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Petition to Dave Lewis, Tesco

Tell Tesco: ban disposable plastic straws

Over 500 million plastic straws are produced in the US alone every single day, only to be used for a few minutes before being thrown in the bin or littered. Eventually, millions of these straws end up in our oceans,  harming our sea life - as seen in a cringe-inducing video that's gone viral, where a team of scientists pull an entire plastic straw from the nostril of a sea turtle whilst it winces in pain and bleeds. Whilst our fast food restaurants like Mcdonalds and Wetherspoons are being called on, Tesco is the market leader of supermarkets in the UK and are responsible for selling huge amounts of plastic straws. They've already taken positive steps to combat plastic waste; this year announcing they would switch their plastic cotton bud stems to paper - now it's time for us to tell Tesco to lead the way again and switch out plastic straws to one of the many alternative and environmentally friendly options.  Whilst straws are a necessity to some people, there are several alternatives to plastic straws that can be sold in our supermarkets instead, such as paper, bamboo or metal straws which can be reused or recycled, and don't end up in our oceans and landfill as plastic waste. It is said, there are enough plastic straws to wrap around the earth's circumference 2.5 times a day, and if we don't act fast enough, there will be more plastic in the sea than fish by 2050. Tesco hold the power in their hands to step up and lead the way as the market leader of supermarkets. Please sign this petition to tell Tesco to stop selling straws and start saving wildlife. Let's put the pressure on and make them ditch the plastic!  Sincerely, Clare

Clare Jones
196,536 supporters
Started 9 hours ago

Petition to Ministerio del Medio Ambiente de Chile

Declare Araucaria araucana as Endangered species in Cordillera de Nahuelbuta, Chile

People who accept to sign the following petition, aware of the worrying and uncertain state of conservation of Araucaria araucana (also named ‘Pewen” or “Pino Araucaria”), are willing to express their support for the proposal made in November 2017 by the Chilean Ministry of Environment’s Commission for the Classification of Species. Araucaria araucana (Mol.) K. Koch is a millenary conifer, endemic to Southern Chile and Southern Argentina, a rather small territory. The proposal aims at conferring the Endangered (EN [1]) conservation status to the populations located in the Cordillera de Nahuelbuta, a Southwestern region of Chile. We are making this statement to affirm our support for this proposal with a view to the forthcoming public consultation convened by the Chilean Ministry of Environment (according to the Resolución Exenta N°1310, adopted in November 2017). The goal of such consultation is to enhance public’s involvement in the classification process, by considering the point of view of any person concerned and interested in Chilean biodiversity conservation. Araucaria araucana is currently considered Vulnerable (VU), whether it is located in the Cordillera de Los Andes or in the Cordillera de Nahuelbuta. However, we do believe it is imperative to confer the Endangered (EN) status to this indigenous species in the Cordillera de Nahuelbuta given its precarious state of conservation there. This current worrying situation is the result of a long-term Araucaria araucana forest cover decrease in Southern Chile. It is due to intense logging in the past century and to a massive substitution phenomenon occurring since the last 45 years, which has been replacing the indigenous conifer by fast growing exotic species. All in all, it led not only to a cover decrease but also to a strong population fragmentation, to the deterioration of habitat quality and to a significant loss of biodiversity in these unique primitive forest ecosystems. The prospects are worrying too considering climate change issues, the intensity and increasing frequency of fires, phytosanitary problems affecting the species and intense seed harvesting for human consumption. By declaring the species as Endangered (EN), the Chilean State will be able and has to initiate rehabilitation programs to recover the initial areas covered by Araucaria araucana in the Cordillera de Nahuelbuta. It will this way reverse the current trend of deterioration and disappearance of the species, in this only sector where it has been living apart from the Andes, for millions of years. Araucaria araucana is a primitive and long-life species, a genuine living fossil. Because it is one of the last remaining relic of the oldest forests on Planet Earth, it should not only be seen as part of Chile’s heritage but as part of the whole Humanity’s heritage. For all the foregoing reasons, we support the proposal aiming at reclassifying the Araucaria araucana living in the Cordillera de Nahuelbuta into the Endangered (EN) species category. And we count on your support too.   Authors of the petition: Rubén Carrillo López. Universidad de La Frontera, Chile Manuel Gedda Ortíz. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Campus Villarrica), Chile Felipe Fuentes Maldonado. Fundación Senderos de Chile, Chile Nelson Ojeda Ojeda. Universidad de La Frontera, Chile Jorge Baraona Venegas. Universidad de La Frontera, Chile Patricio Pacheco Cancino. Universidad de La Frontera, Chile Alejandro Herrera Aguayo. Universidad de La Frontera, Chile Gustavo Curaqueo Fuentes. Universidad de La Frontera, Chile Rodrigo Torres Inostroza. Ingeniero Forestal, Chile Laetitia Wolff. Forest Engineer Student, AgroParisTech, France [1] According to the categories defined in the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species, taken as a reference by the Chilean Reglamento para la Clasificación de Especies Silvestres: Vulnerable (VU)= facing a high risk of extinction in the wild Endangered (EN)= facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild

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Update posted 9 hours ago

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.

Save Newcastle Wildlife
3,529 supporters
Update posted 10 hours ago

Petition to Faringdon Town Council, The Vale of White Horse District Council, & Secretary of State, Sajid Javid

PROTECT WICKLESHAM QUARRY FROM DEVELOPMENT

The Judicial Review of Faringdon Neighbourhood Plan took place on 14-15 June 2017 at the Royal Courts of Justice. Wicklesham's CrowdJustice Appeals raised £14,825 and I am very grateful for the support I have received from so many people to help bring this important case to court. The case has left Wicklesham Quarry's future unresolved. The Judge rejected my application, even though he found that the policy failed to meet the basic conditions, because it conflicted with the strategic policies of the Local Plan regarding the location of development. Although this ground was upheld, he refused to grant any remedy. He also found that Faringdon Council's belief that Wicklesham Quarry was a 'brownfield site' was wrong, and failed to have regard to national policy. However, he concluded that this error - which neither the Examiner nor the District Council corrected - would not have made any difference to the Examiner's conclusions, if it had been recognized. He did not agree that the policy was excluded development because it deals with a 'county matter'. He offered an interpretation of the Examiner's amendment to Policy 4.5B, stating that the landowner must complete both the Restoration Scheme and 5 year Aftercare Scheme, before the land can be safeguarded for employment use. By this means he rejected my complaint that the policy was a 'county matter', and excluded development for a neighbourhood plan.  None of the environmental grounds of the complaint were upheld- even though the Sustainability Appraisal failed to include the facts that the Quarry is a Conservation Target Area; hosts Priority Habitat and European Protected Species; and is part of the National Character Area of the Corallian Ridge. Nor did it refer to the Quarry's Restoration and Aftercare Schemes. Nonetheless in the judge's view the level of information was  adequate. The judge's conclusions leave a highly unsatisfactory situation: while acknowledging that the policy was based on a significant error, and was not in conformity with the strategic policies of the Local Plan- he has failed to quash the plan or to declare the policy unlawful. Instead, it has been kicked into the long grass for five years. Below is the main text of the petition. Unless an alternative strategy is developed, the petition will continue to provide information and updates to supporters. Wicklesham Quarry SSSI lies outside the market town of Faringdon, in the western Vale of the White Horse, Oxfordshire. It is in an area of high landscape value, the Corallian Ridge, outside the town's development boundary. Planning conditions state it must be restored to agriculture, in accordance with the surrounding countryside. However, it is safeguarded in Faringdon Neighbourhood Plan for use for heavy industry and warehousing (B2/B8). Natural England calls it “one of Britain’s richest palaeontological localities”. It is an internationally famous geological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), with a "very rich and unusual assemblage" of over 150 species of fossils, including rare sponges, many of which are known to occur only at Faringdon. It also has fossil reptiles - turtles, ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs and crocodiles. It is a "type site"- which means Faringdon has given its name to unique aspects of Wicklesham's geology: Faringdon fossils, Faringdon Greensands, and the Faringdon Sponge Gravels. Although the old quarry is no longer being worked, it has still not been restored.