Petition to California Ocean Protection Council
Save California's Purple Hydrocoral
California’s precious Purple Hydrocoral and bastion of marine ecosystem health is being rapidly destroyed. The Stylaster californicus, or “Purple Hydrocoral,” used to thrive abundantly in Farnsworth Bank on the backside of Catalina Island. But every year, over 200 boats drop anchors on this marine sanctuary, permanently destroying a treasured species endemic to the temperate waters of the Eastern Pacific. In an effort to prevent further damage, Los Angeles diving community Ocean Safari, under the management of Dan Stephens, is calling upon the support of its network and the Secretary of Natural Resource to save the Purple Hydrocoral. In 1972 California State designated Farnsworth Bank a marine conservation area in efforts to stymie hydrocoral harvesting. While this has contributed in a small way to the preservation of Catalina’s ecosystem, the four decades since has proved other ways of harming marine life. Diving and fishing activity has led to boats continually dropping anchors on the pinnacle. With every visit, they cause huge damage to the rich marine ecosystem. And because Purple Hydrocoral takes hundreds of years to grow just one foot in diameter, the harm is almost irreparable. Luckily, a program exists to mitigate this destruction. For thirty-five years Florida National Marine Sanctuary (FNMS) and Hawaii have been using a program that saves hundreds of coral reefs every day. This program involves putting a permanent mooring buoy over a site so that divers and fishers could visit without repeatedly dropping, setting, and resetting anchors. To date, FNMS has established over 750 of these buoys to protect its marine habitats. The Ocean Safari diving community proposes a similar initiative at Farnsworth Bank. Due to buoys’ short lifespans and Farnsworth’s high traffic, establishing two or three buoys is, in effect, more economical for dive-site maintenance in the long run. Setting at least two permanent mooring buoys is undoubtedly the most beneficial solution to the hydrocoral destruction problem. Doing so not only protects one of California’s hydrocoral populations, but also protects the benthic life on the substrate and encourages the growth of a diverse ecosystem. This, in turn, leads to the steady revival of California’s natural, healthy marine environment. Needless to say, that marine environment is integral to the overall health of the Channel Islands’ sensitive ecology.
Petition to Supervisor Burgis, Supervisor Andersen, Supervisor Glover, Supervisor Gioia, Supervisor Mitchoff
Contra Costa County Urban Limit Line Threatened! Over 9,000 acres of Open Space At Risk! Stop Urban Sprawl into Tassajara Valley!
A high-density 125 home development (“Tassajara Parks”) is being proposed for the undeveloped portion of Tassajara Valley east of Danville. The development is outside the voter mandated Urban Limit Line (“ULL”) that prohibits urban development outside the line and into the county’s protected agricultural lands and open spaces. If the county supervisors approve this development, it will establish a precedent for other developers to follow, and put at risk over 9,000 acres of voter approved protected lands in the county to further development. Add your name to telling the county’s supervisors to reject this development proposal and respect the will of the county’s voters that the Urban Limit Line means “no development outside of the line”.
