17 petitions

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Petition to Eric Schmidt, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, Ivy Ross, Sundar Pichai, Noam Bardin, Jen Fitzpatrick, Astro Teller, David Krane, Bill Maris, Marwan Fawaz, Daniel L. Doctoroff, Rohit Aggarwala, Craig Nevill-Manning

Get Google to Activate Trash & Hazard Reporting

WHAT: We are asking Google to activate easy waste/hazard mapping across all Google mobile operating system, so that we can make easy commands like "Ok, Google, #CleanApp this trash..." and that provides guidance for Android and/or Glass and/or Chrome and/or Waze and/or StreetView and/or GoogleMaps and so on -- to do the following: take a photo of whatever the user's pointing at; upload it to a central Google database for analysis & refinement; make accessible to public/third parties for distribution to responsible or interested parties. WHY: Because waste is costly and dangerous.  From drug litter in San Francisco to cigarettes at a playground, litter doesn't just kill wildlife, it kills all of us.  Fact: microplastic is now in sea salt and many other foods -- so we are literally eating our own trash, including known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors.  Enough is enough. WHO: You + Google + CleanApp Foundation (a US nonprofit) With more than 2 billion active monthly mobile users, Google's reach and scale will allow concerned citizens to build first-ever truly global real-time trash and debris maps. This is as crucial for disaster recovery in places like Houston, Mumbai, Puerto Rico or Mexico City as it is for mass transit security in places like New York and Hong Kong.   Remember the Boston Marathon tragedy, the recent London underground bombing? Now imagine all citizens have a simple reporting protocol, "Google, #CleanApp this sketchy bag."  You get the point.  Now Google needs to get the point. HOW: Launching this is in Google's own financial interest. We just need to reach decision-makers. That's what separates our petition from other similar pleas. We are not asking Google for charity. Google will be able to mine this data and the billions of real-time jargon-filled #CleanApp commands to strengthen its AI processes, to teach its big GoogleBrain, and to create entire new billion $$ cleantech market segments, just like it did with GoogleMaps, StreetView, Glass, and so on.   WHEN: GoogleCleanApp could be in your hands within 3 months of us reaching 300,000 signatures.   Our target is 300,000 because that's was the number needed to get Google to add wheelchair/ADA accessible routes to GoogleMaps. Our petition is similar in scope; so we have set a reasonable precedent-based target. As soon as people realize they can #CleanApp overflowing bins, waste, and hazardous conditions with Google--global scaling will be lightning fast.  When people start seeing autonomous Trashformers and human responders actually dealing with trash problems that are being CleanApped, these reporting habits will stay with people in airports, at work, and in their homes or Nests.   PRIVACY: Functionality like this requires heightened privacy protections. We are actively building dynamic 100% user-defined data security/privacy regimes so you can #CleanApp at home and outdoors without someone cracking your reporting files.  Whether it's Google (or Twitter or Apple or Amazon, etc.) who will be the first to market with a global CleanApp, you can be sure that we will fight for the strongest data privacy protections that are technically feasible.  Period. 

CleanApp Foundation
291 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to East Hampton Town Trustees

