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pollution

261 petitions

Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Businesses

We Want Reusables

                                             We Want Reusables We are New York residents and we are sick of drawers full of plastic forks and straws, and our trash full of to-go containers---We Want Reusables from our restaurants, entertainment venues, office spaces, parks, and supermarkets.  Right now, we are facing a plastic crisis. A trash trucks worth of plastic gets dumped into the ocean every minute. [1] By 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than there are fish! [2] Recycling is not the answer either, China stopped taking most of our recycling 2018. There’s virtually no market for recycled plastic anymore, we’re swimming in a sea of plastic. In 2017, city of Stamford CT got paid $95,000 for their municipal plastic. In 2018 after China stopped taking our plastic, they paid $700,000. Even if it does get recycled, it’s not that great. It uses enormous resources (read carbon emissions) to break materials down and remanufacture them. Why are we doing this year after year? Is there no better way? Reduce, reuse, recycle. It’s a mantra we’ve heard all our lives. But what kind of realistic options are there for reuse? You can reuse your shopping bag but that’s all we really have right now. We need a system that’s as convenient as disposables. That’s the purpose of this petition. We want to show businesses, investors and politicians that there’s a huge amount of people interested in these services and initiatives. Consumers demand a better way to do business:Reusable Takeout and Delivery servicesSeamless, Grubhub, Caviar we’re looking at you. Let us give our old containers back to you. Wash them and distribute them back to restaurants for reuse. It could save $ for restaurants. Covid update: Have any of you walked around the streets lately? Every restaurant is using disposable plastic. There's is sooo much plastic waste. Show your support for restaurants that offer reusable cups and plates by signing this petition.  Reusable Catering for EventsEver been to the end of a festival or office party? There’s trash everywhere. It doesn’t have to go to a landfill. Let’s have a system for washing it and using it again.   Reusable Containers at SupermarketsKey Foods, Whole Foods, Met, and Associated Grocers. We’re looking at you. What if we could return the food containers to the supermarket we purchased it from? They could be washed and used again. It could create jobs for NYC. It doesn’t make sense to use fossil fuels to make plastic that is shipped from 2000 miles form China to be used 1 time. Anyway, this is just the tip of the iceberg. I’m sure there’s a lot of better ideas to come but let’s make it happen. Show your support for this initiative sign the petition. And companies we’re here waiting for you. Let us know when you’re in town. Sincerely,Consumers of New York   PS. Email reusablesolutionsnyc@gmail.com if you want to get more involved with the movement [1] https://oceana.org/sites/default/files/109290/fact_sheet_final.pdf  [2] http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_The_New_Plastics_Economy.pdf  

Reusable Solutions
934 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Arctic Slope Regional Corporation

Protect polar bears. No oil drilling in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge

Right now, a company you’ve probably never heard of is lobbying the Department of Interior to speed through environmental impact surveys so they can drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Home to polar bears and caribou, and the Gwich'in Athabascan Native Americans. It’s the last untouched slice of nature in the United States. If there’s an open season on oil and gas in ANWR, it will be yet another instance of public lands being parcelled off by the Trump Administration. Tell the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation to get out of ANWR. In 2017, Arctic Slope spent $590,000 lobbying the federal government to open ANWR up to oil and gas development. Ryan Zinke even appointed one of Arctic Slope’s top executives to a major post at the Department of Interior. Zinke’s office isn’t alone, in 2017 Arctic Slope lobbied the Senate to allow drilling in ANWR’s 1.5 million acre coastal plane. But before oil companies can buy leases, environmental impact surveys have to happen. Under Ryan Zinke, these surveys have been cut to ram the process through as quickly as possible. Lease sales could start as early as 2019! The size of South Carolina, since 1960 ANWR has been protected from oil and gas development. There are no roads and no towns; only the occasional hiker. The Gwich'in Athabascan Native Americans have relied on migrating caribou in ANWR for millennia. There are also 900 threatened polar bears who call ANWR home. Climate change is peeling away ice sheets that restrict their ability to find food. If oil and gas companies start drilling in ANWR, it could be the end of the Gwich’in Native Americans and America’s polar bears. Wildlife and communities shouldn’t be put into harm's way for nominal profits, tell Arctic Slope that ANWR is off limits! Communities across the U.S. are still reeling from decades old oil spills like Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon, if an oil spill happens in the Arctic, it would have devastating consequences. Tell Arctic Slope ANWR isn’t for oil and gas.

Frank Escalona, Michael Cianos and Susan Schmid
1,411,635 supporters