Petition to Everyone, Ms. Carrie Lam, Mr. K.S Wong, Mr. Donald C. K. Tong
RECOGNISE & PROCESS PLA (PLANT PLASTIC) IN HONG KONG
To: Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR Government, Carrie Lam香港特別行政區行政長官，林鄭月娥女士Secretary of Environment, K.S Wong 環境局局長，黃錦星先生 Director of EPD, Donald Tong環境保護署署長，唐智強先生 We hereby ask our Government to directly address the growing problem of disposing of PLA Plant-Plastics in a responsible, sustainable & eco-friendly way. Please extend the capacity of existing and future composting facilities to process plant plastics from Hong Kong’s restaurants and general waste streams and enforce correct labelling for waste separation to mitigate Hong Kong’s waste crisis. 針對目前日益嚴重的處置植物塑膠 (PLA)的問題，我們鄭重請求政府重視並以負責的、可持續性的 & 環保的方式直接處理。請求政府加強目前以及未來廚餘處理設施的容量，處理來自香港餐廳以及其他廢物渠道的植物塑膠，並實施廢物正確標記及分類方案，以此改善香港的廢物危機問題。 THE PROBLEM 面临的问题 About 3,400 tonnes of food waste is disposed of in Hong Kong every day, that’s 100,000 double-decker buses by weight EVERY YEAR. Hong Kong’s main composting plant, the Organic Waste Treatment Facility (OWTF) Phase 1, can only handle 200 tons of food waste a day, with the second OWTF to manage 300 tonnes a day by 2021. This barely scratches the surface of the problem we face.香港每天大約需要處理3,400噸食物廢物，一年下來，這相當於100,000量雙層巴士的重量。香港主要的廚餘處理設施-有機資源（廚餘）回收中心(OWTF)第一期，每天只能處理僅200噸食物廢物。直至2021年，當第二期OWTF落成之後，每天將能處理僅300噸。對於我們面臨的嚴峻問題，這些設施只能解決非常小的一部分。Polylactic acid, (PLA) is a bio-polymer. PLA is made from the starch found in plants including beets, sugar cane, and tapioca. Starch is a natural polymer, a white, granular carbohydrate produced by plants during photosynthesis. This starch can be made into bio-plastics, or ‘Plant Plastics’. When exposed to heat and moisture in industrial composting facilities, it can then be composted like other organic matter. 聚乳酸(PLA)是一種生物聚合物。PLA是由包括甜菜、甘蔗和木薯等植物中的澱粉製造而成。澱粉是一種天然的聚合物，是植物光合作用過程中產生的白色的，粒狀碳水化合物。這種澱粉能被製造成生物塑膠，或叫“植物塑膠”。當在工業廚餘設施中接觸光和濕度的時候，它會像其他有機物料一樣被處理。We already know that Hong Kong’s capacity to recycle conventional plastics such as PET is limited, and the fact that Mainland China now heavily limits the amount of recyclable waste imported causes these valuable materials to be sent to landfill. 我們已經知道香港再循環普通傳統塑膠（例如PET）的容量是有限的，同時現在中國大陸高度限制進口可回收廢物導致這些寶貴的物料被用於填海。As the environmental crisis we are facing surrounding conventional plastics is becoming more and more apparent, many eco-conscious restaurants and businesses alike are turning to alternative packaging, such as Plant Plastic, in an attempt to mitigate damage. These Plant Plastics are widely advertised as ‘biodegradable’ with the ability to be composted.隨著傳統塑膠所造成的環境危機越發嚴重，越發明顯，許多對於環境保護有意識的餐廳及業務開始採用其他方式的包裝材料，像是植物塑胶，以此減輕對環境的傷害。這些植物塑胶被廣泛宣傳成可以被生物降解的。However, there is HUGE disconnect between the producers of these plant plastics and the users & governments who are responsible for their waste disposal and management. Plant Plastic cannot be recycled, and requires industrial composting facilities to break them down efficiently. If the composting infrastructure is not in place to recover the bio-material from a plant-based cup, it's really no better than your toxic plastic water bottle. They are ending up in landfills and the open environment, where they take decades to biodegrade. 然而，植物塑膠的生產者和使用者，與我們負責廢物處置和管理的政府機構之間，仍然存在巨大的合作空缺。植物塑膠無法再回收，需要工業廢物處理設置將其有效地降解。如果處理設施無法將類似植物塑膠中的生物材料再回收，這和一個有毒的塑膠水杯相比並無分別。這些廢物終將被用於填海或存在於公共環境中，需要幾十年才能被生物降解。Hong Kong’s Environmental Protection Department has not yet recognised the potential for collection and composting of Plant Plastics from restaurants or other industries. The speed and capacity for which the Hong Kong government is planning industrial composting facilities is not fast enough to deal with the waste crisis we face.香港環境保護署尚未認可從餐飲和其他行業收集及處理植物塑膠的潛力。香港政府目前在策劃工業廚餘處理設備的速度和決心並不足以解決我們目前面臨的廢物危機問題。THE SOLUTION解決辦法Of course in an ideal world, we’d eliminate the use of single-use packaging full-stop, but unfortunately we aren’t quite there yet, and it will take some time for all businesses to become zero waste. We have an alternative to toxic conventional plastic NOW and we must harness it.