environmental issues

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Petition to Julie Anne Genter, Phil Twyford

Julie Anne Genter - Make NZ Streets Safe for Cycling - save lives

#safecyclingnzSign to tell the Government and local authorities that the deaths of New Zealanders on bicycles must stop.2017 was a terrible year for bicycle deaths. 18 people on bikes were killed on our roads. Of these 13 people were over 40. That’s a whole heap of children and families who have lost a parent, an aunt, an uncle or a grandparent.This petition asks the Government and all councils to act urgently to:1. Build substantially more safe cycle infrastructure in cities and towns.2. Educate drivers with cycle safety campaigns to share the road.3. Lower speeds on urban streets.Our plea will be presented to Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter at the Road Safety Summit in April 2018. Minister Genter has called the Summit because she is aware that New Zealand has a terrible problem. Far too many people are dying and being seriously injured on our roads.Right now our streets are congested and it’s hard to get around. Kids can’t play in the streets, we have an obesity epidemic, and our carbon emissions from private vehicles are contributing to climate change. People biking helps build safer, healthier, more liveable cities, that are easier and cheaper to get around. 70% of households with children have bicycles.  But because there are very few safe cycle routes on our streets and congestion is at record levels only 2% of adults cycle for commuting and just 2% of school children bike to school.Many people consistently say want to bike more but they are too afraid to do so because our streets are not safe enough for people on bikes. It’s up to councils and the Government to shape our streets to help people bike safely.In hundreds of towns and cities around the world from New York to Copenhagen or Christchurch, where good cycle lanes are installed more and more people cycle, there is less and less congestion and much healthier people.  Lets get NZ back to being a healthy, active nation, with less congestion and is safe and attractive to cycle.

Cycling Action Network
608 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern

Remove Te Papa Museum's Chairperson, an ENVIRONMENTAL VANDAL

The Chair of Te Papa Museum (Evan C. Williams) must be removed from his role immediately unless he agrees to cease his extremely destructive housing development (Weiti Bay) and restore the land to a natural state. Mr Williams is using bully tactics by threatening legal action to individuals and community groups that are speaking out. Evan C. Williams is the head of Williams Land Ltd., a property development company that is doing earthworks next to Long Bay Okura Marine Reserve, one of the only estuary marine reserves in New Zealand. He is building a gated community and causing truckloads of dirt and fine sediment to pour into streams, which flow into a marine reserve. This is choking the marine ecosystem, the wildlife it supports, and is destroying a national treasure that should be for everyone to enjoy. His property development has blocked and destroyed an intertidal stream, turning it into an overflowing mud trap. The stream historically formed a sand bar at high tide, which supported a roost of rare godwits, dotterels and other wading birds. This has now been destroyed. His property development is causing truckloads of mud to flow into the Karepiro Stream, which was formerly known as the most pristine intertidal stream entering the Hauraki Gulf. The mud is ending up in the ocean where it is choking the ecosystem to death. His property development has allowed invasive weeds to spread across the majority of this treasured landscape (Weiti Station - 2,135 acres). These are spreading quickly and are destroying the many significant coastal forests in the area as they outcompete the native plant species. Despite the significant impacts that his property development is having on marine, intertidal, and forest ecosystems, Evan C. Williams wants to build more houses, even with outcries from the local communities and a decision by Auckland Council to restrict his development from 1750 houses to 550 It is grossly hypocritical to have an environmental vandal serving as Chair of Te Papa, which is responsible for protecting and restoring our natural and cultural taonga (treasure). Evan C. Williams is using his position as Chair of Te Papa to increase his status as a property developer and to "greenwash" people that his businesses are “environmentally friendly”. Someone has to stick up for vulnerable places like the Long Bay Okura Marine Reserve and that is what we are trying to do. Your support is appreciated! It’s time for Evan C. Williams to go!  Thank you for signing and sharing this around NZ! More Info:  Informative Video                  Response to legal threats                                    Additional articles on FB page

Evan C. Williams Removal Committee
1,801 supporters