Petition to Claire Perry, James Brokenshire, Greg Clark
Ban fracking before it's too late!
On the last day before parliament broke up for the summer recess, the government snuck in its approval for fracking near where I live in Lancashire. This will be the first fracking in the UK since drilling by the same company in 2011 caused two earthquakes, and will pave the way for it to spread across the country. Fracking - which involves drilling into the earth to extract shale gas - poses a serious risk to our health and our environment. This is why I’m calling for it to be banned. In April 2011 I was woken up by my house shaking so hard that I thought a large vehicle had collided with the building. I quickly realised that it was an earthquake which was later proved to be caused by Fracking Company Cuadrilla drilling for shale gas. Ever since then I’ve been campaigning against fracking to protect future generations, including my own grandchildren. Where fracking is happening in the US, Canada and Australia, people are getting sick as a result of the toxic chemicals they are exposed to via both air and water. Even our own government reports acknowledge that emissions of polluting chemicals in the air will increase (1). Pollution brought about by the fracking operation also can also kill crops and pose a severe threat to wildlife. Methane leaks from gas wells and pipelines make fracking a serious contributor to climate change, more serious than CO2. The UK's anti fracking movement is made up of ordinary people doing whatever we can to protect our communities, our lands and our grandchildren against huge fossil fuel industries. Following pressure from local anti fracking groups and national NGOs, Lancashire council denied planning consent to Cuadrilla’s fracking plan in June 2015. But shockingly the government then stepped in to overturn this decision. And last week they gave Cuadrilla - the very same company that caused the two earthquakes in 2011 - the green light they need to start fracking again. Fracking could start any day now, that’s why I urgently need your help to tell the government to reverse its decision and stop fracking. If we let them start in Lancashire it will be just the beginning - fracking will become the norm across the country. I refuse to let earthquakes, contaminated water and climate change be an accepted part of the world that we hand down to our grandchildren. Please sign now to tell the government to ban fracking! (1) https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/library/reports.php?report_id=967
Petition to United Nations, United Nations Environment Program, European Commission, European Parliament
For the sake of our children: stop mass extinction!
DE / EN Giant whales are dying in the hundreds, insects and birds disappearing, species going extinct. In the seas and on land, even in the Earth’s most remote regions, the loss of living animals and plants is real, dramatic and irreversible. In just the last forty years, two thirds of large animals and birds have vanished. This global biological crisis not only threatens life on Earth - it endangers human wellbeing and survival also, through the collapse of the very systems which support us. Burning forests, dying coral reefs, poisoned environments everywhere and now, climate change on top. Humans are responsible for the worst mass extinction event in the last 65 million years, when dinosaurs and other life were wiped out by an asteroid. Earth is our only Planet. If we ruin it, we have nowhere else to live. Just like in James Cameron’s film ‘Avatar’: if we kill nature, then nature kills us. Stop species loss now! Protecting animals, habitats, ecosystems and our climate must become top priority work for all humans – for governments, children, parents, companies and scientists. It‘s really very simple: Biodiversity first! Scientists estimated there are between 7-10 million animal, plant and protist species living on Earth today. This is up to 5 times the number of species already known to science. We may be losing more than 100 species per day, most of them unknown. Explore and save the diversity of life now, while it still exists! Humanity urgently needs data on how many and which species occur where, and what they are doing there. We can only protect what we know and what we understand. Like us, living species need faces, names and histories – identities! Our aim thus is a huge international, collaborative effort to inventory and save all global animal, plant and protist species, called the “Inventory of Life”. - As an immediate response, we ask for 100 additional positions for professional taxonomists in each of the G20 nations. - We also propose a World Council of Life similar to the world climate council, to provide international reports on the state of life on our planet and what can be done to sustain it. We urge you to support the Inventory of Life and the World Council of Life. Remember, you too can make a personal difference to the world your children and grandchildren will inherit. Please act now – before it is too late. Michael and Vreni P.S.: Dr. Vreni Häussermann, winner of the prestigious Rolex Awards 2016, and Prof. Michael Schrödl are biologists supposed to explore and help protecting life. What we see wherever we go, however, is destruction, depletion and loss of life! This means ‚no future‘ for all kinds of life including ours, yours and that of your children, and this we cannot tolerate silently anymore! Therefore, we started a petition. From our own money we are sending our German book ‘BiodiversiTOT’ (www.bioDIEversity.org) to Angela Merkel, to parliamentarians, decision makers and billionaires, asking for support and substantial funding of the inventory and protection of animal diversity, as long as it exists. We are going international with this English version; other languages will follow.
