Petition to Michael Gove
Save Our Butterflies, Bees and Wildflowers By Protecting British Meadows!
A staggering 97% of British wildflower meadows have been eradicated since the Second World War. This devastation of meadows is driving disastrous declines in our bee and butterfly populations. That’s why I’m calling on the government to urgently protect the remaining meadows before it’s too late. Our entire ecosystem and food supply chain are heavily dependent on pollinators including bees and butterflies. We must protect what remains of our wildflower meadows because nearly 1,400 species of insects rely on meadow plants for their survival. These beautiful meadows and the rare wildflowers within them are also a fundamental part of our natural heritage. I grew up around wildflower meadows near our home in Nottinghamshire, but I’m worried that my children and future generations may be deprived of this ancient feature of our countryside - unless we act now. The remaining isolated fragments of meadows that have survived are home to an unprecedented richness of plant species that have evolved over millennia. We cannot let it slip away. And we cannot let our butterfly and bee populations continue to decline. Please sign to tell the government to urgently draft environmental legislation to ensure that what remains of our meadows are protected - now, and after Brexit. You can stay up to date on the campaign to save our magnificent but vanishing meadows at www.Plantlife.org.uk / https://twitter.com/Love_plants / https://www.facebook.com/LovePlantlife/
Petition to UN Secretary General - António Guterres
Accept the Trash Isles as an official country & help protect our oceans
English / Deutsch As you read this, obscene amounts of plastic are making their way into the oceans – in total eight million tonnes a year or a rubbish truck full of plastic every minute. There is now so much of it, an area the size of France has formed in the Pacific Ocean. With no one paying attention to this catastrophe LADbible, alongside the Plastic Oceans Foundation, is taking this country sized trash patch and turning it into the world’s 196th country – named the Trash Isles. We have submitted a Declaration of Independence to the United Nations, but need your help. To be specific we need you to ‘become a citizen’, to pressure the United Nations into approving our application and recognising the Trash Isles. If we become a country and a member of the UN, we are protected by the UN’s Environmental Charters, which state.... “All members shall co-operate in a spirit of global partnership to conserve, protect and restore the health and integrity of the earth’s ecosystem” Which in a nutshell means that by becoming a country, other countries are obliged to clean us up.So, come on fellow Trash Isles countrymen let’s put down the plastic, get off our arses and pull together to ensure the world’s first country made of Trash, is its last. *** What the founding citizens of Trash Isles say ***Sarah Roberts, who has campaigned about plastic pollution at education institutes up and down the UK – and an important Trash Isles ambassador, says: “This indestructible material upsets every level of the food chain. If our oceans can’t function properly, they won’t be able to support fish stocks, absorb carbon to protect us against global warming or generally do any of the things that our lives are dependent on.” Tim Nunn, an ex-surfer photographer who’s dedicated to documenting plastic pollution around the world and another Trash Isles ambassador says: "We're now finding dead whales washing up in Norway and The North Sea with stomachs full of plastic bags. It's no longer an isolated problem. Wherever I go, from the most populated coastlines on Earth to the remotest Arctic beaches, we find plastic. If we don't all act now, then we face an ocean devoid of life in the near future." So join Sarah & Tim to become a Trash Isles citizen and make the pledge to cut down the amount of plastic you consume (from using a refillable bottle for water to bringing own own carrier bags when we go shopping) and to make as much noise as necessary until people start to listen; to our bosses at work, to our local politicians, to our world governments.
Petition to Newcastle city council, Premier Inn
Take down anti-bird netting that’s killing kittiwakes
The black-legged kittiwake is a small, graceful seabird which is facing a high risk of extinction. We should be doing everything we can to protect this gentle animal, but instead anti-bird netting is trapping the endangered birds and their young, making them die from exhaustion and starvation. I’m urgently calling on Newcastle City Council and Premier Inn to take down their netting from their Newcastle Quayside buildings. They say they are designed to deter the kittiwakes from nesting, but they are frequently being entangled and suffering slow painful deaths. Kittiwake chicks, flying for the first time, are particularly vulnerable. They are getting trapped and killed at a faster rate than emergency teams can rescue them. Their numbers are in rapid decline globally and in particular in the UK. They are a rare, special and endangered bird, yet they are being needlessly and painfully killed - and it will keep happening unless we can make them completely remove the netting. Please sign my petition now to get Premier Inn and Newcastle City Council to remove the nets before any more kittiwakes are trapped and killed.
