Don’t Put a Price on the Lives of Endangered Species

Target: Greg Sheehan, Principle Deputy Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Don’t put a price on the protection of endangered species.

Endangered species not deemed “economical” may soon be left for dead. The Trump Administration is proposing changes to the federal Endangered Species Act that would decide the fate of a species based on monetary factors, not scientific ones.

These changes came about after complaints from the logging, mining, and farming industries who argued the Endangered Species Act was making it hard to profitably continue business. This will put gray wolves, whales, and even the bald eagle, our national bird, at risk.

While proponents of these changes say they will give a boost to the economy, what they fail to realize is endangered species actually add economic value to our country by improving land, air, and water quality. Meanwhile, a price can never be placed on the value of living things. Sign the petition to demand that the Trump Administration abandon these plans.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Director Sheehan,

Endangered species may soon be left for dead if they’re not considered “valuable.” Logging, mining, and farming industries feel burdened by “limitations” of the Endangered Species Act and ask that they be lightened to allow for industry to profit.

However, whatever gains are made in industry will quickly be eliminated by the irreparable damage to our land, water, and air. A price cannot be placed on the future of living beings. I demand that you abandon these plans to alter the Endangered Species Act.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Pacific Southwest Region USFW

Don’t Open Over 1.6 Million Acres of Land to Fracking

Target: Brian Steed, Deputy Director, Policy and Programs, Bureau of Land Management

Goal: Protect the 1.6 million acres of natural land that are proposed real estate for fracking and drilling companies.

Over 1.6 million acres of natural land in California are at risk of destruction after the Trump Administration moved to open them to dangerous fracking and natural gas drilling. The lands which the government wants to lease to fracking companies are public lands near Fresno and beyond.

Fracking has continuously been proven dangerous by scientists around the world. The practice leads to polluted water and deforestation. Humans and animals have fallen ill. Even earthquakes have taken place around the sites of fracking wells.

Public land should not be auctioned off to the highest corporate bidder. Public lands should be protected and preserved for generations to come. Sign the petition to demand the federal government walk back its plans to open priceless California wild lands to fracking.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Steed,

Over 1.6 million acres of public wild lands are in danger of being destroyed in California. Fracking and gas wells may soon dot the landscape as drinking water is polluted and animals lose their habitats.

Fracking has already destroyed too much of the American landscape. Our nation’s land should not be on sale for the highest bidder. I demand you walk back your plans to destroy California’s landscape for fracking.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Joshua Doubek

Don’t Destroy One of South America’s Most Important Rainforests

Target: Sarney Filho, Minister of Environment, Brazil

Goal: Protect the Guiana Shield from deforestation at the hands of loggers, miners, and farmers.

A vital rainforest basin may soon be destroyed, forever altering the climate of South America and threatening the lands of many indigenous populations. The Guiana Shield in Brazil has long been overlooked by scientists who have instead focused on the Amazon. However, the destruction of the Guiana Shield will prove disastrous for South America.

Extensive deforestation caused by logging, mining, and farming has already threatened the Amazon. While the cover of the Guiana Basin has remained untouched, it may not be for long. Scientists are warning that, should even one-third of the land be destroyed, the climate of the entire South American continent can be altered forever.

Rain will increase and runoff will destroy lands. Food supplies will be destroyed and indigenous communities will be under threat. Action must be taken now to protect the continent. Sign the petition to demand the government of Brazil take steps to protect this valuable land.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Filho,

Your nation is home to a rainforest just as valuable as the Amazon, if not more so. The Guiana Basin is situated in such a sensitive area that its destruction can alter the climate of your entire continent, increasing rains, decreasing food, and threatening indigenous populations.

This land already faces threats from mining, logging, and farming. You must take action now to protect the natural treasure your nation is home to, and the citizens of your country and beyond.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Maurizio Alì

Applaud Billion-Dollar Company for Cutting Ties with Deforestation Industry

Target: Corien Wortmann-Kool, Chairwoman of the ABP Board

Goal: Applaud leading financial company for putting the future of the planet before its bottom line.