當然在最好的情況下，我們會完全禁止使用僅能單次使用的包裝，但是現實情況下，我們仍須一些時間使得所有的商家能到達到零廢棄。我們現在有一個替代傳統有毒塑膠的解決辦法，因此我們必須強力執行。The government must recognise the growing problem surrounding conventional plastics, and facilitate businesses to move to alternatives through supporting the composting of Plant Plastics at current and future government facilities. The current government facilities operate at 30-60C, optimal temperatures for PLA to break down政府必須充分認識到傳統塑膠產生的問題越來越嚴重，通過現有的和未來需建立的政府機構支持植物塑膠處理，幫助鼓勵商家開始使用植物塑膠。目前的政府機構在30-60C, 適宜的溫度下運行PLA的分解。The collection of PLA from restaurants could be facilitated through the FEHD or independent contracted bodies, such as Baguio or HK Recycles. There is already a growing alliance of 14 restaurants spread out over Hong Kong Island, named the ‘Zero Waste Alliance’ who use PLA and are willing to participate in any trial schemes as a collective. 從餐飲行業收集的PLA可以通過FEHD或者其他獨立的機構進行處理，類似碧瑤綠色集團有限公司，或者HK Recycles。現在已經有一個由14家餐廳組成的不斷擴大的組織 “零廢聯盟Zero Waste Alliance”正在使用PLA, 並且願意一起參與任何嘗試計劃。 This would accelerate the solution of Hong Kong’s waste problem by solving two issues at once - the transition from Conventional Plastics to Plant Plastics, and the harnessing of valuable energy from food and PLA waste otherwise lost. 這將通過同時處理兩個問題，加快解決香港廢物危機的問題的辦法 – 首先從使用傳統塑膠轉型到使用植物塑膠，同時利用好從食物以及PLA廢物中本來會損失的寶貴能源。 THE ASK 請願Sign this petition 簽署這份請願書Share amongst your peers 和你的朋友分享Contact your representatives on the matter: 關於提出的問題聯繫你的代表人 Ms. Carrie Lam Office of the Chief Executive Hong Kong Special Administrative Region People's Republic of China email@example.com Mr. K. S. Wong Secretary for the Environment 33-34/F & 46-48/F, Revenue Tower, 5 Gloucester Road, Hong Kong firstname.lastname@example.org Mr. Donald C. K. Tong Permanent Secretary for the Environment Director of Environmental Protection 46/F, Revenue Tower, 5 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong email@example.com Contact: 聯繫方式如下 Matt Teague Cultural CreativeMANA! FAST SLOW FOOD / Zero Waste Alliance firstname.lastname@example.org+852 5400 5089
Petition to Mike Coupe, Dave Lewis, Dave Lewis CEO, David Potts CEO, Mike Coupe CEO, Andy Clarke CEO
Stop the Rot! Call on supermarkets to tackle food waste in their supply chains
UK supermarkets and businesses throw out over 7 million tonnes of food annually, before it gets to your shopping basket. That’s enough to lift all the hungry people in the UK out of food poverty. Globally, if food waste was a country, it would be the third top carbon emitter after USA and China. I've started this petition as part of Stop the Rot campaign because I want to see an end to this stark injustice. Consumers are currently asked to do the lion's share of tackling food waste, but many businesses waste more in a day than a consumer does in a year. Someone pays for these mountains of wasted food – be it you, victims of climate change, the person who can’t afford to eat, or the supermarket’s suppliers. Food is mainly wasted on farms and in factories, but hugely affected by retailer policy. Imagine spending all year growing potatoes, just to have them rejected for being the wrong shape or size. Or toiling to overproduce cauliflowers for fear of ever missing an order. One farmer had to plough 300,000 perfectly edible cabbages back into the field. These unjust practices need to be stopped. Hidden from view, the waste piles up and suppliers suffer in silence. It’s time to call on UK supermarkets to tackle the food waste their policies cause in their supply chains. Three quarters of the UK’s food is sold through Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys and Morrisons. With a strong movement pressuring them, we can make them act! Join Stop the Rot's call for the major supermarkets to: - regularly publish their in-store and supply chain's food waste data, including collaborating to measure food waste on farms by 2018 to enable targeted reduction. - commit to ambitious targets to reduce their own stores' and their manufacturing suppliers’ food waste by 30% by 2025 Please sign and share this petition! Together, we can stop the rot!
