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oceans

60 petitions

Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Patty Murray, Jay Inslee, Maria Cantwell

Dammed to extinction, Southern Resident Orcas are starving. Time is running out!

The 73 remaining wild critically endangered salmon-eating Southern Resident Orcas are dying from starvation. ⇒ Leaving an effective breeding population less than 30, near the point of no recovery. Breach the Lower Snake River Dams this year Why are these Orcas starving? More than 50% of their diet comes from salmon produced in the Columbia Basin, half of which were produced in the Snake River System.   How is dam breaching possible? Since 2002, the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has designated dam breaching as the best solution to recover wild salmon on the Snake River.  The Corps  of Engineers can implement breaching the dams now by using the existing 2002 EIS's 'Breach Alternative Four.' The Impact and benefits of breaching: • If the lower Snake River dams were breached, it would double or triple survival rates, restoring many millions of fish to the Columbia Basin. • Give the orcas a fighting chance to recover by increasing their food supply. • Breaching costs the state nothing. The first two dams can be breached for the cost of another EIS estimated at $80 million; 5 years to completion. • The four lower Snake River dams in Eastern Washington do not provide flood control and produce only low value surplus electricity. • Savings from these dams can be applied to more efficient dams and/or projects. • NOTHING else, not more spill across the dams, not more hatchery fish, not less boat traffic, not more studies and a new EIS can achieve this in time to save wild salmon or Southern Resident Orcas. Congressional Legislation or new appropriations are not needed to start breaching the Snake River dams this year! SENATOR PATTY MURRAY AND GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE, Please take action today and urge the Army Corps' General Helmlinger and Bonneville Power Administration's Elliot Mainzer to begin breaching dams this year. Thank you to the hundreds of thousands who have petitioned for immediate dam breaching, for those of you who want more information on how to save the salmon and orcas, visit www.damsense.org

Southern Resident Killer Whale Chinook Salmon Initiative
763,255 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Environmental Protection Agency

Tell the EPA: Don’t Let Big Plastic Trash our Oceans

The world’s oceans are already drowning in plastic trash. And instead of working to stem the tide of pollution, plastic manufacturers want to dramatically increase U.S. plastic production over the next decade. From the deepest sea trenches to the most remote oceanic islands, plastic pollution has made its way there; suffocating sea turtles, starving seabirds, and wreaking havoc on marine ecosystems. On top of that, the facilities producing all the plastic are poisoning communities – like the African American neighborhoods in Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’ - with deadly carcinogens including dioxin, phthalates and benzene. If we’re going to win the battle against the plastic pollution crisis, and the environmental racism at the heart of it, we have to fight it at the source. So we’re demanding the EPA do its job and stop industry from trashing our oceans and polluting frontline communities as it moves to dramatically expand U.S. plastic production. Add your name today to our petition demanding the EPA protect vulnerable communities and marine wildlife from plastic pollution. ====================== Petition Text: Dear Environmental Protection Agency, I'm writing to urge the EPA to adopt new rules for plastic manufacturing facilities to better track and ultimately limit the pollution that's being dumped into our air and water. Plastic has been accumulating in our oceans for decades, with an estimated 8 million tons added every year. And under current permits, the facilities producing all the plastic — including plants in low-income areas along the Gulf Coast and in Appalachia — are poisoning communities with deadly carcinogens. This is unacceptable. The EPA needs to greatly increase monitoring and enforcement and outright ban the discharge of benzene, dioxin, phthalates, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons — all of which are extremely harmful to human health and marine life. Right now the plastic industry plans to increase North American plastic production by at least 35 percent by 2025. So now's the time to fix these outdated rules. The current guidelines and standards to limit plastic pollution were developed decades ago and don't account for the latest science and technology, as the Clean Water Act requires. Specifically I ask that you take the following four actions to protect people and wildlife from pollution by these petrochemical plants: 1) Prohibit the discharge of plastic pellets and all other plastic materials in stormwater and wastewater; 2) Update effluent limitation guidelines for new facilities to eliminate the discharge of all toxic pollutants; 3) Revise the list of chemicals considered as pollutants to reflect current science; and 4) Update the pollution-control requirements for all petrochemical facilities to reflect advances in monitoring and treatment technologies since the last revisions decades ago. I'm counting on you to protect our communities and wildlife from plastic pollution.

