Topic

pollution

237 petitions

Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Eric Garcetti, Paul Koretz, jill werner, Lisa Chapman, RAP Board members, Michael Shull, Jasmine Shamolian, Eric Mellem

Westwood Park's grass field is being replaced by an unnecessary 2nd synthetic soccer field

Dear elected officials, Westwood park is the only green area in the westside area (90024-5) where the neighboring residents can escape from their daily busy city life and have a moment of peace there . Previously this park had been neglected. Drought made it even worse and we thought once that we are loosing our park. Trees were dying, grasses were disappearing and poor maintenance were obvious everywhere. Recently ,especially for the last 2 years, we saw new changes, new trees, a new dog park, a new grass field, a cleaner look and a new management who was working hard to make our park look like a real park again.  We surprisingly got a newsletter on April 24th stating that our neighborhood park is drastically changing and per its advisory board our grass field which was recently revived is turning into a synthetic soccer fields plus an outside public toilet ! We don’t know who suggested this project but whoever did couldn’t care less about this park, its green space and the people and children who live in this area and their opinion. From what we hear, nobody visiting this park really likes this change.  We undersigned names opposing this soccer field project and believe that its absolutely unnecessary for our community due to the following reasons: The park already has a fenced synthetic soccer field which is locked to the public and can only be used by reservation. The grass field is the only remaining open green space which makes this park to still look like a park not a sport complex where kids and families enjoy playing and spending their time there. We don't know who is behind this project but this is a clear violation of the neighboring tax payer’s rights to change their park to something totally different without even asking their opinion first. As far as we know this project is so awful that even the park director and her staff were opposing It. We think our grass field should be revived and better maintained and not being destroyed or replaced by an unnecessary fenced synthetic fields, like the current soccer field, which reminds you a prison with restricted access and not a park. We want to keep this open space for our children and the families and don't know any other park in LA where its artificial spaces are more than the greens let alone unnecessary extra soccer fields. We urge that this project to be STOPPED immediately and reviewed by the city planing experts and community members before any new changes happen. If there is a donation for this project, the money can be spent on making this park a better place and not destroying its beautiful nature. Thank you 

Nick P
3,474 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Panda Express, James Thomas, Peggy Cherng, andrew cherng

Dear Panda Express: Stop Giving Out Single Use Plastic

Having lived in the Puget Sound region for my sixteen years of life, I love my local landscape. Our community is lucky to be surrounded by lush mountains and endless water. We take pride in implementing green policies and on keeping the region pristine. At least, that's the illusion.  During my freshman year of high school, I became a volunteer at the Seattle Aquarium. I educated visitors about marine science and conservation. I also learned the shocking realities of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Washington’s severely polluted orca population, and microplastics in our drinking water. This led me to take a closer look at what plastic waste is doing to our home. Every year, Washington generates tens of millions of pounds of plastic waste, and the majority ISN'T recycled. Instead, much of this plastic goes into the ocean, where it breaks down into its smaller, toxic components that accumulate in the tissues of wildlife and people.   This is killing the Puget Sound. It threatens our CRITICALLY endangered Southern Resident killer whales, and it threatens me and other youth who will inherit this region. If we care about the well-being of our children, we need to hold companies that distribute plastic accountable. One of those companies is Panda Express.  While I love the food, I no longer go to Panda Express because of the single use plastic that is generated there--and I know other customers are turned off, too. If you have ever eaten at Panda Express, you know how much waste they create--a plastic container, plastic utensils, maybe a plastic bag. And that's just for one person. Panda Express has over 2,000 locations, each processing hundreds of orders a day. Think about how much plastic could be saved if Panda Express switched to biodegradable or reusable products. Subway, Trader Joe's, Starbucks, and other major chains have pledged to cut down on their plastic distribution. Panda Express should do the same. Panda Express has already had to respond to some local and state regulations that have forced the company to introduce sustainable packaging in some locations. If Panda Express can do this for some locations, why can't they do this nationwide and became a true leader in sustainable packaging in the fast-food industry? For the health of my community and others around the world, I urge Panda Express to stop its use of disposable plastic containers and utensils and substitute them for something biodegradable or reusable. The people and wildlife of Puget Sound deserve better. 

Isha S
15,268 supporters