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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
14,738 supporters
Petitioning Camden Council, Keir Starmer

Richard Everitt Memorial

The family and friends of Richard Everitt along with current and former residents of Somers Town are petitioning for a permanent memorial for Richard who was murdered at the tender age of 15 in Coopers lane where he lived with his family. Memorials and buildings named after slave traders and alike such as Cecil Rhodes are currently being discussed and debated in Somers Town and across the UK.  Coopers Lane is currently under construction and we are asking Camden Council, Sir Keir Starmer, and Fran Heron of the Camden Town District Management Committee to consider memorialising Richard by naming a community centre, block of flats, garden area, or Street after him before construction is completed. A bench and stone dedicated to Richard were recently removed (without the family being informed) and put into storage during construction, causing a great deal of upset to Richards Family and friends. There is a lot of development going on across Somers Town and therefore plenty of opportunities to make this happen now. In similar historic cases, for example, Altab Ali, a park in east London was renamed, another example is Damilola Taylor who has a permanent work of art within a park. The Everitt family and residents of Somers Town feel that a positive and permanent memorial should be considered for Richard who was well known and remembered for his kind nature.  Sincerely, Everitt family and friends, Somers Town residents (past and present)

Andrew Commons
4,906 supporters
Petitioning Camden Council

Save Alex’s Wall!!

On the 12th of August 2019 our beloved Alex Smith passed at a young age of 16 years due to a fatal stabbing which took place at Munster Square.  The doors by the wall are the ones of which Alex continuously knocked, pleaded and begged for help at. Alex was neglected by the neighbours. He relentlessly knocked on their doors shortly before he was attacked and there were no answers. He relentlessly knocked on their doors right after the attack and had the door slammed in his face.  Alex had a heart of gold, he cared deeply about those he surrounded himself with and he almost always put others first despite how he may have been feeling. He gave us all the laughs with his goofy personality and his great banter. His smile alone had lit every room he had ever stepped foot in. Friends and family have beautifully decorated a memorial wall at Munster Square in his loving memory to ensure that he will never be forgotten and that his name will forever live on. Since he has passed numerous people (friends, families and neighbors) have visited his wall in order to pay their respects by putting up photos, laying flowers, lighting candles etc every single day and we don’t want to run the risk of losing Alex’s wall because his wall is the last physical memory we will have of him. Alex is loved by so many and will never be forgotten by any. It would be a tragedy for his wall to ever be taken down as he would not be receiving the love he deserves and it would completely distort the loving community of people who genuinely care. We need permission from the council to keep Alex’s wall up and we need reassurance that it will not be taken down. Signing this petition brings us one step closer to achieving what it is that we need.

Alex’s World
4,235 supporters
Petitioning Camden Council, Transport For London

London Borough of Camden Low Traffic Neighbourhood

Camden Council have enforced a Low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) throughout Camden without prior consultation nor adequate notice. Many neighbourhood roads have been blocked, trapping residents. Furthermore, this work has been carried out with TFL road closures as well to compound the situation and skew the results of the 12 month trial period!Camden Council have used underhanded tactics to force their agenda upon residents misusing COVID powers and funds.This has lead to severe delays in the area, increased pollution, stress, choke points, and is a danger to public safety.  Traffic is being pushed onto already busy roads, causing chaos. Arlington Road and Mornington Crescent has a problem with drug addicts, numerous bicycles have been stolen and cars broken into and by making these areas where they congregate even quieter it will become even more appealing to them. You can view the changes on: Camden.gov.uk/recently-advertised-proposals And then click on Arlington Road Low Traffic Neighbourhood- Experimental Traffic Order  This has been done to enforce the use of cycling and walking, but Camden, this is not a dictatorship. People have the right to choose their mode of transport and not be be vilified or impeded for their choice. Not everyone has a bike, many residents are elderly and struggle to walk. Not all journeys can be done on a bicycle. Camden, remove the blockade!

Ella Caldicott
2,374 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
2,329 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
2,040 supporters