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.
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 Bernard Salt
Ban Single-Use Plastics in Australian Restaurants
Globally every year 300 million tons of plastic (mostly single-use plastic) ends up in our oceans, poisoning and killing marine life as well as disrupting human hormones. Nearly half of the plastic comes from restaurants handing out straws, plastic cutlery, plastic cups, anything like that. The earth is 12 years away from a climate change disaster, we are 12 years away from destroying our planet so much that we cannot save it. Please sign my petition, help me stop this and put my plan into action! My name is Nadia, I am a 12-year-old eco-warrior from the sunshine coast. I think it is absolutely appalling the amount of unnecessary, excess plastic people use on a daily basis! All it does is pollute our oceans and kill marine life. My goal in life is to spread awareness about plastic pollution, encourage people to take action and definitely take action myself! I am willing to do as much as I can to save the planet we call home. My goal for this petition is to hopefully ban single-use plastics in Australian restaurants, I have contacted the Queensland Government about this possibly happening. I hope this inspires you to take action in your local community. One of my favourite quotes is "The world is changed by your example, not your opinion." -Credits unknown.
Petition to Andrew Constance, Gladys Berejiklian, Jodi Mckay, Michael Daley, Lynda Voltz
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 Leeanne Enoch, Hon Mark Furner, Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk
STOP Commercial Netting in the Great Sandy Marine Park !
IT’S TIME to end damaging commercial netting in the Great Sandy Marine Park! The Great Sandy Marine Park is THE ONLY Marine Park that allows commercial netting in what “should be” TRUE YELLOW CONSERVATION ZONE AREAS! Ending damaging commercial netting in the Great Sandy Marine Park – which has already been tentatively listed as a World Heritage Area, will bring a much needed boost to an environment deserving of proper marine protection. Using commercial nets to: Target spawning aggregations MUST BE STOPPED Target bream, whiting and flathead in conservation park yellow zones MUST BE STOPPED Target top level predators like mackerel , trevally, barramundi , threadfin salmon and shark MUST BE STOPPED Target low food value but high recreational fishing value fish like Golden Trevally, Snub nosed dart ( Permit ) , Queenfish, Giant Herring etc. MUST BE STOPPED Incidentally catch dugongs and marine turtles is definitely MUST BE STOPPED NOTE - The Great Sandy Designated Area incorporates areas of conservation park zones in :- Baffle Creek & tributaries The Elliott River & tributaries The Burrum River & tributaries The Mary River & tributaries The Great Sandy Strait and Tin Can Bay Inlet Sign this PETITION to request Leeanne Enoch MP - Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef and the Palaszczuk State Government to commit to ending destructive commercial netting operations in the Great Sandy Marine Park and adjacent waterways under the current full term 10 year review to restore fish stocks and help protect the Queensland urban coast’s largest dugong population.
Petition to Scott Morrison, CVS Pharmacy, Bath & Bodyworks, L’Oréal, Donald J. Trump, Theresa May MP, Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Justin Trudeau
Ban The Bead!
I would like to stop having microbeads in Australia. Microbeads are endangering our marine life, and have become a serious problem in our barriers. This is your chance to put an end to Microbeads once in for all. If You do not know what Microbeads are, they are small plastic beads that go through our drainage system and ends up in the ocean, which could then effect the human race. It is unnecessary pollution. If you think Microbeads should be banned, PLEASE sign this petition.