Petition to Steve Morgan, Joe Anderson, Councillor Richard Wenstone
Joe Anderson and Redrow: Stop The Sale of Calderstones Park
On 14th February, Liverpool City Council's planning committee voted in favour of an application to build 51 luxury homes on part of the Calderstones/ Harthill Estate. In this development, 12.9 acres of one of Liverpool's most loved parks would be lost. Although according to Councillor Richard Kemp 90% of local residents are opposed to the proposals, despite a well attended protest on the day of the planning committee's visit and over 1000 letters of objection, the Mayor of Liverpool maintains that everybody is happy with this development. In 1914, Harthill Estate was purchased by Liverpool City Council to join the adjacent Calderstones Estate. Since that time, local people have recognised Harthill/Calderstones Estate as one combined entity for public use and enjoyment. Although the Mayor contends that Harthill Estate is a separate entity, the Council's own website makes reference to the miniauture railway as being an amenity of Calderstones Park. This miniature railway, that has given rides to generations of children since 1943 and Beechley Stables, an oversubscribed facility for disabled riders, will be forced to relocate as a result of this application. Currently, just 16% of the Liverpool area is considered to be green space. The austerity measures which the Council maintain justify the sale will inevitably be temporary, but once this green space is gone, it is lost as an amenity to this and future generations. Therefore, those who have signed below oppose this proposal, and urge the Council to reconsider the approval of this development.
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 Rudi Vervoort, Celine Fremault, Pascal Smet
Laat Brussel op adem komen! Faisons respirer Bruxelles! For more ambition on air quality.
FR – L’air que nous respirons à Bruxelles est souvent pollué. Il est tellement pollué que, chaque année, 632 bruxellois en meurent prématurément. Tellement pollué que la Commission européenne a jugé nécessaire d’initier une procédure contre notre pays et que cinq citoyens ont démarré une action au tribunal contre la Région Bruxelloise. Signez la pétition pour demander plus d’ambition, à court terme, sur la qualité de l’air à nos représentants politiques bruxellois. Le Plan Air Climat Energie est un pas modeste dans la bonne direction, qui a été amélioré grâce à la pression des citoyens, mais des mesures plus importantes sont nécessaires pour protéger les citoyens, les enfants et les personnes agées, les touristes et les navetteurs des effet destructifs de la pollution de l’air. NL - Onze Brusselse lucht is vervuild. Zo vervuild dat elk jaar 632 Brusselaars vroegtijdig sterven, zo vervuild dat de Europese Commissie ons land voor de rechter sleept en dat vijf burgers het Brussels Gewest voor het gerecht dagen. Teken de petitie en eis meer ambitie, en snellere actie rond luchtkwaliteit van onze politici. Het nieuwe Lucht Klimaat Energie plan is een eerste stap in de goeie richting, versterkt na druk van burgers, maar meer zal nodig zijn om burgers, kinderen en ouderen, toeristen en pendelaars te beschermen van de destructieve gevolgen van luchtvervuiling. EN - The Brussels’ air is often polluted. So polluted that 632 people die each year prematurely, so polluted that the European Commission is taking Belgium to court. Sign the petition and demand more ambition and quicker action on air quality from our politicians. The new Air Climate Energy Plan is a modest step in the right direction, improved after citizens’ pressure, but more will be needed to protect citizens, children and the elderly, tourists, and commuters from the destructive effects of air pollution SCHONE LUCHT BXL AIR PROPRE est une plate-forme citoyenne ouverte à tous - is een burgerplatform open voor iedereen. Info: https://www.facebook.com/CleanAirBXL/ or website www.schoneluchtbxl.be - www.bxlairpropre.be - www.cleanairbxl.be.
