Petition to UK Parliament, Welsh Government, Scottish Government
We need a UK-wide Climate Emergency Action Plan!
The UK has declared a climate emergency - now it's time to take emergency action. It's clear that unless we do, we face the gravest threats in human history: uncontrollable droughts, floods, extreme heat, species extinctions and suffering for hundreds of millions of current and future generations. We need a UK-wide Climate Emergency Action Plan, and we need it now. All the technologies to do this are ready, waiting and getting cheaper by the day. More and more climate emergency declarations are being made. To maintain momentum these must urgently be turned into real-life actions on the ground. A UK-wide Climate Emergency Action Plan would offer the vision, policies, resources, funding, networks, training and re-skilling required to enable this collective endeavour. It should be based around a smart, inclusive process, backed by the advice, data and technical resources needed to support local actions. This action plan should: Phase out fossil fuels fast and stop all subsidies to fossil fuels; stop all fracking now; and stop burning coal. Support a national programme to insulate the UK's housing stock. Invest in renewable energy, powering up our clean energy supply. Transform agricultural subsidies. Radically increase UK tree cover and enhance soils and peatlands. Invest in joined-up affordable public transport, and in better walking and cycling. Cut flights through a frequent flyer levy – and scrap the third runway at Heathrow. Invest in the creation of new jobs and fund training in skills for the future. As a trained engineer, I have now been working at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) for over 30 years. Since 2007, I have been part of a team of experts, developing models based on detailed knowledge and cutting edge research which demonstrate that a Zero Carbon Britain is achievable - while also bringing benefits for society, nature and the economy. We can make a better world! Please sign my petition calling on the government to create a UK-wide Climate Emergency Action Plan.
Petition to The Scottish Government, Kevin Morrice Stewart Scottish minister for Planning, Alasdair Allan MSP
Say NO to Spaceport development on pristine Hebridean National Scenic Area
Plans are currently under way for the imminent building of a commercial space port on this unique and environmentally diverse site, irreversibly destroying and militarising the landscape and ecosystem that exists here. National Scenic Areas are designated sites of exceptional natural beauty to be protected against inappropriate development – Scolpaig on North Uist in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland is one of a mere 40 in Scotland. The local council bought this land with £1millon of borrowed money and zero community consultation, then in a clear conflict of interest applied as part of a private development consortium to themselves for planning permission to build the first phase of a commercial rocket launching facility; an application that they intended to approve before any public consultation took place. Process has been repeatedly ignored and manipulated in the interests of rushing through this devastating development and the consortium involved has been deliberately vague and misleading about its scale, use, impact on the environment and the economic benefit to the 1200 people who live on the island. No Environmental Impact Assessment has been carried out to determine the long and short term effects that regular rocket launches will have on the land, air, water and wildlife - which includes protected species such as otter, golden eagles and white tailed sea eagles. The site at Scolpaig is one of exceptional natural beauty that is situated next door to a RSPB reserve and several other statutory designated sites. Much more appropriate and less ecologically sensitive sites have been identified but not adequately considered by the Consortium. Despite over 600 objections being made to the local council the application has yet to be called in to the Scottish Government for further examination and consideration. Between the conflict of interest on the part of local council and the lack of national regulations concerning planning for Spaceports there is a clear case that this must be called in by the government before any further progress takes place. Please see this article in The Guardian and www.friendsofscolpaig.org for further information.
Petition to Governo Federal, Ministério do Meio Ambiente
Stop the burning of the Amazon rainforest!
My name is Gabriel, I am a lawyer and I live in Rio Branco, in the heart of the Amazon. I am here because we need to ask all levels of Government in Brazil to mobilise and help us put an end to the burning of the Amazon rainforest! We are asking the authorities to set up an inquiry to investigate what is leading to the increase in fires in this region and hold the culprits to account. According to the Brazilian Space Agency, this year the number of Amazon forest fires increased 84% compared to the same period of 2018. And I live this daily, I have never seen so many fires in such a short time. There are 71,000 new fire points. More than half of the fires are in the Amazon, which is not only killing biodiversity and ecosystems, but also damaging the health of millions, especially the elderly and children who cannot breathe due to smoke. Last Monday afternoon, the population of São Paulo was surprised to see the city going dark at 3pm from the heavy smoke billowing from the fires in the North. And that made us understand one thing: it doesn't matter if we're northerners or southerners. Whether you are living on the banks of the river or an executive working in the city. The dismantling of environmental policies will affect all of us. An inquiry can help make sure this doesn’t happen again. Please help by signing.
Petition to Everyone living in Lebanon, Lebanese citizens, Lebanese teens, Teens, Environmental Protection Agency
Stop Polluting the Lebanese Seas!
