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Petitioning Cory Booker, Camden Council, New Jersey State House, New Jersey Governor, New Jersey State Senate

Ban Plastic Bags

LOVE the Earth, HATE the plastic! There are many different ways in which we humans help reuse and reduce waste, not just as corporations and businesses, but also as individuals, families and schools. When a person makes an everyday purchases in a grocery store or retail store, they often walk out of the store with one or multiple plastic bags in their hands.  Whether you leave the store with a plastic bag, and what you do with it later, is what makes the difference in the world and the usage we give that bag. Some ways that we can help ban or reduce the waste of plastic bags would be by: Decline the bag. Hand-carry the items out of the store if you can! Bring your reusable bags instead. The most challenging of this is remembering to take them into the store, and creating the habit. Spread the word: By refusing to accept plastic bags from cashiers and store owners.t only takes a second to refuse a plastic bag, and to politely remind the cashier that plastic bags are bad for the environment. Many of us do not know that over 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used every year, worldwide! A single plastic bag can take 20 to 1,000 years to degrade which can not only harm us but can harm animals too especially the aquatic animals. Plastic bags remain toxic even after they break down which is extremely sad. If we ban plastic bags the plastic bags are made from non-renewable sources and on this account, highly contribute to climate change. Plastic bags do not only pollute our water but also our land. Plastic bags are usually lightweight and as such, they can travel very long distances by either water or wind. Wind blows these plastic bags and trashes a whole area. These litters gets caught up in between trees, fences and floats in water bodies thus moving to the world’s oceans. As we all know with great power comes great responsibility but what some people fail to realize is how important it is to conserve our environment and took keep a good healthy surrounding. Those who oppose for banding plastic bags would say that bans often lead plastic bag manufacturers to scale back business and may lead to layoffs. Plastic bag bans will require shoppers having to purchase reusable bags, which can range from $1 and up and people might find it really expensive. Those who oppose plastic bag bans are more often, not employed by plastic bag manufacturers or lobbyist for the industry. Plastic bag manufacturers want to stay in business and their efforts that would force them to change their business model to one that fits with a more sustainable ideology or go out of business which nobody as a business owner would want. Other people would point out that banning plastic bags probably means cutting down more trees, which could be true but not in most cases. Many people from around the world are saying that plastic bags are much more cost-effective to produce than the alternatives. Plastic bags manufacturing also has less water waste and much less deforestation.     Plastic Bag Ban. The Truth About Plastic Bags. (2016, March 10). Retrieved from https://www.huffingtonpost.com/topic/plastic-bag-ban/ Environmental Impact. Effects, Dangers of Plastic Bags. (2018, April 03). Retrieved from https://www.reusethisbag.com/articles/plastic-shopping-bags-environmental-impact/  

Ruth Germosen
6,634 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Camden Council, anne.rasmussen@camden.gov.uk , The Linton Group

Save Samuel French Theatre Bookshop

Samuel French is more than a bookshop. It is a priceless and invaluable asset to the theatre industry; an industry for which London and the United Kingdom are globally renowned. Upon hearing news today that the bookshop has been forced to close due to a 200% increase in rent over the past five years, the industry has been in shock. Spending hours in Samuel French searching for the perfect drama school audition piece is a memory held dear by countless actors. Not to mention the writers, directors, producers, designers, singers, dancers, composers, librettists and lyricists, students, technicians, and choreographers who rely on the unique service and expertise brought by the bookstore and its staff; one that Waterstones and Amazon will not be able to fill in its absence. We are petitioning Camden Council  and private landlords The Linton Group to reverse the rent increases that are forcing Samuel French to close after 187 years, and to acknowledge the bookshop's status as a community asset of cultural importance. London is the theatre capital of the world, and the performing arts sector contributes over £5.4 billion (Department for Culture Media and Sport, 2015) to the UK economy, not including the countless number of jobs it creates. Do not let this vital piece of London's theatre history be replaced by a Starbucks.  