Petition to Old Chang Kee, Polar Puffs
Tell Old Chang Kee & Polar Puffs to stop frying our rainforests
We have a simple but urgent request for Old Chang Kee and Polar Puffs to pave the way for a better Singapore and an improved World - by using cooking oil that does not cause deforestation and haze. 1. We are young students of Singapore, SOS (Students Of Singapore) Against Haze. Like many of you, we enjoy curry puffs from Old Chang Kee and Polar Puffs. However, these curry puff don’t seem to taste quite as good once we discovered that the cooking oil they use is causing haze. Deforestation for unsustainable palm oil is devastating the lives of indigenous forest people and threatens species-much of it for producing palm oil. Once rainforests have been cleared, fires rage across the dry landscape, causing the choking haze across the region including Singapore. Last year, we saw with our own eyes forests burning in Sumatra, Indonesia. We used to visit that place nearly every year to trek and raft. But what was once lush green rainforests have turned into vast oil palm plantations, and with many areas shrouded in thick smoke. We recently learnt that both Old Chang Kee and Polar Puffs use palm oil that originates from potentially unsustainable plantations and supply chains. Cooking oil tins at Old Chang Kee clearly state that the palm oil originates from unsustainable sources. A discussion with Polar Puffs also revealed that they use palm oil from unsustainable sources. That said, the iconic Singaporean curry puff can be prepared with palm oil produced in a sustainable way that protects rainforests and the local communities and ecosystems. Palm oil certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is already widely available, and we have a list of suppliers that can supply RSPO-certified cooking oil. In fact, many companies such as VeganBurg, Grain, Sodexo, IKEA and Singapore Zoo are already sourcing certified sustainable cooking oil. 2. Unfortunately our efforts to reach out to Old Chang Kee and Polar Puffs have been in vain. Multiple emails, calls and even a visit to Old Chang Kee’s headquarters were ignored. Polar Puffs believes that sustainable palm oil is too expensive, which is not the case. 3. Therefore, we had no choice but to create this. Old Chang Kee and Polar Puffs will listen to you, their customers, because they depend on you. We want Old Chang Kee and Polar Puffs to be local brands we can be proud of, and become pioneers of a sustainable food industry. Your action matters. Show Old Chang Kee and Polar Puffs that they have a responsibility to stand for the values that Singaporeans hold dearly. SOS (Students of Singapore) Against Haze
Petition to Councillor Nick Kemp
Put Nature on the Map in Newcastle
Nature is faring worse in the UK than in other countries. We must act locally - and nationally - to reverse this trend. All local authorities are legally obliged to conserve biodiversity - the number and variety of plants and animals in a particular area. · Newcastle City Council's local plan removed 9% of Newcastle’s green belt - the biggest proportion of any UK city. · The destruction of one the largest areas of mature woodland in the city was permitted by Newcastle City Council in 2015 to make way for unnecessary millionaire houses. · Designated wildlife sites were considered as ‘parks and allotments’ in a recent Newcastle City Council consultation on the future of parks, with no reference to their nature conservation value. · Planning applications that disregard nature conservation, including those that threaten protected species and pave over wildlife corridors have been approved by Newcastle City Council. · Tree cover in Newcastle is well below the UK average. · There are only a handful of wildflower areas in the city and glyphosate-based herbicides are still used widely by Newcastle City Council, despite increasing evidence of the detrimental effect on bee populations and other pollinating insects - and humans. · Havannah and Three Hills Local Nature Reserve is set to be hemmed in by residential development, threatening wildlife and protected species in and around the reserve and endangering a nationally significant red squirrel population. The Newcastle and North Tyneside Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) aims to safeguard priority habitats and species, considered under threat locally and nationally. But there is no evidence that targets are being met, nor that objectives are being measured. We are therefore calling on Newcastle City Council to observe its duty to conserve biodiversity by maintaining and protecting existing wildlife corridors and designated wildlife sites from further destruction and degradation. We want to see the creation of new wildlife habitats through increased planting of trees, shrubs, hedgerows, green roofs and living walls, and the introduction of wildflower areas and weed killer free zones. Not only will this benefit wildlife, but will help to mitigate the effects of air pollution and climate change. By 2018 we would like to see comprehensive monitoring of all targets in the BAP to ensure targets are met, in particular to guide decisions on planning applications that affect biodiversity and, in so doing, enhance biodiversity value across all habitats in the city. 2,500 signatures on this petition will trigger a full debate at council. Please sign to send a clear message to Newcastle City Council that Newcastle needs better protection for nature.