Petition to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), RSPCA, Donald Trump
Donald Trump passed a law that it is legal to hunt hibernating and endangered bears!
Donald Trump has passed a law that the previous 2016 ban by the US Fish and Wildlife Service on shooting animals from aircraft, killing bears during hibernation, baiting with food and "denning" (killing wolves, coyotes, and their cubs in their dens), has now been abolished and these monstorous acts are legal again. The previous ban was made to ensure sustainable populations of specifically Alaskan wildlife. After it was introduced, the wolf population in Denali National Park rose from 112 to 127 between 2015 and 2016, clearly showing that it was working towards the previous 200 wolf population average of the park, so why abolish it? The new law applies to more than 76 million acres of national reserves in Alaska, despite the State Law already banning sport hunters from these practices and limiting tactics used by subsistense hunters. The Alaskan state should be allowed to make its own laws regarding it's great wildlife. Please help save the animals of our planet so that future generations will be able to appreciate them too! Trophy hunting must be stopped!
Petition to UNESCO, United Nations, The British Council, CNN, BBC, Council of the European Union
Stop African Appropriation - Start African Inclusion: Kiondo Woven Bags
Meet Mama Rebecca, she started an all female run village in Kenya where she helps young women run away from FMG, abuse and all sorts. Only enlightened men are allowed in. The young women can have relationships outside of the village. They can bring their babies up inside the village and children from outside are welcomed in to be educated.The community survive from making handcrafted accessories to sell to tourist. The first time Mama Rebecca and I spoke she called me 'my daughter' , I was in tears because I needed her the last 6 years - as a young single mother in this sometimes very brutal world (despite the smile and crown I wear), I related, not just to the safety net, but to what Fashion and escaping in creativity meant to me Before I became Miss Kenya and Miss East Africa UK. I had a dream to make it in the fashion industry and represent African Luxury. Before that, I was a little girl in Nairobi who got to see,touch and breath the magic sea of rural women who spent hours trailing to the city to sell or deliver accessories and handmade woven baskets. They take weeks to make. THE KIONDO: is a social exchange among Kenyan's. We like to compare, compliment, tell stories about our pieces, because no one is the same. Isn't that the very language Luxury speaks? Current fashion trends are haunting me with woven baskets! They originate from Kenya’s Kikuyu tribe. They wove huts in spiral cone shapes, signifying limitless connection in each layer. From the ground representing natural certainty, to the top, symbolic of spiritual and supernatural realities. Traditionally made from stripping the Sisal plant, an extremely durable material that doesn’t need any pesticides, chemicals or fertilizers to grow. Kikuyu’s would dance and practice community rituals, socially organizing themselves to reflect the same shape as the Kiondo hut. Kikuyu women carry these as a chalice of complex symbolic, spiritual architype. It has kept their craft alive through local trade as Kenya’s national emblem, tailor made by rural women, SO NO ONE IS EVER THE SAME. Now In the UK, I walk into high-street shops and pick up luxury handbags at department stores who are duplicating the Kiondo using leather and mass producing. But I ask the representatives and search for labels hoping a leaflet falls out showing it was locally produced. I was met with blank stares and price tag nearly 500% more the price of an authentic Kiondo. The most expensive was approximately £1,700. The Kiondo and The Kikoy (a traditional Kenyan cloth) are extremely popular and exported to western markets. My Issue is not brands re-designing the bag. My issue is not including the people, the heritage, the sacred techniques passed on for centuries which happen to be sustainable. THIS IS DECIMATING LOCAL TRADE AND EXTREMELY TALENTED KENYAN ARTIST'S ARE HUNGRY! The claim that a Japanese company has patented our old- age ancestral cloth the Kikoy is a controversial