Petition to Malcolm Turnbull
Prime Minister: Don't destroy pristine rainforest for the sake of a mine
Christmas Island is an extraordinary ecological paradise, often referred to as the "Galapagos of the Indian Ocean", yet it has an appalling extinction record. Over the last 200 years, humans have caused 80% of the island’s native mammals & reptiles to go extinct. Now, its unique bird life could soon be next. Christmas Island is home to the only breeding and nesting sites for two of the world's rarest seabirds – the Endangered Abbott's Booby and Critically Endangered Christmas Island Frigatebird. Both species rely on the island’s tall rainforest trees to nest and raise their young. A mining exploration license within this pristine rainforest is currently being considered by the Australian Government, with a decision expected in the coming weeks. If approved, this could set in train further mining activities that would push already endangered birds closer to the brink of extinction, and potentially destroy future nature tourism opportunities. In 2007, then Environment Minister, Malcolm Turnbull rejected the expansion of mining on Christmas Island to protect the plants and animals that call it home. We’re calling on Malcolm Turnbull to uphold his decision, and commit to safeguarding this unique rainforest habitat by ending mining on Christmas Island for good. #Don'tRuinChristmas
Petition to Steven Miles, Andrew Wilcox, Bronwyn Taha, Jason Costigan, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Save Blackcurrant Island
An all-tide boat ramp is being proposed for Blackcurrant Island, between Dingo Beach and Hydeaway Bay, within the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. The Reef is already under stress and the construction of a boat ramp and associated facilities (roadway, car and trailer parking, toilets, lighting) will be devastating to the local environment. Blackcurrant Island is a small area of land, joined to the mainland via an isthmus. Engineers have recommended an 8m wide road along the beach to the isthmus and a 4.7m high, 8m wide roadway, along the isthmus to Blackcurrant Island. The island is surrounded by mangroves, seagrasses and coral reefs that provide shelter, feeding and nesting areas for dugongs, turtles, stingray, numerous fish species and other marine creatures. Turtles that are already endangered or vulnerable to extinction also nest on the adjacent foreshore. The impact of a boat ramp on these natural wonders will be catastrophic. Dr Steven Miles, as the Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef can prevent this proposal from going ahead by working within the State Government to deny funding. Let him know your feelings.
Petition to Roche Group - Bill & Imelda & family, Dominic Roche, Mr Damian Roche, Minister Gabrielle Upton, Minister Sarah Mitchell
Don’t bulldoze Aboriginal heritage: save the Butterfly Cave
The Butterfly Cave is incredibly important to Awabakal women and the wider Aboriginal community - but a giant property developer called Roche Group want to destroy thousands of years of Aboriginal women’s history by building a massive housing development only 20 metres away. It’s heartbreaking - the construction will damage our fragile cave and we are desperate to save our sanctuary. If Roche Group is permitted to proceed with their housing development, construction will obliterate the journey path to the Cave and destroy the bushland that is a source of spiritual and physical sustenance. On top of that, Roche Group is demanding women seek permission from them before visiting the site and a manager has threatened us with trespassing for continuing to go into the Butterfly Cave. In the past this manager has spied on us and we find Roche Group’s demands offensive and degrading. The Cave is incredibly special to Aboriginal women. Generations of women have treasured this spiritual place and it continues to be a place of connection and cultural activity to this day. Awabakal women have been urging Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton to intervene to save this precious site, but she has ignored our pleas and will not even meet with us. The NSW Government and Lake Macquarie City Council planners couldn’t care less about Aboriginal women’s culture and history and plan to wipe out this most sacred and special place with the flick of their pen. So what are we asking for? What will make ALL the difference? We are asking Minister Upton to increase the 20m buffer zone to 100m. A small change, a monumental difference. Please join us as we fight to save our beautiful, sacred site.
Petition to Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Tim Nicholls, Hon Jackie Trad MP, Steve Dickson, Steven Miles, Deb Frecklington, Christian Rowan
Queensland Politicians: Remember The Earth
The Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea invite you to join us in petitioning the Premier, the Deputy Premier, the Minister for the Environment, the Leader of the Opposition, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Steve Dickson, State Leader of One Nation in the lead up to the forthcoming Qld election. Out of nearly 800 Sisters of Mercy, 125 live in Queensland electorates. We are deeply disturbed by a growing lack of reverence for all creation and the continual degradation of the Earth. We urge all politicians to develop policies and plans that address the concerns raised recently by the Bishops of Townsville. In particular we are concerned about: the impending loss of the Great Barrier Reef with back-to-back yearly coral bleaching across two thirds of its length the future of the Artesian Basin and its age-old water resources which are threatened by extraction by mega- mining developments across Queensland, and especially in the Galilee Basin the impact of proposed mines in Queensland on the global climate the significant increase in lung disease in local coal mine employees the one-third increase in land-clearing across the state a need for urgent dialogue critiquing cultural factors such as individualism, self-centredness, unlimited progress, the unregulated market, and consumerism. We invite you to show your support for the Earth by signing this petition which calls on the major parties to provide strong indications that these concerns are also their concerns and that they have policies and plans in place to address them.
