Man Who Allegedly Started Wildfire Must Face Justice

Target: Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney in Orange County, California

Goal: Prosecute man who reportedly started Southern California wildfires.

A 51-year-old man named Forrest Gordon Clark was charged with arson in Southern California’s wildfires. The man allegedly started a fire in his small residential area, and it has consumed Cleveland National Forest and grown to nearly 10,000 acres and is still far from being contained. This wildfire has required more than 20,000 residents to evacuate their homes, and more than 7,000 homes have been jeopardized.

Clark’s reported involvement in the wildfires created further strain on climate change and deforestation. His alleged actions have hurt the environment, put people’s lives at risk, killed animals and destroyed their homes in the process. Sign this petition and demand that Forrest Gordon Clark face justice for allegedly starting these wildfires.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Rackauckas,

As you know, Forrest Gordon Clark was taken into custody for allegedly starting the wildfires in Southern California. The fire has threatened people, animals, and the environment, causing destruction and panic all over Southern California.

His alleged reckless act has caused destruction to nearly 10,000 acres, and it still is not close to being over. Clark needs to be held accountable for his reported actions. He alleged involvement needs to be severely punished. We demand that Forrest Gordon Clark be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for allegedly starting these wildfires.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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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]

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Praise San Francisco for Eco-Friendly Restaurant Changes

Target: Malia Cohen, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors

Goal: Praise San Francisco for making their restaurants more ecologically friendly.

San Francisco has approved a ban on the use of plastic straws in all restaurants and has mandated that plastic utensils only be provided upon request. These changes have been needed for a long time, particularly the ban on plastic straws due to the increasing amounts of plastic pollution over the years.

Plastic is one of the least biodegradable materials in the world, with its chemicals making their way into the water and soil for animals to ingest. Plastic particles choke the soil, preventing the roots of plants and trees from absorbing nutrients. For years, restaurants have handed out millions of unnecessary plastic straws and utensils, which go unused and end up in landfills.

This is a much-needed step in the fight to end plastic pollution. If even one city can make one ban, no matter how small, we are on our way to a cleaner future. Sign this petition to thank San Francisco’s board of supervisors for making these changes to the city’s restaurants.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Cohen,

Your approval of a ban on plastic straws, in addition to other changes in San Francisco’s restaurants, is much appreciated, and one we have been needing for quite some time. Millions of unused plastic straws end up in landfills to contaminate the soil and the water, leading to the ingestion of plastic particles by wildlife. The same goes for plastic utensils, which in the past has been given out automatically with takeout orders.

The fight to end plastic pollution is an ongoing one, especially as we realize the extent of the damage done by even the smallest plastic particles. San Francisco may be only one city, but every step is an important one. Thank you for banning both the use of plastic straws and the automatic handout of plastic eating utensils.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Stop Trump’s Attack on Clean Air

Target: Donald Trump, President of the United States of America

Goal: Don’t allow the Trump administration to roll back rules that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.

The Trump administration appears to be hard at work on dismantling regulations nationwide aimed at curbing greenhouse gases and ensuring Americans have clean and breathable air. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to announce a plan that will prevent California from enforcing its own vehicle emissions laws that have helped cut harmful smog significantly statewide, as well as other rules intended to boost vehicle fuel efficiency.

This plan, if announced, could result in a dangerous increase in air pollution that has been linked to preventable health issues ranging from heart disease to premature births. Even car manufacturers oppose the idea of rolling back these changes, as it could hold up production on vehicles currently being made to meet the Obama-era fuel efficiency standards.

Although many of Trump’s conservative supporters claim to support the idea of ‘state’s rights’, Trump’s attack on California’s clean air laws would greatly reduce this state’s ability to make and enforce its own environmental policies. This, combined with any other attempts to roll back fuel efficiency laws nationwide, could be disastrous for America’s efforts to curb air pollution and fight climate change. Sign this petition to oppose Trump’s plan to block states from enforcing their own climate laws and to roll back federal fuel efficiency standards.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Trump,

I am writing to express my opposition to any proposed plans that would limit the ability of states like California to make and enforce their own climate and air pollution laws, as well as any plans that would reverse federal fuel efficiency standards. Toxic carbon emissions from vehicles are harmful not just to the environment, but to human health as well.

It is unconscionable to take actions that will certainly expose millions of Americans to unhealthy air, which could result in increased rates for both heart disease and premature births. Environmental regulations on vehicle emissions, whether they are on a state or federal level, are necessary to protect the future health and stability of America. That is why I am urging you not to roll back any of these environmental protections or force states to abandon their own climate change initiatives.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Protect Threatened Martens From Extinction

Target: Valerie Termini, Executive Director of the California Fish and Game Commission

Goal: Get the dwindling population of Humboldt martens on the endangered species list.

