Petition to The Hon Lilian (Lily) D’Ambrosio
Stop Hog Deer Hunting On Snake Island
It is unfair, unnecessary, unjust and unforgivable Hog Deer were introduced to Victoria around 160 years ago and populations have lived on Snake Island for most of this period. The well-established and stable Snake Island population, of this now globally endangered Hog Deer species, has thrived under the protection of successive governments and all forms of hunting are currently banned on the island. This is despite many attempts by recreational hunters to have access to the deer over the past 60 years. Unfortunately, the Victorian Government without any public consultation, has decided to withdraw this protection by supporting a trial of balloted hunting of hog deer on Snake Island. To make it very clear, the trial has not arisen as a result of over-population or other related adverse impact as has occurred with other deer species in other areas but rather to expressly to provide recreational hunters the opportunity to collect trophies, in particular stag heads. Snake Island is located within the Nooramunga Marine and Coastal Park, approximately 1 km off the coast and 2 km from the nearest point to Wilsons Promontory National Park. The island provides habitat and refuge for many species of fauna, including endangered species of migratory birds. As a result, Snake Island has been listed as a site of national environmental significance under the RAMSAR convention since 1982. The region is a popular tourist destination and hunting on this isolated yet readily accessible island just doesn’t make sense environmentally or ethically and will undoubtedly have a negative impact on developing eco-tourism opportunities on the island and in Corner Inlet generally. The trial is planned to commence in 2017 and run from February to May each year. So the time available to have this decision reviewed is limited and will only occur with public support. By signing this petition, you will be sending a clear message to the Victoria Government to reverse this ill-considered decision and to put the interests of a majority of Victorians above those of a single interest group, albeit a very vocal group, such as recreational hunters.
Petition to Welsh Government
Save Cardigan Bay!
The Welsh Government are currently consulting on proposals to open up Cardigan Bay to Scallop dredging. This is a highly damaging method of fishing which destroys the seabed. Much of Cardigan Bay is supposedly protected as 'Special Areas of Conservation' yet the seabed in these areas is under threat and the species that rely on a productive ecosystem, such as bottlenose dolphin and porpoise, are also under threat. We therefore call upon the Welsh Government to withdraw their proopsals and protect the habitats of dolphins and porpoises. More details are in this article - http://www.theguardian.com/environment/georgemonbiot/2015/nov/09/allowing-scallop-dredging-in-strictly-protected-dolphin-reserves-is-madness Please sign the petition and tell the Welsh Government that such destructive fishing methods are incompatible with protected areas.
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 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
Petition to Pinarayi Vijayan, M M Mani, K Raju, A K Balan
Say no to Athirapally Hydroelectric Project. This project can be an ecological disaster.
Athirapally waterfalls is the largest waterfall in the state.The Kerala Government is planning to construct a dam at the Athirapally waterfalls on the Chalakudy river. The proposed dam will affect the fragile ecology of the area and livelihood of tribal families depending on the forest and river. The project will also reduce or dry up the water-flow of Athirapally waterfalls which harnesses ecology and tourism in the area. For the past few years Kerala has been receiving less rainfall and it is said that the state of Kerala will be facing a severe drought in the future. This project will definitely lead to a large scale deforestation and submergence of many acres of forest land. The dam is proposed on the Chalakudy River which is 5th largest river in Kerala and is a tributary of the Periyar River. The reduced river flow will have impact on more than 5 lakh people who depend on the river for drinking, irrigation and livelihood purposes. The scenic beauty of the place attracts more than 6 lakh people every year to visit Athirappilly waterfalls. The reduced water flow will severely affect the tourism industry and the economy based on it. Most importantly the project will lead to large scale displacement of the Kadar tribes settled near the river basin. Their livelihood solely depends on the river and forest and it is at stake now. We have all read about the consequences of development induced displacements. The residents of Moolampilly ( Ernakulam, Kerala) who were forcibly evicted from their lands for the Vallarpadam International Container Transshipment Terminal are yet to receive the promised compensation and rehabilitation. This move of the Kerala government comes at a time when dams are being dismantled in the US for preserving the aquatic life and to restore the natural course of the rivers. An example is the Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha River, USA. Please sign my petition asking the Kerala government to not to go ahead with the project and to look for renewable sources for generating electricity. Thank you for your support, Amil Varghese
Petition to Andrea Leadsome
Fix a limit on how many game birds are allowed to be released annually for shooting in UK
With an estimated 35 million pheasants released each year into Britains countryside each year it is no wonder how this non-native species has become naturalised. Many of these birds fall victim to road traffic collisions, being run over by vehicles. This causes a vast amount of money in repair work to put right damage to peoples vehicles. With all these birds being released accross the countryside also means less food for our allready struggling wild bird populations. Pheasants are fed by their breeders however this doesnt stop them from consuming insects and seeds which are vital for the survival of native birds as it is these seeds and insects which make up the diets of these struggling birds. Let's call for a limit of pheasants (and other game birds) which are allowed to be bred and released annually. This would benefit motorists as it would limit the number of road accidents and it would greatly help our native wildlife. It would also reduce the amount of suffering these birds are subject to. It is allready illegal to release grey squirrels if you had them captured as they damage native wildlife so why is it still okay to release non native game birds which are equally, if not, more damaging?