Center for Biological Diversity
102,278 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Surf Rider Foundation, Animal Planet, President of the United States, International Animal Rescue, Animal lovers and wildlife rescuers, Florida State Senate, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Save Our Seas �

Sign my petition to get the governments of the world to notice that our oceans are  being filled with pollution and killing marine wildlife and to make it a more world known issue to society. Sharks in the ocean are currently being hunted and finned, in which the hunter removes the fin where they are unable to swim effectively and sink to the bottom of the ocean where they eventually suffocate or are eaten or killed by other predators. To some estimates around 100 million sharks are hunted annually in the ocean. Around 1 million turtles are killed each year from plastic debris in the ocean. 4600 are killed due to fishing, being caught in nets and hooked into bait lines set for fish. Many people are littering into the ocean cause several million tons of debris or "marine litter". Roughly 70 percent of marine litter, such as glass, metal, and all sorts of marine equipment and other refuse, sinks to the ocean floor, according to UNEP.  As the glass sinks to the ocean floor the plastics that are harmful to marine life rise to the surface then becoming endangering for turtles and other marine wildlife. Marine litter can harm not only wildlife, by suffocation or drowning them, but also can injure coral reefs and various other ocean ecosystems. Our goal is to get the people of the World and the government to realize that our oceans need to be a main topic discussed in society and we need to stop those people endangering ocean species and wildlife and those big corporations dumping tons of litter into the ocean also harming wildlife and ecosystems. Sign our petition to help save our oceans �. 

Cyrus Richer
95 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Environmental Protection Agency, United States Fish & Wildlife Service, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, United States Supreme Court, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), United Nations Security Council, President of the United States, United States Department of Health and Human Services, United Nations Environment Program

Make Biodegradable and Compostable Plastics Mandatory for all businesses and corporations!

All plastics can be made from biodegradable materials, preventing more senseless pollution and wildlife toxic deaths. People need to stand together to help end the pollution in our environment. It has become a huge ongoing problem. New research shows that surveyed animal populations have declined by more than 50 percent on average in the last two generations.  We need to heal our planet for current and future generations. This mandatory biodegradable plastic alternative switch required by all businesses would help to end this senseless pollution. Please sign  the petition and share it and help to be the change you wish to see in the world.  1. Plastic will never fully disappear. In fact, all the plastic that has ever been made is still in our environment. According to an article in Chemistry & Biology, “disposed plastic materials can remain in the environment for up to 2,000 years and longer.” 2. Making plastic uses a lot of water. It takes 22 gallons of water to make one pound of plastic, or more simply, it takes six bottles of water to make 1 bottle of water. (Water Footprint Calculator) 3. Plastic is made from oil. Oil is a nonrenewable fossil fuel that’s buried plant and animal remains from millions of years ago. (U.S. Energy Information Administration) 4. Every day, 60 million plastic water bottles are thrown away. The average American uses 173 water bottles each year, and most don’t get recycled. (It’s All You) 5. If one out of every 20 Americans stopped using water bottles, 30 pounds of plastic could be save annually. Just think about how much one family, one school or one community could save by not using water bottles. It adds up quickly! (Sustainability Slogans) 6. By 2050, there will be more waste plastics in the ocean than fish (by weight). According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s The New Plastics Economy report released in 2016, “at least 8m tonnes of plastics leak into the ocean – which is equivalent to dumping the contents of one garbage truck into the ocean every minute.” (The Guardian) 7. There’s a plastic landmass that’s 1.5 times the size of Texas in the South Pacific. You might think it’s a tower of floating bottles and bags, it’s actually worse. It’s tiny, confetti-like pieces of plastic that are nearly impossible to clean up. (Research Gate) 8. Ocean plastic waste can kill as many as 1 million sea creatures. They are victims of the nearly 8 million metric tons of plastic that washes into our oceans on a yearly basis. (The Balance) 9. 93% of Americans age six or older test positive for Bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is a chemical compound that’s used in the manufacturing of polycarbonate plastics. They’re found in everything from computers and food containers to water bottles and food cans. When the chemical bonds deteriorate, BPA is released and can leach into your food and water. (National Geographic) 10. Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times. (Reuse This Bag) So, the next time you reach for a plastic water bottle, plastic bag or plastic wrap, think again. Is there a better, more sustainable option?  Be the change, please sign and share this petition.

Chanaea Guzman
659 supporters