Deforestation in California due to logging, development, and cannabis cultivation has led to significant habitat loss for the Humboldt marten. This adorable mammal has declined in population so significantly that it was thought at one point to be extinct. Fewer than 400 are estimated to remain in California and Oregon, yet the Humboldt marten has not been classified as endangered nor afforded the protections that come with that classification.

The Humboldt marten is a small weasel-like relative of the mink residing in the mature forests of northern California and southern Oregon. Only four isolated populations remain, each with fewer than 100 martens. This is largely due to the threats to the Humboldt marten’s habitat. Fragmentation or loss of habitat for the martens has resulted from significant deforestation from logging operations, road development, and cannabis grows. The martens also contend with toxic exposure to pesticides used in marijuana growing, vehicular traffic and potential collisions, and larger predators such as bobcats.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has recommended an endangered species classification for this dwindling population, but it is the California Fish and Game Commission that must make this determination. Protections under an endangered species designation would begin immediately and include more stringent environmental review of development in Humboldt marten habitats. California must begin action now to prevent further habitat loss and threats to the marten population. Sign the petition to urge the commission to list this species as endangered and get the Humboldt martens the protection they need.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Termini,

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has recommended endangered species status for the Humboldt marten. With fewer than 400 Humboldt martens remaining in the wild, it seems like a no-brainer for the California Fish and Game Commission to make this determination. California needs to take action soon on this dwindling population or risk losing the Humboldt martens forever.

Deforestation from logging, cannabis farming, and other development has severely threatened the Humboldt marten’s forested habitat. Scientists estimate that less than 5% of their historical range remains. Even though trapping is illegal, these small mammals are still threatened by this habitat fragmentation, vehicular collisions, and predators. They even face exposure to toxic pesticides from cannabis farming.

Federal protections for the Humboldt marten are nowhere in sight. Even if the species were to be considered for federal protections, the process is so lengthy that to date, scientists estimate that 42 species have gone extinct waiting on the candidate list for an endangered designation. Even then, the current administration is unlikely to take regulatory action in protecting this threatened species. Although the California considers this animal a “species of concern,” this comes with no regulatory protections. California needs to act immediately to protect the Humboldt marten from extinction. Place the Humboldt marten on the endangered species list immediately.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Ban Iconic African Animal Trophies in California

Target: Edward Garcia, Chair of the Assembly Water, Parks, & Wildlife Committee

Goal: Protect African wildlife by passing The Iconic African Species Protection Act.

A vitally important animal welfare bill that will help fight trophy hunting and protect innocent wildlife from being cruelly killed for their body parts to be sold has advanced to the floor in California, and must be passed into law. SB 1487, The Iconic African Species Protection Act, was introduced by Senator Stern. It is a critical piece of legislation in a wave of forward motion for animal welfare in California, but it needs public support to ensure its passage and the continuance of this positive momentum.

The bill protects iconic African wildlife by banning the possession of their body parts. This discourages trophy hunting, and also sends a message regarding the priorities and values of the state. Among the animals protected by the bill are African elephant, African lion, leopard, giraffe, hippopotamus, striped hyena, and multiple species of rhinoceros and zebra. These animals must be preserved, not thoughtlessly killed for profit, and California can pave the way for the rest of America to no longer be complacent and complicit. Sign below to demand the passage of The Iconic African Species Protection Act.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Chairman Garcia,

The Iconic African Species Protection Act (SB 1487) is a critical piece of legislation in the battle for animal welfare and wildlife preservation. By banning the possession of animal parts, SB 1487 demonstrates the importance of compassion, humanity, and the future of our world—which must be prioritized over the cruelty and profits of trophy hunting.

Animals like lions, leopards, giraffes, zebras and many more are dying out, but this legislation can help protect them and ensure that they remain alive for future generations. By banning possession of any body part of these animals and others in California, trophy hunting is discouraged and California maintains its momentum and leadership in the fight for animal rights. I urge you to ensure that The Iconic African Species Protection Act (SB 1487) is passed into law.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Protect Napa Valley from Environmental Degradation

Target: Ivan Menezes, CEO of Diageo

Goal: Urge companies in Napa Valley not to overexploit the land.

Wine industry experts like Warren Winiarski are calling for limitations in Napa Valley, California over environmental concerns. In 1976, his Stag’s Leap Winery won top honors at a blind tasting in Paris that transformed the Napa region into a global wine contender. Since then, he has become one of many residents and local business owners concerned about the area’s gradual ecological decline. The problem: former rich oak woodlands are being converted into labyrinths of vines. Fewer trees mean less oxygen, less replenished groundwater, and more chances for soil erosion. Today the question persists: has Napa Valley reached its agricultural limit?

