Petition to Parliament of Australia
Mandatory Palm Oil labelling on all products in Australia by January 2020
PLEASE HELP SAVE THE ORANGUTAN! (Around 25 Orangutans die each day from Palm Oil deforestation). We, The People of Australia are seeking mandatory palm oil labelling on all products sold in Australia by January 2020. Why? Around 300 soccer fields per hour of precious rain forest in Malaysia and Indonesia (habitat of the Orangutan) are destroyed each hour for Palm Oil plantations. It is estimated that 25 Orangutans die each day from Palm Oil deforestation. The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUNC) has classified the Bornean orangutan as Endangered with approximately 55,000 left with 5,000 killed a year. The Sumatran orangutan is Critically Endangered with approximately 6,300 left and 1,000 being killed a year. Each year, Australia imports approximately 130,000 tons of palm oil and it's found in a huge range of products. These include, (but are not limited to) biscuits, chips, crackers and batters, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and cosmetics. If an Australian consumer makes the decision to avoid purchasing products that contain Palm Oil, - under current legislation, (with Palm Oil not required to be labelled), this is an almost impossible task. Here are some examples of how Palm Oil is currently 'hidden' from Australian consumers. Names for Palm Oil Palm oil kernel “Palmitate” or “Palmate” Elaeis gunieensisHydrated Palm Gylcerides HexadecanoicPalmitic Acid Likely to be Palm OilVegetable oil (if product contains saturated fats, it's most likely palm oil)Anything containing “stearate, stearyl” Anything containing the words “cetyl, cetearyl” Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) Sodium Laureth Sulphate Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate (SDS or NaDS) Sodium Calcium Stearoyl Lactylate Steareth -2Steareth -20 Emulsifier 422, 430-36, 465-67, 470-8, 481-483 Palm Oil is also high in saturated fat so there is a case for it to be labelled for health reasons as well as environmental. We are seeking transparency on our food labels so that we can make informed choices. We request mandatory labelling of Palm Oil on ALL products sold in Australia by January 2020.
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No mega landfill in Dome Valley
ProblemThe Dome Valley is not the ideal place for a landfill due to environmental, climate conditions and traffic risks. There must be a better alternative. Please petition to deny resource consent and make the application public.SolutionWe must find a better alternative. Somewhere near rail or with not so many streams running through it. Somewhere with less risks involved. Or even get rid of landfills all together. See our other petition.
Petition to Minister of the Environment The Hon. Melissa Price MP
Ban the Ivory Trade in Australia
As a wildlife photographer, I've had intimate encounters with African elephants and have known all too well the story behind some of the pictures I've taken. Thirty-five thousand elephants are poached every year for the ivory trade. With less than 415,000 elephants left, if this rate of killing continues, it’s expected that they will disappear from our planet within a generation. The two largest ivory markets in the world, U.S. and China, have within the last couple of years banned their trades in a bid to save the African elephant from extinction. Hong Kong, the third largest market, is set to do so by 2021; the U.K. have also recently enacted a domestic trade ban. They’re all clear signs of the political will to protect elephants from extinction, and some of these bans are the best moves that the world could have hoped for. In Australia, however, an unregulated ivory market in Australia continues to thrive, which contributes to the mass poaching in Africa to satisfy the demand for ivory in Asia. Elephants are being lost at a rate of 8% per year due mostly to poaching. We need to end Australia’s trade- especially as it is contributes to the illegal wildlife trade- and implement a ban on domestic markets urgently, as per the recommendations of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement. Australia needs to act promptly on implementing a ban of the domestic ivory and horn market so that we can protect the elephant and ensure they will live on- and send a message to the world that we simply cannot let elephants head towards extinction on our watch.
Petition to Jacinda Ardern, James Shaw, Mark Mitchell
Save our animals, let's ban plastic bags in New Zealand
Currently, one New Zealander uses an estimated average of 6.75 bags a week. That's 351 bags a year per New Zealander. This is enough plastic to carpet a double garage 1.6 times. New Zealanders only use plastic bags for a minimal 10-15 minutes, whereas it takes up to 1000 years for a plastic bag to decompose in a landfill. Countries such as China, Italy, France and The Netherlands have already made a stop to the use of plastic bags. New Zealand currently has no law that bans plastic bags. This law legalising plastic bags must be changed due to the overuse of plastic in our country. This is an issue because plastic waste is one of the many types of waste that takes an incredibly long time to decompose (up to 1000 years to be exact). This is a big issue when it comes to New Zealand as we are known for being clean and environmentally friendly. However, the large amount of plastic used in our country indicates that our country will not always hold this positive reputation. Plastic bags are not only bad for the land but also for the wildlife. By getting rid of plastic, our environment will become cleaner and our animals will have a higher chance of survival. By signing this petition, you will be showing that you also believe that New Zealand should put an end to plastic bags. (All signatures will remain anonymous).
