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Petitioning United States Fish & Wildlife Service, International Primatological Society, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, African Wildlife Federation, Freeland, WildAid, Conservation Interna...

Illegalen Handel mit Wildtieren beenden

Hallo, mein Name ist Jane Goodall und ich möchte Sie um Ihre Unterstützung bitten, den illegalen Handel mit Wildtieren zu beenden. Ich verbringe jedes Jahr rund 300 Tage auf Reisen und spreche mit Menschen darüber, wie wir den Tieren am besten helfen können. Aber ich weiß, dass die Kraft der sozialen Medien sehr viel mehr Menschen sehr viel schneller vernetzen kann, als es eine einzelne Person zu tun vermag. Bitte helfen Sie mir den illegalen Handel mit Wildtieren zu beenden. Gier und das Verlangen nach zunehmend seltener werdenden “Trophäen” lassen den illegalen Handel mit wildlebenden Tieren boomen. Dieser grausame Handel treibt die gefährdeten Arten dieser Welt rasant auf ihre Auslöschung zu. Ich treffe in diesem Jahr mit einigen der führenden Vertreter von Artenschutzorganisationen zusammen und ich brauche dringend Ihre Unterstützung, um ihnen deutlich zu machen, dass es Ihr Wunsch ist, dass die internationale Gemeinschaft den illegalen Handel mit Wildtieren mit höchster Priorität behandeln muss. Meine Kollegen und ich vom Jane Goodall Institut haben die schrecklichen Wunden gesehen, die den Opfern durch Wilderei zugefügt wurden. Wir wissen als Vertreter einer gemeinnützigen Artenschutzorganisation, die gemeinsam mit großen internationalen Partnern in vielen afrikanischen Ländern vor Ort zusammenarbeitet, dass die Abschlachtung dieser wunderbaren Tiere grausam und unentschuldbar ist. Wir haben auch den heroischen Einsatz von Rangern unter Verlust ihres Lebens gesehen, die die Tiere gegen Wilderer verteidigt haben: wir dürfen nicht zulassen, dass ihr Tod umsonst war. In unserem Tchimpounga Schimpansen Rehabilitationszentrum sehen wir Affen, die durch tödliche Schnappfallen verstümmelt wurden, Affen, die an Schusswunden leiden und Schimpansen im Kindesalter, die ihren Müttern entrissen wurden, nachdem diese von Wilderern erschossen wurden. Sie werden auf Märkten angeboten, wo Menschen illegal Schimpansenfleisch kaufen können. Die kleinen Schimpansen kommen oft mit schweren Verletzungen zu uns, sind sehr krank und leiden an schweren psychologischen Störungen, die vielleicht nie mehr heilen werden. Und trotzdem gehören sie zu denen, die Glück gehabt haben. Die Kleinen, die es nicht bis Tchimpounga schaffen, werden oft im illegalen Handel für exotische Haustiere oder für den Unterhaltungssektor verkauft, wo ihr Schicksal ein kurzes, einsames Leben voller Schmerz und Misshandlung ist. Dies ist kein einfaches Thema und voller Beispiele dafür, was der Druck der Armut, fehlende Möglichkeiten des Vollzugs von Schutzrechten, staatliche Korruption und die unreflektierte Nachfrage nach wildlebenden Tieren oder deren Produkten durch Konsumenten in aller Welt anzurichten imstande sind. Der unmenschliche Brauch, in das natürliche Habitat von geschützten Tieren einzudringen um sie zu fangen oder zu töten, um bestimmte Teile zu verwerten, zerstört die kostbarsten Arten unserer Erde, und er muss aufhören. Die Fakten, die die Dringlichkeit dieser Krise verdeutlichen: 35.000 Elefanten werden jedes Jahr für ihr Elfenbein getötet. Die Wilderei von Nashörnern ist zwischen 2007-2014 um 9.000% gestiegen. 73 Millionen Haie werden jedes Jahr ihrer Flossen wegen getötet. Eine Studie von 2014 zeigte, dass es wahrscheinlich nur noch 3.200 wilde Tiger in Asien gibt. Jährlich werden 3.000 Menschenaffen (auch Schimpansen) illegal getötet oder aus der Wildnis gestohlen. Diese Zahlen sind Schätzungen, die auf Populationsgrößen basieren, die es nicht einmal mehr gibt, denn jährlich sind es weniger und weniger Tiere, die überhaupt gejagt werden können. Das Jane Goodall Institut hat nun die großangelegte Jane’s Traffic Stop Kampagne gestartet, um diesen Handel zu beenden. Bitte seien Sie ein Teil davon! Es ist unsere Hoffnung, dass wir einen Beitrag leisten werden, der Wilderei endgültig ein Ende zu setzen, indem wir eine riesige Gemeinschaft von Unterstützerinnen und Unterstützern in den sozialen Medien aufbauen, die im Kampf gegen die Gewalt kontinuierlich die Entscheidungsträger in die Verantwortung nehmen. Ich glaube fest daran, dass wir - vom majestätischen Elefanten bis hin zum kleinsten Schmetterling – vom Aussterben bedrohte und gefährdete Arten wertschätzen und zelebrieren sollten, damit sie in Ruhe leben können... wild und frei. Das kann nicht eine Person allein erreichen. Und wir brauchen Unterstützung. Diese Bewegung braucht Sie! Erheben Sie sich gegen den Handel mit wildlebenden Tieren, indem Sie diese Petition zeichnen und so Ihre Unterstützung zeigen. Und helfen Sie mir dabei diese hoffnungsvolle Botschaft weiterzuverbreiten und z.B. an die IUCN beim World Conservation Congress, an die International Primatological Society auf ihrem zweijährlichen Kongress und vor allem an CITES bei der CoP17 Konferenz in South Africa im September diesen Jahres, zu überbringen. Wir müssen der Welt erzählen, dass wilde Tiere nicht auf der Erde sind, um bis zu ihrer Auslöschung gejagt zu werden und stückweise als Beute oder Trophäen verkauft zu werden. Wir dürfen das Geschäft mit der Wilderei nicht unterstützen, wir müssen bewusster einkaufen und es vermeiden, illegale Tierprodukte zu kaufen oder Unternehmen zu unterstützen, die das tun. Jeder und jede von uns ist nur eine Stimme in dem Kampf um die Beendigung der Wilderei, aber wenn Sie mir alle kollektiv beistehen und Ihre Stimme erheben, dann wird unsere Botschaft unmöglich zu überhören sein. Ich werde eng mit unseren Partnern zusammenarbeiten, um sicherzustellen, dass die Unterschriften dieser Petition weiteren Druck und Erfolg in diese internationale Bewegung bringen, um die Wildtiere zu retten. Unterschreiben Sie jetzt diese Petition und werden Sie Teil meiner Kampagne. Wir werden Sie mit Informationen über weitere Aktionen in den kommenden Wochen und Monaten auf dem Laufenden halten. Ich danke Ihnen. -Dr. Jane Goodall www.janegoodall.de

