Petition to Michael Gove
Straws Suck! Ban Single Use Straws Across the UK!
We are a class of 9 and 10 year olds from Oxley Park Academy and we want a ban on the use of plastic straws in the UK. Oxley Park Academy want to ban straws because they are atrocious for our environment. Marine life can mistake plastic for what it normally eats, causing the animals to ingest the plastic. If we don’t stop using straws, there could more plastic in our oceans than fish by 2050. Is this the world we want to pass onto our future generations? Please support our petition to ban plastic straws and use alternative paper ones. As part of a classroom project, we’ve written and sent persuasive letters to local businesses and even created a class campaign video which you can watch above. Your signature can really help us make this happen. Companies like Wetherspoon, Costa Coffee and Pizza Express have already started phasing out plastic straws and Scotland have now pledged to ban straws by 2019. Michael Gove has now suggested that he will consider banning single use straws in the UK, and we think we can convince him if enough people support this petition. We hope you can help us make this change by signing and sharing the petition. Thank you for your support. From Year 5 class at Oxley Park.
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 Datuk Dr. Haji Wan Junaidi bin Tuanku Jaafar, TDM BERHAD
Stop TDM Berhad from converting 4,515 ha of gazetted forest land into palm oil plantation.
KUALA TERENGGANU: The Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) is deeply concerned over the recent degazetting of 4,515 hectares of permanent forest reserves in the state. The society’s Terengganu branch chairman Wong Chee Ho said the move would affect the ecosystem concerning carbon storage, air and water purification, flood control as well as wildlife sustainability. He said recent media reports highlighted that degazetted forest reserves, roughly the size of more than 4,500 football fields, were to be given to Terengganu government linked company TDM Bhd for their plantation expansion. Malaysia is recognised as one of 12 mega biodiversity countries supporting an unprecedented wealth of wildlife contained within our natural tropical forests.Forests provide a variety of valuable ecosystem services to Malaysia’s people, such as carbon storage, air and water purification, and flood control. Researchers from FRIM and Duke University have quantified the impact of deforestation on flood mitigation services in peninsular Malaysia.They found that the conversion of 1 per cent of inland forest to oil palm increased the number of flooded days by 26.8 per cent. Malaysia is also on the edge of losing its tigers, and the world is one step nearer to losing another tiger subspecies: the Malayan tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni). Camera trap surveys from 2010-2013 have estimated that only 250-340 Malayan tigers remain, potentially a halving of the previous estimate of 500 individuals. THE PETITION HERE IS TO STOP THE EXPANSION OF PALM OIL PLANTATION AND PROTECT REMAINING FOREST LAND. HELP MALAYSIA PROTECT ITS BIODIVERSITY.
Petition to YAB Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman
STOP the Tanjung Aru Eco Development Sdn Bhd (TAED) Project
We, the people would like to draw the attention of the Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman to the following; 1. RETURN Tanjung Aru Beach to the people and STOP the TAED company plans to build resorts, hotels, golf course, marina etc. 2. There should be NO massive canal digging or massive beach reclamation along the Tanjung Aru beach area - only approve environment-friendly erosion control with the most minimal impact to the surrounding nearby areas. 3. RETURN Tanjung Aru Beach under Kota Kinabalu City Hall authority and ALLOCATE more funds to maintain and enrich the area along Tanjung Aru Beach especially Prince Philip Park. 4. There should be NO PRIVATE OWNERSHIP or COMMERCIAL MONOPOLY activity along Tanjung Aru beach. 5. DECLARE Tanjung Aru Beach and the in-shore government lands as a CITY PARK as a reserve for RECREATIONAL, SPORTS, EDUCATIONAL, CULTURAL and ARTISTIC purposes for the public. 6. RETAIN 100% public access to the beach and coastline at Tanjung Aru and RESTORE its natural iconic Aru trees (casuarina equisetifolia) and enrich the surroundings with eco-biological concept. 7. ORGANIZE public forums, round table talks and workshops for stake holders to create policy and future planning for PUBLIC PARTICIPATION regarding the DEVELOPMENT of Tanjung Aru Beach. 8. ADD more safety and security features such as CCTV, life guards and INSTALL more police box to protect visitors along the beach and coastline of Tanjung Aru. In Malay; Kami, ingin mendapatkan perhatian daripada Ketua Menteri Sabah Musa Aman, akan beberapa perkara seperti berikut; 1. KEMBALIKAN pantai Tanjung Aru kepada rakyat – HENTIKAN rancangan syarikat TAED untuk membina pusat peranginan, hotel, padang golf, marina dan lain-lain 2. TIDAK menggali terusan atau tebus guna pantai besar-besaran di sepanjang kawasan pantai Tanjung Aru - hanya luluskan projek kawalan hakisan yang mesra alam yang meninggalkan kesan yang paling sedikit terhadap kawasan sekitarnya yang berhampiran. 