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sustainability

129 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
73,614 supporters
Update posted 4 days 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 mass. 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
699 supporters