Jane Goodall
322,328 supporters
Petitioning World Wildlife Fund, National Wildlife Federation, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Conservation International, United Nations Environment Program, United Nations

Stop Deforestation in Wilpattu Forest Complex

The Wilpattu Forest Complex (referred to in this petition as WFC) bordering the northwestern coast of Sri Lanka, is an important ecological complex and a cradle of global biodiversity, home to close to 1,000 plant and animal species. (It is important to note that sometimes the WFC is called 'Wilpattu' or 'Wilpattuva' in the vernacular language and should not be confused with Wilpattu National Park. Wilpattu National Park (hereafter "WNP") is the main constituent of WFC; however, it is only one part of the WFC. In effect, a number of peripheral forests and sanctuaries and WNP link up to create a large habitat that is more than the sum of its parts; these other lands include the Kallaru Forest, Wilpattu North Sanctuary, Thabbowa Sanctuary, Vilatthaikulam, Mavillu, and the Veerakkulicholai-Eluvankulama Proposed Reserve. The fact of this larger habitat, i.e. the 'forest complex', is vital to the point of this petition. Wilpattu Forest Complex has shown a dangerous and growing trend of deforestation since the late 2000s. All environmental groups have continually maintained that new settlements in the "Wilpattu Forest Complex" have been the key driver of this deforestation, in contrast to Wilpattu National Park, which remains relatively well protected. The Wilpattu Forest Complex is the larger entity than WNP and includes WNP, and the resettlements are taking place outside the northern boundary of WNP, specifically within Wilpattu North Sanctuary, Kallaru, and Vilatthaikulam. There are no settlements/clearing in the Wilpattu National Park itself. This is why environmentalists used specifically the term "Wilpattu Forest Complex", Kallaru, WIlpattu North Sanctuary, or Vilatthaikulam when speaking of deforestation. These areas include 12 ecosystems and are just as important to the forest complex as the national park. Sponsored human settlement within the WFC began in 2010, following the 2009 construction of an illegal road on 300 acres of land, cutting through WNP and bridging the areas ‘Eluvankulama’ and ‘Mollikulama’. Legal action by four environmental organizations is continuing against this illegal road. Human settlement commenced subsequent to the road’s construction and has led to a visible acceleration of deforestation, as documented via Google map time-lapse videos. Currently, the controversial settlements are taking place within the northern, peripheral parts of the WFC, specifically within part of the previously mentioned Wilpattu North Sanctuary and the Kallaru Reserve (Marichchikuddai/Kaarikkadu) and more recently in Vilatthaikulam Reserve. We will hereafter call this threatened area the ‘Northern Habitat’ for ease of reference within this article. The threatened Northern Habitat comprises ecosystems including wetlands, wet villu, mangrove, and other important freshwater ecosystems, containing 605 species of plants, 33 of which are endemic to Sri Lanka. The section provides habitat to 30 freshwater-fish species, 17 amphibian species, 57 reptile species, 149 bird species, 41 mammal species, and 86 species of butterflies. Moreover, the area is an important archeological site with artifacts dating back to the time of the Mohenjo-daro civilization. Human settlement of the WFC poses a direct threat to the conservation of all of these vital natural and other assets. About 50 acres of resettlement area belong directly to Wilpattu North Sanctuary. Proponents of WNP human settlement argue that current human-settlement areas are not protected areas. However, comprehensive field and aerial assessments show that this is not the case: the settlements have clearly encroached areas protected by legislation. Apart from the 50 acres of Wilpattu North Sanctuary, 2500 acres of deforested land is owned by the state, mainly by the Forest Department (since 10 October 2012) and partly by the Department of Wildlife Conservation. The initial stages of the settlement projects led the Wildlife Department itself to initiate legal inquiry; the above-mentioned c. 2,500 acres of habitat land belonging to the state has been destroyed for human settlement in contravention of the Forest Conservation Ordinance and several other key environmental laws and without archeological impact assessments. Proponents of WNP human settlement argue that current human-settlements are “resettlements”, although they are in fact new settlements with a ‘resettlement’ guise. The original villages were small villages situated south of the forested areas as noted on Google maps (which are compiled based on historical satellite images). The new settlements show on Google maps as built on recently cleared forest land, and show a grid city system not previously seen in the area. https://earthengine.google.com/timelapse/#v=8.61074,79.97165,12.045,latLng&t=2.90 Each land plot is completely deforested (unlike in villages) and a lone house is located in each desert plot. When he appeared on the television program Derana 360 in January 2017, Minister Badurdeen implied that the land plots allocated do not correspond (in terms of global positioning) to the positions of original residential lands, therefore they are not ancestral lands. If the settlers are happy to resettle in new lands in Wilpattu, it is likely they would be even happier to resettle in more habitable lands outside Wilpattu. In fact, it was shown on Derana 360 that the government had in fact allocated more suitable locations for the settlement of these same families. The Minister stated conveniently that he was not aware of alternative allocations. This indicates that the Minister’s true agenda is unclear. In fact, it has been reported that a large number of newly built houses remain empty, fueling  suspicions. Environmental groups are working in coalition to save the Wilpattu Forest Complex and need your support. The deforestation is continuing without pause. Please help to raise awareness and to spread the word that the state forests belonging to the "Wilpattu Forest Complex" (including Kallaru, Wilpattu North Sanctuary, and Vilatthaikulam) are being deforested. Please ensure to clarify that it is not "Wilpattu National Park" but the Wilpattu Forest Complex that is being destroyed.   Environmentalists are gravely concerned about the ongoing, gradual destruction of this key area and about how initial settlements will spread and exacerbate human-wildlife conflict, to the increasing loss of unrecoverable natural wealth. The Wilpattu Forest Complex is part of the Western Ghats global biodiversity hotspot and also a natural sponge that preserves the conditions necessary for the rest of Sri Lanka's wet zone and its rainforests and nourishes Sri Lanka’s western coastal ecosystem. For a small island surrounded on all sides by ocean that desiccate its lowland coasts, these special ecosystems are vital. In an era of climate change, it is even more vital than ever that we protect these areas. Let us lose no time to protect the Wilpattu Forest Complex for future generations.

Rainforest Protectors of Sri Lanka
46,005 supporters
Petitioning Theresa May MP, David Cameron MP, Environmental Protection Agency, Michelle Obama, Conservation International

Leave your plastic in the supermarkets you shop in

The Facts: The proliferation of plastic products in the last 70 years or so has been extraordinary. We are now producing nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year, half of which is for single use. More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year. Plastic is cheap and incredibly versatile with properties that make it ideal for many applications. However, these qualities have also resulted in it becoming an environmental issue so TOGETHER let's make a change - instead of carrying your shopping out of the supermarkets in plastic  lets try to get back to putting your veg, fish and meat in brown paper bags. However if you find that a challenge keep it simple to start, when you leave the supermarket leave your plastic with them for example : four baked bean cans have a plastic wrapper holding them together take it of and give it back to the supermarket. Anything your comfortable with removing just do it!! You will help the planet!  We need to save this planet before it's to late. The ocean, the future generations and the wild life of the world.  Lastly all I say sign the petition and get the ball rolling and hopefully the government will listen. Plastic is not key to our life's so please for the future of this planet & environment please come together and support this.  Thank you & get signing 

