Protect Alaska’s Bears, Wolves, and Other Rare Animals from Slaughter

Target: Greg Sheehan, Director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department

Goal: Ensure protection of Alaska’s endangered bears, wolves, and other predators.

Most recently on his laundry list of environmental blunders, President Trump has now overturned a crucial protection rule that was preserving Alaskan wildlife. The Refuge Rule was installed in the state of Alaska to protect animals such as bears and wolves from hunters who sought to control the populations in local areas. Initially the rule was created as a way to provide ecological balance between the caribou and the predators (such as bears and wolves) because of inhumane poaching techniques used by hunters.

The leader of the Humane Society called this move “an outrage for any animal lover in America” and his point is backed up by animal rights activists across the country. The only way to stop this act is to have the U.S. Fish and Wildlife department reinstate the Refuge Rule. Stand with us in demanding U.S. Fish and Wildlife protect endangered species and reinstate the crucial Refuge Rule.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Sheehan,

President Donald J. Trump seems to have a special hatred for the environment and all those who inhabit the land. His policies seem to directly support the belief that he does not care about what happens to any life aside from his. The Refuge Rule overturn is a huge loss for Alaska to take as the state fights to protect its evolving wildlife.

Laws like this may seem small because they are based on one state, but if we allow Alaska to start killing its wildlife, what is to stop other states from following suit? We need to stand up for our endangered wildlife immediately. We demand you do something about this outrageous ban.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Carl Chapman

Demand Michigan Reject Nestle’s Exploitative Water Program

Target: Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan

Goal: Demand that Michigan reject the proposed water extraction program by Nestle.

Nestle has plans to build a water extraction plant in Michigan, and when the public was questioned for approval, over 80,000 negative comments came in. The plant was still approved by the state legislature to begin construction later this year. There were less than 100 total approvals of the plant submitted through public comment, so why is Michigan still moving forward with the plant?

Nestle is a corporation known for destroying whatever environment it touches. Counties and states from all over the country have previously rejected Nestle’s plan for bottling plants, leaving them to search for whoever will say yes. Unfortunately for the people of Michigan, who are still recovering from the water crisis, Michigan said yes. Stand with us and sign the petition below demanding Michigan reject this plant before it’s too late.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Snyder,

Michigan has been through enough in the last few years in regards to water quality. The state finally ended its free water bottle program and declared the water in Flint safe to drink again. These are landmark actions of progress that show the state is moving forward.

So, why are you so content on poisoning the water again? Nestle is known for polluting the environment it drills into, and Michigan is already a sensitive environment. There’s no good reason to destroy a landscape that is currently recovering from previous damage. We demand you stand on the right side of history and reject Nestle’s proposal. The people of Michigan have spoken, and it’s time to listen.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Alan Murray-Rust

Stop National Parks Service from Erasing Climate Change Evidence

Target: Mike Reynolds, Acting Director of National Park Service

Goal: Stop the National Park Service from erasing any mention of human impact on climate change in official guidebooks.

The National Park Service has erased any mention of human impact on climate change in a long-awaited memo detailing the effects of climate change on rising sea levels. The erasure of this information means that there will be no accountability moving forward when we discuss the causes of climate change. Erasing humans’ role in climate change is akin to saying you don’t need a driver to operate a car.

The move is another in a long line of actions by the Trump administration to categorically reject climate sciences as being valid. The more we reject science, the further away we move from progress. Sign the petition below to demand history remain intact.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Reynolds,

The notion that humans had nothing to do with climate change is absolutely ludicrous and insulting to the scientific community at large. Your denial of basic facts is troubling to the American people and leads us to not being able to trust you in your current position.

The leader of the Parks Service should be dedicated to the welfare of the environment and those who seek to enjoy it, so why risk the natural beauty of our country? We the people demand that you step back and return all mentions of human involvement in climate change to Parks Service materials.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Shenandoah National Park

Demand Clean Car Standards Be Reinstated

Target: Scott Pruitt, Administrator of Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Stop the rollback of clean car standards.

The EPA is planning an overhaul of their clean car standards. The clean car standards this country has used for the past decade have been enormously successful, reducing nearly 250 million tons of climate emissions and saving almost $50 billion in gas expenses. Pruitt’s administration plans on rolling back these standards in a move that benefits automakers and oil tycoons.

Vehicle emissions are one of the top pollutants of the environment, and the EPA had been successful at starting to heal some of the previous damage. The move is another in a series of attacks on the environment by Pruitt’s EPA. Sign the petition below to demand he restore the clean car standards immediately!

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Pruitt,

The actions you take in office lead the American people to believe that you want the Earth to suffer at your hand. Never before has an administrator shown such a complete lack of respect for the field they administrate. Rolling back the clean car standards is almost as harmful as dumping toxic waste directly into our streams.

The American public has not trusted the actions of this administration from the second you took office; now is your chance to restore some of that public trust. Take the necessary action to ensure that our environment doesn’t suffer any more under your watch.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit:  Gage Skidmore

Success: Congratulate Montana for Rejecting Coal Development

Target: Brian Morris, Judge for the District of Montana

Goal: Congratulate Judge Morris for protecting precious land and resources from oil drilling.

