End Destructive Logging in America’s South

Target: Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Bring an end to damaging logging practices which are destroying the rare and endangered forests of America’s south.

More forests are being cleared by logging in the American south than by rainforest clearing in South America. In fact, logging in the South is four times more destructive than deforestation in the rainforest. Something must be done to protect America’s forests now.

Forests provide an invaluable benefit to the living beings of America. They provide drinking water, as well as flood control and air purification. However, now the forests are being used for wood pellets. The South is the world’s largest supplier of wood pellets to European nations.

This deforestation is impacting the health of both humans and the natural world. Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is on the rise, animals are losing their homes, and a loss of tree cover is leading to erosion and water pollution. Sign the petition to demand the United States Government act to protect what remains of the South’s forests.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Pruitt,

Deforestation is more rampant in the American south than in the South American rainforests. In fact, the American south is facing destruction that is four times greater than the rainforests. Logging for wood pellets is destroying tree cover, air quality, and endangered habitats.

You must act now to protect the beauty of America’s southern forests. I demand regulations be enacted to bring harmful and damaging logging to an end.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Walter Baxter

Applaud Greenpeace for Parting Ways with Major Offender of Deforestation

Target: Bunny McDiarmid, Executive Director of Greenpeace

Goal: Thank Greenpeace for holding true to its values and splitting ways with a major company behind rampant deforestation.

Greenpeace has split ways with Sinar Mas Group, an Indonesian corporation responsible for rampant rainforest deforestation. Greenpeace has held true to its morals and values by ending a partnership with a company that has destroyed dozens of square miles of forest.

Sinar Mas Group, parent company of the paper company Asia Pulp & Paper, destroyed roughly 30 square miles of rainforest and peatland in only five years. This is roughly the size of Washington, D.C. These actions blatantly violate Greenpeace and Sinar Mas Group’s agreement to end deforestation.

Sign the petition to thank Greenpeace for holding firm to its morals and ask that Greenpeace continue to only partner with companies that hold the interests, future, and sustainability of our planet in mind.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. McDiarmid,

Thank you for parting ways with Sinar Mas Group and its sub-company Asia Pulp & Paper. This company has contributed to rampant deforestation, clearing areas of rainforest and peatland roughly the size of Washington, D.C.

Your organization has stood firm alongside its morals, ending engagement with the company for blatantly breaking its commitment to a sustainable future. I thank you for your immediate actions and I ask that your organization continue to value its moral stance over what could be lucrative partnerships.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Jami Dwyer

End Deforestation That’s Killed Millions of Acres of Habitat

Target: Fabiola Martha Muñoz Dodero, Minister of Environment, Peru

Goal: Bring an end to deforestation that’s rapidly killing the Amazon rainforest.

More than five million acres in the Peruvian Amazon have been destroyed by deforestation in a span of only 15 years. This rampant destruction has killed the habitats of countless endangered species.

The causes of this deforestation range from agriculture and livestock to logging and mining. Peru contains roughly 70 percent of the world’s biodiversity. This means any habitat destruction will have dire effects on the world’s ecosystems.

As a nation boasting the second-largest amount of Amazon rainforest in the world, Peru should be doing more to protect this rare and endangered natural treasure. Sign the petition to demand that Peru take immediate action to bring this destructive deforestation to an end.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Dodero,

Peru is home to the second-largest amount of Amazon rainforest in the world, yet it is doing little to protect this rare and treasured piece of the natural world. More than five million acres have been destroyed in only 15 years, and this is bound to increase.

Mining, agriculture, and logging, allowed to run rampant, are the major causes of this deforestation. Something must be done immediately to protect the rainforests, the habitats, and the biodiversity of your nation. I demand that you and your government take action to end deforestation in the Amazon.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Ivan Mlinaric

End Drought-Inducing Deforestation in Ghana

Target: Daniel Amlalo, Executive Director, Ghana Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Bring an end to destructive deforestation that is robbing humans and habitats of their water.

Deforestation in Ghana is leading to dangerous droughts in India. Research finds that deforestation is decreasing rainfall, impacting it by 25 to 40 percent. Now, parts of India are in a water crisis due to Ghana’s careless actions.

