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Black History Month Petition

Thursday, February 18th, 2021
One of the “sneaky” ways racism is promoted is when companies choose poorer African-American neighborhoods (or other neighborhoods with people of color) to place businesses that are dangerous to the environment, thus impacting the people who live there, as though their lives are unimportant. Read below and sign if you agree. I put in bold the main paragraph below. ellensue
 

Dear ellen sue,

Take action to protect St. James Parish, Louisiana communities and our oceans from Formosa Plastics.

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Formosa Plastics is trying to build a mega-polluting plant in St. James Parish, Louisiana. Take action now.

The plant is located in Louisiana’s notorious “Cancer Alley.” It would impact a predominantly Black community, which already suffers from toxic pollution, and would disturb unmarked burial sites of formerly enslaved people. And the plastic it produces would worsen the crisis of plastic pollution suffocating our oceans.

Biden came into office promising to address problems of environmental injustice. Now is his chance — the Army Corps of Engineers could revoke the plant’s permit. We’re at a pivotal moment to stop Formosa Plastics, but we need your help.

Protect communities from Big Polluters. Demand Formosa Plastics’ permits be revoked.

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Our planet is already overrun with plastic pollution. Every minute, the equivalent of an entire garbage truck of plastic is dumped into our oceans. Plastics don’t disappear — they just break down into smaller and smaller pieces that eventually make their way into the environment and the water we depend on.

Plastic pellets, like the ones Formosa Plastics has a track record of illegally dumping, are often mistaken for food by marine wildlife. Fish, seabirds, and crustaceans have all been killed from bellies full of plastic. We need your help to protect the planet and our wildlife from plastic pollution.

Take action to protect our oceans from plastic pollution. Demand Formosa Plastics be stopped immediately.

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Formosa Plastics is a serial offender of environmental laws, and has damaged communities, waterways and ecosystems in the US and around the world. If the new Formosa Plastics plant is built it will be one of the largest petrochemical complexes in our country — doubling the amount of toxic pollutants already emitted in St. James Parish.

The surrounding majority Black community is already burdened with unacceptably high pollution levels and cancer rates — and a COVID-19 death rate that is over five times higher than the national average.

The Biden Administration should be prioritizing environmental justice instead of putting a mega-polluting facility in a community that is already burdened with health problems.

Protect St. James Parish communities from toxic air and water pollution. Stop Formosa Plastics.

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SAVE the Bees Petition

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020
Environment America Year-End Drive

 

Take Action

 

 

Our bees are in the midst of a crisis — their populations are collapsing,

and we need to take action.

 

A long and growing list of threats are driving bee deaths, from a warming
climate to shrinking habitats — and the summer of 2019 was the single
worst one for bees on record.1 But researchers are particularly concerned
about one bee killer: Neonicotinoid pesticides, also known as neonics.

 

Saving the bees means stopping the worst uses of these bee-killing
pesticides. Tell your governor to take action.

 

Pollinators are vital to the health of our ecosystems. Bees of all kinds —
from the familiar honeybee to America’s thousands of wild species —
are nature’s best.2

 

They’re truly incredible creatures: Wherever they thrive, the web of life
is stronger, broader and more colorful. And we’re losing them by the millions.

 

The European Union, Canada and four U.S. states have already passed
restrictions on neonics. There’s a reason for that: In the two decades
that we’ve been using them on our crops, gardens and parks, they’v
been strongly linked with bee colony collapse.

 

When bees ingest these chemicals through treated plants, their
immune systems are weakened and their ability to navigate home
to their hives is hampered. Neonics even harm the brain development
of baby bees.3,4

 

There’s a lot that we need to do to save the bees, including expanding
and protecting bee habitat and making our farming practices less toxic.
One of the best steps we can take right now? Tell your governor:
Ban the worst uses of neonic pesticides
in your state.

 

To secure a future for the bees, we need to plant bee-friendly plants and
protect more habitat so wild bees can thrive, move American agriculture
in a more sustainable direction, and keep harmful pesticides away from
the places where bees should be safest of all: wildlife refuges.

 

Your state can take a great first step toward that vision by banning the worst
uses of neonic pesticides. Uses like selling neonics to consumers for their
lawns and gardens, and pre-treated seeds (which make the plants that grow
from them toxic to bees without spraying), are the ones we should dispense
with first.

 

With your help, we can make sure bees never have a summer as bad as 2019’s
again. Take action.

 

Thanks for making it all possible,

 

Wendy Wendlandt
Acting President

1. “US beekeepers reported lower winter losses but abnormally high summer losses,” ScienceDaily, June 22, 2020.
2. “Native plants and ecosystem services: Pollination,” Michigan State
University Department of Entomology, accessed September 21, 2020.
3. Lauren Aratani, “Pesticide widely used in US particularly harmful to
bees, study finds
,” The Guardian, August 6, 2019.
4. “US beekeepers reported lower winter losses but abnormally high
summer losses
,” ScienceDaily, June 22, 2020.

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