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Public Health and Safety

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Petition to Mayor Kate Gallego, Vice Mayor Thelda Williams, Councilman Jim Waring, Councilwoman Debra Stark, Councilwoman Laura Pastor, Councilwoman Betty Guardado, Councilman Sal DiCiccio, Councilman Michael Nowakowski, Councilman Carlos Garcia, EQSC

Tell EQSC, City of Phoenix, Mayor & Council that Trees and Shade are a PRIORITY!

August 15, 2019 One week ago, I attended the Environmental Quality & Sustainability Commission meeting, where I was expecting to see this Commission FINALLY vote to move the draft recommendations to increase shade within the City of Phoenix forward to the City Council, which had been approved by the Tree and Shade / Urban Heat Island Subcommittee in July. Keeping in mind, that the Tree & Shade Master Plan was created 9 YEARS AGO, and yet, here we are. I was both frustrated and extremely dismayed at this meeting to hear that not only would a vote to move the recommendations forward NOT be happening, but a city employee from Planning & Development stated he didn't think their department would be ready until late this year or even early 2020. He also said he believed the "stakeholders" and public (read: developers) had not had enough time to offer input. When I asked him why 9 years wasn't long enough for his stakeholders, I got the stink eye. It was decided they would collect additional "public input" until Sept. 5, so it is vital we all weigh in now. We must stress the urgent need for TREES & SHADE to be made a PRIORITY and viewed as the public health infrastructure they are - especially in our under-served communities. The heat related deaths & illness in Phoenix are RISING, we're breaking heat records every month, homelessness is surging (with seniors being the fastest rising segment) and our city needs trees and shade NOW. We have waited too long already.  The next EQSC meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. on September 12 at Phoenix City Hall on the 12th floor. I hope you will join me there, as well as re-sign, comment and share this petition with everyone you know.   Here is the back story from when I started this petition ( and why I started it) for both context and history: The City’s Tree & Shade Master Plan was adopted by City Council in 2010, and calls for preserving, protecting, and increasing the urban tree canopy across the city to achieve 25 percent coverage by 2030.Though the plan was adopted in 2010, citizens have seen little effort to accomplish the goals and requirements set out in the plan. The community-led Citizen Tree and Shade Committee, spearheaded by local groups The Urban Phoenix Project and Rogue Green, brought 18 residents with expertise and passion together to create a set of ordinance guidelines for Phoenix. Modeled on best practices from other cities, but shaped for our arid climate, this document was created to help Phoenix accomplish the goals the City created, but has thus far failed to implement.The effort was sparked in November of last year when the owner of downtown Renaissance Square development planned to remove large ficus trees from their plaza and replace the shade trees with palm trees. There was significant backlash and confusion surrounding not only the removal of the large shade trees, but also the lack of transparency and notice to the community. A petition was created that received 3400 signatures to save the trees. These trees were ultimately cut down, but the building owner did plant shade trees in their place due to the public outcry. On April 4th, a group of Phoenix residents, led by local business owner Dwayne Allen, presented a Citizen’s Petition at the Formal City Council meeting to push for meaningful action on trees and shade in Phoenix. The petition demands that the council officially establish a citizen committee responsible for monitoring and guiding the City’s Tree & Shade Master Plan. The petition also asks the City to implement the ordinance guidelines the volunteer group created to preserve, protect, and increase trees and shade in Phoenix, with an emphasis on both public health and environmental justice. The resident-led committee encourages anyone who is passionate about shade, walkability, and sustainability in Phoenix to sign and share this petition to voice support for meaningful actions surrounding trees and shade, and to attend the Council meeting this Wednesday in support of the citizen-led petition.

Stacey Champion
718 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Ret. Gen. Roy A. Cimatu, Manuel “Manny” V. Pangilinan, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi, Manuel M. Lopez, Former Senator Bongbong Marcos, Dr. Carlo Arcilla, Department of Energy, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Wilfredo Torres, Department of Science and Technology