Petition to City of Cape Town, Western Cape Government
Stop Oceana's odour pollution in Hout Bay and find a sustainable solution for all
Help us stop the odour pollution from the Oceana fishmeal factory in Hout Bay and transform our community into one that thrives. Fresh Air for Hout Bay (FAHB), a group of concerned residents and friends of Hout Bay, share the following beliefs: All people have the right to live in a healthy and positive environment and should not be forced to compromise their environment to meet their basic needs. The odour pollution emitted from Oceana’s fishmeal factory negatively impacts the health, well-being, and socio-economics of people in Hout Bay. Alternative enterprises need to be found that meet the needs of local communities and contribute to a positive environment. The odour pollution emitted from the Oceana fishmeal factory in Hout Bay undermines our Constitutional right to live in an environment that is conducive to our health and well-being. The odour pollution has an impact on many areas of life including health, well-being, economic stability, tourism and business development, and social cohesion. While these concerns have been experienced and expressed for over 20 years, insufficient efforts have been made by the City of Cape Town, the licensing authority for Oceana’s operations, to resolve the issue. We recognise there are many considerations and the fishmeal factory cannot simply be ‘shut down’ without serious socio-economic consequences. But we also recognise that there are many untapped opportunities within Hout Bay that could not only maintain, but improve, socio-economic stability, environmental protection and social cohesion. We are therefore calling on the City of Town to develop a long-term strategy for harbour operations in Hout Bay and to identify new activities within the harbour that are better suited to the social and environmental dynamics of Hout Bay. To achieve this, we request that the following be done: The City of Cape Town undertake the following: Conduct a comprehensive health study to determine the health and well-being impacts of short and long-term exposure to Hydrogen Sulphide, as emitted by the Oceana fishmeal factory. Conduct a social and environmental impact assessment of Oceana’s operations to determine the impact of the industry on the broader community. Conduct a socio-economic analysis of the community to determine needs and opportunities. Establish an odour pollution community complaints mechanism that is directly managed by the City of Cape Town and not by Oceana. The City of Cape Town and the Western Cape Government conduct an independent investigation to determine the best activities for the harbour and develop a strategy for how to achieve this. Call on the National Department of Public Works to reconsider the renewal of Oceana’s lease for fishmeal processing in Hout Bay at the conclusion of its existing expiry in 2020. FAHB firmly believes that the current situation in Hout Bay can be overcome through the united and collective efforts of the residents and friends of our beautiful community. Please help us to end the odour pollution in Hout Bay and to find better alternatives that meet the needs of all people. #OceanaStinks #HoutBayMustRise
Petition to Melissa Mark-Viverito
Businesses for the Ban on Styrofoam Food Containers in NYC!
It’s time to ban polystyrene (Styrofoam) foam food containers in New York City! We're asking for food service establishments, restaurants, corporations and other businesses to sign on to support NYC Council bill Intro 1596, which would restrict the sale of polystyrene foam food containers, and to oppose Intro 1480, a phony recycling bill, which aims to unrealistically mandate NYC to recycle polystyrene. To sign this petition, you must be a valid representative of the signing company. Expanded polystyrene (“EPS”) foam is a non-sustainable, non-biodegradable, petroleum-based plastic material. Styrene is a known carcinogen. EPS composition allows it to break up into tiny pieces, polluting city streets and waterways. Fish then mistake the plastic for food, traveling up the food chain into the fish we buy, sell and eat every day. Organizations such as the Natural Resources Defense Council, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, and WeAct for Environmental Justice have joined forces with solid waste and recycling experts to strongly oppose Intro 1480, an industry-inspired bill that runs counter to recent efforts by the NYC Department of Sanitation to rid our communities of unnecessary waste. The agency recently concluded that recycling polystyrene foam in New York City cannot be accomplished in an economically feasible and environmentally effective manner. The agency’s full analysis is available here. Now we urge food service establishments and businesses in NYC to voice their opposition to Intro 1480 and instead move to ban these litter- and pollution-generating containers by supporting Intro 1596. There are many other alternatives to polystyrene take out containers including paper products, cardboard, and reusable plastic containers. Intro 1596 includes a renewable waiver option for any establishment that proves it cannot afford an alternative container. With your signature as a representative of your company, we will send a letter to NYC Council Speaker Mark-Viverito to say you stand up for the environment and for the communities you operate in; that you stand up to the plastics foam lobby; that you are prepared to make a switch from single-use polystyrene foam food and beverage containers to a more sustainable option. When Intro 1596 is passed, NYC will join over 100 other communities around the nation that have banned the use of this toxic product. Thank you so much and we look forward to getting rid of this pesky material once and for all in NYC! NY Daily News, Huffington Post, WNYC Video Follow Manhattan SWAB on Facebook & Twitter #banthefoam
