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conservation

53 petitions

Started 6 days ago

Petition to CARDIFF COUNTY COUNCIL, Cllr. Huw Thomas

Create a Country Park in Trowbridge & St. Mellons north and west of Hendre Lake

A country park on land north and west of the very popular but not very extensive Hendre Lake Park in St. Mellons (Trowbridge Ward of Cardiff) offers huge opportunities for improving leisure, education and the environment and wildlife in east Cardiff. A large area of land has been declared flood plain under the city's Local Development Plan and cannot be used as planned for decades for residential development and is unsuitable for commercial development too. The land, which was formerly under pasture and arable farming has not been so used for almost sixty years and thus may well have never been treated with agricultural chemicals. It is criss-crossed by reens (drainage ditches) which support nationally rare and interesting flora and fauna (including otters). A new secondary school will open in September 2017 adjacent to this land and thus teachers will be able to use the country park as a resource to underpin the national curriculum. The currently existing small extent of Hendre Lake Park gets pretty crowded on nice days with dog-walkers, joggers, anglers and nature lovers all jostling over limited space and to some extent displacing timid wildlife.  A country park in east St. Mellons (on the border with Newport) will attract tourists and day trippers, photographers and naturalists as well as families looking for something to do on a nice day, especially if some exciting proposals that the lead petitioner has in mind are included in the offer.

Trowbridge & St. Mellons Community Development Association
33 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

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

amil varghese
46 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

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 whilst 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, some of our biggest supermarkets including, Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda and Morrisons, committed to end the sale of cotton buds with plastic stems along with Boots, Superdrug, Aldi and Lidl. 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

Clare Jones
6,591 supporters