Petition to The Hon Anthony Roberts MP, The Hon Gabrielle Upton MP, The Hon Rob Stokes MP
Ban new development in Sydney's Wildlife Corridors
Wildlife Corridors were created to allow Fauna to move freely between Habitats. Any proposed residential development on Bayview Golf course will prevent wildlife from moving between the coast at Winnererremy Bay Mona Vale and major habitat areas around Katandra Bushland Sanctuary and Nangana Road Bayview. A second attempt for approval for a major building development was lodged in 2016 on this very Wildlife & Coastal corridor by REZONING from OPEN SPACE, that will completely cut this High Priority Wildlife Corridor (Map 9 Pittwater Council website) , isolating fauna from their feeding area in the remnant trees. Many old remnant trees (159 trees , yes 159 to be exact) will have to be removed for building purposes. Many Threatened and Endangered Native species owe their survival to these Wildlife Corridors and need this habitat for feeding and protection . Please stop any further development in these Wildlife Corridors, particularly the ones in Bayview / Ingleside & across Sydney.
Petition to Luke Foley, Andrew Constance, Gladys Berejiklian, Jodi Mckay, Michael Daley
Restore Liverpool via Regents Park, Save T3 Bankstown, Express @ Lidcombe Auburn Granville
Since 2013, public transport has been downgraded in favour of toll roads. The Inner West, South West and Western Sydney have all been significantly worse off from cuts to trains and the various timetable changes. We are calling for: T2 Inner West Line to be restored as a Liverpool via Regents Park service to reduce overcrowding & interchange at Birrong, Lidcombe T3 Bankstown Line to be maintained (all stations to Liverpool) with heavy rail and no Sydenham-Bankstown Metro to keep direct trains to City for 19,000 commuters west of Bankstown T1 Western Line express trains to service Lidcombe, Auburn, Granville during the peak hour not slow T2 all stops trains that have increased travel times by 50% To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales. The Petition of residents and commuters of the Inner West, South West and Western Sydney brings to the attention of the House, the significant downgrades to public transport over the past 5 years. The undersigned petitioners therefore ask the Legislative Assembly to: restore the Inner West Line to Liverpool via Regents Park; restore fast trains for Lidcombe, Auburn, Granville, Liverpool, Bankstown; Save the Bankstown Line; oppose WestConnex and focus on public transport not motorways! More information at www.restoreinnerwestline.org.au Please visit www.saveT3.org for more information about our opposition to the Sydenham to Bankstown Metro and donate to our crowdfunding campaign to expose the government cover-up over Bankstown Line trains: https://www.gofundme.com/SaveT3
Petition to Shoalhaven Council, The Hon. shelley Hancock MP, Patricia white
Save our Lake Conjola
Lake Conjola Entrance has closed up, barely months after being dredged, in the wrong location, by Council! Despite numerous pleas, to have the Lake dredged and the sand removed, nothing has been undertaken or acknowledged by Council. This town and surrounding suburbs and their businesses rely on Tourism to keep them financially viable. When the Lake dries up, so will Tourism. Holiday makers spend hundreds and thousands to enjoy what the Lake has to offer. There was an abundance of sea life, which was created by monies gained from Fishing Licence fees. Sadly the number of fish are rapidly dwindling with no fresh currents. We need Council to dredge correctly and not dump the sand back, but have it removed, or look at a permanent sea wall, like Lake Tabourie. Peak season is around the corner, and people will look elsewhere to holiday as the lake is now a stinking mess and people will get sick ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
Petition to Glencore, Yancoal , Peabody , Scott Morrison, Sue Moore, Joel Fitzgibbon, Gladys Berejiklian
Mines and The Environment can Coexist!
Underground mining is a much better conventional way to protect the future of our community, farm land, environment. This way both parties win! Mines still get their coal, and the community can live virtually dust free with little to no health effects from the mine. Jobs will stay in tact and towns will not be disturbed. Stop Open Cut Mining from destroying our beautiful Country! Open Cut mining is dangerous for the health of people and the environment cannot sustain this reckless form of mining. The Upper Hunter Valley has a very bleak future if we don't make a stand today. Tell your councillors, state and federal members - Enough is Enough. Peoples health and wellbeing, and the wellbeing of every living creature is more important than NSW Government coffers, Mine owner's shares or money. Stop putting profits before people. There are safer, viable alternatives that can be utilised almost immediately, with substantially less risk to the men, women and children who work live and play in this beautiful country of Australia, while at the same time boost rural economies and can co-exist with the environment and all kinds of rural businesses and pursuits. THIS IS THE TIME FOR CHANGE!! Give us hope, that we can protect our homes, where ever we live for all future generations.Sign this Petition, Share with Friends and stand by your Community!