Petition to United Nations, Theresa May MP, Matthew Rycroft CBE (Permanent representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations), Filippo Grandi (UN Refugee Chief)
Give 'climate refugees' the recognition that they urgently require
With ongoing conflicts occurring across the world, it comes as no surprise that the current refugee situation is key issue. However, whilst most people would associate refugees as being from a country torn apart by politics, there has been a clear rise in the number of ‘climate refugees’. According to the National Geographic, climate refugees ‘are people who must leave their homes and communities because of the effects of climate change and global warming’, as the effects of climate change compromise their livelihoods. In countries such as Chad, drought and water shortages have resulted in famines. On the other hand, rising sea levels and subsequent flooding have become a serious threat to the Maldives. On average, 27 million people are displaced by climate and weather-related disasters each year – that’s more than the whole of Australia’s population. Stated by the Environmental Justice Foundation, one person was displaced by climate-related disasters every second in 2012 alone. The significance is that this figure was roughly three times the number of refugees fleeing war or persecution. However, even with these staggering figures, climate refugees are not officially recognised. Unlike the ‘traditional’ concept of refugees fleeing from persecution and conflict, those fleeing from climate-related disasters are not protected under international law and therefore lack rights and vital assistance. We are petitioning for the United Nations to officially recognise climate refugees, so that they can be protected. By signing this petition, you are helping us get one step closer to giving climate refugees the support they urgently need! You can also find us on social media: - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hiddenvoices17/ - Twitter: https://twitter.com/HiddenVoices17 - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Petition to Ikea, Timber Industry
The Earth is our responsibility, stop deforestation before it's too late
How many of us are actually aware of what is happening to our Earth? The Earth is currently going through global warming. You must be thinking, how serious can global warming be? The temperature of the Earth rises every year. There are many factors that causes global warming. But today, we are going to look into one of the factors, deforestation. 200 000 acres of forest are cleared each day. That is 139 acres each minute. Assuming there are around 400 trees per acre, making 55600 trees being destroyed every minute. At this rate, we are going to lost all the trees in the world in a century's time, or maybe lesser than that. How are we going to explain to the future generations? Without the trees, our oxygen would be heavily affected as trees are our main source of oxygen. Furthermore, without trees, the carbon dioxide level in our atmosphere would increase. This would cause more heat to be trapped in the earths atmosphere which would lead to global warming.Cutting down rainforests to create land for plantations or logging affects the lives of indigenous people, which is the social impact of deforestation. Besides losing their homes, indigenous people are forced to adapt to a new way of living.The loss of tropical rainforests means they have to find other ways to survive. This displacement from their homes also often causes indigenous tribes to disperse and cultures to disappear. The ranforest is home to half the living species and 1 quarter of medicine. Here are some other impacts of deforestation: 1. Economic Impact - depletion of natural resources. A natural resource is anything for the natural environment that people can use to satisfy their needs such as food, shelter, clothing, air and water. Tropical rainforests provide this natural resources. Rapid deforestation often destroys the rainforest faster than it can replenish itself. As a result, many natural resources provided by rainforests are being depleted. 2. Environmental Impact - loss of biodiversity, loss of water catchment areas, increased risk of flooding, soil erosion and sedimentation and enhanced greenhouse effect. The enhanced greenhouse effect affects people and the environment. For example, increased temperatures can caused ice caps to melt! This can result in a rise in sea levels and flooding of low-lying coastal areas. Simply adding your voice to a petition can be a powerful statement and is absolutely worth doing! Please share this petition with your friends. The Earth is our responsibility, save the Earth before it's too late!!! #stopdeforestation2018
Petition to UN Secretary General - António Guterres
Accept the Trash Isles as an official country & help protect our oceans
