Petition to Barnaby Joyce
APVMA REVIEW THE USE OF 1080 IN AUSTRALIA
IT'S TIME TO LISTEN TO THE PUBLIC, TIME TO STOP USING TOXIN 1080 IN AUSTRALIA. TIME TO HEAR WHAT IMPACT 1080 IS HAVING UPON AUSTRALIAN LIVES , AUSTRALIAN WILDLIFE, AUSTRALIA'S DOMESTIC PETS. 1080 SHOULD NOT BE A POLITICAL BALL GAME, IT IS A RISK TO AUSTRALIA'S ENVIRONMENTAL FUTURE. APVMA MUST OPEN THE USE TO REVIEW AND LISTEN TO ALL SUBMISSONS. 1080 IS A POTENTIAL RISK TO HUMAN HEALTH, IT IS USED IN URBAN AREAS CONTRARY TO APVMA RECOMMENDATIONS.
Petition to New Zealand Parliament
Say No to Plastic Bags in New Zealand
Hi everyone! We are Ashley Vujcich and Jennifer Butcher from Orewa College, and we would like to see the policy on plastic bags in our country changed. Specifically, we would like to see a 15c levy placed on all plastic bags sold at checkouts in New Zealand. Humans are killing the environment, and plastic bags are a big part of the problem. New Zealanders use around 1.6 billion single-use plastic bags a year. Plastic bags add tones of rubbish to our landfills, but a huge number of them don’t even make it that far; instead, they end up as litter in our streets and parks and waterways, and once in the environment, they can have devastating consequences as a result of their non-biodegradable nature, especially on animals. Tens of thousands off turtles, dolphins, whales, fish, birds, and other animals all die every ear after becoming entangled in or eating plastic bags. We want to see this changed. So, we are calling on the Government of New Zealand to support the Green Party’s Waste Minimisation (Single-use Plastic Bag) Amendment Bill, and impose a 15c levy on all plastic bags in the country. We believe that a levy is (a good idea) to reducing the amount of plastic pollution in our country, and a major step toward keeping NZ clean, green, and beautiful. Should the Bill pass into legislation, it would place a 15c charge on all plastic bags sold at the checkout, and the money generated would go to environmental non-for-profits and charities involved in waste minimisation projects, education, litter reduction, and beach-and-river clean ups. Thus, the levy has three major consequences: bringing awareness and starting a conversation on the issue, reducing plastic bag usage in NZ, and funding the work to undo the damage they have already done. A large reason that we are so passionate about this topic is our community. We live in a coastal town on Auckland's Hibiscus Coast, and the beach and estuary are a large part of our lives. It’s upsetting to see the plastic bags are strewn up the beach, floating in the estuary, and stuck in our mangroves. We would love to see our beautiful community, and the whole country, free of litter and rubbish, and we believe that this levy is the first step toward that. Thank you for your support. Ashley and Jennifer.
Petition to Roche Group - Bill & Imelda & family, Dominic Roche, Mr Damian Roche, Minister Gabrielle Upton, Minister Sarah Mitchell
Don’t bulldoze Aboriginal heritage: save the Butterfly Cave
The Butterfly Cave is incredibly important to Awabakal women and the wider Aboriginal community - but a giant property developer called Roche Group want to destroy thousands of years of Aboriginal women’s history by building a massive housing development only 20 metres away. It’s heartbreaking - the construction will damage our fragile cave and we are desperate to save our sanctuary. If Roche Group is permitted to proceed with their housing development, construction will obliterate the journey path to the Cave and destroy the bushland that is a source of spiritual and physical sustenance. On top of that, Roche Group is demanding women seek permission from them before visiting the site and a manager has threatened us with trespassing for continuing to go into the Butterfly Cave. In the past this manager has spied on us and we find Roche Group’s demands offensive and degrading. The Cave is incredibly special to Aboriginal women. Generations of women have treasured this spiritual place and it continues to be a place of connection and cultural activity to this day. Awabakal women have been urging Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton to intervene to save this precious site, but she has ignored our pleas and will not even meet with us. The NSW Government and Lake Macquarie City Council planners couldn’t care less about Aboriginal women’s culture and history and plan to wipe out this most sacred and special place with the flick of their pen. So what are we asking for? What will make ALL the difference? We are asking Minister Upton to increase the 20m buffer zone to 100m. A small change, a monumental difference. Please join us as we fight to save our beautiful, sacred site.
