Petition to Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Boris Johnson MP, Nick Clegg MP, David Cameron MP, Nicky Morgan MP, Amber Rudd MP, Mary Macleod MP, Greg Hunt MP, The Hon. Sussan Ley MP, Malcolm Turnbull MP, David Laws MP, Vince Cable MP, George Eustice MP, Gabrielle Upton MP, Andrew Stephenson MP, Nicola Blackwood MP, James Morris MP, Stella Creasy MP, Karl McCartney MP, Paul Uppal MP, James Wharton MP, Marcus Jones MP, Ted McMeekin, MPP, Anna Soubry MP, Kris Hopkins MP, Ed Davey MP, McDonald's
No More Plastic Straws in McDonalds
Plastic pollution is a growing problem in the world. By 2050 it is estimated that, by weight, there is going to be more plastic than fish in the world. And, in recent years it has also started to make its way into the food-chain. Whales are known to have eaten plastic bags, so too have Sea Turtles. Whilst, fish have succumbed to eating polyethyelene microplastics. However, in recent years a new problem has come to the attention of the public: Plastic Straws. They are known to have caused the drowning of turtles as they get stuck in their nostrils. This is needless and inhumane. Especially when an easy alternative is already readily available worldwide. Paper straws do exactly the same, except when they have been used they biodegrade. McDonalds, one of the largest Transnational Corporations in every country is one of the front-runners in their production of plastic straws, if they can stop, why can't many others follow their lead?! When we, as a nation, signed up to the UN Sustainable Development Goals we pledged to help life under water- this could be one of the biggest steps in helping us achieve this. Please sign...#PlasticStrawsSuck
Petition to Enfield Local Authority
PROTECT the Green Belt Land and the wildlife on Enfield Road
GREEN BELT LAND AND WILDLIFE UNDER THREAT Fairview New Homes are proposing to build on Green Belt land on Enfield Road (EN2 7HX). For many years this land has been used for grazing horses and is the habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including hedgehogs, bats, muntjac deer, pheasants, owls, woodpeckers and many species of birds. It also contains beautiful specimens of ancient oak trees and hedgerows. THIS IS ALL NOW UNDER THREAT. Local residents, The Enfield Society, The Western Enfield Residents Association, Campaign for Rural England, The London Green Belt Council, Local Ward Councillors believe that Enfield should retain its Green Belt land and the wildlife that live there. Any threats by developers should be fought by local people and those that care about the natural environment. This land is Green Belt and an Area of Special Character as detailed and confirmed by Enfield Council. Forming part of the Merryhills Brook Valley extending down to Boxer’s Lake and its Green Chain link, it performs an important function extending the Green Belt up to the urban edge and creating a separation between Slades Hill (World’s End) and Oakwood. This forms an important and valuable connection passing through the Green Belt. Enfield Road Watch, an action group committee has been formed to oversee things on behalf of residents and the wider community concerned about this proposal, along with the other Societies and Associations mentioned For more information please visit our website at: www.enfieldroadwatch.co.uk Follow us on twitter: https://twitter.com/save_green_belt Follow and like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/enfieldroadwatch/ Thank you for your support and together we can make a difference! Enfield RoadWatch Action Group
Petition to Maj. Gen. Awad bin Eid Al-Balawi, King Salman of Saudi Arabia
Stop illegal shark-fishing in Saudi Arabia and protect the sharks of the Red Sea.
Humans kill an estimated 100 million sharks every year. Some shark populations have declined by up to 98% in the last 15 years. We need to take immediate action in order to prevent the extinction of one of the oldest yet least understood creatures on the planet. The shark population of the Saudi Arabian Red Sea is about to collapse. Local fishermen are deliberately targeting the shark nursery areas and killing sharks before they are old enough to reproduce. Under a royal decree from 2008 (Letter no: 57543 dated: 23/8/1429) all shark-fishing activities in Saudi Arabia are illegal. The decree states that 'without violation, any person who fishes sharks of any kind or size should be penalized according to the regulations provided by the ministry.' Unfortunately, this law is not being enforced or regulated in any way. Sharks are still being killed and then sold on a daily basis during the early-morning auctions at Jeddah fish market, the largest in the country.Overfishing is a huge problem worldwide. Yet, unlike in most other countries, overfishing in Saudi Arabia is not a result of poverty or due to a lack of any alternatives. Sharks are not being killed for sustenance or due to an economic need. There is simply no effective management of local fisheries. There are unregulated, uncontrolled shark fisheries operating out of Jeddah and a lack of local awareness about marine conservation, especially regarding the importance of a healthy shark population. The good news is that we have the opportunity to change this. This situation is unique because we can make a massive difference with just a few key changes in the right places. Saudi Arabia has the human and financial resources to change this situation. All of the border controls and the laws are already in place - every boat going in and out of port is required to report to the coastguard. All that is required in order to stop the decimation of the Saudi shark population is that when these boats are stopped by the coastguard, they are thoroughly checked for shark landings and that severe penalties are imposed on any fishermen violating the Royal Decree against shark-fishing in Saudi Arabia. This petition has one aim: to pressure the Makkah coastguard into checking boats for illegal shark fishing and then imposing penalties on those breaking the law.
