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Petition to The Chief Executive of the Lake District National Park Authority

Protect the Lake District's World Heritage status

The Lake District risks losing its UNESCO World Heritage status. One of the most beautiful and distinctive stretches of land near Little Langdale in the UK is being ruined by 4x4 cars and motorbikes that are devastating tracks, have forced a sheep farmer out of the area and are violating the terms of its World Heritage status. We have to save it. We are a group of local residents and walkers. Some of us have lived here all our lives, and for the sheep farmers among us this land is our livelihood. It’s truly one of the most beautiful and serene landscapes in the country - and it’s heartbreaking to see the damage now being done to it. The noise of these vehicles can be heard for miles in the valley, ruining the peace and tranquility of the area that were key reasons for it being recognised by UNESCO. The off-road vehicles have caused so much damage and interruption that a local sheep farmer has had to pack up and leave - and others could follow. This stretch of land near Little Langdale was owned by Beatrix Potter and handed over to the National Trust in the 1930s and 40s to preserve it for future generations. Letting off-road vehicles ruin its beauty and tranquillity is doing a great disservice to her legacy. The Lake District National Park Authority has the power to stop this. We are calling on them to protect this incredible UNESCO World Heritage site by imposing a Traffic Regulation Order to stop 4x4s and motorbikes from doing any further damage. Please sign our petition to help preserve the Lake District’s natural beauty and World Heritage status by protecting it from 4x4s and motorbikes

F G
268,592 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Sheffield City Council, streetsahead@sheffield.gov.uk, David Wain

Save the 12 Trees on Rustlings Road, Sheffield

We, the undersigned, refute the assertion that the felling of Lime (Tilia sp.) trees on Rustlings Road is necessary. Instead, we demand, and believe it imperative, that sensitive engineering solutions (1) be adopted and implemented to enable the long-term retention of these trees. Evidence indicates that such large trees contribute significantly to local climate regulation (2), filtration of atmospheric pollutants (3), sustainable urban drainage (4), biodiversity (5), ecology (6): health and wellbeing (7) and amenity (8); through their beauty and our pleasure of its enjoyment, which enriches our lives. Twelve trees are marked for destruction, for 'damage to pavements'. We believe the damage is minor and does not significantly impair accessibility for disabled people, or the use of prams and pushchairs. It is our opinion that sensitive engineering solutions, such as pavement restructuring and localized remediation near trees, with kerb stones sculpted to accommodate root morphology, would represent a sustainable solution to perceived problems. Loss of these Lime trees would represent a significant loss of a valuable foraging resource for bees (honey from Lime flowers is much prized) and particularly for bats, as the Lime Leaf Aphid (Eucallipterus tiliae) – a favored prey item - only occurs on Lime trees. Lines could be painted on the road to prevent parking under trees, thereby minimizing the risk of damage to vehicles, to a level firmly within the “broadly acceptable region” of tolerability (9). Sub-veteran, mature trees, such as these Limes, represent our cultural heritage (10) and are irreplaceable. We demand that alternative, sensitive engineering solutions be implemented as an alternative to felling.           References: 1) Trees and Design Action Group. (2014) Trees in Hard Landscapes: A Guide for Delivery. TDAG http://www.tdag.org.uk/trees-in-hard-landscapes.html 2) Forestry Commission (2011). The UK Forestry Standard: The governments’ approach to sustainable forest management. 3rd ed. Edinburgh: Forestry Commission. http://www.forestry.gov.uk/ukfs 3) Karl, T., Harley, P., Emmons, L., Thornton, B., Guenther, A., Basu, C., & Jardine, K. (2010). Efficient atmospheric cleansing of oxidized organic trace gases by vegetation. Science, 330(6005), 816-819. http://www.sciencemag.org/content/330/6005/816.short Escobedo, F., Kroeger, T. & Wagner, J. (2011). Urban forests and pollution mitigation: analyzing ecosystem services and disservices. Environmental Pollution, Volume 159, pp. 2078-2087. http://scholar.google.co.uk/scholar?cluster=14928633190131047233&hl=en&as_sdt=0,5 4) Trees and Design Action Group (2012). Trees in the Townscape: A Guide for Decision Makers, s.l.: Trees and Design Action Group. http://www.tdag.org.uk/trees-in-the-townscape.html Construction Industry Research and Information Association, 2013. CIRIA Research Project RP993: Demonstrating the multiple benefits of SuDS – A business case (Phase 2). Draft Literature Review. [Online] Available at: http://www.susdrain.org [Accessed 25 May 2015]. http://www.susdrain.org/files/resources/ciria_guidance/ciria_rp993_literature_review_october_2013_.pdf 5) Ewers, R. M., & Didham, R. K. (2006). Confounding factors in the detection of species responses to habitat fragmentation. Biological Reviews, 81(01), p. 117-142. http://scholar.google.co.uk/scholar?cluster=1003233194462145743&hl=en&as_sdt=0,5 Gilbert‐Norton, L., Wilson, R., Stevens, J. R., & Beard, K. H. (2010). A Meta‐Analytic Review of Corridor Effectiveness. Conservation Biology, 24(3), p. 660-668. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1523-1739.2010.01450.x/full 6) Gonzalez, A., Rayfield, B., & Lindo, Z. (2011). The disentangled bank: how loss of habitat fragments and disassembles ecological networks. American Journal of Botany, 98(3), p. 503-516. http://www.amjbot.org/content/98/3/503.full 7) Sarajevs, V. (2011). Health Benefits of Street Trees, Farnham: Forest Research. http://www.forestry.gov.uk/fr/INFD-8JCEJH Williams, K., O'Brien, L. & Stewart, A.. (2013). Urban health and urban forestry: how can forest management agencies help?. Arboricultural Journal: The International Journal of Urban Forestry, Volume 35, pp. 119-133. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03071375.2013.852358 8) Shackell, A. & Walter, R. (2012). Greenspace Design For Health And Well-being, Edinburgh: Forestry Commission. http://www.forestry.gov.uk/PDF/FCPG019.pdf/$FILE/FCPG019.pdf Velarde, M., Fry, G. & Tveit, M. (2007). Health effects of viewing landscapes – Landscape types in environmental psychology. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 6, p. 199-212. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1618866707000416 9) The National Tree Safety Group. (2011). Common Sense Risk Management of Trees: Guidance on trees and public safety in the UK for owners, managers and advisers. Forestry Commission Stock Code: FCMS024 ed. Edinburgh: Forestry Commission. http://www.forestry.gov.uk/website/publications.nsf/searchpub/?SearchView&Query=(FCMS024)&SearchOrder=4&SearchMax=0&SearchWV=TRUE&SearchThesaurus=TRUE 10) de Groot, R., Alkemade, J., Braat, L. & Hein, L. (2010). Challenges in integrating the concept of ecosystem services and values in landscape planning, management and decision making. Ecological Complexity, Volume 7, p. 260–272. http://scholar.google.co.uk/scholar?cluster=17957884838351513211&hl=en&as_sdt=0,5