Petition to Glasgow City Council, Historic Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon MSP
Restore Govan Graving Docks in Glasgow to create a shipbuilding heritage park #SaveGovanDocks
We the undersigned request Glasgow City Council, along with other relevant stakeholders, support the renovation of the Govan Graving Docks at Clydebrae Street in Glasgow to create a shipbuilding heritage park on the site. As much as possible of the existing dock structure should be retained, including the renovation of the pump house building as a café and visitor centre. The site is Category-A listed and identified in the Register for Scotland as being at risk. It is a significant part of the city’s industrial heritage however since closing down it has fallen into disrepair through years of neglect. It consists of three large drydocks that were capable of accommodating the largest ships in the world when they were built. The dock walls are of solid granite and despite showing much cosmetic wear they are likely to be structurally intact. Most other docks in Glasgow have been filled in to make way for modern developments and this is one of the few remaining docks on the Clyde, apart from those still in operation, that have not been completely filled and built over. As such any modern developments that would destroy the character of the site should be ruled out. A shipbuilding heritage park would be a major tourist attraction for Glasgow and fit well with other redevelopments in the surrounding area such as Pacific Quay and the Riverside Museum. Further information on the site is available at http://www.buildingsatrisk.org.uk/details/909298 The site is one of the most important features of Glasgow's industrial heritage and represents a major opportunity to educate future generations about the city's past in a way that is more meaningful than looking at old photographs in a museum. Glasgow was once at the forefront of global shipping and there is still potential for Govan Graving Docks to be used partly as a working dry dock again. This could allow restoration of historic ships to de done as a key feature of the development. A shipbuilding heritage park it has been estimated could create up to 250+ meaningful long term jobs and learning opportunities for young people in heritage, skills preservation, leisure, tourism and urban ecology. This would be a major boost to a city that is seeing a proliferation of low-grade retail. If developers are allowed to build luxury flats on these docks then this opportunity will be lost forever.
Petition to Transport For London, London Borough of Hackney Streetscene, Sadiq Khan, Councillor Feryal Demirci, Mayor Of Hackney
Hackney Council & TfL - Reconsider CS1 Wordsworth Road Closures
Hackney Council & TfL have recently implemented experimental road closures in 3 places - (1) where Wordsworth Road meets Matthias Rd, (2) where Cowper Road meets Wordsworth Rd & (3) Pellerin Rd. Wordsworth Road forms part of the CS1 ‘Cycle Superhighway’ The consultation background and report can be found here (contains diagrams, etc): https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/cycling/cs1-wordsworth-road Hackney & TfL believe the closures will improve the area for cyclists, however, the benefits are minimal, with other problems being created for local residents, schools, churches, doctors surgeries & businesses: longer journey times (for cars & buses), potentially faster cyclist speeds along Wordsworth Rd, dangerous U-turns in narrow roads, safety concerns around quieter streets at night, more pollution on Stoke Newington Road. Traffic will overspill into roads such as Brighton, Walford, Allen & Nevill Road. Most residents support the promotion of cycling & calming of traffic in the area. However, the plans are were not consulted properly, are poorly structured & can be improved. If you are not satisfied with these changes please write to the council - EVERY email, letter & petition signature counts. You have a rare opportunity to influence council policy. Please send an objection email to: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org - CC in email@example.com Use the subject - ‘CS1 Wordsworth Road Closures’. If you’d like help / a template, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Petition to The Right Reverend Tim Dakin, The Rector of St Lawrence, The Connetable of St Lawrence
STOP the planned extension for our historic Parish Church in St Lawrence
We believe that the proposed extension will permanently damage the historic integrity, character, and appearance of our Church. Whilst fully welcoming the efforts to improve access for everyone to our Church, we believe that some of the proposed facilities are already fully available in the immediate locality. Our Church is one of the most important historic buildings in our Island and the British Isles, and every care must to be taken to ensure that it is protected for everyone to enjoy now and in the future.