Articles written by: Danika Garcia

Danika Garcia

I grew up in San Diego California where I came to love spending time outdoors. I studied marine biology, public policy, and education and have spent time wearing many hats including Peace Corps volunteer, environmental educator and high school biology teacher. I'm currently working on a masters in environmental conservation education at NYU. I carry my love of nature with me throughout my life and am passionate about the future of our planet.

Ask the Government to Reconsider the Ethanol Requirement for Fuel

Ask the Government to Reconsider the Ethanol Requirement for Fuel

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.

End the Killing of Wolves in British Columbia

End the Killing of Wolves in British Columbia

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.

End Preventable Silo Deaths on Family Farms

End Preventable Silo Deaths on Family Farms

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.

Thank Botswana for Decision to End the Hunting of Wild Animals

Thank Botswana for Decision to End the Hunting of Wild Animals

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.

Applaud Disney for its New Forest-Friendly Paper Policy

Applaud Disney for its New Forest-Friendly Paper Policy

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.

Prevent the Expansion of Hydraulic Fracturing in California

Prevent the Expansion of Hydraulic Fracturing in California

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.

End the Threat of Oil and Gas Drilling in National Parks

End the Threat of Oil and Gas Drilling in National Parks

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.

Pressure Presidential Debate Moderators to Ask Candidates About Environmental Issues

Pressure Presidential Debate Moderators to Ask Candidates About Environmental Issues

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.

End Illegal Internet Wildlife Trafficking

End Illegal Internet Wildlife Trafficking

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.

End Production of Genetically Modified Glow-in-the-Dark Fish

End Production of Genetically Modified Glow-in-the-Dark Fish

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.

Hold Big Oil Companies Accountable for Cleaning Up Contamination

Hold Big Oil Companies Accountable for Cleaning Up Contamination

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.

Commend Starbucks for Breaking Ground in Food Waste Recycling

Commend Starbucks for Breaking Ground in Food Waste Recycling

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.

Applaud President Obama for Addressing Rape Controversy

Applaud President Obama for Addressing Rape Controversy

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.

Demand Compensation For Overworked Teachers

Demand Compensation For Overworked Teachers

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.

Commend Johnson & Johnson for Eliminating Dangerous Chemicals in Products

Commend Johnson & Johnson for Eliminating Dangerous Chemicals in Products

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.

Ask France not to Kill Sharks in the Indian Ocean

Ask France not to Kill Sharks in the Indian Ocean

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.

Applaud Bhutan for its Commitment to Organic Agriculture

Applaud Bhutan for its Commitment to Organic Agriculture

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.

Commend London for Producing a Green Olympic Games

Commend London for Producing a Green Olympic Games

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.

Ask the Government to Support Meatless Mondays

Ask the Government to Support Meatless Mondays

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.

End Elephant Tourism in Thailand

End Elephant Tourism in Thailand

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.

Demand Justice for Endangered Monkeys Killed in Vietnam

Demand Justice for Endangered Monkeys Killed in Vietnam

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.

Remove All Lead-Contaminated Jewelry from California Stores

Remove All Lead-Contaminated Jewelry from California Stores

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.

Stop the Solomon Islands from Illegally Exporting Exotic Birds

Stop the Solomon Islands from Illegally Exporting Exotic Birds

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.

Keep SeaWorld Trainers Out of the Water During Orca Shows

Keep SeaWorld Trainers Out of the Water During Orca Shows

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.

Oppose South Korea’s Attempts to Resume Whaling

Oppose South Korea’s Attempts to Resume Whaling

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.

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