Petition to Family Dollar, Dollar Tree, Dollar General, 99 Cents Only
Dollar Stores: Phase out toxic chemicals found in your products and stop exposing your customers, their children, and your employees to unnecessary risks.
Hi, my name is Jennifer Beals. I’m an actress, a mom, and an advocate for making the world a safe place where children can thrive. When I was a kid, I often went to dollar stores in my neighborhood because my family didn’t have enough money to shop elsewhere, and I know millions of American families are in the same boat. I learned from a new report by the Campaign for Healthier Solutions that 81% of the products tested from several Dollar stores contained toxic chemicals that link to learning disabilities, brain development, cancer and other serious illnesses. I can’t imagine my child being exposed to such terrible chemicals at such a young age because companies are not standing behind their responsibility to protect consumers. That’s why I’m calling on Family Dollar, Dollar Tree, Dollar General, and 99 Cents Only to stop the sale of products with hazardous chemicals--right now. These discount chains have combined sales totaling more than $36 billion and operate more stores across the nation than Walmart. They often serve communities of color or low-income neighborhoods, where many people are frequently exposed to chemical hazards and don’t have access to the fresh foods and quality medical care that support healthy living. The good news is that there are a growing number of mainstream retail brands – including Target and Walmart – responding to consumer demand for safer products by replacing dangerous chemicals with safer alternatives. This is not simply a toxic chemicals issue, it’s a social justice issue. These stores must do better. Sign our petition to the Dollar Store CEOs’ and ask them to require their suppliers to disclose chemicals in products, find safer alternatives, and phase out the most harmful chemicals.
Petition to US Department of Agriculture
Ban the chemical that’s killing our bees
The ability to put food on our tables is under threat. Bees pollinate much of our produce, and bees are dying off at an alarming rate. We need the United States Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency to take action before it is too late. Imagine a world where fresh produce is a luxury most families can’t afford. That will be the reality if the USDA and the EPA don't take action. Bees responsible for the pollination of over $15 billion dollars in crops every year are dying off by the millions. It is called colony collapse disorder, and for a long time its cause was a mystery. But we now know that a popular pesticide is what’s killing our bees and discontinuing its use would help end colony collapse disorder. The agriculture industry uses seeds coated with a pesticide called neonicotinoids. Approved by the Environmental Protection Agency based on a study funded by the makers of the pesticide, neonicotinoids are an addictive toxin bees absorb and take back to the hive or nest. The neonicotinoid spreads through the bee colony and eventually kills all the bees. In turn, crops are not pollinated and are unable to produce fruit. Because of this pesticide, one-third of US beehives are being decimated every year. California has already lost 90% of its bee population. The European Union has already banned neonicotinoids, and it is now time for the United States to follow suit. We are calling on the USDA and the EPA to implement a US ban immediately, before it is too late. Neonicotinoids have been used in seeds that cover more than 150 million acres -- that is the size of California and Washington combined. In one incident, over 37 million bees died after one corn crop was planted with the toxin. Crops and food prices have already taken a hit because of record-breaking droughts. Add colony collapse disorder to the mix, and our tables will soon be empty of the fruits and vegetables we’ve come to count on. Do we want to leave our children and grandchildren a world without bees? The stakes are too high, and we owe it to them to take action now. Join me in asking the USDA and the EPA to ban the manufacturing and use of neonicotinoids. Get more details here: http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/research/2012/120111KrupkeBees http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2012/04/pesticide-tied-to-bee-colony-collapse/ http://marketbusinessnews.com/bees-crave-neonicotinoid-pesticides-like-humans-with-nicotine/58089 http://naturalsociety.com/37-million-bees-found-dead-canada-large-gmo-crop-planting/ http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pubs/pest/_fact-fiche/neonicotinoid/neonicotinoid-eng.php
Petition to Craig Jelinek, W. Craig Jelinek
Stop selling toxic Roundup
Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, is the most used herbicide on earth. From mass agriculture to backyard gardening, it is sprayed on most of the produce we cultivate. So much so, in fact, that a sampling of waterways in 38 states found glyphosate in the majority of rivers and streams tested. It was also found in about 70 percent of rainfall samples. Perhaps most disturbingly, some studies have even found elevated levels of glyphosate in American women’s breast milk. For years, the Environmental Protection Agency deemed glyphosate non-harmful to humans. But now, an agency of the World Health Organization has declared that it “probably” causes cancer in people. And a new study found that Roundup’s other ingredients amplify the toxic effect on human cells—even at concentrations much more diluted than those used on farms and lawns. In the wake of these studies, whole countries, like Sri Lanka, Brazil, Mexico and the Netherlands, are restricting or fully outlawing Roundup use. The U.S. has yet to do anything about it. But there is one American company that has declared its commitment to conscious consumer practices, and it should lead the charge in removing Roundup from its shelves. Costco has stopped selling eggs from caged chickens, and worked hard to become the country’s largest retailer of organic foods. Let’s call on Costco to keep up the good work and remove dangerous Roundup from its retail inventory. Costco’s CEO Jim Sinegal is known as a renegade among retail executives because of his diehard commitment to good corporate citizenship. From higher than average hourly wages and outstanding health benefits for workers, to careful selection of the products the store chooses to carry, Costco has risen above the crowd and shown the U.S. that it's fifth largest retailer can be successful and socially responsible all at once. Jim Sinegal has another great chance to demonstrate his values by treating Roundup as the carcinogenic and environmentally disastrous toxin that it is. Please sign my petition asking Costco to discontinue the sale of Roundup in all of its stores.
