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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
59 supporters
Update posted 1 week 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
229 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

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 

Julia Grisar-Shryock
24 supporters