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 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 Will hodgman
Support World Heritage protection for takayna / Tarkine
“The Tarkine has given me back my sense of identify, my sense of self - who I am and what I could be. And then to find that this area, which was starting to really grab my heart, was so under threat and being destroyed. But for what?” - Dr. Nicole Anderson; Tasmanian doctor, activist, runner Tasmania's takayna / Tarkine is a 495,000 hectare region in northwestern Tasmania and one of the last undisturbed tracts of ancient rainforest in the world. It also includes one of the highest concentrations of Aboriginal archaeology in the hemisphere—traditional use of coastal takayna / Tarkine dates back thousands of years and those cultural resources are still an important part of Aboriginal heritage and culture. The area is a crucial habitat for sixty of Tasmania's rare and endangered species including the Tasmanian giant freshwater crayfish, the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle and the iconic Tasmanian devil. Despite the takayna / Tarkine's immense ecological and cultural value, it remains unprotected and at the mercy of destructive extraction industries, including logging and mining. The Tasmanian State Premier Will Hodgman has the responsibility to protect this landscape in perpetuity as a World Heritage Area. Researchers have already identified that takayna / Tarkine meets several of the ten Outstanding Universal Values criteria for World Heritage Listing. Not only would a World Heritage Area designation benefit the ecological and cultural integrity of the landscape, it would also create economic opportunities for nearby communities as a result of increased global tourism—a market that already contributes $2.5 billion AUD to the Tasmanian economy. For over 40 years, Australian activists like Dr. Nicole Anderson and the Bob Brown Foundation have been fighting for protection of takayna / Tarkine and the end of rainforest logging in Tasmania. Sign our petition and join Patagonia and the Bob Brown Foundation in telling the Tasmanian government to nominate takayna / Tarkine for World Heritage protection. WATCH THE FILM and learn more about the campaign.
Petition to Environment Canterbury (ECan)
STOP water bottlers from taking 24 million litres per day, of pure aquifer water.
Cloud Ocean Water is a water-bottling business preparing to operate within the former Kaputone Wool Scour located in Belfast, Christchurch. Using a 20-year-old permit originally granted to the land's former owner, Kaputone, the Chinese-owned enterprise could remove up to 4.32 million litres per day, or 1.5 billion litres per annum, for bottling. Under the historic permit, it is able to obtain these massive quantities of water, for next to no cost. Rapaki Natural Resources has also obtained water permits, on an adjacent site - also for bottling purposes. In total, these companies are set to uptake 24 million litres of pure water, per day - every day. Aquifer water is a precious resource. Bottliing aquifer water is also a gross waste of such a vital resource - water is already limited within the Canterbury area. As a nation, we need to care for, and conserve our water supplies as much as we can, not give it away. And with our oceans becoming more choked in plastic, aquifers are one of our remaining, reliable water sources. This petition is to urge ECan, to revoke these historic permits from the current land-occupiers. Upholding these permits would not be acting in the best interest of the land, assets, or our people. An historic permit, such as the one transferred to Cloud Ocean Water (the equivalent use to that of 10,000-12,000 people per day), should be non-transferable. And permits for bottling purposes, especially in plastic, is a gross misuse of such a resource. New permits should only be granted as a strict case-by-case basis, with peer reviews in place to protect these resources, and should be publicly notifiable - with room for open, public debate. Such permits should not be simply handed-down, with no questions asked. Especially when there is a “change of use”. It is understood, Cloud Ocean Water was preparing the Belfast site for the removal, and bottling of Canterbury water, on December 10.