Petition to International Environment Organization, green peace, WHO, und, WWF
For the mass fish deaths/ environment disaster in Vietnam
To: The United Nations, Headquarters; The UN Asian Regional Office in Bangkok; and related UN offices and Environmental organizations as mentioned in this letter, Dear the Secretary General of the United Nations and Representatives of the related UN agencies, Since early April there has been a very serious Environment disaster which has resulted in mass fish deaths in the central part of Vietnam. Hundreds of tonnes of fish, including rare species which live far offshore and in the deep, have been discovered on beaches along the country’s central coastal provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Tri, Quang Binh and Hue. Initial evidence (which has yet to be validated) has been pointing to the steel factory located on the ocean shore at Vung-Ang, Ha-Tinh which is owned and operated by Formosa Plastics Cooperation, a Taiwanese Company (1, 2). It is believed that the sea water poison is caused by toxic chemicals from the untreated waste released directly into the sea by this factory. A large pipe of waste water on the sea bed connecting to this factory has been found, which is illegal . The issue is deadly serious because one diver who dived near the pipe already died (3) and 5 others hospitalized in emergency. Almost 200 people were poisoned and hospitalized after eating fish from the sea in the area (4). So far, no responsibility is taken. Massive marine deaths continue, including evidence of large scale death of fish and shellfish found on the sea bed, people are ill and the sea damage continues to spread to Da Nang and Binh Thuan provinces further south where dead fish have also been found on the shore since the last week of April. The Vietnamese government has been too slow in responding and has not announced any emergency state to warn people about the danger of the incident and the risks of being in contact with the sea water. Even worse, the authorities in Ha Tinh province even announced that it is safe to eat fish and bath in the sea, which is absolutely irresponsible, as more people are hospitalized due to poison after eating fish from the sea. Those who came into contact with the sea water are under medical care for serious rashes and hives. In addition to serious impacts on the environment, health of the local people and the sea ecosystems, the disaster has long term effects on livelihood of the local fishermen and tourism in the region. Scientists even worry that this environmental disaster might be compared to the Minamata disaster in 1960s in Japan where the sea water was contaminated with high mercury level released from a factory's waste to the sea, resulted in serious health effect for generations. Earlier in May, the tested sea water in Hue province found the Chromium level and other heavy chemicals higher than normal. The disaster is not only problem for the Vietnamese people and the local sea, because the toxin in the sea water can also spread to the South East Asia and Pacific ocean and cause more damage, which could probably also pose high risk to other countries sharing the Pacific ocean. This crisis needs urgent help, independent investigation and intervention. Vietnamese people are worried about the effects on health and the environment, and feel helpless with the Vietnamese government who has offered a slow and very limited response (5). Tens of thousands of poor fishermen are now loosing their job and facing difficulty. Tourism, a key industry for many Vietnamese people along the coast, is suffering badly. Neither the government nor the Formosa company's leaders are taking responsibility, and as a result, little has been done to diagnose the problem, to mitigate the environmental damage or assist those affected. From record, this Formosa Plastic Cooperation is well-known and black-listed for environmental breaches, the waste dumping scandal in Cambodia by this company was an example (7, 8) and it has received Black Planet Award as causing a continuing sequence of social and ecological foul play throughout the world (9). Records from the Vietnamese customs office show that Formosa company has imported tonnes of dangerous chemicals into Vietnam. We, the Vietnamese people including scientists, lawyers, environment and health professionals, social activists, engineers, University professors and students and others, would like to call for the United Nations and International organizations to urgently support to form an International Independent Investigation group of scientists to investigate the case. In addition to an independent investigation, we need the UN and international communities' support to put pressure on the Vietnamese Government and Formosa company (if indeed it is proven that they bear responsibility); to help contain the damage, and to assist in learning lessons to reduce the risk of a repeat incident. Killing the environment as such is serious criminal, those found to be responsible through independent investigation, should be held to account through appropriate judicial procedures. The sea along Vietnam is the shared environment with the South East Asian region, the risk of mass contamination is high. The Vietnamese government needs to take responsibility