Petition to Minister Steven Miles
Please help stop a new Coal Mine near the Great Sandy Strait in QLD.
Hello All, I want to tell you about a new mine called Colton Coal mine which will be just 2klms from a town called Aldershot, home to about 1000 people. They objected to polluted mine waste water being discharged directly into the Mary River upstream of the Great Sandy Strait, and to the negative impacts of coal dust and noise on their health and well being.The township is entirely dependent on tank water collected from their roofs for drinking, and they are worried about the impacts of coal dust pollution on their drinking water. Unfortunately, despite the strong case put forward by Aldershot residents, the Land Court recommended that the project should proceed. That means the final decision now rests with the Minister for Environment, Steven Miles. The Mary River is threatened by the open cut mine. It could have devastating effects on the ecology of the river, which is home to rare and threatened species,( including the iconic Mary River Cod ) and on the internationally listed Great Sandy Wetlands, a sea grass environment that supports dugong, dolphins, prawns and fisheries. It is a nursery grounds for the rich diverse sea life that is the backbone of the regional tourist economy, and is also a vital summer stopover for migratory birds from the northern hemisphere. Minister Miles and his government have committed to work towards the nomination and listing of the Great Sandy Strait as a World Heritage site. It would be ridiculous to put that global recognition at risk by turning it into a drain for dirty waste water from the Colton coal mine. The current proposal is so appalling , that it doesn’t even require the mining company to clean up its mess – it will be allowed to leave behind a gaping hole or ‘final void’ as they are known, over 100 hectares in size, which equates to a hole in the ground approx 3.5 klms long and 80 mtrs deep that will be at risk of over-topping during rain events or of leaching polluted wastewater. We also cannot forget about Climate Change and the seriously negative impact burning coal has on our beautiful planet. The planet that provides all of us with every breath we take, every mouthful of food we eat and every drop of water we drink. We are ruining this planet for all living things that depend on it and it desperately needs to stop !!! I ask you to please sign this petition to very strongly urge the Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Steven Miles to reject the mine proposal outright or to amend it to prevent any pollution risk to the Great Sandy Strait and to protect the people of Aldershot. Thanks very much for your support ! Lise Blackgrove
Petition to Jane Smith
Central Coast Council: Establish an Urban Forest Strategy for the Central Coast
Since the introduction of the NSW Government's State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) Affordable Housing 2009, the Central Coast has experienced unprecedented loss of mature trees in front and back yards. For every granny flat that goes up, mature trees are coming down - yet the Central Coast Council is doing nothing to offset the devastating loss of shade and habitat. A growing number of cities (for example, City of Sydney, Perth and - now famously - City of Melbourne) are prioritising proactive tree planting and shade production in their town planning by publishing Urban Forest Strategies*, yet the Central Coast - an area experiencing some of the most rapid population growth in NSW - still does not have formal shade production and green space targets. Moreover, the council has recently stopped providing residents with free native trees, something it has done for decades. WHY? Following years of a passive (some would argue, retrograde) approach to managing existing trees, including a lack of any strategic plans for succession planting and carbon offsetting, Central Coast suburbs are gradually becoming hotter, drier and more barren. Pedestrians - primarily children, mothers with prams and the elderly - are met with shadeless streets which on a summer day make the simple pursuit of walking an unbearable task. Newcomers to the Central Coast are often heard remarking at the lack of shade, and the absence of atmospheric tree-lined streets in shopping strips and urban spaces. In an area known for its National Parks and world-class beaches, the back streets of Central Coast suburbs present a stark contrast. We