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Petition to Politicos, Governo e Administradores das Grandes Empresas em Portugal

Youth Says NO to Oil and Gas Drilling in Portugal / Os Jovens Dizem Nao A Exploracao de Petroleo e Gas em Portugal

Uma carta aberta dos jovens a todos os líderes portugueses Nós, os jovens de Portugal, bem como Luso-descendentes espalhados por todo o mundo, apoiados por muitos dos nossos amigos nos países em que vivemos, vimos juntar as nossas vozes à campanha da ASMAA "Oilgarve - Algarve diz não ao Petróleo e ao Gás " e pedir-vos que parem a insana exploração de combustíveis fósseis que está a iniciar-se a sério em Portugal - um país que amamos, onde vivemos ou visitamos com as nossas famílias, durante os períodos de férias. A nossa geração será a mais afectada pelas vossas acções – tanto as concretizadas no passado como as que pretendem realizar futuramente – prejudicarão a minha vida e a dos meus amigos se continuarem nessa vossa busca gananciosa e inabalável de petróleo e gás. Nós, jovens de Portugal, assim como os do resto do mundo, encontramo-nos, ainda, sem podermos votar, nem dinheiro para pagarmos lobistas poderosos, como as grandes corporações e as elites fazem em Portugal e com isso influenciarem as vossas acções apenas em seu próprio benefício. Embora não tenhamos os recursos normais que aqueles poderosos lóbis usam para fazer valer os próprios interesses, acreditamos que esta petição é uma maneira de juntarmos a nossa às vozes de todos aqueles que se interessam o suficiente por nós e pelo nosso futuro; aqueles que se preocupam com o meio ambiente e com a sustentabilidade do nosso planeta. Juntos, pedimos que vocês parem este louco propósito de exploração de combustíveis fósseis em terra e no mar de Portugal, de norte a sul. Nós, os jovens de Portugal, bem como os milhares de Luso-descendentes espalhados por todo o mundo, apoiados pelas juventudes de outros países, ao assinar esta petição exigimos o seguinte: Um futuro seguro: Exigimos que o governo Português adopte metas de energia e de eficiência energética renováveis que permitam reduzir as emissões globais de carbono. Distribuição equitativa de energia: Exigimos que todas as pessoas, em todas as regiões, tenham acesso a energias renováveis e tecnologias de eficiência energética. Um fim aos subsídios para as empresas de combustíveis fósseis: As empresas petrolíferas são das corporações mais ricas do planeta e normalmente muitas delas até mais ricas do que muitos países combinados. Elas não precisam de dinheiro do governo (ou dos contribuintes portugueses). O facto de usufruírem dele, origina uma competição injusta e impossível, sem normalidade, nem ética, para as organizações de energia solar e eólica, assim como para outras empresas de energia renovável. Paragem de toda a exploração de petróleo e gás - tanto em terra, bem como no mar, em Portugal. O momento de agir é agora, enquanto os impactos das mudanças climáticas se intensificam. Nós, os jovens de Portugal em nosso nome e em nome de toda a juventude global, vimos por este meio convidar todos os nossos dirigentes portugueses, "a liderar em função da importância do nosso futuro " - definindo-nos no caminho da sustentabilidade, um caminho construído por empregos verdes, um caminho cheio de ar limpo, água limpa, praias limpas, oceanos limpos e ecossistemas intactos para as gerações futuras. Há mais de um século que vocês estão dependentes nas energias fósseis, mas agora é o momento certo para a mudança. Cada ano que esperamos, cada hora que passa, o futuro do planeta e a sobrevivência das gerações futuras é posta em causa. Agora não é o momento para uma a acção incrementada, mas sim de uma acção séria e eficaz. Nesta conjuntura de definição da história humana, pedimos aos líderes portugueses – que se comprometam a oferecer a segurança e oportunidades à nossa geração, como a que lhes foi dada pelos vossos antecessores. Pedimo-vos para aceitarem a responsabilidade que têm de proteger não só a humanidade, e os habitantes deste Portugal que lidera, mas também o planeta que partilhamos, a protecção dos oceanos que nos rodeiam, bem como a nossa terra. Confiando que façam o que esta correcto para a nossa e as futuras gerações Assino a favor da geração jovem Portuguesa e de todos os nossos amigos espalhados por todo o mundo que, de facto, representamos os seus filhos, netos e bisnetos. ************************************************** ADICIONA A TUA VOZ NA CAIXA DOS COMENTÁRIOS Se tens entre os 12 e os 18 anos, esta petição e para ti. ADICIONA A TUA VOZ NA CAIXA DOS COMENTÁRIOS. Se já tens 18 anos, assina a outra petição aqui neste link http://tinyurl.com/nxqqrg2 Não assines apenas a petição, na caixa dos comentários, diz-nos quem és, qual a tua idade e a razão da petição ser importante para ti. ASMAA's website: http://asmaa-algarve.org Obrigada   ************************************************************************************ An open letter to all Portuguese Leaders by the youth We, the youth of Portugal as well as Lusa-descendants spread all over the world, supported by many of our friends in the countries we live in, raise our voices in unity with ASMAA’s Algarve Surf and Marine Activities “Oilgarve - Algarve Says NO to Oil and Gas” campaign and call on all of you to stop the fossil fuel exploration and exploitation madness that is starting in earnest in Portugal, a country that we love to live in or visit with our families during holiday breaks. Our generation will be the most affected by your actions - these actions that you have taken in the past and the actions that you will take in the future - but which affects me and the rest of my peers as you continue in the same unabated pursuit of oil and gas in this era of enlightenment. The youth of Portugal just like the youth of the rest of the world find ourselves without the ability to vote yet, and without the money to pay powerful lobbyists like big corporations and the elites do in Portugal, so that we can also influence your actions just like they do. Although we lack the normal resources that these powerful interests use to look after their own interests we believe that this petition will add our voice to the voices of all of these that care enough about us and our future; these that care about our environment, and these that care about the sustainability of our planet. Together we are asking that you stop the fossil fuel exploration madness in the offshores and onshores of Portugal, from north to south. We the youth of Portugal as well as the thousands of Lusa-descendants spread all over the world, supported by the youth of other countries, by signing this petition demand the following: A safe future: We demand that our government adopt renewable energy and energy efficiency targets that will reduce global carbon emissions. Equitable distribution of energy: We demand that all people, in all regions, have access to renewable energy and energy efficiency technology. An end to subsidy money for fossil fuel corporations: Oil and coal companies are among the richest corporations on the planet, richer than many countries combined. They do NOT need government money and it makes it unfair for solar and wind and other renewable energy companies to compete. A stop of all oil and gas exploration - both onshore as well as offshore in Portugal. The window for action is narrowing while the impacts of a changing climate are intensifying. We, the youth of Portugal on our behalf and on behalf of all of the global youth, do hereby call upon you, our Portuguese leaders, to “lead as if our future matters” - by setting us on the path to sustainability, a path built by green jobs, and a path filled with clean air, clean water, clean beaches, clean oceans and intact ecosystems for generations to come. You have been relying on fossil fuels for over a century but now is the time for change. For every year that we wait, for every hour that we stall, the future and survival of the youngest generations - and that of generations to come - is jeopardized. Now is not the time for incremental action. At this defining juncture in human history, we ask you - our Portuguese leaders - to commit to providing the security and opportunity for our generation that you were given by your predecessors. We call on you to accept the responsibility you have to protect the people you lead and the planet we share and to protect both the oceans that surrounds us as well as our land. With Trust. The young Portuguese generation and all our friends from all over the world who in fact represent your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. ********************************************************************************** ADD YOUR SAY IN THE COMMENT BOX If you are aged between 12 and 18, then this petition is for you. If you are older than 18 then please sign our other petition which you can find on this link http://tinyurl.com/nxqqrg2 Don't ONLY sign this petition, tell us who you are, how old you are, and why this matters to you in the comment box below. Add your say to the petition. Thank you ASMAA's website: http://asmaa-algarve.org

