Topic

environment

4 petitions

Started 3 months ago

Petition to European Parliament, Gian Marco Centinaio, LUIS PLANAS PUCHADES, Jaime Silva, Julia Klöckner, Carola Schouten, Alain Vidalies

Ban shark fishing in the EU #bansharkmeat

Shark's are fundamental apex predators in our ocean ecosystem. Over 100 million are killed each year, threatening our already fragile and overfished seas. As top predators, sharks help to manage healthy ocean ecosystems. And as the number of large sharks declines, the oceans will suffer unpredictable and devastating consequences. EU countries play a major role in the international trade of shark meat. In 2005, they were responsible for 56% of worldwide shark meat imports and 32% of worldwide exports. In 2006, the EU imported more than 40,000 tons of shark meat. And these figures simply keep increasing. Most EU consumers are not aware they are being fed shark meat instead of fish meat. We are calling this petition to European Agriculture ministers to ban the fishing and sale of sharks in EU EEZs as well as complete transparency with the consumer as to what type of fish they are being sold. A shark is a sign of a healthy ocean.Let there be some left for our future generations.https://oceana.org/reports/head-tail-how-european-nations-commercialise-shark-productshttps://oceana.org/sites/default/files/reports/Predators_as_Prey_FINAL_FINAL1.pdf Here an interview with a local fisherman in Malta conducted by Oceana in 2006: What is that meat you’re preparing? This is blue shark steak. It actually looks like steak. I haven’t seen blue shark being prepared like that.It’s very common here in Malta- and in Italy they also prepare blue shark like steak. You can make lets really easily It looks like sword fish. Yes and it tastes as good as sword fish as well. Are you selling it as sword fish? No, but if you buy sword fish off the menus in restaurants around here - and also in Italy for that matter - you won’t be able to tell if you’ve been served shark or sword fish. So how do I tell the difference? That’s the hard part. From taste alone you cannot tell. You need to see it when it’s bought. That’s why in mar- kets you can see the head next to the sword sh meat. But shark meat is much cheaper than sword fish. How can I be sure I am not paying too much for my dinner? You can’t. But either way, you will en- joy your dinner.  

Isabella Cavalletti
1,531 supporters
Update posted 2 years ago

Petition to Marco Bussetti, Marco Bussetti

Chiediamo ZOOLOGIA all'Università

Parlando con molti giovani e leggendo molti forum inerenti alla materia, ho riscontrato un unico punto in comune, causa di confusione, frustrazione ed infine rassegnazione; molti giovani, con la passione per la natura e gli animali, infatti, non riescono a trovare una realtà che li soddisfi pienamente, dove sentirsi al posto giusto, studiando e informandosi in linea diretta sull'argomento di loro interesse.Lo zoologo studia e ricerca, confronta la storia, l’evoluzione, le abitudini, i comportamenti, i bisogni delle specie animali, ai fini della conoscenza e della loro tutela. Organizza poi i risultati del suo lavoro in classificazioni sistematiche e comparative, permettendo così una conoscenza approfondita a vari livelli del mondo animale.Le professioni di Zoologo ed Etologo in Italia ufficialmente non esistono! Non sono regolamentate da alcuna legge, non vantano ancora un percorso accademico definito e non esiste pertanto il relativo ordine professionale. L'unico corso di Laurea Magistrale in Italia per prepararsi a studiare il comportamento degli animali è quello proposto dall’Università degli studi di Torino, “Evoluzione del Comportamento Animale e dell'Uomo”, oltre ad alcuni Master. Come corso triennale, se ci si vuole avvicinare al mondo animale, bisogna frequentare Scienze Naturali, Scienze Biologiche o Scienze Zootecniche e Tecnologie delle Produzioni Animali (finalizzato alla formazione di figure in grado di rispondere alle esigenze delle imprese zootecniche ed agro-zootecniche).In America e in Gran Bretagna esistono molti college che offrono questa opportunità, come la Queen Mary a Londra per esempio. Ma chi non ha la possibilità di studiare all'estero? Quello che chiediamo è, quindi, di promuovere Zoologia come Corso di Laurea Triennale, in Italia, con riconoscimento legislativo ed il relativo ordine professionale. L'Italia vanta un patrimonio faunistico che merita attenzione, monitoraggio e ricerca per la sua tutela e conservazione. Diamo per favore la giusta importanza e dignità a tutti i giovani italiani che, con forte passione, vogliono investire il proprio tempo nello studio degli animali.Di seguito il testo in inglese,al fine di sollevare la questione in tutti i Paesi Europei: After speaking with several students and researching on different forums online, I became aware of the negative consequences of the lack of Zoology studies in University Institutions. This lack creates feelings of confusion, frustration and resignation in many young people who share a strong interest on the animal kingdom that can not be satisfied as there are not any Zoology Faculties or BcS (3rd year) they can attend to.Zoologists study, research and compare the history, evolution, habits, behaviors and needs of the animal species, to widen our understanding of each of them and ensure their protection. They organize the results of their work in comparative and systematic classifications, increasing our knowledge on various levels of the animal world.This discipline can already be studied all over the United Kingdom and USA and in many different institutions around the world (such as India, Australia, South Africa etc.) except in Italy and most of the European countries. In our country, there are several CdS (in a 3 years degree) that students can attend as replacement of Zoology such as Natural Science and Biology. However, due to the lack of time and resources their approach is limited and superficial, preventing students from obtaining the required skills to work and share their knowledge with the rest of the community. Zoologist and Ethologist are not regulated by any law; nor have an academic path and any relevant professional associations, which prevents those who can not afford to study abroad from fulfilling their vocation and, even more, from enriching the society with their knowledge.For all these reasons we would like Zoology to be promoted as a Course of Studies in Italy, with legal recognition and professional associations/opportunities. Acknowledging this way all the people whose passion is the animal kingdom and who are moved to learn, research, study and work on this discipline all over our country. We hope as well that, this way, we could be an example for other European countries in this innovative change. Thanks to everyone,Ester

