Support Company’s Decision to Go Meat-Free

Target: Adam Neumann, CEO of WeWork

Goal: Provide support for company’s decision to ban meals that include meat.

Office-sharing giant WeWork is hoping to make the world a better, more sustainable place by telling its roughly 253,000 members that they will no longer be able to expense meals that include meat. This is in light of research that has shown that the decision to go vegetarian or vegan is one of the most significant ways that individuals can have a positive impact on the environment.

While many other companies have started to offer more plant-based options for their employees, or have gone partially meat-free (such as promoting ‘meatless Mondays’), it is believed that WeWork is the first international corporation to make such a sweeping ban on meat products. Yet the company’s decision has also been met with some criticism, as some WeWork staff members and other observers worldwide have balked at the idea of being ‘forced’ to give up meat.

The meat and dairy industries are some of the worst contributors to global warming and deforestation worldwide. With more meat alternatives available for consumers than ever before, the need to rely on animal-based food sources is decreasing. We need companies like WeWork to step up and take responsibility. Sign the petition below to applaud this company’s decision and provide your support.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Neumann,

Your company’s ban on meals containing red meat, poultry, and pork is a bold move that could make an enormous impact on the environment for the better. The decision to go meatless not only will save billions of gallons of water and millions of pounds of carbon emissions waste, it could also save the lives of millions of innocent animals. This is a huge, precedent-setting move that is truly a step in the right direction.

We wish to thank you for recognizing the need to make important decisions for the planet’s future at this time. Despite some of the criticism you have recently received regarding the company-wide meat ban, the reality is that plant-based diets are a necessity for a more sustainable future. We, the undersigned, wish to praise you for your forward-thinking and compassionate decision that will help generations come enjoy a greener planet.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Save Our Waters From Phosphate Pollution

Target: The Right Honourable Michael Gove, United Kingdom DEFRA Secretary

Goal: Phase out the use of toxic phosphate fertilizers that are causing water pollution.

Phosphate-based plant fertilizers are contaminating the planet’s water supply, as well as boosting the growth of dangerous weeds such as stinging nettle. The overuse of these fertilizers is also partly responsible for the peril our oceans currently face, as rising phosphorus in the water is a cause of dangerous algae blooms that rob sea life and plants of precious oxygen. The weeds boosted by the chemicals grow rapidly as well, choking the life and stealing nutrients from more deserving plants. But overall, phosphate fertilizers are currently the most dangerous to our water supply, and could do severe harm to humans and animals who use and drink this water.

Phosphate fertilizers were once the most trusted in the growing of crops and plants, but their time is coming to a close. There are more ecologically friendly fertilizers available in this day and age. Sign this petition to demand the phasing out of phosphate fertilizers worldwide.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Gove,

The use of phosphate fertilizers is becoming dangerous to the environment, particularly the planet’s water supply. Residue from these fertilizers is swept through the streams and the rivers, where it aids the growth of weeds that choke the life from more deserving plants. It is responsible for the algae blooms that rob sea life and plants of precious oxygen. It could do serious harm to humans and animals.

Phosphates are a dwindling resource, and there is no reason to keep them in use. While once the most easily accessible and relied-upon resource for farmers and gardeners, their days are coming to an end with the advent of more ecologically friendly fertilizers. You must call for an official phasing out of phosphates as soon as possible, to keep the water cleaner and to discourage the growth of dangerous weeds and algae blooms. The future of this planet depends on it.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Ireland: Lead the Way in Divesting From Fossil Fuels

Target: Denis O’Donovan, Chair of Seanad, Ireland’s Upper Chamber of Parliament

Goal: Ensure that Ireland paves the way to protecting the environment with the use of renewable energy by requiring the government to sell its stakes in fossil fuels.

Ireland is on track to become the first country in the world to divest from fossil fuels, if a bill passes the upper chamber of Parliament. The bill, which has recently passed the lower chamber of Parliament, would require the Irish government to sell its stakes in coal, peat, oil, and gas “as soon as practicable.” According to estimates by the aid organization Trócaire, this will get rid of over $370 million in holdings, setting Ireland on course to combat climate change and meet the conditions of the Paris Agreement.