English / Deutsch As you read this, obscene amounts of plastic are making their way into the oceans – in total eight million tonnes a year or a rubbish truck full of plastic every minute. There is now so much of it, an area the size of France has formed in the Pacific Ocean. With no one paying attention to this catastrophe LADbible, alongside the Plastic Oceans Foundation, is taking this country sized trash patch and turning it into the world’s 196th country – named the Trash Isles. We have submitted a Declaration of Independence to the United Nations, but need your help. To be specific we need you to ‘become a citizen’, to pressure the United Nations into approving our application and recognising the Trash Isles. If we become a country and a member of the UN, we are protected by the UN’s Environmental Charters, which state.... “All members shall co-operate in a spirit of global partnership to conserve, protect and restore the health and integrity of the earth’s ecosystem” Which in a nutshell means that by becoming a country, other countries are obliged to clean us up.So, come on fellow Trash Isles countrymen let’s put down the plastic, get off our arses and pull together to ensure the world’s first country made of Trash, is its last. *** What the founding citizens of Trash Isles say ***Sarah Roberts, who has campaigned about plastic pollution at education institutes up and down the UK – and an important Trash Isles ambassador, says: “This indestructible material upsets every level of the food chain. If our oceans can’t function properly, they won’t be able to support fish stocks, absorb carbon to protect us against global warming or generally do any of the things that our lives are dependent on.” Tim Nunn, an ex-surfer photographer who’s dedicated to documenting plastic pollution around the world and another Trash Isles ambassador says: "We're now finding dead whales washing up in Norway and The North Sea with stomachs full of plastic bags. It's no longer an isolated problem. Wherever I go, from the most populated coastlines on Earth to the remotest Arctic beaches, we find plastic. If we don't all act now, then we face an ocean devoid of life in the near future." So join Sarah & Tim to become a Trash Isles citizen and make the pledge to cut down the amount of plastic you consume (from using a refillable bottle for water to bringing own own carrier bags when we go shopping) and to make as much noise as necessary until people start to listen; to our bosses at work, to our local politicians, to our world governments.
Petition to Simona Bonafe, Karl Heinz Florenz, Mark Demesmaeker, Nils Torvalds, Josu Juaristi Abaunz, Davor Skrlec, Piernicola Pedicini, Frans Timmermans, Katarina Butkovska
Let’s cut Europe and the UK's food waste in half!
Petition also available in: français, Deutsche, Español, italiano, Português, čeština, Magyar, Română, български, hrvatski There are about 55 million people in food poverty in Europe - and the food wasted throughout the continent could feed them over 9 times over. Globally, if food waste was a country, it would be the third biggest carbon emitter after the US and China. I think this is a scandal. We’re at a historic moment. The EU is about to decide whether to act to halve Europe’s food waste by 2030. This will enter into UK law before Brexit and be difficult for the UK government to go back on. It could be the most ambitious agreement on food waste the world has ever seen. Join me to make sure this historic commitment to cut food waste isn't weakened, and to end food waste together. I’ve been campaigning on food waste for 7 years. I’ve seen literally millions of vegetables left to rot in the field because they were a bit small or imperfect-looking. I’ve seen hundreds of loaves and sandwiches binned daily by single supermarket stores. I’ve found supermarkets throwing perfectly tasty food away, instead of giving it to people. It breaks my heart to see this food wasted needlessly, alongside global hunger and environmental crises. This has to stop. In 2017, there will be a historic decision by the EU, to decide the future of food waste in Europe. This could be the most ambitious, legally binding target on food waste the world has ever seen, committing to cut the EU’s food waste by 50% by 2030, setting a global example. And the target will enter into UK law before it leaves the European Union, meaning that it will shape the UK’s approach to food waste even after Brexit. The British Government would need to change the law after Brexit if they want to back down on the commitment. This could be our last chance to get such a strong target embedded in UK law. But the agreement is far from certain – it might be watered down. Halving food waste could become an “aspirational” voluntary target, making it easy to ignore. Some versions of the agreement even sideline the mountains of food wasted on farms and in factories, even though some businesses waste more in a day than a person does in their home in a year. No ifs, no buts – we need committed action! I've joined with campaigners, businesses and environmental groups around Europe to call for: A binding target to cut EU food waste by 50% by 2030, from farm to fork. Prioritise food waste reduction, then diverting edible food to feed hungry people, before being considered for use as animal feed or other uses, and landfill only as a last resort. Please join us. Together, we can persuade the EU to take the lead in putting an end to food waste. And together, we can end the needless hunger and environmental destruction it causes.
Petition to Simon Fraser University, Simon Fraser Student Society
Provide SFPIRG accessible and functional space at SFU!
The Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group (SFPIRG) is a student-funded and student-directed resource centre at Simon Fraser University (SFU) dedicated to engaging students and community in social and environmental justice. All students at SFU, both undergraduate and graduate, are members of SFPIRG – and have been since 1981! Areas of work include education, action, research, and community-building. SFPIRG brings together a diverse range of people and our work is all centred on a shared set of values. Ultimately, a thread that runs through all our work is advocating for a more just and inclusive world; one which prioritizes everyone’s wellness, access, and participation. SFPIRG currently subleases office and lounge space in the Rotunda from the Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS). The SFSS is currently building a new Student Union Building (SUB), and will be relinquishing its lease on the Rotunda once the SUB is completed. This means SFPIRG will need a new home on campus to keep engaging students and community in social and environmental justice! In order to continue serving SFU students, SFPIRG requires an appropriate space that meets the following needs: The space must be fully accessible. All students on campus have the right to access all student spaces, and students with disabilities are not an exception to that. The space must meet the needs of a student society that has several work study student positions per semester, a volunteer Board of Directors, various volunteer teams, three permanent staff, and those students who seek out our organization seeking support and a space where they feel safe. Essentially, the space must be functionally appropriate for a fully-functioning non-profit organization. The allocation of space to SFPIRG cannot mean the lack of space for another independent student society. We are not interested in seeing any of our fellow organizations rendered homeless because of institutional inaction or indifference. Who has the power to meet these needs and house SFPIRG? SFU can decide to lease to SFPIRG directly, in the Maggie Benston Centre (MBC) office space that the SFSS will be vacating when they move into the SUB. The SFSS can decide to lease the "organizational suites" in the SUB to the independent student societies on campus, including SFPIRG, Embark, CJSF, and The Peak. Either of these options would meet both SFPIRG's space needs AND the needs of SFU students! If SFPIRG loses its space and is forced to relocate elsewhere, the SFU community risks losing one of the few hubs where students can come together to engage with social justice issues and explore alternatives to the status quo, as learners and also as leaders. SFPIRG is a place where students who are facing social barriers here at SFU can find emotional and practical support that is grounded in an awareness that social injustice is a real thing. We regularly hear from students that SFPIRG is one of the only places on campus they feel safe talking about their experiences of injustice. Students need more than simply space – they need a wide array of programming and support. SFPIRG is one organization meeting part of that need. We call on SFU and the SFSS to do the right thing, and lease appropriate campus space to SFPIRG! Support student leadership! Support student engagement! Support social justice at SFU! What do current and former SFU students have to say about SFPIRG? "I regularly apply the skills I gained from SFPIRG to my life, studies, and grassroots community organizing efforts, leading to employment as a women's centre coordinator. SFPIRG's active commitments to disrupting all systems of oppression, supporting resistance struggles, and uplifting systemically marginalized voices on their own terms resonate with me, and having such safer, accessible space on campus has been integral to my growth and wellbeing as a student." - Maisaloon Al-Ashkar, BA in First Nations Studies and Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies "There are so few resources on campus for students and faculty alike to so easily draw on for support in the difficult work of unlearning our privilege, identifying the intersections of oppression and power that we are all entangled in, and growing in our capacity to do our work in ways that foster inclusion, respect, and welcome. SFPIRG offers the support to do this, and so much more." - Scott Neufeld, BA, MA, PhD Student in Psychology, Vanier Scholar "It is more essential than ever to protect spaces like SFPIRG, true hubs for empowering engaged, critically thinking leaders. And this is precisely what we need most in order for a just world to blossom - dedicated leaders, with space and time and room to grow with and into and beyond themselves. SFPIRG nurtured me to be the leader I am today." - Aleks Besan, BA in International Studies, 2014 Valedictorian of Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences "The layered benefits of a community space are many: the lifelong friendships forged through balanced discussions; a place of refuge between busy classes and the demands of life; a work environment for students to get hands-on experience; a research hub where students and community can reach symbiosis. At every point of interaction with the SFU community, SFPIRG has lasting positive change and provides an essential bridge between students and their communities." - Isaac Louie, BA in Psychology, BEd. w/ minor in Environmental Education "If we want to believe that the university produces ethical and responsible persons, we need to also believe in the on-campus communities, like SFPIRG, that make that possible. Academic spaces need to be in collaboration with social-justice-centric organizations that present different, creative, and alternative approaches to making a better world, and to surviving in one that is not there yet." - Tavleen Purewal, BA in English and French "An engaged university facilitates student access to organizations that provide opportunities to wrestle with the social and environmental issues of our time. It is in SFU’s best interest to ensure that SFPIRG continues to exist, as it contributes to SFU’s overall ecology of engagement on campus, while providing students grounded opportunities for professional and personal growth. I cannot imagine an engaged SFU without SFPIRG." - Alyssa Serpa, BEnv. in Human Geography, Minor in Music