Petition to G20
Appliances break sooner than ever! Stop the waste with this game-changing law #MakeItLast
Have you noticed your appliances now break sooner than ever? It’s true! Boilers that used to last 23 years now last around 13! Washing machines, dishwashers, toasters, and blenders are all breaking sooner too. This is terrible for three reasons: Families must rebuy, forcing them to spend money they might not have. Our landfills are overflowing with appliances that can’t or won’t be recycled. The excessive waste, pollution, and CO2 from making new appliances is devastating our planet. There is a simple solution! We are calling for a law to ensure all manufacturers put a standard label on their appliances stating how long they expect the product to last under normal usage. It will be like an energy label but for longevity. After consulting with experts in product longevity, we have devised the simplest way that this law would work. The manufacturer can choose the length of time shown on the label (minimum 2 years), but the manufacturer must also take responsibility for the repair of the product if it breaks within the time they choose. By clearly showing in a standard way the time manufacturers expect the product to last, we the shoppers can get a clear idea of which products are the best value over time. Imagine going into a shop and seeing 2 years, 5 years or 10 years printed clearly on a toaster. Or 1000 washes, 2000 washes or 15,000 washes printed on a washing machine. We deserve this clarity of choice. When standard energy labels were put on the appliances, people bought more efficient models and companies started to make more efficient models. This can work with longevity too! This law will encourage companies to compete on quality again, rather than purely on price, making it good for businesses as well as the shopper and the environment. The way products are made right now assumes that the planet has endless materials and can take an endless amount of pollution. This has to change and must change as soon as possible. Please sign now.
Petition to Greg Clark
Stop wrecking our climate - ditch plans to build the UK’s biggest gas plant
Climate change is bringing drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty to hundreds of millions of people, and air pollution in the UK is causing tens of thousands of premature deaths each year. Our government should be reducing energy demand and shifting to clean energy, but instead it’s considering allowing the UK’s biggest coal plant to turn into the country’s biggest gas plant - and to pump our atmosphere full of dirty emissions for decades to come. The Drax biomass and coal plant in Yorkshire where I live is currently the country’s largest CO2 producer (1). The government is stopping coal production by 2025, but rather than shut down altogether, Drax is trying to simply switch to burning a different fossil fuel - gas. Drax itself admits that these plans will increase greenhouse gas emissions. Locking the country into burning more fossil fuels for decades is not the way to meet urgent climate targets. As if that wasn’t bad enough - Drax is asking the government for millions of pounds of public money to do it (2). These subsidies are in addition to the £2 million per day it already receives from the government for burning millions of tonnes of wood, over half of which comes from carbon-rich, biodiverse forests in the southern US which are being destroyed and turned into wood pellets (3). These vast subsidies keep Drax burning and polluting. They should end and it should close. 81 British and international environmental organisations have already written an open letter to the government calling for the planning permission to be denied and urging that no public money is pumped into this development. It’s incredibly important that this is backed up by people like you and me. That’s why I’m urgently asking you to sign my petition to stop this development, and protect our environment - before it’s too late. Please sign to stop Drax building the UK’s biggest gas plant and damaging our climate for decades to come 1 - Does not include airports. 2- https://www.drax.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Drax-Group-plc-2017-annual-report.pdf 3- http://www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/axedrax-campaign/
Petition to CITES
BAN THE SOUTH AFRICAN DOMESTIC TRADE IN RHINO HORN