Abandon the Use of Coal and Coal-Fired Power Plant in the Philippines

Coal is one of the world's most important sources of energy. It is one of the most sought-after energy sources in the Philippines and considered by our government to be the "most viable" and "cheapest source" to produce electricity for its consumers. There's no doubt that this fossil fuel powers everything, from every Filipino households to huge establishments and can produce thousands of mega watts of electricity 24/7, but unfortunately, it comes with a hidden threat. Coal, in its whole process cycle, from extraction to burning, seriously and greatly damages everything in its radar, our communities, our health, and especially our environment. Considering of how many decades our country used and still uses this "dirty fuel" but it still it can't supply and provide every Filipino households with efficient and attainable electricity. We only get a high price electricity rate yet low quality services and pure pollution than electricity. The impacts and effects of the coal and the coal-fired industries can be widely and severe and can't be detected easily and quickly. The major impacts of this coal-fired industry in the Philippines are: It has massive contribution to Global Warming - Among all the other energy sources, coal releases the most carbon dioxide per unit energy. It accounts for 43% of global emissions from fossil-fuel combustion, with 28% emitted from coal fired power plants which are the current power plants running in the country. From this, it contributes to the increasing amount of greenhouse gases resulting to global warming and climate change. Negative Effects on the Environment - The life cycle of a coal, from coal mining to coal washing to coal transportation to coal combustion and water disposal, where each of them imposes negative impacts to our environment that can greatly affects the lives of the people. For an instance, coal mining results to destruction of local habitat and biodiversity while coal washing can result to contamination of streams and other water sources and total loss of marine life then coal transportation can result to release of coal dust that when inhaled, causes different diseases then the coal combustion that releases toxic chemicals as by product that can result to different pollutions, especially air pollution and lastly the water disposal that can affect surrounding ecosystem of coal ash and other toxic wastes from the process. Negative Public Health Impacts - From the whole coal life cycle - extraction/ mining, transportation, washing, combustion and disposing post combustion wastes - negatively affects health and one of the most severe is the air pollution that according to World Health Organization (WHO), estimated more than 7 million people die each year while the study of Greenpeace Southeast Asia in 2016 notes that there have been 960 premature deaths due to strokes, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases linked to coal-related pollution in the country. The number is expected to rise to 2,410, following the construction of more coal-powered plants. Coal-Fired Power Plants emit Sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and other gaseous pollutants that when inhaled, can be deadly and can cause different diseases in respiratory, cardiovascular and neurological system. It is also linked to other diseases such as vector-borne diseases, red tide and other harmful algal blooms, food and water borne diseases and to other environment factors that affect people such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. High Cost yet Inefficient - Our country is considered as "the most expensive electricity rates" in the Southeast Asia with Php 7.00 per kilowatt-hour for commercial while Php 9.00 for households according to the Department of Energy but does it lives up to its name? Hours of power interruption mostly in Luzon, brownouts and blackouts.  The total abandon of coal use and coal-fired power plants can be tragic at first but this can result to: Reduce our Country's Contribution to Global Warming - the emission of Greenhouse gases in our country can be minimized considering the studies that shows our country will be the First country in Southeast Asia and 5th in the World to experience the wrath effects of Global Warming. Reduce Risk of Public Health Hazards - by abandoning this industry, there will be a great drop in numbers of health diseases caused by the coal. Increases the Philippine Economy - Today there's estimated 50 coal-fired power plants that run in the country yet the government pays million and billions of pesos to import coal from other neighboring countries. Diverting from coal to renewable or other energies can save our government enormous amount of money Everyone of us wants to have safe and clean environment yet we are the one is in the frontline for destroying it. We are all finding the answer for the problem we had done. We are finding the suspects for the crime yet we are one. We are the only living organisms that brought threat to our World. The only solution to this is the renewable energy but we can't abandon overnight or instantly this dirty fuel which can cause instability of Philippine Economy. We must: Slowly reducing the numbers of coal-fired power plants in the country. Close down the power plants that are inefficient and only giving off pollutants than what is needed.  Government must incline to renewable resources. They must invest on research of renewable resources and natural resources in our country. They must take advantage of that nature gave to us. Build windmills to regions that are windy, geothermal plants in regions of with steam, turbine plants and waste to energy plants considering the amount of waste we produce every year. Considering the maintenance paid by the government every year, the revival of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant can give off estimated 700 megawatts of electricity In the mega urban areas such as Metro Manila, slowly imposing a law to build every house a rooftop solars and small micro grids that that can provide full electrification to the households. There's no doubt that this coal energy obsession of the country also poisoned how our government thinks. How absurd that they signed a treaty and laws for safe energy resources yet not committing to it.This obsession of cheap energy can absolutely power the whole nation but who will use it when the people of our nation is dying to the negative effects of this dirty fuel. We must stop investing to something that will kill ourselves, our families, our communities, our environment, our country. When we will open our eyes and make a move to the fact that this practices of producing electricity will drag us to our own tombs? When fresh air is canned and must be bought? When air in this nation if dominated by pollutants and oxygen is now a business? When we will accept the fact that this coal will be the "silent killer of our nation?

