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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
4,203 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Oxford University Press, Michael Gove

Nature related words should be reinstated in the Junior Oxford English Dictionary.

By removing many words to do with nature from the Oxford Junior Dictionary, Children will, rather than caring for the earth and everything on it will be more insular and lead less healthy lives. This is alarming at a time when there are more and more species approaching extinction and more and more children suffering from mental illness and obesity.  Some of the replacement words are also questionable choices. For example Blog must surely easier to spell and discover the meaning of than say hedgehog or cygnet.  A group of authors have written to OUP and point out "“When, in 2007, the OJD made the changes, this connection was understood, but less well publicised than now. The research evidence showing the links between natural play and wellbeing; and between disconnection from nature and social ills, is mounting.” They also said, “There is a shocking, proven connection between the decline in natural play and the decline in children’s wellbeing,”   Research reveals that a generation ago, 40% of children regularly played in natural areas, compared to 10% today, with a further 40% never playing outdoors. “Obesity, anti-social behaviour, friendlessness and fear are the known consequences,” they say. This petition echos their request to the Publishers: “that a deliberate and publicised decision to restore some of the most important nature words would be a tremendous cultural signal and message of support for natural childhood”, and ask it to “take that opportunity, and if necessary, bring forward the next edition of the OJD in order to do so”.  We understand that the Oxford Primary Dictionary does include a variety of nature words of use to Primary age children and that this is a more encompassing dictionary than the Oxford Junior Dictionary, but are concerned that some very basic words for the very young are being supplanted by words that they are probably quite familiar with anyway.  We do NOT condone any abusive comments and these will be removed from the discussion if spotted.   

Terry Jackson
185,699 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Sr. Paulo Morgado, Sr.ª Presidente Maria Joaquina Matos, Sr. Fernando Manuel Neto Severino

NO to giant Avocado Monocultures! YES to a healthy Algarve! NÃO à monocultura de abacates!

    NÓS ESTAMOS PREOCUPADOS  --- English version below --- Há cerca de dois anos e meio, começou uma grande limpeza de terras perto de Barão de São João. A empresa CITAGO comprou mais de 100 hectares de terra, sendo que 70 destes foram destinados a uma plantação de abacates que é agora a maior monocultura de abacates da Europa. Graças a tecnologia moderna e ao herbicida Montana Sapec, os abacateiros cresceram bastante rápido sem qualquer concorrência por parte de outras espécies de plantas. Com isto, cresceram também as preocupações da população local que puderam testemunhar os efeitos-colaterais deste projecto durante o verão do ano (2017): diminuição de insectos, seguida de uma diminuição das aves, naturalmente relacionados com o uso de herbicidas, bem como, a grande quantidade de água que 21.000 abacateiros precisam para crescer. E tudo isto está a acontecer num momento em que Portugal atravessa o maior período de seca das últimas décadas e em que o Parlamento Europeu discute a proibição da utilização de Glifosato, uma vez que pode provocar cancro. Em Outubro de 2017, pudemos ler no jornal Barlavento que a empresa CITAGO tem planos para criar uma outra monocultura de abacates do tamanho de 45 hectares. Foi exactamente neste momento que o nosso grupo se formou. Alguns habitantes e população local reuniram-se para manifestar a sua preocupação. Em alguns jornais e também na newsletter da Almargem, foram publicados artigos sobre os perigos que o glifosato causa para a saúde humana e para meio ambiente através da sua infiltração nas águas subterrâneas. Também o grande consumo de água e o seu impacto nas áreas envolventes foram mencionados. Em relação a outros países europeus, Portugal dispõe ainda de um ambiente intacto. Nos dias de hoje e dada toda a informação de que dispomos, existe como alternativa a agricultura biológica que em Portugal cresceu cerca de 20% nos últimos 4 anos. Crescimentos económicos e ambientes saudáveis podem não se excluir um ao outro. O objectivo com a assinatura desta carta é o de informar a população em geral sobre os efeitos-colaterais das monoculturas, do grande consumo de água necessário para plantar plantas tropicais no Algarve e do uso de herbicidas. Pensamos que é extremamente necessário evitar a outra plantação de 45 hectares de abacateiros, perto da que existe actualmente. O ideal seria criar-se uma “mesa redonda” com a Câmara Municipal de Lagos, a Citago e a população local. Apesar de existirem diferentes pontos de vista, acreditamos na possibilidade de um entendimento mútuo que poderá beneficiar todos os envolvidos: humanos, plantas, animais, solo, água, ar. Pelo bem do planeta. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- WE ARE CONCERNED    --- versão portuguesa em cima --- About 2 ½ years ago a huge area of land started being cleared of indigenous trees and vegetation near Barão de S. João. CITAGO, the company undertaking the work, had acquired more than 100 hectares. Over 70 were transformed into an Avocado plantation that is now described as the largest Avocado Monoculture in Europe. Thanks to modern technology and the herbicide MONTANA SAPEC, CITAGO’s planted trees have grown extremely rapidly without any ‘competition’ from other plants. Growing also however is the concern of local residents who have witnessed the ‘side effects’ of this project. The summer of 2017 brought the impacts into sharp focus. There was a drop in the prevalence of insects followed by a consequent fall in habitual birdlife which we believe to be related to the use of the herbicide which contains the controversial compound linked to cancer, glyphosate. There was also an incidence of a borehole ‘drying up’ which we fear could be a consequence of the trees’ regular irrigation from underground aquifers. In October 2017 we read in JORNAL BARLAVENTO that CITAGO plans to extend the Monoculture of Avocados by another 45 hectares. This was the moment our group was formed. Some residents and involved people came together to manifest their concern. In some newspapers and also in the newsletter of ALMARGEM articles were published about the health and environmental dangers posed by glyphosate. Also the consumption of water and its impact on the surrounding areas was mentioned. In relation to other European Countries Portugal still has areas of unspoilt countryside. These days too see alternative biological farming methods, which Portugal especially has embraced in the last few years, showing that economic growth can be attained hand-in-hand with a healthy environment. The objective of the people signing this petition is to inform the public about the ‘side effects’ of monocultures and herbicides like Montana Sapec, as well as warn of the high water consumption of tropical plants. We think it is absolutely necessary to avoid another 45 hectares of this avocado plantation. Our goal is to create a Round Table Talk between the CÂMARA MUNICIPAL DE LAGOS, CITAGO and local residents. We believe in the possibility of mutual understanding that can benefit everyone - even in this case where different viewpoints clearly exist.

Terra Saúdável
2,630 supporters