Ban Offshore Drilling

Target: Craig Coughlin, Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly

Goal: Support finalization of bill to ban offshore oil drilling in New Jersey.

New Jersey may soon ban all offshore oil drilling. The New Jersey Senate Environment and Energy Committee has approved a proposed bill to stop any offshore oil drilling along the state’s coast. This bill would prohibit all forms of drilling, including the lease of submerged lands for the production of natural gases.

Oil drilling is one of the chief culprits of environmental destruction. It not only contaminates the sea, land, and air, but hundreds of animals are caught in oil spills each year, and many do not survive. People lose their homes due to these spills, or are forced to relocate when the land becomes unstable and the air unbreathable. New Jersey, a coastal state, would benefit greatly from such a law to protect the coast’s natural beauty and the lives of the people and animals living there.

The pushback against the current administration’s efforts to revive fossil fuels is a never-ending battle, and every victory must be appreciated. A complete ban on offshore drilling in New Jersey would be a tremendous victory. Sign this petition to support the finalization of this bill.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Assemblyman Coughlin,

A proposed bill to ban offshore oil drilling along New Jersey’s coast is one step closer to becoming an official law. This would mean the end of dangerous oil rigs or leasing of submerged lands for the production of natural gases, thus keeping the waters safe for the aquatic wildlife.

Oil drilling has been a problem for decades, with fumes contaminating the water and air while the spills have harmed and killed hundreds of animals and cost people their homes. The country has been fighting an endless battle against the revival of fossil fuels since President Trump’s inauguration, and every ban counts towards victory. Approve this new law to ensure the safety and preservation of New Jersey’s coastline.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: David Wilson

Praise China’s Fight Against Pollution

Target: Zhang Jianlong, Director of the State Forestry Administration of the People’s Republic of China

Goal: Encourage the restoration of millions of acres of forest in ravaged regions.

One of the world’s largest countries is doing its part in restoring our environment. As part of an ambitious plan to ensure up to one quarter of its lands are populated by forests within the next five years, Chinese leadership has enlisted the country’s army to take up arms against Earth’s most dangerous enemy: pollution. Roughly 60,000 members of the People’s Liberation Army and Chinese police forces will be tasked with planting enough trees across the expansive lands to cover an area the size of Ireland.

This step continues a promising commitment to green initiatives for China. Projects such as the Grain for Green program have proven successful in encouraging rural landowners to plant trees in the hopes of preventing flooding and damaging soil erosion. While issues like lack of biodiversity arose with this project, the new initiative by the State Forestry Administration has the benefit of strong leadership and a clearer plan of action. Recognizing the important role of trees in neutralizing atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and in combatting pollution, the government has already devoted $80 billion to reforestation efforts at a time when many countries are beset by deforestation. This largest initiative yet will add millions more trees to the landscape. Many of these trees will surround areas beset by heavy smog, offering some counterbalance to harmful pollutants.

China is transitioning into a world advocate for environmental causes on all fronts, with other longstanding efforts currently ongoing in areas such as solar power, waste reduction, and the curtailing of development projects that could damage precious resources like rivers and lakes. The country is also actively encouraging individuals and organizations to participate in its reforestation efforts.

Sign this petition to support and encourage China’s progressive drive to boost the health of our environment and our world.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Director Jianlong,

“Development must be scientific development, and we must persist in unswervingly carrying out the concepts of innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development.” In a world that sometimes loses sight of this fundamental principle, it is immensely encouraging to see these words enshrined in China’s central philosophy. The ambitious plan to increase China’s forest coverage is so meaningful because it represents more than just an idea; it is a course of action that will be realized and implemented with the full support of your government.

As in many other facets of your green initiatives, you are ensuring that China will be part of the solution rather than a driver of the problem. Every day, we witness the effects of environmental carelessness in our water, our weather, our food supplies, and in the very air we breathe. As countries, we may celebrate different ideals and drape ourselves in different symbols and colors, but at our core we all live under one color: green.

Please stand strong in your commitment to our shared environment. Green initiatives are the essential key to your country’s future and the future of our world.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Kevin Utting

Stop the Mass Slaughter of Rattlesnakes at Festival

Target: Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas

Goal: Put an end to a cruel snake slaughtering event at an annual festival.

For the 60th year, people will flock to Sweetwater, Texas to witness a bloody spectacle in which thousands of rattlesnakes held in a pit will be beheaded and skinned before their eyes. There is no reason behind this senseless killing, and it is time that this sick festival be brought at last to an end.

The Sweetwater Jaycees Festival, held by the United States Junior Chamber, says that its so-called Rattlesnake Roundup is necessary to control the “enormous snake populations” found in and around Sweetwater. However, there is no scientific backing to these claims, and once these snakes are captured, they are kept in tiny boxes without food for weeks while they await their ultimate demise during the festival’s main event.

While the event organizers claim that the festival provides a necessary boost to the local economy each year, there must be a way to encourage tourism to the area without the torturing and killing of innocent snakes. Sign this petition to demand that the Rattlesnake Roundup be ended once and for all.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Abbott,

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the first Rattlesnake Roundup held in Sweetwater, Texas. Each year since then, thousands of snakes have died during a senseless bloodbath as part of the Sweetwater Jaycees Festival. It far past time that this sick tradition be brought to an end.

Rattlesnakes are a natural part of the environment in Texas and do not need to be ‘controlled’ through mass roundups or killings. They do not deserve to be beheaded alive and skinned for the enjoyment of onlookers. That is why we urge you to intervene and tell the event organizers that this barbaric mass slaughter has no place in the 21st century.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: H. Krisp

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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Protect Recently Discovered Penguin Colony

Target: Jim Kurth, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Protect hidden colony of penguins in Antarctica in order to save the species.

A hidden colony of Adélie penguins was recently found on the Danger Islands of Antarctica, shortly after concern swept the ecological field regarding general penguin endangerment. Approximately 1.5 million penguins were discovered, enough to help downgrade the species to vulnerable and possibly save them from impending extinction within decades.

While this discovery is extremely welcome news, scientists are concerned that the existence of this colony alone will be enough for officials to declare the species safe. In truth, the protection of the area itself is also a major factor, as such spaces can easily fall victim to climate change-related dangers or overfishing. At the present, Danger Islands are largely safe from the effects of climate change and see very little human interaction. But the continued safety of this area requires funding and focus to maintain.

The discovery of this penguin colony is only one step in protecting the species. We must support the preservation of Danger Islands as a legally enforceable marine-protected area. Sign this petition to ensure that these birds will remain safe and their population healthy.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Director Kurth,

A colony of 1.5 million Adélie penguins has been discovered on the Danger Islands of Antarctica, answering the concern about the general endangerment of penguins on the continent. As of right now, the area is least suspect to climate change complications and sees very little human interaction.

But conservationists and scientists cannot rest easy. Despite the size of the colony and the safety of the area, it will not remain so without hard work and funding to ensure that Danger Islands will be a legally protected safe zone. We cannot simply assume that humans will stay away or that climate change will never touch them. You must help fund the preservation of Danger Islands as a legal safe space to protect this colony and ensure the survival of the species.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Jason Auch