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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Protect Sole Remaining Bandicoot Species from Extinction

Target: Josh Frydenberg, Minister for the Environment and Energy of Australia

Goal: Protect single remaining bandicoot species left in Australia from extinction.

The western barred bandicoot is on the verge of extinction, due to all but one species remaining and several of that particular species having disappeared. The western barred was once five unique species, four of which ceased to thrive due to the onset of predators and the loss of its habitat to agriculture. The surviving group was translocated to South Australia, which researchers are now calling “a mistake.”

Studies show that the bandicoot clearly thrived more in its original habitat of West Australia, but that is also where four subspecies of western barred went extinct. For the species to survive, they would need to be moved back to their original habitat, but many changes would need to be made to ensure their survival. Agriculture must halt in order to preserve adequate land for the bandicoot, while predator-free reserves must be formed to protect the species from attacks. It is very important that the remaining species survive, as bandicoots and their habit of digging are vital to the Australian ecosystem.

It is not too late to save the bandicoot, and it is hoped that there will be more diversity in breeding patterns in the future. Sign this petition to save the western barred bandicoot from extinction.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Frydenberg,

Western barred bandicoots are down to one species, which is endangered despite efforts to protect it via a translocation to South Australia. While they are protected from predators, they are not thriving as they did in their original home of West Australia. The bandicoot is vital to the ecosystem, as their habit of digging greatly benefits the soil and enables healthier plant growth.

The species would benefit from being returned to the West, but changes must be made. The four extinct subspecies of bandicoot disappeared due to predators and habitat loss. Agriculture must be halted to preserve land for the species, while predator-proof reserves must also be formed. You must ensure that this one remaining bandicoot species is able to survive and rebuild its numbers.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Endangered Black Rhinos Dead at New Sanctuary Home Deserve Justice

Target: Najib Balala, Minister of Kenya Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife

Goal: Hold individuals and organizations responsible for black rhino deaths.

Kenya accounts for more than one-tenth of the critically endangered black rhino population worldwide. In the past month, however, nine of these national treasures were lost in a state-sponsored conservation effort that went horribly wrong. The number lost in just one endeavor eclipses the total number of endangered rhinos killed in similar efforts within the previous twelve years.

The nine fallen rhinos were part of a group of 11 that were being taken to Tsavo East National Park by the Kenya Wildlife Service. Once they reached their new home, eight of the rhinos fell ill and died, with a ninth passing away a short time later. Authorities have theorized the causes of death to range from salt poisoning to heatstroke, but the investigation is ongoing.

This tragedy follows trying times for the beleaguered rhino species. Poachers allegedly murdered three black rhinos a few short months ago in Kenya; the heartless actions of human hunters have already driven the total population of black rhinos down to a little over 5,000. And earlier this year, the world lost its only remaining male northern white rhino, Sudan, to illness.

Help ensure the black rhino does not meet the same bleak fate. Demand Kenyan leaders find justice for the latest casualties and, moreover, do everything within their power to protect a vulnerable species that calls Kenya home.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Balala,

In the wild, black rhinos face no imminent threats. As a species, these magnificent animals should be thriving. Yet as their numbers have dwindled into the thousands; they stand at the top of the endangered species list: a testament to man’s continued greed and carelessness.

Since Africa remains the only continent in the world where these animals still roam freely, and since  Kenya remains their most prominent home, you have a special gift and an even more special responsibility. Recently, nine black rhinos lost their lives in circumstances that likely could have been avoided with proper care. Please take the investigation into these senseless deaths seriously, and hold those who may be responsible fully accountable.

Most importantly, prioritize a full scope of protections for endangered black rhinos and punish those who would callously steal their lives. Take action before these natural wonders, potentially like the white rhino, are lost forever to history.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Gerry Zambonin

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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Demand Justice for Crocodiles Killed by Angry Mob

Target: Basar Manullang, Head of the Natural Resources and Conservation Agency, West Papua, Indonesia

Goal: Punish those responsible for slaughtering crocodiles in a wildlife sanctuary in retaliation for a villager’s death.

Photos showing the bloody aftermath of the ruthless massacre of nearly three hundred crocodiles in Indonesia have shocked the world, all while Indonesian officials claim they have been unable to intervene or press charges. This photo evidence should be used to bring justice for these protected reptiles.

The rampant slaughter reportedly began shortly after a man from West Papua identified as Sugito had wandered into the sanctuary and was attacked and killed by one of the resident crocodiles. This incident, caused by what appears to have been one individual’s reckless actions, allegedly inspired a mob of angry villagers to storm the sanctuary after his funeral, killing every crocodile in sight using everything from shovels and clubs to hand knives.