in protecting the environment and must give information transparency to the public and respond appropriately to the disaster, in order to minimize damages and risks to local people's health, well-being and livelihood. We would like to call for the UN agencies and International organizations to put pressure on the Vietnamese government to be more responsible for environmental issues. Due to lack of Government's appropriate actions to respond to the disaster consequences and mitigate the spread of poisoned sea water, on Sunday the 1st of May, a protest took place by thousands of people in all 3 regions of Vietnam against this environmental disaster, calling for Formosa company to be responsible or closing down, and for the Vietnamese government to take actions (even though protests and rallies are something very rare in Vietnam as ruled by a communist party) (10,11). However the second protest on the 8th of May was suppressed seriously, hundreds of peaceful protesters were arrested and seriously beaten, dozens of them were detained (12,13,14), which seriously violated human rights and freedom of expression as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in South East Asia regional office has concerned (15). We also need the UNHCR to concern more about this human rights issue and help Vietnamese people to raise our voice. Vietnamese people are absolutely disappointed and angry about the suppression and having no trust in the government. So far, no further action is taken by the government to respond effectively to the disaster. Scientists suspect that the water might be contaminated with heavy chemicals which are dangerous for humans health and killing sea ecosystems. There is a so-called “investigation” carried out by the government officials, however, found “no link” with such factory's toxic chemicals, which people absolutely consider very bias. Therefore, a genuine investigation carried out by an international independent group of scientists is very much needed. We urgently need the UN and related international environmental organizations' support and collaboration to investigate the cause of the sea poison which cause the mass fish deaths and still spreading, and urgently require the factory to stop discharging chemicals into the sea, as fish are still dying. We need to save the Pacific Ocean, the sea environment and the planet!. We would be pleased to offer a conversation or discussion if you find it helpful, or if you can have some suggestions on how we can collaborate with you to contribute to addressing the issue. Please kindly send us email to the following contacts, we would be pleased to provide further information if needed. We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you very much! Yours sincerely, References: Eco-business pointing out Formosa must be responsible for the incident: 1) https://news.mongabay.com/2016/05/taiwanese-chemical-spill-thought-cause-mass-fish-die-off-vietnam/ 2) http://www.eco-business.com/news/as-vietnams-fish-kill-scandal-grows-a-scientist-says-the-cause-is-known/ 3) http://nld.com.vn/thoi-su-trong-nuoc/tho-lan-tu-vong-sau-khi-lan-xay-dung-de-chan-song-o-formosa-20160425195037666.htm 4) http://nld.com.vn/thoi-su-trong-nuoc/khan-truong-tim-doc-to-khien-gan-200-nguoi-ngo-doc-20160423155234478.htm 5) http://ecowatch.com/2016/05/13/dead-fish-vietnam/ 6) http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Chemicals-in-the-sea:-thousands-of-people-without-food-37385.html 7) http://csr-asia.com/csr-asia-weekly-news-detail.php?id=11598 8) http://www.nytimes.com/1998/12/22/world/tons-of-waste-stir-panic-in-a-cambodian-town.html 9) https://www.ethecon.org/en/902 10) http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36181575 11) http://www.reuters.com/article/us-vietnam-formosa-plastics-environment-idUSKCN0XS0U6 12) http://earthfirstjournal.org/newswire/2016/05/09/vietnam-protests-over-fish-deaths/#more-49786 13) http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/vietnam-fish-kill-spawns-political-crisis/ 14) https://www.facebook.com/BBCVietnamese/videos/1253904611288945/?hc_location=ufi 15) http://bangkok.ohchr.org/news/press/Vietnamfish.aspx Green Trees
Petition to Portland City Council
Pass an organic land care ordinance in Portland, Maine
Organic land care is the way of the future. More than 25 Maine communities already restrict conventional pesticides. Most of Canada has banned both the use and sale of conventional pesticides. France started rolling out its own ban in 2017. In 2016, South Portland passed the strongest organic land care ordinance in the country. Portland residents want an ordinance as strong OR stronger than South Portland's. Responding to resident complaints, the city finally eliminated its sidewalk Roundup spray program in 2016. The city is also working to reduce pesticide use. But the pace is slow and city staff still cling to IPM, which allows the use of conventional pesticides and fertilizers for cosmetic purposes. Meanwhile, any property owner in the city is free to buy conventional pesticides and apply them as they see fit. This often means high risk conventional pesticides run-off into storm drains and drift into neighboring yards. Residents and visitors continue to be exposed to pesticides used on city athletic fields, the city golf course and by