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Petitioning United Nations, United Nations Environment Program, European Parliament, yulin, Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand, Jerry Brown

Petition To Stop Yulin 2018

Please take action now and voice your support for a ban on this year’s dog meat festival in Yulin, China. Signing and sharing this petition is crucial, we must make one final push to save thousands of innocent dogs – they don’t deserve to die!  Spread the word and Say No To Yulin 2018

Talile Ali
272,853 supporters
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Petitioning Facebook, Donald Trump, United Nations Environment Program, President of the United States, Don Young

Contre le massacre des ours, loups et leurs progénitures en Alaska mis en place par Trump

Bonjour,bonsoir.  Ça y est, c'est désormais officiel : depuis aujourd'hui, lundi 10 avril 2017, les loups et les ours pourront être à nouveau abattus en Alaska — y compris les bébés et les animaux hibernants, qui pourront être tués par hélicoptère mais aussi directement dans leurs terriers, au moment où ils sont le plus vulnérables. Il ne manquait plus que la signature de Donald Trump pour valider un texte approuvé par le Congrès… c'est aujourd'hui chose faite. Cette nouvelle loi, qui rentrera immédiatement en vigueur, fait machine arrière sur toute un ensemble de mesures mises en place aux États-Unis par l'ancien président Barack Obama concernant la régulation des pratiques de chasse de ces animaux. 76.8 millions d'acres de réserves fédérales et de zones de protection concernés Cette loi, poussée par des sénateurs Républicains, signe la fin de l'Alaska National Wildlife Refuges Rule, une loi mise en place par le gouvernement Obama pour interdire de tuer ces animaux sur une vaste zone protégée. La nouvelle législation permettrait non seulement de rouvrir la chasse de ces prédateurs, mais aussi d'autoriser des pratiques de chasse que de nombreux écologistes et militants pour les droits des animaux jugent cruelles et lâches, comme le fait de tuer des bébés, ou encore de tirer des animaux en train d'hiberner (donc immobiles et sans défense). Comment peut-on qualifier de « chasse » la simple mise à mort d'un animal endormi ? Où est le « sport », là-dedans ? Des préoccupations morales qui étaient loin d'empêcher certains membres du congrès de dormir, apparemment, puisque la mesure a été approuvée à 52 voix contre 47 il y a quelques jours comme nous vous le révélions dans un article. Pour l'heure, 76.8 millions d'acres de réserves fédérales et de zones de protection sont concernés par cette mesure, qui est en train d'être largement critiquée et condamnée par les franges les plus progressistes de l'opinion, et notamment par l'Humane society of the United States (HSUS), l'une des organisations de protection animale les plus importantes du monde. « Ce qui vient de se produire à la maison blanche aujourd'hui devrait choquer les consciences de toutes les personnes qui aiment un tant soit peu les animaux », s'est indigné Wayne Pacelle, directeur de l'HSUS, dans un communiqué. Mais cette loi aura avant tout le mérite de plaire aux électeurs : l'Alaska est en effet un des bastions les plus solides du parti Républicain et de la droite conservatrice, et les politiques de cet État savent très bien comment s'attirer les faveurs de leurs supporters en parlant « patrimoine », « droit à l'autogestion » et « chasse sportive »... « Il faut comprendre qu'il ne s'agit pas seulement des petits ours polaires et des petits grizzlys et loups mignons qu'on voit à la télévision, il s'agit du droit des états fédéraux à gérer leurs propres ressources — et a ne pas laisser le gouvernement fédéral le faire à leur place », a rétorqué Don Young, membre de la Chambre des représentants, qui a présenté le projet de loi controversé… Avant d'ajouter que, « si les Alaskains n'étaient pas satisfaits de ce genre de lois, il ne tenait qu'à eux d'arrêter de [le] réélire ». Âgé de 83 ans, il est en fonction depuis 1973, et s'est fait réélire sans interruption en tant que représentant du 49e État.   Signons pour la survie de notre planète mais aussi pour cette cruauté. 

Eloise ALAGUILLAUME
122,814 supporters
Petitioning Theresa May MP, United Nations Environment Program

UK, Ban all Non Recyclable and Single-Use plastics!