issue in Kenya. I found a British registered company The Kikoy Company which seems to have offices in Kenya. So many have ripped this cloth out of our hands and we have allowed it, see Louis Vuitton's version Read this link: https://ipkenya.wordpress.com/2011/07/07/kiondos-kikoys-and-shukas-intellectual-property-protection-in-kenya/ HOPE FOR THE KIONDO. Another British company tried to patent our old age basket and failed. But there does seem to be newly registered company 'Kiondo Limited' in April 2017. It is not clear what the company intends to trade. That could make 2 of Kenya's national treasures, cultural heritage, possibly not owned by our people. We need to skill Kenyan creatives to compete globally and protect their innovations. Let's bring this conversation to the front, before it is too late. Please sign the petition Kenyan's and lovers of Kenya. I've launched The Rural Retail Challenge: asking Fashion, Art and Luxury to include the stories, sustainable techniques and craftsmanship of native people, in design Be the resolution. Support The Rural Retail: www.theruralretail.com Instagram @theruralretail Thank you.
Petition to Nicola Kleyn
GIBS to implement recycling & ban single-use plastic
The Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), the number one business school in Africa, needs to transform their operations from one-dustbin disposal (currently used in 2018) to a fully-integrated recycling operation which includes separating: plastic; paper; raw food and glass. In addition, GIBS should ban single-use plastic. "We believe passionately that business can, and should be, a force for good, a force for positive change, and a force for the economic development our country and continent so desperately needs." - Nicola Kleyn Sustainable business, development and innovation are topics taught at GIBS, yet are not actually implemented by the institution. We, as current students and alumni, would like to see GIBS transform and serve as a leader in the move to more sustainable solutions to protect people, profits and the planet.
Petition to SECRETARY OF STATE FOR TRANSPORT AND SECRETARY OF STATE FOR CULTURE, MEDIA & SPORT
SAVE STONEHENGE WORLD HERITAGE SITE
PETITION: No further damage should be done to the archaeological landscape of Stonehenge. Future generations would be appalled at those who decided that road widening should be at the expense of England’s most iconic World Heritage Site. If A303 widening at Stonehenge is felt to be essential it should be done by means of a deep bored tunnel at least 4.5km long. Anything shorter would cause irreparable damage to this landscape, in breach of the World Heritage Convention. WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? The UK Government proposes to widen the A303 trunk road to the south west. This road crosses the iconic Stonehenge World Heritage Site (WHS), which has been called “the most archaeologically significant land surface in Europe”. The whole site, extending to beyond the horizons around the famous stones themselves, is c. 5.4 km across. All of it makes up a “huge ancient complex” that holds many secrets yet to be discovered. The proposal is to put the road into a tunnel where it passes the stones, but the tunnel would be at most only 2.9 km long. This would result in at least 1.6 km of above-ground 21st-century road engineering within the WHS, consisting of new dual carriageway descending in massive trenches to the tunnel portals and possibly a new underpass with slip roads on the western WHS boundary. All archaeology in the construction zones would be destroyed and the A303 would become the largest ever human intervention in an area fashioned and revered by over a hundred generations of our ancestors. The whole Stonehenge landscape has an outstanding universal value that is of immense significance for all people for all time, and this transcends any consideration of sorting out a 21st century part-time traffic jam. PETITION IN OTHER LANGUAGES Chinese; Dutch; French; German; Italian; Portuguese; Slovenian; Spanish. HARD COPIES OF PETITION You can download hard copies of the petition and collect signatures here. RUNNING TOTAL OF SIGNATURES This is a world wide petition and is linked to an identical one at 38 degrees for UK addresses only which records the running total for both petitions. See here.