ASMAA - Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association
577 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jo-Ellen Darcy, Colonel John W. Henderson

Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline

I’m 13 years-old and as an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, I’ve lived my whole life by the Missouri River. It runs by my home in Fort Yates North Dakota and my great grandparents original home was along the Missouri River in Cannon Ball. The river is a crucial part of our lives here on the Standing Rock Reservation. But now a private oil company wants to build a pipeline that would cross the Missouri River less than a mile away from the Standing Rock Reservation and if we don’t stop it, it will poison our river and threaten the health of my community when it leaks. My friends and I have played in the river since we were little; my great grandparents raised chickens and horses along it. When the pipeline leaks, it will wipe out plants and animals, ruin our drinking water, and poison the center of community life for the Standing Rock Sioux. In Dakota/Lakota we say “mni Wiconi.” Water is life. Native American people know that water is the first medicine not just for us, but for all human beings living on this earth. The proposed Dakota Access Pipeline would transport 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day, across four states. Oil companies keep telling us that this is perfectly safe, but we’ve learned that that’s a lie: from 2012-2013 alone, there were 300 oil pipeline breaks in the state of North Dakota. With such a high chance that this pipeline will leak, I can only guess that the oil industry keeps pushing for it because they don’t care about our health and safety. It’s like they think our lives are more expendable than others’. So we, the Standing Rock Youth, are taking a stand to be the voice for our community, for our great grandparents, and for Mother Earth. Join us, and sign to ask the Army Corps of Engineers to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Sincerely, Anna and the Standing Rock Youth Learn more about our campaign at rezpectourwater.com.