We the people need to call on the government of the United Kingdom to set an example to the world and Ban ALL non-recyclable and single- use plastics. The world’s annual consumption of plastic materials has increased from around 5 million tonnes in the 1950s to nearly 100 million tonnes today. (WRAP) The amount of plastic waste generated annually in the UK is estimated to be nearly 5 million tonnes. (WRAP) Most families throw away about 40kg of plastic per year, which could otherwise be recycled. Non recyclable plastic ends up in landfills or the ocean where they were remain FOREVER harming animals and the environment.  If we don't ban the use of non recyclable or degradable plastic now then it may be too late later. We are smart enough to know that it's bad for us and we are smart enough to find alternative packaging and containing methods for the things we use.  #BanPlasticNow

Joshua Heeley
110,657 supporters
Petitioning United Nations Development Program, United Nations Environment Program, Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations), United Nations

Restrict movement of trucks in built up areas within Nigeria to the hours of 11pm and 5am.

I’m so angry, angry at all those who had years of influence in political office and did nothing, angry at how the Nigerian capitalists do not care about anyone or anything but their pockets, I’m angry about how the government puts little or no value on human lives, I’m mega angry that we are a people who would do nothing but rant about this on Facebook for a few days and then forget about it till the next incident, it reeks of complete lack of value and regard for human lives to have lagosians living in the midst of combustibles, Apapa tanks farms are all accidents waiting to happen, then we have to deal with the harbinger of death in the form of these trucks and the lunatics who drive them. If you reside in Lagos , I’m sure you have a tale or two about these truck drivers who will blatantly tell you they don’t care about your life, so get out of their way. It would seem the solution to this Problem is quite simple; Railway , a single train will convey the equivalent of 50 or more trucks in cargo,this will save cost of transportation drastically and save us billions of tax Naira in road maintenance. This simple yet effective means of transportation will save us all the headaches of focusing so much on our rearview mirrors while driving, I am not stupid enough to think we won’t need tankers for delivery to the individual stations, but there surely can be a law restricting their movement in built up areas to certain times. These issues are NOT entirely political, they are Capitalist issues, the Business man who cuts corners to get a DPR license for a filling station smack in the middle of residential areas is as much to blame as a trucker who owns 500 trucks and would readily pay hoodlums to vandalize railway tracks, the importer who buys accidented used trucks to be refurbished and sold in Nigeria should also not sit back and blame the government. So what is the way forward? Can I get at least a thousand Nigerians to Help me sign a petition to the senate , i will also require a lawmaker to sponsor a bill limiting the time for truck movement in built up areas to the hours of 11pm-5am. 

Olorunfemi Gbenle
94,186 supporters
Petitioning Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Boris Johnson MP, Nick Clegg MP, David Cameron MP, Nicky Morgan MP, Amber Rudd MP, Mary Macleod MP, Greg Hunt MP, The Hon. Sussan Ley MP, Environmental Protection ...

No More Plastic Straws in McDonalds

Plastic pollution is a growing problem in the world. By 2050 it is estimated that, by weight, there is going to be more plastic than fish in the world. And, in recent years it has also started to make its way into the food-chain. Whales are known to have eaten plastic bags, so too have Sea Turtles. Whilst, fish have succumbed to eating polyethyelene microplastics. However, in recent years a new problem has come to the attention of the public: Plastic Straws. They are known to have caused the drowning of turtles  as they get stuck in their nostrils. This is needless and inhumane. Especially when an easy alternative is already readily available worldwide. Paper straws do exactly the same, except when they have been used they biodegrade. McDonalds, one of the largest Transnational Corporations in every country is one of the front-runners in their production of plastic straws, if they can stop, why can't many others follow their lead?! When we, as a nation, signed up to the UN Sustainable Development Goals we pledged to help life under water- this could be one of the biggest steps in helping us achieve this. Please sign...#PlasticStrawsSuck 

Sam Street
63,572 supporters
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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
322,325 supporters
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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
46,331 supporters
Petitioning World Wildlife Fund, National Wildlife Federation, Conservation International, United Nations Environment Program, United Nations, Deputy Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife Sri Lanka,...

SPEAK FOR THE UNSPOKEN

The Sri Lankan leopard is a leopard subspecies native to Sri Lanka. Sadly on Thursday (June 21st), one leopard met a tragic end when it ventured into the Ambalpuram area in Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka. (Many a times this happened. But Sri Lankan Government still did not take an action. The wait is over. It's time for us to unite as a nation and RAISE OUR VOICE AND SPEAK FOR THE UNSPOKEN.) With its habitat being destroyed and disturbed by humans on a daily basis, animals are now heading to cities. Animals that lose their native habitats are forced into new areas in search of shelter and food. Enraged and hungry. Animals who move sometimes come into contact with humans while searching for an area with a better food supply. Sometimes these animals are simply a nuisance, but other times they can attack humans. Sometimes humans relocate the displaced species to an area where they will not interfere with human habitation, but other times humans respond by attacking or killing the threatening or annoying animal. these animals attack human beings and such attacks could be fatal. Humans being the funny animals, pollute the environment with various inventions ranging from automobiles to refrigerators, contaminated fresh water bodies with chemicals, burnt down forests for cultivation and forced the animals to leave their natural habitat. Animals soon started proceeding to cities, and many a times, attacked human beings out of fear, or hunger. BUT CLEARLY THAT'S NOT ANIMALS' FAULT. Being the most intelligent species on the planet, humans have come a long way. From inventions starting from fire and wheel, now we build sky scrappers and send people to Mars. But not much changed for animals other than the fact their environment has been deteriorating due to various factors, human encroachment and interference being one of the prime reasons for these type of things.  WHO'S TO BLAME? It’s only humans: • Animal & human population is rising, shrinking habitats • Implementation of environmental laws is also about politics • Roads & power lines block regular routes of wild animals • Food sources are being affected by human intrusion PLEASE TAKE AN ACTION. OUR WILD ANIMALS SHOULD NOT BE KILLED LIKE THIS. THEY WERE GIFTED TO MAKE OUR NATURE EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL. PEOPLE SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT WE USE THE ADJECTIVE "WILD" BEFORE THESE ANIMALS, JUST BECAUSE THEY CAN BE DEADLY. WE CAN'T EXPECT SOMETHING SWEET FROM THEM WHEN THEY ARE DISPLACED AND WHEN IN HUNGER.  DEFORESTATION IS ONE OF THE KEY  RESONS FOR THESE TYPE OF THINGS HAPPEN. PLEASE STOP DEFORESTATION, PLEASE LET OUR VALUABLE SPECIES LIVE IN PEACE. SOMETHING CALLED "HUMANITY" STILL EXISTS.  "SPEAK FOR THE UNSPOKEN"   

Shani Gunawardana
38,824 supporters
Petitioning Ram Nath Kovind, Human Rights Campaign, National Human Rights Commission, United Nations Environment Program, Tamilnadu Chief Minister, PRIME MINISTER INDIA, United Nations Human Rights Commission

Justice for Thoothukudi Shootout

Video of Police Shooting CITIZENS’ JOINT STATEMENT ON POLICE VIOLENCE AGAINST STERLITE PROTESTORS IN THOOTHUKUDI Police violence in Thoothukudi has left several people dead and many more injured. Not only was this tragedy totally avoidable, it appears that the Police have even given hot pursuit and shot at women and others in fishing hamlets like Theresepuram. The sheer brutality of the police action reminds one of the manner in which the Jallikattu protests were dealt with. The Government of Tamil Nadu, Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board and the Thoothukudi District Administration are squarely responsible for allowing the situation to get to this unfortunate state by allowing Vedanta Sterlite to violate environmental and land use planning laws with impunity for over two decades. The people who died are just ordinary people who have been forced to take to the streets, and march to the Collectorate to demand action from an administration that has systematically and for decades failed to enforce the law on Sterlite. The District Collector, the chairperson and member secretary of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, the Secretaries holding the environment portfolios in the central and state governments, the ministers of environment at the state and centre, and the chief minister of Tamil Nadu need to account for their inaction in the face of overwhelming evidence of illegalities, environmental harm and damage to public health. This is not the first time that Sterlite's pollution and the impunity it enjoys has been the cause of public anger in Thoothukudi. In 2013, the Supreme Court of India curiously found the company guilty of misrepresentation, unlicensed operation and polluting the environment, but allowed the company to operate after paying a small fine as it felt India needed the copper. The company failed to reform its ways even after this narrow judicial escape. The regulators -- TNPCB and Ministry of Environment and Forests -- too continued their cosy relationship with Sterlite ignoring blatant violations of statutory conditions and clear indications of pollution. It is a known fact that the state and central governments have allowed Sterlite to operate with lower-than-required chimney stacks, thereby exposing lakhs of residents to higher levels of toxic pollutants. It has ignored the tentative findings of a government medical college's health study that reported higher incidence of certain health problems among the villagers living around the factory. Let us not forget that for the second time in two months more than a lakh residents of this coastal town have taken to the streets with one clear demand: Immediate and Complete Shutdown of Sterlite. The state government and the district administration should also be blamed for failing to appreciate the depth of resentment among the people of Thoothukudi to Sterlite's illegal and polluting operations and the betrayal by the State of its people. The Government of Tamil Nadu has lost its moral right to govern, and should at the very least ensure that the senior ministers who failed to read the signs properly and take preventive action resign. But before anything else, the Government of Tamil Nadu should have the decency to declare an end to the toxic terrorism unleashed by Sterlite and permanently close down the polluting unit. --Signed: Henri Tiphagne, Advocate & National Working Secretary, Human Rights Defenders’ Alert – India ( HRDA), Executive Director, People’s WatchJustice D Hariparanthaman (Retd.)MG Devasahayam, IAS (Retd.)Vetri Maaran, FilmmakerCharu Govindan, Voices of PeopleDr. V Vasanthi Devi, Former Vice-Chancellor, Manormanium Sundaranar UniversityChandra Mohan, Arappor IyakkamG Sundarrajan, Poovulagin Nanbargal Nityanand Jayaraman, Writer and Social ActivistV. Geetha, Writer and Publisher, ChennaiPrema Revathi, Writer, Publisher and Actor, ChennaiPiyush Manush, Salem Citizen’s ForumA Mangai, ProfessorV Arasu, ProfessorR Rathindran Prasad, Filmmaker Divya Bharathi, Filmmaker Sofia Ashraf, Writer and Rapper Kavitha Muralidharan, Journalist, ChennaiSujata Mody, President, Penn Thozhilalargal SangamM. 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Anand Vaidyanathan Ramamoorthi
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Petitioning City of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, Veronica Petrosyan, Environmental Protection Agency, United Nations Environment Program, Los Angeles Finance Department