This sanctuary was established to breed and house protected saltwater crocodiles and New Guinea crocodiles, and the loss of so many of these animals is a major setback to the conservation of both species. Sign this petition to demand that Indonesian officials find and prosecute those who are responsible for having participated in this bloody mob.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Manullang,

A mob in West Papua armed with knives, hammers and other makeshift weapons is believed to be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of protected crocodiles, as evidenced by the many photographs that have emerged in the aftermath showing the piled corpses of these reptiles. While it is believed that one of these crocodiles may have killed a local man, the slaughter of nearly three hundred protected crocodiles is a senseless act of violence that must not go unpunished. We urge you to use this photographic evidence to find and prosecute those who are believed to be responsible for this massacre.

The man, known only as Sugito, was attacked by one of the crocodiles after he had wandered into the sanctuary, allegedly looking for animal feed. While his death is a tragedy, it highlights the need for respect for these large and powerful reptiles, and it does not justify the rampant killing of these protected animals. Please uphold the existing laws protecting these vulnerable creatures and find those responsible so they may be brought to justice.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Alex Borland

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]

Photo Credit: Gerry Machen

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]

Photo Credit: Joshua Doubek

Do Not Allow Rare Amur Leopards to Go Extinct

Target: Sergey Donskoy, Russian Minister of National Resources and Environmental Protection

Goal: Establish more protected habitat for Amur leopards and devote more resources to conservation efforts.

Fewer than 100 endangered Amur leopards remain in the Russian wild. Scientists studying wild Amur leopards living in Russia and China have concluded that only 84 of the rare cats remain in their natural habitat. The survival of these critically endangered felines hinges on there being enough wild space for them to hunt and roam.

Conducting research on these elusive big cats is notoriously difficult, which is why scientists did not have a clear picture of just how many Amur leopards remained in the wild until now. The new detailed surveys combine data based on discovered tracks in the snow and photographs taken by motion detection cameras in both Russia and China. Many of the cats were shown to frequently cross the border on either side, but there were overall more Amur leopards living in Chinese territory.

While it is vitally important that both nations work to protect this critically endangered species, this study highlights the need for Russia in particular to focus on saving the remaining cats within its borders. With so few Amur leopards left in the wild, the survival of each individual is needed to ensure sufficient genetic diversity. Sign this petition to urge Russian officials to increase available habitat for these big cats and to devote more efforts to their conservation.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Donskoy,

Recent scientific studies have given us a better picture of how many critically endangered Amur leopards remain in the wild, and the news is not good for those cats living in Russia. While many of the leopards have been shown to cross regularly between China and Russia, those living exclusively in Russia have less available habitat to roam in, and therefore are in greater danger of extinction. We ask that you conserve more land for these leopards, and work with Chinese officials to ensure their long-term survival.

With only 84 wild leopards counted in the recent study, each individual remaining represents a necessary link for ensuring genetic diversity for this subspecies. The survival of these cats depends upon having adequate wild space in which to hunt and thrive. That is why we, the undersigned, are urging you to save this crucial habitat and to devote more resources to leopard conservation.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Michael Winters

Protect Bear Cubs and Wolf Pups From Slaughter

Target: Ryan Zinke, United States Secretary of the Interior

Goal: Protect Alaska’s wolf pups and bear cubs from unwarranted slaughter.

Alaska’s bears and wolves will soon be in danger of needless slaughter. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s plan to roll back protection laws for Alaskan bears and wolves is fast approaching, despite strong opposition from the state itself. The rollback of these Obama-era laws would allow cruel and unethical hunting practices such as baiting, killing hibernating bears, and laying traps for wolves during denning season. This would almost certainly spell the extinction of many different species of bear and wolf, who are already dying out due to unnecessary killings.

The legalization of these practices could lead to the extinction of many species of bear and wolf. Too many of these poor creatures have already been shot with “self-defense” as an excuse, while said creatures were quietly going about their own business and living their lives. Due to their history as predatory animals, bears and wolves have gained an unfair reputation used to justify these killings, and the last thing we need is for such cruelty to become fully legal.

We cannot allow this plan to succeed. Bears and wolves are living creatures that deserve better than to have their lives ended out of human paranoia or for sport. Sign this petition to denand Zinke call off his plan immediately.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Zinke,

Your plan to roll back protection laws for bears and wolves in Alaska is unethical and selfish. Too many of these creatures are ruthlessly killed by humans for sport, or shot while minding their own business with “self-defense” as an excuse. While bears and wolves may have a history as predatory animals, the majority of them would not harm humans unprovoked and are simply trying to live their lives. Additionally, many species of wolf and bear are nearly extinct despite laws set in place to protect them; rolling back these laws entirely would likely result in them disappearing forever.

The state of Alaska firmly opposes these plans to legalize hunting, trapping, baiting, and the killing of hibernating bears. You must respect the wishes of the population and keep protection laws for these animals firmly in place. Do not legalize the wholesale slaughter of innocent creatures for selfish reasons.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Ronnie MacDonald

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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