Petition to Joko Widodo
#StoptheDAMage to a newly discovered species of Great Ape: the Tapanuli orangutan
The forests of Batang Toru are some of the most diverse and ecologically rich in the world. They are also home to a newly discovered species of orangutan; Tapanuli orangutan, or Pongo tapanuliensis. There are only 800 of these beautiful creatures left in the wild making them critically endangered. "It would be bitterly ironic if it goes extinct as a biologically viable population just as it is described as a new species,” says Galdikas, a leading orangutan expert and primatologist. Not only is this affecting orangutans, but also many other valuable and priceless plants and animals such as the critically endangered Sumatran tiger. Groups of Indigenous people that inhabit the Batang Toru forest have been warned that they will be 'evicted from their ancestral lands.' Orangutans are intelligent creatures who share 98% of their DNA with humans. They are sentient and perceptive. They are already struggling to survive due to many factors such as intensive agriculture like palm oil farming. Surely we can stop the creation of ONE dam to save not only 800 lives, but a whole species. If you agree, please sign the petition and help stop the #DAMage.
Petition to Dr Linda Bree, Dr Gillian Dow
Save our Shires (SOS). Restore Shire Horses to Chawton House.
The Trustees of the Chawton House Library (CHL) charity recently decided to close the Estate's stables, make the staff redundant and evict their four iconic Shire Horses (Royston; Speedy; Isaac & Summer). James McBain, CHL's Chief Operating Officer, justified the decision by stating that the horses "were not economically viable & not very robust." In making their decision the Trustees treated the local village community with disdain and made no public statement until the news was disclosed via a social media backlash. We ask that you sign this petition to restore Shire Horses to an Estate which is supposed to represent a working 18th century English farm. This Estate was once owned by Jane Austen's brother and she was a frequent visitor as her own house is located in the village. The Charity's Trustees have violated one of their guiding principles in disposing of their horses. Shires were the tractors and combine harvesters of 18th agriculture. Equally, we appeal to you not to donate to CHL's fund-raising appeals and to boycott the House as a tourist destination until the Trustees reverse their decision and restore Shire Horses to their rightful domain. Thank you on behalf of CHL's former Shires
Petition to UK government
Give automatic interim protection to buildings proposed for listing
Our built heritage is irreplaceable, and most people recognise its cultural and economic value. Listed buildings are given special protection by law, and it is a criminal offence to damage them, but current UK legislation offers no automatic interim protection to buildings which are under consideration for listing. As a result, over many years a long string of historic buildings have been destroyed or deliberately vandalised in order to prevent them being listed. Most famously the art Deco Firestone building in West London was bulldozed over a bank holiday weekend. Since then the same fate has befallen buildings ranging from important industrial heritage to ancient country pubs. More recently a rare and beautiful Jacobean ceiling in a former restaurant in Bristol was ripped out before it could be assessed for listing. It had survived the civil war. It had survived the industrial revolution. It had survived the Blitz and the depredations of 1960's town planning - only to be smashed to pieces as soon as it was put forward for listing. If a local authority considers a building to be at special risk, they can choose to serve a Building Preservation Notice. But local authorities are reluctant to issue Building Preservation Notices, and often there is no prior reason to suspect that the owner will damage the building. Only a handful of BPN's are issued each year. Numerous organisations including The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, The Victorian Society, Bristol Heritage Forum and The Twentieth Century Society are calling for change to provide interim protection. In Wales buildings under consideration for listing are automatically given interim protection while their status is decided. But the UK parliament has failed to support similar legislation, which was previously proposed in 2008. If this legislation had been introduced when first proposed, many historic buildings might have been saved. The longer it takes to close this planning loophole, the more of our history and culture we will loose. I urge the UK government to amend the law to ensure that vulnerable historic buildings in the rest of the UK have the same protection as those in Wales. https://www.apollo-magazine.com/is-the-system-for-protecting-historic-buildings-working/ Draft 2008 Heritage Protection Bill: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/22858205/7349.pdf Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016: http://cadw.gov.wales/historicenvironment/policy/historicenvironmentbill/?lang=en Firestone building: http://www.richmondandtwickenhamtimes.co.uk/news/626950.25_years_on___the_end_of_Firestone/ Sittingbourne Paper Mill and Blue Boys Inn: https://cprekent.org.uk/news/standing-kents-built-heritage/ 15 Small Street, Bristol: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/01/historic-england-hits-roof-400-year-old-ceiling-torn-day-inspectors/ Carlton Tavern: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/11525262/Bulldozers-level-historic-pub-the-day-before-it-is-due-to-be-listed.html
