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Petition to Luke Donnellan, Luke Donnellan, Richard Wynne, Adam Bandt, Josh Frydenberg

Western Highway cheaper, safer, sooner: Go Northern!

         To help the campaign financially...Click on the link below                    Stop VicRoads from wasting taxpayer dollars and destroying our natural environment. We want VicRoads southern ‘Option 1’ checked against new information. A cheaper, less destructive route, the Northern Option has been overlooked.  Richard Wynne and Luke Donnellan, we want accountability. How can this be in the public interest? About this Campaign VicRoads is planning to widen 12km of the Western Highway near Ararat, including a 5.7km deviation from the highway through hilly landscape. New data shows that using the existing route is much less destructive. VicRoads claim their procedures have been proper and thorough. We have contested this in court. The KORS case against the 2013 ‘Minister’s Assessment’ is pending in the Supreme Court. We cannot let them continue this expensive and destructive development while they continue to rely on a discredited Environmental Effects Statement. The consequence of continuing would be as major as the destruction of thousands of trees, many between 500 and 700 years old, in earlier stages of the project. Say NO to unnecessary destruction of our Country. Our local, centuries-old trees and precious wildlife are at risk of being uprooted and decimated by this construction. Possible Aboriginal heritage trees are also at risk of being destroyed forever. Applications to register these heritage trees have been lodged with Aboriginal Affairs Victoria. In comparison to the southern Option 1, the Northern Option has numerous benefits: Saves taxpayers a whopping $24-65 million dollars! Is a shorter, flatter route for drivers with less fog risk Is much faster to construct by avoiding 500,000m3 of earthworks Makes use of the existing infrastructure and carefully adds a parallel carriageway Avoids the construction of an extra bridge over a quiet side road in the path of the deviation Avoids large underground boulders and seepage areas Follows road-ecology's first rule to ‘avoid the fresh cut’ of the landscape Damages less roadside vegetation by up to 50%  Protects endangered habitats and landscapes Has 75% less loss of large old trees; saves Victoria’s second largest Yellow Gum  Adheres to the Mt Langi Ghiran Management Plan to protect heritage views Matches far more - 20/22 - of VicRoads’ own route selection criteria than Option 1  In light of the evidence, VicRoads have: Fallen short of the standards and intention of  the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999) and Victoria’s Native Vegetation Management: a Framework for Action (2002) Not used the full scope available to reduce the impact of road design and building methods Not used taxpayers money carefully Approving the Northern Option saves: Around 70 large old trees, including Victoria’s second largest Yellow Gum and 2 trees that are approximately 700 years old Habitat of the critically endangered Golden Sun Moth (31 hectares), the Bearded Dragon, the critically endangered Striped Legless Lizard, the rare Barking Owl, and the State listed Brush-tailed Phascogale Rare Spring ‘soak’ groundwater that maintains a large area of plants and trees  Please join us for social, cultural and environmental justice by adding your signature and sharing this petition to raise awareness. You can also find more information about the campaign at Together we can make a difference.

Mia Pithie
2,510 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Hon Daniel Andrews, Daniel Andrews, Hon Lily D'Ambrosio, Hon Richard Wynne, Matthew Guy

Unique Westernport Bay is not an industrial site. Stop AGL's gas terminal at Crib Point.

We are the residents who live alongside Victoria’s beautiful Westernport bay and want to conserve its rare natural values and stop the AGL floating gas terminus or any other large corporation who is planning any inappropriate industrialisation of Westernport. Westernport has unique RAMSAR listed wetlands, seagrasses and mangroves which support fragile ecologies, where rare wading birds and marine life breed. If there is any compromise to said ecological systems it will not only threaten all life in Westernport and beyond but also affect fishing, sailing, other recreational activities as well as the local businesses that support them. Westernport has far greater value as a natural refuge and recreational area for the rapidly increasing population of Victoria rather than an industrial wasteland. Please share this petition widely and generously on all your newsfeeds and by email, we need to stop this nonsensical plan from going ahead. The only beneficiaries will be the shareholders of AGL.  BTW the 'pitch-in' button when you've signed our petition is not for our benefit, it is a donation to, which is good, but if you would like to donate to our cause, please go to our website: For more information go to our FB page:  

Candy van Rood
1,637 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to His Excellency Mr. Salaheddine Mezouar, Mrs. Minister Hakima El Haite, Mr. Franck Bainimarama, Mr. Inia Seruiratu

Exit Coal Now !

