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sustainability

121 petitions

Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Strategic Acquistions Inc, Peter Baer, Tony Hershman

DO NOT ALLOW STRATEGIC ACQUISITIONS INC TO DESTROY THE RON FINLEY PROJECT’S GANGSTA GARDEN

Help #savethegangstagarden and The Ron Finley Project's HQ that ignited a worldwide food justice revolution by signing the petition and generously giving what you can.All Ron Finley wanted was healthy food for himself, his family and neighbors. After picking up a tomato that was labeled “coated with shellac” in his local South Central Los Angeles grocery store, it hit Finley: there was a complete lack of healthy food in his community. This is true for not only Finley’s community, but most underserved populations nationwide. More than 29 million Americans live in food deserts or what Finley has termed “food prisons”.“the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys”In 2010, Finley decided to take his health and the health of his community into his own hands and “Plant Some Shit”, turning a strip of city-owned land in front of his property into a food oasis. After a citation, fine and eventual warrant for Finley’s arrest over the grass that he transformed into an edible landscape for his community, word spread quickly about the “Gangsta Gardener”, sparking a global food justice movement. Luminaries such as René Redzepi, Russell Brand, Alice Waters, Rainn Wilson, Penny Marshall, Aloe Blacc, Carson Daley, Rachel Hunter and Robert Horry reached out to Finley in solidarity of his work, followed by statewide dignitaries, namely Mayors Aja Brown, Kevin Johnson and Councilman Herb Wesson. Soon after, the Gangsta Garden began to be visited and studied by local K-12 classrooms and universities all over the world including renown institutions such as Harvard, the University of Southern California and MIT.“Kids who grow kale, eat kale. If they grow tomatoes, they eat tomatoes. But when none of this is presented to them, they blindly eat whatever you put in front of them.”Over the last few years, the owner of the RFP property has been battling with the bank and has made several attempts to receive a loan modification to no avail. The bank recently foreclosed on the property and sold it to Strategic Acquisitions Inc. RFP has requested that Strategic Acquisitions allow them to continue operating from the location as to sustain with the important work they are doing in the community. The only solution they have been offered is to purchase the property, otherwise, face eviction. HQ has grown into more than just a garden since 2010, including RFP offices, an educational center and a propagation station for more edible urban landscapes. The loss of this property is a continuation of the injustices perpetrated against the members of the South Central Los Angeles community and persons struggling with food insecurity around the world. Finley took on city lawmakers in 2010 sparking a worldwide food justice revolution. Now the world needs to rally behind him!RFP needs to raise $500,000 to #savethegangstagarden that has become a symbol of healthy change for Los Angeles and cities all over. If you have been touched by RFP or support access to healthy food for ALL communities, please sign the petition, donate on our crowdfunding site, share and comment on how the The Ron Finley Project has inspired you.

The Ron Finley Project
72,728 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Rob Loughery, Charles Martin, Diane Ellis Marseglia, Jeff Benedetto, Kristin Tyler, Judi Reiss, John Lewis, David Fritchey, Lynn T. Bush, Richard Harvey

Farmer: "You take care of the farm and the farm will take care of you." Preserve 100%!