On the 5th April 2017 South African Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa announced that she planned to permit the trade in rhino horn domestically and to allow the export internationally of Rhino Horn for 'personal purposes'. She chose the option to trade in rhino horn instead of re-instituting the moratorium on the domestic trade in rhino horn in the correct procedural manner. The South African Government has in the past been accused and found guilty of corruption at the highest levels. Informed conservationists feared that the implementation process of the proposed permits for trade will be less than perfect. The rhino horn farmers have complained that they have had difficulties with obtaining permits that they have been stymied by the South African government and the bureaucracy of the CITES system. Conservationists have been asking the South African government to release official poaching statistics for six months. Rhino in South Africa are facing extinction. Conservationists have confirmed their own figures that on average three rhino per day are losing their lives to rhino poachers. The opening of the domestic trade of horn has not slowed the extinction of this iconic species. The South African Government are curators of an enormous Rhino Horn stockpile. The black market value of Rhino horn is £51 000 per kilogram. This black market value makes Rhino Horn more valuable than Gold, Platinum for Diamonds per gram. At CoP17 held in Johannesburg in October 2016 the international community voted overwhelmingly AGAINST the trade in Rhino Horn. The rhino horn farmers will be encouraging the South African government to apply to legalize the international trade in rhino horn at CITES CoP18 in Sri Lanka in May 2019.
Petition to Councillor Phil Davies Wirral Borough Council
Say NO to a Golf Resort and Housing Development in West Wirral - SAVE OUR GREEN BELT!
Wirral Council is proposing to override planning policy to allow a private developer to build a golf resort and luxury housing estate on a huge 295 acres of Green Belt Land between Hoylake, West Kirby and Meols. The development includes a 90 bed - hotel, conference facilities and spa, 2 golf courses and clubhouses, a links academy, large car park, a new link road, maintenance buildings and, so far, 160 luxury houses and 40 luxury apartments (all Band H). It is clear that this is, in fact, a Green Belt Housing Development with the “smokescreen” of a Golf Resort attached! This would set a VERY DANGEROUS PRECEDENT for development on Green Belt Land. Already a developer has submitted plans for a further housing estate in West Kirby adjacent to the proposed Golf Resort! There are other submissions for Green Belt Land in Greasby and Saughall Massie and across the Wirral. THE PREFERRED DEVELOPER HAS A DUBIOUS TRACK RECORD The “Nicklaus” Joint Venture Group (NJVG) is actually a group of developers from South Wales. Jack Nicklaus is not a director but he will be paid a massive fee for designing the golf course. The NJVG has a dubious track record, including a bankruptcy and failing to deliver a promised Hilton Hotel at their previous “resort” development in Llanelli. However they did build 175 executive homes on the site - they then put their housing construction company into liquidation owing over £1million to local businesses. Their other company, which sold the houses, was not affected by the bankruptcy. To date, the promised hotel in Llanelli ,and all the associated jobs and tourism, have failed to materialise. Despite the Developers record, the Council plan to lend £26million of public money to this Developer to fund the development! PLANNING & FINANCE The development contravenes planning policy. Once planning permission is approved for the Golf Resort Houses, then more houses could be built on Wirral's Green Belt.. Wirral Council is undertaking millions of pounds of cuts to essential services and the say they have no money to fund the rebuilding of New Ferry Town Centre following a devastating explosion. The Council have already spent £237,000 on the resort. In December 2017 they committed to spending a further £600,000 of Council Tax Payers money to undertake surveys and studies ON BEHALF OF A PRIVATE DEVELOPER who then stands to make a massive profit from a luxury housing estate. This spending may not be the last that we are asked to pay for! With satff costs and other hidden /non disclosed costs it is estimated they may have spent between £1million and £2million already. Consultants’ reports have stated that the resort IS NOT FINANCIALLY VIABLE without the enabling housing development. In 16 years of