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 United Nations, United Nations Environment Program, European Commission, European Parliament
For the sake of our children: stop mass extinction!
DE / EN Giant whales are dying in the hundreds, insects and birds disappearing, species going extinct. In the seas and on land, even in the Earth’s most remote regions, the loss of living animals and plants is real, dramatic and irreversible. In just the last forty years, two thirds of large animals and birds have vanished. This global biological crisis not only threatens life on Earth - it endangers human wellbeing and survival also, through the collapse of the very systems which support us. Burning forests, dying coral reefs, poisoned environments everywhere and now, climate change on top. Humans are responsible for the worst mass extinction event in the last 65 million years, when dinosaurs and other life were wiped out by an asteroid. Earth is our only Planet. If we ruin it, we have nowhere else to live. Just like in James Cameron’s film ‘Avatar’: if we kill nature, then nature kills us. Stop species loss now! Protecting animals, habitats, ecosystems and our climate must become top priority work for all humans – for governments, children, parents, companies and scientists. It‘s really very simple: Biodiversity first! Scientists estimated there are between 7-10 million animal, plant and protist species living on Earth today. This is up to 5 times the number of species already known to science. We may be losing more than 100 species per day, most of them unknown. Explore and save the diversity of life now, while it still exists! Humanity urgently needs data on how many and which species occur where, and what they are doing there. We can only protect what we know and what we understand. Like us, living species need faces, names and histories – identities! Our aim thus is a huge international, collaborative effort to inventory and save all global animal, plant and protist species, called the “Inventory of Life”. - As an immediate response, we ask for 100 additional positions for professional taxonomists in each of the G20 nations. - We also propose a World Council of Life similar to the world climate council, to provide international reports on the state of life on our planet and what can be done to sustain it. We urge you to support the Inventory of Life and the World Council of Life. Remember, you too can make a personal difference to the world your children and grandchildren will inherit. Please act now – before it is too late. Michael and Vreni P.S.: Dr. Vreni Häussermann, winner of the prestigious Rolex Awards 2016, and Prof. Michael Schrödl are biologists supposed to explore and help protecting life. What we see wherever we go, however, is destruction, depletion and loss of life! This means ‚no future‘ for all kinds of life including ours, yours and that of your children, and this we cannot tolerate silently anymore! Therefore, we started a petition. From our own money we are sending our German book ‘BiodiversiTOT’ (www.bioDIEversity.org) to Angela Merkel, to parliamentarians, decision makers and billionaires, asking for support and substantial funding of the inventory and protection of animal diversity, as long as it exists. We are going international with this English version; other languages will follow.
Petition to Rockstar Games, Activision Publishing, Inc
Release a sequel to "The Simpsons Hit and Run"
The Simpsons Hit and Run, released in 2003, was a huge success at the time. It sold over 3 million copies by 2007, had a very accurate interpretation of the series itself (along with the 3D graphics compared to the 2D which we see on the show), and lots of people considered it to be the best Simpsons game to date. However, a sequel to this particular game has not yet been released, only the Simpsons game which did not match to the level of this game. There should be more playable characters, those featured in the series such as Flanders, Grandpa, Principal Skinner, Willy, Otto, Dr. Hibbert, Chief Wiggum, Krusty, Moe, and Barney, alongside The Simpsons and Apu. I also believe that there should be different forms of attacks than kicking, such as punching etc, but still retaining a 7+ or 12+ rating, hence a comical interpretation would be suitable. In the first game, there were only 7 levels, so therefore it's a no-brainer to include more levels, and levels should be open-ended, i.e having the whole of Springfield connecting together instead of it being in sections. Another no-brainer is to have improved graphics, more places to explore, more collectables, more fun missions, more cars, and for it to be released on newer generation consoles such as the PS4, Wii U, Xbox One etc. Also, more transportation would be useful, more accessible rooms in houses, and for the map to be more accurate. Public demand definitely warrants a sequel and I'm astonished one hasn't been made yet, or alternatively a remastering of the original game. I hope it can be made possible through the means of this petition. If you are nostalgic about this game and would love to see another one made, you know what to do!