Petition to Public events organizers
#PlantPoweredCommunity: plant-based food at public and social events
Sharing food and meals is one of the oldest and most convivial activities in human society. Human society grew up, indeed, around food – and in order to make the obtaining and sharing of food easier and possibly more enjoyable. Every day, people still enjoy their food with others, both in private and public contexts. Most of the world follows an omnivorous diet. Yet, animal-based foods consumption in particular is growing worldwide, with a consequent increase in meat-and-dairy production.[*] Now, there’s a number of reasons which show that meat-and-dairy based diets are not sustainable. Here are some of the main ones: meat-and-dairy consumption is positively correlated with a number of health issues;[**] meat-and-dairy based diets tend to be significantly less resource-efficient and to produce significantly more waste;[***] the meat-and-dairy industry alone accounts for around 15% of total greenhouse gas emissions (equivalent to the whole transportation sector taken together), and has a direct, devastating effect on the environment, by directly causing deforestation, ocean acidification and depletion, species extinction and desertification;[+] the meat-and-dairy industry operate with procedures that any cat or dog owner would find simply outrageous and inhuman if implemented on their pets instead of cows, pigs and chickens.[++] Meat-and-dairy-based diets are also habits. Following a diet based on animal foods is the habit of getting most of one’s nutrients from animal products on a daily basis, around three times per day, every day. What makes animal-foods consumption non-sustainable is not the barbecue you had last summer. The problem is the daily and regular habitudinal consumption of meat-and-dairy on a long term basis. Sharing a plant-based meal has clearly beneficial consequences, in terms of sustainability. It’s also relatively easy to arrange. Most omnivores are already familiar with plant-based food and they enjoyed it in the past (haven’t you ever eaten a vegetable soup? A bowl of rice or quinoa with legumes and seasonal greens? Never tried tofu, tempeh or seitan stir fry or stew? Never used almond or rice milk with oatmeal for breakfast? – If you haven’t you’re missing some very delicious and nutritious foods...). By having a plant-based meal, nobody is really depriving herself of something or throwing herself into the ‘unknown’. Plant-based foods are easily available in most restaurants, supermarkets, canteens and home kitchens. In fact, I bet that anybody reading this post has at least a few friends with whom she enjoyed a plant-based meal in the last week. #PlantPoweredCommunity campaign aims to raise public sensitivity about the need to transitioning towards a more sustainable plant-based diet. It does so, by focusing on communities and gatherings of people as the key for this change. By going for a plant-based meal together, we can better see, and demonstrate, that we do have the power and resources to progressively adopt more rational and sustainable habits. Moreover, by doing that together with others, we’re arguably going to produce a snowball effect that will impact and involve more people. How to take action? It’s easy. If you subscribe to #PlantPoweredCommunity, then the next time (today, tomorrow, this week) you’re in charge of anything that concerns food (taking people out for a meal, organizing an event, designing the menu at your institution or facility etc.) then you do two things (see below for more practical tips about implementation): (1) ensure that the food offered is entirely plant-based; (2) ensure that you inform people of why the food is entirely plant-based and encourage them to do the same on the next occasion. This will create a community of people who share a commitment to lower meat-and-dairy production and consumption – a community that is not based on deprivation of things we like, but on embracing other things that we like as well, which we can share together while being faithful to our own values and interests. Tips for making a #PlantPoweredCommunity 1) Lead the change by sharing information about the #PlantPoweredCommunity. => It’s important to share publicly that you’re supporting a #PlantPoweredCommunity. You can do that in many ways: state on the webpage of your event that you support the campaign; add this statement to your email signature, or take five minutes at the opening of your event to explain why you support a #PlantPoweredCommunity. 2) You’re not alone: just ask for support! => There are many people just next door (e.g. at your local institution, or just among your friends) whom you can ask for advice about food choices and the best plant-based food options to offer at public events. Green offices, sustainability committees, friends with whom you’ve been for plant-based meals: these are all very good starting points for seeking a bit of advice and support. These people will probably be very happy to help you out, give practical tips and join you in supporting a #PlantPoweredCommunity. 