Target: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Goal: Require product labels that show environmental impacts of that product
Life-cycle assessment is an analytical tool that assesses the environmental impacts associated with a product, reviewing all stages of production that encompasses a cradle-to-grave method. To promote greater corporate responsibility and consumer awareness, life-cycle assessment results should be quantified, streamlined, and posted on all products. Call for rules and regulations that protect the environment instead of big corporations.
During an era when climate change threatens global stability, environmental awareness on all levels is imperative. Education, advocacy, and public awareness programs can facilitate the ongoing shift in consumers towards sustainability, but the burden of information should rest with corporations. Life-cycle assessments include environmental impacts associated with raw material extraction, materials processing, manufacturing, distribution, use, repair and maintenance, and disposal or recycling, but the general consumer base is unaware of the impacts of each stage in product development. By developing and streamlining a quantifiable method of performing and posting life-cycle assessments, consumers can make more environmentally conscious decisions.
Most corporations already perform life-cycle assessments and requiring the results to be labeled on each product is a simple and cost-effective way to motivate corporations to reduce waste and minimize their environmental impacts, as well as help consumers support sustainable and environmentally responsible firms. Sign this petition to call for a rule to make this mandatory.
Dear Mr. Bob Perciasepe, Acting Administrator of the EPA,
The current state of the environment and the threat of climate change looming over the world requires immediate attention. Corporations are among the largest contributors to resource depletion and environmental degradation, yet the bulk of their consumer base are unaware of their environmental impacts. By quantifying and streamlining a method of using life-cycle assessments and including their results on products can motivate product developers to reduce waste and their impacts, as well as assist the general public to become more environmentally conscious.
As the Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, I urge you to push for a rule or mandate that will require corporations to label each of their products with a life-cycle assessment score. Such an overarching rule will require extensive research and development, thus I encourage you to introduce this idea as soon as possible to have the greatest impact. It is time for the government to protect the environment and the well-being of the population at large rather than the profitability of businesses. This will encourage firms to move towards sustainability and environmental protection in a way that does not create significant regulatory burden, but follows the traditional economic model of supply and demand as consumers become more environmentally conscious.
[Your Name Here]
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