Petition to The Hon. Richard Wynne MP, Cr Tamsin Bearsley, Cr Tamara Barth, Mayor Steve Staikos, Cr George Hua, Cr Ron Brownlees OAM, Cr Rosemary West OAM, Cr Geoff Gledhill, Cr Georgina Oxley, Cr David Eden
No rezoning and no development of Kingswood Golf Course
You dont need to live in Dingley Village to care that this beautiful land in the heart of our community is at risk of being stripped bare to make way for a major development. DEVELOPERS WILL - BULLDOZE BUILD AND BOLT!!! Show you care...sign and share please Follow our fight 'Save Kingswood Golf Course' on Facebook The Kingswood Golf Course should never be changed from Special Use zoning or like recreational use. To: Kingston City Councillors and the Planning Minister Dingley Village has experienced a lack of infrastructure for a long time. With no plans for remedy, how will our community cope with 800 to 1000 more homes and more than 2,000 extra people? The Dingley Village community is aware that the Kingston Council is not obliged to spend any of the money received from developers on improving the Dingley Village infrastructure. Dingley Village says NO to more than a 20% increase in population, concentrated in one area. Every Dingley resident will be affected, with the proposed development impacting: Maternal health and Health services – already overloadedExisting childcare waiting lists. Kinders - already overfull. Primary schools - already full and relying on portables that take up yard space. Secondary schools in surrounding suburbs - already full, resisting portables. The Community Centre needs to expand now. Drainage and stormwater infrastructure will be unable to cope. With the Dingley Village sporting clubs having hugely successful 2016 winning premierships, they still lack facilities such as ovals. In fact other areas in Kingston are asking for expansion of their pavilions, but would welcome a first pavilion. Traffic with more than 2000 additional cars using our roads daily Public Transport is essentially non-existent, with no local railway stations The Save Kingswood Golf Course Group represents the majority of Dingley Village residents (note our suburb is a ‘Village’ – one of the few in Australia) in our fight against the rezoning and proposed development of this beautiful golf course parkland. As the proposed massive changes to the area have NO net benefit to Dingley Village, we the residents of Dingley Village say NO to this awful development. With the proposed plans illustrating a huge loss to thousands of trees, the habitat for hundreds of thousands of birds and wildlife will be stripped bare The developers have demanded to have residential 2 zoning, which allows four storey buildings. This beautiful land is in the middle of our village - it is NOT within an activity centre. Dingley Village consists entirely of one or two storey homes with nearly 100% being detached. The proposed development will be totally out of character of the rest of Dingley Village. Unconditionally buying land zoned ‘special use – golf course’, does not give the proponents the right to change the zoning and bulldoze this beautiful land to suit their excessive profit goals. We ask you to consider the pleas of the Dingley Village Community to represent the people in your decision-making and seek out opposing information that will support a fair decision, rather than just considering the application and reports provided by the proponent. The Save Kingswood Group Incorporated is dedicated to helping residents save the Golf Course Park in central Dingley Village, for now and all future generations. Once it is gone it’s too late. Signed, the local and broader community (its not just the local Dingley Village community that will be negatively effected by this proposed ovedevelopment. Dingley Village has bipartisan support … Hon. Inga Peulich, State Member for South-Eastern Metropolitan has stated her support. Hon. Martin Pakula (Keysborough) stated "this is by far the greatest issue in Dingley Village" and supports our cause. Hon. Clare O’Neil Federal Member for Hotham expressed recently stated: “the proposed development was an issue raised by many Dingley Village residents. Clare added that this proposal, she believes, is a complete over-development of the site, and is likely to add to existing problems with traffic congestion, crowding in local schools and a host of additional issues…Clare goes on to say that she and the Hon. Martin Pakula are working closely to help the community’s efforts to stop this from going ahead” (letter dated 29th April 2016 to residents who participated in the survey)
Petition to Hon Daniel Andrews, Daniel Andrews, Hon Lily D'Ambrosio, Hon Richard Wynne, Matthew Guy
Unique Westernport Bay is not an industrial site. Stop AGL's gas terminal at Crib Point.
Please note that the 'pitch-in' button when you've signed our petition is not for our benefit, it is a donation to change.org, which is good, but if you would like to donate to our cause, please go to our website: www.savewesternport.org We are the residents who live alongside Victoria’s beautiful Westernport bay and want to conserve its rare natural values and stop the AGL floating gas terminus or any other large corporation who is planning any inappropriate industrialisation of Westernport. Westernport has unique RAMSAR listed wetlands, seagrasses and mangroves which support fragile ecologies, where rare wading birds and marine life breed. If there is any compromise to said ecological systems it will not only threaten all life in Westernport and beyond but also affect fishing, sailing, other recreational activities as well as the local businesses that support them. Westernport has far greater value as a natural refuge and recreational area for the rapidly increasing population of Victoria rather than an industrial wasteland. Please share this petition widely and generously on all your newsfeeds and by email, we need to stop this nonsensical plan from going ahead. The only beneficiaries will be the shareholders of AGL. BTW the 'pitch-in' button when you've signed our petition is not for our benefit, it is a donation to change.org, which is good, but if you would like to donate to our cause, please go to our website: www.savewesternport.org For more information go to our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/SaveWesternPort/
Petition to Luke Donnellan, Luke Donnellan, Richard Wynne, Adam Bandt, Josh Frydenberg
Western Highway cheaper, safer, sooner: Go Northern!