Emma Bysouth
16,221 supporters
Petitioning World Wildlife Fund, United Nations, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Conservation International

Save the Asiatic cheetah

The Asiatic cheetah is a subspecies of cheetah that was once found from Arabia to India, but is now restricted to Iran. Sadly as of December 2017 there is estimated to be fewer than 50 individuals left in a few protected areas in eastern-central Iran. Unregulated hunting of the cheetah and it's prey, habitat degradation & fragmentation, overgrazing of the land by livestock in protected areas are all threats to their survival. Also mining & road development means that cheetahs are more likely to be killed or injured by traffic. Conflict between livestock herders and cheetahs becomes a issue outside the borders of the national parks and nature reserves. This is because wild goats are part of the cheetah's diet. If prey is thin on the ground, they will sometimes attack and kill domestic goats and sheep.   Besides signing this petition to create momentum for saving this iconic cat, other solutions are making phone calls & writing letters to organizations like WWF, IUCN and Conservation International. We need to encourage them to work with the UN and the Iranian government to save and rebuild the cheetahs populations. Another way is to contact your government representative to fight against the illegal pet trade, and the selling of exotic animal skins and their body parts.        As a person who cares deeply about the well being of wildlife, and the future of biodiversity on this planet, I feel determined to make sure we don't lose another subspecies of an iconic animal.            

Nathan Tallar
4,014 supporters
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Petitioning United Nations Environment Program

Stoppons le trafic d'animaux sauvages

Bonjour à tous. Je m'appelle Jane Goodall et j'ai besoin de votre soutien pour mettre fin au trafic d'animaux sauvages. Je passe près de 300 jours par an à voyager et sensibiliser les personnes à la protection des animaux. Aujourd'hui, je suis consciente que les réseaux sociaux permettent de réunir des gens de tous horizons, plus rapidement que quiconque pourrait le faire. Je vous en prie, aidez-moi à mettre fin au trafic d'animaux sauvages. L'avidité et le désir grandissant d'obtenir des « trophées » rares ont entraîné une forte hausse du trafic illégal d'animaux sauvages. Ce commerce révoltant est en train de conduire rapidement les espèces menacées à leur extinction. Cette année, je vais rencontrer certains des meilleurs spécialistes de la préservation au monde et c'est pour cette raison que votre soutien est essentiel. Faites-leur savoir que le trafic d'animaux sauvages doit être la priorité des discussions au sein de la communauté internationale. Au Jane Goodall Institute, mes collègues et moi-même avons vu les horribles blessures que le trafic d'animaux sauvage inflige à ses victimes. En tant qu'organisation de préservation qui travaille sur le terrain dans plusieurs pays d'Afrique avec des partenaires internationaux formidables, nous savons à quel point le massacre de ces animaux incroyables est cruel et injustifiable. Nous avons assisté à l'héroïsme comme à la perte des rangers qui luttent contre les braconniers pour défendre la faune. Nous devons nous assurer qu'ils ne soient pas morts en vain. Dans notre centre de réhabilitation pour chimpanzés de Tchimpounga, nous avons des grands singes qui ont été mutilés par des pièges à collet mortels et des singes qui souffrent de blessures par balle. Nous avons également des petits chimpanzés qui ont été arrachés à leur mère après qu'elle ait été tuée par des braconniers et vendue illégalement sur les marchés pour sa viande. Les petits chimpanzés qui arrivent dans notre centre sont bien souvent gravement blessés, très malades et ont subi des blessures psychologiques très profondes qui ne guériront probablement jamais. Et pourtant, ce sont eux les plus chanceux. Les petits qui ne sont pas amenés à Tchimpounga sont souvent vendus illégalement comme animaux exotiques ou utilisés pour le divertissement, les condamnant ainsi à une vie courte et solitaire remplie de souffrance et de maltraitance. Il ne s'agit pas d'un problème banal puisqu'il regorge d'exemples de pressions exercées par la pauvreté, le manque de formation des représentants de la loi, la corruption gouvernementale et la demande imprudente de produits animaux par des consommateurs du monde entier. S'approprier l'habitat naturel d'animaux protégés afin d'en obtenir des « trophées » est une pratique inhumaine. Capturer et/ou tuer simplement pour satisfaire la demande croissante du marché détruit les espèces les plus précieuses de notre monde. Aujourd'hui, il est temps que cela cesse. Les faits parlent d'eux-même et reflètent l'urgence de la situation : - 35 000 éléphants sont tués par an pour leur ivoire.- Le braconnage de rhinocéros a augmenté de 9 000 % entre 2007 et 2014.- 73 millions de requins sont tués chaque année pour leurs ailerons.- Une étude de 2014 a démontré qu'il ne pourrait rester que 3 200 tigres en Asie.- 3 000 grands singes (dont des chimpanzés) sont illégalement tués ou arrachés à leur habitat naturel chaque année. Ces chiffres sont des estimations basées sur des tailles des populations qui n'existent plus aujourd'hui, puisqu'il y a de moins en moins d'animaux à braconner chaque année. Le Jane Goodall Institute a créé la campagne Jane's Traffic Stop, et je veux que vous en fassiez partie. Nous espérons aider à l'éradication du trafic d'animaux sauvages pour de bon en créant sur les réseaux sociaux une importante communauté de défenseurs qui continueront le combat contre les responsables de cette violence. Je suis convaincue que, des majestueux éléphants aux plus petits papillons, les espèces menacées et en voie de disparition doivent être respectées afin de leur permettre de vivre leur vie, libre et sauvage. Mais une seule personne ne peut y parvenir seule. Et nous avons besoin de votre soutien. Ce mouvement a besoin de vous ! Alors battez-vous contre le trafic d'animaux sauvages en signant cette pétition et exprimez votre soutien. Aidez-moi à transmettre ce message d'espoir à des groupes tels que l'UICN au Congrès mondial de la nature, la Société Internationale de Primatologie à leur congrès semestriel et la CITES. Il est de notre devoir de dire au monde que les animaux sauvages n'ont pas été mis sur terre dans le but d'être chassés jusqu'à l'extinction et vendus en morceaux pour en faire des babioles ou des trophées. Nous ne pouvons pas nous permettre de soutenir le commerce du trafic d'animaux sauvages, et nous devons apprendre à consommer en évitant d'acheter des produits animaux illégaux et en boycottant les entreprises qui le font. Chacun d'entre nous n'est qu'une voix dans ce combat contre le trafic illégal d'animaux sauvages, mais si vous tous vous joignez à moi et souhaitez faire entendre votre voix, notre message ne pourra pas être ignoré. Je travaillerai en étroite collaboration avec nos partenaires afin de m'assurer que les signatures de cette pétition ajoutent une pression et un élan supplémentaires à ce mouvement mondial pour sauver les animaux sauvages. Signez cette pétition maintenant, et rejoignez-nous dans notre campagne Jane's Traffic Stop afin que nous puissions partager avec vous nos actions à venir lors des prochaines semaines et prochains mois. Merci. -Dr Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall
322,328 supporters
Petitioning International Union for the Conservation of Nature, World Wildlife Fund, United Nations, Conservation International