* Restoration would involve recreating a fertile soil bed in the quarry base using the original topsoil, and preserving the fossil-rich walls and naturalised plant and wildlife. The quarry's ponds have breeding colonies of toads, smooth and palmate newts, and Great Crested Newts, a European Protected Species. Wicklesham tetrad also has eleven plant species listed as ‘rare’. #  Following restoration, Wicklesham would soon become an exceptionally rich natural habitat, a local community resource and educational and scientific destination, and an important attraction for visitors. Wicklesham Quarry is part of West Oxfordshire Heights Conservation Target Area (CTA)- for the conservation and restoration of biodiversity. CTAs are the principal focus of Biodiversity Action Plans for protecting and restoring Priority Habitats and Species, and creating landscape scale ecological networks, in order to meet Biodiversity Action Plan targets under the Convention on Biological Diversity. Wicklesham Quarry lies beneath the viewing point of Galley Hill, at the centre of a network of well-used local footpaths and bridleways connecting Faringdon to the villages of Fernham and Little Coxwell, and the Iron Age fort of Ringdale. This area of landscape is an important amenity to many local people, and connects Faringdon to the open countryside south of the A420 trunk road. It remains a pristine area of the Corallian Ridge, with spectacular views across the Vale - apart from the eyesore of the still unrestored quarry. Wicklesham's scientific resources are the key to Faringdon's historic landscape setting and coral limestone architecture, mid-way between the chalk downs of the Ridgeway and the Upper Thames. The owner has been trying to turn the quarry into an industrial/ warehousing site for the past eight years. In order to avoid restoring it, it was used for storing imported sand and gravels until 2016. Four independent reviews have found that turning Wicklesham into an industrial site is unjustified and /or unsustainable (URS Ltd 2008 & 2013; VWH District Council Preferred Options Report 2009; Faringdon Neighbourhood Plan Sustainability Appraisal 2014). In 2016, the Vale of White Horse District Council refused yet again to include Wicklesham Quarry in the 2031 Local Plan for industrial use. Faringdon Town Council has rejected every independent assessment, even those it commissioned itself, and the Neighbourhood Plan seeks to safeguard Wicklesham quarry as B2- B8 ‘employment land’. This means the landowner would be able to by-pass normal planning safeguards in order to develop the quarry, regardless of local objections. Supporters of the campaign to Protect Wicklesham Quarry from Development have challenged Faringdon Neighbourhood Plan’s use of evidence provided by local developers, on the grounds that it is inaccurate and misleading. We believe that the plan fails to meet the Basic Conditions.  The High Court has now heard my case challenging the Vale of White Horse District Council's decision to adopt Faringdon Neighbourhood Plan.  Help me to protect this amazing, irreplaceable site before it's too late! Get in touch with any questions or comments by email to: protectwicklesham@gmail.com.  * In December 2016 Oxfordshire County Council served Grundon Ltd with a Breach of Conditions Notice for failing to carry out the Restoration Scheme, and set a new deadline of 30th June 2017. The County Council and Natural England have acknowledged that Grundon failed to obtain a Mitigation Licence, and Oxfordshire County Council has photographed substantial damage to one of the ponds.For recent updates to the story of this campaign, - including photographs of the same pond following attempts to trash it - please scroll down the page.  # Wicklesham tetrad, an area 2km X 2km, with the quarry at its centre, was surveyed in 2000 by the Ashmolean Museum Natural History Society, Rare Plants Group, for C. D. Preston, D. A. Pearman & T. D. Dines, eds. (2002): New Atlas of the British and Irish Flora. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Supported by DEFRA)

Anna Hoare
766 supporters