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Public Health and Safety

8 petitions

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Petition to Tom Barrett, Rick Jones, Rick Snyder

Can we have a conversation to serve kids in Michigan

You can search for you representative here: http://house.michigan.gov/MHRPublic Dear, [representative]I am writing to ask you to help protect minors by supporting HB-5550, which would protect young people from dangerous and discredited so-called “conversion therapy.” Please do not leave children vulnerable to this harmful practice.These harmful practices are based on the false claim that being gay or gender non-conforming is a mental illness that should be cured. In fact, in 1973 the American Psychiatric Association determined that homosexuality was not a mental illness, but a normal variant of human nature. Unfortunately, young lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people may be coerced into and subjected to anti-gay conversion therapy, resulting in a range of negative outcomes including depression, substance abuse, and suicidal ideations.There is no credible evidence that these practices work to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity and these practices are not condoned by any mainstream medical organization. The American Psychological Association “advises parents, guardians, young people and their families to avoid sexual orientation change efforts that portray homosexuality as a mental illness or developmental disorder.”HB-5550 will prevent licensed counselors from engaging in anti-gay conversion therapy with a person under 18 years of age.Please help to protect the youth of Michigan from these damaging and discredited practices.Thank you,[NAME, ADDRESS, AND PHONE NUMBER]

Frank Vaca
15 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Ryan Zinke, Jerry Brown, 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. Submit public comments directly to the BOEM at Regulations.gov by March 9.

Heal the Bay, California Coastkeeper Alliance & Surfrider Foundation
123,679 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to California Natural Resources Agency, Jerry Brown

Help Save The Salton Sea

Many years ago, the Salton Sea was a booming tourist spot, with many hotels and hundreds at the beaches. If you go today, the areas around it are either farmlands, or abandoned, barely populated ghost towns. For years, farms have been putting agricultural runoff into the lake. This has made the salt leves over 25% more than the ocean. The runoff also has pesticides and heavy metals, polluting the lake. As the water evaporates, this salt and pollution gets more concentrated, making it harder for animals to live there The Salton Sea is a stop for thousands of birds in the Pacific Flyway. It is important for them to get rest and nourishment at this stop. A polluted lake, and dying fish mean that it will soon be a hazard for birds to drink and eat here, with toxins everywhere.      If the lake gets restored, it could become a huge ecosystem supporting life for many plants and animals. The Lake is not only a hazard for birds and fish, but also the people living near the lake. Asthma rates for people living in Imperial county are double the rates in the rest of California, and many other respiratory issues are common. On bad days, the air quality looks like this. This is hurting children and all living near the lake. If it dires up more, the dust and smelly gas (which is full of toxins such a lead) could reach cities many miles away, the smell can reach L.A! The most prominent solution is to build a pipeline from the ocean to the sea. The lake is below sea level, so it will use gravity to make water flow. This pipeline will increase the level of the lake, getting rid of the dust plains. This will prevent the dust clouds, decrease the lakes salt level, and provide a habitat for many animals. We need to make the government know people care about this issue and want a solution to be put into place. Contact For Jerry Brown https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov39mail/ 

Parker Culverhouse
21 supporters