Archive for Category: "Environment"
The staff at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute has worked hard to bring 80 species back from the precipice of extinction. Please sign this petition in order to commend them for their efforts to protect our fragile wildlife.
Supplying American forces with fuel presents massive environmental and security challenges. The amount of fuel required per soldier skyrocketed over recent decades, and reliance upon long supply convoys leaves military personnel exposed to frequent attacks in combat zones. The military is taking action to assuage these concerns, through an innovative partnership and sustainable energy training scholarship program. Commend military leaders for these environmentally and security conscious efforts.
Edison International has decided to shut down a nuclear power plant in Southern California, which is located close to major population centers, and in an earthquake and tsunami zone. Please thank Edison for finally getting rid of this dangerous blemish on California’s coast.
Indonesia recently revealed a conservation plan to ‘rent out’ the few remaining members of the critically endangered Sumatran tiger population to wealthy citizens. We must put an end to the commodification of a wild species and encourage the country to use more effective conservation methods.
Alabama allocated $85.5 million to construct a luxury hotel and conference center from BP funds that were intended for coastal restoration after the oil spill. Demand that lawmakers prioritize this money for environmental restoration in the Gulf Coast rather than recreational uses or economic development.
The world’s largest population of bats is being threatened by suburban sprawl. We must protect these precious and valuable mammals from urbanization.
Recently, the city of Indianapolis, Indiana completed one of the most ambitious bicycling and pedestrian path systems in the world. Built entirely from philanthropic dollars, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail will vastly improve human-powered movement throughout Indianapolis’ cultural districts and neighborhoods. Applaud the city’s efforts and spread the word on this novel and effective project.
A recently proposed project aims to eradicate tens of thousands of trees in Northern California in an attempt to control wildfires. Reject this ill-conceived and ineffective plan, and instead advocate for the protection of California’s forests.
Los Angeles, one of the nation’s worst cities in terms of traffic, has very few bike lanes throughout the county. Urge the mayor of Los Angeles to prioritize the creation of more bike lanes and, therefore, encourage more people to use this environmentally conscious mode of transportation.
A noted environmentalist was recently expelled from the California branch of the Boy Scouts for his efforts to preserve a rare plant from destruction by local scouts. He must be reinstated so that his efforts can continue.
A policy in Georgia allows billboard companies to clear-cut thousands of roadside trees that obstruct their signs. This legislation may cause extensive damage to the environment and threaten the aesthetics of Georgia’s public lands. We demand lawmakers in Georgia reprioritize the preservation of trees over corporate interests.
Every year thousands of endangered Wild Mustangs are captured or killed by outdated and cruel horse ‘gathers.’ More modern methods must be used to control the wild Mustang population if it is to preserved.
Facebook cofounder Sean Parker recently destroyed delicate ecosystems in one of California’s redwood forests to have a lavish, medieval wedding. Tell Sean you don’t approve of such carelessness and ask him to repair the damage he has done.
After years of circular debate the United States appears poised to finally make serious investments in clean, offshore wind energy development. Although many East Coast politicians continue advocating for offshore oil drilling, the Interior Department has pushed back with the first lease of a large area for offshore wind turbines and an ongoing moratorium on drilling. Thank Interior Secretary Jewell for her leadership and encourage a smarter, cleaner, sustainable energy policy approach.
Seismic airguns are estimated to injure over 130,000 marine creatures by destroying their habitats and deafening them. This vicious method of oil exploration must be stopped before it has long-term effects on the ecosystem. Urge President Barack Obama to place a permanent ban on seismic airgun testing.
The state of Maine harbors some of the cruelest methods of hunting bears anywhere in the world. Force Maine’s government to reject voter suppression legislation that would keep the cruelty of bear hounding and baiting out of the public eye. Protect freedom of speech and the lives of native animal species.
Just last year, over 40% of scrap and recyclable waste in the United states was sent overseas, and China became the biggest purchaser of it. However, China recently developed an environmental initiative, known as Operation Green Fence, because the country is understandably tired of receiving non-recyclable trash from other countries. Start processing U.S. trash here at home to prevent recyclable materials from ending up in foreign landfills.
There has been a recent spike in vandalism in U.S. National Parks. Graffiti has been found on wildlife and historic sites, and vandals frequently posted these acts on social media websites. Support the U.S. National Park Service and their efforts to stop this destructive behavior.
Chick-Fil-A uses Styrofoam cups which are dangerous to produce as well as extremely difficult to get rid of. Although a recycling program has been implemented, it is far from being effective. Demand Chick-Fil-A switch to a more environmentally safe alternative and abandon its use of Styrofoam.
Big Oil wants to drill on sacred Peruvian lands, but the indigenous people living there are trying to fight it. Petition the company to halt potential drilling practices in respect of indigenous lands and the people who live there.
Shipwrecks are threatening the oceans’ ecosystems as their often toxic cargo gets pulled into the ocean with them. Demand more stringent policies to prevent pollution caused by shipwrecks.
Hurricane Sandy demonstrated the vulnerability of America’s coastal cities, causing tens of billions of dollars in damage and killing dozens of Americans. Thankfully, New York’s Mayor Bloomberg has proposed ambitious infrastructure designed to protect citizens from rising sea levels and climate change-related storms. Thank him for this critical step toward safeguarding New York.
Stop the United States from allowing seismic airgun testing that could kill hundreds of thousands of marine life. Airgun testing has been proven to be detrimental to the wellbeing of whales, dolphins and turtles, leaving many dead. We must stop seismic airgun testing and keep our marine life safe.
More than 1 billion dollars in subsidies has been given to farmers to practice water conservation. Recent studies show that farmers now use more water than ever. Petition Congress to stop awarding subsidies to water-abusive farmers.
The artificial introduction of exotic carnivorous fish to Lake Strobel, Argentina threatens the critically endangered Hooded Grebe. These fish prey on Hooded Grebes and pollute their habitat with large quantities of waste. Sign this petition to urge Argentine officials to restrict aquaculture activity in order to save these charismatic and increasingly rare birds from extinction.