Ester Cuffaro
89,987 supporters
Started 2 years ago

Petition to NEW YORK TIMES, Keith Ellison, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Cory A. Booker, Barack Obama, Andrew M. Cuomo, New York State House, Edmund G. Brown Jr., Barbara Boxer, Democratic National Committee, Keith Ellison, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Harry Reid, Tim Kaine, Robert Casey, Claire McCaskill, Charlie Dent, Dianne Feinstein, Sheila Jackson Lee, Huffington Post, Washington Post

Tell Congress to Pass a Carbon Tax, Climate Protection and Justice Act

In Short Tell Congress to pass a tax on carbon to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and grow a green economy grow that puts people to work. The US just elected President Donald J. Trump who has said Climate Change is a hoax created by China. Furthermore, he aims to appoint Myron Ebell as EPA Administrator who has ties to the fossil fuel industry and does not believe climate change is real. Yet the consensus in the scientific community is absolutely clear: 97.1% agree that climate change is real and caused by human activity. Today Already the effects are being felt through droughts, heat waves, floods, forest fires, disease, and rising sea levels and extreme weather disturbance. As it stands now, 2016 will be the hottest year on record, in line with a sequential global warming trend consistent with predictions of climate change. Climate change is the single greatest threat to our environment and future moving forward; and in order to change our trajectory, we must green our economies while at the same time drastically reduce the burning of coal, oil, and other fossil fuels. The fossil fuel industry reaps billions in profits at the cost of destroying the planet, directly causing numerous environmental justice issues. In the past decade, the top six oil and gas companies made over $ 1 trillion . Not only is the fossil fuel industry negatively impacting the planet, but they are making record profits and doing it without being held accountable. We believe this must change. Your Petition Show Congress your awareness of the Climate Change issue and your support for the Climate Protection and Justice Act put forth by Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT).  The Solution? A Carbon Tax A carbon tax would offer an easy, yet effective solution to help drastically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, while providing incentives for new growth of green jobs in local industrial areas whose economies rely on the working class. The overarching idea behind the carbon tax is that the current price of fossil fuels does not accurately reflect their environmental cost: The tax aims to make up for this. A carbon tax would also create a new opportunity for renewable energy to expand by making it affordable. This has already been successfully achieved in Germany where carbon is taxed approximately $ 20 USD per ton. As a result, Germany has become a leader in renewable energy with a flourishing economy that is more resilient. Congressional reluctance to enact a carbon tax and take the economic threats of climate change seriously adds uncertainty to our future and puts all Americans at risk of the fallout of their inaction. The Tax Structure The legislation would reduce emissions progressively through time, cutting emissions in steps: Total emissions would be 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and  80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. The tax on carbon would start at a modest $ 15 / ton in 2017, rising to $ 73 / ton by 2035, and growing by 5% annually after that. The Benefits The proceeds are then returned to the bottom 80% of households making less than $ 100,000 / year;  Total value of returned proceeds estimated to be ~ $ 900 in 2017 for an average family of four, growing to ~ $ 1.900 in 2030.   Why Help Low Income Families Low-income and minority communities are at higher risk for the adverse effects of climate change. Therefore, the bill will provide $ 20 billion annually to fund climate resiliency projects in disadvantaged communities, focusing on those especially susceptible to the impacts of climate change. Moreover the bill provides $ 3 billion annually for energy efficiency improvements in low-income housing and for municipalities. Why Protect Manufacturing with a Green Tariff The legislation strengthens protection for manufacturing through a border tariff adjustment mechanism which shields energy-intensive, trade-exposed industries like steel, aluminum, glass, and pulp and paper from unfair international trade policies. Funds raised by the green tariff would be used to improve industrial energy efficiency. Why This Matters to You In addition to the immense ecological cost, climate change is already imposing enormous costs on all of us as consumers. Those costs will continue to escalate as global warming keeps rising. It is time for Congress to catch up with the scientific community, the international community, and with the rest of the country  and acknowledge the severity of the climate change crisis. Congress needs to take bold action to reduce carbon emissions and leave a habitable planet for our grandchildren .  

Impakter Dotcom
631 supporters