Oceans and Water
Petition to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Ryan Zinke, Edmund G. Brown Jr., Kate Brown, Jay Inslee
Protect Our Oceans from Offshore Drilling
No spilling. No killing. No more drilling. The White House released a draft proposal in early January to dramatically expand offshore drilling in 2019. The Trump administration seeks to open up nearly all federal waters to potential oil and gas drilling lease sales. It’s a huge mistake. And we need you to join the chorus of ocean lovers around the nation who are rallying to stop special interests from destroying our coastlines. Please make your voice heard before this dangerous proposal becomes our reality. Oil and water don't mix, as shown by recent spills. And fossil fuel extraction efforts continue to cause extreme economic harm. In 1969, a well blowout off the Santa Barbara coastline pumped nearly 4 million gallons of crude oil into the Pacific and onto the beaches of Southern California. Since then, local lawmakers and the public in California have worked tirelessly to prevent spills and leaks from ruining our environment and $18 billion coastal economy by rejecting any new oil and gas drilling leases offshore in federal waters. A ruptured pipeline spewed over 100,000 gallons of crude oil onto the biologically diverse and pristine Gaviota Coast in 2015, just west of Refugio State Beach near Santa Barbara, California, with an estimated 21,000 gallons reaching the water. The Refugio spill killed hundreds of ocean creatures, closed popular beaches for weeks and shut down fisheries for 138 square miles, severely impacting the area’s commercial and recreational anglers. The catastrophic Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill took 11 lives and caused more than $17 billion in damages to natural resources in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Let’s not risk another disaster. Now is NOT the time to roll back safety standards and abandon hard-fought protections. California representatives have taken action to safeguard our state waters from drilling out to three miles offshore. Elected officials from other states, including Oregon, Washington, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina have also vocalized strong opposition to offshore drilling in federal waters, which is seen as an assault on each respective local economy, sovereignty and our invaluable natural resources. We don't have to choose between a bustling national economy and clean, safe and healthy local environments. We can have both. The success of Marine Protected Areas along California's coast proves that making smart investments that protect our environment can benefit fisheries and tourism, while preserving ecological habitats. Ignoring the will of the people, the Trump administration is now unilaterally moving to benefit industry at the expense of the environment. We can’t let it happen. Sign this petition with Heal the Bay, California Coastkeeper Alliance and Surfrider Foundation to demand that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management "BOEM" and the United States Secretary of the Interior REJECT this proposal to drastically increase offshore drilling.
Petition to Council of the District of Columbia, Committee on Transportation and the Environment, Mary M. Cheh, Phil Mendelson
Ban Non-Compostable Plastic Straws in DC
We use over 500 million plastic straws every day in America. Most of these straws are unable to be recycled and many of them end up in the worlds oceans. According to recent research 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have plastic in their stomachs, which increases their mortality rate by a staggering 50%. If nothing is done, there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans by the year 2050. Seattle recently banned non-compostable plastic straws, and DC should do the same.
Petition to Department of Tourism - Philippines, Local Government of Palawan, Nickelodeon (Viacom International Media Networks), Coral World Park Undersea Resorts Inc., The United Nations World Tourism Organization
WE LOVE OUR OCEANS / NO to Nickelodeon theme park in Coron, Palawan
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.” ― Mahatma Gandhi Why are we making a problem instead of solution and conservation? The project will not be detrimental to the environment statement is a joke. Instead of protecting the bustling biodiversity within the Island it will threaten its marine ecosystems. We can't let that happen to Coron, home not just to the local community but to it's abundant marine life. Building a theme park that expected to attract more tourists? Believe me, there is more than enough people. Tourists and plastic trash are everywhere and it is an increasing problem. We do believe with all of our hearts that the future of sustainable tourism lays in making only a positive impact on the environment. I hope that you set foot on the island of Coron because I believe seeing is experiencing. Once you grasp what we have and dive in the deep energy of it's lakes and lagoons, you'll find the connection between those things we love and fighting for. You will be reminded that every single decision has a consequence. I hope you came up with a decision to protect what we love and not be happy in your ignorance.