Save the Sumatran & Javen Rhinos

The Sumatran & Javan Rhinos are 2 of the 5 rhino species alive today. They are both found in Southeast Asia, and live in rainforest and swampy habitat. Sadly both species are the most endangered members of their kind. There are only 67 Javans found in a small national park in the southwest part of Java. The Sumatrans in Malaysia and Borneo have already been declared extinct, and there are thought to be only 100 left in the world. Deforestation, poaching, the traditional Chinese medicine trade, and an issue with gene bottlenecking are all threats to their survival. I need your help if we're going to save them. We must ensure that future generations will get to see these amazing creatures alive, and not confined to the history books!!! Here are some steps that you can help me with to get the notice this petition needs so that action can be taken. When you buy anything that is made out of paper or wood products, ask the management of the store if it has certified by FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) or some kind of group that regulates sustainable timber. Calling your senator or representative no matter what country you live in, to create strict laws or rules on purchasing, selling, or trading in animal parts--especially rhino horns--would help a get deal. Another way to help create change is by calling for trade embargos or bans on products to countries that don't regulate their logging or the sale of certain animals or animal parts, like China, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc. You can also write letters and make phone calls to government bodies like the U.N or conservation groups like WWF, telling them to put more pressure on the Indonesian government on this issue. They need to put more funding and action toward training more wildlife rangers. They also need to equip them with better tech to help them to crack down more heavily on illegal logging of the rhinos habitat and poaching them. Also encourage them to expand protected areas where the rhinos still thrive, and create new protected areas to help connect isolated populations so they can rebound. Finally awareness campaigns and increased education to the people in Indonesia about both rhino species, why they are important, and what people in Indonesia and the world can do to save them. The Earth has lost enough of the huge amazing animals that have roamed the planet during our existence here. Let us not lose two more iconic creatures that make this world an amazing place to live.                                                       

Nathan Tallar
1,526 supporters
Petitioning International Union for the Conservation of Nature, United Nations Environment Program, Conservation International, Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL), Mahaweli Authority (MA) - Sri Lanka, Central Envi...