know that granny flats and multiple dwelling developments - much-needed affordable housing options for many - are here to stay. What we urge the Central Coast Council to acknowledge is that as the population becomes denser, and larger homes and less green space become the norm unique stresses are being placed on our suburbs. Planners and policy-makers can no longer ignore the requirement for strategic policies and programs to not only increase the retention of existing hardy trees, but to proactively add to the urban canopy to ensure shade for the future. We call on Jane Smith and the new Central Coast Council to act now to establish policies and guidelines to prevent unnecessary tree removal and to promote proactive tree planting in suburbs, parks and nature strips. We urge you to take the steps needed to ensure that Central Coast suburbs are vibrant and liveable places...now, and in the future. Many, many cities already have Urban Forest Plans which formalise the value and benefits of trees as community and environmental assets worthy of protection and promotion. *Urban Forest Plan. An urban forest is broadly defined as the collection of green spaces, trees and other vegetation that grows within an urban area, on both public and private land. It provides a range of social, environmental and economic benefits that enrich the quality of urban life. Reference: https://www.perth.wa.gov.au/planning-development/city-initiatives/urban-forest-plan Additional resources: http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/community/parks-open-spaces/urban-forest/Pages/urban-forest-strategy.aspx http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/live/trees/urban-forest http://202020vision.com.au/media/53149/urban-forest-strategy-fa_lores_spreads.pdf
Petition to His Excellency Mr. Salaheddine Mezouar, Mrs. Minister Hakima El Haite, Mr. Franck Bainimarama, Mr. Inia Seruiratu
Exit Coal Now !
Exit coal now ! (please scroll down for translation in French, German, Russian, Italian and Spanish) Recent studies* have shown that coal-fired power plants cause the premature death of tens of thousands of people each year in Europe, and hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Furthermore, they are the biggest single group of CO2 sources that can be PHASED OUT within a dozen years or so (12 years in Europe and North America, 24 years worldwide), since alternative sources of clean, affordable, low-carbon electric power are widely available (depending on local conditions : renewable and/or nuclear power). We, ExitCoalNow (ECN), a worldwide coalition of NGOs and citizens, hereby urge world leaders to require each country to move towards an exit from coal as an electric power source, by 2040 or earlier, and 2030 or earlier in Europe and North America. Furthermore, for the sake of public health and climate change urgency, the most advanced countries will strive to beat those deadlines and reach that goal by 2025. --- Purpose of the petition : The grounds for action are not only climate change mitigation, but also public health, since coal-fired power plants are among the most serious root causes for respiratory illnesses, cancers and premature deaths in many countries. Furthermore, the use of coal for electric power production, added to other coal usage, amplifies environmental damage due to overmining, wildlife and landscape destruction, water and soil pollution, etc. We met the UNFCCC climate leaders at COP22 in Morocco, November 2016, and will meet again at COP23 in Bonn in 2017 to ask them for their support in turning the decision to stop building and operating coal power plants into a priority at the international level, within the application framework of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Furthermore, we hereby respectfully request the organization of either an official or informal event at COP23 or COP24 with the COP22/23/24 President and Climate Champions, or their representatives, for them to receive the signed petition from participating ExitCoalNow members. Petition Site: the petition will be hosted on change.org. An informative petition web page will be created later with translation in several languages, updated data, texts and graphs. List of countries and states which have pledged to phase out coal by 2040 : https://exitcoalnow.org/ECNlist.html - not committed yet to save their own and neighbouring people's lives... and still failing to crack down on CO2 emissions: Germany, USA, China, Japan, Poland, India, Australia, The Netherlands ... Worldwide list of coal power plants :http://globalenergyobservatory.org/list.php?db=PowerPlants&type=Coal ExitCoalNow (ECN - http://ExitCoalNow.org ) is a global network of non-profit organizations with the common goal of ending the use of coal a an electric power source. ECN was founded in 2016 by SOP : Saving Our Planet - http://savingourplanet.net First partner organizations: more are listed on ExitCoalNow.org IAHV : International Association for Human Values http://www.iahv.org/ EFH : Energy For Humanity http://energyforhumanity.org/ SLC : Sauvons Le Climat http://www.sauvonsleclimat.org/ STC : Save the Climate http://savetheclimate.org/ *Reference on coal plant damage and how to replace them quickly: - from WWF, in English : Europe’s Dark Cloud - How Coal-Burning Countries are making their neighbours sickhttp://awsassets.wwfffr.panda.org/downloads/dark_cloud_full_report.pdf - from SLC, in French : La Place du Charbon en Europehttp://sauvonsleclimat.org/place-du-charbon-en-europe/ TRANSLATIONS of the english petition text – FR : sortons du charbon maintenant ! Des études récentes* ont démontré que les centrales électriques au charbon sont la cause de dizaines de milliers de morts prématurées chaque année en Europe, et de centaines de milliers dans le monde. De plus, elle sont le groupe le plus important de sources d'émissions de CO2 qui peuvent êtres arrêtées en une douzaine d'années (12 ans en Europe et Amérique du Nord, 24 ans dans le monde entier), puisque des sources alternatives d’électricité propre, peu onéreuse et bas-carbone sont largement disponibles (en fonction des conditions locales : énergies renouvelables et/ou nucléaires). Nous, ExitCoalNow (ECN), une coalition mondiale d'ONG et de citoyens, prions instamment les dirigeants du monde d'engager chaque pays vers la sortie du charbon comme source d'électricité, au moins avant 2040, et avant 2030 en Europe et Amérique du Nord. Par souci de santé publique et d'urgence climatique, les pays les plus avancés s'efforceront d'anticiper ces délais et d'atteindre cet objectif dès 2025. – ES : ¡ salir del carbón ya ! Estudios recientes* han demostrado que las centrales electrícas que usan carbón como combustible causan la muerte prematura de decenas de miles de personas cada año en Europa, y centenas de miles de personas en todo el mundo. Además, es el grupo más grande de fuentes de CO2 que puede eliminarse gradualmente en unos doce años (12 años en Europa y América del Norte, 24 años en todo el mundo), ya que las fuentes alternativas de energía eléctrica, limpia y asequible, de bajo carbono están ampliamente disponibles (dependiendo de las condiciones locales: energías renovables y/o nucleares). Nosotros, ExitCoalNow (ECN), una coalición mundial de organizaciones no gubernamentales y también de ciudadanos, por lo tanto instamos a los líderes mundiales de cada país a comprometerse hacia la salida del carbón como fuente de energía eléctrica, para el año 2040 o antes, y para el año 2030 o antes en Europa y América del Norte. Por el bien de la salud pública y para responder a la emergencia del cambio climático, los países más avanzados deben esforzarse por superar esos plazos y lograr ese objetivo para el año 2025. – DE : Kohle Ausstieg jetzt ! Nachhaltige Studien* haben gezeigt, dass Kohlekraftwerke vorzeitigen Tod von Zehntausenden von Menschen jedes Jahr in Europa verursachen. Sie sind für hunderttausende von Toten weltweit verantwortlich. Außerdem stellen sie die größte CO2-Quelle dar, bei der innerhalb von einem Dutzend von Jahren ein kompletter Ausstieg möglich wäre. In Europa und Amerika wäre ein Kohleausstieg nach 12 Jahren, in der ganzen Welt nach 24 Jahren durchaus realistisch. Denn es gibt alternative Quellen für einen sauberen, erschwinglichen, kohlenstoffarmen Strom. Je nach örtlichen Gegebenheiten können erneuerbare Energien und / oder Kernergietechnologien die Kohle ersetzen. Wir, ExitCoalNow (ECN), sind eine weltweite Koalition von Nichtregierungsorganisationen und Bürger. Wir setzen uns dafür ein, dass Weltmarktführer und alle Staaten sich für den Kohleausstieg engagieren. Dies sollte bis 2040 oder früher weltweit und 2030 oder früher in Europa und Nordamerika erreicht werden. Im Interesse der öffentlichen Gesundheit und des dringend zu lösenden Problems des Klimawandels sollten sich vor allem Industrieländer bemühen, dieses Ziel bis zum Jahr 2025 zu erreichen. – IT : Abbandonare il carbone