Protect Millions of Children and Infants by Reducing Air Pollution in the UK

Target: Michael Gove, Environment Secretary, United Kingdom

Goal: Reduce the amount of air pollution in the UK.

Millions of children are in danger due to deadly air pollution. According to a report done by UNICEF, millions of children are being exposed to dangerously high levels of air pollution. The UK is failing to address this air pollution problem, and children are dealing with the repercussions.  Around 4.5 million children are living in zones that are considered the worst in the country, with London and Glasgow being among the worst cities.

This lack of environmental protection is causing people to suffer. Amy Gibbs of UNICEF UK commented, “Worryingly, one third of our children could be filling their lungs with toxic air that puts them at risk of serious, long-term health conditions.” These children need to be protected. Action needs to be taken to reduce the harm to children. The country has yet to modify a plan to tackle the air pollution problem for good. Sign this petition to demand change in the UK and have the government create funding to reduce the amount of air pollution.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Gove,

I am writing to urge you to execute a plan that reduces the amount of air pollution in the UK. Children in the UK are breathing in high levels of polluted air. Over 4.5 million children and as many as 270,000 infants under the age of one are living in areas that are considered the worst areas in the country for air pollution.

It is estimated that 23,500 people die every year from complications due to nitrogen dioxide. Children are especially vulnerable to air pollution, which is why action needs to be taken now. These children do not deserve to die because of poor air quality. We demand that the UK creates funding for programs that reduce the air pollution.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Alfred Palmer

Don’t Allow Pipeline Through Sensitive Bayou Habitat

Target: John Neely Kennedy, Senator of Louisiana

Goal: Don’t allow a company to build pipeline after judge denied their permit.

The Bayou Bridge pipeline in Louisiana is being built despite not having a permit. The company behind the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, is continuing construction—even though a state judge denied their permit. The 162- mile pipeline is going to damage the surrounding area of Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin.

The animals and the environment are going to suffer greatly due to this pipeline. It needs to be stopped. We cannot allow Energy Transfer Partners to destroy this beautiful basin and kill the animals that inhabit the area. Demand that Louisiana stops this company from their illegal construction of this pipeline and punishes them for not following the law.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Kennedy,

The Bayou Bridge pipeline is being built in Louisiana after a state judge denied the company’s permit. The company responsible is Energy Transfer Partners. They are continuing to build the pipeline despite having a permit. They are breaking the law and it is going to have a disastrous outcome for the animals and environment in the area. Many animals reside in this area. Affecting their homes and destroying populations of animals are going to have negative effects on our environment and ecosystem.

The pipeline would allow transport of explosive Bakken crude oil from North Dakota to surrounding areas. A state judge ruled that the permit issued failed to consider impacts that it would have on St. James. There are more than 150 industrial plants and refineries in this area. This company is not listening to the court system and needs to be punished. We demand that Energy Transfer Partners are stopped in developing the pipeline and they are punished for not obeying the law.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: JULIE DERMANSKY

Urge Starbucks to Stop Business with Hong Kong Chain that Allegedly Serves Shark Fin

Target: Kevin Johnson, chief executive officer of Starbucks

Goal: Stop doing business with Hong Kong restaurant that reportedly serves shark fin on their menu.

Maxim, a restaurant in Hong Kong, is still allegedly selling shark fin meat after they said they stopped in 2017. An investigation conducted by wildlife conservation charity WildAid, found that the shark fins are reportedly still being sold on a secret premium menu. Activists are now currently urging Starbucks to end their 18-year partnership with Coffee Concepts, which is owned by Maxim’s Caterers Limited. We need your help in breaking the ties between this these companies.

Shark fin soup, which is mostly served in Chinese banquet menus, poses a threat to the future of the shark species. With more than 70 million sharks being killed each year, many are in danger of becoming extinct. Sign this petition to urge Starbucks to cut ties with a company aiding in the sharks’ demise.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Johnson,

Starbucks needs to cut ties with Maxim. They are reportedly illegally selling shark fin in their restaurants after they have repeatedly commented that they have phased this cruel shark meat out. Starbucks has a lot of pull as a company. In order to ensure the health and safety of sharks, they need to either cut their ties with Maxim or demand that they drop shark fin from their menu indefinitely.

By still operating with this company, Starbucks is tarnishing their name by being tied to the illegal shark fin trade. This needs to come to an end. Starbucks should not support this company. The shark fin trade is illegal and cruel. If nothing is done to stop companies from selling shark fins, then a quarter of the species are going to become extinct. We demand that Starbucks takes action and gives Maxim an ultimatum to stop the reported selling of shark fin for good, or your lucrative partnership will come to a swift end.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Help Conservationists Save Endangered Florida Panther from Imminent Extinction

Target: Marco Rubio, U.S. Senator for Florida

Goal: Provide much-needed funding to important organization dedicated to preserving the Florida Panther.

Approximately 180 Florida Panthers are left on Earth— a number that is quickly diminishing. These beautiful animals are going to go extinct if we don’t do anything to stop it. The Land and Water Conservation Fund has preserved millions of acres in an effort to protect Florida Panthers from extinction, but in order to keep the Florida Panther alive, they need funding.

Without funding, the Florida Panther will go extinct and humans are to blame. If Congress refuses to fund this program, then habitats like the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge & Conservation Area and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge will shut down and there will be dire consequences for these beautiful animals. Programs such as these are essential for the welfare of many animals. Demand that these programs are fully-funded, and the Florida Panther is saved from extinction.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Rubio,

The Florida Panther is on the verge of extinction. With only 180 left in existence, action needs to be taken in order to protect this beautiful species. The Land and Water Conservation Fund is willing to put in the work to save these animals, but funding needs to be provided.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped provide clean water and conserve natural resources for more than 50 years. They have the dedication— all they need is the funding. Please provide full funding for this wonderful program so that the Land and Water Conservation can provide a safe space for the Florida Panther to thrive.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: US Fish and Wildlife Service

Put an End to Food Waste in the United States

Target: Sonny Perdue, Secretary of United States Department of Agriculture

Goal: Assure that the USDA continues pledge to reduce food waste in the United States.

In the United States alone, over 70 billion pounds of food are wasted each year. Compared to Mexico, the US and Canada waste twice as much food per year. The U.S. wastes up to 40 percent of food that is produced in the country. A large portion of the food that is thrown away comes from us, the consumers. This food ends up in landfills and incinerators when it could be used to feed the hungry.

Although the USDA, EPA, and FDA have made a lot of progress since joining together to create the “Food Recovery Challenge,” it is not enough. The program needs to continue for the next 12 years, and we cannot allow the program to be cut. The Food Recovery Challenge was designed to stop 50 percent of food sent to landfills by 2030. The focus of this program is to produce less, feed the hungry, feed animals, use food for industrial uses, or as compost, and the last resort should be landfills and incineration. We need this Food Recovery Challenge in order to stop the waste of food in the United States. Demand that the USDA uphold its pledge.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Perdue,

The pledge that the United States Department of Agriculture made to reduce food waste by 50 percent by 2030 needs to be sustained. The initiative that the USDA has taken is extremely important, and the Food Recovery Challenge needs to continue in order to reduce food waste in the United States.

The United States wastes 70 billion pounds of food each year. This food could be used for feeding the hungry, feeding animals, industrial uses, or as compost. Programs such as the Food Recovery Challenge are essential in the process of reducing food waste and cannot be cut. Ensure the USDA continues this program, and food waste is cut 50 percent by 2030.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Susanne Kauz