As of this morning, 10,731 have signed a petition on Change.org to stop a proposed Starbucks from being built in Yosemite National Park.
“Multinational corporations have no place in our National Parks,” reads the petition description. “The opening of a Starbucks in Yosemite Valley opens the door to further undue development. The Park will lose its essence, making it hardly distinguishable from a chaotic and bustling commercial city.”
The petition will be delivered to Rep. Tom McClintock, who is the representative for the congressional district where Yosemite is located.
Petitioners, who span the entire country, vocalized their concerns which include an invasion of a historical site, a hindrance on natural beauty, and more trash from coffee cups, among many more.
“National parks are some of the only free, clean, beautiful, and pollution-free places we have left. Multi-billion corporations don’t belong,” said signer Rebekah Stevens.
“I visit Yosemite every weekend to get away from the chaotic world that allows greedy corporations like Starbucks to peddle their crappy coffee loaded with sugar to the masses,” said Stephanie Haro, who also signed the petition.
People’s feathers are already ruffled by recent national park drama. In October, Zinke announced a possible national park fee increase at popular parks that could reportedly drop attendance by 64 percent this year. The number of free days has also been drastically cut from 10 to only four this year: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 15), the first day of National Park Week (April 21), National Public Lands Day (Sept. 22) and Veterans Day (Nov. 11.).
Tell us what you think. Should there be a Starbucks in Yosemite?