Petition to His Excellency Mr. Salaheddine Mezouar, Mrs. Minister Hakima El Haite, Mr. Franck Bainimarama, Mr. Inia Seruiratu
Exit Coal Now !
Exit coal now ! (please scroll down for translation in French, German, Russian, Italian and Spanish) Recent studies* have shown that coal-fired power plants cause the premature death of tens of thousands of people each year in Europe, and hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Furthermore, they are the biggest single group of CO2 sources that can be PHASED OUT within a dozen years or so (12 years in Europe and North America, 24 years worldwide), since alternative sources of clean, affordable, low-carbon electric power are widely available (depending on local conditions : renewable and/or nuclear power). We, ExitCoalNow (ECN), a worldwide coalition of NGOs and citizens, hereby urge world leaders to require each country to move towards an exit from coal as an electric power source, by 2040 or earlier, and 2030 or earlier in Europe and North America. Furthermore, for the sake of public health and climate change urgency, the most advanced countries will strive to beat those deadlines and reach that goal by 2025. --- Purpose of the petition : The grounds for action are not only climate change mitigation, but also public health, since coal-fired power plants are among the most serious root causes for respiratory illnesses, cancers and premature deaths in many countries. Furthermore, the use of coal for electric power production, added to other coal usage, amplifies environmental damage due to overmining, wildlife and landscape destruction, water and soil pollution, etc. We met the UNFCCC climate leaders at COP22 in Morocco, November 2016, and will meet again at COP23 in Bonn in 2017 to ask them for their support in turning the decision to stop building and operating coal power plants into a priority at the international level, within the application framework of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Furthermore, we hereby respectfully request the organization of either an official or informal event at COP23 or COP24 with the COP22/23/24 President and Climate Champions, or their representatives, for them to receive the signed petition from participating ExitCoalNow members. Petition Site: the petition will be hosted on change.org. An informative petition web page will be created later with translation in several languages, updated data, texts and graphs. List of countries and states which have pledged to phase out coal by 2040 : https://exitcoalnow.org/ECNlist.html - not committed yet to save their own and neighbouring people's lives... and still failing to crack down on CO2 emissions: Germany, USA, China, Japan, Poland, India, Australia, The Netherlands ... Worldwide list of coal power plants :http://globalenergyobservatory.org/list.php?db=PowerPlants&type=Coal ExitCoalNow (ECN - http://ExitCoalNow.org ) is a global network of non-profit organizations with the common goal of ending the use of coal a an electric power source. ECN was founded in 2016 by SOP : Saving Our Planet - http://savingourplanet.net First partner organizations: more are listed on ExitCoalNow.org IAHV : International Association for Human Values http://www.iahv.org/ EFH : Energy For Humanity http://energyforhumanity.org/ SLC : Sauvons Le Climat http://www.sauvonsleclimat.org/ STC : Save the Climate http://savetheclimate.org/ *Reference on coal plant damage and how to replace them quickly: - from WWF, in English : Europe’s Dark Cloud - How Coal-Burning Countries are making their neighbours sickhttp://awsassets.wwfffr.panda.org/downloads/dark_cloud_full_report.pdf - from SLC, in French : La Place du Charbon en Europehttp://sauvonsleclimat.org/place-du-charbon-en-europe/ TRANSLATIONS of the english petition text – FR : sortons du charbon maintenant ! Des études récentes* ont démontré que les centrales électriques au charbon sont la cause de dizaines de milliers de morts prématurées chaque année en Europe, et de centaines de milliers dans le monde. De plus, elle sont le groupe le plus important de sources d'émissions de CO2 qui peuvent êtres arrêtées en une douzaine d'années (12 ans en Europe et Amérique du Nord, 24 ans dans le monde entier), puisque des sources alternatives d’électricité propre, peu onéreuse et bas-carbone sont largement disponibles (en fonction des conditions locales : énergies renouvelables et/ou nucléaires). Nous, ExitCoalNow (ECN), une coalition mondiale d'ONG et de citoyens, prions instamment les dirigeants du monde d'engager chaque pays vers la sortie du charbon comme source d'électricité, au moins avant 2040, et avant 2030 en Europe et Amérique du Nord. Par souci de santé publique et d'urgence climatique, les pays les plus avancés