Topic

trash

10 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

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

Dear Webizens, Whether you call it trash, refuse, debris, waste, rubbish, litter ... it's everywhere, and it's dangerous.  For the first time in our history, we have the tools to understand how much trash we produce, where it's coming from, and where it's going -- and yet, these tools are underutilized because it's not convenient to take a moment, to open an app, to take a photo, to tag it, and to report it.  This is why we need Google to activate simple frictionless trash/hazard reporting.   "Ok, Google, #CleanApp this trash..." should be plenty 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: (1) take a photo of whatever the user's pointing at; (2) upload it to a central Google database for analysis & refinement; (3) make accessible to public/third parties for distribution to responsible or interested parties. 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. This isn't a plea for some altruistic CSR or environmentalist move from Google; big G 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 $$ cleantech market segments, just like it did with GoogleMaps, StreetView, Glass, and so on.  Once folks get used to #CleanApp-ing overflowing bins and everything else with Google and start seeing autonomous or human responders actually dealing with trash problems, these reporting habits will stay with people in airports, at work, and in their homes or Nests.  When Google builds this functionality, and provides robust data protection so you can #CleanApp at home and outdoors without someone cracking your reporting files, people will adopt this tech in droves.  If Google misses this, it'll be like missing social all over again. AAA competitors (Apple/Alibaba/Amazon/etc.) will eventually figure out that there's a ton of cash in trash. We don't care who wins this race; we just wants glass off our beaches, plastic off our food, and lead gone from water. Fastest way to get there right now is to leverage Google's global reach. From the naughty nineties mantra of "do no evil" to a responsible grown-up posture of "do massive good," while doing ma$$ively well in entirely new clean ways, c'mon Google, change for the better with us.                                                                             Sincerely,                                                                           @CleanApp  PS - supporting this petition will make your RoboVac a LOT smarter too, letting Roomba and Neato flirt under park benches and in playgrounds, sucking on cigarette butts and candy wrappers, and more. It's not science fiction, folks; we're in 2017 and Elon Musk is sending humans to Mars in 5 years! 

CleanApp Foundation
69 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Round Rock City Council, Craig Morgan, Tammy Young, Rene Flores, Frank Leffingwell, Will Peckham, Writ Baese

Make Round Rock Plastic Bag Free

Hello, I am Maylin Green, a Senior at Round Rock High School and I believe that it's time for Round Rock to make a step towards a cleaner tomorrow and ban the use of all plastic bags at our stores and retail centers. Plastic bags are very lightweight, and can travel long distances by wind and water. They litter our landscapes, get caught in fences and trees, float around in waterways, and can eventually make their way into the world’s oceans. Plastic bags also never break down. Petroleum-based plastic bags do not ever truly degrade. What does occur is that when out in the environment, the plastic breaks up into small pieces that end up in the ocean to be consumed by wildlife. Today, there are an estimated 46,000 plastic pieces floating within every square mile of our world’s oceans. Every living organism in the ocean or that lives off the ocean has a considerable amount of plastic in their system. When we eat seafood, we are getting that same plastic in ourselves as well. To ensure a cleaner future, it is essential that we make this change as soon as we can. Plastic bags are a thing of the past that, today, costs us 10 million barrels of oil to create each year. Please sign this petition if you care about the future of our oceans, our wildlife and our planet. Thank you so much for your time!-Maylin Green

Maylin Green
360 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Mike Duggan

Stop the Detroit Trash Incinerator

My name is William Copeland. As an environmental educator in Detroit, I work everyday with students who are deeply affected by pollution and associated health problems. When I ask a class of students how many of them have had asthma, often half of the room raise their hands. When I broaden the question to see how many of the students have family members who’ve had an asthma attack or been hospitalized for asthma, almost every student puts their hand in the air. And my heart breaks. In 1986 a trash incinerator was built in the city of Detroit, and city residents have been battling for the right to clean air every since. Today, Detroit's asthma hospitalization rate is three times that of the state of Michigan, and in my city was ranked the fourth most challenging place to live in the United States for those with asthma. Help protect the air we breathe. Tell Detroit’s mayor to stop trash incineration in our city. By burning trash, the incinerator releases many chemicals that contribute to staggering rates of asthma and other respiratory ailments. These chemicals can include nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, dioxins, particulate matter, and lead. My friend and coworker, Melissa Sargent, lives not far from the incinerator. At a community hearing, she told a couple hundred neighbors, concerned citizens, and officials: "My husband and I and our five children live less than two miles from the incinerator. We smell the piled up garbage as we work in our garden, and as the children play outside and ride their bikes. We hear the jet engine-like sound at all hours of the night as we rock our baby back to sleep. But what I am most worried about is what we can’t smell or hear." Please sign our petition and join people like Melissa who are taking a stand for clean air and community health. The pollutants being released into Detroit’s air are not solely from our city, or even our county. The incinerator takes in refuse from numerous neighboring counties (even as far away as Canada!) and turns it into harmful pollution for Detroit residents to breath. These communities believe that they are throwing their trash 'away,' but really they are tossing their waste straight into the lungs of our friends and family. Tell Detroit’s mayor to stop treating Detroit like a toxic dumping ground and endangering the health of our neighbors and loved ones.

William Copeland and Our Climate Voices
14,146 supporters