Igor Memic
5,413 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Camden Council

Save London’s Pioneering Tennis Club

We are asking for your support to save The Globe, a unique tennis club in the heart of Belsize Park. Camden Council is proposing to evict the club, bulldoze the site and build on the land. The Globe has been operating on this spot for more than 60 years. It was founded by a group of immigrants and local residents in the Fifties, fed up with the snobbery and racial discrimination that were commonplace in the sport, even at amateur level, at the time. The club quickly became a vibrant and thriving community and established its reputation as London’s most welcoming and inclusive tennis club. Members invested their own money in the facilities and today the club is an outstanding example of a community-driven sporting initiative. The diversity of nationalities, religions and social backgrounds represented the ethos of the original club and remains at the heart of the club’s culture today; equality, respect and integrity are at its core. Our members come from all walks of life and we actively welcome new members from all minority groups. Our coaching programmes cover children’s groups and Camden schools. We hold tennis camps for children in summer. The club also pays for free coaching at two Camden schools and for a visually impaired group using its own funds. Our coaches have successfully built a thriving junior programme which gives children a positive first experience of the skills of the game, as well as introducing them to the concept of team spirit, aiming to promote a lifelong involvement in sport. Camden Council is proposing to force the club off the site by the inclusion of break option in the lease for housing redevelopment. We have asked for a new lease without a redevelopment break but this has been refused.  There are no proposals by the council to provide an alternative site. If the plans are allowed to go ahead, the club will simply have to close and all the work it does for the community will come to an end.  We recognise the need for housing and we fully understand the pressure the council is under but this is an important community facility which is in danger of being lost for good. Please support us in asking the council to safeguard this community asset for future generations with a promise of no redevelopment.

The Globe Tennis Club
2,331 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Camden Council

Refuse Camden - keep our weekly collections!

A public health emergency could result across Camden from the Labour-run Council's decision to end weekly bin collection across much of the borough - despite Labour making a manifesto promise to retain it at the last Council elections. The change will come into effect on 1st April.  Cutting weekly bin collections to once a fortnight will lead to a epidemic of fly-tipping, an explosion of rat infestations, and a deterioration of public health and the public realm. Restoring the service for all residents would cost just 0.1% of Camden's budget, and help residents keep their dignity and help our community keep its beauty and amenity. We, the undersigned, call on Camden Council to maintain weekly bin collections for all Camden residents.

Camden Conservatives
1,531 supporters
Petitioning Theresa May MP, The Rt Hon. Michael Gove MP, Sadiq Khan, Camden Council, Keir Starmer, RSPCA, The Kennel Club, Islington council, Gumtree, Pets4Home , Preloved, Freeads , dogstrust , APGAW, Henry S...

BAN UNLICENSED PET TRADING IN THE UK!

Before anything, I need to share my story. Last Thursday, someone broke into my house and stole my lovely companion - the handsome petition ambassador in the picture. Police did everything they could. The forensic officer warned me about the lack of police resources to recover him and she told me to make sure I make him "too hot to handle online". Thanks to all my friends who helped to spread the word online and special thanks to the animal welfare officer from Islington council who found him on the streets after being dumped by the criminals, he is back with his family, safe and sound. During the traumatic process of recovering him - certainly the worst experience of my life - I realized that this was a common crime in the UK. Did you know that FIVE dogs are reported stolen in the UK every DAY but only ONE is recovered? Did you know that literally ANYONE CAN SELL A PET ONLINE? If a pet is stolen, brought into the country illegally and/or comes from a terrible puppy farm they can still be sold online just like a pen or any other cheap product. Yes, that’s right! The so-called best friend, the perfect companion to so many people in need, a member of the family to so many of us, our priceless pets can easily be sold online just like any other undesired second hand item. Around 90% of pet trading happens online. As of TODAY, there are 4,185 Dog for Sale ads on freeads.co.uk, 5,398 on Gumtree, 11,941 on Preloved.co.uk and a staggering 16,730 on Pets4homes.co.uk: A TOTAL OF 38,254 ADS on only 4 websites. And this is just dogs. It is estimated that 70,000 puppies were imported into UK last year to be sold online via criminal gangs pretending to be reputable breeders. According to The Kennel Club, 20% of puppies bought online WILL DIE WITHIN SIX MONTHS. The UK government plans to tighten up laws around selling pets and breeding dogs and will require anyone breeding and selling three or more litters of puppies a year to apply for a formal licence. Irresponsible breeders who don’t stick to these rules face an unlimited fine and/or up to six months in prison according to its own website. This is clearly not enough to stop illegal and unhealthy irresponsible trading, we need to REGISTER AND LICENSE EVERYONE SELLING A PET. The whole process of selling a pet should be tracked and regulated. Micro-chipping is already mandatory by law, therefore there is no reason why this is actionable. In terms of the punishment of offenders, there was a new bill consultation that ended in January 2018 aiming to increase the maximum penalty for animal cruelty from six months to 5 years in prison.  If we can ban unlicensed pet selling along with the approval of this new law to include tougher punishments, we will be one step closer to a fairer world to our beloved companions. For all the priceless animals, with love.

