Prevent Dire Consequences of Volcanic Eruptions

Target: Deb Haaland, Secretary of U.S. Department of the Interior

Goal: Support plans to mitigate threats posed by volcanic eruptions.

A series of volcanic eruptions in Iceland has led to mass evacuations of small towns and numerous state of emergency declarations. While the impacts on communities are extreme, the implications for the environment could be even greater. And since scientists believe this region of the world might be entering a long-term era of highly increased volcanic activity, the damage could reach grave proportions.

For one, when lava comes into contact with sea waters, it can create hydrochloric acid and cause massive instability which could lead to life-threatening explosions both for nearby people and for marine life. Another major concern is the toxic gas (including a giant plume emitted during the latest eruption) that can rip more tears in the ozone layer. As a result, the hole currently expanding over the Arctic would grow even wider.

The U.S. Geological Survey recently released a five-year volcano hazards strategic plan, but it needs robust investment to realize its goals and to help foster international cooperation with other high-risk areas. Sign the petition below to support this needed effort.


Dear Secretary Haaland,

The U.S. Geological Survey has some ambitious plans for volcano preparedness, including a national early warning system, next-generation assessment technologies, and enhanced partnerships. Committed investment in this plan is vital for its success. The recent Iceland volcanic eruptions have demonstrated what a devastating impact volcanic activity can have on economies, on public health, and on environmental health. Please ensure this investment remains strong.

Moreover, include international teams in these partnerships. Scientists from around the world have put tremendous effort into developing proposals like crater lakes, river widening, lava flow diversion, crop sheeting, and much more to meet the risk mitigation demands of living in a high-activity region. Their input and insights could prove invaluable. Help protect the lands and waters of America and beyond from one of nature’s most existential threats.


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