By divesting itself of interests in fossil fuels, Ireland can focus instead on more sustainable energy sources without any financial conflicts. As Thomas Pringle, the lawmaker behind the bill, states, “Let us show the Irish public and the international community that we are ready to think and act beyond narrow short-term and vested interests, and will take the opportunities that lie ahead of us to bring in real change.” Sign below to demand the passage of this landmark bill that will make Ireland a leader in the protection of our planet.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Cathaoirleach O’Donovan,

Ireland is on course to become the first country in the world to divest entirely from fossil fuels, and it is critical that this be seen through. This would be a landmark victory for preserving the environment and combatting climate change. It is vital that this bill be passed as soon as possible.

Although Ireland has not been known for championing renewable energy in the past, this move marks a significant change that will benefit not only Ireland’s reputation but also—and even more importantly—other countries in the world who suffer most from the effects of climate change. As lawmaker Thomas Pringle says, “We must be very clear; people are dying today as a direct result of climate change through the increasingly frequent and intense disasters, through increased hunger, increased water scarcity, and significantly more will die or be forced into displacement if there is not a radical change in direction.” I urge you to ensure the passage of this bill into law and solidify Ireland’s divestment from all fossil fuels.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Don’t Pollute the Drinking Water of Major City

Target: Brian Steed, Deputy Director, Policy and Programs, Bureau of Land Management

Goal: Abandon fracking plans that would pollute the drinking water of over 300,000 citizens.

A new fracking site may soon pollute the water of over 300,000 citizens in a major Texas city. The Trump Administration has proposed an auction of public land for fracking. This land sits below the reservoir where the city of Corpus Christi, Texas obtains its drinking water.

More than 4,200 acres of land are up for sale. Should fracking wells make their home here, natural gas leaks, toxic spills, and earthquakes may occur, damaging an already fragile water infrastructure, contaminating the water of hundreds of thousands of unknowing citizens.

There are already several leaking oil and gas wells in and around this area. More will prove catastrophic. Sign the petition to demand that the Bureau of Land Management cancel this land auction and protect the citizens of Corpus Christi.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Deputy Director Steed,

More than 300,000 citizens are at risk should fracking make its way to Corpus Christi’s water reservoir. Fracking has been proven to cause toxic spills, gas leaks, and even earthquakes. All of this would damage the already fragile infrastructure of Corpus Christi’s water system.

I ask that your protect the natural landscape of Corpus Christi and the city’s citizens. I ask that you cancel the proposed auction of more than 4,200 acres and leave it as open public space.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Eliminate Dangerous Anti-Wildlife Wording in Defense Bill

Target: Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives

Goal: Stop dangerous anti-wildlife bill from further endangering threatened species.

Threatened wildlife will be at further risk if a proposed bill passes. The House of Representatives’ version of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which is an annually passed bill that sets the budget for the US Department of Defense, contains language that is detrimental to wildlife. Specifically, if the bill passes with the harmful provisions, the greater sage-grouse and the lesser prairie chicken will not be listed under the Environmental Services Association for the next 10 years, and protections for the endangered American burying beetle will be removed. Furthermore, the bill will enable the US Navy to operate without regard to marine life for a decade.

In recent weeks, this bill has passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate, and it is currently under review. There is still time to make a difference. Please sign this petition to demand Speaker of the House Paul Ryan urge US senators and representatives to stop the harmful provisions of the bill from passing.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Speaker Ryan,

The House of Representatives’ version of this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) contains environmentally harmful language that must be removed. The bill would eliminate necessary protection for the endangered American burying beetle, the threatened sage-grouse and the lesser prairie chicken, and allow for the US Navy to operate unchecked without regard to marine life for a decade.

Please consider the detrimental effect these provisions in the bill would have on these species and on marine life. The purpose of the NDAA is to protect America, not to harm wildlife species and the environment. We ask that you uphold the true principles of the NDAA and remove the environmentally detrimental provisions in the House’s version of the NDAA.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Stop Illegal Loggers From Destroying Ancient Woodlands

Target: Marcian Bleahu, Minister of Environment for Romania

Goal: Address issue of rampant deforestation in Romania and ensure that illegal loggers are brought to justice.

The virgin forests of Romania are in danger of being destroyed. These forests are one of the last places in Europe where one may encounter wild lynx, bears or wolves in a landscape virtually unchanged since the last glacial period. Yet these primeval forests are rapidly disappearing, at the rate of over 62,000 hectares a year, as illegal loggers carve up the protected woodlands for their valuable old-growth timber.

