Bring An End to Deforestation at the Hands of the Chocolate Industry

Target:  Giovanni Ferrero, CEO of Ferrero

Goal: Stop supporting methods of cocoa production that enable deforestation and instead pledge to uphold sustainable cocoa farming.

One of the world’s leading chocolate companies, Ferrero, is playing a large and devastating role in the deforestation of our planet’s rarest rain forests and jungles. While Hershey and Godiva have been praised for their commitment to sustainable cocoa production, Ferrero has yet to implement a policy that pledges to end its role in deforestation.

Recent surveys and studies have ranked chocolate companies’ impacts in ending deforestation by scoring them in three main categories: West Africa cocoa, worldwide cocoa agroforestry, and deforestation-free cocoa. While Ferrero does not source cocoa from West African rain forests, it still must take steps to support deforestation-free cocoa production worldwide.

Sign the petition to demand that Ferrero follow the lead of its competitors and work to end deforestation by pledging itself to sustainable practices.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Ferrero,

Recent reports have ranked the chocolate industry’s impact on deforestation. While competitors like Hershey and Godiva came out on top and have stopped sourcing cocoa from endangered forests worldwide, your company has not. While Ferrero has committed to sustainable practices in West Africa, this is not enough. Rain forests all over the world are in danger.

I demand that you follow the lead of your competitors and pledge to take a stand against deforestation. I ask that you turn to sustainable ways of cocoa production.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Mikkel Houmøller

Ban Fracking in State Parks and Nature Preserves

Target: State Representative Cliff Rosenberger, Ohio Speaker of the House

Goal: Don’t allow fracking in Ohio’s state parks and nature preserves.

As fracking continues to destroy the natural landscape of the United States, even nature preserves and state parks are not safe. As a result, one Ohio lawmaker is demanding a ban on fracking in these important sites. His stance must be supported.

State Representative David Leland has proposed a bill that would ban fracking in state parks and nature preserves. This bill will go far to protect the little untouched land Ohio has left. “We can run an economy, we can get our energy needs…and still preserve the state parks and nature preserves…not only now but in the future,” Representative Leland says.

Fracking has destroyed lands and lives across the United States. Sign this petition to demand Representative Leland’s bill be voted on and approved.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Representative Rosenberger,

Fracking has destroyed landscapes, robbed endangered species of their habitats, and has polluted water across the nation. This practice must be brought under control. Representative David Leland has proposed a bill that would ban fracking in Ohio’s state parks and nature preserves, protecting what little untouched land Ohio has left.

His solution is one of common sense, one that would protect the environment and still stimulate the economy. I demand that you give Representative Leland’s bill a chance on the floor and that you and your fellow congressmen and women approve this compromise that would protect our planet.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Ostroff Law

Save the Yucatecan Flamingos from Extinction

Target: Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, Secretariat of the Environment and Natural Resources, Mexico

Goal: Save the Yucatecan flamingos from extinction and end threats to their natural habitats.

The Yucatan area of Mexico is one rich with over 40 bird species, including pelicans and flamingos. However, now these species are under attack and facing possible extinction. Actions must be taken now to protect these rare birds.

Tourists come from all over the world to see thousands of pink flamingos in Mexico’s Yucatan. However, human activity is destroying their habitats, robbing the area of these birds. Pollution and construction destroy the flamingos’ homes and food sources, making it hard for this species to sustain itself.

The nation of Mexico is educating its citizens and teaching them about the dangers facing the flamingos and other birds. However, more must be done to protect the species. Sign the petition to demand that the Yucatecan flamingo be added to a list of endangered species so it can be protected and preserved for generations to come.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Alamán,

Tourists from all over the world travel to the Yucatan Peninsula to see the thousands of local and migratory birds that call this location home. One of the most famous bird species is the Yucatecan flamingo. However, this species and others like it are facing possible extinction due to human activity. Pollution and land clearing are robbing the animal of its habitat and food sources.

