Petition to Michael J. Myatt, Chief Operating Officer, Jason Schratwieser, Conservation Director
Stop awarding weight-based world records for fish species threatened with extinction.
85 fish species on the IGFA target list are classed as either vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. See: Trophy fishing for species threatened with extinction: A way forward building on a history of conservation http://bit.ly/1mA5N8t
Petition to Minister Eoghan Murphy, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
Protect Bantry Bays kelp forest habitat - we say no to mechanical harvest of native kelp
A licence was issued to Bioatlantis, Tralee in 2014 to mechanically harvest native kelp (1860 acres) in the pristine marine waters of Bantry Bay - this licence should be suspended immediately until adequate advertising, public consultation and environmental impact assessments are completed. The licence issued falls under Minister Eoghan Murphy's Department of Housing which allows BioAtlantis Aquamarine to mechanically harvest 753 hectares (1860 acres) of native kelp in Bantry Bay. Inadequate advertising took place for the issue of this licence. No public consultation meetings were held to inform the residents of Bantry Bay of this proposed mechanical harvest by a company from Tralee. No regard is being shown to the pristine marine environment in Bantry Bay which is home to many species protected by Irish, European and International legislation i.e. White Tailed Eagles, Otters, Choughs to name but a few. An Environmental Impact Assessment is not required for this licence! An extensive Environmental Impact Assessment should be done before any mechanical harvesting of native kelp is allowed in any Irish coastal waters. No regard has been shown for the people who rely on tourism and marine activities such as fishing in the bay to make a living. The Kelp forest slows the wave action approaching the land, so removal of this kelp forest may lead to more coastal erosion along the Bantry Bay coast. FOLLOW THE CAMPAIGN ON FACEBOOK BY LIKING AND FOLLOWING THIS LINK:- https://www.facebook.com/bantrynativekelpforest/
Petition to SIGLION , Councillor Paul Watson, Katie Sully, Lowri Bond
Demand SIGLION for a better vision and plan for the Seaburn seafront redevelopment.
This is a petition to demand SIGLION and Sunderland City Council to create a better plan and vision for the Seaburn redevelopment. The current SIGLION plans do not represent a vision containing the right balance between residential use, recreational use and leisure/retail use in order to create a Seaburn seaside resort that people of Sunderland and beyond can be proud of and enjoy. In order to achieve a vision that the people of Sunderland and beyond deserve for this once in a generation transformation of the beautiful Seaburn seafront some vital changes will need to be made: · Reduction of the proposed residential use (housing and apartments) to 150 or lower. This residential use should be a mix of affordable family homes, seafront apartments and retreats for the elderly. · A significant increase of the space allocated to leisure, recreation and 'green' areas. This will create a seaside resort feel to the area creating not only more jobs but also increase tourism to the area. · Reduction in height of the proposed seafront buildings to maximum 3 storeys. · A better researched strategy concerning the amount of parking spaces, transportation issues and building disruptions. If SIGLION and Sunderland City Council go ahead with their current proposed plans then the beautiful Seaburn seafront will basically be turned into a fancy housing estate with only limited space allocated for leisure, recreation, tourism. Seaburn needs a vision for the future which offers the right balance between the different uses. The Seaburn seafront has an enormous amount of potential to become a hot spot of natural beauty that can be enjoyed by everyone. Therefor, in the interest of local residents, local traders, people who love visiting the area, people who care about the area and many many others, SIGLION and Sunderland City Council have to create a Seaburn redevelopment that can be enjoyed by everybody and not just by a select few. About us: The SaveSeaburn campaign was set up following the first SIGLION consultation event. Our aim is to unite the community, listen to opinions by holding meetings, creating an online presence and letting Sunderland City Council and SIGLION know that the general public want their say on the Seaburn redevelopment. We acknowledge the fact that SIGLION is probably the best developer to undertake this development but their current proposals are not aligned with what the general public wants for the area. About SIGLION: Siglion is a partnership between Carillion and Sunderland City Council managed by industry leading experts Igloo Regeneration. SIGLION claim to be a stand alone entity. Councillor Paul Watson is a member of the board of SIGLION... more information on the current proposals can be found on http://shapingsunderland.com/2016/03/11/seaburn-march-2016-exhibition-give-us-your-feedback/ SUPPORT THIS PETITION! IT IS IN INTEREST OF ALL THAT SEABURN REMAINS ONE OF THE MOST ATTRACTIVE SEASIDE RESORTS IN THE UK! IF WE DO NOT ACT NOW AND SIGLION GOES AHEAD WITH THEIR CURRENT PROPOSAL THEN THERE IS NO WAY BACK.....