While Romania’s illegal logging issues have been ongoing for decades, environmental groups are reporting that the problem has only worsened in the past few years. Two hundred years ago, this Eastern European nation was richly forested with over 8.5 million hectares of woodland, accounting for over 36 percent of its territory. Now barely one quarter of Romania remains forested, and that number continues to dwindle at a frightening rate despite the fact that much of this wilderness is now protected under law.

The Romanian government must address this problem by forbidding the sale of government-owned woodlands to private citizens and by arresting and punishing loggers found guilty of cutting down trees in protected areas. This unique ecosystem must be saved before these remaining primeval forests and their wild inhabitants disappear forever. Sign the petition below to take a stand and demand that all illegal logging be brought to an immediate end.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Bleahu,

Romania is losing over 62,000 hectares of pristine woodland each year, even in such protected areas as Semenic National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which contains some of Europe’s last few primeval beech forest habitats. Illegal logging here and at other protected sites is threatening these forests and the many wild species that call them home. It is absolutely crucial that you fully investigate these illicit logging incidents and punish those found responsible.

For too many years, the Romanian government has turned a blind eye to illegal logging or has attempted to cover it up by selling government-owned woodlands to private citizens and companies. We demand that you do what you can to protect the remaining wilderness areas in your country and put an end to all illegal activities threatening them.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Don’t Murder Endangered Whales and Dolphins with Mining Project

Target: Vicky Robertson, Chief Executive and Secretary for the Environment, New Zealand Ministry for the Environment

Goal: Revoke permit that would destroy the habitats of endangered dolphins and whales with seabed mining.

A permit has been granted that will allow a company to mine in the seabed of a protected sea mammal habitat. Sign the petition to demand that the government of New Zealand revoke this damaging and dangerous permit immediately.

Endangered whales and dolphins, hunted near extinction for far too long, are now being hunted down in protected waters. However, the weapon is not a spear. It is Ironsands Offshore Mining Limited, which can now legally mine in the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary.

The little shelter endangered sea mammals have will now be destroyed. Sign the petition to demand the government of New Zealand revoke this permit and protect the nation’s endangered species.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Robertson,

A dangerous and deeply damaging permit has just been granted that will condemn endangered sea animals to death. Ironsands Offshore Mining Limited has been given permission to destroy whales’ and dolphins’ protected habitat for mining.

This action is troubling and absurd. Sanctuary is meant to save these animals, but your government’s actions now condemn them to death. All of the hard work of conservationists will be erased forever. I demand you revoke this permit.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Stop Purging Conservation and Wildlife Advocates from National Park Services

Target: Mary L. Kendall, Deputy Inspector General of the Department of the Interior

Goal: Investigate allegations of unfair employment practices against conservationists and climate change advocates.

“Throughout my career, I’ve never encountered anything like this, ever.” These words, uttered by a conservationist with a four-decades long record of service, echo the sentiments of many environmental advocates and ethical leaders who now serve under an administration hostile to those very values. To date, 16 individuals serving our nation’s federal lands in senior-level positions  received demotions or reassignments; they believe these actions are retaliation for conservation or climate change advocacy. Many more dismissals could follow.

The most high-profile and recent of these questionable maneuvers is the treatment of soon-to-be former Yellowstone Park Superintendent Dan Wenk. This summer, Superintendent Wenk was given a choice: accept a reassignment across the country or resign. Either way, officials wanted the man who has served forty-plus years in national park services out of Yellowstone by August. Wenk chose resignation, believing the reassignment for which he was provided no reasoning resulted from his opposition to a planned reduction of Yellowstone’s bison populations. Moreover, Wenk contends that his dismissal reflects Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s ambition of prioritizing industry and profit over conservation. The bison initiative is believed to be the result of extensive lobbying from a major livestock group in Zinke’s home base of Montana.

As the conflicts of interest continue in organizations like the Interior Department and the EPA, those who would protect our environment and its wildlife continue to be neutralized. Sign this petition to demand the Interior Department’s investigative branch restore the integrity of the guardians of America’s most beloved lands.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Kendall,

You have received at last count 16 complaints from long-serving Interior Department officials who believe they were the victims of “punitive action” by department leaders. You claimed that you could not take action on these allegations because those responsible did not explain their reasoning for reassignments.