Deepa Shetty
8,809 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to ClearCast, Ofcom , Greenpeace UK

Release Iceland’s banned Christmas advert on TV #NoPalmOilChristmas

Iceland released a Christmas advert today highlighting the devastation caused by palm oil products. It was a beautiful and important message. But the tv regulators have banned the advert, for being too political! Palm oil is a product that can be found in everything from shampoos and detergents to sandwiches and biscuits.. It’s one of the most environmentally-damaging industries, and each day 25 orangutans are killed. It’s production wipes out rainforests and wildlife, driving animals like the orangutan into extinction. As a father of three who thinks this ad would help educate people about how their products are killing orangutans and their homes, I feel banning this advert is an injustice. The body that stopped the advert being broadcasted, Clearcast, say that the ad breaches it’s political rules. The ad holds an important message - one that is emotional, touching and helps to spread a message about saving the environment and so must be broadcasted. If you haven’t watched it, you can find it here. It’s so powerful. Please sign this petition if you too believe the ban should be overturned so that this ad can be on TV screens at Christmas. #NoPalmOilChristmas#SaveTheOrangutans  Thank you for supporting the campaign! Mark @_mark_topps   Campaign Features: The Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/iceland-christmas-advert-banned-tv-greenpeace-palm-oil-political-emma-thompson-a8626416.html The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/09/iceland-christmas-ad-palm-oil-banned   The Mirror: https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/thousands-outraged-disgraceful-ban-iceland-13562573 This Insider: https://www.thisisinsider.com/icelands-christmas-advert-banned-orangutans-terrorized-for-palm-oil-2018-11 CNN: https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/09/uk/iceland-christmas-ad-banned-scli-intl/index.html Manchester Evening News: https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/uk-news/thousands-sign-petition-iceland-christmas-15395929  The Metro: https://metro.co.uk/2018/11/09/banning-icelands-palm-oil-advert-censors-the-reality-of-what-we-are-doing-to-the-rainforest-8122491/ Sky News: https://news.sky.com/story/iceland-christmas-ad-on-orangutan-plight-banned-for-political-rule-breach-11549042  The Daily Mail: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6370843/Watchdog-bans-Icelands-orangutan-friendly-Christmas-advert-political.html LBC: https://www.lbc.co.uk/news/watch-iceland-christmas-ad-banned/ Good Housekeeping: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk/news/a24845674/iceland-christmas-advert/ OK Magazine: https://www.ok.co.uk/tv/1508907/iceland-christmas-advert-banned-watch-john-lewis-xmas-christmas-advert The Sun: https://www.thesun.co.uk/money/7703312/petition-to-get-banned-iceland-christmas-advert-on-tv/ Express: https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1043241/Iceland-Christmas-advert-2018-banned-palm-oil-why-was-Iceland-advert-banned The Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/political-iceland-ad-is-banned-from-tv-f0gx3cskg  And so so so many more!

Mark Topps
952,436 supporters