Petition to Minister Lee, Ying Yuan, President Tsai, Ing Wen
Clean up Taiwan beaches (create a system to deal with persistent, long-term pollution)
20170808 EPA, Taiwan Minister Lee, Ying-Yuan OUR LEGACY We speak for many. What happens here affects others there. We want to urge you to make all effort in providing Taiwan with UNPOLLUTED BEACHES. We are leaving a legacy. What will be yours? What are people (foreigners, visitors) saying about Taiwan after they have seen Taiwan's beaches? If you make effort to find out, you will find a deep dissatisfaction with the state of affairs, and a desire to enjoy unspoiled beaches. Perhaps Taiwan people have given up or accepted polluted beaches as the norm. Prove us wrong... RESTORING NATURAL ASSETS What do I tell my daughter? What do we tell the people coming after us? "We saw. We ignored. We failed." There is a saying: "We borrow not from our ancestors, but the generations after us". We take away from future generations, when we do not act on what is wrong now. We have been visiting north-coast beaches (e.g. Wanli area) since 2001. It is a knife in the heart to see how polluted these beaches are. It degrades the human spirit. How is it that we take a risk by not walking with shoes on these beaches (glass, metals, needles, bulbs, and more)? Beaches, forests, lakes, and rivers are the soul of a country. It shows the mind of a people. ACTION NEEDED 1. Develop a program to have Taiwan beaches become unpolluted and attractive. As it is, clean-up of beaches can provide full-time work (daily, not weekly or monthly). Recycling centers can be built close-by the beach, and large volumes of materials captured (free influx) and recycled before it enters our oceans again. 2. In addition, work with academic and industrial entities to engineer and develop machinery on wheels which could sieve through upper layers of sand, lift materials, and deposit these materials in a container which will be emptied in the recycling center. This is truly not a challenge, considering Taiwan technological abilities. This product/technology could then be sold and exported to the world to recoup costs, not to mention the positive effect it will have on Taiwan's image. Furthermore, clean beaches will attract more tourism and income. But even if zero income is produced, the value of a clean beach (or other natural asset) cannot truly be put into monetary terms. THE WORLD IS WATCHING We urge you, leave a legacy which abound in progress in this matter. Show the people of Taiwan what is possible. Show the world what Taiwan can do. Beaches are some of the first places visitors want to see. This is an opportunity to create better environmental health and improve Taiwan's image. There is a problem. There is a solution. This is an opportunity. We will support you in any way we can. Sincerely, Juane Reichert Volunteer, Environmentalist, Resident
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.
Petition to Mayor Miles and the Mount Rainier City Council
Larger Trash and Recycling Cans Are Not the Answer
Please delay the implementation of the new trash cans and automated trash lifts, to allow for further data collection, community dialogue, and to test-run alternatives to this plan. The new requirements for larger trash and recycling cans are a poor fit for our city for a number of reasons: 1. The new trash and recycling cans are expensive. Online, the 45 gallon trash can retails for $80 - $113 and 65 gallon retails for $145 - $269. What about the cost of the new trucks, equipment, maintenance, and subsidized trash cans? This plan carries a great cost to our city. 2. They are too heavy. At roughly 15 lbs and 35 lbs empty, the cans are difficult to maneuver, especially for elderly and differently-abled. Will more people have to leave their trash cans in the front yard, like we see in some neighboring cities? 3. Most Mt. Rainier residents do not produce nearly enough trash to fill these large bins. A survey conducted on Wednesday morning (2/14) of 799 houses revealed: 35% of homes had ZERO trash cans 45% of homes used just 1 smaller trash can 14% used 2 trash cans 4% used 3 trash cans 2% used 4 or more trash cans 4. The new cans perpetuate a “throw-away” mentality. They are much larger than what most people use now, and will not encourage residents to reduce their trash output. Recycling is good, but there is an environmental cost to using recyclable products too. 5. These new cans are designed to be used by special garbage trucks with robotic arms/lifts. But I interviewed a trash collector in Brentwood who has been working with a defective lift for a year -- he lifts each 65-gal can into the truck with no mechanical assistance. What assurances does the City have that the trucks and lifts will be properly maintained? That is not fair to our sanitation workers. 6. The new larger cans are unsightly and will reduce the walkability of our town. The new trash cans will be too large to store discreetly on our small properties, and will be visible from the street. Walk around Brentwood and notice how each house has an over-sized trash can leaning up against it. The eye goes straight to it. And if residents do not buy a second can, they will likely just dump extra refuse on the sidewalk next to the can. I have photos of properties in Brentwood with this very problem. 7. The City did not adequately involve its residents in the decision-making process. In sum, the larger trash cans do not take into account where our City stands currently in its waste production, nor where we ultimately should aspire to be. My survey proves that we are already doing a lot as a community to reduce our waste, and that we are ready to do even better. Many initiatives could make more meaningful progress toward becoming a "greener" city AND simultaneously lighten our trash cans for our sanitation workers. Such options could include: involving our schools, resident outreach and education, city-wide composting (this would remove the heaviest component of our trash), and recycling containers in our public spaces. Thank you for your commitment to our City. #NotBiggerCans Sincerely,Julia Grisar-Shryock
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!
Petition to Environmental Protection Agency
Make Composting as Common as Trash Pick-Up!
In 1976, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was put in charge of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act which governs the disposal of solid and hazardous waste in the United States. Over the years, this important piece of legislation has seen many changes. Now, it's time for a new amendment. Organic material like food scraps are currently piling up in America's landfills, rotting and producing methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. According to the EPA, landfills are the third-largest source of methane in the U.S., behind industry and agriculture. It doesn't have to be this way, though. Across the country, cities have taken the initiative to implement mandatory composting and are experiencing environmental and economic benefits. Composting puts organic material to good use, as composing produces nutrient-rich fertilizer instead of generating methane. This can help stop or even reverse the fact that one-third of the world's arable land has been lost to soil erosion. A nation-wide system consisting of many small, local or regional operations would also help create sustainable, eco-friendly jobs across the country. Composting isn't just a question of leaving table scraps separate for garbage collectors, however. Currently, the United States, 71% of composting facilities are dedicated only to yard trimmings, infrastructure inadequate and unprepared to handle food waste. Lack of funding has halted much of the progress made in the 1990s towards the creation or expansion of more composting facilities, and this has to change if a national composting program is to become a reality. Clearly, composting is as civil leaders like New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg say, the "final recycling frontier." We need the leadership of the EPA to tackle the proper management of compostable organic material. Call on the EPA to amend the 1976 Resource Conservation and Recovery Act to include mandatory composting collection of food scraps and other compostable materials and to collaborate with state and local governments to address the severe lack of funding and composting facilities equipped to receive and process food waste.
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