untrained property owners. Retailers remain free to sell these varied chemicals linked to diseases in both humans and animals; known to kill bees and other pollinators; and that negatively affect our environment and coastal waters.. In 2015, the city spent $25,000 on synthetic pesticides for the Riverside Golf Course, which abuts the Presumpscot River. Our property rights are taken from us when pesticides drift and runoff from neighboring properties and kill foraging honey bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Children and pets often run across or lay down in treated areas. Other communities in Maine, across the country and around the world have restricted conventional pesticides within their city limits. Eldredge Lumber and Hardware, which has a retail center in Portland, has removed all synthetic pesticides and fertilizers from its store shelves and replaced them with organics and seen sales rise 30 percent. Organic land care is the way of the future. PETITION We the undersigned Portland residents, property owners, workers, business owners and visitors ask the City Council to reject IPM and enact an organic land care ordinance restricting the use and sale of conventional pesticides and fertilizers and permitting those allowed in the National Organic Program. It is our duty to advocate for children, pets and pollinators today. By passing such an ordinance, the Portland City Council can keep our community and environment healthy and thriving and maintain our place as a leading green city.
Petition to international affairs, Christopher Dental, Barack Obama, Elliott F. Kaye, Paul Gosar, Louisiana State House, President of the United States, U.S. Senate, Gina McCarthy, Donald Trump, U.S. House of Representatives, Environmental Protection Agency
Ban Toxic Chinese Drywall, Provide Medical Monitoring, Injunctive Equitable Relief, Public Awareness
After Hurricane Katrina, our Family moved from Louisiana to Florida. We bought a new house and were thrilled to be getting a fresh start. However, our happiness was short-lived. Soon, the entire family’s health, and our house’s appliances, air conditioning unit, and wiring all began failing. It was a bizarre nightmare. What we learned later was that our walls were literally made from poison. After talking to neighbors who were experiencing the same issues, we brought in a forensic toxic specialist. Our drywall had been shipped in from China and was made with toxins that should never have been allowed in a building product. But by then, it was too late. Our builder had gone out of business, our insurance had a pollution exclusion, and our mortgage company said we were responsible. I filed a complaint with the insurance commissioner and after investigating they dismissed my complaint stating in fine print there was a pollution exclusion, I knew they weren't referencing these gasses emitting from Chinese Drywall. I need your help to make sure no family has to endure what we are facing. Join me in demanding that all Chinese drywall be banned from the United States until it has been guaranteed to be safe and toxin-free. After hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Chinese drywall flooded the US market. According to shipping information Knauf Tianjin sent at least 38.7 million pounds of Chinese Drywall, Knauf Wuhu sent 28.6 million pounds. Based on U.S. customs and census information these figures indicate 78% from these two China plants in 2006. Those numbers have continued to increase affecting more innocent homeowners. It was used in countless homes, and thousands of families are currently involved in lawsuits over it. They have experienced the same horrible health effects as us, such as eye and upper respiratory infections, chronic nose bleeds, vomiting blood,scalp sores, migraines and chronic fatigue, and have also seen it destroy everything they worked hard to build. The problem is so bad that Congress passed a bill to learn more about the dangers of Chinese drywall used in homes like mine. We ended up having to walk away from our home, losing over $100,000 in equity. After we did, it was bulldozed to the ground. When we moved into a new place, we learned that it, too, had Chinese drywall. This toxic product is everywhere. There is reports of eleven infants at Fort Bragg that have mysteriously died and the homes contained Chinese Drywall. This design defect by China allowed high levels of sulfide gasses: carbon disulfide, carbonyl sulfide, dimethyl sulfide and other chemicals to emit through off-gassing into our homes. If it can corrode wiring turn our metals, silverware, jewelry black, what is the long term health effects we face? We have photos of congress entering our homes wearing masks, however their saying theirs no danger when you leave. They refuse to study the health effects that families have suffered and continue to suffer daily. My family has never received justice. We still suffer from ill health, our credit has been destroyed, and we have to scrape every penny just to get by day-to-day. We are no longer home owners, we rent. Recently, I learned I have thyroid cancer, and I know in my heart that it is from the Chinese drywall. A home is supposed to protect you, not kill you. It is time to ban Chinese drywall until we have answers and guarantees that it is safe.