To raise awareness about these environmental concerns, there’s an ongoing local initiative called Measure C. The committee’s goal is to put a cap on the amount of oak tress to be cleared for the development of future vineyards. Currently there are approximately 500 wineries in the valley, which is only 30 miles long, five miles wide, and one of California’s most beloved natural treasures. Many of these companies are foreign-owned and seeking profits at all costs. Sign the petition to urge one of the largest enterprises in the area (though based in the U.K.) to respect the finite resources of Napa Valley.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Menezes,

As you’re probably well aware, there’s a growing movement in Napa Valley to preserve the integrity of the former landscape. Prior to the influx of vineyards over 30 years ago, this region was full of biodiversity, with plentiful livestock and fruit trees. Now the monoculture of grapes has taken over and augmented further deforestation, resulting in ninety-five percent of local oaks being cut down and replaced with grapes. Considering that developers aspire to expand operations in nearby hillsides, please commit yourself to preserving the last vestiges of the original terrain.

These woodlands play a vital role in Napa Valley’s ecology. What remains of the once-thriving oak forest serves an essential role in the valley’s watershed. Don’t allow the pursuit of power and wealth overshadow the importance of protecting natural resources like water and healthy soil. The reality of the situation is that more than a third of the remaining trees rest on fertile grounds that vineyard enterprises like yourself want to capitalize on. It’s estimated that by 2030, approximately 3,065 more acres will have disappeared due to the growing wine industry. We aren’t demanding your company go out of business, just that it embrace responsible farming. Know your limitations.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Praise California For Passing Landmark Water Use Bill

Target: California Governor Jerry Brown

Goal: Congratulate California on passing landmark legislation that regulates water usage to prevent further droughts.

California is geared up to pass some landmark legislation that would be a first in the United States. California is about to pass two pieces of legislation that limit egregious water usage, creates a framework to record how the water is used, limits how water is distributed, and creates protections to ensure that a statewide drought is less of a threat. The legislation also includes plans to create a system of data that breaks down efficiency, clarity, and overall quality of California’s water suppliers.

Laws like this are what helps states keep track of their water and how their energy is stored and distributed, allowing them to stay accountable to the needs of the state residents. If more bills like this passed across the country, there would be a far less likely chance of a future crisis when water supplies are threatened by climate change. Sign the petition below to commend the State of California for passing such important legislation.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Gov. Brown,

The people of the United States and beyond thank you for being a champion of clean, accessible water. The State of California has made a huge decision to regulate the water usage in a way that should be seen across the country. If we didn’t have laws such as this in place, our water supplies could be easily exploited.

Thank you for allowing such important legislation to make it to your desk for signing. The State of California and beyond appreciates how hard you’ve worked to restore the water supply to the people.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Stop Trump Donor From Grabbing Ownership of Yosemite Away From American People

Target: Donald Trump
Goal: Denounce your donor for grabbing iconic places like “Yosemite National Park” and “Half Dome” away from the American people.

Trump donor Jeremy Jacobs, who is the owner of the billion dollar concessions corporation Delaware North, is leading a charge to wrestle ownership of iconic Yosemite names, such as Curry Village, Ahwahnee Lodge, Wawona Hotel, Half Dome, and even Yosemite National Park itself, away from the American people. This greedy corporate owner and Trump backer is sour that his lucrative contract to sell food and services at the national park was not renewed by the Obama Administration, and has responded with a scorched earth strategy that is attempting to assert ownership over the park’s most iconic names.

Delaware North’s greed does not just effect Yosemite National Park, as they also have government contracts to provide services at other parks, including Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Olympic, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, and Shenandoah. The idea that a private for-profit company could own and control the names of some of America’s most iconic public places is outrageous and must be opposed.

Trump’s silence to date speaks volumes. Just because a rich billionaire gave Trump a big donation, does not entitle that fat cat to grab the people’s most treasured landmarks. Demand Donald Trump denounce this donor for his greedy attempts to wrestle iconic American names away from the people.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Donald Trump,

Your donor Jeremy Jacobs, who controls Delaware North corporation, is suing the United States in order to wrestle control of iconic place names, like “Half Dome” and even “Yosemite National Park” away from the American people. So far you have remained silent on this attempted heist of the public trust.

Just because someone gives you money, doesn’t mean they should be immune from accountability. Delaware North lost their concession to provide services at Yosemite, and they should have walked away with honor, rather than sour grapes. As a politician who received a large sum of money from Delaware North’s owner, you have a responsibility to speak out.

Sincerely,
[Your Name Here]

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