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Ellen’s List is a free service in which environmental engineer Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. (see bio below) continually reviews health and environmental petitions that are circulating and post the ones she recommends. Subscribers may efficiently sign the ones they choose to sign. The video below describes how it works and how to get started. Below the video is a link for signing up, and some more cool information about Ellen’s List.
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Petitions are democracy in action and a great way to make a difference. Now fast and easy to sign - thanks to the Internet - petitions move mountains, sometimes alone and sometimes in conjunction with other efforts. Numbers matter, so each signature helps.
National Public Radio: Petitions Are Going Viral, Sometimes to Great Success. http://www.npr.org/2012/03/16/148556371/petitions-are-going-viral-sometimes-to-great-success.
18,000 Petition Victories. Change.org, where anyone can start a petition for free, reports more than 18,000 petition victories in more than 195 countries, almost one per hour (https://www.change.org/impact).
More Victories. Similarly, MoveOn.org reports a long list of petition victories (http://petitions.moveon.org/victories.html) that include:
- Maintaining Endangered Species Act protections for endangered orcas in the face of agribusiness attempts to strip the orcas of protections
- Helping Maine pass a genetically modified organisms (GMO) food labeling law
- Helping Maine pass a resolution calling for the overturn of Citizens United, the U.S. Supreme Court decisions that allows unlimited and secret campaign contributions
- Stopping the Connecticut State Police from using 30 acres of the Meshomasic State Forest as a firearms training facility
- Helping stop the U.S. Navy from undertaking an explosives and sonar training program off the coast of southern California that could have deafened more than 15,000 whales and dolphins and killed 1,800 more
- Stopping a U.S. Forest Service logging project in Oregon
- Keeping climate change denial out of Arizona classrooms and keeping climate science in
Email from Friends of the Earth.
Great news! Climate activists like you just got a ringing endorsement from the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Gina McCarthy said that your actions are key to driving progress on protecting the planet. Without you, the federal government wouldn’t feel pressure to do much at all.
In other words, the only way EPA and other agencies will do what’s necessary for the climate is if people like you speak up. This is a huge statement in support of your activism, and shows the EPA is paying attention…
Plastics in Oceans. Ocean Conservancy petitioned the American Chemistry Council ACC) to do something about the global problem of plastics in oceans. Here’s a quote from their official response:
“Your staff recently delivered a petition with nearly 70,000 signatures from your members urging ACC to work with Ocean Conservancy and others to keep plastic from reaching the ocean. The large number of signatures underscores for us how many people are committed to keeping plastic out of the ocean, and who want to know that we are committed to doing something about it. Please tell your members that ACC has heard them, and that we’re committed to being part of the solution.”
Bee-Killing Pesticides. According to the Center for Food Safety, the popcorn company Pop Secret pledged to phase out the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, which kill bees, butterflies, birds, and other wildlife, due to citizen pressure. This was a month after Pop Weaver, the second largest popcorn company, similarly bowed to citizen pressure.
Antibiotics in Meat. Subway announced it will phase out antibiotics from its entire meat supply just two days before Public Research Interest Group (PIRG) planned to deliver the petition signatures of more than 110,000 PIRG supporters to Subway headquarters -- part of the more than 300,000 petition signatures collected by PIRG, Natural Resources Defense Council, and other organizations.
GMO Salmon. Costco, the second largest retailer in the world committed to not sell GMO salmon, thanks to petitions, emails, phone calls, and letters.
Oregon Water Grab. Just after a quarter of a million SumOfUs members from around the world urged Governor Kate Brown to scrap Nestlé’s grab in Oregon, she announced she's putting the Nestlé deal under public review. Oregon resident, Joseph Schommer, started the petition on our SumOfUs’ community platform (where anyone can start a petition). The petition was delivered to the Governor by a coalition of tribal members and concerned citizens.
Conflict Palm Oil. After more than a year of campaigning and citizen participation, PepsiCo came out with a new palm oil policy, strengthening its commitment to uphold the rights of local communities and workers and to identify the plantations where the palm oil used in its products is grown. PepsiCo’s policy still contained massive loopholes and SumOfUs continued to pressure PepsiCo to close these loopholes. Palm oil plantations involve massive deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions, social conflict, land rights violations, and labor abuses.
Plasticizer in Bread. Less than a week after food blogger Vani Hari, “Food Babe,” collected 67,000 petition signatures, Subway announced it will stop adding the chemical azodicarbonamide—also used in yoga matts and shoe soles for elasticity—from its bread (http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/06/health/subway-bread-chemical/).
Orcas. A petition signed by more than 30,000 people helped encourage the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to maintain orcas on the state’s Endangered Species List.