Benefits of the Northern Option :Saves taxpayers a whopping $24-65 million dollars!Is a shorter, flatter route for drivers with less fog riskIs much faster to construct by avoiding 500,000m3 of earthworksMakes use of the existing infrastructure and carefully adds a parallel carriagewayAvoids the construction of an extra bridge over a quiet side road in the path of the deviationAvoids large underground boulders and seepage areasFollows road-ecology's first rule to ‘avoid the fresh cut’ of the landscapeDamages less roadside vegetation by up to 50% Protects endangered habitats and landscapesHas 75% less loss of large old trees; saves Victoria’s second largest Yellow Gum Adheres to the Mt Langi Ghiran Management Plan to protect heritage views Approving the Northern Option saves:Around 70 large old trees, including Victoria’s second largest Yellow Gum and 2 trees that are approximately 700 years oldHabitat of the critically endangered Golden Sun Moth (31 hectares), the Bearded Dragon, the critically endangered Striped Legless Lizard, the rare Barking Owl, and the State listed Brush-tailed PhascogaleRare Spring ‘soak’ groundwater that maintains a large area of plants and trees Stop VicRoads from wasting taxpayer dollars and destroying our natural environment. We want VicRoads southern ‘Option 1’ checked against new information. A cheaper, less destructive route, the Northern Option has been overlooked. Richard Wynne and Luke Donnellan, we want accountability. How can this be in the public interest?About this CampaignVicRoads is planning to widen 12km of the Western Highway near Ararat, including a 5.7km deviation from the highway through hilly landscape. New data shows that using the existing route is much less destructive.VicRoads claim their procedures have been proper and thorough. We have contested this in court. The KORS case against the 2013 ‘Minister’s Assessment’ is pending in the Supreme Court. We cannot let them continue this expensive and destructive development while they continue to rely on a discredited Environmental Effects Statement. The consequence of continuing would be as major as the destruction of thousands of trees, many between 500 and 700 years old, in earlier stages of the project.Say NO to unnecessary destruction of our Country. Our local, centuries-old trees and precious wildlife are at risk of being uprooted and decimated by this construction. Possible Aboriginal heritage trees are also at risk of being destroyed forever. Applications to register these heritage trees have been lodged with Aboriginal Affairs Victoria.In light of the evidence, VicRoads have:Fallen short of the standards and intention of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999) and Victoria’s Native Vegetation Management: a Framework for Action (2002)Not used the full scope available to reduce the impact of road design and building methodsNot used taxpayers money carefully Please join us for social, cultural and environmental justice by adding your signature and sharing this petition to raise awareness. You can also find more information about the campaign at www.fixfreewayfiasco.org Together we can make a difference.
Petition to Gladys Berejiklian, Daniel Andrews, Annastacia Palaszczuk, Mick Fuller, Steven Marshall, Luke Foley, Bernard Carlon, Clare Gardiner-Barnes, Mark Bailey, Mark Ryan, Jodi McKay, Guy Zangari, Luke Donnellan, Lisa Neville, Michelle Roberts, Mark McGowan, Stephan Knoll, Corey Wingard, Jeremy Rockliff, Jacquie Petrusma, Michael Ferguson, Shane Rattenbury, Mick Gentleman, Meegan Fitzharris, Eva Lawler, Nicole Manison, Will Hodgman, Andrew Constance, Melinda Pavey, Troy Grant
Protect your Family and Friends with Safe Passing Distance
Every day the lives of decent hard-working cyclists are being threatened by a small minority of reckless drivers. Lauren was cut-off by a sedan that knocked her from the road to the footpath, all caught on CCTV footage. Adrian was cycling to work when a car came so close on a roundabout that he thought he was about to die. Anastasia was killed after being struck by a truck (pictured above), she was 23 years old. Neil was enjoying a pleasant National Park ride when a Police car shocked him with a dangerous close pass, shortly after the passing distance law was brought into place. James was hospitalised for weeks with horrific injuries after being hit by a sports car, while on a popular cycling route. Marc and Tom took definitive evidence to the Police (video and ultrasonic distance measurement), but were fobbed off by a misinformed and uncaring system. There have been thousands of victims of dangerous close passes since the law was changed, but only a handful of fines have been issued. How would you feel after an unsafe pass from a ute or van, to take the video evidence to your local police station, and be told by the officer that they wont