A multi-billion dollar company in the Netherlands has cut ties with one of its lucrative international partners after learning that the company was involved directly in deforestation. Dutch pension fund ABP has divested its interests in Posco Daewoo, a company with palm oil plantations in Indonesia.

Palm oil plantations are one of the leading causes of rainforest deforestation. While many companies speak out against them, very few put those words into action. However, ABP is the exception, selling off hundreds of thousands of dollars in Posco Daewoo shares.

Sign the petition to thank ABP for taking a stand against deforestation. Ask that ABP continue to hold true to protecting the environment and urge other companies to follow their lead.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Chairwoman Wortmann-Kool,

Thank you for cutting ties with Posco Daewoo in the fight against deforestation. Unlike other companies in your industry and beyond, you have put your money where your mouth is and held true to your commitment to environmental protection.

Thank you for your actions. I hope you continue to follow suit in the future. I ask that you continue your efforts in protecting the planet and urge you to ask the same of other businesses in your industry.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: David Maclennan

Don’t Pollute the Drinking Water of Major City

Target: Brian Steed, Deputy Director, Policy and Programs, Bureau of Land Management

Goal: Abandon fracking plans that would pollute the drinking water of over 300,000 citizens.

A new fracking site may soon pollute the water of over 300,000 citizens in a major Texas city. The Trump Administration has proposed an auction of public land for fracking. This land sits below the reservoir where the city of Corpus Christi, Texas obtains its drinking water.

More than 4,200 acres of land are up for sale. Should fracking wells make their home here, natural gas leaks, toxic spills, and earthquakes may occur, damaging an already fragile water infrastructure, contaminating the water of hundreds of thousands of unknowing citizens.

There are already several leaking oil and gas wells in and around this area. More will prove catastrophic. Sign the petition to demand that the Bureau of Land Management cancel this land auction and protect the citizens of Corpus Christi.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Deputy Director Steed,

More than 300,000 citizens are at risk should fracking make its way to Corpus Christi’s water reservoir. Fracking has been proven to cause toxic spills, gas leaks, and even earthquakes. All of this would damage the already fragile infrastructure of Corpus Christi’s water system.

I ask that your protect the natural landscape of Corpus Christi and the city’s citizens. I ask that you cancel the proposed auction of more than 4,200 acres and leave it as open public space.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Joshua Doubek

Don’t Murder Endangered Whales and Dolphins with Mining Project

Target: Vicky Robertson, Chief Executive and Secretary for the Environment, New Zealand Ministry for the Environment

Goal: Revoke permit that would destroy the habitats of endangered dolphins and whales with seabed mining.

A permit has been granted that will allow a company to mine in the seabed of a protected sea mammal habitat. Sign the petition to demand that the government of New Zealand revoke this damaging and dangerous permit immediately.

Endangered whales and dolphins, hunted near extinction for far too long, are now being hunted down in protected waters. However, the weapon is not a spear. It is Ironsands Offshore Mining Limited, which can now legally mine in the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary.

The little shelter endangered sea mammals have will now be destroyed. Sign the petition to demand the government of New Zealand revoke this permit and protect the nation’s endangered species.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Robertson,

A dangerous and deeply damaging permit has just been granted that will condemn endangered sea animals to death. Ironsands Offshore Mining Limited has been given permission to destroy whales’ and dolphins’ protected habitat for mining.

This action is troubling and absurd. Sanctuary is meant to save these animals, but your government’s actions now condemn them to death. All of the hard work of conservationists will be erased forever. I demand you revoke this permit.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Pixabay

End the Sale of Endangered Species in Grocery Stores

Target: Fu Zhenghua, Minister of Justice, China

Goal: Preserve and protect endangered species by outlawing their sale in grocery stores.

Grocery stores in China are selling critically endangered species, including giant salamanders, sturgeons, and alligators. Sign the petition to demand the government of China outlaw the sale of endangered species in grocery stores.

