Applaud the United Kingdom for Shutting Off Coal Power

Target: Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Goal: Praise the United Kingdom for temporarily suspending all coal-powered energy generation across the country for several days.

As part of a recent experiment, the United Kingdom successfully proved that it could power its nation without using any coal over a period of several days. As the country moves toward a 2025 deadline to completely phase out this dirty, greenhouse-gas emitting fossil fuel, tests such as these are an encouraging sign and are worthy of praise.

While United Kingdom’s economy once ran entirely off of coal during the Industrial Revolution, the country is now interested in staying competitive with much of the rest of the world, where renewable energy is on the rise. By embracing clean energy, the United Kingdom is taking steps to reduce the impact of global warming, which most scientists believe will become an increasingly serious threat to human civilization in the decades to come.

Although this recent coal-free experiment lasted only 55 hours, it demonstrated that the nation can provide energy to its over 65 million residents without using coal. Sign the petition petition to applaud this successful effort and urge the British government to continue its progress in phasing out fossil fuel usage.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister May,

I am writing to praise the United Kingdom for its recent decision to turn off all coal-powered energy for over 55 hours by allowing renewable forms like solar and wind to pick up the slack. The carbon emissions produced by coal are a major contributor to climate change. Even a temporary hiatus such as this is a welcome step in the right direction.

I am hopeful that tests such as these are a positive indicator that your nation is committed to meeting its 2025 goals to phase out coal usage entirely. I urge you to continue your progress toward this deadline and to expand the use of renewable sources of energy nationwide.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Alexandru Serbuta

Stop Loggers from Damaging Solomon Islands Drinking Water

Target: Rick Houenipwela (Hou), Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands

Goal: Don’t allow developers to damage residents’ drinking water.

Land clearing in the Solomon Islands is causing excessive soil erosion that is negatively impacting residents’ drinking water. Developers have prioritized logging and their own economic gains over public health in an area where residents don’t have access to alternative clean water sources. These forested tropical areas are being consumed by logging with no regard for the downstream impact on water quality and delicate ecosystems.

Developers on the Solomon Islands are promoting excessive logging with no plan for the protection of sensitive areas. Deforestation leads to bare soil conditions, which can cause significant erosion. Erosion of soil into downstream areas degrades the quality of water that residents rely on for drinking and bathing. In an island area, no drinking water alternatives exist for these residents. Soil loss also prevents the regrowth of vegetation in logged areas, which slows reforestation. Soil cannot quickly be replaced naturally, and the infertile soil or rock left behind is unfit for residents to farm on to feed themselves or to reestablish these sensitive forested areas. Downstream ecosystems can also be destroyed.

A national policy is needed to link these loggers’ activities with metrics for the protection of drinking water resources instead of just economic growth. Please, sign the petition below to take a stand to protect these remote residents and their access to clean water.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister Hou,

Loggers’ destruction of the Solomon Islands’ tropical forests for economic gain will only continue without action to protect water resources. It is vital to protect both your citizens’ drinking water and your country’s unique tropical forest ecosystems.

The impacts of erosion on drinking water resources and downstream ecosystems can be devastating to residents. They have limited access to alternative drinking water sources, if clean water sources are negatively impacted by land clearing activities. In addition, the resulting soil loss will slow reforestation and choke downstream ecosystems. These factors need to be considered when weighing the economics of development.

Don’t allow these developers to prioritize their own economic gain over the well-being of your citizens. We urge you to adopt a policy to protect clean water and the beautiful ecosystems of the Solomon Islands.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Roosevelt Garcia

Stop Fishing from Destroying National Park

Target: Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia

Goal: Stop illegal overfishing from destroying the natural beauty of Komodo National Park in Indonesia.

Indonesia’s Komodo National Park is at the tipping point of destruction. Its natural beauty is being ravaged and its wildlife endangered by excessive tourist fishing, which while illegal is still happening every day. Through both line fishing from boats and net fishing from dive sites, aquatic wildlife is being stolen from the seas or becoming entangled and left to die in nets or lines.

Komodo National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, many of which are in danger due to the thoughtless and selfish actions of humans. Fishing is illegal in such places, yet people continue to do so anyway, robbing the oceans of valuable aquatic wildlife and doing damage to the ocean’s fragile ecosystem. Komodo Park is losing much of its wildlife, most notably sharks who are fished and killed for their fins. The park’s namesake, the Komodo dragon, is also listed as vulnerable; this status could change for the worse at any time.

