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Petition: Stop support of offshore drilling - drive less
6 years ago I started my first petition to help raise awareness that we can blame the oil spill on whomever we want, but the real support of oil production is found in our day-to-day actions. Obviously, everyone in this group identifies with the goals of this petition and I'd like to ask that you help raise awareness of the idea that true change starts one person at a time. Part of me feels that it's a bit to easy to use the Deepwater Horizon disaster to promote a way of thinking, but really, what better time then now? Let's all work to direct our anger, frustration, depression, and absolute horror at this event to really push and make changes in our lives instead of looking to corporations and government to do the heavy lifting for us (this doesn't mean we should stop pestering them by the way). I'm sure each of you have acted in some way (personally, I just moved to Chicago in part so I could get rid of my car all together - use public transit and my bike instead). Let's continue to branch out from our personal efforts and raise awareness of a new way of thinking: that environmentalism, national security, human/animal health, etc. can all improve if we all do a bit more of the heavy lifting ourselves instead of expecting someone else to make the change for us. Please sign my petition and spread the word now while these events are fresh in our mind! Any input on how I could make the petition better would also be appreciated! Thanks.
6 years ago
Signed, thanks Bobby!
6 years ago
I do not own a car and signed and tweeted.
6 years ago
not having a car makes it way easier to use other forms of transportation. and it makes me use every car trip to the fullest! signed
6 years ago
Signed. The unfortunate reality is that there are many states, cities, etc. that just do not have good public transportation. I grew up in San Francisco, where there are many forms of public transportation. But in contrast, I have been living in the Phoenix valley of Arizona for 15 years and public transportation, if it exist in places, is terrible. I use to drive to work, it took be 30 minutes using city streets, longer if I took the congested freeways and 10 times longer using transportation. I needed my car for my job so it wasn't really an option. But if I had taken the bus, the only option for public transportation here, it would have taken me three hours to get to work and 3 hours to get home. No one in their right mind is going to take 6 hours out of every workday. That's 30 hours a week. We now have some rail but it is not enough to help most people get out of their cars. The Phoenix valley is perfect for rail and high speed rail. If you want people to get out of their cars you have to make it comfortable for them to do so. I don't understand, for the life of me, why rail is not built down the middle of freeways with underground parking and accessible thought out stops. It seems so simple to me. If I'm not mistaken they have done this successfully in the Sacramento area of California.
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