s'efforceront d'anticiper ces délais et d'atteindre cet objectif dès 2025. – ES : ¡ salir del carbón ya ! Estudios recientes* han demostrado que las centrales electrícas que usan carbón como combustible causan la muerte prematura de decenas de miles de personas cada año en Europa, y centenas de miles de personas en todo el mundo. Además, es el grupo más grande de fuentes de CO2 que puede eliminarse gradualmente en unos doce años (12 años en Europa y América del Norte, 24 años en todo el mundo), ya que las fuentes alternativas de energía eléctrica, limpia y asequible, de bajo carbono están ampliamente disponibles (dependiendo de las condiciones locales: energías renovables y/o nucleares). Nosotros, ExitCoalNow (ECN), una coalición mundial de organizaciones no gubernamentales y también de ciudadanos, por lo tanto instamos a los líderes mundiales de cada país a comprometerse hacia la salida del carbón como fuente de energía eléctrica, para el año 2040 o antes, y para el año 2030 o antes en Europa y América del Norte. Por el bien de la salud pública y para responder a la emergencia del cambio climático, los países más avanzados deben esforzarse por superar esos plazos y lograr ese objetivo para el año 2025. – DE : Kohle Ausstieg jetzt ! Nachhaltige Studien* haben gezeigt, dass Kohlekraftwerke vorzeitigen Tod von Zehntausenden von Menschen jedes Jahr in Europa verursachen. Sie sind für hunderttausende von Toten weltweit verantwortlich. Außerdem stellen sie die größte CO2-Quelle dar, bei der innerhalb von einem Dutzend von Jahren ein kompletter Ausstieg möglich wäre. In Europa und Amerika wäre ein Kohleausstieg nach 12 Jahren, in der ganzen Welt nach 24 Jahren durchaus realistisch. Denn es gibt alternative Quellen für einen sauberen, erschwinglichen, kohlenstoffarmen Strom. Je nach örtlichen Gegebenheiten können erneuerbare Energien und / oder Kernergietechnologien die Kohle ersetzen. Wir, ExitCoalNow (ECN), sind eine weltweite Koalition von Nichtregierungsorganisationen und Bürger. Wir setzen uns dafür ein, dass Weltmarktführer und alle Staaten sich für den Kohleausstieg engagieren. Dies sollte bis 2040 oder früher weltweit und 2030 oder früher in Europa und Nordamerika erreicht werden. Im Interesse der öffentlichen Gesundheit und des dringend zu lösenden Problems des Klimawandels sollten sich vor allem Industrieländer bemühen, dieses Ziel bis zum Jahr 2025 zu erreichen. – IT : Abbandonare il carbone ora ! Recenti studi hanno dimostrato * che le centrali elettriche a carbone causano la morte prematura di decine di migliaia di persone ogni anno in Europa, e centinaia di migliaia di persone in tutto il mondo. Inoltre, esse sono il più grande singolo gruppo di fonti di CO2 che possono essere gradualmente eliminate entro una dozzina di anni o giù di lì (12 anni in Europa e Nord America, 24 anni in tutto il mondo), dal momento che fonti alternative di energia pulita con prezzi accessibili, a basse emissioni di carbonio elettrico sono ampiamente disponibili (a seconda delle condizioni locali: rinnovabile e / o energia nucleare). Noi, ExitCoalNow (ECN), una coalizione internazionale di organizzazioni non governative e dei cittadini, con la presente vogliamo sollecitare i leader mondiali nel richiedere che ogni nazione si muova verso l'uscita dal carbone come fonte di energia elettrica, entro il 2040 o anche prima, e entro il 2030 o prima in Europa e Nord America . Inoltre, per il bene della salute pubblica e per l'urgenza del cambiamento climatico, i paesi più avanzati si adopereranno per battere queste scadenze e raggiungere questo obiettivo entro il 2025. - RU : Срочно отказаться от угля ! Согласно долгосрочным исследованиям*, сотни тысяч человек ежегодно погибают из-за электростанций, работающих на угле. Кроме того, сжигание угля приводит к максимальной эмиссии углекислого газа по сравнению со всеми остальными источниками электроэнергии. Однако, именно от этого источника энергии технически и практически можно было бы полностью отказаться. Такой процесс длился бы в Европе 12 лет, а во всём мире 24 года. Ведь есть же альтернативы энергии, которая экономически доступна и не приводит к фатальным количествам углекислого газа. В зависимости от местных предпосылок, уголь можно бы заменить возобновляемыми источниками электроэнергии или атомными технологиями. Мы, ExitCoalNow (ECN), объединяем сеть неправительственных организаций и гражданских инициатив. Мы выступаем за то, чтобы ведущие компании и все государства нашли путь отказаться от угля. Этот процесс должен быть завершён во всём мире до 2040 года, а в Европе и Северной Америка до 2030 года. В интересах здоровья людей и насущной проблемы климатических изменений необходимо, чтобы развитые страны поставили себе цель полного отказа от угля до 2025 года.