While the nation is taking serious steps to educate the public about the dangers facing the flamingos, more must be done. I demand that the Yucatecan flamingo be added to a list of endangered species so it can be better protected and preserved.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Katja Schulz

Don’t Hide the Negative Effects of Fracking

Target: State Senator David Koehler, Illinois

Goal: Pass legislation that would enable more transparency in the harmful fracking industry.

The oil and natural gas industries have often been quiet about the negative effects fracking has on the natural environment and human health. However, new legislation in Illinois would require that fracking companies be more transparent about plans, chemicals, and consequences, which could potentially save the environment and human lives.

This Illinois bill, currently being debated by state legislators, would require companies to receive written approval before fracking on private property. It would also require these companies to inform property owners as to where pipelines will be. It will also require companies to release the names of chemicals used in the fracking process.

Fracking, if it cannot be eliminated, must at least be heavily regulated so that the negative consequences we have seen across the country do not repeat themselves. Sign the petition to demand that the bill to increase fracking’s transparency be passed.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Koehler,

A new bill introduced in the Illinois state legislature would require the oil and natural gas industries to substantially increase transparency when it comes to fracking. Chemicals will be publicly disclosed, as will pipeline routes. Property owners will have more say as to whether or not their property is affected.

Oil and natural gas industries have gotten away with deception for far too long. Transparency must be increased so that the environment and human health can be protected. I demand you work with your fellow lawmakers to pass this bill.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Joshua Doubek

Protect Critically Endangered Habitats and the Animals That Call Them Home

Target: Josh Frydenberg, Minister for the Environment and Energy, Australia

Goal: Register federally endangered habitats so that their species and resources can be preserved for generations to come.

It has been well over a decade since Australia has listed a critically endangered habitat on its federal registry, meaning that endangered species have not been protected and resources have been plundered for over ten years. Despite having more than 1,800 federally threatened species in the country, Australia has not taken steps to protect the habitats these animals call home.

The situation facing endangered species in Australia is dire. Several million hectares of forest are set to be cleared in the coming decades, robbing thousands of plants and animals of their homes. Habitat loss, argue scientists, is the leading cause of plant and animal extinction.

Listing a species as endangered is simply not enough. Stronger actions must be taken, beginning with protecting the lands these animals live in. Sign the petition to demand that the nation of Australia start to declare habitats as federally endangered so that more steps can be taken to protect and preserve the lives of more than 1,800 endangered species.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Frydenberg,

More than 1,800 species in Australia are listed as critically endangered by the federal government. However, the government has not listed any habitat as endangered for over a decade. This has allowed deforestation to continue, robbing endangered species of their habitat and resources.

Habitat loss is the leading cause of endangered species extinction. Listing species as endangered is not enough. Their homes must be protected as well. I demand that critically endangered habitats be federally listed and the animals that call these habitats home be protected.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: The Central Intelligence Agency

Don’t Hunt and Slaughter Wild Bobcats

Target: Cameron F. Clark, Director, Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Goal: Abandon plans to hunt Indiana’s wild bobcats.

Wild bobcats in Indiana may soon be slaughtered. The state’s Department of Natural Resources is proposing a hunting and trapping season for the wild breed of cat.

The wild bobcat was once an endangered species. However, its population has grown. Nevertheless, an open hunting season of the animal will surely deplete its numbers until it once again faces a crisis. All of the recovery that has been made in recent years will be erased.

The wild bobcat is a vulnerable species and must be protected. Sign the petition to demand that the state government of Indiana abandon plans to openly hunt and slaughter bobcats.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Clark,

The wild bobcats of your state tell the story of conservationists’ success. Once endangered, now their population has thrived. However, your organization advocates for an open hunting and trapping season for these animals. Should this be done, all progress will be lost.

The bobcats have neither attacked pets nor humans. Even attacks on livestock are rare. There is no reason to condemn them to slaughter and set their population back to endangered status once more. I demand that you abandon plans to hunt and trap wild bobcats.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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