3. Pantai Tanjung Aru DIKEMBALIKAN di bawah kuasa Dewan Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu dan memperuntukkan lebih banyak dana untuk mengekalkan dan memperkayakan kawasan di pantai Tanjung Aru terutama Taman Putera Philip. 4. TIDAK kepada pemilikan swasta atau aktiviti monopoli perdagangan di sepanjang pantai Tanjung Aru. 5. ISTIHARKAN pantai Tanjung Aru dan tanah kerajaan sebagai sebuah TAMAN BANDAR dan sebagai rizab untuk REKREASI, SUKAN, PENDIDIKAN, KEBUDAYAAN dan KESENIAN untuk orang ramai. 6. KEKALKAN 100 peratus kawasan pantai dan laut sebagai kawasan masuk awam di kawasan Tanjung Aru dan PULIHKAN sifat ikonik dan semulajadi persekitaran dengan pokok-pokok Aru (Casuarina equisetifolia) dan memperkayakan kawasan persekitaran dengan konsep eko-biologi. 7. ANJURKAN forum awam, ceramah, rundingan meja bulat dan bengkel bagi pihak kepentingan menjurus kepada menggubal dasar dan perancangan untuk membolehkan PENYERTAAN AWAM mengenai PEMBANGUNAN Pantai Tanjung Aru. 8. TAMBAHKAN ciri-ciri keselamatan seperti litar CCTV, pengawal pantai dan PASANG kotak rondaan polis untuk melindungi pengunjung di sepanjang pantai dan laut Tanjung Aru.
Petition to Newcastle city council
Don't Hem in Havannah
Newcastle Great Park Consortium wants to build 1,200 houses and two schools within metres of Havannah and Three Hills Nature Reserve, in Newcastle upon Tyne. Havannah and Three Hills is a designated Local Nature Reserve and Local Wildlife Site and a last haven for red squirrels in Newcastle. Several protected species, including birds, bats, badgers and great crested newt depend on the reserve and surrounding fields, which are used by several threatened bird species, including skylark, linnet, curlew, lapwing, yellow hammer and grey partridge. Havannah is one of only two areas of lowland heath in Newcastle and provides habitat for twenty butterfly species – including the rare Dingy Skipper – and hundreds of moth species. Land around the reserve currently acts as a buffer zone between red and grey squirrels. Greys carry the deadly pox virus and outcompete reds for food, but 1,000+ houses with gardens would see the loss of this important buffer zone and grey squirrels would quickly colonise the reserve, wiping out the red squirrels. The proposed number of houses far exceeds the number originally intended for the site. The Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan allocated land for 880 houses - not 1,200. The application is flawed in terms of the principle and legality of the proposed location of playing fields in Cell B1 and the proposed residential development in Cell A. Increased recreational activity and the introduction of more domestic pets in and around the reserve will have severe adverse effects on wildlife, which will be compounded by light spill, noise and other disturbance. So many houses in such close proximity to the reserve would devastate local wildlife populations and threaten a nationally significant red squirrel population. Please sign the petition to ask Newcastle City Council to significantly reduce the proposed number of houses on site and preserve one of Newcastle’s most important wildlife habitats.
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 Theresa May MP, United Nations Environment Program
UK, Ban all Non Recyclable and Single-Use plastics!
We the people need to call on the government of the United Kingdom to set an example to the world and Ban ALL non-recyclable and single- use plastics. The world’s annual consumption of plastic materials has increased from around 5 million tonnes in the 1950s to nearly 100 million tonnes today. (WRAP) The amount of plastic waste generated annually in the UK is estimated to be nearly 5 million tonnes. (WRAP) Most families throw away about 40kg of plastic per year, which could otherwise be recycled. Non recyclable plastic ends up in landfills or the ocean where they were remain FOREVER harming animals and the environment. If we don't ban the use of non recyclable or degradable plastic now then it may be too late later. We are smart enough to know that it's bad for us and we are smart enough to find alternative packaging and containing methods for the things we use. #BanPlasticNow
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
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. The new national development plan says there will be anotherr report into the Western Rail Corridor the terms of reference for this report must at least include a greenway as an option. Minister you need to start listening to people in Galway, Mayo and Sligo. There is not going to be a railway we want a greenway.