Protect The Greater Mahaweli Flood Plain Ecosystem Through Eco-Tourism & Global Recognition

The Greater Mahaweli Flood Plain Ecosystem comprises one of only three extended villu ecosystems found in Sri Lanka, two of which have been declared as Ramsar Listed Wetland Clusters of International Importance (as opposed to Individual Sites), under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (which was signed on the 2nd of February 1971). The aforementioned Wetland Clusters are the Wilpattu Forest Complex (within which Wilpattu National Park is contained), and Kumana National Park (which forms one protected area within the Greater Yala Complex). However, most people (as of April the 28th 2018), still remain unaware that the Greater Mahaweli Flood Plain Ecosystem is not only a villu ecosystem, but also partially under the legal protection of Sri Lanka's relatively expansive protected area (hereafter referred to as PAs) network. The PA's in this particular instance are Flood Plains National Park (which forms one sector of the Wasgamuwa Tri - Park Sector), and Somawathiya National Park (which forms one PA within Sri Lanka's Eastern Terrestrial Protected Areas). Both national parks were declared under the Mahaweli Development Programme (now titled the Accelerated Mahaweli Development Programme), in 1984 (Flood Plains) and 1986 (Somawathiya) respectively. Currently both national parks are closed to the general public, with the only activities taking place in Somawathiya, revolving around the ancient Somawathiya Chaitya. As far as eco-tourism activities are concerned, the Department of Wildlife Conservation's decision not to open either national park to the general public, has been based around the inaccessibility of Flood Plains, and the lack of a management plan, with regard to effectively protecting the former, as well as Somawathiya. As such, this lack of eco-tourism related activities/proper management plans has led certain rogue business and politically affiliated elements with society, to engage in activities which are in direct violation of both the Flora and Fauna Protection Ordinance (hereafter referred to as the FFPO), and the Forest Conservation Ordinance (hereafter referred to as the FCO). Such activities include deforestation, cultivation of both edible and non-edible crops (i.e. bananas and tobacco), encroachment, illegal logging and grazing of domestic cattle with the boundaries of the park (illegal). The construction of the various water catchment projects (under the Accelerated Mahaweli Development Programme), has also badly affected the seasonal water flows, as well as the overall carrying capacity of the villus contained within the Greater Mahaweli Flood Plain Ecosystem (protected and un-protected). This loss of seasonal water movements by the aforementioned water catchment projects, will have an additional, detrimental effect as the ecologically rich grazing lands (i.e. the seasonally flooded grasslands), will loose their overall richness, and turn into grazing grounds which are poor in nutrition and faunal diversity, ultimately affecting the herbivorous fauna of the Greater Mahaweli Flood Plain Ecosystem. It is also worth keeping in mind, that the loss of water within the aforementioned villus, has already started to have a negative impact on the overall eco-system, with invasive floral species such as the Common Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia Crassipes), the Giant Salvinia/Kariba Weed (Salvinia Molesta) and the Cocklebur/Burweed (Xanthium Indicum) already showing signs of significant expansion, putting such alien floral species in direct competition with far more delicate native floral species. Both the Handapan and Bendiya Villus (located with Flood Plains National Park) are already exhibiting the characteristics of unnaturally altered villu ecosystems, with the accelerated loss of important herbal species a crucial indicator of such unnatural alteration. Protecting the full extent of the Greater Mahaweli Flood Plain Ecosystem (it's two PAs included), is of significant importance and should be accomplished with a real sense of urgency. The ecological diversity within Flood Plains National Park alone is staggering, with over 14 species of mammalian fauna, an estimated 75 species of avian fauna, approximately 10 - 20 species of reptilian fauna and an unknown array of aquatic freshwater and brackish water species (a significant percentage of which could turn out to be endemic). As far as floral diversity is concerned, 