trying to promote this resort, the Council has not been able to find a developer until the luxury housing estate was added to the plan. After the tender exercise, all the developers pulled out apart from NJVG. ENVIRONMENT The site is on bio-diverse farmland which is home to a wide variety of fauna and flora, including species of national and international importance. Golf courses are highly mechanised and intensively managed with high volumes of water, pesticides and fertilizers. The proposed course is an American-style parklands resort which will be exactly the wrong kind of habitat for the species which currently use the area as an undisturbed refuge. INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRAFFIC The housing development and resort would have an impact on local infrastructure and services (such as schools and GP surgeries). The new Hoylake By-pass will significantly increase traffic from the M53 through Saughall Massie and put pressure on the surrounding area. The developer will not be funding this By-pass - the Council are to seek grant funding or will use the profits from selling the land - for a By-pass that is only being built because the land is being sold! The Council propose to spend £16.6 million constructing the new road and upgrading the surrounding roads to enable the new resort and housing estate. FLOODING The site is on the River Birket Floodplain. Over recent years, we have been reminded time and time again of the perils of building on flood plains. Surface water run-off from the large paved areas of the development (car parks, road, large roof areas and the housing estate) will increase flood risk for Meols and Moreton. CONSULTATION Wirral Council has undertaken only a weak public consultation exercise. Of the 1400 responses that the Council received, 1311 were either opposed or had concerns. Wirral Council has not consulted the community about alternative options for the site. JOBS AND TOURISM Wirral Council states that the resort would promote tourism and provide just 170, mostly low paid, low skilled jobs. We already have plenty of golf Courses on the Wirral. The tourism case is not proven and 5 star resorts are designed to keep tourists “in resort”. The hotel and spa would be a competitor to the businesses in West Kirby, Hoylake, Meols and beyond. The golf resort would be a competitor to many of the hotels, leisure facilities and golf courses in the area, some of which are already struggling. A recent Council Visitor Study revealed that over 90% of visitors come to the Wirral for the Coast, Countryside, Parks and gardens. Just 0.2% visit for golf! The Council have probably spent at least £1million so far, combined with the £16.6 million for the roads, that equates to an investment / cost to the public of over £100,000 per job! HOUSING Wirral needs affordable houses, not Band H houses that most can not afford. There is space for 18000 houses on Brownfield sites on the Wirral. There is no need for houses on the Green Belt. ALTERNATIVES Wirral has an outstanding natural heritage, with fantastic country parks and coastline. We should be enhancing what is unique to Wirral and already brings many tourists to the area. The RSPB has membership of over 1 million and is growing. Golf club membership is 700,000 and declining. An alternative use of the site could be an eco-resort with Martin Mere Style wetlands centre. Martin Mere supports many jobs, boosts the local economy and has 200,000 visitors per year http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2015/04/wwt-martin-mere-news/martin-mere-worth-millions-to-local-economy/ The Widfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) are proposing to undertake a Feasibilty Study into an alternative wetlands resort. The feasibility study would cost just £10k but the Council are refusing to fund the study. Investment in jobs and tourism in sustainable projects such as an eco-resort or the Wirral Docklands would provide significantly better outcomes in terms of employment, housing, regeneration and tourism – without destroying OUR PRECIOUS GREEN BELT. This petition is intended to show the Council the extent of the local communities’ opposition to its outrageous waste of taxpayers’ money pursuing its “vanity” golf resort and green belt housing development. This is an ill-thought out project, it has unfounded benefits to the people of Wirral and huge negative impacts which would destroy the beautiful character of the area! ONCE THE GREEN BELT HAS GONE – IT HAS GONE FOREVER!
