- Sharon Schlingmann Rochester, MN, United States
- 28,855 supporters
- Created Jun 24, 2017
- The Library Project
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Petition to President Donald Trump , President of the United States
Turn the White House Purple on National Heroin Overdose Day starting this August 31, 2017.
To bring greater awareness to Heroin overdose deaths. We are losing an entire generation of young men and women. My only child Rachael, at the tender age of 23 died of a heroin overdose. Heroin is the leading cause of death in America, more than car accidents. Every 4 minutes we lose a son or daughter to this Disease. We need to share with the country what an epidemic this truly is. We need to educate our children before we lose more. There needs to be an affordable long-term care program for addicts to break away from this disease. 30 days is not enough. A day we should pray for an end of heroin in America.
Rochester, MN, United States
Petition to Capital Development Authority Islamabad
Revive public libraries in Islamabad starting with community library F-11 !
Islamabad has a number of public libraries that exist as mere shells. They have been allotted land, buildings and staff by Government/City Authorities but they are in mostly dilapidated condition and lack a good collection of books or attractive layout. These spaces can be transformed from dead spaces to useful spaces of learning and community building. Apart from having great books to read, they can also re-imagined as community centers, and host events like book discussions, book launches, support groups, writers groups, art classes and educational movies for children, language classes etc. The Library Project aims to build awareness in the public that such spaces exist, and their potential for use so that we can exert pressure on the authorities to renovate the libraries for our collective use. As a pilot effort, we want to work towards the restoration of the CDA Community Reading Hall in Sector F11 Markaz (behind Attock Petrol Station, in a plot in front of Chaaye Khana). This space is a joint venture between the Capital Development Authority and the Department of Libraries, Ministry of CADD. The Department of Libraries is willing to provide books and updated equipment as per demand of the public. However, the renovation and upkeep of the building comes under the jurisdiction of CDA, on whom we need to exert collective pressure so they can take the requests for renovation seriously. It has come to our notice that CDA is considering auctioning off this precious property for commercial use in the near future, and we want to act to claim this place before it is too late! This Petition aims to enlist support for this cause as a pilot effort towards restoring all our public libraries, one library at a time, until they fulfill their original intended purpose. Let’s take back our libraries! Join our Facebook Page The Library Project for details and updates
The Library Project
Petition to University of Bristol
A mental health assessment for every new student starting University
This morning I was incredibly saddened to read that a 3rd student in a fortnight at my university, the University of Bristol, had taken their own life. Having suffered from both anxiety and depression myself, I know how it feels to be this low and as I always said, 'I want to walk out the door and never come back.'. I am fully recovered now, stable on my medication, though that does not mean at times I do not feel sad or worried like the rest of us. I was lucky with quick access to private health care, however not everybody is in the same position. This is why I want to draw great attention to the clear lack of mental health care provision on the NHS in the UK in general, not only the University. It is simply NOT good enough. I attended the student health service this afternoon for a mental health assessment to see how I was getting along. I was asked two questions, 'how is your mood?' and 'do you feel suicidal?' to which I answered, 'Great, and no I am not.' After 3 minutes I was deemed perfectly healthy and sent on my way. It is evident that the doctor, perhaps overrun or with better things to do, did not have adequate time for me. I cannot begin to comprehend how this would feel for someone who is at their lowest. Thus, I put two things forward. Number one, an important piece of advice. You are not alone, you are not bothering anyone, there is ALWAYS someone to talk to no matter how low, anxious or scared you feel. Never shy away from a person you believe may be struggling, they may just be too nervous to say anything and need you to take action for them in their quest for recovery. Number two, a proposal, perhaps on a small scale at this point. I would like your support to take forward the idea to Hugh Brady, the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol, a mandatory mental health assessment for all new 1st years at the beginning of the year, in September, that is assessed biannually to see for changes in a person's behaviour/mood. After a months worth of strikes at the University, we were asked where we wanted to see the unspent money from withheld salaries go and this is what I want. A team set up specifically to deal with mental health at the University, including psychiatrists, psychologists and counsellors who hold no other responsibilities but to provide this greatly needed service. This cannot wait any longer, we cannot see anymore lives wasted, it is time for change.
London, United Kingdom
Petition to Anurag Tripathi, Rina Ray, Prakash Javadekar, Satya Pal Singh, Amarendra Kumar Dubey, JP Nadda, Stuti Kacker, Priyank Kanoongo, RG Anand, Mandeep Kumar Bhandari, Sanjay Goel, Sandeep Kumar, Sh Bina...