Exit coal now ! (please scroll down for translation in French, German, Russian, Italian and Spanish) Recent studies* have shown that coal-fired power plants cause the premature death of tens of thousands of people each year in Europe, and hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Furthermore, they are the biggest single group of CO2 sources that can be PHASED OUT within a dozen years or so (12 years in Europe and North America, 24 years worldwide), since alternative sources of clean, affordable, low-carbon electric power are widely available (depending on local conditions : renewable and/or nuclear power). We, ExitCoalNow (ECN), a worldwide coalition of NGOs and citizens, hereby urge world leaders to require each country to move towards an exit from coal as an electric power source, by 2040 or earlier, and 2030 or earlier in Europe and North America. Furthermore, for the sake of public health and climate change urgency, the most advanced countries will strive to beat those deadlines and reach that goal by 2025. --- Purpose of the petition : The grounds for action are not only climate change mitigation, but also public health, since coal-fired power plants are among the most serious root causes for respiratory illnesses, cancers and premature deaths in many countries. Furthermore, the use of coal for electric power production, added to other coal usage, amplifies environmental damage due to overmining, wildlife and landscape destruction, water and soil pollution, etc. We met the UNFCCC climate leaders at COP22 in Morocco, November 2016, and we mee again at COP23 in Bonn in 2017 to ask them for their support in turning the decision to stop building and operating coal power plants into a priority at the international level, within the application framework of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Furthermore, we hereby respectfully request the organization of either an official or informal event at COP24 with the COP23 & COP24 President and Climate Champions, or their representatives, for them to receive the signed petition from participating ExitCoalNow members. Petition Site: the petition will be hosted on An informative petition web page will be created later with translation in several languages, updated data, texts and graphs. List of countries and states which have pledged to phase out coal by 2040 : - not committed yet to save their own and neighbouring people's lives... and still failing to crack down on CO2 emissions: Germany, USA, China, Japan, Poland, India, Australia, The Netherlands ... Worldwide list of coal power plants : ExitCoalNow (ECN - ) is a global network of non-profit organizations with the common goal of ending the use of coal a an electric power source. ECN was founded in 2016 by SOP : Saving Our Planet - First partner organizations: more are listed on IAHV : International Association for Human Values EFH : Energy For Humanity SLC : Sauvons Le Climat STC : Save the Climate *Reference on coal plant damage and how to replace them quickly: - from WWF, in English : Europe’s Dark Cloud - How Coal-Burning Countries are making their neighbours sick - from SLC, in French : La Place du Charbon en Europe     TRANSLATIONS of the english petition text – FR : sortons du charbon maintenant ! Des études récentes* ont démontré que les centrales électriques au charbon sont la cause de dizaines de milliers de morts prématurées chaque année en Europe, et de centaines de milliers dans le monde. De plus, elle sont le groupe le plus important de sources d'émissions de CO2 qui peuvent êtres arrêtées en une douzaine d'années (12 ans en Europe et Amérique du Nord, 24 ans dans le monde entier), puisque des sources alternatives d’électricité propre, peu onéreuse et bas-carbone sont largement disponibles (en fonction des conditions locales : énergies renouvelables et/ou nucléaires). Nous, ExitCoalNow (ECN), une coalition mondiale d'ONG et de citoyens, prions instamment les dirigeants du monde d'engager chaque pays vers la sortie du charbon comme source d'électricité, au moins avant 2040, et avant 2030 en Europe et Amérique du Nord. Par souci de santé publique et d'urgence climatique, les pays les plus avancés s'efforceront d'anticiper ces délais et d'atteindre cet objectif dès 2025.  – ES : ¡ salir del carbón ya ! Estudios recientes* han demostrado que las centrales electrícas que usan carbón como combustible causan la muerte prematura de decenas de miles de personas cada año en Europa, y centenas de miles de personas en todo el mundo. Además, es el grupo más grande de fuentes de CO2 que puede eliminarse gradualmente en unos doce años (12 años en Europa y América del Norte, 24 años en todo el mundo), ya que las fuentes alternativas de energía eléctrica, limpia y asequible, de bajo carbono están ampliamente disponibles (dependiendo de las condiciones locales: energías renovables y/o nucleares). Nosotros, ExitCoalNow (ECN), una coalición mundial de organizaciones no gubernamentales y también de ciudadanos, por lo tanto instamos a los líderes mundiales de cada país a comprometerse hacia la salida del carbón como fuente de energía eléctrica, para el año 2040 o antes, y para el año 2030 o antes en Europa y América del Norte. Por el bien de la salud pública y para responder a la emergencia del cambio climático, los países más avanzados deben esforzarse por superar esos plazos y lograr ese objetivo para el año 2025. – DE : Kohle Ausstieg jetzt ! Nachhaltige Studien* haben gezeigt, dass Kohlekraftwerke vorzeitigen Tod von Zehntausenden von Menschen jedes Jahr in Europa verursachen. Sie sind für hunderttausende von Toten weltweit verantwortlich. Außerdem stellen sie die größte CO2-Quelle dar, bei der innerhalb von einem Dutzend von Jahren ein kompletter Ausstieg möglich wäre. In Europa und Amerika wäre ein Kohleausstieg nach 12 Jahren, in der ganzen Welt nach 24 Jahren durchaus realistisch. Denn es gibt alternative Quellen für einen sauberen, erschwinglichen, kohlenstoffarmen Strom. Je nach örtlichen Gegebenheiten können erneuerbare Energien und / oder Kernergietechnologien die Kohle ersetzen. Wir, ExitCoalNow (ECN), sind eine weltweite Koalition von Nichtregierungsorganisationen und Bürger. Wir setzen uns dafür ein, dass Weltmarktführer und alle Staaten sich für den Kohleausstieg engagieren. Dies sollte bis 2040 oder früher weltweit und 2030 oder früher in Europa und Nordamerika erreicht werden. Im Interesse der öffentlichen Gesundheit und des dringend zu lösenden Problems des Klimawandels sollten sich vor allem Industrieländer bemühen, dieses Ziel bis zum Jahr 2025 zu erreichen. – IT : Abbandonare il carbone ora ! Recenti studi hanno dimostrato * che le centrali elettriche a carbone causano la morte prematura di decine di migliaia di persone ogni anno in Europa, e centinaia di migliaia di persone in tutto il mondo. Inoltre, esse sono il più grande singolo gruppo di fonti di CO2 che possono essere gradualmente eliminate entro una dozzina di anni o giù di lì (12 anni in Europa e Nord America, 24 anni in tutto il mondo), dal momento che fonti alternative di energia pulita con prezzi accessibili, a basse emissioni di carbonio elettrico sono ampiamente disponibili (a seconda delle condizioni locali: rinnovabile e / o energia nucleare). Noi, ExitCoalNow (ECN), una coalizione internazionale di organizzazioni non governative e dei cittadini, con la presente vogliamo sollecitare i leader mondiali nel richiedere che ogni nazione si muova verso l'uscita dal carbone come fonte di energia elettrica, entro il 2040 o anche prima, e entro il 2030 o prima in Europa e Nord America . Inoltre, per il bene della salute pubblica e per l'urgenza del cambiamento climatico, i paesi più avanzati si adopereranno per battere queste scadenze e raggiungere questo obiettivo entro il 2025. - RU : Срочно отказаться от угля ! Согласно долгосрочным исследованиям*, сотни тысяч человек ежегодно погибают из-за электростанций, работающих на угле. Кроме того, сжигание угля приводит к максимальной эмиссии углекислого газа по сравнению со всеми остальными источниками электроэнергии. Однако, именно от этого источника энергии технически и практически можно было бы полностью отказаться. Такой процесс длился бы в Европе 12 лет, а во всём мире 24 года. Ведь есть же альтернативы энергии, которая экономически доступна и не приводит к фатальным количествам углекислого газа. В зависимости от местных предпосылок, уголь можно бы заменить возобновляемыми источниками электроэнергии или атомными технологиями.  Мы, ExitCoalNow (ECN), объединяем сеть неправительственных организаций и гражданских инициатив. Мы выступаем за то, чтобы ведущие компании и все государства нашли путь отказаться от угля. Этот процесс должен быть завершён во всём мире до 2040 года, а в Европе и Северной Америка до 2030 года. В интересах здоровья людей и насущной проблемы климатических изменений необходимо, чтобы развитые страны поставили себе цель полного отказа от угля до 2025 года.

