Topic

oceans

53 petitions

Update posted 19 hours ago

Petition to Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line, Plastic Straws Pollute Our Oceans. Stop Using Them on Your Ships!

These days, you are much more likely to find plastic on the beach than a message in a bottle. Plastic is clogging our oceans at an alarming rate. In fact, the problem is so big that according to some studies, by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Many plastic products like the plastic straw — a largely unnecessary drink accessory — are used just once before they are sent to the dumps or end up in our seas. But more and more, companies are trying to do something to cut down on plastic waste. After Carnival, P&O Cruises, and Cunard all banned plastic straws, Royal Caribbean did the same. The cruise line became the latest company to say #strawssuck. The company has pledged to be plastic straw free by the end of the year. Additionally, they will also stop using other plastic items such as bags, cups and condiment packets by 2019. Now that nearly all of the major cruise lines have decided to say "bon voyage" to single-use plastic items, those of us that are concerned with our environment are asking, when will Disney Cruise Line (DCL) do the same? Small steps made by many companies can have a big impact. When market leaders decide to take a stand against plastic it can help encourage others in the industry to do the same. In order to tackle plastic pollution, we must all play our part. It's time for DCL to play theirs. Please sign the petition and ask Disney Cruise Lines to stop using plastic straws and other single-use plastic items on their cruises.                                               Can you chip in $5 to get this petition on the agenda?Within an hour, this petition could have thousands more supporters if everyone chipped in the price of a coffee. Can you help reach this petition’s signature goal?Yes, I’ll chip in $5 or moreNo, I’ll share instead

Earth Friends
2,779 supporters
Started 6 days ago

Petition to United Nations Environmental Organization

Reduce Ocean Pollution

   Every day, there is 1.5 million pounds of plastic admitted into the ocean, caused by littering, overuse of plastic products and carelessness in general towards the environment. According to OceanSociety.Org, between 4 and 12 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean each year—enough to cover every foot of coastline on the planet. In the ocean, plastic pollution impacts sea turtles, whales, seabirds, fish, coral reefs, and countless other marine species and habitats. In fact, scientists estimate that more than half of the world’s sea turtles and nearly every seabird on Earth have eaten plastic in their lifetimes.      The question is, why does this matter to our generations and he generations following us? Oceans produce over half of the oxygen we breathe on the daily. Pollution can affect the food we eat. Heavy metals and other contaminants can accumulate in seafood and make it harmful to eat. More than one-third of the shellfish-growing waters of the United States are adversely affected by coastal pollution, according to NOAA.Org. This can cause much damage for the more than half of the population of the entire world. So why wouldn't you want to help make the change happen?       Wherever you live, the easiest and most direct way that you can get started is by reducing your own use of single-use plastics. Single-use plastics include plastic bags, water bottles, straws, cups, utensils, dry cleaning bags, take-out containers, and any other plastic items that are used once and then discarded. But on top of that there are so many other ways you can make even the smallest difference? Being so incredibly easy, why would you not want to help the future generations and the rest of the world? Help remove plastics from the ocean and prevent them from getting there in the first place by participating in, or organizing a cleanup of your local beach or waterway. This is one of the most direct and rewarding ways to fight ocean plastic pollution. That seems a little difficult though. The easiest way for you to save the environment in even the slightest way, is keeping up to date, and understanding the issue that's occurring. Stay informed on issues related to plastic pollution and help make others aware of the problem. Tell your friends and family about how they can be part of the solution, or host a viewing party for one of the many plastic pollution focused documentaries, like Bag It, Addicted to Plastic, Plasticized, or Garbage Island.     Saving the oceans and the life that remains down in the depths of them seems like a large task to take action in changing. But with simple ways, and understanding the issue and being conscious of the descisions YOU make, is the easiest way to make a difference. You can help by wanting to help yourself and the people after you, and  most importantly, the oceans. So why give up when you can take the easiest step by agreeing and understanding that the change in pollution oceans with plastic needs to stop?  Help the change happen, sign the petition, unless you want the lives of marine animals, humanity, and oceans to remain at risk. 

Raina Bennett
199 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Brian Kemp, Freddie Powell Sims, Winfred J Dukes, Lester G. Jackson, Mickey Stephens, Nan Orrock, Pat Gardner, Ben Watson, Jesse Petrea, William T. Ligon Jr., Don Hogan, Harold V. Jones II, Mark Newton

Call for Legislation to Ban Plastic Beverage Yokes to Protect Coastal Marine Wildlife

This petition was established by a 3rd grader and his mom who believe as a coastal state, Georgia must do it's part to show we care about the protection and preservation of our oceans! Everyone knows that our oceans are full of garbage. While there are no current figures of exactly how much garbage is floating in our oceans, the National Academy of Sciences estimated in 1975 that around 14 billion pounds of garbage are added each year. Aside from just looking disgusting, all of this garbage poses a serious threat to wildlife who either confuse it as food or ingest it accidentally. In 2018, a study was published in Marine Pollution Bulletin about the impacts of plastics entering whales' diets. As plastic cannot be digested, it sits in the stomach without being able to go anywhere. Eventually, the digestive tract becomes blocked. Not only is the whale unable to clear this blockage, but it is also unable to eat any real food as well. Thus, the researchers found that starvation and gastric rupture ultimately kill the whale. A 2012 study showed that turtles do not eat ocean garbage indiscriminately and prefer buoyant plastics over other forms of ocean litter, including balloons and translucent materials that could resemble jellyfish. Much of this gets lodged in the turtle’s throat, causing it to die from suffocation. Aside from just eating the garbage, marine debris puts animals at risk through entanglement from old fishing lines and abandoned nets. Animals are in danger from being caught on things like 6-pack rings, which can cut off circulation or airways as the animal grows.  It is hard to estimate exactly how many animals are affected by plastic in the oceans each year, though some have put the number as high as 100,000. While some groups are experimenting with large-scale devices to reduce the amount of marine debris, there currently isn’t anything in place. Until this desperately-needed solution comes, it is on all of us to reduce the amount of litter generated so that it does not end up in the mouths or around the necks of marine wildlife living along the Atlantic Coast of Georgia and the Gulf Coast of Florida and Alabama. By taking action against the distribution of plastic beverage yokes, you would help save the lives of God's beautiful creatures and would be taking a major step in the preservation of our beaches and oceans for generations to come. Keep Georgia peachy clean! 

Jillian Hernandez
423 supporters