Rodrigo Chenkel
1,348 supporters
Petitioning Camden Council

FORTUNE GREEN NW6 NEEDS A SAFE, ENCLOSED SPACE FOR A DOG PARK

We the undersigned support this petition as we would like Camden Council to provide an enclosed dog park in Fortune Green. We support the interests of the dog owners’ community and seek an enclosed dog park for dogs to run freely and safely off-leash.  Such a park would allow families with dogs to spend more quality time with their pets.  This park would increase opportunities for residents to interact with their neighbours and help create a greater sense of community. Fortune Green already has a large and growing population of dogs and it has become an important community in the area.  We seek a dedicated, safe park so that the community of dog walkers/owners can remain together within the area.  We are keen to secure a piece of land on Fortune Green for an enclosed dog park for our diverse dog walker’s community.  As Camden Council is currently seeking to change legislation to have dogs kept on-lead in Hampstead Cemetery, and all public paths, giving dogs adequate exercise will become nearly impossible for those without large gardens. A dog park would significantly help with dog-fouling issue by providing a maintained environment for people to walk their dogs off-lead. It would provide somewhere for people to exercise their dogs locally.  

Jill Henry Natasha Back & Dog Walkers of The Green
940 supporters
Petitioning Camden Council, Georgia Gould

Stop using toxic ‘Roundup’ weedkiller in Camden

We are asking Camden Council to follow other councils, stop using the controversial weedkiller glyphosate (Roundup) on our pavements, green spaces and estate gardens, and employ safe and environmentally friendly methods of weed control instead. Many Camden residents are concerned about the use of this weedkiller as a spray in areas where we spend our time, and where our children and pets may come into contact with it after spraying on paths and pavements. There are many health concerns about glyphosate, as well as concerns about its effects on wildlife. In 2015 the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. Several countries across the world have banned or severely restricted the use and sale of this weedkiller, including France, and there is a European Citizens Initiative to call for an EU-wide ban. In the UK a number of local authorities have already restricted its use in their operations, including Aberdeen and Edinburgh in Scotland and Hammersmith and Fulham in London. Many safe alternatives are available to control weeds on paths and pavements, including alternative sprays such as simple vinegar, which do not carry any suspected risks to human health. What do we want? We are simply asking the leader of Camden Council to consider the concerns of citizens in Camden, to work with council contractors to stop the spraying of glyphosate in Camden, and use safe and environmentally friendly methods of weed control instead. Please join us and sign our petition now.

Kirsten de Keyser
812 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Camden Council

Camden council to remove Malden road zebra crossing

A young boy Nahid Islam was killed a day before his sixteenth birthday. He was a true asset to the community and lit up the world with his smile. He was killed at the zebra crossing on Malden road, Queens Crescent Camden where his friends, family and the local community have laid flowers. We now call on Camden Council, to act and review the way in which they control traffic in this aera. Many local people have said this is a high risk crossing and was an accident waiting to happen. Let's not let another incident like this, take another innocent life and sign this Petition  to show your support that we need Camden Council to act now.

Carla Polderman
805 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Camden Council