Patterson Farm has been continuously farmed for 333 years. The historic farm is one of the few remaining vegetable farms that border Interstate 95 along the NY-to-DC corridor. This important farm deserves the protection of an agricultural deed restriction that will allow future generations to continue to farm the land. Your signature supports the preservation of 100% of Patterson Farm.  Owned by Lower Makefield Township in Bucks County, PA, Patterson Farms is comprised of PA's BEST farm soils. Its' land is currently rented to a family of experienced farmers who grow award-winning vegetables and are mentoring the next generation of farmers.  But development pressure in the Northeast is high.  Please join the members of Patterson Farm Preservation, Inc., a volunteer group of concerned citizens, in asking our elected officials to follow through on that protection and support our plan to restore and protect the farm. History: Farmers Thomas and Alice Patterson had REFUSED ALL OFFERS from developers. They wanted to preserve their beloved farm. Lower Makefield Township officials used Eminent Domain to obtain the farm, paying the elderly landowners only a fraction of its worth. ELECTED OFFICIALS PROMISED PRESERVATION BUT HAVE NEVER DEED RESTRICTED THE MAJORITY OF THE FARM. Instead, former officials have engaged in demolition by neglect, allowing the condition of the farm structures to decline, while collecting income from the farm. But concerned citizens are rallying to preserve the farm. Before her death, Alice Patterson expressed her fears that elected officials would "ruin the farm."  The volunteers of Patterson Farm Preservation, Inc. want to make sure that does not happen. We are ready with a hands-on restoration plan. The growing of crops in the good earth should continue in perpetuity for the benefit of present and future generations, as farmers Thomas and Alice Patterson had wished. Patterson Farms historic homes and barns should not be "repurposed" for uses other than agriculture, or demolished. They should be restored, as they are essential for continued farming. The farms open spaces and agricultural use co-exist peacefully with neighbors, and with the native wildlife that inhabit its lush woodlands and serene wetlands. Please join the volunteers of Patterson Farm Preservation, Inc. in encouraging elected officials to preserve 100% of Patterson Farm NOW! #LocalFarmsMatter  #SaveTheFarm #ThisPlaceMatters #LocallyGrown    

Patterson Farm Preservation Group
3,836 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Monroe County Legislature

Ban EPS (aka Styrofoam) from Monroe County, NY.

It is time to eliminate expanded polystyrene foam (commonly known as Styrofoam) from Monroe County. As the federal government turns its back on environmental conservation, local citizens must pick up the slack. Despite the little 6 found on the bottom of most Styrofoam products, Styrofoam is virtually impossible to recycle. In Monroe County, Styrofoam is not accepted at curbside pick-up. Persistent individuals aiming to recycle packing Styrofoam can deliver it to the Monroe County EcoPark near the airport, but single-use food containers remain unrecyclable. According to the EcoPark’s website: “Styrofoam meat trays, egg cartons, coffee cups, takeout containers or other small post-consumer items have no local recycling option and should be placed in your trash.” This is partially because Styrofoam breaks down so easily that, if someone tried to clean it, all they would get is a mess of tiny beads. So what? One more small item in the trash. The problem is that Styrofoam does not decompose. Not on a human time scale, anyway. This means that every Styrofoam coffee cup thrown out will continue to occupy space virtually forever; add that to the fact that roughly 25 billion Styrofoam coffee cups are thrown in the trash annually and the problem starts to become evident. In fact, Styrofoam consumes a disproportionately large amount of space in landfills because it has such high volume compared to its density. Ten pounds of Styrofoam takes up about as much space as a household refrigerator in a landfill. The same problem makes it difficult to store in/transport to proper recycling facilities. A landfill might be the best case scenario, though. Because it is so light, Styrofoam is easily swept away by the wind into waterways, roadways, parks, and other areas. Styrofoam photo-degrades, meaning that sunlight causes it to break up into smaller and smaller pieces, making it increasingly difficult to clean up and more likely to confuse a small animal into eating it. Styrofoam is made of fossil fuels and other chemicals. Buying it supports an industry that contributes to climate change. Incinerating it, as happens in certain waste facilities, releases its dangerous components into the atmosphere. There is some research that suggests that Styrofoam poses more direct threats to human health, as well. In the early 1980’s, the EPA found styrene, the primary molecular building block of Styrofoam, in 100% of human fat samples collected in every state in the continental US. In 2011, the US Department of Health and Human Services classified styrene as a carcinogen. Sufficient heat, possibly the quantity generated by a fresh coffee, could allow that styrene to leach into beverages and be consumed. Styrofoam has remained so prevalent for so long because it is cheap and effective at retaining heat. That hardly seems redeeming for all the problems it causes. This is an opportunity to make a significant difference at the local level. In 2014, Albany County enacted a Styrofoam ban. It is long overdue for Monroe County. If you are a registered voter in Monroe County, please consider signing the petition and please make sure to include your address; if local lawmakers do not think that their constituents care about this, then neither will they. Lastly, please consider personally contacting your representative in the Monroe County Legislature.  To read the specific text of Albany County’s ban, please use the following URL: http://www.albanycounty.com/Libraries/Department_of_Health/Styrofoam_Rules_and_Regulations_Final_3.sflb.ashx  