Petition to CITES
BAN THE SOUTH AFRICAN DOMESTIC TRADE IN RHINO HORN
On the 5th April 2017 South African Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa announced that she planned to permit the trade in rhino horn domestically and to allow the export internationally of Rhino Horn for 'personal purposes'. She chose the option to trade in rhino horn instead of re-instituting the moratorium on the domestic trade in rhino horn in the correct procedural manner. The South African Government has in the past been accused and found guilty of corruption at the highest levels. Informed conservationists feared that the implementation process of the proposed permits for trade will be less than perfect. The rhino horn farmers have complained that they have had difficulties with obtaining permits that they have been stymied by the South African government and the bureaucracy of the CITES system. Conservationists have been asking the South African government to release official poaching statistics for six months. Rhino in South Africa are facing extinction. Conservationists have confirmed their own figures that on average three rhino per day are losing their lives to rhino poachers. The opening of the domestic trade of horn has not slowed 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. The rhino horn farmers will be encouraging the South African government to apply to legalize the international trade in rhino horn at CITES CoP18 in Sri Lanka in May 2019.
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 Sadiq Khan, Jonathan Cook
Save York Gardens, Wandsworth, London
York Gardens SW11 is one of the very few green spaces left in our area. Wandsworth Council and Taylor Wimpey builders plan to concrete over this historic site. They are refusing to build this on a large area of brown land - where Pennethorne House (large old block) is being knocked down first. They want to build on green area and destroy about 50 trees for a leisure centre and expensive residential blocks. They say that they will rebuild new park on the brown site but it will take decades before it is ready. Our children would be deprived of green space to exercise. We want them to keep the green space and build on the large brown site instead. Once the green area is gone, it's gone forever. Please help us to save York Gardens and sign this petition.
Petition to Camden Council, Georgia Gould
Stop using toxic ‘Roundup’ weedkiller in Camden
We are asking Camden Council to follow other councils, stop using the controversial weedkiller glyphosate (Roundup) on our pavements, green spaces and estate gardens, and employ safe and environmentally friendly methods of weed control instead. Many Camden residents are concerned about the use of this weedkiller as a spray in areas where we spend our time, and where our children and pets may come into contact with it after spraying on paths and pavements. There are many health concerns about glyphosate, as well as concerns about its effects on wildlife. In 2015 the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. Several countries across the world have banned or severely restricted the use and sale of this weedkiller, including France, and there is a European Citizens Initiative to call for an EU-wide ban. In the UK a number of local authorities have already restricted its use in their operations, including Aberdeen and Edinburgh in Scotland and Hammersmith and Fulham in London. Many safe alternatives are available to control weeds on paths and pavements, including alternative sprays such as simple vinegar, which do not carry any suspected risks to human health. What do we want? We are simply asking the leader of Camden Council to consider the concerns of citizens in Camden, to work with council contractors to stop the spraying of glyphosate in Camden, and use safe and environmentally friendly methods of weed control instead. Please join us and sign our petition now.
Petition to Lindsay Baker
Help make WeWork plastic free by the end of 2018
WeWork has made repeated public promises to use "zero plastic" yet their offices are filled with single-use plastic cups for water and beer. WeWork’s website claims that they have already introduced compostable cups, but we spoke to over 50 WeWork members across the UK and Ireland and almost everyone reported that plastic cups are in use at their WeWork location. WeWork currently has over 250,000 global members across 21 countries. If each member uses just one cup per day, this means that over 3,500,000 plastic cups are being used at WeWork offices around the world each month. The story doesn’t stop there. According to WeWork’s own growth estimates, they will have 765,000 members by the end of 2022. If WeWork practices go unchanged, more members means a lot more plastic. If they grow at this projected rate while relying on single-use materials, then by 2022 WeWorkers would use 153,000,000 plastic cups per year. WeWork has managed to innovate and grow at an incredible pace. The company was founded at a single location in New York in 2008 under the name Green Desk, but they quickly shed their environmental focus and prioritised fast growth and low costs. Today WeWork has offices in 90 cities and is valued at over $16 billion - the 11th most valuable start-up in the world. We believe that if WeWork is serious about their commitment to zero plastic, they have the resources and logistical firepower to eliminate plastic cups from their workspaces in a matter of weeks. Sign the petition to help make WeWork plastic free by the end of 2018. If new companies with young, educated customers don't lead the way, then who will? This campaign is being run by the #plasticpromises collaborative, a team of people working together to help businesses eliminate their plastic use. *This is a very conservative estimate which is supported by the data collected when we surveyed over 50 London based WeWork members.**Photos were taken at WeWork Aldgate Tower, WeWork Tower Bridge and WeWork Southbank Central April - June 2018.