Archive for Category: "Environment"
There were over 1,700 emergency room visits reported after a large explosion occurred at the Chevron’s Richmond, California refinery on August 6, 2012. Had the company installed a proper warning system, many people could have avoided these emergency room visits. Demand that Chevron install a proper air-monitoring and warning system to protect the communities from future accidents like this.
Thousands of sharks are slaughtered each year for their fins, many of them being endangered species. Following a new law in California that prohibits the sale, trade and possession of shark fins, the federal government must step up to instate a national ban. Sign this petition to stop shark finning in America.
Two rare species of plants in Tuscon, Arizona are in danger of destruction due to a copper mine that is in the works. Sign this petition to encourage the US Fish and Wildlife Service to add these plants to the Endangered Species list and protect them from their potential extinction.
Due to the recent increase in shark attacks off of the French territory Reunion Island, officials have hired professional fishermen to hunt and kill at least 20 sharks. This action is taken without any research or investigation into causes for the increase in shark activity. Please sign this petition and ask France not to blindly kill sharks in the Indian Ocean.
The California Department of Fish and Game has nominated the gray wolf for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Sign this petition to applaud this decision to help restore the gray wolf population.
Over the past several months, the Fox Mountain Pack of Endangered Mexican gray wolves has been suspected of killing cattle. The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service ordered a lethal removal of the pack’s alpha female in response to the attacks. Demand that the Service revoke the order and put more funding into sustainable solutions for more livestock issues in the future.
A group of shark attack survivors has taken their life-changing incidents and turned them around into something extremely positive. These men and women are working to increase awareness about harmful shark fishing practices and advocating for much needed shark conservation regulations all around the world. Commend this group on working to make a difference for the sharks inhabiting our oceans.
With a population of over 37 million, California is in desperate need of a transportation infastructure overhaul. A high-speed rail system in California will boost the economy, help the environment and create community development. Help validate plans to improve transportation infrastructure in California by signing the petition.
New Jersey’s Raritan River has been victim to poor water quality, and the Environmental Protection Agency has allocated funds for its restoration. However, the agency has awarded a grant to the river’s most notorious polluter, Rutgers University. Protect this river by demanding that the EPA withdraw grant money from Rutgers.
Oregon’s solar market has the potential to supply 10 percent of the state’s electricity by 2025, but the state is falling behind when it comes to solar energy production. Policies are on the table now that could create solar energy jobs in the state and protect the environment.
A few days ago, the third-largest Chevron oil refinery in California exploded and burst into flames, landing more than 350 residents in the hospital. Affected communities are tired of oil incidents that severely jeopardize the health of people and the planet, but Congress continues to pass anti-environmental legislation. Tell U.S. Legislators that we have had enough of the fossil fuel industry dominating the legislative process at the expense of our health and our environment.
For decades, farmers have acted as stewards for the environment by protecting habitat, water and soil. Now, a bill in the House threatens to introduce provisions that would erode this legacy of stewardship, eliminate funding for programs that protect sensitive farmland habitats and cause significant harm to wildlife and wild lands. Legislators must stand by farmers and the environment by opposing these harmful provisions and supporting vital conservation measures.
Factory farming of animals contributes to 19 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, and as the world’s largest fast food chain, Mc Donald’s plays no small part in this issue. Offering more vegan and vegetarian options could help reduce environmental impact, and attract a greater variety of customers. Urge Mc Donald’s to inlcude a veggie burger option on their menu to help lessen our impact on the environment.
Walmart’s sustainability statement states that store employees strive ‘to create zero waste’; however, its current shipping practices are very wasteful. Stores ship out items in the same order separately, wasting both paper and fuel. Ask Walmart to consider both its customers and the environment, and to revise current shipping procedures to better conserve natural resources.
Car-Free Sundays can reduce our impact on the environment and improve public health. Encourage the implementation of the Car-Free Sunday program in Huntington Beach, California to set a leading example of what a healthy and environmentally responsible city should look like.
As consumers, we demand a lot of from products; but while it is important to understand what we put in our bodies, we also have a right to know about the impact our decisions have on the environment. By providing products with carbon emissions labels, consumers can begin to understand the size of their footprint. Sign the petition here to urge the Federal Trade Commission to include carbon emissions labels on products bought and sold in the United States.
Wolverines are considered an endangered species in the United States, yet Montana still allows them to be legally trapped. With climate change threatening their habitat and ability to reproduce, these animals may become extinct if nothing is done to protect them. Sign this petition to end the trapping of wolverines in Montana.
The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station located in Southern California is a dangerous and unnecessary nuclear power plant that an electricity company is attempting to reopen. In the past, this power plant had to be shut down due to harmful radiation leaks resulting from equipment failures. Sign this petition to prevent further catastrophes in Southern California and ask that the plant remain closed.
Grey wolves, a highly endangered and essential predator in western America, are being considered for removal from the Endangered Species list. Their removal would allow ranchers to round up and slaughter these animals, guaranteeing their imminent extinction. Sign this petition to ensure the grey wolf’s prolonged protection.
The coral reefs of Bocas del Toro, Panama are some of the most beautiful in the region and home to thousands of vibrant sea creatures. Unfortunately, this ecosystem is in danger due to the increasing number of tourists, unsustainable fishing practices and coastal development. Help convince Panama’s government to enact stricter regulations and educate the public on the damage being done to these amazing reefs in order to protect them.
Farmers are putting wildlife at high risk by spraying their illegally grown marijuana plots with harmful rodenticides. The result is the slow destruction of the fisher population, a beautiful mammal that occupies an essential role in California’s ecosystem. Tell wildlife organizations to stop the mass murder of this nearly endangered species.
One of British Columbia’s last remaining old-growth forests, the Avatar Grove, has finally been set aside for protection. Sign here to applaud the work of the nonprofit organization responsible for the preservation of both habitats and history.
Three top grocers in the U.S. continue to carry Paseo and Livi toilet paper brands, which use fibers generated at the expense of the already damaged Sumatran rainforest and its inhabitants. Encourage Albertsons LLC, Marsh, and Save Mart to join with the 17 top grocery chains that have stopped carrying these brands.
The gas and oil industry spends almost $150 million per year lobbying congressmen with the intent to weaken public health safeguards and protect its tax breaks and subsidies. Legislative measures to protect the environment are being blocked, reduced, and undermined while the gas and oil industry continues to receive $6.6 million per day in tax subsidies despite being among the most profitable industries in existence. We need to ensure that pro-environment legislation remains in full force and to revoke tax giveaways to oil companies.
The marine environment of Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea was recently destroyed by Chinese fishermen who took twenty fishing vessels full of coral and marine turtles from the island’s most abundant reef. The fishermen ignored municipal officials’ pleas to stop their harmful acts and must be reprimanded for the great damage they inflicted on the struggling marine ecosystem of the Philippines.