Sierra Club Rochester Regional Group
72 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to NY State Legislators & Governor Cuomo, New York State Senate, New York State House

Urge NY State Legislators to Vote Against Bag Preemption & Give NYC’s #BYOBag Law a Chance

Last year, the New York City Council passed a bill to tackle the city’s large and growing problem of plastic bag pollution. The #BYOBag law would require retailers in NYC to charge a 5-cent fee on all carryout bags provided at the register, with some exceptions. After a two year process of hearings, forums, and debates, the Council decided on this local solution that has proven effective in cities, counties, states, and countries throughout the US and the world, cutting plastic bag use 60-90% and dramatically reducing bag pollution. Senate Bill 362/Assembly Bill 1750 are aimed squarely at overturning NYC’s law, due to take effect on February 15, 2017. We urge you to oppose this industry-backed preemption bill and give New York City’s #BYOBag law a chance to prove that it works. Although the bills single out NYC, it sets a dangerous precedent for all the villages, towns, and counties across the state that have decided to take action to tackle plastic bag pollution. When the state fails to act to protect New Yorkers from pollution, local people should have the right to find their own solutions. At this crucial time when federal environmental protections are at risk of being rolled back, we need to protect our local environmental victories - not block them. Please vote NO on S362/A1750. *** UPDATE: Another similar pair of bills putting a moratorium on NYC's #BYOBag law was introduced and passed both houses and will go into effect unless vetoed by the Governor. Governor Cuomo, please veto S4158/A4883. Thank you. ----------------- OTHER GRASSROOTS ACTIONS TO TAKE NOW: The New York State Senate (S. 4158) & Assembly (A. 4883) voted this week to nullify NYC's #BYOBag law. We’re extremely disappointed with the Assembly’s decision (here's a statement from Council Members Lander and Chin).  We need to start getting calls and emails to the Governor to ask him to veto S4158/A4883.  Governor's Contact info: phone: 1-518-474-8390  Email: gov.cuomo@chamber.state .ny.us  Contact form: https://www.governor.ny gov/content/governor-contact-f orm Twitter: @NYGovCuomo Mail (for letterhead):   The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo,  Governor of New York State, NYS State Capitol Building Albany, NY 12224 For calls, here's a sample script –  -I'm looking for the governor to be a national leader. NY passed a bag bill, and industry lobbying should not preempt it.  -Hello, my name is _______ and my address is  _________. I am calling to let Governor Cuomo know that I oppose S. 4158/A. 4883.  This bill will prevent NYC’s disposable bag reduction law from going into effect next week. The NYC bag bill is the result of over three years of advocacy efforts and negotiation.  I urge the Governor to protect the city’s right to enact local environmental laws  and veto S. 4158/A. 4883 if it comes to his desk. Thank you. Some sample tweets: ·         Protect NYC’s #BYOBag law! Tell @NYGovCuomo to veto anti-environment S. 4158/A. 4883. Let NYC fight plastic pollution locally! ·         Don't let NYS trump NYC's right to enact common-sense #BYOBag bill. @NYGovCuomo - veto S. 4158/A. 4883 and protect progressive local laws. ·         NYC's #BYOBag law had a full City Council hearing, any further delay is unacceptable. #StopPreemption http://nydn.us /2kFuYj8        (illustration credit: Dorothee Pierrard)

Jennie Romer
764 supporters