231 floral species have been recorded within Flood Plains National Park, contained within a host of different examples of contiguous vegetation, including dry zone riverine forests, fresh/brackish water swamp forests and marshlands, riverine gallery forests and seasonally flooded grasslands. In the case of Somawathiya National Park, the ecological diversity is of a similar importance and variety, with both national parks playing host to an avifaunal diversity that rivals national parks such as Bundala (which forms one PA within the Southern Avian and Elephant Conservation Region), Kumana and Wilpattu, with estimated mixed avian populations (endemic, resident, vagrant and migratory), numbering between 4000 - 8000 individuals (dependent on the season/time of the year). Additionally, both national parks are important feeding grounds/migratory channels for large numbers of Sri Lankan Elephants, of which an estimated 200 are recorded to inhabit/traverse Flood Plains, while approximately 300 - 400 have been counted living within/migrating through Somawathiya. Such is the overall importance of both PAs, as well as the river that they collectively protect, the Mahaweli River (alternatively titled the "Great Sandy River"), which itself (due to the Accelerated Mahaweli Development Scheme), irrigates 386 square miles/999.74 square kilometres of agricultural land, and provides approximately 40 - 50% of the island's total electrical energy production cementing the urgent need for complete protection and sustainable management.  As such, the motivation behind/purpose of this petition is to push for the opening of both Flood Plains and Somawathiya National Park to the general public, with a heavy emphasis placed on eco-tourism activities such as safaris, sustainability and community-driven conservation. This would serve to discourage the range of illegal activities (mentioned in detail above), from taking place within either PA, while simultaneously bolstering the economic prospects and livelihoods of the various communities that live in the vicinity of both Flood Plains and Somawathiya. This petition also calls for the expansion of the PA Network within the Greater Mahaweli Flood Plain Ecosystem, which is only (through the two national parks mentioned), 549.984 square kilometres as of April the 28th 2018. Considering the total square kilometerage of the Greater Mahaweli Flood Plain Ecosystem is approximately four to five times the size of it's PA Network, it is imperative that the sizes of both Flood Plains and Somawathiya are significantly increased. Anyone who has been to either Wilpattu National Park or Kumana National Park will be aware of the sheer beauty, as well as the ecological diversity contained within both national park's numerous Villus or "Natural Lakes". These sand-rimmed water basins or "depressions" are of incalculable value, particularly with regard to conserving avian fauna (endemic, resident, vagrant and migratory). Consequently, this petition calls for the listing and declaration of the Greater Mahaweli Flood Plain Ecosystem, as the island's third Ramsar Listed Wetland Cluster of International Importance, as opposed to Single or Individual Site (under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance). For reference, 38 Villus have been recorded within Flood Plains, while 20 Villus have been documented within Somawathiya (a total of 58 Villus), and that isn't taking into account the countless other Villus which are located outside these two national parks, but within the Greater Mahaweli Flood Plain Ecosystem. Finally this petition calls for accountability, on the part of the DWC (with regard to securing and protecting both Flood Plains and Somawathiya National Parks), as well as the added cooperation of the Department of Forest Conservation (DFC), the Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka (MASL) and the Department of Irrigation (DOI), with regard to creating a competent management plan (under which the restoration of seasonal water movements is included), so that the Villus within and outside the Greater Mahaweli Flood Plain Ecosystems PAs can effectively recover and rejuvenate at an ecological level. Dialogue and mutual collaboration between the both the Ministry of Sustainable Development & Wildlife, and the Ministry of Mahaweli Development & Environment would help expedite the resolution of such issues, without incurring both bureaucratic stalemates and barriers (commonplace within Sri Lanka's administrative framework).    

