The My Little Pony fandom, is no stranger to petitions. Over the past few years we've seen petitions for everything from "Saving Derpy" (which...MAY have worked to some degree?) to "Not kicking me out of Bronycon" last year, which I am still scratching my head about. Yesterday, something happened that upset a lot of people; Twilight's tree being destroyed by Tirek. Following the pattern of knee-jerk "WE GOTTA DO SOMETHING!" behavior prevalent in the fandom, once again, a petition has begun to circulate, and already has about 2/3rds of its requested signatures.
That's right everybody, we have invented a new sort of activisim, where people are using a real petition, to save a digital tree. Not a real tree, an imaginary tree. An imaginary tree that was replaced by an imaginary castle. Not legislation to save the rainforest or something, a cartoon treehouse. This is the world we live in.
Now, that's not to say that the emotional responses to the tree's destruction are unwarranted, as anyone cruising the board or tumblr would be able to tell you.
Dozens and dozens of threads and posts about the Treebrary have sprung up, describing how it was - to many people - a link to the earliest episodes and who Twilight was as a character, to who she is now. Others point out the hundreds of books that were destroyed as being particularly distressing, as Twilgiht had admitted only a few episodes ago, that the books she owns hold enormous sentimental value. Will Twilight feel the same way about her tree as the fans? Will her and the Mane 6 plant another tree in its memory? Will she use her alicorn magic to fix the damn thing and give the town its only library back?Probably not. But maybe.
Either way, we're still stuck with a real life petition to save a fictional tree.
This is a thing and will never NOT be a thing.
An example of one mourner: