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Petitioning UK Parliament, Welsh Government, Scottish Government

We need a UK-wide Climate Emergency Action Plan!

The UK has declared a climate emergency - now it's time to take emergency action. It's clear that unless we do, we face the gravest threats in human history: uncontrollable droughts, floods, extreme heat, species extinctions and suffering for hundreds of millions of current and future generations. We need a UK-wide Climate Emergency Action Plan, and we need it now.  All the technologies to do this are ready, waiting and getting cheaper by the day. More and more climate emergency declarations are being made. To maintain momentum these must urgently be turned into real-life actions on the ground.   A UK-wide Climate Emergency Action Plan would offer the vision, policies, resources, funding, networks, training and re-skilling required to enable this collective endeavour. It should be based around a smart, inclusive process, backed by the advice, data and technical resources needed to support local actions. This action plan should: Phase out fossil fuels fast and stop all subsidies to fossil fuels; stop all fracking now; and stop burning coal. Support a national programme to insulate the UK's housing stock. Invest in renewable energy, powering up our clean energy supply. Transform agricultural subsidies. Radically increase UK tree cover and enhance soils and peatlands. Invest in joined-up affordable public transport, and in better walking and cycling.  Cut flights through a frequent flyer levy – and scrap the third runway at Heathrow. Invest in the creation of new jobs and fund training in skills for the future.    As a trained engineer, I have now been working at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) for over 30 years. Since 2007, I have been part of a team of experts, developing models based on detailed knowledge and cutting edge research which demonstrate that a Zero Carbon Britain is achievable - while also bringing benefits for society, nature and the economy. We can make a better world! Please sign my petition calling on the government to create a UK-wide Climate Emergency Action Plan.

Paul Allen
160,476 supporters
Petitioning Lesley Griffiths, Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Welsh Government, Lesley Griffiths

Stop housing homeless teenagers in unsuitable bed and breakfast accommodation.

This Christmas there will be a 16 or 17 year old that finds themselves homeless, it must be a terrifying situation to be in. But just when they need a place of safety, some teenagers are put into unsuitable bed and breakfast accommodation by local authorities. Scared, frightened, abandoned and hungry is how many describe the experience. In the worst cases young people have reported sexual assault, after being put into rooms with no locks in a house full of strangers. That's why I've started this petition calling on the Welsh Government to put an end to homeless teenagers being put into bed and breakfast accommodation, no exceptions. There is a fantastic network of charities across Wales that can provide safe places for homeless teenagers to get back on their feet -- in warm, clean accommodation with staff who are trained to help. But End Youth Homelessness Cymru say that local authorities place around a hundred 16 and 17 year olds into unsuitable bed and breakfast accommodation every year and this number is rising. Guidance in England says teenagers should never be put into B&Bs. In a recent debate at the Welsh Assembly officials said they would look again at the guidance local authorities are given here. If people across Wales come together on this issue - we can convince the Welsh Government to make the change needed. All we are asking for is that homeless teenagers have a place of safety, a shower, a hot meal and someone to talk to. I don't think it's too much to ask of our Government this Christmas.

Michael Sheen
116,809 supporters
Petitioning UK Government

Justice for Christopher Kapessa

Christopher Kapessa was a young black 13-year-old child who died on 1st July 2019 after being pushed into the river in front of many of his peers. He was the only black child present at the scene of the incident. Within 24 hours South Wales Police decided, without interviewing all the other children or collecting all the evidence, that this was no more than a tragic accident.  South Wales Police tried to convince his mother, Alina Joseph, that Christopher had willingly jumped from a bridge. Soon after a complaint was lodged against the police.   Consequently South Wales Police appointed a new major police investigation team who then submitted new evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Earlier this year the CPS decided not to prosecute anyone despite establishing that there was sufficient evidence to charge the teenager who pushed Christopher into the river with manslaughter. They argued that this was not in the public interest. This is a perverse decision because it implies Christopher’s life is cheaper than the ‘public interest’. The family’s lawyer has asked the CPS to review their decision.  Christopher was a gentle likeable child who loved to be outdoors and he was a talented footballer and won many trophies. Despite suffering racist abuse, he, amongst all his other siblings, would look at things positively – he did everything to integrate with his peers and within the community.  He loved life. Christopher deserves your attention and justice. Alina Joseph and her supporters, have launched the Christopher Kapessa Family Campaign to ensure justice for her child. Our demands include: ·      The suspension of police officers involved in the initial investigation ·      A fitting memorial in Christopher’s name. ·      An independent Inquiry into the conduct of South Wales police and other agencies involved with this family so that lessons can be learned.  If you require further information, please contact:

The Monitoring Group
112,468 supporters
Petitioning Voters, Welsh Government, The People

Force Joel Osteen to pay back any and all government aid funded by taxpayers.

Joel Osteen and his church recently received over four million dollars in taxpayer-funded government aid. For his church that does not pay taxes. If you believe this is unfair to taxpayers, please stand with us. This is not an issue of religion, this is not an issue of who you believe in. This is an issue of fairness. His business is the church, which apparently is doing quite well to afford this man a home and estate that is several million dollars. Whilst constantly riding in private jets and doing things normally reserved for the richest of people. This man is no longer a servant of Christ or his people, but a servant to the almighty dollar. It’s clear that he is manipulating the system to maintain massive amounts of wealth. This is incredibly unfair to people that follow him, as they may think what he’s doing is justified in some sick way. Our government and this man should be held accountable for this gross overpayment and blatant disregard for taxpayer’s well-being. While the average American is struggling with covid, bills, work, and every other daily stress, this man is banking over four million dollars of our money. If you believe this is not to aid in his message of love and kindness of man and woman in the vision of God, or you simply believe his acts are unfair and downright slimy, please sign this petition to force him to pay back any government aid that was recieved. Thank you. 