Stress hatao bachpan bachao
Please read on and sign the petition if you believe the primary school education, specifically in public schools, in our country is churning out more stress and its time to revisit strategies to ease it. Children have a right to a stress-free childhood, to be able to laugh and play with family and friends and to be able to spend once-in-a-lifetime carefree childhood while they are at it. Ease Education-Related Stress in Primary Schools This petition is being raised to address education-related stress among primary school children, specifically for children aged 3-11 years and specifically in public schools. While it may sound logical that the younger they start the better is the learning process, the situation around us speaks differently. Look around... small children are burdened by homework, tuition, tests, long school hours (often as long as 8 hours) and lots of writing work. They play lesser than we did at our age, and are bound by a routine more rigorous than they should be. In metro cities an average school going child spends close to 8 hours, including commute, outside the home....this is similar to an office-going adult’s routine!! Childhood or bachpan has taken a beating, a backseat while a rat-race of ranking and grading mocks at it. Private schools add to the quantum to stay ahead in the competition. Educationists often speak of holistic education but a lack of mandatory regulations or set of instructions, leaves loopholes and gaps in the implementation. Like me, many of you also may have at least once wanted to go back in time and change what mattered most to us in our education system and shaped our careers the way it did or more importantly, designed our thought process. Be it choices of subjects, duration of school hours, school infrastructure, curriculums, education policies, pedagogy, stress associated with learning or lack of technology. Of course, while wishing to go back is futile, hoping for a better education system for our children is certainly a choice and a plausible one. Formal schooling should begin at the age of five. Yes, five! It used to be four but currently we admit children to formal schools in nursery at the age of three....at an age when most of them are not even potty-trained, we send them to big schools among a flock of 30-40 students to learn a structured curriculum, away from the home for almost 6 hours!!! We need to let children be children, to learn through playing and exploring rather than formally dressing up and lined up in a classroom. But don’t they fall behind? No! They don’t. Simply because they actually start learning only when they are developmentally ready to learn and focus. By advancing their admission age we gain nothing but stressed out children losing out on their once-in-a-lifetime precious bachpan. For pre-schoolers schools should be breezy, enjoyable and fun places compliant to their EQs. They shouldn't have to carry any books/bag and their timings shouldn't be more than 3hours. School timings and duration should allow school children to be well rested as well as well nourished. Presently most students across India typically start school between 7:00-8:00am looking like zombies!! I have personally seen kids falling asleep in school buses while going to school in the morning. Most school children are able to sleep only by 11pm...add to it working adults who return home by 7-8pm entangles less family time with a good night's rest. How about actually creating a law stating that schools cannot begin before 8:00 am because research has consistently proved that children need quality sleep in the morning! 6 hours of active school time for all primary school children (5 hours for age 5-8years) with at least two breaks/recesses/snack times during the school hours should also be made mandatory by law. The 15-20 minute breaks refreshes the children and pulls them out from saturation. Further, what is the need to make Saturdays working in schools? Why can’t we allow relaxing family time over weekends? In metro cities, Sundays are clobbered...they end up being more stressful than weekdays. And so, Monday blues are more a fact than a fad! To strike a balance between rest, play and work Saturday-Sundays need to completely off with no exception. Weather-friendly school infrastructure, timings and vacations is another dimension that needs to be delved into. Longer winter vacations in cold climes, longer summer breaks in hot and humid regions as well as keeping national festivals in mind may end up giving up families more bonding and learning time than we actually may apprehend. Of course there will be variability according to geographical regions, but in principle, there should be standardization of school functioning. This will go a long way in ensuring that education is a purpose and not an obligation more so in private schools which in India are very rigorous and authoritarian. Class size is overwhelming in many private schools. A usual of 45-50children per classroom and per teacher is an appalling fact. What are we gaining by it? How is it possible for a teacher teaching such a large class to give individual attention to a child? Its a parallel to herding sheep together and letting them feed themselves on their own! Every primary school child needs individual attention...it makes sense to fix an upper ceiling of 25 children per classroom, per teacher. Instead of learning by subject, it should be learning by topic. Rote learning needs to be done away with. Age 3-11 is an age where no tests, no exams, no evaluation should be held to judge children who are still tender. Ranking/Grading in primary sections should be passé, learning by rote, curriculum by number of chapters and evaluations by a term-end exam are detrimental to the natural process of learning. Instead, there should be only