Petition to Scott Morrison, Melissa Price, Australian Liberal Party
Make Renewable energy generation a high priority for the Australian government
Australia's government has played down climate change for too long. With the recent IPCC report indicating that a global rise in average temperature of just 1.5C would be irreversibly fatal, the time to act is NOW. We can not hold this off any longer and the effects of trying to do so will be catastrophic. Many arguments against renewable energy sources and climate change are not fact, but rather a rumour spread by insanely greedy oil and coal industries, fantasizing about the amount of cash to be generated from the obsolete and planet destroying materials that they sell. Here's the most popular 2 debunked Myth#1: Renewable energy is not reliable This myth is probably the oldest of them all. The argument is particular to solar power in which the argument is "when it's cloudy there is no power" and I think Elon Musk says it best, " The best way to think about solar is this. Plants are essentially a solar powered chemical reaction, and the UK (being a very cloudy place) is very green" In fact, Musk is right. You still get around 87% of the sunlight on a cloudy day. Partner renewable energy with Battery storage and you have energy that is just as reliable, if not more reliable than, current coal power stations. Just recently, the Tesla battery located at Hornsdale power reserve was hailed by AEMO (Australian Energy Market Operator) for it's outstanding "speed, accuracy and flexibility" when responding to the grid changes, in which it responded hundreds of times faster than backup generators did. Myth#2: Renewable power generation is more expensive than coal This is the most astounding myth about renewable energy to come about. Astounding because it is so inaccurate but so many people believe it. Solar power and wind power generation are at a point now where it is not only cheaper to build the infrastructure, it's cheaper to generate the electricity. An example of this is in South Australia at the Hornsdale wind farm. Since the introduction of a 100MW Tesla battery, residents have seen electricity bills decrease, electricity reliability increase and the battery has left many naysayers left in the dust. In fact a Lazard levelised cost of energy analysis shows that Solar energy production($50 USD per Mega-Watt) and wind energy production ($45 USD per Mega-Watt) are more than two times cheaper than coal energy production($102USD per Mega-Watt) It is not only economical for Australia to be running on renewable energy, fossil fuel energy production is suicide as the climate will eventually take it's toll on humans and future generations will either not exist at all or be extremely disadvantaged due to lack of food, water, cataclysmic natural disasters and an increase in deadly disease transmission. This can all change with your help. Let the Australian government know that we want renewable energy to play a major role in Australia's energy production, for the benefit of not only your electricity bill, but the entire human race.
Petition to Newcastle city council
Don't Hem in Havannah
Newcastle Great Park Consortium wants to build 1,200 houses and two schools within metres of Havannah and Three Hills Nature Reserve, in Newcastle upon Tyne. Havannah and Three Hills is a designated Local Nature Reserve and Local Wildlife Site and a last haven for red squirrels in Newcastle. Several protected species, including birds, bats, badgers and great crested newt depend on the reserve and surrounding fields, which are used by several threatened bird species, including skylark, linnet, curlew, lapwing, yellow hammer and grey partridge. Havannah is one of only two areas of lowland heath in Newcastle and provides habitat for twenty butterfly species – including the rare Dingy Skipper – and hundreds of moth species. Land around the reserve currently acts as a buffer zone between red and grey squirrels. Greys carry the deadly pox virus and outcompete reds for food, but 1,000+ houses with gardens would see the loss of this important buffer zone and grey squirrels would quickly colonise the reserve, wiping out the red squirrels. The proposed number of houses far exceeds the number originally intended for the site. The Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan allocated land for 880 houses - not 1,200. The application is flawed in terms of the principle and legality of the proposed location of playing fields in Cell B1 and the proposed residential development in Cell A. Increased recreational activity and the introduction of more domestic pets in and around the reserve will have severe adverse effects on wildlife, which will be compounded by light spill, noise and other disturbance. So many houses in such close proximity to the reserve would devastate local wildlife populations and threaten a nationally significant red squirrel population. Please sign the petition to ask Newcastle City Council to significantly reduce the proposed number of houses on site and preserve one of Newcastle’s most important wildlife habitats.