Emanuel Sanidad
12 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Eric Garcetti, Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez, Councilmember Mike Bonin, Councilwoman Nury Martinez, Councilmember Paul Koretz, Seleta Reynolds

A STOPLIGHT COULD HAVE SAVED THEIR LIVES

One year ago, on June 20, 2018 at approximately 2pm, Ryan Patrick Blanks (son, brother, and beloved friend to many) was tragically killed in a collision with motorcyclist Weslee Davis (father, brother, and beloved friend to many). The lives of both young men were taken in an instant. Disturbingly, this violent collision occurred at the notoriously dangerous intersection of Wentworth Street and Wheatland Avenue in a residential area of Shadow Hills in Los Angeles, California. According to official reports obtained from the LAPD Foothill Division approximately 30 families have fallen victim to life-threatening motor-vehicle collisions that have occurred in this particular intersection from January 2015 through October 2018. It has become common knowledge to residents and commuters that traveling on Wentworth Avenue is extremely hazardous due to visual blockages and outdated traffic systems that promote speeding. Together these factors contributed to this tragedy that we as a community have been forced to endure. The community writes this petition to the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles City Council and to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation as a call for justice for the family and friends whose lives have been devastated. Together we respectfully demand our city officials to react and prioritize human life by installing a traffic stoplight at the intersection of Wentworth Street and Wheatland Avenue in Los Angeles, California. We join the residents of Shadow Hills in the knowledge that the installation of a stoplight in this intersection would force commuter traffic to slow down and come to a complete stop. This would prevent further tragic and unnecessary loss of life in this intersection.   Please spread this public health concern to family, friends and anybody who feels passionate about reducing traffic related deaths and keeping our elected officials accountable. Thank you,

Sarah Poblano
440 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Philippine Nuclear Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, Mr. Raymond Sucgang

Name the vinegars with cancer-causing artificial acetic acid and save our adobo!

Vinegar is one of the most commonly used household food item in the Philippines. According to Yummy.ph, "no Filipino cupboard can exist without vinegar." In addition, the world famous filipino dish, Adobo, is not possible without vinegar. Not only adobo uses vinegar as the signature ingredient but other common filipino dishes too such as paksiw, sinigang, ensaladang talbos ng kamote, dinuguan, and many others. Also, vinegar is commonly used as dipping sauce for barbecue, lumpia and as a dressing for salads.  However, a news broke out last May 8th 2019 published by The Manila Bulletin (source: https://bit.ly/2JkGVb8 that according to the researchers from the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) that 8 of 10 local vinegar brands are using artificial acetic acid (a chemical that makes vinegar give it distinct flavor and sourness) which can be a cause of various degenerative diseases such as CANCER, MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, OSTEOPOROSIS, RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, and many others (source: https://bit.ly/2YoFNq9 With this, it is very worrying that this common household kitchen item might be all along the cause of some of the common diseases in the country, given that most of the household are living below the poverty line. Last May 11th 2019, another news broke out published by GMA News (source: https://bit.ly/2JkHaTA that Mr. Raymond Sucgang, the lead researcher of the DOST-PNRI's Nuclear Analytical Techniques Application System that they are prohibited by law to identify any product brands tested in their study. Thus, PNRI refuses to name the vinegars that are potentially life-threatening! It is very ironic that DOST-PNRI are using public funds to conduct this research that meant to improve the lives of the Filipino citizens but yet refuses to directly share to the public their significant research results. In addition, at least three of the basic consumer rights were violated by DOST-PNFRI by refusing to name these vinegar brands.  RIGHT TO SAFETY that ensures protection against products or services that are HAZARDOUS TO HEALTH and LIFE;  RIGHT TO CHOOSE which gives the consumers the right to select among products and services at competitive prices with an assurance of SATISFACTORY QUALITY; and RIGHT TO CONSUMER EDUCATION which conveys that right to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be an INFORMED CONSUMER. As a Filipino citizen that duly paying our taxes through the services and goods we purchase and through the annual income taxes that we remit to the Government and as a consumer of basic goods and services, we assert our basic consumer rights with regards to this issue. Moreover, we also demand DOST, DOST-PNRI, and Mr. Raymond Sucgang to release to the public the list of vinegar brands that uses artificial ingredients that has serious health implications.  This way, we will be effectively guided and protected to the goods and services we will purchase and avail in the future!

Filipino People
296 supporters