While selling endangered species is regulated (businesses require a special permit), it is not altogether forbidden and it is quite easy for businesses to ignore getting a permit. One grocery store was allegedly selling endangered Chinese alligators as recently as last month without a permit.

Sign the petition to demand China outlaw the sale of endangered species. Permits and regulations are not enough. Endangered animals should not be for sale.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Zhenghua,

Just last month, a grocery store in your nation was caught selling endangered species like alligators and salamanders without a permit. This event shows the flaws in your permitting system. Endangered animals should not be for sale in “some cases.” They should not be for sale at all.

I demand you outlaw the sale of endangered species. They should not be for sale in the aisles of a grocery store. They should be preserved and protected at all costs.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: William Warby

End the Leather Industry’s Destructive Pollution of Drinking Water

Target: Abdul Hamid, President of Bangladesh

Goal: Bring an end to pollution in the leather industry.

The leather industry is spilling unknown amounts of toxic chemicals into valuable sources of drinking water, threatening the lives of families in Bangladesh. Sign the petition to demand that the government take immediate steps to end this pollution.

More than 150 tanneries once stood along the banks of the Buriganga River. However, the government shut them down when it was discovered that 180,000 citizens had poisoned water because of them. Despite these actions, tanneries have once again opened up alongside another river less than one year later. Another hundred thousand citizens will be poisoned.

Like it did before, the government of Bangladesh must protect the lives and health of its citizens. Demand the government act now to shut down the tanneries and end the pollution of its nation’s water.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Hamid,

Less than a year after you shut down over one hundred tanneries for polluting the water of the Buriganga River, new tanneries have arisen in their place. Now, another hundred thousand of your citizens are facing poisoned water.

As you did before, you must shut down these tanneries before they cause more destruction and even death. Your citizens deserve clean water and a safe home. Do everything in your power to give them that.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Patrick Morin

Help Lead the Fight Against Deforestation

Target: Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany

Goal: Unite against deforestation and invest in clean energy.

In the fight against deforestation, one nation seems to be fighting alone. Norway has donated 366 million dollars each year to ending deforestation in South America’s rainforests. However, data shows that little progress has been made. Progress is stagnant because Norway fights deforestation alone.

Other wealthy European nations have vowed to fight against deforestation, but no other countries have joined Norway’s side, or donated as much as Norway has. Norway’s monetary contributions make up roughly 40 percent of the funds against deforestation. The United Kingdom and Germany both promised to help Norway, but little visible progress has been seen.

Sign the petition to demand that Germany, a leading country in the European Union, take its place alongside Norway and fight deforestation. As we have so often seen in the European Union, when Germany takes a step toward progress, other countries follow.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Chancellor Merkel,

In the last ten years, Norway has given 40 percent of the funds in the fight against deforestation. However, despite the billions of dollars spent, little progress has been made. Norway can’t win this fight alone. Other countries must take its side.

Several years ago, Germany promised to help Norway in the fight against deforestation. I ask that you hold true to that promise. Fight deforestation. Other countries will undoubtedly follow your lead.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Anand Osuri

Protect Rare Predator from Extinction

Target: Michael Finley, Chair of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission

Goal: Protect rare predator from extinction at the hands of habitat destruction.

A rare predator in Oregon may soon face extinction. Less than 200 Humboldt martens exist in the state of Oregon. Join conservationists in demanding the state add the species to its endangered species list.

The rare Humboldt marten is a small, cat-like mammal. It resides in the state’s coastal forests. However, its numbers have declined, faced with logging, habitat destruction, and trapping by hunters.

Only one death of this species per year could lead to under-population and extinction within the next generation or two. Something must be done now to protect this rare animal before the predator becomes the prey.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Finley,

The Humboldt marten may be a predator, but it’s been given less than a fighting chance in your state. Less than 200 of the tiny mammals survive, most killed  by habitat destruction and trapping.

The Humboldt marten is facing rapid extinction. Just one death per year can wipe out the population completely within a generation or two. I ask that you add the species to your state’s endangered species list immediately.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Cody Connor