three subjects, languages, mathematics and value education, for classes Nursery thru class 2. Focus should be on reading skills, value education, culture, social skills, communication skills, self-expression and self-esteem or in short personality development and grooming and special-needs. Fine arts, sports, dramatics, handwriting should make up as the curriculum. We should outdo our old-fashioned way of teaching where rows of students sit passively in front of their teacher, listening to lessons or waiting to be questioned. Instead there should be a more collaborative approach, with students working in smaller groups to solve problems while improving their communication skills. Teacher based assessments should provide feedback to parents and these shouldn’t be graded, scored or compared. Outdoor, practical learning opportunities and healthy related physical activity sessions should become a regular feature in the curriculum: helping to maintain a healthy body and mind. Value education should become a part of every book, every chapter, every subject rather than a stand-alone subject. By strengthening value education, we may be building an emphatic nation with more compassionate and less selfish individuals. A civilization that compromises on its basics actually mocks at its evolution! Concepts of science, environmental studies and social studies should be taken up from class 3 and taught in a more practical and interactive way. Again, value education should be a part of every book, every chapter, every subject rather than a stand-alone subject. Evaluation shouldn't have to exist till class 6. From classes 6-8 is when children should be introduced to an organized and structured curriculum and importantly, community service. Compulsory community service with credits or grades may be needed to graduate from middle school to high school. Classes 9-12 are when a rigorous evaluation should happen. Even then, children should be able to opt for individual subjects and make their own combinations e.g. physics and math with economics and English or biology and chemistry with sociology and French! The need of the hour is free thinking and choice-based grading system, conventional and rigid streams of science, humanities or commerce often leaves students in a lurch need to go...of course, this may need coordination with our institutes and universities of higher learning but it’s definitely thinkable, feasible to have a seamless integration of schools with Universities. Instead of herding them into a tsunami of academics which leaves them bewildered and exhausted by the time they are ready to enrol for higher education, we need to guide our children gently but firmly into confident adolescents. Before our kids mature into struggling adults, let’s make them happy children. They should be able to look behind them with pride and look ahead with confidence. Curriculum should be less 'academic'. LESS IS MORE...should be the mantra at least, for primary education...number of classroom hours and number of school days should not become defining for a holistic education. We are a nation completely obsessed with marks and percentages. Presently, the drive to do more and More and MORE is a state of existence for most schools and teachers ...it is engrained in us from day one. There is a constant pressure to push our students to the next level to have them do bigger and better things. The lessons have to be more exciting, more engaging and cover more content. The teachers too are constantly driven up the wall to not fall behind. And if they do, they enter the panic mode. This phenomenon is driven by our work-centric society where we gauge our success as a human being by how busy we are. We measure our worth with completed lists and we criminalize down time. We teach this “work till you drop” mentality to our students who either simply give up somewhere along the way or become as burnt out as we find ourselves at the end of the day. This mentality of “more is more” creeps into all areas of our lives and stifles our education system. We can’t even stick to ONE philosophy of education long enough to see if it actually works. We are constantly trying new methods, ideas and initiatives. We keep adding more and more to our plates without removing any of the past ideas. Currently we believe “more” is the answer to all of our education problems— everything can be solved with MORE classes, longer days, MORE homework, MORE assignments, MORE pressure, MORE content, MORE meetings, MORE after school tutors, and of course MORE testing! All this is doing is creating MORE burnt out teachers, MORE stressed out students and MORE frustration all the way till we give up! Look the other side: SMALLER class size means more attention, LESS testing means more learning. LESSER school hours means more planning and rest, LESSER classes means more breaks, LESSER curriculum means clarity of concepts, LESS homework means more participation!! We really need a rethinking of education and a redesigning of our system, so it prepares our children for the future with the skills that are needed for today and tomorrow. We need a change of mindset...we need to change the way we teach and are taught...it may look difficult but once we get going there won’t be any looking back. Standardization of pedagogy is urgently required to walk the huge divide in way we are taught in between urban, semi-urban and rural areas. While writing this petition I have the conviction that it’s feasible, together we can do it and it should be done. We need extensive co-operation between all relevant stakeholders, including local authorities and schools and the citizens. We owe to our children, to a better tomorrow. Haven’t we learnt it by rote that happy children make happy adults and a Happy Nation? Well, it’s now time to walk the talk!!
