Petition to asda, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Waitrose, Co-operative , Marks & Spencer, aldi, Lidl, MORRISONS
Urge UK supermarkets to stop using plastic packaging
Around the world, more than 8 million tonnes of plastic goes into the oceans every year. Consumers around the world buy 1 million plastic bottles a minute. Plastic production is said to quadruple by 2050. That means more plastic into the oceans. Recent shocking footage shows albatrosses unwittingly feeding their chicks pieces of plastic. Whale calves are dying because they are drinking their mothers' milk that has been contaminated by plastic. These distressing images sum up the global problem. Plastic in the sea harms marine life and is arguably one of the biggest threats to the natural world today. Something must be done about it. The consumer is not simply going to stop buying plastic packaged goods. Therefore the change needs to come from higher up in the chain. Iceland is leading the way by becoming the first UK supermarket to go 'plastic-free' in its own brand products - a landmark decision in the fight against the negative impact of plastic on our planet. I am urging all UK supermarkets to follow in these footsteps, to make a stand and to lead the way in a new environmental pledge to eliminate the use of plastic in their own-brand packaging. This will be a significant (and achievable) first step in what could be a momentous movement in eradicating the use of plastic packaging altogether. Let us stand together to make a positive change for our oceans and the marine life that is dying as a result of our irresponsible actions as human beings. It has been suggested that if nothing changes, by 2050 there will be more plastic bottles in the ocean than fish. We cannot let that happen. Thank you for signing and sharing this petition.
Petition to Theresa May MP, Philip Hammond MP, The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, First Minister Nicola Sturgoen, Dr Thérèse Coffey MP
MAKE SINGLE-USE PLASTICS HISTORY
An estimated 12m tonnes of plastic enters the oceans each year! Single use plastics are incredibly harmful to all environments and seems ridiculous to still be in wide spread global use! According to the Guardian, in the UK 38.5m plastic bottles are used every day – only just over half make it to recycling, while more than 16m are put into landfill, burnt or leak into the environment and oceans each day. Plastic can take up to 500-1000 years to decompose, it can make up almost 20% of the price on the product it carries and the production of plastic water bottles uses up to double the amount of water than it contains! The introduction just over two years ago in the U.K of a 5p charge on single-use plastic bags led to an 85% reduction in their use inside six months. Working in the hospitality industry where single use cups, bottles and packaging is unfortunately greatly used, I feel a responsibility to try and reduce this further... I don’t want to blindly destroy my planet in the name of convenience or comfort! I have travelled the world and sometimes the lasting image I have of somewhere is unfortunately how much plastic rubbish there was!! I really don’t want that feeling to continue...for anyone. I want the U.K to be the first country to completely ban the use of these “convenience” plastics! This is a huge task but it must come with pressure from us, the consumers, not to settle for options from major companies that think we are “worthy” of such cheap and unresponsible products! PLEASE SIGN TO HELP BAN THESE PLASTICS AND MAKE COMPANIES RE-THINK OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HOW WE CONSUME THEM! Once you have signed please share, like and make the choice to reduce your plastic consumption where possible! Also check out just some of the awesome humans trying to make the change around the world... https://www.sealegacy.org/ https://www.sas.org.uk/ http://www.davidattenborough.co.uk/ https://www.plasticoceans.org GAURDIAN ARTICLE https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/28/a-million-a-minute-worlds-plastic-bottle-binge-as-dangerous-as-climate-change
Petition to Michael Gove MP, Greg Clark MP
Introduce a 5p Charge on Disposable Coffee Cups
The UK’s addiction to coffee means that every year 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups are thrown away. We probably think that these are recycled but the truth is that is the fate of fewer than 1 in 400, the rest ending up on landfill sites instead. If you were to lay all these cups from end to end they would wrap around the world 2.5 times! The introduction of a 5p charge on carrier bags in 2015 saw an enormous 83% reduction in use. That alone shows that change is possible. Let’s introduce this charge and encourage people to bring in a reusable cup to coffee shops for their daily caffeine routine. Recently a trial was done by Cardiff University which proved a small charge would massively reduce the huge piles of waste that we create every year. This simple change would do huge amounts for the environment and create long-term sustainability: Millions of trees are cut down for this every year, destroying billions of animal’s homes, worsening our air quality and wasting tonnes of energy. I know if enough people sign this petition we can get this law introduced. If you want to protect our world, please sign this petition and help us force the Government to take action!
Petition to CITES
Stop SA Government legalizing domestic and international trade in Rhino horn
South African Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has declared that she plans to permit the trade in Rhino Horn domestically and to allow the export internationally of Rhino Horn for 'personal purposes'. The South African Government has in the past been accused and found guilty of corruption at the highest levels. Informed conservationists fear that the implementation of the proposed permits for trade will be less than perfect. The South African Government has not even been able to release any official poaching figures for more than six months. Rhino in South Africa are facing extinction. Conservationists have confirmed figures that on average three Rhino per day are losing their lives to Rhino poachers. Opening of trade in horn will escalate 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.
Petition to Islington council
Reduce traffic on new Quietway
Islington has secured money from TfL to build a cycling Quietway from Finsbury Park to Clerkenwell. The route is quieter than Holloway Road, but it is still heavily used by through traffic. We want the council to trial removing the majority of traffic from this route by only providing local access. After a 6-month trial and comprehensive traffic counts before and during, the council can make an informed decision about the proposal. This is a great opportunity for cycling money to be used to benefit local communities. Installing traffic filters at strategic points on Westbourne Road, Thornhill Road, Gillespie Road and Amwell Street will reduce pollution and traffic noise for those living and working here. At the same time, it will create a truly “Quiet” route north to south through Islington. Everyone from school children to pensioners will be able to walk, scoot, and cycle here in comfort and safety. See a map of the route here. Add your support below!
Petition to Norfolk County Council, Community and environmental services
Stop An Environmental Disaster On The River Wensum
Fears 150,000 tonne a year waste plant in Lenwade could pollute the River Wensum. Headline from the Eastern Daily Press on the 16/3/17, stop this planned environmental disaster before it happens. Please sign to help stop the River Wensum getting destroyed by pollution from this planned waste plant. I urge you to pass this on to all your contacts, people power can sway decisions, make the decision makers listen for once. http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/fears_150_000_tonne_a_year_waste_plant_in_lenwade_could_pollute_the_river_wensum_1_4935381
Petition to Shane Ross TD, Peter Hynes, Kevin Kelly, Ciaran Hayes, 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
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 local TD Sean Canney is trying to stop the tourism jobs that will be created. 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. Minister you need to start listening to people in Galway, Mayo and Sligo.
Petition to City and County of Swansea Council
A shared use path for cycling and walking across Clyne Common
An increasing number of people are cycling and walking across Clyne Common, sharing the busy B4436 is not ideal, a high quality shared use path is needed to make travelling across the common a pleasant and safe experience. Such a path was first proposed more than a decade ago, but it got nowhere. Now there are more cyclists and walkers and also the support of the Welsh Government in the form of the Active Travel Act (Wales) 2013. Its purpose is to get people out of their cars and, instead of driving, walk or cycle for utility journeys. The benefits would include better physical and mental health for users and a more pleasant environment for all. As well as catering for adult cyclists and pedestrians, a route across the Common would provide a safe route to Bishopston Comprehensive for children travelling from the West Cross and Mayals areas. We believe the provision of a safe travel corridor for non-motorists alongside the B4436 is long overdue and would further open up Gower to more environmentally friendly travel, benefitting local residents and visitors alike.