Exit Coal Now (ECN)
882 supporters
This petition won 1 week ago

Petition to Hon. Shane Jones

Less pine, more permanent natives! Rethink the Billion Trees Project.

We want indigenous species to be at least half of the trees grown in the next ten years under the Billion Trees Project.  And we want stricter controls on the exotic forestry industry to protect soil from erosion and waterways from harvest slash.   As Minister of Forestry and Minister of Regional Economic Development, Hon. Shane Jones has committed New Zealand to planting a billion trees between 2018 and 2027. 500 million of these trees have already been planned to be planted by the forestry industry, mostly replacing pine trees they are going to harvest over the next ten years. Pine harvesting creates a range of serious environmental problems - particularly erosion and slash debris that are carried into waterways clogging streams, rivers and beaches with massive impacts on water life along with other risks like flooding. The National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry spent many years being designed and reviewed and came into effect on 1 May 2018, but they are not strong enough to prevent planting and harvesting on steep, erosion-prone land. Regional councils and central government need to ensure soils and waterways are protected better.  At present only 13% of trees to be planted under the Billion Trees Project are indigenous species, most of these will be Mānuka. The government has a huge opportunity to create economic opportunities for rural communities by investing more in permanent native bush regeneration that includes sustainable and selective harvesting of native species rather than clear-felling. This option will be better for the land, better for waterways, better for biodiversity, better for the climate and NZ's international obligations, better for economic development by producing unique, high value natural products rather than high volume, low value commodities that create huge roading costs let alone CO2 emissions, erosion and massive slash problems. - - -  The slash in the photo (taken 4 June 2018 by Tolaga Bay Area School and shared via Facebook) is at a site that has a recent history of similar ecological disasters caused by the forestry industry (that continues to minimise both their responsibility and the environmental impacts of their activities). 

Manu Caddie
3,387 supporters