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 Geoffery Cox QC MP
Inquest to find if air pollution caused my daughter's death
My beloved daughter Ella died in February 2013 - aged just nine years old. At the time we were told she died because of her asthma. But new evidence has come out linking her death to illegal levels of air pollution - so I’m calling for a new inquest into her death. I’ll never forget the day we lost Ella. It was in the early hours of the morning on the last day of term. She had already picked out her outfit for the end of term disco. But just a few hours later she suffered coughing fits followed by several seizures. She was hospitalised and we lost her. She never made it to the party. Ella was born healthy. She was an active and happy child - cycling, skateboarding, playing football and excelling at swimming. She dreamt of becoming a pilot. Then when she was six she developed asthma, and the frantic hospital visits began. An inquest in 2014 into her unexpected death concluded that Ella died due to a severe asthma attack followed by a seizure, possibly caused by an allergic reaction to something in the air. But the exact cause has remained a mystery. Since then, coverage of the UK’s toxic air pollution increased and I began to think this could be the missing link. New medical research shows that Ella’s frequent hospital admissions were linked with spikes of illegal levels of air pollution around our home near the south circular road. Her final hospital admission took place during one of the worst air pollution episodes in our local area. A renowned medical consultant studying our case found there was a “real prospect that without illegal levels of air pollution Ella would not have died”. This isn’t just about Ella. Air pollution causes around 40,000 premature deaths per year in the UK (1), and levels of nitrogen dioxide have been illegally high since 2010 in the vast majority of urban areas in the UK (2). The government has been taken to court three times over the illegal levels of air pollution in the UK and lost each time. And yet still the authorities are failing to act. A new inquest wouldn’t just help me get answers about my daughter’s death. Linking air pollution to her death would be a legal first and would make the government look at how to learn from this to avoid future loss of life. It would pile pressure to clean up our toxic air and make sure what happened to Ella never happens to another child. Please sign to call for a new inquest into Ella’s death (1) https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35629034 (2) https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/17/uk-taken-to-europes-highest-court-over-air-pollution
Petition to Shane Ross TD, Peter Hynes, Kevin Kelly, Paschal Donohoe, Minister Heather Humphries, Sean Kyne TD, John Halligan, Kevin boxer Moran, Leo Varadkar, Sean Canney, michael ring, enda kenny, Lisa chambers, dara calleary, James Laffey, Eamon O'Cuiv, Senator Michelle Mulherin, Cllr Michael Smyth, Cllr Neil Cruise, Cllr John O'Hara, Cllr Annie May Reape, Cllr Gabriel Cronnelly, Cllr Jim Cuddy, Cllr Malachy Noone, Cllr Tom McHugh, Cllr Des Joyce, Cllr Tim Broderick, Cllr Donal Burke, Cllr Dermot Connolly, Cllr Michael Connolly, Cllr Aidan Donohue, Cllr Seosamh O cualain, Cllr Tomas O Curraoin, Cllr Tom Healy, Cllr. Eileen Manion, Cllr Sean O Tuairisg, Cllr Gerry Finnerty, Cllr Gerry Ginty, Cllr Michael Loftus, Cllr. Jarlath Munnelly, Cllr Seamus Weir, Cllr. Cyril Burke, Cllr. Frank Durcan, Cllr Blackie Gavin, Cllr Henry Kenny, Cllr Michael Kilcoyne, Cllr Al McDonnell, Cllr Terese Ruane, Cllr John Caulfield, Cllr Tom Connolly, Cllr. John Cribben, Cllr Richard Finn, Cllr. Gerry Murray, Cllr Patsy O'Brien, Cllr. Damien Ryan, Cllr Rose Conway, Cllr Gerry Coyle, Cllr. Michael Holmes, Cllr. Christy Hyland, Cllr Tereasa McGuire, Cllr Paul Mcnamara, Cllr Brendan Mulroy, Sinn Fein Policy office, Marian Harkin MEP, Robert Troy, Marian Harkin, Micheal Martin TD, Ann McEllin, Dara Calleary TD, deirdre frost, Ian Brannigan
Create a walking and cycling greenway on the closed railway from Sligo to Athenry
