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Petition to oliver dowden, Robert Jenrick, TAYLOR WIMPEY, George Eustice MP, hertsmere borough council

Save Woodcock Hill Village Green from development

Taylor Wimpey are putting forward proposals to de-register valuable Village Green land with the intention of building houses in its place. This is an unacceptable loss for both biodiversity and the local community.  We the local residents and management agents for this area believe the proposals put forward by Taylor Wimpey that seek the ‘release’ of part of the existing Woodcock Hill Village Green and the subsequent ‘replacement’ with a greenspace  does not adequately represent nor compensate the valuable green space lost. This is to the detriment of both the local community and environment. Woodcock Hill Village Green is located in Borehamwood, Hertsmere; consisting of over 21 hectares of Woodland, Meadow, Ponds, Grassland and more. Whilst not just a site valued for its biodiversity interest, the village green is also known for it's historical importance as the location of one of the beacons used to warn the country of the Spanish Armada, but equally as a location for the whole community to enjoy and connect with the great outdoors.   Green spaces across Hertsmere are already in decline and under constant threat. Our green spaces offer a multitude of benefits to the community not just environmentally, but also socially and economically. The recent COVID-19 pandemic has shown us how important access to nature is for our health and well-being. Now imagine if that space where you escaped the unending misery of COVID-19 was ripped away from your local area. If we lose this fight to protect the Village Green status of Woodcock Hill there will be a precedent for developers to continue to erode the green spaces that generations have spent so much time to protect and the green belt, parks and amenity areas will be next.  We are calling on all residents, wildlife enthusiasts, community leaders, politicians to sign our petition which we will deliver to government to put a stop to these damaging proposals to take away the very community in our town.        

Woodcock Hill Village Green
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Petition to United Nations Economic and Social Council, United Nations General Assembly, UN Secretary-General

UN: Fund COVID-19 Costs From National Defence Budgets

Swords into Plough-shares Given COVID-19 has destroyed many, many people's income because of various lockdowns, quarantines, etc. Yet there's a source of funds that can massively change the equation: Defence budgets. "A challenge of global proportions requires a global response. We need to show true solidarity in all our efforts to address COVID-19" - Her Excellency Mona Juul We aren't asking for essential defence services to be de-funded just the non-essential. Of course a country needs to maintain credible defence, but let's face it, there's more than enough firepower in all the countries of the world, to destroy the planet 10 times over. At least. Given most countries have huge defence budgets which are sometimes out of control, and unless we all missed a major war being declared, we demand that the U.N. fulfils it's mandate in under Chapter X of the United Nations Charter. The means to achieve this is already in the U.N.s purview: United Nations Commission for Social Development has these goals: Create an economic, political, social, cultural and legal environment that will enable people to achieve social development; Eradicate absolute poverty by a target date to be set by each country;Support full employment as a basic policy goal; Promote social integration based on the enhancement and protection of all human rights; Achieve equality and equity between women and men; Attain universal and equitable access to education and primary health care; Accelerate the development of Africa and the least developed countries; Ensure that structural adjustment programmes include social development goals; Increase resources allocated to social development; Strengthen cooperation for social development through the UN. This is not a new idea: At a micro level: After World War II, military surplus AFVs were sometimes converted into bulldozers, agricultural, and logging tractors. Two are currently preserved at the Swords and Ploughshares Museum in Canada. French farmers sometimes used modified versions of the obsolete FT-17 tank, and similar vehicles, based on the T-34 tank, remain in widespread use in the former USSR. At macro level: The Marshall Plan reconstructed Europe after WWII. Our Proposal Many countries have implemented loan deferments for individuals and companies, gives the model for how this would work: Fund twice basic minimum wage for all citizens, work permit holders in every member country of the U.N. for at least one year starting now. All we are saying is give peace a chance- defer defence spending for one year, just 20% of each U.N. member country's non-essential defence budget in a global pool to fund this proposal, managed by United Nations Economic and Social Council. Why twice? Because already it's estimated that 50% of small and medium sized businesses have closed and small and medium sized businesses account, on average, 80% of each country's GDP. Consequences of Not Doing This How will countries collect taxes from an unemployed population? What will be the burden on your healthcare system, since poverty is very bad for your health? The long shadow of COVID-19 will affect us long after the last respirator has been turned off. Closing Thoughts The only way we get out of this, is together. There's an old African proverb: if you want to walk fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together. The Lakota Prayer below is the only way will survive us. Aho, Mitakuye Oyasin…. All my relations. I honour you in this circle of life with me today. I am grateful for this opportunity to acknowledge you in this prayer….To the Creator, for the ultimate gift of life, I thank you.To the mineral nation that has built and maintained my bones and all foundations of life experience, I thank you.To the plant nation that sustains my organs and body and gives me healing herbs for sickness, I thank you.To the animal nation that feeds me from your own flesh and offers your loyal companionship in this walk of life, I thank you.To the human nation that shares my path as a soul upon the sacred wheel of Earthly life, I thank you.To the Spirit nation that guides me invisibly through the ups and downs of life and for carrying the torch of light through the Ages, I thank you.To the Four Winds of Change and Growth, I thank you.You are all my relations, my relatives, without whom I would not live. We are in the circle of life together, co-existing, co-dependent, co-creating our destiny. One, not more important than the other. One nation evolving from the other and yet each dependent upon the one above and the one below. All of us a part of the Great Mystery.Thank you for this Life."Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed." - Mahatma Gandhi Lastly, the proposal is very much in tune with the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals.