We must protect this beautiful heritage site from thoughtless, law-violating fishermen, not only to preserve a national treasure, but for the sake of the ocean’s delicate ecosystem. Sign this petition to demand tightened laws against fishing at Komodo Park.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Widodo,

Komodo National Park’s natural beauty is being ravaged by overfishing of various vulnerable species. Despite fishing being illegal at this World Heritage site, tourists continue to bring their lines and nets, robbing the sea of at least a thousand creatures every day, especially sharks who are killed for their fins and the park’s namesake, the Komodo dragon, which is listed as vulnerable.

This park is at the tipping point of destruction. Thoughtless fishermen continue to violate the no-fishing laws, threatening the ocean’s delicate ecosystem in addition to the park itself. You must enforce stricter laws against fishing and stronger protection for the park’s wildlife before this beautiful site disappears forever. We cannot let the actions of selfish humans rob us of Komodo National Park’s natural beauty.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Adhi Rachdian

Don’t Abandon Recycling Programs

Target: Andrew Antoniolli, Mayor of Ipswich, Australia

Goal: Preserve recycling programs in the community and focus on building out local recycling facilities.

The Australian city of Ipswich has decided to scrap its waste recycling program, and instead will be sending all recyclable materials to local landfills, where they could pose significant environmental hazards. The move comes as the cost to recycle cans, bottles, and plastic goods has risen following China’s decision to block the import of recyclable materials, and it is feared more communities in Australia will soon follow suit. Human-generated waste is a huge problem worldwide, and measures must be taken to encourage recycling wherever possible.

While sending all garbage to area landfills may seem like an effective cost-cutting measure, it may cause more harm in the long run, especially to the environment. Government officials have complained that the rising costs have been worsened by the fact that many people do not sort their recyclables correctly, or that many recyclable materials arrive contaminated with other trash. A program that helps to educate the community and relies on local recycling facilities could create jobs, while also reducing the amount of contaminated or incorrectly sorted waste.

Landfills are an unsustainable solution to the serious problem of handling the tons of garbage communities like Ipswich and others generate each year. Sign the petition below to urge this Australian community to reverse its decision immediately.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mayor Antoniolli,

Recyclable waste, such as cans, bottles, and paper goods, should not be allowed to clutter landfill space simply because the cost of recycling has risen in recent years. These nonbiodegradable materials will sit in heaps for centuries, or perhaps for even thousands of years, when they could be put to much better use. This waste can be harmful to the health of the environment, or even pose a human health risk.

Your community can make a positive environmental impact by opening local recycling facilities that do not rely on the expensive export of recyclable goods. This could create jobs, and you could also educate the community in how to recycle properly to reduce the number of items that are incorrectly sorted or discarded. I hope that you will implement these changes and help protect the health of the environment and all Australians.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Rupert Ganzer

Do Not Resume Hunting Endangered Fin Whale

Target: Kristján Loftsson, CEO of Hvalur hf. (roughly translated to Whale Inc.), Iceland

Goal: Do not resume the barbaric hunt of endangered fin whales after two years hunt-free.

The endangered fin whale will once again be threatened by gruesome killings from commercial hunting in Iceland, as the company that conducts the hunt, Hvalur hf, announced plans to resume the hunt after two years hunt-free. The whales are tied with rope to the side of a harpoon ship, dragged to shore, and butchered so that their meat can be sent to Japan.

The head of the company, Kristján Loftsson, said that the hunt was stopped two years ago for bureaucratic reasons, but public opinion has also been increasingly against hunting these whales, whose numbers are considered critically low outside of the Central North Atlantic region around Iceland. The aim of bringing the hunt back is reportedly to use the bones to make gelatin, the meat to develop iron supplements for the anemic, and the blubber for medical purposes that remain unspecified. This is allegedly a marketing strategy created to justify commercially hunting whales again, despite the cruelty of the practice and the risk to the conservation of these endangered animals. Sign below to demand that the fin whale be protected, not hunted.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear CEO Loftsson,

Please do not resume commercially hunting the endangered fin whale. The previous two years without the hunt were an important step for conservation, and to undo that for the sake of corporate profit is inhumane and irresponsible.

The public is opposed to hunting these endangered creatures, and the nature of the hunt—slaughtering whales for their meat and stringing them up to harpoon ships—is cruel and unnecessary, regardless of your company’s use of the carcasses. I urge you not to resume this brutal practice, and to instead work to protect these endangered creatures.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Chris Buelow

Don’t Reopen Environmentally Damaging Coal Plant for Mining Bitcoin

Target: Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia

Goal: Don’t allow an environmentally damaging coal power station to be reopened to power cryptocurrency mining operations.

