could be eaten by us, and could have harmful effects on us, like BPA, which is an endocrine disrupter.  The ocean is extremely important and we need to protect it. 70% of the earth's oxygen comes from the ocean. Businesses that rely on the ocean contribute $500 billion to the world's economy. Especially in Maryland, a lot of businesses rely on the Chesapeake Bay to be protected. Some include the seafood industry, recreational businesses, and tourism businesses. If you love the beach, you just like things nice and clean, or really care about the environment, than the ocean should be important to you.  Plastic bags alone use 12 billion barrels of oil for the 30 million bags used each year in the U.S., a non-renewable source we are quickly running out of. Wasting all that oil contributes to climate change, which is a huge problem facing humanity. Plastic litter is disgusting and gross. Cleaning up all that plastic costs taxpayers millions. Less than 6.5% of plastic is recycled. Creating sustainable products would create jobs.  There are many alternatives to wasteful, harmful single use plastics. Plastic bags can be easily replaced with reusable cloth bags. They should be cheap and available for everyone. Even if you forget your bag, stores should always provide reusable bags for customers. One person using reusables bags would replace more than 22,000 plastic bags. Straws can be outlawed completely. People can drink just fine without straws. But if people feel the need for a straw, we can replace single use straws with metal ones, or even glass ones. Styrofoam take out containers can be replaced with biodegradable containers. Plastic bottles can be replaced with reusable bottles that can be filled with tap. Plastic silverware can be replaced with reusable silverware. Plastic sandwich bags can be replaced with reusable lunch containers. Families could save $2.32 per child  per waste free lunch, which is $417.60 per child per year.  The point of plastic was to be fast and convenient, so yes it would be hard to do more washing reusables. But LOLIWARE is the first biodegr(edible) cup that is 100% plastic-free, gluten-free, gelatin-free, BPA-free, non-GMO, all natural, non-toxic, safe, and FDA approved. They have tons of delicious flavors like Yuzu Citrus, Tart Cherry, Matcha Green Tea, and Vanilla Bean. In the future, LOLIWARE will expand into straws, functional food additions, and even edible water bottles.  It is possible to sustain the environment without compromising lifestyle of people. Change is hard, but "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." ~ The Lorax. 

The Greenie Girl
1,050 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks 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
122,959 supporters
This petition won 4 weeks ago

Petition to Hawaii Department of Land & Natural Resources, Suzanne Case, Tulsi Gabbard, Bruce Anderson, Lisa Bishop, Gene Ward, Glenn Wakai, Sam Slom, J. Kalani English, Brian Schatz, David Ige, Michele Nekota, Tara Hirohata, Elizabeth Maynard

Help Protect Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve has been named by 'Dr. Beach' as the #1 Beach in the United States for 2016. This story was reported by CNN, MSN, and other major news organizations on 5/26/2016.  With an estimated 3,000 visitors to Hanauma Bay each day, coupled with this recent news of its #1 ranking being released just ahead of Memorial Day weekend -- which is sure to drive even additional visitor interest to the historic, cultural, and natural gem -- changes need to be made to better educate visitors on preserving the coral reef and protecting marine life.  Upon visiting the park on any of the six days of the week the Nature Preserve & Marine Life Conservation District is open to visitors, one is sure to see a large number of snorkelers standing on the reef, as well as disturbing sea turtles and other marine life. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve currently makes it mandatory for each visitor to first watch a 9-minute video about the history of Hanauma Bay, the types of fish and coral one is likely to see while snorkeling, and helpful tips and information for avoiding damage to the reef and marine life.  Unfortunately, the video includes numerous clips of people standing on the reef and also a person approaching a sea turtle with hands outstretched as if trying to touch the threatened species. Additionally, beyond the educational center, upon descending down the hill to the beach and on the beach itself there are hardly any reminders to avoid contact with the reef.  Below are the requested changes: 1) Currently, the introduction video that is mandatory for each visitor shows people walking on the reef and a person trying to closely interact with a sea turtle. We would request a budgetary allotment be made for a remake or edit of the video to remove these scenes which are likely to confuse non-English speakers and English speakers alike. Those not closely listening to the narrative but watching the film are likely to be left with the impression that these prohibited actions are acceptable practices. 2) Place more prominent and visual image heavy signage on the descent to the beach, at the beach itself, and at the Information and Snorkel Renting centers on the beach front regarding not stepping on or touching coral, stirring up sediment, or touching, disturbing or threatening marine life. As Hanauma Bay is a Marine Life Conservation District (MLCD), one would expect that Hanauma Bay would have high quality signage on par with those found at Pupakea MLCD. 3) Encourage lifeguard staff to issue reminders by megaphone to visitors that standing on the reef is not permitted or provide on-beach staff of the Preserve to serve in this capacity. 4) Provide educational signs with multiple translations to account for the global demographic of visitors that flock to Hanauma Bay each day. Please sign this petition to encourage Hanauma Bay Management and Education Program Directors, Department of Parks & Recreation, Department of Land & Natural Resources, State of Hawai'i Division of Aquatic Resources, and our elected representatives to take further action aimed at better educating visitors to Hanauma Bay about the environmental impacts of standing on or otherwise damaging the coral reef, as well as the impacts of disturbing or otherwise threatening marine life.

Hawaii Ocean Ambassadors
9,431 supporters