We have been living in drastic environmental conditions in Lebanon for a while now. The pollution coming from industries, the cars, the plastic garbage being thrown in our seas. We should all be taking a step in changing that. Every single Lebanese human being can take small steps for change, and when we achieve that we would see major results on the bigger scale! Hopefully we will make a change together.
Petition to universtiy of exeter
University of Exeter stop funding climate breakdown
We are in a climate emergency and we must stop burning fossil fuels urgently. The University of Exeter has declared a climate emergency yet Exeter continues to hold over £2 million of investments in oil and gas. As a leader in climate science research Exeter must end their hypocriscy and join other universities in committing to fully and unconditionally divest from all fossil fuels.
Petition to Brett Gosper, World Rugby
Stop Jerome Garces from refereeing South Africa versus Wales in the rugby world cup
This petition serves to stop rugby referee, Jerome Garces, from refereeing the rugby world cup semi-final match between South Africa and Wales. This petition has surfaced after the shocking moment that Garces was announced to be in charge of a South African game. Garces has refereed 14 games for the South African springboks and in those last 10 games in charge, South Africa have only won 1 game. More recently in South Africa’s opening game against New Zealand, Garces officiated horrendously in which he made several wrong calls and looked the other way numerous times in moments of foul play. There is clearly bias present and for South Africa to have a fair chance at competing for the Rugby World Cup title, there must be no bias - just old fashioned rugby. Support for the Springboks is support for South Africa
Petition to Worcs County Council
Stop The Lea Castle Farm Quarry
We object to the creation of a sand and gravel quarry at Lea Castle Farm, Kidderminster – situated alongside the A449 (Wolverhampton Road) and B4189 (Wolverley Road). due to impact on air quality, traffic congestion, noise, impact on historic environment, loss of valuable agricultural land and significant landscape impact. The local area is surrounded by beautiful countryside which is our duty to protect and maintain, not only providing us with a sense of well-being it is also home to various critters. A quarry like the one posed can cause displacement of the local habitats as well as having long term consequences within the surrounding area. Public Health concerns are a huge factor when it comes to our objections. Added dust in the air which contains particles harmful to our families lungs and can lead to long term health issues, an increase in traffic from the heavy lorries coming in and out of the site is not just adding to the pollution but poses a serious risk to pedestrians and commuters.
Petition to Newry, Mourne and Down Council, Liam Hannaway, Anthony McKay, Glyn Hanna, Mark Murnin, Roisin Mulgrew, Garth Craig, Kate Loughran, Charlie Casey, Laura Devlin, William Clarke, Jill McAuley, Micky Larkin, Declan McAteer, Michael Ruane, Gillian Fitzpatrick, Valerie Harte
Protect one of Ireland's last ancient woodlands from encroaching 'inner-city' development
***Despite over 5,000 people signing the petition, 6 councillors on Newry, Mourne and Down Council's Planning Committee voted to approve this "inner-city" style high-density residential development. We have been unsuccessful in challenging the approval at the High Court but are now calling on Council Chief Executive Liam Hannaway to exercise his power under Section 68 of the Northern Ireland Planning Act and revoke the planning approval. This would allow the developer to hold a public consultation and adhere to due process by assessing the potential traffic and environmental impacts of the proposed development. If you would like to lend Rostrevor Oakwood your voice, please consider our suggestion to copy, paste, amend with your own thoughts and send this letter to the addresses below� ---------------------------------------------------- Dear Mr Hannaway and Councillors, I am writing to make a formal request that, under the power granted by Section 68 of the Planning Act (Northern Ireland) 2011, you revoke the approval made by six councillors on Newry, Mourne and Down Council's Planning Committee for the Shore Road development P/2009/1336/F in Rostrevor. It is my concern that, despite the Judicial Review decision on this case, the plans as they stand could have detrimental consequences on the following: 1) The safety of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians on a busy and dangerous stretch of the A2 protected road. Reason: no transport assessment was carried out for the approved plans, despite one being called for by DfI Roads Service. 2) The long-term preservation of Rostrevor Oakwood, which is designated as a Nature Reserve, Area of Special Scientific Interest and Special Area of Conservation. Reason: no environmental impact assessment, updated bat survey or Habitat Assessment, called for by NIEA, were carried out for the approved plans. 3) The integrity and future functioning of the Council's planning department. Reason: a key strategic aim for transferring planning powers to Council level was to promote a participatory planning system. No Public consultation was carried out for the approved plans. Furthermore, your Planning Department have conceded they attached an unenforceable planning condition to the approval notice, thus failing the six tests for planning conditions. Please confirm receipt of this email and advise on what course of action you propose to take to address this matter. 