A dangerous and damaging coal plant will soon restart operations at an alarming rate. An abandoned coal-powered energy plant on Australia’s eastern coast will soon be reopened to help bitcoin miners earn more of the digital currency faster in what has become a troubling global trend. So-called blockchain operations like this one are consuming massive amounts of power worldwide, and the fact that environmentally destructive coal plants are being reopened to fuel the craze is a further step in the wrong direction.

While most cryptocurrency mining is done in countries where the climate is cold and energy is cheap, such as Russia or in parts of China, this deal appears to be one Australian tech company’s attempt to make the country globally competitive in this emerging industry. As part of their deal with locally based Hunter Energy, the disused coal plant could become operational in as little as 12 months, when it will begin producing up to 150 megawatts per hour in one of the least-efficient and most environmentally damaging ways possible.

Worldwide, it is estimated that cryptocurrency mining will exceed 120 billion kilowatts per hour this year alone. For the sake of this planet we all share, this wasteful consumption of energy must be curbed. Sign this petition to demand that the government of Australia intervene and block this disastrous deal.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister Turnbull,

A recent deal made between Hunter Energy and IOT Group, an Australian-based tech company, will result in the reopening of a once-abandoned coal power station as part of a wasteful and unnecessary bid to compete with Chinese and Russian cryptocurrency miners. Once the plant is brought back online, it will generate up to 150 megawatts per hour using coal, which produces greenhouse gas emissions and is a major contributor to global climate change.

Australia must join with other nations around the world to help ensure that future generations have a habitable world. To allow an environmentally damaging coal plant to be reopened simply for one company’s profit is shameful. I ask that you intervene in this senseless and potentially damaging deal and demand that this power station remain closed.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Arnold Paul

Save Endangered Green-Haired Turtle from Extinction

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

Goal: Take stronger measures to ensure the long-term survival of the endangered Mary River turtle.

A turtle species native to Australia is in danger of extinction. The Mary River turtle is a unique Australian reptile known for growing green patches of algae on its head and shell and for its amazing ability to spend up to three days underwater without surfacing for air. Despite these amazing features, the turtle is also now recognized by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) as one of the world’s 30 most endangered reptile species. As the population of Mary River turtles has been in decline for over four decades, it may be only a matter of time before they are gone forever.

Early reasons for the turtle’s decline were due to overexploitation in the pet trade. Because of the turtle’s docile nature, vast numbers of eggs were collected to satisfy consumer demand. While this trade is now illegal, the turtle continues to face other ecological threats, such as habitat loss caused by dam construction.

The Mary River turtle is a truly unique animal that needs our help to ensure its future survival. Sign this petition and demand that the Australian government take all necessary measures to help this turtle thrive once more.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Frydenberg,

Mary River turtles were once commonly spotted in their native Queensland habitat before the pet trade and river dam construction caused their numbers to plummet. Now they are recognized by the Zoological Society of London as one of the world’s most endangered reptiles, and unless conservation efforts are stepped up, they may disappear forever.

Because continued development on the Mary River threatens these vulnerable turtles, it is vital that what little healthy river habitat remains be protected against further human encroachment. While this little turtle may not be as well known as other Australian species, such as the koala or platypus, it deserves just as much respect and attention. Please ensure that all necessary measures are taken to ensure its continued survival.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Pandiyan V

Stop Tree Clearing To Save Koala Population

Target: His Excellency Paul de Jersey, Governor of Queensland, Australia

Goal: Save Queensland koala population by preserving as many trees as possible.

Queensland’s koala population is rapidly disappearing due to mass tree clearings. The trees are chopped down to make room for housing and infrastructure, robbing the species of their natural habitat and rendering them vulnerable to the high concentration of fast-moving vehicles, predatory dogs, and lack of food due to industrialization of the land.

Nearly 5,000 koalas died within the span of four years, from 2012 to 2016, and the death toll continues to rise to this day. Koalas cannot thrive or survive outside their natural habitat, and the trees not only provide their shelter and water supply, but the gumleaves they subsist on. The fewer trees there are, the fewer gumleaves, thus many koalas starve to death if they are not hit by motorists or attacked by dogs first.

The species will disappear completely within a few years’ time if the tree clearings are not curbed. We cannot allow these wonderful animals to vanish from this planet forever. Sign this petition to demand a stop to the tree clearings in Queensland.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor de Jersey,

Queensland’s koala population may completely disappear in a few years’ time due to mass tree clearings. Many forests worth of trees have been cut down to make room for housing and infrastructure, robbing the species of their shelter and food source. This has caused nearly 5,000 koala deaths within four years, many of which were starvation-induced. Those that do not starve are killed by passing motorists or attacked by dogs.