Deforestation has stripped Ghana of roughly 35 percent of forest cover. Forests have been cleared for plantations and dams. Water cannot evaporate from vegetation, leading to a lack of rainfalls that improve crops and provide a much-needed life source for living beings.

Deforestation must be brought under control so this dangerous and deadly drought facing India can be brought to an end. Sign the petition to demand Ghana end deforestation in its country to protect all lives, within its borders and beyond.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Director Amlalo,

Your nation’s deforestation is negatively impacting lives far beyond your borders. Deforestation in Ghana is creating droughts in India. Without vegetation to hold water, there is no evaporation, which means there is no rain.

Something must be done immediately to end deforestation in your country. It isn’t only harming your own habitats and citizens. Now, the dangers and damage have transcended borders.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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End Major Financier’s Destruction of the World’s Rainforests

Target: Muhammad Prasetyo, Attorney General of Indonesia

Goal: Bring an end to the destruction of Indonesia’s rainforests by holding a major financial company accountable for its support of palm oil plantations.

A major financial company is clearing Indonesia of its rainforests and peatland and facing no consequences. Lembaga Tabung Haji (LTH) publicly trades palm oil from 32 estates spanning 620 square miles. These forests and their habitats are dying at an alarming rate.

Not only has LTH destroyed forests, it has done so against stringent agreements not to do so with buyers. LTH is visibly going against “no deforestation, no peat, no exploitation” agreements.

Firms under LTH’s watch have been suspended for these destructive actions, yet new ones are cropping up. Sign the petition to demand that the government of Indonesia hold LTH accountable and punish the company for its actions.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Attorney General Prasetyo,

Financial firm Lembaga Tabung Haji (LTH) is destroying your nation’s rare and endangered rainforests and peatlands. More than 620 square miles, home to thousands of endangered species, have been destroyed. LTH has faced no serious consequences.

The actions taken by LTH are unethical, both morally and environmentally. I demand your government take action to finally hold LTH accountable for its destructive actions. Your forests should be protected, not pawned off to the highest bidder.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Protect Endangered Koalas from Deadly Land Clearing

Target: Annastacia Palaszczuk, Premier of Queensland, Australia

Goal: Protect rare and beloved koalas from rapid extinction caused by persistent land clearing.

Endangered koalas are facing immense danger. The record number of deaths of the species in Queensland, Australia is due to ever-persistent land clearing in the state.

Scientists have found that 5,000 koalas died between 2012 and 2016. An estimated 94 percent of these deaths were caused by tree clearing, not urban development. No government restrictions on such clearing appear anywhere in sight. Previous attempts at regulation were tabled.

Something must be done now to protect the endangered koalas of Australia. Their homes are being bulldozed, pushing the species closer to extinction. Sign the petition to demand that the government enact regulations now. Demand the government un-table the land clearing restrictions and protect koalas and their habitat.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Premier Palaszczuk,

Recent studies by scientists and conservationists indicate that koalas are facing rapid decline in your state. More than 5,000 died over the course of four years. The cause? Bulldozed habitats.

Land clearing is robbing koalas of their livelihoods. These rare and beloved animals are being pushed closer and closer to extinction. I demand that you and your fellow government members take action now to protect koalas by regulating land clearing and the destruction of their habitats.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Don’t Allow Pesticides to Wreak Havoc on Farmlands and Endangered Species

Target: Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives

Goal: Don’t destroy farmlands by restricting regulations on pesticides.

Pesticides may soon be given unregulated leverage to destroy our nation’s farmlands and endangered species. The House Agriculture Committee narrowly passed the 2018 Farm Bill, which will make it legal to use pesticides, even in habitats where endangered species reside.

Such an act will destroy endangered species, leading to the extinction of hundreds to thousands of insects, mammals, birds, and more. This disturbing bill practically exempts pesticides from any regulations set forth by the Endangered Species Act.

