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sustainability

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Started 2 days ago

Petition to Target, Walmart, Jerry Brown, Safeway

Stop Using Plastic Bags

           In many countries, people are using plastic bags in grocery stores. Did you know there is a huge floating landfill in the middle of the Pacific Ocean bigger than the size of Texas?! It’s the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and 90% of this floating trash is plastic litter, many of those are plastic bags. Each year, about 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide, and only 5% of plastic bags are recycled! The rest ends up in landfills, litter on the ground, and as floating trash in the ocean. Plastic bags NEED to be banned everywhere. People in power must BAN the use of plastic bags! Large companies should STOP using plastic bags! We are going to tell you 3 reasons why: plastic bags are harmful to animals and the environment, plastic bags are not biodegradable or recyclable, and plastic bags aren’t even that useful or strong. We are writing this to urge everyone to stop using plastic bags.           One reason why we must ban plastic bags is that plastic bags are harmful to animals. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is in between San Francisco and Japan, and it is a whirlpool of trash. Fish, sea turtles, and birds eat the trash thinking it is food because it looks like jellyfish. This makes them sick and DIE. For example, turtles can’t eat food anymore because the plastic expands in the stomach and it might starve to death. Also, we saw Oprah’s Earth Day video on youtube and saw a bird stuck in a plastic bag. When fish accidentally eat bits of plastic, people can catch those fish and eat the plastic filled fish. That can’t be good for us either!           Plastic bags are made out of oil and once it is made, it is not recyclable nor biodegradable. This means that nature cannot make the plastic break down. Of course worms do not eat plastic bags. Because plastic bags don’t get broken down, they go into landfills, litter our streets, and in the oceans or other habitats. 152 billion plastic bags are made in the US each year! That is a lot plastic bags in landfills or our ecosystems!          Have you ever gone grocery shopping and all of your vegetables fell out of a broken plastic bag? Have you ever gotten those marks on your hands because plastic bags aren’t even comfortable? Our last reason for banning plastic bags is: plastic bags aren’t even that useful. It doesn’t last long and breaks easily. For example, one time an unnamed member of 205 went to Safeway and used a plastic bag to carry out her gallon of milk. The bag was not strong enough to hold the milk and it spilled everywhere. DON’T let this be you. Instead, you should use cloth bags or paper bags. Paper bags are recyclable and compostable. Cloth bags: last longer, are very sturdy, comfortable to hold, and you can even put it in the washing machine!           Now you know why plastic bags need to stop immediately. In conclusion, we plead everyone in the world to stop using plastic bags. If many people stop using plastic bags, companies might not make them anymore. If plastic bags are banned, our oceans will be healthier. Our landfills won’t be all plastic. Also, you can tell everyone: your work friends, your family, or you can write letters to Jerry Brown and Donald Trump. Other countries like Kenya, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe have already banned plastic bags in their country! If you are a kid: you can help by picking up plastic bags that litter our sidewalks. We must help take care of our environment by saying NO to plastic bags!

4th Graders of Moscone Elementary
22 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to John Boozman, Tom Cotton, Asa Hutchinson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Stop the Plains All American Diamond Pipeline

In light of the recent events dealing with the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, there is another pipeline, here in our own backyard, that poses a large threat to our health, safety, and well-being in the Natural State. The Plains All American Diamond Pipeline, funded by Valero Energy, is a $900 million project that will construct a 20 inch crude bearing oil pipeline through 440 miles of inhabited land in Oklahoma and Arkansas. The pipeline itself will make its way through five different water systems, including the Arkansas River and Mississippi River. We, as human beings, only have access to a limited supply of freshwater sources for our drinking water, and the Plains All American Diamond Pipeline is threatening our way of life.  The Plains All American Pipeline L.P. is a natural gas and petroleum distributor located out of Houston, Texas. They have over 18,000+ miles of crude oil pipeline running throughout the United States; with these pipelines comes oil pipeline spills, and Plains All American Pipeline is notorious for making global media for their lack of meeting standards and dumping gallons of oils into beautiful, and sometimes untouched, ecosystems. The company was cited and prosecuted over 10 oil spills from the years of 2004 to 2007 in states including Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Kansas. They racked up over $3.25 million in penalties from the spills. In 2010, the EPA ordered the company to revisit their pipelines and restructure, as they have not been meeting safety codes for many years. Obviously, safety and the request for more did not mean much because in both 2011 and 2012, Canadian crude oil companies monitored and owned by the Plains All American Pipeline suffered from large oil pipeline spills that together dumped over 40,000 barrels into rivers and Alberta Boreal forest areas.  As many may or may not remember, in 2013, Arkansans suffered a great deal of displacement and strife over an Exxon Mobil oil pipeline spill that left many families without homes for some time, and caused mass evacuation. Backyards, playgrounds, and streets were turned into rivers of flowing oil; not a sight to see for those within the "Natural State". If we allow the Arkansas Public Service Commission, the Arkansas Government, and the Plains All American Diamond Pipeline the chance and opportunity to desecrate and destroy the natural beauty of the Ozark landscape, we will have done Arkansas a great disservice. We, as Arkansas (and Oklahoma) citizens, need to request that Governor Asa Hutchinson review and ponder on the implications of a pipeline that has a shaky track record of safety violations and large oil spills! Tell our Arkansas government officials to say "NO" to crude oil! It is time to lead the United States in alternative energy sources such as solar and wind energy!

Kamryn Baker
49,191 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
3,858 supporters