You must stop the tree clearings before this species is gone for good. The koala is a vital species to Australia, and trees are vital to the ecosystem as a whole. You cannot allow industrialization to rob the planet of these wonderful animals. Ban the clearing of trees and give koalas a fighting chance.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Erik Veland

Stop Deadly Plastic Waste Killing Whales and Other Wildlife

Target: Isabel Garcia Tejerina, Minister of Agriculture, Fishers, Food and Environment for Spain

Goal: Reduce the amount of plastic waste that is entering the ocean and endangering whales and other marine species.

A sperm whale measuring over 30 feet and weighing over six tons was found dead on a Spanish beach. Local officials determining the whale’s cause of death discovered that the animal had swallowed over 60 pounds’ worth of plastic garbage, including disposable bags and nets used in the fishing industry. It is believed this caused the whale to develop a deadly infection, leading to his tragic demise.

Plastic poses many risks to whales and other forms of marine wildlife. While large pieces of plastic waste can cause lethal harm, as seen in the case of this sperm whale, even microscopic plastic particles are contributing to a slow death by poisoning for countless animals. Combined with overfishing and other forms of pollution threatening our seas, the addition of even more plastic waste could spell doom for many vulnerable species, including whales.

All countries have a responsibility to help clean up the ocean and stop contributing to the plastic waste epidemic. Sign this petition to urge the Spanish government to enact stronger laws and cut down on the amount of disposable garbage entering the sea.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Tejerina,

Government officials in Murcia have determined that the official cause of death for a sperm whale discovered on a regional beach was an intestinal infection caused by the whale’s ingestion of nearly 30 kilograms worth of plastic waste. Among the recovered garbage were scores of disposable bags, as well as nets and ropes widely used in the fishing industry. Combined, this human-produced waste contributed to the young sperm whale’s untimely death, and it is poisoning countless more creatures worldwide.

You must take necessary measures to enact stronger laws and regulations on plastic waste, as well as to limit the amount of disposable garbage that is entering Spanish waterways. Spain could pave the way to a more environmentally friendly future by eliminating disposable plastic bags nationwide and requiring that fishermen use equipment that is less harmful to wildlife. Please do your part to help ensure that the oceans will remain a haven for many living creatures for generations to come.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Richard Humphrey

Praise India for Punishing Celebrity Guilty of Illegal Hunting

Target: Pradeep Nandrajog, Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court

Goal: Praise Indian court for protecting wildlife animals and holding illegal hunters accountable.

A famous Bollywood star in India has been sentenced to five years in prison and fined $153 for poaching a species of protected Indian antelope. It is believed that the actor, Salman Khan, and four other actors were present in the car during the incident in 1998, but fled when caught, leaving the dead animals behind. The other actors were found not guilty due to lack of evidence.

Without a special permit, most wildlife species are off limits to hunters in India. Khan was arrested for hunting two antelopes and three other gazelles, and eight years later, he was convicted of killing the antelopes. The charges hung over him for the next decade, but in 2016, he was found not guilty of poaching the gazelles. The allegations first came from a witness who wrote down the vehicle number as it sped away from the scene. In 2018, finally, Khan was found guilty of illegal poaching.

Because of his status and affluence, Khan continues to be showered with affection from his fans. Although he has a history in court for drunken misbehavior, domestic abuse, and a fatal hit-and-run, his male followers empathize with him, claiming that he is only a human male who makes mistakes. This is a toxic attitude, but sentencing him to prison and issuing a fine signals that not even celebrities should walk free if they violate wildlife laws. Sign the petition below to praise the Rajasthan High Court for protecting wildlife and enforcing laws regardless of status.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Chief Justice Nandrajog,

Salman Khan, a famous Bollywood actor, has been sentenced to five years in prison and fined for illegal hunting in 1998. While filming a scene, Khan (and allegedly several other actors) killed the animals, which were then a vulnerable and protected species. While the other actors were acquitted, Khan is going to pay the price for harming wildlife.

Celebrities should not be given a free pass when it comes to following wildlife regulations. Although Khan’s fans still adore him after allegations and instances of domestic abuse, drunken misbehavior, a fatal hit-and-run, and illegal poaching, I am glad that the court is serving justice for wrongly killed animals. I applaud your efforts in enforcing wildlife laws, even for citizens of high social and economic status. With this guilty verdict, India demonstrates that it does not tolerate illegal hunting and will do what it takes to protect wildlife.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Bernard Dupont