Petition to Peter Haynes, Glenda Fryer, Lee Corrick, Graeme Easte, Rachel Langton, Margi Watson, Jessica Rose, benjamin Lee
Save Chamberlain Park
The Albert Eden Board have decided to chop up Chamberlain Park. They want to develop the land, but have no formal plan and no committed funds. Their decision was based on incorrect information and a flawed consultation process. This development will destroy a well used and loved public green-space open to all Aucklanders . In 2014, 534 people signed a petition to keep Chamberlain as it is, but were ignored. To date we have over 1000 signatures on paper and near 5,000 on this site. Sign our petition and show that you care about Auckland's green spaces and fair decision processes. We are aiming for 10,000 signatures this time. For further information go to: www.savecpark.org Donate to our Judicial Review at https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/savechamberlainpark
Petition to Luke Foley, Andrew Constance, Tony Eid, Mike Baird, NSW Legislative Assembly & Legislative Council, Howard Collins, Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, Tania Mihailuk, Paul Lynch, Auburn City Council (Cumberland Council), Strathfield Council, Bankstown City Council (Canterbury-Bankstown), Liverpool City Council, Chris Bailey
Restore Inner West Line - reinstate Liverpool (and Bankstown) via Regents Park train services
The 2013 Sydney Trains timetable is the worst downgrade in a generation with the removal of the City to Liverpool/Bankstown via Regents Park service with the truncation of the Inner West Line at Homebush. Commuters on the former line now face: Service gaps of 30 minutes 3 additional forced interchanges No direct City services Only 3 trains per weekday We are campaigning to reinstate the Liverpool/Bankstown via Regents Park train (Inner West Line) to reduce overcrowding, interchanges and increase public transport.
Petition to Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP
Australia-wide ban on the release of balloons and the use of helium to inflate balloons.
Goal: An Australia-wide ban on the release of balloons and the use of helium to inflate balloons. Problem: Released balloons always come back to Earth as litter. * When mistaken as food, balloons can slowly kill wildlife through digestive blockage, strangulation and choking. Affected wildlife includes marine animals such as shearwaters and turtles, as well as freshwater such as platypus. Farm animals can also be affected. * Many marine wildlife research scientists support a ban on the release of balloons, as do organisations involved with litter and marine protection, such as Boomerang Alliance, Tangaroa Blue, Lord Howe Island Museum, Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre and the Australian Platypus Conservancy.* Marine Plastic Pollution is increased with balloon releases.* Balloons are no longer made from natural latex but a synthetic. While the industry claims balloons biodegrade in the same time as “an oak leaf”, this can take many months or years, all the while posing a threat to wildlife. Non-biodegradable attached streamers and disks add to the litter and threat. * Mylar balloons do not biodegrade; they can cause power outages and spark fires.* Sky lanterns are already banned nationally.* Helium is a scarce, non-renewable gas, vital to important scientific, medical and industrial uses and should not be wasted on frivolous activities such as releasing balloons for commemorative or celebratory reasons, nor for promotional reasons.* Inhaling helium has caused many humans deaths.* Helium balloons, especially large bunches, are also a potential threat to aircraft.* Helium balloons can travel long distances, across council and state borders, creating litter hundreds of kilometres from the release site, hence a unified approach across the nation is required. * Banning the release of balloons will aid Waste Reduction Targets.* Agencies already spend a great deal of time and effort attempting to educate people about the environmental impacts of released balloons. Despite this and a variety of anti-litter and anti-balloon release laws across Australia, releases still occur.* The use of helium enables the accidental release of balloons. With easy access to helium and helium balloons now ubiquitous at events and festivals, this is all too common. Just one released balloon will result in litter and pose a threat to wildlife.* Alternatives to balloon releases include reusable banners, flags, ribbon dancers, or pinwheels. For memorials and fundraisers: plant trees or gardens, actions that promote life.* There is a global movement against the release of balloons due to their environmental impact (see BalloonsBlow. org). Australia could lead the way and be the first to nationally ban helium balloons. Solution: The Federal Government unites the States and Territories of Australia for a national ban on the release of balloons and the use of helium to inflate balloons for non-scientific uses. Personal: As a regular litter collector for over 30 years on beaches with no urban or stormwater run-off, I am all too aware of the increasing prevalence of marine litter, including balloons, either whole, burst or remnant, many with attached streamers and disks. If the number of balloons I collect from one small section of beach is replicated around the country, there is a very serious problem with balloon pollution. This problem could be easily solved with a simple national ban on the release of balloons and the use of helium to inflate balloons by the Australian Government.Although a formal, hard copy petition has been presented to the Federal House of Representatives, this same petition is directed to the Federal Minister for the Environment and all State and Territory Ministers for Environment.