even make a record of your incident (let alone start an investigation)? Stunned, angry, victimised, ignored, alone... This has happened to hundreds of cyclists across Australia. All States and Territories are implementing safe passing distance laws for vehicles when overtaking cyclists (with the exception of Victoria). The purpose of these rules is to reduce injuries and deaths to bike riders. But in practice the burden of evidence and prosecution has fallen onto the victims of dangerous close passes... This is grossly unfair!! Lives are being unnecessarily lost, and serious injuries are being sustained, for as long as Safe Passing Distance goes unenforced. As a coalition of cyclists, groups and concerned citizens we are calling out this injustice... Sign for your mates, for your family, and for our children to have safer roads than we ride on today. We the undersigned call on Governments and Police to proactively enforce Minimum Passing Distance (MPD), as an essential measure for improving Road Safety in Australia. Amy Gillett Foundation Cycling Australia (CA) Bicycling Australia Bicycle Queensland (BQ) Bicycle NSW Australian Cycle Alliance (Cycle) We Ride Australia (Australian Cycling Promotion Foundation) Bicycles Network Australia (bicycles.net.au) Bicycle Network Safe Cycling Australia (SCA) Cycling New South Wales (Cycling NSW) City of Sydney and Lord Mayor Clover Moore Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club (DHBC) Inner West Bicycle Coalition (Ashfield Bicycle Group, Bike Leichhardt and Bike Marrickville) Inner West Cyclists BIKEast Bikes Botany Bay Bike North North Western Sydney Cycling Club Waratah Masters Cycling Club ARTcycle Newcastle Cycling Club Newcastle Cycleways Newcastle University Bike Users Group (NUBUG) Wild Horizons Cycling Victoria Hobsons Bay Bicycle User Group (HBBUG) Cycling Queensland Brisbane West BUG WestCycle (Cycling Western Australia) Bike SA Cycling South Australia The Bicycle Institute of South Australia Aldinga Bike Kitchen Cycling Tasmania Pedal Power ACT Cycling Australian Capital Territory Cycling Northern Territory West Midlands Police have won multiple awards for their Operation Close Pass, which has decreased serious injuries and deaths to cyclists by one-fifth in the first year alone. Motorists observed making unsafe passes and other poor driving are pulled over, and either warned/educated/prosecuted. Police have also asked the public to submit video evidence, which has resulted in several hundred fines. Google "West Midlands Operation Close Pass" to see the impressive results of this cheap and effective Police action for yourself... This model is being rolled out by other Police in the UK, such as London, Hampshire and South Yorkshire... Two-thirds of the 50 American states are enforcing laws for a safe passing distance of at least 3 feet, with examples of proactive enforcement in Austin, Tampa and Memphis. After becoming visible, following the road rules, watching out for each other and riding defensively we still depend on motorists to give us space and respect on our roads... Just like speeding, mobile phone distractions and drink driving the Police should take a proactive approach to Minimum Passing Distance (MPD). These rules can't reverse an injury or death after the fact. They need to be proactively enforced. The safe passing distance rules require vehicles to give at least 1.0 metre of clearance to cyclists (up to speeds of 60 km/hour), and at least 1.5 metres clearance when overtaking in speed limit zones exceeding 60 km/hour. Motorists who do not comply with the law are liable for hundreds of dollars of fines and the loss of demerit points. Drivers are allowed to cross unbroken lines, and vehicles can go over flat traffic islands, in order to comply with the law. Add your voice in support of Road Safety… Please contact email@example.com to have your organisation added to this petition. Next steps: Share this petition with all of your friends, family and contacts... and ask for their support Write to your local MP and Ministers to push for proactive enforcement of Road Safety laws, including MPD Speak up for Road Safety, with your off-line and on-line networks... Take evidence of dangerous close passes to Police, and seek prosecution of the offending drivers (there are good resources from Bicycle NSW, Simply Cycling Training, road.cc and Bicycle Queensland to help you) https://bicyclensw.org.au/advocacy/mpd/ http://www.simplycyclingtraining.com/category/advocacy/cyclist-rights-enforcement/ https://road.cc/content/news/237916-what-do-if-you-capture-near-miss-or-close-pass-or-worse-camera-while-cycling https://bq.org.au/news/2018/05/new-accident-app-lifts-legal-protection-queensland-bike-riders/ #AMetreMatters #SeeThePerson #PassCyclistsSafely #StayWideroftheRider #IGiveAMetre #SlowDownPassWide #RideToSchool #OpClosePass