Petition to Government of Trinidad and Tobago, Citizens of Trinidad and Tobago
Ban plastic bags in Trinidad and Tobago
Reasons plastic puts us all at risk: Plastic is broken down into smaller pieces (microplastics) that are consumed by marine life which are eventually consumed by humans. Microplastics contain harmful chemicals and can absorb other chemicals. When microplastics are eaten by animals they enter our food chain with these chemicals, so eventually we ingest these chemicals. This video shows the moment plastic enters our food chain. Biodegradeable plastics are not a cure for the problem. The link is to an article published by the UN which basically says that biodegradable bags can only break down under very specific conditions which are not met most of the time. The plastic in our oceans comes from many everyday sources. Whole plastic bags can kill animals. We have all seen the pictures of turtles, whales, seabirds and other animals found with plastic bags in their stomachs. Economic damage. We know that plastics and other forms of litter contribute to flooding etc. There are lots of other ways plastic can harm the planet. Here is a list of plastic bag bans and taxes already in effect around the world. Here is an article from Yale discussing the merits of plastic bag taxes versus incentives for reusable bags. They found that a tax on plastic bags is better for reducing waste than incentives for using reusable bags. In the meantime hopefully we can all help by bringing our own bags with us when we shop and asking retailers to cut down on unnecessary packaging.
Petition to Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council
Halt the sale of River Lawn and the old CAB site without consultation..
We call on TMBC to stop their plans to sell off the River Lawn and old CAB building in River Walk until a proper public consultation has been held. It has emerged that they plan to sell the River Lawn itself and allow luxury flats to be built there. This will not help to reduce the waiting list for families in need of housing and it is unacceptable to build on our recreational land. The River Lawn and former CAB are being redeveloped to provide riverside apartments. When we need homes for over 900 families waiting to be housed in Tonbridge and Malling they are providing them for the highest bidders.
Petition to Paul Murtagh, Dhruv Patel, Robert Khan, Cllr Richard Watts
Save Golden Lane Estate AND Build Decent Homes
We, the undersigned, call on Islington Council and the City of London to reject the proposed development at the Grade II and Grade II* listed Golden Lane Estate, and to bring forward a new proposal that respects the scale and quality of the Golden Lane Estate and provides sustainable, inclusive social housing for families. The Golden Lane Estate is an internationally important post-war housing scheme in the City of London by architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon who went on to design the landmark Barbican Estate. This development threatens its architectural significance and integrity. The City of London and Islington Council have brought forward sub-standard proposals for an overpowering extension to the Estate that includes a school, a school hall placed in the centre of the Estate and a 14 storey tower block that does not respect the design, scale or quality of the Estate. It exceeds planning policy on density and height by a factor of three times and has no outdoor green space. It should be no higher than 6 storeys. This over-development goes against the spirit and letter of the London Plan and of Islington’s planning policy. Update 16/8/17: The plans have been submitted with minor revisions for planning. The image above reflects the new proposals which may be accessed from the Islington planning website and the City of London planning website. If you want to download all the documents you may use this convenient link.
Petition to Ed Watson, Richard Metcalfe
Don't Bin Tin Pan Alley!
WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, PETITION CAMDEN COUNCIL, ENGLISH HERITAGE, AND CONSOLIDATED DEVELOPMENTS TO: Preserve the heritage and integrity of Denmark Street, Tin Pan Alley, and The 12 Bar Club's former building at 26 Denmark Street, St Giles, Holborn in the London Borough Of Camden. It is Grade 2 listed with accredited 'description' throughout to now include the The Forge building to the rear. The Forge dates right back to before the Great Fire of London, when it was originally a barn to a nearby mansion house that was lost to a leper colony prior it's demolition circa 1560. We want to accord this street with the Heritage status and the particular conservation rules given to historic London areas such as Hatton Garden, Savile Row, Jermyn St, and Covent Garden. Our plan is to turn Denmark Street - now a tourist trap and guitarists’ shrine - into a thriving ‘rock exchange’, a London centre for the music industry in the same way that the Temple is the key district for the legal profession and The City is for banking. Our ultimate goal is to become a fully rejuvenated Music Mecca for both The British Music Industry and British Music Publishing. The 'new' Tin Pan Alley would present itself as a beacon for British Musicians, placing them all on an international platform when Crossrail opens to the world in 2017/18. Denmark Street has a long history dating back to the 1690’s. For the past 104 years it has been a Mecca for musicians emanating from all genres. The music publishers have been there since 1911 when Wrights, the first music publishers, moved in to number 19. The independent music shops, publishing empires, recording studios, rehearsal spaces, and cafes, gave the street its unique ambience, which attracted the likes of Big Band leaders such as Bert Ambrose, Henry Hall, Joe Loss, and Mantovani; songwriters such as Tommy Connor, Cook & Greenaway, Martin & Coulter, Lionel Bart, Lennon & McCartney, Taupin & John; and stars such as Marty Wilde, Billy Fury, Tommy Steele, Engelbert Humperdinck, The Shadows, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Small Faces, The Kinks, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Amen Corner, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Elton John, David Bowie, Marc Bolan, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Jamiroquoi, JTQ, Paul Weller, Jeff Buckley, Adele, Keane, Seasick Steve, The Libertines, Jamie T, Ed Sheerin, and Frank Turner, among the countless others who all shopped, recorded, rehearsed, or wrote there. The recently closed 12 Bar Club played host to live music 7 nights a week for 23 years.The venue provided a stage to both signed and unsigned musicians - local, national and international - who wanted their music to be heard, and for customers who wanted to hear it. There was simply nowhere like it in the West End. It is essential that this venue survives after Crossrail opens in order to provide a platform for future 'unsigned' bands to ply their craft, and to provide The West End with a singer-songwriter venue space for audiences who appreciate live music in an historic intimate setting. 26 Denmark Street is still a unique place, with 'Grade 2 Listing throughout'. This building is registered with English Heritage along with its 'description' from The Georgian Group. The recently closed building at 26 incorporated London's oldest surviving Forge, which shoed horses from the times of Queen Anne right up until 1979. This must be preserved. Too many of London’s historic venues have been lost to redevelopment and big business. We implore of you all: do not let The 12 Bar Club at 26 Denmark Street become a victim of the swathes of construction work currently occurring in Denmark Place to the rear of Denmark Street's north side. Sign here to Save Tin Pan Alley for future generations. Do not let the music die! Otherwise Denmark Street will be lost to over 70 proposed millionaire 'buy-to-leave' flats and 5 star hotels, despite what you may hear elsewhere, leaving a handful of guitar shops at street level, and first floor, only. This will be the reality unless we all lobby those cited on the petition. Please sign and share this petition asap. More here at http://savetpa.tk/
Petition to Jeff Cant, Richard Kosior, Mark Tewskesbury
Let's ensure a proper development on Weymouth's North Quay
Weymouth Council intend to grant Acorn Developments permission to redevelop the North Quay site without this being referred to the Planning Committee and without the public having a further opportunity to comment. Acorn have failed to respond to those who want to see a archaeological investigation on the site during development. We want the Council to make an "Article 4 direction" which will allow this development to be referred to the Planning Committee and for conditions to be placed on any approval given.