Petition to Maggie Barry, Dr Jan Wright, Lou Sanson, John Key, Neil Silver, Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman
STOP 1080 Poison Drop, near Tira Ora Estate, New Zealand. People and animals live here
Tira Ora is a Wildlife Sanctuary. Volunteers from New Zealand and 20 different countries in the world visit Tira Ora each year, to get a 1st Class opportunity to live close to Nature, drink from our river, and hunt, fish and eat from the land. Bird watching and photography is superb. We protect the following birds from 1080 Poison: Endemic birdsBellbird/KorimakoFantail/PīwakawakaGrey warbler/RiroriroNZ Falcon/KāreareaNZ Pigeon/KererūParadise Shelduck/PūtangitangiTui/TūīVariable Oystercatcher/Tōrea PangoWeka Native BirdsAustralasian Gannet/TākapuBlack-Backed Gull/KaroroBlue Penguin/KororāMorepork/RuruNankeen Night HeronPied shag/KāruhiruhiPukeko/PūkekoRoyal Spoonbill/Kōtuku NgutupapaSilvereye /TauhouSpur-winged PloverWelcome Swallow/WarouWhite-Faced Heron/Matuku Moana Introduced BirdsBlackbird/Manu PangoCalifornia QuailChaffinch/PahiriniGoldfinchGreenfinchYellowhammer We also have horses, llama, ostriches, donkeys, poultry, dogs and cats who all drink from the river. Please STOP the 1080 Drop scheduled for our area, because we are a Global Exchange Community, and Wildlife Sanctuary, full of Native Birds at present. 1080 poison misadventure will ruin our established lifestyle. 1080 poison KILLS Birds. 1080 Poison KILLS Dogs, and other mammals. There is no antidote for 1080 Poison.
Petition to Jim McCann, Tom Butler, Bill Strauss, Chris McCann
Major florists should include a pet friendly / toxic free flower option during check out.
Many people are not aware that lilies are toxic for cats and small dogs. Major florists should give "pet friendly" alternatives for their floral arrangements, and at minimum there should be a warning that if a bouquet includes lilies then perhaps it isn't the best choice for a family with cats or small dogs. Our Story: Today marks one year since we had to say goodbye to our beloved Bogie. Bogie was the sweetest, most affectionate, and loving cat you could ever imagine. He used to wait for us to get in bed every evening (sometimes impatiently) so he could meow at us, rub his face against ours, and cuddle up in the crooks of our arms. Even though he was such an intelligent cat, he had the tendency to eat things he wasn't supposed to: mainly packing tape from packages, tulle fabric, and (unfortunately) flowers. We received a lot of love with the birth of our daughter and Mother's Day all in the same week. Even though we put all of the flower arrangements on the tops of our bookshelves and out of our cats' reach, we neglected to remove any lilies (which are toxic to cats) from the bouquets. Eventually, when the flowers began to wilt, a lily petal must have fallen off and onto the floor, and our poor Bogie ingested the petal before we could see or remove it. After a busy weekend, we noticed he was extremely lethargic and slow moving. His coat was dull, and he was not interested in eating. We spent some time cuddling, and after some extra attention, Bogie finally meowed at us, began purring, and wagging his tail. My husband, Michael, then took him to the animal hospital while I stayed home with our daughters. I hadn't even considered that he might not return home. Bogie was diagnosed with acute renal failure due to lily toxicity. Michael held him in his arms until the end. He was only six years old. He was my first baby, and I didn't get to say goodbye. The guilt and sadness has been overwhelming. We miss him everyday. If cats are a part of your family, please learn from our mistake. Do not let lilies into your home. Remove them from any flower arrangements you receive immediately. All parts of the flower are toxic, not just the petals. Spreading awareness is the only good that can come out of this tragedy. Bogie, we love you. We are so sorry. You will live in our hearts forever. “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” ― Richard Bach