The oil and gas industry plans to build or augment 157 new facilities that will be allowed to increase their greenhouse gas emissions by 227 million tons. This is an increase from the 764 million tons they released in 2018. Demand the EPA implement stricter regulations on pollution and work to curb the expansion of the oil and gas industry.
Marginalized communities of color face disproportionate exposure to severe, climate change induced heat waves. These heat waves have caused an increase in illnesses such as heat stroke, dehydration, heart conditions, COPD and more. Demand the protection of these communities against the harmful effects of climate change through access to more green space and better housing opportunities.
Nitrogen fertilizer is directly linked to water pollution, air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, creation of aquatic dead zones, and lethal explosions. However, farmers still use excessive amounts of synthetic fertilizer. Demand that the American Farm Bureau Federation halt the use of harmful nitrogen fertilizer to protect human health and the environment.
Oil-and-gas workers and citizens are being exposed to dangerous levels of radiation found in brine, the byproduct of fracking. Exposure to high levels of radiation causes cancer, regular headaches, joint pain, numbness, and much more. Demand the EPA implement strict safety regulations to protect the public from exposure to the radiation found in brine.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) continues to sell public lands for fracking and make major policy decisions while the threat of Covid-19 grows. Covid-19 has seriously interrupted citizens’ ability to take part in the decision-making process regarding their public lands and resources. Demand the BLM stop selling public lands and halt any planning processes until the threat of Covid-19 diminishes and Americans can adequately participate.
China plans to spend trillions on a Belt and Road Initiative that includes, but is not limited to, new gas and oil pipelines, highways, railroads, and dams across the globe. The project will have a massive environmental impact involving large scale deforestation, loss of critical ecosystems and habitats, greenhouse gas emissions, pollution, and much more. Demand the president of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, halt the construction of the Belt and Road and Initiative and protect the environment.
The critically important pinyon pine tree is at risk of extinction due to the effects of climate change. Rising temperatures and increased periods of drought hinder the pinyon’s ability to germinate. Demand that the EPA address the future of the pinyon pine by taking strategic action to combat the effects of climate change.
Centuries of genocide, violation of treaty rights, and systematic oppression inflicted upon native peoples call for restitution. Demand that Governor Inslee and the state of Washington pay restitution by deconstructing false narratives of settler colonialism, promoting education of Native American history, and returning natives to positions of leadership.