Petition to Donald Trump
End the Occupation of Our Public Lands by Livestock
to end the killing of canis lupus which results from wolves killing cattle however it is not really that simple,you see these cattle once turned out to graze actually cause the wolves natural prey animals such as Deer and Elk and depending upon the State Big Horn Sheep and Antelope to Leave the area meaning wolf territory. regardless of the Natural prey for the particular geography the Point is these essential to Maintaining Diversity and Sustainability Wolves are left with only 2 choices either Starve and let the Pack Starve or take what is Available which is Invasive Destructive Cattle.. time after time we have watched as Wildlife officials side with the cattle and the end result has been the eradication of entire packs of keystone predators wiped out behind a invasive species that competes for the same exact forage as the natural prey animals and the unfair advantage being taken of wolves is a potential ecological nightmare just waiting for the inevitable final straw that leads to collapse of the natural world that will result from the removal of Wolves from the North American landscape again and might i remind you all,You tried this in the 30s and were nearly successful in eradicating gray wolves in the lower 48 states but in the mid 90s We began to put together the puzzle pertaining to our imbalanced ecosystems in several states Idaho and Montana in particular gray wolves were reintroduced into both northern Idaho and the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem in both cases the ecological and biological elements recovered and diversity had been restored however,Sustainability of these ecosystems wherein wolves reside is still out of reach because cattle are leading to their native homes no longer being safe as long as ranchers are being rewarded and reimbursed by the federal government for all losses to depredations regardless of the species found to be at fault why then do they insist wolves must die? to level the playing field giving the home advantage back to wolves cattle must be removed to allow natures guardians of diversity and sustainability to keep our nations wild animal populations such as Deer and Elk and Big Horn Sheep healthy and abundant for all future generations
Petition to William Lai, President of Taiwan, Whatever runs politics
Rene Helmerichs applies to Taiwan (R.o.C.) as political refugee for asylum from Canada.
This petition can seriously force first world countries to re-consider their legal structures to accommodate for a truly sustainable state everyone seems to call world peace, but the whole of everyone Rene Helmerichs met in Canada seems not to understand. Details at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/114cM7ywlpj4amFq-wdsg_Eaz379sfiGV/view?usp=sharing #talk2dream.org: nominate the story for The Nobel Peace Prize in any year. #talktodream.org: this petition #talk2dream.com: funding thoughts and shoots for later extensions Petition update Jan. 13, 2018:http://t2dvoice.blogspot.tw/2018/01/20180113-talk2dreamcom-petition-update.html Most Recent update at: http://talk2dream.com
Petition to Peter Van Scoyoc, Jay Schneiderman
PSEGLI ratepayers who oppose the South Fork Wind proposal.
The South Fork Wind proposal is based on inaccurate projections of need for additional peak load resources and therefore should not be supported by our elected officials. As proposed the South Fork Wind project will negatively impact the efforts of the Towns of East Hampton and Southampton that are aimed at attaining 100% renewable energy and resiliency. The South Fork Wind project will further burden all PSEGLI ratepayers, particularly those on fixed incomes, with unwelcome rate increases. We appeal to you, the elected officials of the Towns of East Hampton and Southampton, to renounce your support of the South Fork Wind proposal and to refocus your support on behind the meter load reduction and community resilience micro grids.
Petition to unfi
UNFI to switch to reusable pallet wrap
Weavers Way is a food cooperative located in Philadelphia. We are members of the NCG, National Cooperative Grocers. As members of the NCG we ask that this petition be made available to other food coops who are also members of the NCG. We ask that all coop members sign who would like to see UNFI switch from using disposable pallet wrap to a reusable pallet wrap. Why is this important? The NCG represents more than 200 food cooperatives in more than 37 states. Many of these coops get deliveries almost every day of the week. Can we imagine how much pallet wrap ends up being produced. The claim is that when a cooperative becomes a member of the NCG there are the benefits to the coop, one being that the NCG provides a powerful advocacy voice between coops. Well we are asking that the NCG show us how powerful that unifying voice can be by assisting in the sharing of this petition. We coop members are concerned with specific behaviors adopted by the grocery industry. One being that we do not like the excessive amount of plastic used in pallet wrapping. We ask that UNFI switch to a reusable pallet wrap. Plastic pallet wrap, though deemed recyclable, is not sustainable and should be avoided. The collective food cooperative body does not like this wasteful practice and asks for it to be changed by the first of the calendar year of 2019 for every food cooperative that belongs to the NCG. By signing this petition we are in agreement with this motion.