Support Councils' rights to ban private areas in Strip Clubs

Support Councils’ Right to ban ‘private areas’ in Strip Clubs   Red Rooms strip club, in the London borough of Camden plans to install  a  floor of  private booths in its venue at  Great Queen St, Holborn. Private  booths  allow ‘one on one’ interaction between customer and dancer which greatly  increases the risks of exploitation of performers and gives the green light to punters seeking  sexual  services.  Camden has a ban on private  areas, like many other councils and is going to Court (scheduled for Feb 2018) to ensure Red Rooms cannot use private areas’   The Council currently operates a ‘Zero ‘ policy  and introducing private areas would seriously undermine this policy. If this club succeeds  private  areas are  more likely to be rolled out in strip clubs nationwide.   The Evidence There is already overwhelming evidence of contact including sexual, physical  and verbal assault, other  breaches  of contract and harm suffered by dancers in strip clubs, industry wide. “ The 3 ft rule is a joke. You pay someone to get naked and then grind away on your crotch” 1 “A lot of the men are totally blunt- how much for a blowjob”   2 “The clubs operate a  veneer of ‘no touching’, but the reality is touching is more standard than not” 3   50% of lap dancers in a large study reported frequent verbal harassment and unwanted touching from customers. 4   50%  of  men interviewed  for a Glasgow study  admitted  visiting  strip clubs looking for  sex and  25% said they had  had  sex with dancers on the premises. 5* Strip  Clubs    : Link to Violence Against Women. Researchers also found increased levels of harassment of women and fear of violence in areas local  to  strip clubs. 6 This harassment and fear of assault has been reported numerous times and is even recognised by the Town Planning and legal experts as a ground for refusing strip club licenses .7, 8 Based on all of the above findings, as well as the drive to maximise profit, it is self - evident  why a strip club  venue wants local authorities to legalise private areas, currently prohibited by licensing conditions governing the sale of sex in clubs  nationwide.         We Call On   Camden  Council Sexual Entertainment  Licensing  Committee  : ·         To  draft more robust licensing conditions which will ensure continued prohibition of private  areas  in strip clubs, as well as to clarify the binding nature of  Council licensing conditions ·         To shut down Red Rooms if it continues to operate private areas if the Council’s court case is successful   ·         To take measures to ensure that every future planning application is rigorously subjected to a proper Public Sector Equality Duty Impact assessment. ·         To take measures to ensure future planning   applications are compliant with Camden Council Community   Cohesion and Safety vision and commitments.   ·         To make sure their Licensing Policy that states that Zero Strip clubs are appropriate in the borough is finally applied and that all 6 clubs that are still operating in the borough are shut  Our MPs That they  take  measures  to ensure that Public  Sector  Equality Duty impacts are rigorously assessed and upheld with  regard to all borough activities.   References 1, 2, 3. Object : Testimonies from  Performers  :http://www.notbuyingit.org.uk/publications 4. Teela  Sanders et al,  http://www.sociology Leeds.ac.uk/assets/files/research/Regulatory _Dance/FINALSUMMARYJAN2012.pdf 5. Julie Bindel : Profitable   Exploits http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=8107& 6. Eaves (2003) (Lap Dancing and Striptease in the Borough of Camden”) 7 Royal Town Planning Institute ‘Gender and Spatial Planning Good Practice’ Note, 2010, p. 87 8 Jackie  Patiniotis & Kay Standing (2012) License to cause harm? Sex entertainment venues and women’s sense of safety in inner city centres. Criminal Justice Matters 88:1, 10-12.    www.objectnow.org  email: objectuk@yahoo.com, www.notbuyingit.org.uk , email: no@notbuyingit.org.uk  

OBJECT ; Women Not Sex Objects
605 supporters
Petitioning Camden Council

Stand Up for Mill Lane Garden Centre West Hampstead

We, the undersigned, petition Camden Council not to give a licence to Pines and Needles to trade on Fortune Green. Pines and Needles trading on Fortune Green will run in direct competition with Mill Lane Garden Centre, part of charity The Camden Society. Mill Lane Garden Centre is an amazing social enterprise.  Christmas is their busiest time of year and profits from the sales of Christmas trees is invested into training and job opportunities for local people with disabilities.  Last Christmas, Camden Council allowed Pines and Needles to rent a pitch on Fortune Green, trading less than 400 metres away from Mill Lane Garden Centre. Camden Council is currently considering their application to return again this year. The return of Pines and Needles to trade on Fortune Green will have a detrimental impact on Mill Lane Garden Centre.  Apparently, Camden charged Pines and Needles £4,500 for a pitch on Fortune Green last year. They stayed 42 days, that's £107 a day. How can it be commercially worth it to Camden to let a seasonal commercial trade & potentially put a local charity out of business?  Unless the local community support MLGC we could lose it from our community.  

West Hampstead Community
386 supporters