Petition to Cllr Corney, Alison Twyford, Cllr David Bard
Save Granny Gentle's Cottage Garden
We wholly object to the planning proposal for a 3-bedroom Scandinavian bungalow with a driveway for 4 vehicles in the ancient orchard of this beautiful Grade II listed property -- first and foremost because this application poses a threat to human life. The fire in the Orwell shop on 5/3/2011 proved that emergency vehicles cannot access the spur of Town Green Road where Number 35 is located. This alone must render the proposal void. We are calling this out now so that any consequential fatalities or devastation to property would not rest on our consciences. The access at the spur of Town Green Road is already extremely congested and any increase in traffic would further endanger pedestrians. This includes young children who use the footpath on route to Petersfield Primary School. Again, we call out this serious road safety danger. The applicant sought planning permission (S/2924/16/LB October 2016) to move his garage due to this very congestion, because, in his own words, it "conflicts with traffic movements from the driveway opposite" (p. 2). The present planning application (S/3972/17/FL) seeks to put a driveway for 4 vehicles plus visiting traffic in the very location that the applicant felt was so inconvenient, just a year ago. This makes a mockery of the planning process. No heritage statement has been prepared in support of this application, yet it sits between three Grade ll listed buildings. Even the minimum requirement (NPPF para. 128) has not been included in the DASP. We call for a full heritage assessment to be carried out, in order to comply with the integrity of due process and to reflect the importance of this historical site (the original Miller/Gentle Farm) which is crucial to the identity of Orwell and South Cambs District. The LPA is obligated by law to consider the habitat of bats and newts. This proposed site provides habitats for bats and newts. We believe that it is entirely uncontroversial to suggest that scoping for bats and newts should have taken place prior to the application. We call for a full bat and newt survey urgently, in order to comply with the integrity of due process. Over the past year, the applicant has compulsively felled the ancient trees on his property. Five handsome fruit trees and one mature Ash tree were even cut down three days after the application for planning permission had been signed. This should be taken as a circumvention of due process. The DASP which supports this application requires careful scrutiny. In Orwell Parish Council's view, and in our own view and experience, the DASP contains many inaccurate statements, which in turn render it an unreliable document. In our opinion, the DASP undermines the NPPF which is supposed to protect us from speculative proposals. Heidi Allen MP is working hard to protect residents during this period of LDF suspension, but we will not be able to share in the benefit of her hard work if this proposal is not given the attention of the South Cambridgeshire Planning Committee. For full details of all of the many neighbours' objections raised, do feel free to check out the link below: http://plan.scambs.gov.uk/swiftlg/apas/run/WPHAPPDETAIL.DisplayUrl?theApnID=S/3972/17/FL&backURL=%3Ca%20href=wphappcriteria.display?paSearchKey=1421100%3ESearch%20Criteria%3C/a%3E%20%3E%20%3Ca%20href=%27wphappsearchres.displayResultsURL?ResultID=1914004%26StartIndex=1%26SortOrder=rgndat:desc%26DispResultsAs=WPHAPPSEARCHRES%26BackURL=%3Ca%20href=wphappcriteria.display?paSearchKey=1421100%3ESearch%20Criteria%3C/a%3E%27%3ESearch%20Results%3C/a%3E
Petition to Natan Doron
Help Make Conservation Matter In Crouch End
There is a planning application to have three Victorian Villas in Shepherds Hill demolished and to replace them with a 5 storey block of flats and large underground car park. We are petitioning Haringey Council to deny planning for this as the special character of the conservation area will be lost if it goes ahead. Please show your support by signing this petition. Want to know more about the planning application and the objections that have been made to date. Visit the council's own webpage: http://www.planningservices.haringey.gov.uk/portal/servlets/ApplicationSearchServlet?PKID=291118