Petition to Shepway district council
I’m starting a petition to protect babies graves from being vandalised
… vandalised the council are doing nothing about it, so I’m starting this petition to put gates up that are…
Folkestone, ENG, United Kingdom
Petition to Google, Inc
Set the doodle on April 24 | Փոխե’ք Google Doodle-ը ապրիլի 24-ին
… starting date is conventionally held to be 24 April 1915, the day Ottoman authorities rounded up and…
Petition to Sue Parrigin
Stop pets from being exposed to extreme weather conditions
In the state, people are not concerned nor does it seem they care about the welfare of animals. The temperature can drop below freezing and many outdoor pets will freeze to death being left outside with no insulated shelters to go to, or even being forgotten after a potty break. I am working to put a stop to animals being left outside during the harsh winter temperatures and the extreme heat in the summer. There is so many dogs chained up or in a very small cage outside and just because they have a dog house or tarp over the top of the cage people think they are ok. There are only nine states that have anti-cruelty provisions addressing pets during the winter conditions, and some even are lacking the basic legislation for pets in both sets of extreme weather. I am working to bring awareness to the state of Kentucky and hopefully pass the same law as Illinois has passed where the owners can be punished with a class A misdemeanor, $2500.00 fire or up to one year in jail for animal neglect. Please help me pass this bill and keep our pets safe from the harsh weather conditions.
Bowling Green, KY, United States
Petition to Klaus Wowereit
Stop the institutionalization of a 11 year old transexual.
… this child's life could be irrevocably ruined. I am starting this petition to try and make it known…
Immingham, SCT, United Kingdom
Petition to Steven Shechtman, Santa's Enchanted Forest
Urge Santa's Enchanted Forest to drop animal shows!
… exhibit sharks and had no prior experience with sea lions before starting his current business. They…
Coral Springs, FL, United States
Petition to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Ryan Zinke, Jerry Brown, Kate Brown, Jay Inslee
Protect Our Oceans from Offshore Drilling
No spilling. No killing. No more drilling. The White House released a draft proposal in early January to dramatically expand offshore drilling in 2019. The Trump administration seeks to open up nearly all federal waters to potential oil and gas drilling lease sales. It’s a huge mistake. And we need you to join the chorus of ocean lovers around the nation who are rallying to stop special interests from destroying our coastlines. Please make your voice heard before this dangerous proposal becomes our reality. Oil and water don't mix, as shown by recent spills. And fossil fuel extraction efforts continue to cause extreme economic harm. In 1969, a well blowout off the Santa Barbara coastline pumped nearly 4 million gallons of crude oil into the Pacific and onto the beaches of Southern California. Since then, local lawmakers and the public in California have worked tirelessly to prevent spills and leaks from ruining our environment and $18 billion coastal economy by rejecting any new oil and gas drilling leases offshore in federal waters. A ruptured pipeline spewed over 100,000 gallons of crude oil onto the biologically diverse and pristine Gaviota Coast in 2015, just west of Refugio State Beach near Santa Barbara, California, with an estimated 21,000 gallons reaching the water. The Refugio spill killed hundreds of ocean creatures, closed popular beaches for weeks and shut down fisheries for 138 square miles, severely impacting the area’s commercial and recreational anglers. The catastrophic Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill took 11 lives and caused more than $17 billion in damages to natural resources in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Let’s not risk another disaster. Now is NOT the time to roll back safety standards and abandon hard-fought protections. California representatives have taken action to safeguard our state waters from drilling out to three miles offshore. Elected officials from other states, including Oregon, Washington, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina have also vocalized strong opposition to offshore drilling in federal waters, which is seen as an assault on each respective local economy, sovereignty and our invaluable natural resources. We don't have to choose between a bustling national economy and clean, safe and healthy local environments. We can have both. The success of Marine Protected Areas along California's coast proves that making smart investments that protect our environment can benefit fisheries and tourism, while preserving ecological habitats. Ignoring the will of the people, the Trump administration is now unilaterally moving to benefit industry at the expense of the environment. We can’t let it happen. Sign this petition with Heal the Bay, California Coastkeeper Alliance and Surfrider Foundation to demand that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management "BOEM" and the United States Secretary of the Interior REJECT this proposal to drastically increase offshore drilling.
Heal the Bay, California Coastkeeper Alliance & Surfrider Foundation
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