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pollution

227 petitions

Update posted 1 day ago

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

Dear Panda Express: We Don't Want Your 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
4,447 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Douglas County Planning Commission, Douglas County Board of County Commissioners

No New Asphalt Plants Near Douglas County Homes

The Douglas County Planning Commission is considering an application to build a new asphalt plant at Airport Road and US-85, just half a mile from the historic, residential village of Louviers and a few miles from Castle Pines, Sedalia, Highlands Ranch, Sterling Ranch, Roxborough State Park and Chatfield State Park. The new plant will produce increased truck traffic on US-85 (Santa Fe Boulevard). It will be permitted to operate 24 hours a day and will produce nauseating odors and disruptive noise. Asphalt plants spew 28 known toxic air pollutants into the air of the surrounding community. "Asphalt processing and asphalt roofing manufacturing facilities are major sources of hazardous air pollutants such as formaldehyde, hexane, phenol, polycyclic organic matter, and toluene. Exposure to these air toxics may cause cancer, central nervous system problems, liver damage, respiratory problems and skin irritation." – Source: Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League based on data from the Environmental Protection Agency "A property value study documented losses of up to 56% because of the presence of a nearby asphalt plant. In another study, nearly half of the residents reported negative impacts on their health from a new asphalt plant. The door-to-door health survey found 45% of residents living within a half mile of the plant reported a deterioration of their health, which began after the plant opened." – Source: BREDL Douglas County is holding public meetings on September 9 and September 24. Many other communities have come together to stop new asphalt plants from polluting their air and reducing their property values. We can do the same. Join us today by signing this petition to say NO to new, polluting, property-value-reducing asphalt plants in our community. Update: How to Take Action On Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 2:30 PM, the Board of County Commissioners will make a final decision. This board is made up of just three people, which means ​it takes only TWO votes​ to approve or disapprove the new plant. If you'd like to help us speak out AGAINST the construction of the new plant, here's how: 1. Come to the county hearing where the decision will be made: Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 2:30 PM100 Third Street, Castle Rock CO 80104 2. Write a letter and/or e-mail the Board of County Commissioners Reference the project number US2018-010 Mailing Address: ​Board of County Commissioners, 100 Third Street, Castle Rock CO 80104 E-mail: b​occ@douglas.co.us​ and ​davery@douglas.co.us 3. Call your County Commissioners: You can leave a voicemail or speak with them in person; they will not be able to comment on the proposal, but they can listen. Abe Laydon, 303-660-7335 Roger Partridge, 303-660-7435 Lora Thomas, 303-660-7394 Thank you for your support!

Rob Howard
1,789 supporters