John Wilson
1,172 supporters
Victory
Petitioning indiana university of Pennsylvania, IUP , IUP Academic Integrity Board, Center for Community Growth Indiana PA, IUP Department of Religious Studies, IUP Office of Social Equity, IUP Department of W...

#STANDWITHDOWNIE, IUP professor wrongfully accused of prohibiting free speech

Dr. Alison Downie is a professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is a part of the Religious Studies Department.  Dr. Downie has a PhD in Systematic Theology and a concentration in Christian Feminist Theology. Dr. Downie was lecturing in RLST 480: Sin, Self, and Salvation, a class about Christian notions of sin and salvation and how they have been defined.  She showed a 15 min TED video by former minister Paula Stone Williams -- who talked about her experience coming out as a trans woman and how her world changed after she became the woman she was meant to be.  The professor also lectured on the wage gap, male privilege, and mansplaining. After the video and lecture were over, Dr. Downie opened the floor for discussion. She first opened discussion to the women to speak and have their voices heard without interruption.  There was a two minute silent pause, and at that point, Lake Ingle started talking. When Ingle spoke, he made highly offensive remarks about the experiences of women and people who are transgender. While he tried to back his info with what he believed were facts saying there were only two genders, which was not relevant at all to the conversation, he continued to disrespectfully reference these groups.  Dr. Downie asked him to be civil. Three of his fellow classmates called him out on making them feel unsafe in the classroom. An eyewitness, who remains anonymous, noted that Lake was completely disrespectful in regards to Dr. Downie's authority, and to the concerns of his fellow classmates.  Ingle accused Dr. Downie of trying to stifle his dissent.  Dr. Downie asked him to leave, and proceeded to cite him for disrespectful behavior and making the class an unsafe environment for other students. Afterwards, Ingle met with Dr. Downie to go over the citations, and refused to agree with the disrespectful conduct according to his own words in a Facebook post he later deleted per suggestion of his lawyer.  He maintains his freedom of speech was denied. However several students reiterate and reaffirm that Dr. Downie cited him for disrespectful conduct and making the classroom environment unsafe. It needs to be said that every professor at IUP includes a statement in the syllabus stating that, if a student is disrespectful to the professor or the other students in the class, they can be removed from the class.  By not switching out of a class, a student agrees to the terms and conditions of the syllabus.  If Lake Ingle was unhappy with the terms and conditions of the syllabus as described by Dr. Alison Downie, he should not have taken the class.  Dr. Downie specifically stated in her syllabus that a respectful atmosphere is needed in any classroom for those in the class to learn.  She also stated that some of the topics may be difficult and uncomfortable to talk about, but that is the nature of upper level classes. There is currently a petition on change.org demanding Dr. Downie be fired.  This is the reason I am writing this petition.  Dr. Downie operated well within the rights of her classroom, and only asked for the respect of her student.  She should not be fired for exercising her right, need, and duty, to keep her classroom a safe and respectful environment for her students.  Lake Ingle has made multiple statements to different forms of media, all stating that his freedom of speech was infringed upon.  I am here to bring light to the situation.  Dr. Downie did not take away anyone's freedom of speech.  She only asked for respect in her classroom.  If Dr. Downie is fired for this issue, IUP would lose a wonderful professor, who is obviously passionate about her job and her field of study.  She also serves as a communal support for the Religious Studies department. If she is fired, not only will academic freedom be infringed upon, but a valued member of the IUP faculty will be lost. 