This answer is not good enough. As an investigator, it is your job to ‘investigate’ and to find these answers. Our nation’s most cherished lands, including its first national park, Yellowstone, are on the line. These lands need protectors and advocates that will look out for their best interests, not the interests of the corporate bottom line. Yellowstone’s senior official charges that he was forced into resignation simply because he opposed a controversial policy involving some of the park’s most prominent wildlife. “It’s a hell of a way to be treated at the end of four decades spent trying to do my best for the park service and places like Yellowstone, but that’s how these guys are,” Superintendent Dan Wenk recently said.

Is this how you are? Is the legacy you want to leave one of loyalty to the individuals you are supposed to keep in check, or loyalty to the oath you took when you joined the agency entrusted with protection of our federal lands and its wildlife? The choice is yours.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Yellowstone National Park

Support Starbucks Ban on Plastic Straws

Target: Kevin Johnson, President and CEO of Starbucks

Goal: Support the initiative to eliminate plastic straws from Starbucks worldwide to save our environment from pollution.

Starbucks will replace its plastic straws with a recyclable and environmentally safe alternative, eliminating all plastic straws from its stores worldwide by 2020 in order to protect our earth and our oceans from plastic waste. This marks a major victory for conservation and paves the way for other companies to follow suit in a way that is sustainable and business-friendly. When the move takes full effect, Starbucks estimates that it will mean one billion fewer plastic straws each year.

The company’s alternative to plastic straws is a recyclable strawless lid that social media refers to as the “adult sippy cup.” Starbucks already uses it for certain cold drinks; it will soon be used for all iced beverages except the Frappuccino, which will be served with straws made from sustainable or compostable materials instead of plastic. As Starbucks President and CEO Kevin Johnson stated, “For our partners and customers, this is a significant milestone to achieve our global aspiration of sustainable coffee, served to our customers in more sustainable ways.” Sign below to support this move and the positive example it sets for conservation and preserving our planet’s future.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear CEO Johnson,

The commitment Starbucks has made to sustainability, conservation, and the protection of the earth from plastic pollution for future generations is not only admirable, but also necessary. Plastic waste is extremely damaging to the environment, especially to the oceans and marine life, and single-use plastic straws are one of the biggest parts of the problem. Therefore, Starbucks’ initiative to eliminate as many as one billion straws a year by removing them from store locations worldwide by 2020 is a hugely important step.

This move to replace plastic straws with sustainable materials and recyclable lids shows responsibility, and that the company values the lives and concerns of its customers. Additionally, this plan illustrates a functional and business-friendly method of prioritizing conservation and sustainability. It therefore paves the way for other major companies to follow suit, increasing the positive global impact still further. Thank you for prioritizing the preservation of our environment. I support Starbucks in its plan to eliminate plastic straws.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Block Anti-Environment Supreme Court Pick

Target: Orrin Hatch, President pro tempore of the United States Senate

Goal: Block Supreme Court pick who opposes environmental regulations against climate change.

President Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh, an extreme anti-environment candidate, as his pick for the most recent vacancy on the Supreme Court. This man has fought against environmental and conservation groups for years, earning him the nickname “Lord Voldemort” by Center for Biological Diversity Senior counsel Bill Snape.

While Kavanaugh is quoted as having admitted in 2016 that humans are contributing to global warming, his actions suggest that he is strongly opposed to any meaningful measures to reduce carbon emissions or avert climate change. In past cases over the last decade, he has argued that climate regulations are a legal overreach and has chosen to ignore scientific findings that suggest environmental action is necessary. He has also sided against measures that would regulate air pollution across state lines, even though such pollution is thought to contribute to premature births and thousands of preventable deaths each year.

We cannot allow someone with such an anti-scientific and extreme conservative mindset to shape important legal decisions for years, or perhaps even decades to come, at this crucial point in our history. Sign the petition below to block this anti-environment candidate from taking this highly influential seat on the Supreme Court.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Hatch,

Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, has consistently opposed measures that would protect people’s health and safety and the long-term well-being of the environment. He considers any action to combat climate change or protect endangered wildlife to be a legal overreach, and for this reason he must be rejected.

Kavanaugh has opposed creating critical habitat for endangered species, stood against measures to reduce air pollution, and sided with big business on issues related to carbon emissions and global warming. He will likely undermine the Endangered Species Act and rule against any legal cases that involve necessary environmental regulation.

You must do everything you can to protect wildlife and future generations of Americans. That is why we are urging you to vote against this nominee, and to encourage other members of the U.S. Senate to do the same.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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