Petition to Prime Minister and Leader of Government Business - RT. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda, The Speaker of Parliament of Uganda - RT. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, Uganda Minister of Water and Environment - Hon. Cheptoris Sam
Enact a Fair and Equitable Climate Change Law for Uganda
As you are aware, Uganda has already witnessed some of the negative effects of climate change, and many more are expected to impact the country. The major manifestations of climate change in Uganda include: severe water shortages; increased incidents of drought; reduced crop production especially the value of the Arabica and Robusta coffee crop which could fall by half by 2050 due to the contraction of the area that can support its production – with the cost of the associated losses from the fall in production estimated at US$ 1, 235 million; reduced potential for hydropower development due to a reduction in rainfall and water availability – with the decline estimated at 26% by 2050; and damage to the country’s physical infrastructure due to extreme weather events, with losses estimated at 0.1–0.4% of Uganda’s GDP in 2050 (Ministry of Water and Environment, 2017). The impact of climate change on Uganda is also manifested by the declining surface area of the Rwenzori ice caps which has reduced by 49 percent between 1987 and 2003, and is projected to disappear within the next two decades. Thus, adaptation and mitigation action is required in all major sectors of the economy including: agriculture; energy; health; transport and physical infrastructure; and water. A proposed National Climate Change law (now a bill) is expected to accelerate Uganda’s efforts to undertake adaptation and mitigation action across all the key sectors of the Ugandan economy. Since the draft National Climate Change Bill, 2017 came out at the end of July 2017 for public review, the Climate Change Department in collaboration with different stakeholders have held several meetings involving Government Departments and Agencies; Civil Society Organizations; Private sector; Members of Parliament through the Parliamentary Forum on Climate Change, among others. According to Mr Chebet Maikut - Commissioner of the Climate Change Department in the Ministry of Water and Environment, 'The proposed climate change law is deemed crucial in filling up the existing gaps in sectoral laws enacted by Parliament of Uganda'. Equally, CSOs are optimistic that the proposed law will create a clear regulatory framework where all the actors in Uganda are obliged to collectively and individually take up climate change adaptation and mitigation actions. In advancing the concerns already expressed by civil society on this draft climate change bill, we would like to petition you and other relevant law makers - that when this important Bill comes before the floor of Parliament of Uganda, the following specific glaring equitable and fairness related gaps must be addressed: Under the proposed National Climate Change Advisory Committee, wider representation is needed to include in the membership of the committee, a representative of the youth, a representative of cultural and traditional institutions. Therefore membership of the committee should be increased to include: Representative from National Youth council, Ministry of Education and Sports and Ministry of Gender Labour & Social Development. The draft Bill requires the Climate Change Department to prepare an annual report on climate change for consideration by Cabinet and Parliament and provides the major contents for that report. It is important that among the contents, there should be a specific section detailing special measures and initiatives carried out to make the most vulnerable communities and persons resilient to effects of climate change it is proposed that Uganda’s CC law should establish an annual multi-stakeholder climate change platform at both the national and district local governments for mutual accountability between duty bearers and the general public. These forums would also be very important in terms of promoting public participation in decision-making and access to climate change information. However, an elaboration of this should be done as much as possible to uphold this important step towards promoting sustainable development in Uganda (for example, a schedule on composition of the multi-stakeholder forum). The draft Bill is weak with respect to the question of public participation in climate change decision-making. To be progressive, Uganda’s climate change law should make it possible for the public to challenge decisions taken where there has not been meaningful participation. Similarly in relation to the Right to petition court in defense of climate change adaptation and mitigation, Uganda’s climate change law should provide for the right of any person to apply to court where a person or entity has acted in a manner that has or is likely to adversely affect efforts towards mitigation and adaptation to the effects of climate change. A failure to address the above gaps will imply Business as Usual where citizens, communities, groups, private sector and legislators will NOT be in position to among others: promote robust measures to enhance public participation and accountability; impose the much needed duty on local governments to mainstream climate change in their policies, plans and budgets; require all the key sectors of Uganda's economy to implement climate change adaptation and mitigation plans through mobilization of the requisite resources.
