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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, 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: Additional resources:      

G.U.S.T (Grow Urban Shade Trees)
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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 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 : - 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 : ExitCoalNow (ECN - ) 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 - First partner organizations: more are listed on IAHV : International Association for Human Values EFH : Energy For Humanity SLC : Sauvons Le Climat STC : Save the Climate *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 sick - from SLC, in French : La 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.

Exit Coal Now (ECN)
557 supporters