The closed railway line from Sligo (Collooney) to Athenry has been closed for over four decades and is lying in waste. There is very little hope it will ever be opened as a railway again. People along the route in small towns and villages in the West of Ireland want to see something happen. They have seen the success that greenways on old railways can achieve, a new facility re-inventing the closed railway will bring civic pride to these towns and villages, creating a public space to enjoy. This project will create many jobs in tourism, a proven fact as greenways the world over attract tourists. We want to know why Galway East TD Sean Canney is trying to stop the tourism jobs that will be created, We want to know why Mayo county council effectively ignored nearly 300 submissions on the county plan asking for a greenway and still won't listen. We are asking you to sign our petition to the Irish Minister of Transport Shane Ross to say please make this simple project happen. Minister ask your Independent Alliance colleague Sean Canney why he is opposed to the Greenway. Mayo cllrs ask your county management why they are stopping this initiative. The new national development plan says there will be another report into the Western Rail Corridor the terms of reference for this report must at least include a greenway as an option. The Minister still hasn't got this report produced! Minister, you need to start listening to people in Galway, Mayo and Sligo. Mayo Cllrs you need to start listening to people in Mayo. There is not going to be a railway we want a greenway.
Petition to West Berkshire Council, Councillor Graham Jones
Do not charge residents to recycle! Scrap the £50 charge!
As of the 3rd of September, residents in West Berkshire will be charged £50 per year to have their garden waste recycling collected. But the bonkers thing is - they’ll collect your green bin if it only had food waste in! This won’t even save time on collection rounds, as refuse collectors will have to check every bin for a sticker and the contents of the bin, so if anything could cost more time to administer. This charge comes as an additional separate payment on top of council tax, and is optional. Recycling is an essential service and should not be charged additionally - it is not a hobby for the wealthy. Less economically fortunate residents should not be trapped out of recycling their garden waste. Further to this, there are concerns disabled and elderly residents will not be able to take recycling to a waste facility as an alternative. We are at an environmental tipping point, everyone needs to be able to play their part in protecting the environment. We need to maintain and improve recycling rates not risk lowering them! Nearly 85% of respondents to consultation oppose the £50 charge. We do not support this charge, or the damage it could do to our environment. We the undersigned urge West Berkshire Council to scrap the £50 charge immediately!
Petition to Peter Hynes, Shane Ross, Joe Kelly, Lisa Chambers TD, Michael Ring TD, Dara Calleary TD, Enda Kenny TD, Iain Douglas
Put a walking and cycling path for everyone to enjoy parallel with Kiltimagh Velorail
A new project is commencing on the closed railway near Kiltimagh county Mayo. The project sponsored by Kiltimagh IRD is being funded by a grant secured with the help of Mayo Minister Michael Ring. The velo-rail project on the closed railway for 6 km either side of Kiltimagh is welcome and will bring visitors into the town; however, we also ask that in order to make the facility socially inclusive for the local communities that a walking and cycling track (greenway) should be placed alongside the closed railway so that locals can use the facility as a free to use leisure facility, and to ensure connectivity to the greenway proposed for the entire route of the closed railway from Athenry to Collooney. Mayo county council received 284 submissions on the county plan in 2012/13 asking for a greenway on this route, there is huge public support for this idea and we therefore ask for the views of the observers on the county plan to be respected.