ora ! Recenti studi hanno dimostrato * che le centrali elettriche a carbone causano la morte prematura di decine di migliaia di persone ogni anno in Europa, e centinaia di migliaia di persone in tutto il mondo. Inoltre, esse sono il più grande singolo gruppo di fonti di CO2 che possono essere gradualmente eliminate entro una dozzina di anni o giù di lì (12 anni in Europa e Nord America, 24 anni in tutto il mondo), dal momento che fonti alternative di energia pulita con prezzi accessibili, a basse emissioni di carbonio elettrico sono ampiamente disponibili (a seconda delle condizioni locali: rinnovabile e / o energia nucleare). Noi, ExitCoalNow (ECN), una coalizione internazionale di organizzazioni non governative e dei cittadini, con la presente vogliamo sollecitare i leader mondiali nel richiedere che ogni nazione si muova verso l'uscita dal carbone come fonte di energia elettrica, entro il 2040 o anche prima, e entro il 2030 o prima in Europa e Nord America . Inoltre, per il bene della salute pubblica e per l'urgenza del cambiamento climatico, i paesi più avanzati si adopereranno per battere queste scadenze e raggiungere questo obiettivo entro il 2025. - RU : Срочно отказаться от угля ! Согласно долгосрочным исследованиям*, сотни тысяч человек ежегодно погибают из-за электростанций, работающих на угле. Кроме того, сжигание угля приводит к максимальной эмиссии углекислого газа по сравнению со всеми остальными источниками электроэнергии. Однако, именно от этого источника энергии технически и практически можно было бы полностью отказаться. Такой процесс длился бы в Европе 12 лет, а во всём мире 24 года. Ведь есть же альтернативы энергии, которая экономически доступна и не приводит к фатальным количествам углекислого газа. В зависимости от местных предпосылок, уголь можно бы заменить возобновляемыми источниками электроэнергии или атомными технологиями. Мы, ExitCoalNow (ECN), объединяем сеть неправительственных организаций и гражданских инициатив. Мы выступаем за то, чтобы ведущие компании и все государства нашли путь отказаться от угля. Этот процесс должен быть завершён во всём мире до 2040 года, а в Европе и Северной Америка до 2030 года. В интересах здоровья людей и насущной проблемы климатических изменений необходимо, чтобы развитые страны поставили себе цель полного отказа от угля до 2025 года.
Petition to Josh Frydenberg
Recycle the plastic cover on Victoria
Recycling in Victoria is at a low. Mass amounts of recyclable waste is put in landfill because coffee cups are questioned as recyclable or not and the fact that we haven’t got good enough recycling plants in Victoria to recycle these cups. We need better. We deserve cleaner. The advantages are obvious, Victoria will be so much more sustainable. There are only two recycling centres in Victoria and neither sift through the plastics that cover our land. WE made one big step banning plastic bags. Lets make a bigger step and recycle more coffee cups. Coffee cups come through every single day, billions come with plastic covers, as well as water bottles, soft drink bottles and even milk and juice cartons. Millions and millions a year fill up our land. Even the coffee cups that show they're recyclable sneak a plastic cover in. A new recycling plant in Victoria could do great things for the state, even putting people in jobs, reducing landfill and ultimately getting rid of this plastic abomination we know as "recyclable coffee cups". Help Victoria out. Recycle the plastic coating on cups. Check out: https://cremacoffeegarage.com.au/blog/truth-about-disposable-coffee-cups-abcs-war-on-waste/
Petition to Premier Mark McGowan
Premier: Please Save Bushland in Shenton Park, WA
Another bushland in the Western Suburbs of Perth is under threat. A very significant linkage between the world-renowned Kings Park and Bold Park, this bushland is also critical foraging habitat for the endangered Carnaby's Cockatoo. Yet the Planning Ministers from both the previous and current government are refusing to protect and enhance all of the bushland on the hospital redevelopment site in Shenton Park. This decision flies in the face of Labor’s mandate to protect Perth’s biodiversity. It also flies in the face of government policy, advice from scientific experts and the public’s desire to protect the bushland. Only the Premier can step in and do what is right. Please sign the petition asking the Premier to overturn this reckless decision by the Planning Minister and save this precious bushland.