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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

Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group (SFPIRG)
51 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

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.  

Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development
534 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

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.

Tim Meek
6,237 supporters