Macey LeBlanc
421 supporters
Petitioning Conservation.org, Conservation International

Save The Ocean; Save Ourselves

Dear world,  Because the oceans are the largest ecosystems on Earth, they are the Earth’s largest life support systems. To survive and prosper, we all need healthy oceans. Oceans generate half of the oxygen people breathe. (Paragraph Credits) So why shouldn't people get clean water, clean food and good health? Why shouldn't we get what we're paying for? Why does the earth need our help? All of these things can be fixed if we donate to conservation.org, and every time one person donates, they help the entire world. The Ocean is responsible for our air, water, food, money, oxygen, carbon waste, habitat, home, and so many more reasons. The Ocean needs our help, and with a small step, you can make a big impact. Check Out Another Cool Place To Visit And Donate For The Same Cause Learn More About Our Cause Check Out What Conservation.org Has To Tell You About Why We Need To Save The Ocean Donate Here! Aren't Convinced Yet? Check Out This Site For Beautiful Films On Why This Topic Is Important. -Conservation.org, Emily H., and Ellie W.

Emily H
292 supporters
Petitioning World Wildlife Fund, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Greenpeace USA, Conservation International, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

The World Wildlife Fund MUST protect #MoreSpecies than just charismatic megafauna!

Many self-proclaimed environmentally conscious humans around the world donate so much to the World Wildlife Fund for Nature, which touts itself as the largest conservation organization in the world. But do not let this arrogance and self-pride fool you. The WWF is massively biased, that its members dedicate their heart to popular but clichéd species, such as elephants, rhinos, tigers, orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees, polar bears, pangolins, dolphins, sea turtles, and sharks. In fact, most of these species are classified as only Vulnerable(VU) by the International Union for Conservation of Nature(IUCN). In great contrast, Critically Endangered(CR) species that are at a MUCH greater risk of extinction, from the pygmy hog(Porcula salvania) to the Chinese giant salamander(Andrias davidianus) to the American burying beetle(Nicrophorus americanus) to the ploughshare tortoise(Astrochelys yniphora)to the Antiguan racer snake(Alsophis antiguae) to the delta smelt(Hypomesus transpacificus) and to the Asimina tetramera, are not even featured on the World Wildlife Fund's priority species and are left to die and be forgotten. The WWF MUST recognize this blatant hypocrisy and extend its care to more species, and feature more than just charismatic megafauna on its website.  The World Wildlife Fund's species are also what most would describe as "cute," or "beautiful," which can dangerously mislead people away from protecting uninteresting but equally important species, such as the Widdringtonia wallichii(Clanwilliam Cypress) and the Russian desman(Desmana moschata), as well as result in extremely disproportionate funding, compassion, and care. Appealing to the general population's interest in certain species also distracts people from the true importance of organisms, such as their niches and intrinsic values as living and deserving kindness.  Please sign this petition and show the World Wildlife Fund that you care, and that it is imperative they protect more priority species. While it is impossible to care for ALL endangered species, there are still some that require the utmost attention, once again, from the Hainan gibbon(Nomascus hainanus) to the Macedonian lacewing(Pseudochazara cingovskii) to the spotted handfish(Brachionichthys hirsutus) and to the Araucaria muelleri. \ To be specific, we demand that the World Wildlife Fund extend its care to more IUCN assessed Endangered or Critically Endangered plants, mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fungi, and other organisms, especially the 100 most threatened species.   

EmpathyBridge -Fight Media Bias
135 supporters