Petition to UK retailers, Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom
Demand UK retailers to ban plastic straws!
Over 500 million plastic straws are produced every single day, only to be used for a few minutes before being thrown in the bin or littered. Eventually, millions of these straws end up in our oceans, harming our sea life as seen in a cringe-inducing video that's gone viral, where a team of scientists pull a plastic straw from the nostril of a sea turtle while it winces in pain and bleeds. Each year at least a million seabirds and hundreds of thousands of marine mammals slowly die when they entangle themselves or ingest plastic pollution. Straws do not degrade. That means that every single plastic straw ever used still exists in some form today. It is said that based on U.S consumption alone, there are enough straws that can wrap around the earth's circumference 2.5 times a day. Which is absurd, since straws are essentially useless. They are simply an item of convenience, an item that is now killing our marine life. If we carry on like this, there will be more plastic in the sea than fish by 2050. We cannot let this happen. Plastic is found in the stomachs of Loggerhead Turtles, Seabirds and many species of UK-caught fish. And pieces that don't get eaten break down into microplastics, forming part of a dangerous plastic smog in our seas. A third of fish eaten in Britain today contains plastic. We are jeopardising our wildlife, our planet, and our own health. It is obvious that our marine animals world wide are crying out for help. In the UK last year two of the UK's biggest supermarkets Tesco and Sainsbury's both committed to end the sale of cotton buds with plastic stems along with Waitrose and Johnson and Johnson. Our voices were heard. Retailers are finally listening and we can win with straws. But we have to all work together - that means saying no to straws in coffee shops and fast food restaurants, and sharing this petition far and wide. Retailers and fast food restaurants hold the power in their hands to prevent this from continuing. Let's put the pressure on and make them ditch the plastic! Please sign, share and let's spread the message to make 2017 the year of #thelaststraw Our voices must be heard - for the future of our planet. We've only got one. Sincerely, Clare
Petition to El Consejero, El Alcalde, El Director
Conserva Valdevaqueros, nuestro paraíso natural!
(IN ENGLISH BELOW) Estamos en contra de la planeada construcción de otro chiringuito y un parking en Casa Porros, Valdevaqueros, por el impacto negativo que tendría en el entorno natural. Luchamos para conservar este sitio mágico en su estado natural y libre. La Comisión Europea ya ha declarado que no va a autorizar ningún proyecto de 'desarrollo' en la zona. Agaden Ecologistas han dicho que 'No podemos estar de acuerdo en crear una bolsa de aparcamiento dentro del parque natural de 400 coches cuando va a haber una gran afección paisajística que va en contra de los valores de creación del parque. La zona esta considerado como Espacio Libre de dominio y uso público y cualquier actividad que se desarolle en el interior de esta zona se realizará directamente por la administración y serán de acceso libre y son de nulo aprovechamiento.' La Consejería de Cultura ha declarado que 'Solo se permitirán aquellos intervenciones, usos y actividades encaminadas a la protección, conservación o investigación del yacimiento arqueológico'. Dado este contexto legal, queremos saber como y porque el Ayuntamiento de Tarifa y la Consejería de Medio Ambiente han dado permiso a este proyecto. Pedimos que paralizan su continuación lo más pronto posible. We are against the planned construction of another beach bar and car park in Casa Porros, Valdevaqueros, due to the negative impact it would have on the natural environment. We strive to conserve this magical place as a natural and free area.