This move will erase any progress our nation has made when it comes to endangered species protection and habitat preservation. Sign the petition to demand the House of Representatives reject this bill and protect America’s endangered species.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Congressman Ryan,

Endangered species are facing yet another deadly attack, this time by a House bill that eliminates regulations on pesticide use, allowing these dangerous chemicals to be used even in habitats where endangered species reside. All work that was done to protect endangered species and their habitats will be lost.

I demand that you and your fellow congressmen and women reject this disturbing bill. This bill will set our nation back decades, not push our nation forward in the fight to protect our planet.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Ban Dangerous and Deadly Fracking in Pennsylvania for Good

Target: Tom Wolf, Governor of Pennsylvania

Goal: Ensure the natural landscape of Pennsylvania remains intact by banning the harmful practice of fracking for good.

Across the nation, fracking has led to serious environmental degradation and even deadly ailments for both humans and animals. New York has implemented a statewide fracking ban and other states are currently in the process of doing so as well. However, the state of Pennsylvania, with its rich landscapes and many important bodies of water, has yet to ban the dangerous practice.

In fracking, oil and natural gas are obtained from deep under ground by “hydraulic fracturing.” This has led to oil and natural gas leaks, polluted water, deadly explosions, and even man-made earthquakes. Our environment will never be able to recover from the damage this practice has inflicted.

Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf supports a ban on fracking in some areas. Sign the petition to ask for his support in banning fracking statewide.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Wolf,

Fracking has destroyed landscapes across the United States. It has led to man-made earthquakes, deadly explosions, polluted water, and barren farmlands. People have fallen ill and endangered species have died. The damage we do now can never be undone.

Several states have already or are in the process of banning fracking. I ask that you join them and protect the forests, rivers, farms, and streams of Pennsylvania.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Remove Anti-Animal Rights Politician from Job in “Wildlife Protection”

Target: Ryan Zinke, United States Secretary of the Interior

Goal: Remove avid anti-animal rights figure from a position that would give her complete control over the fate of our nation’s endangered species.

A woman who has spent most of her political career fighting against the protection of endangered species has been promoted to a leading role in the United States Department of the Interior. Despite her stance against endangered animals, Susan Combs will help oversee federal wildlife policy.

No endangered species will be safe under Combs’s rule. She has referred to endangered species lists as “incoming scud missiles.” These words and other harmful political stances have prevented Combs from receiving official Senate confirmation. However, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has found a loophole by awarding Combs an acting role in the interim.

Susan Combs will not protect natural landscapes of the United States. She will destroy them. Sign the petition to demand that she be removed from her position immediately.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Zinke,

Susan Combs, a woman who has spent her entire political career fighting against endangered species, is now in charge of their “well being.” She has been given this duty despite Senate opposition.

Combs will not serve the American people’s interests. She will not do her duty to protect the United States and its natural landscapes. I demand she be removed from her position in the Department of the Interior immediately.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Bureau of Land Management

Don’t Give Endangered Lands to Harmful Corporations

Target: Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Minister of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia

Goal: Don’t give endangered lands to companies with rich histories of environmental degradation.

Endangered land in Indonesia, and all of the habitats and species that come with it, may soon be destroyed. The government of Indonesia is planning to complete a “land swap” with peat companies. This swap will take untouched, yet severely endangered, natural lands and throw them into the hands of companies that have a proven history of environmental degradation.

This proposed swap comes after severe fires destroyed much of the nation’s peatlands. These fires released extremely dangerous amounts of carbon into the air. Since then, Indonesia has attempted to regulate peatlands. This latest swap is part of these efforts. However, this land swap will still result in environmental damage, just in new areas.

The land affected is estimated to be the size of Lebanon. Sign the petition to demand that this land be protected. Ask Indonesia’s government to scrap plans for the proposed land swap.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Bakar,

Land the size of Lebanon, untouched by deforestation and industrialization, may soon be destroyed in your government’s proposed “land swap” with corporations. Though this land swap is part of your government’s efforts to regulate the exploitation of peatlands, this move will still inflict damage on your environment. The companies you are proposed to swap with have a history of unsustainable practices.

The shrinking, untouched land of your nation must be protected. I demand that you and your government throw out the proposed plans to swap Indonesia’s endangered lands and natural habitats.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Alasdair MacDonald