BEAUTIFUL WINGED FRIENDS-save the butterflies from neonicotinoid pesticides & insecticides

WHO is being affected? Butterflies are the underdog pollinators.  While bees contribute to the pollination of a majority of plants, butterflies pollinate a number of different plant populations worldwide with their unique abilities.  They collect pollen and nectar on their long legs, both feeding themselves and allowing other plants’ seeds (on which they posit previously collected pollen and nectar) to be fertilized.  Their slender and tubular shape allows them to pollinate plants (like the firecracker plant and the sunflower) that the bodies of bees cannot successfully reach. To butterflies, finding safe and accessible egg-laying sites is an important habitat characteristic (Merckx, Dyck, Karlsson, Leimar). They are also extremely responsive to ecological changes, which makes them great indicators of an ecosystem’s condition (Hawkinson).  However, as more and more pesticides are sprayed in areas varying from school yards and agricultural fields,  the ability for butterflies to find safe spots to lay their eggs and live healthy lives has lessened at extraordinary rates (Hawkinson). WHAT is the problem? Habitat fragmentation (the loss and division of habitat stemming from a variety of different reasons) has increasingly become detrimental to many species.  To butterflies (and bees) pesticide usage is the antagonist responsible for the fragmentation of their habitats (plants and flowers), and as bee populations continue to decline due to the overuse of insecticides, it has become even more crucial to save the bees’ beautiful winged cousins.  Pesticides and insecticides, which have contributed to the 4% decline in butterfly populations since 2011 (Latham), are toxic to many butterfly species.  The primary culprit in this demoralizing loss of biodiversity is the neonicotinoid insecticide clothianidin.  This water soluble nicotine based insecticide (which can either be sprayed directly onto plants or applied to soil) intoxicates the nectar and pollen that butterflies gather, harming them by reducing available egg-laying sites and food sources (citybugs.tamu.edu).  Commonly found in urban areas and agricultural cultivation sites, these neonicotinoids must be eliminated.  We must act now to save the butterflies before it is too late. HOW do we make a change? To affect change, we are asking policymakers to increase taxes on these harmful pesticides and lower them on natural, mint, hot pepper, and garlic-based insecticides.  Insect infestations can be easily avoided with garlic insecticide sprays (made of vegetable oil, 2 cloves of garlic, water, and mild liquid soap), chile pepper insecticide sprays, or even soap sprays. The aromas of these alternatives to chemical pesticides are easily detectable to most insects, making them avoid affected plants while not causing harm to their beings.  Natural aroma pesticides and insecticides will save the future populations of the beautiful butterfly.  A friend to all, we cannot let chemicals destroy their chances of survival.  It is crucial that all neonicotinoid chemicals become not as easily accessible as they are today.  Butterflies play a crucial part in the environmental well being of our planet, pollinating, serving as indicators of important changes, and bringing such elegant beauty to nature.  As bee populations additionally continue to decline, it has become more important than ever to save their winged friends.  Help raise taxes on butterfly and bee killing neonicotinoid insecticides and make natural ones more easily accessible to the general public. Sign the petition below that will be sent to local Los Angeles finance department as well as the L.A. environmental health district office. Not convinced? Follow the attached link to a video where young Chloe expresses her sentiments toward the decline in butterfly populations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43t3u7uyEPc  

Maya Winkler
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