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Situated a stone’s throw from the well-known Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor, and within a Cloughmore’s (“The Big Stone”) throw from the stunning glacial inlet of Carlingford Lough and the Cooley Mountains on the opposite shore, it served as the inspiration for CS Lewis mythical land of Narnia. Newry, Mourne and Down Council have approved a planning application for the development of 41 two- and three-bedroom apartments, a 70-bed nursing home, an underground car park and associated infrastructure on a 1.05-hectare site within metres of the woodland’s edge. We are asking for your support in signing this petition to object to this now approved development for the following reasons: The Council’s own planning officer has recommended refusal in four separate reports and each time highlighted the great extent to which this planning application is clearly and indisputably contrary to multiple provisions of the Planning and Policy Statements (PPS). *See bottom of page for full details. The developer has not conducted a full Transport Assessment. This is particularly worrying given the development site’s proximity to the busy A2 Shore Road, part of which collapsed during storms in 2014 and required extensive repairs costing £382,000. Given the increased frequency of extreme weather events, evidenced by the recent storm Ophelia, road safety must be taken under consideration when a decision is made on this planning application. A tree survey and report submitted by the developer omitted any reference to oak trees bordering the site. If disturbance to ancient woodland is to take place then it is vital that the ecology of the woodland is well documented and understood before the disturbance takes place. The developer has not conducted a full piling assessment, meaning no consideration has been given to understanding the impact of piling or ground excavation work on the woodland. The Woodland Trust’s expert recommendation to protect the woodland habitat by creating a 50-meter buffer zone between the woodland's edge and the development site has been completely disregarded by the developer. A scoping bat survey submitted by the developer was conducted using methods involving surveying during daytime hours, when standard practice advocates surveying during evening/night hours to establish bat presence. Bats are protected species and are protected by the full weight of UK and European law. The proposed development is contrary to Newry, Mourne and Down Council’s Tourism Strategy. The proposal in this planning application rather than representing an enhancement of the attractiveness of Rostrevor would significantly reduce the amenity value of the area and thus reduce its tourist and visitor potential. There are a number of examples of such economically and environmentally detrimental development on the north Antrim coast which are comparable and instructive. Inappropriate development of apartments more suited to an urban, high density setting has resulted in the creation of an environment which is unsuitable for and unattractive to families and where apartments are only sporadically occupied. The loss of visual amenity and character has resulted in reduced numbers of visitors and a lower level of economic activity. Newry, Mourne and Down Council’s handling of this planning application has raised considerable concerns. The Council’s Planning Committee originally approved planning permission for this application in May 2017, providing no valid planning reasons for their decision to disregard the advice of their Planning Officer to refuse the application. In September 2017, the Council made the unprecedented decision to overturn their own Planning Committee’s decision to approve the application and rescind planning permission. This decision was made when preliminary Judicial Review proceedings were initiated against the Council, which highlighted a number of procedural flaws in the decision-making process. A decision has now been made to approve this planning application so please show your support and sign this petition to object to the development of what Newry, Mourne and Down Council’s Planning Officer stated “would more properly be found within an inner city location”, not on a site where the Mountains of Mourne actually do sweep down to the sea. For more information please visit: https://www.facebook.com/RARE-Rostrevor-Action-Respecting-the-Environment-303834406659032/ *Newry, Mourne and Down Council Planning Officer’s reasons for recommending refusal: The proposed development is contrary to Policy QD 1 of Planning Policy Statement 7 (PPS 7) criteria (a), (c), and (g), in that: the applicant has failed to demonstrate that the proposal would create a quality residential development; adequate provision has not been made for private open space and landscaped areas as an integral part of the development; and, the design of the development does not draw upon the best local traditions of form, material and detailing. The proposed development is contrary to Policy LC1 of the Addendum to Planning Policy Statement 7 on Safeguarding the Character of Residential Areas, criteria (a) and (b) in that; The proposed density is significantly higher than that found in the established residential area; and, The proposed pattern of development is not in keeping with the overall character and environmental quality of the established residential area. The proposed development is contrary to the Strategic Planning Policy Statement and Planning Control Principle 2 of PPS 12, in that the proposed density of the development, together with its form, scale, massing and layout does not respect local character and environmental quality The proposed development is contrary to Policy NH 6 of Planning Policy Statement 2 (PPS 2) in that the design, size and scale is not appropriate to the special character of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in general and of the 10 particular locality and does not respect local architectural styles and patterns, local materials or design. The proposal is contrary to Policy DES2 of the Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland in that the development would, if permitted, be detrimental to the townscape of Rostrevor and would not be sensitive to the character of the area surrounding the site with regard to design, scale and use of materials.