Keep Our Beaches Clean and free of Trash Cans - Village of East Hampton

We all know there is a serious trash and litter issue plaguing the entire Town of East Hampton, the Village and Hamlets however, it's imperative that we do not jeopardize our most important resources, like our beaches, shorelines and waters. These areas belong to the residents of East Hampton, open to the public but, they are managed by the oldest governing body in America, the East Hampton Town Trustees.  Some years ago, the Village of East Hampton added 30, 80lb. trash receptacles onto 4 public (Town Trustee owned) beaches USED by the Village of East Hampton, during the months of June, July, August and part of September. These trash cans were moved from the traditional location where the pavement of the parking lot meets the sand (beach head), halfway closer to the ocean and directly ON the beach itself. The Village did this on their own, and in 2015 refused to remove them after being directed to do so by the EH Town Trustees. The East Hampton Town Trustees mysteriously backed off and allowed the dumping stations to remain ON the beaches. They've reappeared each summer since, and so has the damaging and visually appalling filth,... every night and every morning. The Village crews do a commendable job maintaining them during the day BUT, the serious problem beings after the last late afternoon dumping, and into the next morning. During this time, the cans remain on the beaches throughout the night and creates a beacon for abuse, along with illegal and excessive dumping occurring daily with little to NO enforcement countering the yearly routine. The cans fill up early in the evening and then folks pile trash around and on top of the receptacles. Our beautiful and abundant wildlife can't help but get drawn in to this filth and they begin ripping into the trash and spreading it about. Birds injure each other fighting over the debris that only makes them sick after ingesting. Other animals get sick and die. All along, the trash and litter is now vulnerable to even the slightest ocean breeze which sends the filth either east or west along our shorelines or into our protected dunes. Imagine what a real wind does to these overflowing trash cans at night. The very worst case scenario is when it blows the trash into the ocean where it now becomes potentially fatal to marine mammals and the health of our already suffering oceans. All this destruction has been documented over and over in both still and motion film, and cannot be denied. Another undeniable fact is that "Trash Cans" are "DUMPING STATIONS" and do NOT belong on the beach. They set a terrible environmental precedent. The dumping stations belong at the beach heads where they are protected from the elements by the dunes on either side, and where the focus of trash and litter is NOT ON the beach. East Hampton Town has begun their "Carry In, Carry Out" so, why confuse and contradict such an important necessity, unless your striving for failure. What the Village is perceiving as a daytime convenience, is really promoting laziness, which is the major cause of littering to begin with.  In 2017, I ran for EH Town Trustee and won easily with no political experience. My community service record of crusading against trash and litter carried me to a clear win. I fought all summer to have the cans removed but, I could not gain the support of 6 Trustees, out of 9 (counting myself) to make it a reality, even at a time when the world is doing EVERYTHING they possibly can to make the right environmental choices. Unmanaged trash cans on the beaches during unsupervised hours is clearly NOT a good environmental choice, yet the Village of East Hampton insists on burdening those environmentally conscious residents that the beaches belong to, by continuing this destructive practice. Please sign my petition if you agree that Dumping Stations (Trash cans) don't belong on our beautiful beaches, that the Village of East Hampton uses. I'm not using this petition as an instrument to force change, I'm using it to document the public's opinion on this matter. 

Dell Cullum
467 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Thomas McGee, Donna M. Coppola, Brian K. Castellanos, John E. Ford, Jr., Lorraine M. Gately, Jared C. Nicholson, Michael A. Satterwhite, Buzzy Barton, Brian M. Field, Brian P. LaPierre, Hong L. Net

Bring Environmental Education to Lynn

If you've ever taken a walk in Lynn, MA before, you may have noticed the excessive amount of garbage throughout the city. Over the years, the improper disposal of waste has created an extremely apparent issue. Trash, human waste, and even hazardous materials can be found on our school grounds, parks, and ponds, affecting not only the natural wildlife but also the children of Lynn. The issue of littering is deeper than simply appearance. The presence of mismanaged garbage can cause: salmonella tetanus hepatitis A gastroenteritis roundworm (Source) Coming into contact with garbage is putting the children of Lynn at serious risk for life-threatening diseases. But as this trash pollutes these children, it also pollutes the natural habitats that exist within Lynn such as Flax Pond and Lynn Woods. Plastic in particular is known for introducing toxins into the tissues of native organisms, effectively killing them.  Although trash is a problem in many cities, the idea of creating a "zero-waste" city no longer resides outside the realm of possibility as cities across the world and the US strive for this environmental goal. I believe it's time that Lynn also follows in their footsteps. But where would we begin? Obviously an issue of this magnitude could not be cured overnight and treating anything outside of the heart of the issue would prove far too costly.  I believe both the problem and the solution lie in the disregard and disrespect for the environment by the citizens of Lynn. However, respect can be taught through education. Studies have shown that the presence of environmental education for K-12 students not only increased the awareness of the students on environmental issues but also made them more active participants in reducing their environmental impact (Source). An environmental education produces an array of benefits beyond just the health of city grounds. It can: Improve science, math, reading, and writing skills Develop character, team work, and leadership Enhance critical thinking, analytical, and problem solving skills Provide motivation and enthusiasm for learning Thus, I put forth these proposals: Mandatory environmental education for K-8 students including topics such as recycling, composting, littering, waste management and proper disposal, and the impacts of urban development on both the environment and humans Mandatory environmental volunteer hours from 4th-8th grade students involving activities such as clean-ups, trail maintenance on reservations, community gardening, or any work completed with an organization whose purpose is conservation The establishment of a first offense littering fine and an increase in fines for subsequent offenses Environmental community service as the option against jail sentence (in the cases which volunteer work was offered originally) The formation of an Environmental Committee which connects all existing environmentally active groups in Lynn (such as Keeping Lynn Clean, Friends of Flax Pond, Friends of Lynn Woods, etc.), provides assistance in their efforts, pursues the general betterment of the entire city including the health of the water, land, and natural habitats, and seeks to eliminate any hazards to the environment and humans that may arise.  

Meghan Turner
76 supporters