A Montana court delivered a heroic ruling recently and saved over 15 million acres of land from being turned into coal mines and oil refineries. A proposal by the Bureau of Land Management would have desecrated sacred land in Montana and Wyoming.

Thanks to efforts by conservation groups, the case made it to court in Montana, where Judge Brian Morris ruled the proposal to be unlawful. The case took several years to fight and was an uphill battle for the defense, but thanks to Judge Morris and all of the environmental groups involved, Montana and Wyoming will remain beautiful. Sign this petition below to thank Judge Morris for his tremendous decision.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Judge Morris,

Thank you for allowing pristine land to remain beautiful under environmental protection. By ruling this proposal unlawful, you have set a precedent as we shift towards renewable energy. Now, when land groups seek to desecrate beautiful land, they will have an exceedingly more difficult time doing so.

If judges like you continue to protect our environment in the age of Trump and the Pruitt-led EPA, then our planet stands a chance of survival. With an administration so determined to kill the planet, decisions like yours make all of the difference.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: United States Forest Service

Demand EPA Ban Deadly Chemical in Household Products

Target: Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Follow through with ban on lethally toxic paint-thinning chemical.

A common household product is already responsible for killing dozens of people. Methlyene chloride is a chemical found in common paint thinners that has been found to be toxic to humans, yet the Environmental Protection Agency has not followed through with a proposed ban on the chemical.

The EPA had plans to ban the product altogether after Obama-era regulations were put in place, yet the agency has moved to a standstill in regards to banning the chemical. The chemical has been found to be too toxic to use indoors and has killed dozens of people already, including veterans, teenagers, and a mother of four. Sign the petition below to demand the EPA go through with the ban.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Pruitt,

Once again, your agency is doing a terrible job at protecting the environment from harmful chemicals. This time, the problem has spread to suburbia, where people are just trying to strip paint from the sides of their houses. Nobody should have to worry about dying when they’re stripping paint.

Choosing to take your time on this issue does nothing but further harm at-risk families. There is no positive outcome that happens when you keep a toxic chemical like this legal, so why are you hesitating? We, the American people, demand a solution to this issue at once. Ban methlyene chloride now!

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

Demand Protection Against Rising Sea Levels

Target: Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Prevent widespread damage from flooding caused by climate change.

Rising sea levels are now an immediate threat to coastal cities. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, recently reported that rising sea levels are creating conditions for high-tide floods to occur on a far more regular basis than before. Major coastal cities like Miami and San Francisco are already experiencing more flood days than usual. The reports show that within 100 years major coastal cities will be flooding daily, with San Francisco sinking into the earth with every passing day.

Currently, some cities are adopting measures to prepare for the inevitable and reduce damage wherever possible. The extent of the damage is entirely dependent on how cities react, so it’s absolutely urgent that they begin enacting legislation to protect coastal towns now. Sign the petition below to demand the EPA get the ball rolling on tangible solutions.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Pruitt,

No community should have to worry about extreme flooding of their homes. Yet, people in major cities like New York, Norfolk, San Francisco, Miami, and more are at severe risk of losing their homes due to climate change-related sea level rises.

The one thing you can do is enact policies that require coastal cities to create a budget for dealing with sea level rises. Several cities already started without you, so get on the right side of history with this issue. I demand you enact a policy of this sort; it’s the least you can do.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Petty Officer 1st Class Stephen Lehmann

Stop EPA Head Scott Pruitt from Killing the Earth

Target: Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Demand the EPA stop adopting agendas that actively damage Mother Earth and her inhabitants.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is potentially the biggest threat we’ve seen to the environment since the first climate change studies were released. Every policy he implements is done behind closed doors, without public consultation, and these meetings typically end in some extremely important regulation being rolled back. One recent example is how the EPA found that neighborhoods of color are far more likely to suffer consequences from city pollution, yet Pruitt still planned to remove existing protections for areas affected by pollution.

Pruitt’s climate agenda is not only reckless, but it appears to be anti-environment altogether. Pruitt’s EPA has announced plans to lift bans on toxic chemicals and remove our clean water protections, and treats climate change as if it were a blessing to the planet. Back when Pruitt was just an Oklahoma attorney general, he sued the EPA over a dozen times over clean air and water regulations. Now that he’s in charge of the EPA, he’s just removing those regulations himself. Demand that Pruitt stop enacting these dangerous policies.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Pruitt,

It is your sole responsibility to enact regulations that keep the Earth alive and healthy; why are you seemingly doing the exact opposite? You’ve been entrusted to protect the most valuable home we have, and yet you seek to burn the house down instead of safeguarding it.

When you can prove that people of color are more affected by pollution than their white counterparts, you should take measures to heal that damage, not worsen it. Attacking clean water will only make the rivers dry up faster, not preserve them. You need to implement policies that actually represent your job title.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: US Coast Guard