Brad Wallace
69,544 supporters
Petitioning UK Parliament, Welsh Government, Boris Johnson, RSPCA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), BBC, The Sun, Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn, Matthew Hancock MP, David Cameron MP, Rt Hon ...

Allow pet owners to say goodbye in the last moments

I had to have my beautiful dog of almost 13yrs put to sleep yesterday. Now for anyone, that would be traumatic enough. Now what if i said, i had to say my goodbyes, hand him over in the veterinary practice carpark and not allowed to be with him in those final moments and instead have to watch him being carried off, wide awake strapped to a stretcher, with him not knowing that THAT'S the very last time he saw me? You'd think I'd done something wrong or my dog had done something wrong for him to be destroyed wouldn't you? Nope, not at all! Bruno (a german shepherd) had been my baby for almost 13yrs. Apart from my kids, he was my everything. I suffer quite badly with anxiety and depression, so he was almost like my assistance dog in a way. When my anxiety would rise up, the first thing I'd do was grab the lead and off we'd go, on our wanders. We'd go everywhere together, everyone knew us and knew how much i loved him. A few months after i had him i caught for my son, so he went through my pregnancy with me, he'd put his head on my bump and get kicked then grunt but he secretly loved it. Then i had my son and he went into protective mode and they were as thick as thieves all their life. Where one was, there was the other and it stayed that way for years. All the while, he was with me through all my bad times too....broken relationships, miscarriages, my mam dying and being cut off from my dad by my sister �. He was also there for the good son learning to walk, ride his bike, walking to primary and junior school with us for the first and last time, all the kids at school knew him and would always give him a hug or pet him as they passed and everyone we passed would say what a gorgeous, good natured dog he was. He also went through the pregnancy and birth of my grandson ❤ he's been right by our side through everything. That same protectiveness also applied the other way, I was right by his side through everything with him....tumours, sickness and old age. Everything except death! On sunday morning, i woke to find my handsome baby had taken a turn for the worse overnight and his back end had completely collapsed. He'd wet himself, soiled himself and couldn't get up � I felt like my world had just fallen apart in that very moment. Because of his age and this being something that had been happening for a while, i knew what needed to be done. Now for anyone who thinks i made this decision lightly, let me assure you, this was not done at the click of my fingers. I was physically sick at what i was about to do to the only real best friend I had (I mean that as no offense to my friends at all, if they're my friends, they'll know what I mean). So i rang the vets and explained that financially (being a sunday) i couldn't afford the fees (it was over £500 on the sunday and £300 the next day. I'm not working and already had to borrow the £300 from a good friend of mine) so would make him as comfortable as i possibly could, then bring him in the next day for him to cross the rainbow bridge. And that's where it went very wrong..... I made the appointment and I assumed that, due to the nature of the visit (COVID19 aware) i would be allowed to be with my baby in his final moments. How wrong was I! No, i had to say my final goodbyes in the practice carpark, with people arriving and leaving with their pets, while I'm sobbing on the grass, saying my goodbyes to my dog! Bare in mind, my dog was lame too, so its not as if he could do much either bless him. Then when I'd said my final goodbyes, i couldn't even carry him inside myself (i had a covid mask and was even willing to scrub up and wear scrubs if i had to). I had to watch my baby getting put on a stretcher and carried inside for the last time, knowing that he didn't know it would the last time he ever saw me. He was probably terrified. I was given the option of paying an extra £60 so they could sedate him so he wasn't aware that he was being carried away from me to his death, an option that was financially out of my reach. To me that felt like emotional £60 so he doesn't know what you're about to do to him when we take him away or he'll be awake. I absolutely broke my heart! I will never get that image out of my head...EVER!! OK, so here's what I'm hoping to achieve. I want all pet owners to be allowed to be with their pets, or for some provision to be put in place so that when a pet has to be put to sleep, the owner can be with them in their final moment. I never want what happened to me to happen to someone else. I know some practices allow for long line leads so the injection can be given at an acceptable social distance. However this is still only SOME practices, that's not enough, it should be all practices when it comes to final goodbyes. So i want a provision in place, that during this time where we have to social distance because of COVID19, owners should be allowed with their pets during those final moments when they're crossing the rainbow bridge. These animals may be just an income to a vet, but to us their family. So please, sign and share this as far as you can so nobody has to go through what i did when i said my final goodbyes. RIP Bruno, you'll never be forgotten ❤❤   

Natalie Jones
37,222 supporters
Petitioning Mark Drakeford, Cardiff and Vale Health Board, Welsh Government

Birth Rights

This is a petition for rights for birthing families. I believe that the current restrictions should be reviewed and reconsidered.  The covid pandemic has seen many lockdowns and restrictions come and go, but one that has stayed in Wales is restrictions on support people attending births and it simply isn't good enough. We have 60,000 people in a stadium and at the same time mothers are completely alone at the most important and potentially traumatic time of their lives. A day that is sometimes planned for years, can cost more than a wedding and can not be rescheduled. Partners are being left outside until active labour then told to go home within two hours of the birth. No siblings getting to meet the babies. Some women choosing between their husband/partner or their own mother to support them. We have seen these restrictions on birthing women (people) and essential workers and visitors remain in place long after restrictions have eased and mass gatherings have taken place. How does this make any sense? With postpartum depression and trauma on the rise, we need to do more.  We want to see the government bring in a policy to protect support people attending births and on postpartum wards not just now but for any future lockdowns. Professional support such as privately practising midwives, doulas and photographers are an essential part of the couples birth team and should not be considered “visitors.”

Melissa Saunders
38,846 supporters