Anna Lee, Bobbi Jean & the Oceti Sakowin Youth
561,510 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Brad Higdon BLM, Sarah Schlanger BLM, Priscilla Avila BIA, Adrian Garcia BLM

STOP Hunt Power & the Proposed Verde Transmission Line across wild & scenic northern NM

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Taos New Mexico Field Office and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is seeking input for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Verde Transmission Line Project, a 33-mile overhead 345-kiloVolt (kV) transmission power line from the Ojo Substation in southern Rio Arriba County to the Norton substation in Santa Fe County. The proposed project would cut a 33-mile swath of 150-foot Right of Way (ROW) easement with giant, ugly, dangerous 120-foot double poles every 800 feet with transmission lines slicing across wild, scenic, biologically rich, and culturally important lands of northern New Mexico. The proposed lines would transect and border sacred land, private properties, schools and cemeteries, public lands administered by the BLM, and three Pueblos (Santa Clara, Ohkay Owingeh, and Pojoaque), and destroy the visual resources and viewsheds of people who live near, recreate in, travel to, and appreciate the majestic, wild beauty and epic vistas of the high desert of northern New Mexico. We will see these massive power lines from the Sangre Mountains to the Jemez, from north to south, and they will irrevocably damage the iconic landscape. The proposal is a recycled project defeated in the 90's, originally called the Ole Line, and should be rejected again. There is no demonstrated need for the project and there is no benefit, only costs. WE OPPOSE THIS PROJECT. 1) NO NEED FOR PROJECT, and NO BENEFIT TO THE RESIDENTS OF NORTHERN NEW MEXICO. The $3 billion Hunt Corporation out of Dallas TX will benefit from this project at the expense of our natural, visual, and cultural resources as well as our economy. There is no need for increased electric capacity: it has been stated by the existing power companies, PNM and Jemez Electric, that there is NO NEED for larger capacity here in the FORESEEABLE FUTURE. Our grid is stable; when Hunt Power was asked how many major outages our region has experienced, the answer was two outages in 30 years, and the longest outage was 4 hours. Grid stability is clearly not the issue.Transmission lines do not directly serve utility customers, but transport power long distances from one substation to another, and the wires are bare and uninsulated. Hunt Power has nothing to do with "green energy" or renewables: the power will come from coal-fired plants in the four corners region. No matter how they package this "verde" project, it's not green. Hunt Power will financially gain at the expense of our low income communities and our land. 2) DESTROYS RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY VALUES: Properties and homes will be hit with a 15-50% loss of value, and depending on where the line is in relation to or on a homeowner's property, there is potential loss of homeowners insurance and loss of mortgage due to the dangers of the line (such as fire, which a very real possibility in our dry and windy area) and the inability to re-sell your property due to real or perceived dangers. Even if a home's or property's viewshed isn't destroyed, property values will still drop due to loss of value of neighbor properties. Additionally, this kind of project would change the character of a community and landscape from "rural" to "industrial" and affect our ability to re-sell our homes.  For most in our low income communities, property and homes are the only financial assets we have.  3) THREATENS ECONOMY: Northern New Mexican communities rely heavily on the tourism and the film industries, and these economies are threatened by the proposed transmission lines. Both industries depend upon grand, epic vistas and the majestic, largely untouched, rugged beauty of wild lands. Many movies filmed here could not have been made had these massive transmission lines been marching across the landscape. Photographers, painters, fiber artists and artists of all kinds; birders, bikers, skiers, hikers, horseback riders, climbers, kayakers and rafters, runners, hunters and fishers, guides, and recreationists of every type: all would be negatively impacted. Views of one of the most sacred and significant landmarks of northern New Mexico, Black Mesa, will be ruined  by 120-foot double poles and lines cutting across the base of Black Mesa. 4) ENVIRONMENTAL and SOCIAL JUSTICE: Hunt Power has preyed upon the low income, poorly organized, older, and rural communities of northern New Mexico through seven years of closed door deals and secret meetings, claiming they have "never heard of" several communities that will be adversely impacted by their proposed project. The proposed route borders many properties and property owners were never contacted in these seven years. The transmission line would go next to an elementary school and next to other schools, and nobody on the school boards were contacted. The communities and families and children that would be adversely affected by this proposal are largely low-income and minority, and most of us had never heard of the project, or how we would be adversely affected by it, until the day of the first scoping meeting. Local agencies and government offices, land commissioners, etc. were not consulted either. We are not second class citizens. 