Onbehalfof.life is a web platform for submitting public comments to the US Environmental Protection Agency on behalf of another species. The US EPA is a governmental agency that is required to accept public comments, specifically whenever a new environmental regulation is passed or amended—for example when chemical pesticides are deemed “safe” to use. The aim of this web tool is to foster public commentary that articulates a vision for environmental justice on behalf of all life, challenging the current administration's self-serving disregard for climate and the environment. Onbehalfof.life is periodically updated to reflect the current issues that are open to public comment at the US EPA. Submitted comments will be posted to the US EPA and become part of a permanent record.
From May 5th–June 16th, Onbehalfof.life is hosting a special project: The Environmental Performance Agency’s Department of Weedy Affairs. We invite you to raise your voice! What do you expect from a government agency tasked with protecting “the environment”? The US Environmental Protection Agency is being dismantled before our very eyes: Since the appointment of Scott Pruitt in 2017, the US EPA has removed nearly all mention of climate change from its website and strategic plan, has censored its own scientists, and has overturned 33+ rules and rolled back dozens of initiatives that protect human and more-than-human health.
In response, we invite you to call or text the Environmental Performance Agency’s hotline and leave a message for Scott Pruitt and US EPA officials on behalf of a life form who can’t. Let them know what you think about these changes, and help us imagine a governmental agency that advocates for ecological justice in a multispecies entangled world. We invite you to speak from the perspective of another species to highlight multi-species empathy and ecological interdependence of all life. Your contribution will be delivered in person on June 15, 2018 to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters in Washington DC and displayed here on this website.
In Weedy Solidarity,
The Environmental Performance Agency
CALL OR TEXT (240) 808-2372
We believe the US EPA has an obligation to preserve and support the atmosphere, lithosphere, biosphere and all the other spheres of life both human and nonhuman for all present and future generations and the undersigned species and their ecosystem partners.
We believe the survival of all life is threatened by the degradation of the environment and increased changes to the climate as evidenced by increasingly frequent wildfires, sea level rise, drought, and flood events. We believe public-private partnerships (corporate cronyism) are asymmetrical and benefit private partners over the health of the public, protection of which is the explicit mission of the US EPA. Despite knowledge of climate change impacts, US EPA’s inaction perpetuates the degradation of the environment, threatening all existing species with ecosystem and food system collapse.
We believe in the agency of all life forms, and believe the US EPA should create equitable spaces for life to thrive in a time of extinction. To do this, the US EPA strategic plan must reflect the diverse needs of a changing ecosystem in the US and its territories Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands—and not of the private industries that continue to exploit and ravage these communities.
The US EPA’s core mission should deliver real results, which should include ban of toxic chemicals, support of healthy soil practices, removal of pesticides from agricultural use, clean water without lead, divestment from fossil fuels and the rejection of current and proposed oil pipeline infrastructure.
Yes let’s rebalance the power between Washington, the states, and the people. Not only for the American People but for the planet.
The US EPA should administer the law and refocus the Agency toward climate change legislation, enforcement and resiliency planning—to ensure the integrity of all life forms on the planet.