Despite the fact that corn prices are rising and production is down, the Environmental Protection Agency refuses to relax its mandate on the use of corn-based ethanol in fuel. Ethanol does not reduce the emission of greenhouse gases; demand Congress relax the requirements to provide much-needed relief to those affected by these high prices.
Articles written by: Danika Garcia
British Columbia plans to eliminate some of its restrictions on wolf hunting, even though wolf numbers have not increased significantly enough over the last 20 years to justify an increase in hunting. Demand that British Columbia devise a management strategy that does not include the slaughter of these beautiful animals.
Silos holding grain have become death traps for children working on small American farms. Regulations to protect minors put forth by the Department of Labor were rejected, and President Obama refuses to revisit the issue. Sign this petition demanding the President protect children working on small family farms.
Botswana just announced it would stop issuing permits for hunting wildlife in order to protect its threatened wildlife and ensure continued eco-tourism. This is great news for the diverse array of animals that make their home in Botswana’s unspoiled wilderness. Please sign this petition to thank Botswana, and encourage other countries to follow suit.
Disney, the world’s leading publisher, has launched a groundbreaking new paper policy that will reduce the rampant deforestation taking place in threatened rainforests. Disney should be applauded for ending unsustainable practices and for encouraging other companies to follow suit.
The government will soon auction off pristine California land to oil and gas companies for fracking projects. It is well known that fracking contaminates water supplies and poses a serious threat to public health. Sign this petition to demand the government end its bid to expand fracking in California.
America’s national park system stretches across the country protecting wildlife, contributing to the economy, and providing present and future generations with the opportunity to appreciate nature. Forty-two parks are being threatened with oil and gas drilling operations that could destroy their pristine natural beauty. Tell Congress not to pass legislation to deregulate federal control of energy extraction on public lands before it is too late.
Climate change is affecting every person on the planet, yet very little is being done in government to address the issue. Climate change should be a priority for the presidential candidates in order to slow the affects of global warming on Earth while supporting the economy. Demand that the presidential debate moderators ask the candidates about their climate change policy agendas.
The illegal buying and selling of wildlife products such as elephant ivory and rhinocerous horn has recently exploded on the internet, putting endangered species at risk. Demand stricter monitoring of illegal wildlife trafficking via the internet to protect these beloved creatures.
A fish that has been modified with genetic material from coral to make it neon under black light is being marketed as a novelty pet. Unfortunately, many of these glow-in-the-dark fish will find their way into the open ocean when their owners no longer want to care for them. Sign the petition to keep these fish from becoming an invasive species and threatening the ecosystem.
Once again, big oil has succeeded in leaving behind contamination without suffering any consequences. The Kansas Supreme Court recently sided in favor of British Petroleum, saying they would not have to pay cleanup costs or damages to residents of a small town from a dismantled refinery. Sign this petition and demand that oil companies be held accountable for the harm they do to American citizens.
Starbucks has started a program in Hong Kong to convert its used coffee grounds and bakery items into a variety of products, bypassing landfills and lowering the environmental impact of production. If successful, this program could usher in a revolutionary way of dealing with food waste. Please sign the petition and commend Starbucks for its efforts to reduce its environmental impact, and encourage other corporations to do the same.
Senator Todd Akin’s remarks on rape have outraged the public and politicians alike, many calling for him to withdraw from his Senate race. President Obama is using these comments as a springboard to promote a more female centric approach to women’s healthcare policy. Please support President Obama and his view that women’s healthcare should be guided by women.
Florida teachers are being asked to work an extra hour each day for which there is not enough funding to pay them. Without anticipating the high demand for teachers to teach extra classes, legislation was passed to lengthen the school day for low-performing students. Demand Florida allocate more funding to support programs they passed into law.
Johnson & Johnson recently announced that it would reduce and eliminate potentially dangerous ingredients from its cosmetic product lines. This came in response to consumer concerns about ingredients that pose threats to public health, including those that could be carcinogenic. Johnson & Johnson should be praised for listening to consumer concerns and making its products safer and in line with consumer views.
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.
Bhutan has become the first country in the world to commit to a 100% organic agricultural system, eliminating the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Organic agriculture is not only beneficial for the environment, but also for the health of the consumer. Let’s congratulate Bhutan for its commitment to organic agriculture and encourage other countries to do the same.
The United Kingdom has received praise for the measures it has taken to create an environmentally friendly Olympic Games. The London Olympic Games has used sustainable practices across the entire timeline of the Games, including recycling 98% of construction waste. The Olympic Games brings the world together and should not harm the environment; let’s congratulate London on a green Olympic Games.
The government recently retracted a posting from its website encouraging participation in a movement known as ‘meatless Mondays’. Eliminating meat one day per week is a great way to urge people to reduce their environmental impact by reducing their consumption of meat, which is a source of greenhouse gases and other environmental degradation. Ask the government to reverse their stance, and support meatless Mondays.
Thailand is illegally smuggling elephant calves from Burma to be held captive in tourist camps. These elephants witness the killing of their families and endure violent torture. Many do not survive. The Thai government must put an end to the elephant trade, otherwise the endangered Asian elephant population won’t be around much longer.
Two endangered monkeys were tortured and killed in Vietnam at the hands of soldiers representing their country. The Vietnamese military is investigating the case and ensuring the soldiers will be dealt with properly. Support the military prosecutor’s efforts, and demand justice for these beautiful animals.
An investigation in California has found alarming levels of lead in inexpensive jewelry sold in the state despite repeated warnings. Lead can cause serious health problems, particularly in developing children. Support California’s efforts to eradicate unacceptable levels of lead in Jewelry, and demand retailers keep these products off their shelves.
The Solomon Islands have become a hub for exotic bird ‘laundering’ according to recent reports. Sidestepping international trade regulations, the Solomon Islands are capturing and exporting thousands of threatened and endangered species. The illegal bird trade must end for the ongoing livelihood of these beautiful exotic birds.
SeaWorld is appealing a ruling that keeps trainers out of the water in the wake of a trainer’s death at the hands of an orca whale. The company is also trying to have government-mandated safety measures voided, allowing trainers back in the water during shows. Demand the ruling is upheld in order to keep trainers and orcas safe.
The recent announcement by South Korea that it plans to allow hunting of minke whales off its coast is alarming for the conservation of these animals, and deleterious to efforts to end whaling globally. South Korea claims it will only allow hunting for scientific purposes but evidence points to an effort to begin commercial whaling using scientific research as a guise. Demand South Korea reverses its decision for the sake of the minke whale.