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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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Why Should I Subscribe to Ellen’s List?

  • Saves Time. You can sign petitions faster than dealing with one petition request at a time. A few minutes is all it takes to sign any (or all) of the petitions you choose from the week’s recommended petitions.
  • Petitions Really Work. You may be surprised at the track record of online petitions. Click here to read more.
  • Learn and Take Action Simultaneously. You quickly learn about the health and environmental issues of the day while actually doing something about them.
  • Simplify Your Emails. You can disregard the barrage of emails asking you to sign petitions and make donations. You can rely on one weekly email from Ellen’s List instead.
  • Good Advice. With an M.S. in environmental engineering, Ph.D. in civil engineering, and 30 years working full-time in the environmental field, Ellen is well-qualified to recommend specific petitions.
  • Good News. Ellen’s List shares news of health and environmental successes.
  • It’s Free.
  • Helps You with Mechanical Details:
  • Automatically fills in the contact information you entered once, during setup. Usually all you need to do to sign a petition is click its “submit” button. You control when to share your contact information—when you click the “submit” button to sign a petition.
  • Weeds out duplicates so you’ll never have to see the same petition more than once.
  • Some petitions are directed at U.S. Senators and Representatives, who typically have drop-down menus of topic areas they want you to choose from when you sign. Ellen recommends which topic category to choose.
  • If you have any difficulties getting started with Ellen’s List, or along the way, help is available by emailing Gabriel Johnson for technical support (click here). He’ll even help you over the phone, if necessary.
  • We hope you will subscribe to Ellen’s List. There is power in numbers, and many problems in our world need our help. Plus, you can unsubscribe at any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the weekly emails. You can also unsubscribe by logging into Ellen’s List and clicking the link at the top of any page called “My Subscriber Information” and click the “Unsubscribe” link at the bottom.

    If you find that you like Ellen’s List as much as we think you will, we hope you’ll forward the link to Ellen’s List to a friend or two and recommend that they join. Ellen’s List grows by word of mouth.

What Subscribers Say About Ellen’s List

  • “It was incredibly easy.”
  • “This is great! I watched the video (really good job explaining how to use the list) and signed up. So cool!”
  • “I finally got onto your list! It worked really well, even without my first having read the help/intro page!”
  • “Thanks … for expanding my time, effectiveness, and vision.”
  • “I think the way you've set things up is about as good as I can imagine it could be ... as long as people heed your advice to create a dedicated email address to receive all the many solicitations that follow the signing of petitions.”
  • “… FABULOUS list!  I love it - just went through the petitions a few minutes ago. I will show some of my friends and perhaps they can also take part!”
  • “I’m sure other people will appreciate this service too.”
  • “Really nice video on the front page of your Ellen's List website!... Also, the animated instructions render the process very clearly. You are truly rallying the troops!”

Why Is Ellen Doing This?


Her main goal is to help health and environmental organizations get more signatures on their petitions so they can create positive change.
 
Another goal is to help spread the word about her third book, Our Earth, Our Species, Our Selves: How to Thrive While Creating a Sustainable World, and her articles on The Huffington Post and other venues. When a new article (or book) is published, she includes a link in the regular weekly email to subscribers.

About Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.



Ellen Moyer is an independent consultant who helps clients prevent, evaluate, and solve environmental problems. She works on projects to protect water supplies from contamination, prevent air pollution, mitigate climate change, and preserve forests. She has supported cleanups of some of the most challenging contaminated sites in the United States, including numerous Superfund sites.

With a B.A. in anthropology, an M.S. in environmental engineering, and a Ph.D. in civil engineering, she is a registered professional engineer and a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional. She authored more than 25 articles and 3 books and presented more than 100 seminars on how to clean up contaminated soil and groundwater.

Her third book, Our Earth, Our Species, Our Selves: How to Thrive While Creating a Sustainable World, released December 2016, is getting great feedback. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.

For information on Ellen’s books, speaking, consulting, Huffington Post articles, resources, and media, or to get in touch with Ellen, click on the main menu (green bar above).

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Petitions Work



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
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Dear Ellen:

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.