Petition to Environmental Protection Agency
Greenpeace is a campaign that addresses problems worldwide, that lots of people appear to ignore e.g. Climate change. Serious problems like this get over looked due to people paying more attention on other issues like human rights which are an extremely important issue but others are getting ignored. Climate change is something that is getting worse by us and we can decrease climate change if we raise awareness and contributing to help the environment. We have the knowledge, skills and technology to solve this issue, before it gets too far. So why not solve a smaller issue now that we are more than capable of before it’s too late? The beautiful ocean home to 80% of life on Earth is getting destroyed by destructing fishing and pollution, 80% of them have been destroyed or degraded and be the leading cause is by us. I hope this issue will bring awareness to how much human activity is affecting our world and hopefully make a change by being more eco-friendly.
Petition to Tesco, MORRISONS, Sainsbury, asda, Waitrose, Co-operative food
Tesco - Let's see non-plastic water alternatives in your stores!
Hello. We’re sisters Amy and Ella Meek and we’re 13 and 11 years old. Earlier this year, we founded our campaign Kids Against Plastic (inspired by the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development), urging UK supermarkets, like TESCO, to stock non-plastic water alternatives. Why? Because every day, the Earth's valuable and depleting virgin non-renewable resources are used in the manufacture of single-plastic bottles that are filled with water for sale in our supermarkets. These plastic bottles are having a catastrophic effect on the planet. Most single-use plastic bottles are probably only used for about 10 - 15 minutes before they are discarded, mainly indirectly into either landfill, incineration centres or into the environment. Plastic bottles stay around on the planet FOREVER, and only break down into smaller pieces - 'microplastics' - instead of biodegrading (they’re fully man-made items). These microplastics (and larger bottles as well, of course) often make their way into the oceans, where they float around absorbing harmful chemicals in the surrounding water. Then, they're mistaken for food and are eaten by sea creatures, and the toxins enter their bodies. We humans eat these fish, and… well, the toxins in the fish enter our blood streams and can mix up women’s hormones, and even cause cancer. Alternatively, while being broken down, plastic bottle fragments and, more often, bottle tops are collected by birds that think they are food and are fed to young chicks. These poor, innocent birds then die an agonising death, starving with a full stomach. And yet, the bottled water companies try to cover up the effect their plastic bottles have on the planet. They like us to think that the bottles they make are made from recycled plastic, when they are not. Even the big players like Britvic (who make water such as Drench and Ballygowan) and Nestlé (Nestlé Water and Buxton Water) use zero post-consumer recycled PET plastic in their bottles. Every new bottle they make is made from new resources. The 'Fully recyclable' logo we see on bottles is a red herring, because most bottles don't even make it to a plastic recycling centre. Those that do often don't actually get recycled into new bottles (it's too expensive), but 'down cycled' into lower grade plastic products like fleeces and carpets. To top all this off, plastic bottles are practically unnecessary, since we live in a country where the tap water is mostly safe to drink. Worse still, any environmentally conscious consumers wanting to purchase packaged water from shops and supermarkets, we are not even given the option to make environmentally responsible choices. That’s right: non of the main supermarket chains currently widely stock non-plastic bottled water alternatives, despite the fact that there are a growing number of reputable sources available: Vivid Water in a Box, Aquapax, CanO Water and Ugly Water (to name a few). Instead, their shelves are full of row upon row of single-use plastic bottles. If the supermarkets like TESCO give us more choices to buy non-plastic bottled water alternatives (such as cartons, boxes or cans) then we will see a win-win situation -- we will benefit as consumers, and the Earth will benefit from a reduction in the use and abuse of single-use plastic bottles. This is why we must have the options to purchase environmentally friendly alternatives to plastic bottles. Please don’t leave us – the future generation – with a problem on our hands that it’s too late to fix. Make Tesco change now. Please sign our petition and share with other like-minded people, and together we can make a difference. Thanks for taking the time to read this, and thanks for caring.