4) FIRES AND FLOODS: Sparking from transmission lines is what caused both the Las Conchas and Thompson's Ridge fires near Los Alamos, the Tres Lagunas fire near Pecos, and the La Cueva fire. The Las Conchas Fire was the largest wildfire in the history of NM at the time it burned, burning over 156,000 acres, destroying homes, pets, and livestock in addition to all of the wildlife that were killed and injured. A jury found the electric companies to be at fault. The Junkins Fire in Pueblo CO was caused by high winds that blew a piece of a metal shed into a nearby high voltage transmission line. A PG&E transmission line sparked the Butte fire, which killed two people and burned 70,000 acres in the foothills of the Sierras. Flash flooding post-wildfire has impacted communities all over northern NM. 5) VISUAL RESOURCES: As stated, the viewsheds of homes and properties will be severely adversely impacted. There is well documented case law protecting the viewsheds of homeowners. Additionally, the proposal does not meet the standards for land use management in the the BLM's recently written Resource Management Plan (RMP) for this area. The lands affected are classified as Tier 2, a wild area rich with natural and cultural resources and epic vistas. Hunt Power's proposed project is classified as Tier 4: INDUSTRIAL. This proposed industrial project has no business here. The BLM representatives themselves said in severak public scoping meetings that the RMP would have to be REWRITTEN in order to accommodate this project that benefits nobody in NM and brings only harm. This is a waste of taxpayer money and the BLM's resources, and the legality of it is questionable. Mitigation of the visual impacts of 33 miles of wild land is hardly possible.   6) ADVERSE EFFECTS TO NATURAL RESOURCES: The proposed project would disrupt a major Rio Grande migratory bird route, which is part of the Central Flyway of North America, and the proposed route would also be less than 600ft. from a sanctuary for the endangered Southwestern Willow Flycatcher. Bald eagles and sensitive raptor species winter here. Between 12 and 64 million birds are killed annually by power lines as a result of both collision and electrocution, and evidence of bird mortalities at power lines is under-recorded due to general absence of monitoring and due to scavenging. Transmission lines are now recognized as one of the most important causes of bird mortality internationally, and transmission lines also cause habitat loss and fragmentation, loss of breeding and roosting sites, displacement and loss of feeding areas when certain bird species avoid areas where power lines occur or are being constructed. These birds are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, which is among the oldest wildlife protection laws we have. This law protects over 1,000 species of birds, including the Sandhill cranes, geese, and ducks we all love to see and hear every spring and fall. The same birds that make the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge famous fly through here and would be adversely impacted. Water quality and aquatic resources will be negatively affected by erosion and possible flash floods. Sensitive avian species, including hawks, falcons, and owls could be affected as well as sensitive reptile and amphibian species. 7) LANDS WITH WILDERNESS CHARACTERISTICS: Nearly all of the land that would be adversely impacted by the proposed project is practically untouched. It's a huge, grand expanse of land with iconic, wild vistas, rich in natural and cultural resources, that would be ruined by these transmission lines that would never go away. Further, the years of construction noise, dangers of "blasting," the traffic, dust etc. are unacceptable. 8) NEGATIVE HEALTH IMPACTS: Electro Magnetic Fields (EMFs) adversely affect human health, including increasing the risks of life-threatening illnesses such as leukemia, brain cancer, clinical depression, suicide, and Alzheimer’s disease. Most studies indicate that EMF exposure also adversely impacts birds by generally changing their behavior, reproductive success, growth and development, physiology and endocrinology, immune system function, and oxidative stress under EMF conditions. In particular, epidemiological studies have found a statistical association of a two-fold increase in childhood leukemia. The proposed route goes over a school and near or over many homes in Rio Arriba County. This is not acceptable and these high voltage lines are dangerous. WE OPPOSE THE VERDE TRANSMISSION LINE PROJECT.   (Formal comments MUST be submitted to the BLM; you may write a comment or copy any part of this petition to email your formal comment to BLM_NM_Verde@blm.gov )    

Mattie Allen
4,626 supporters