Quantum Warrior Alliance
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Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to 内閣総理大臣 安倍晋三, 厚生労働大臣 塩崎恭久, 加藤勝信

Please review the use of physical restraints in Japanese psychiatric treatment

 In May 2017, my son Kelly Savage, who worked as an English teacher in Japan, died after being found in cardiopulmonary arrest while he was tied to his bed with physical restraints in a psychiatric hospital in Kanagawa prefecture. The cardiopulmonary arrest was completely unexpected, and occurred after he had been  tied to his bed  on the psychiatric ward for 10 days. We asked the psychiatric hospital to investigate the cause of his death and to review their policy on the use of physical restraints, but they refused to do so. From the first time that a Japanese high school student came to our house on an exchange programme, Kelly loved Japan.  He loved watching Japanese movies such as Totoro and became fascinated by Japanese culture.   He studied Japanese through high school and university and qualified to be an English teacher in Japan.  He taught English to Japanese children in elementary and junior high schools in Kagoshima for about two years.  The students and other teachers loved his fun-loving, friendly personality. Unfortunately, he became depressed and entered a Japanese hospital in April. But less than two weeks later, he was discovered in cardiopulmonary arrest. It seems that he was tied to his bed with leg, waist and wrist restraints almost the entire time he was in the hospital. Compared to other countries, Japanese psychiatric hospitals keep patients in restraints for a much longer time. According to a survey conducted on 689 patients in 11 psychiatric hospitals, the average time spent in physical restraint is 96 days[1].  Meanwhile, the average time in foreign countries is at most several hours to tens of hours. Although it is thought that there are not many people in Japanese psychiatric hospitals, in fact, the number of people who are physically restrained in Japanese psychiatric hospitals continues to increase. In 2014 more than 10,000 people were restrained-the highest ever recorded, and more than double the number a decade earlier [2]. It is well known that long-term restraints can cause grave physical, as well as psychological, harm to patients. It may cause deep vein thrombosis, also known as economy-class syndrome, which can be fatal[3,4]. In order to give proper treatment for hospitalized patients, the use of physical restraints in psychiatric medical treatment must be reduced. Together with Toshio Hasegawa, Professor of Health Faculty at Kyorin University, we have set up a group to try to appeal to the country to reduce the use of physical restraints in psychiatric treatment[5]. According to Professor Hasegawa, experiences similar to Kelly’s occur to many Japanese people as well [1]. At the very least, we hope that Kelly’s experience will not be repeated.  Kelly, who was fascinated by Japan and loved Japanese culture, would want Japanese psychiatry to improve.  We hope that this incident will lead to improved psychiatric care in Japan. We appreciate your continued support so that this request can be delivered to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. Thank you. Martha Savage [Our request] To prohibit the use of body restraints for a long period of time (24 hours or longer) in psychiatric hospitals. To quickly investigate whether there are human rights violations caused by physical restraint in psychiatric hospitals. In order to prevent human rights violations and deaths from occurring in psychiatric medical care, require a visual record, such as a video recording, whenever physical restraints are used.  Allow access to those recordings for patients or next of kin within 14 days to determine the actual conditions employed. The government should demonstrate leadership by setting targets with specified dates by which both the number of people in physical restraints and the time period of restraints are reduced. To provide medical information to patients and bereaved families, require hospitals to disclose information based on "guidelines for providing medical information" by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. We ask for your continued support so that people receiving psychiatric treatment in Japan will receive proper medical care, will not be restrained more than necessary and will not lose their lives. References:[1]長谷川利夫. (2016). 精神科医療における隔離・ 身体拘束実態調査 ~その急増の背景要因を探り縮減への道筋を考える~. 病院・地域精神医学, 59(1), 18–21.[2][3] Dickson BC, Pollanen MS: Fatal thromboembolic disease: A risk in physically restrained psychiatric patients. J Forensic Leg Med 2009; 16:284–286.[4][5] 【ホームページ 精神科医療の身体拘束を考える会】 日本語版ページはこちら: Our homepage: English newspaper article:  

Alliance against physical restraint in psychiatric care (精神科医療の身体拘束を考える会)
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