3) Adapt the #PlantPoweredCommunity to different kinds of events: A) You organize an event that does not require registration (e.g. drinks & snacks, casual parties, collective ceremonies): => Announce that you’ll provide plant-based food by default. If, for whatever practical reasons, it turns out to be difficult to avoid dairy and eggs entirely, make sure that the products that contain these ingredients are not more than 30-40% (i.e. significantly less than half) of the total food provided. Extra Tip: if you have to rely on specific catering providers that are not specialized in plant-based food, discuss options with them in advance, talk them through your requirements and, if possible, try what they will offer in order to make sure that the food will be tasty, delicious and nutritious. Don’t be afraid of sharing your preferences with them, since they might not be familiar with them at all. It’s in the best interest of these catering providers to come up with the best food and keep their clients happy, so they’ll listen to you and they’ll accommodate! B) You organize an event that does require preliminary registration (e.g. conference dinners, summer school lunches, group excursions): => Announce that you’ll provide plant-based food by default (as above) and ask participants to inform you if they have any dietary requirements, which may include non-plant-based food if they need that. Extra Tip: if you’re organizing a meal at a restaurant, discuss the menu in advance with the restaurant manager or chéf. Several restaurants are specialized in plant-based food, but many can also easily adapt and provide ad hoc (and delicious!) menus for your plant-based events. Just make sure that, in this case, the food will not only be plant-based but also well-balanced from a nutritional point of view. A quick internet search (see e.g. happycow.net) will provide you with plenty of options nearby from which you can pick and choose the most convenient and plant-based friendly venue for your event. 4) Keep track of your progresses! => It’s important to keep track of how things move towards a #PlantPoweredCommunity. How did people react to your plant-based event? What was memorable? What could be improved next time? Your experience can help you at the next event, but it can also help and inspire other people. Share the experience and information with your contacts, colleagues and friends, and why not also on the page of the #PlantPoweredCommunity campaign here on Change.org. It would be lovely to hear about your initiatives! Notes [*] Statistics on meat consumption and production are available here. [**] The main diseases positively correlated with high meat-and-dairy consumption are: Cardiovascular disease – see e.g.: here and here. Obesity – see e.g.: here and here. Diabetes – see e.g.: here and here. Alzheimer’s and dementia – see e.g.: here and here. Cancer – see e.g.: here and here. Here is a free documentary that summarizes some of these findings. [***] A good synthesis of the main reasons why high levels of meat-and-dairy production are unsustainable on a large scale is provided here. [+] For data and studies on the environmental impact of the meat-and-dairy industry (including fish) see: here, here, and here. For a documentary summarizing some of these results, see Cowspiracy. [++] Yes, animals suffer when they are slaughtered, and there is no way of ‘efficiently’ raising billions of animals per year while also treating each of them ‘humanely’ (e.g. as you would treat your own pet). On this point, see Melanie Joy’s TEDx Talk on Carnism.
Petition to Duško Marković
Save Skadar Lake, one of Europe's last true wildernesses, from devastating construction
SCROLL DOWN FOR THE ENGLISH VERSION Sačuvajmo Skadarsko Jezero, jedno od poslednjih Evropskih preživljelih divljina od razorne izgradnje Skadarsko jezero, najveće močvarno na Balkanu, je zatićeni Nacionalni park u Crnoj Gori još od 1983. i dio je svjetske liste zaštićenih močvarnih područja, koja je pod Ramsarskom konvencijom od 1996., kao priznanje za njegovu ogromnu vrijednost kao vodeno stanište. Netaknute kamenite obale jezera, ostrvca, mnoga sa manastirima na njima, močvarna područja, šume vrbe, otvorene vode i milja plutajuće vegetacije koja su dom, kako se procijenjuje za više od 281 vrsta ptica, 48 vrsta riba, 50 vrsta sisara, brojnih vodozemaca i insekata uključujući i neke od najugroženijih životinja u Evropi, kao što je rijedak kudravi pelikan-rezidentna ptica. Ukratko, navedeno predstavlja prirodni raj. Sada je taj raj u velikoj opasnosti od neposredne izgradnje masivnog odmarališta. Ipak, uprkos obavezama Crnogorske Vlade da zaštiti ovo ekološko blago, kao i svoju obavezu da ga čuvaju kao kandidat EMERALD i NATURA 2000, Ministarstvo Turizma I Održivog razvoja je dozvolilo gradnju mega turističkog rizorta, Porto Skadar Lake, uništavajući ekološki karakter ovog posebnog jezera i odričući se svojih strogih propisa, kao što je zabrana gradnje na obali jezera već decenijama. Kompleks, sa 600 luksuznih smještajnih jedinica i 30 vezišta za brodove, je sam vrh ledenog brijega. Novi prostorni plan, izrađen iza zatvorenih vrata, predlaže izgradnju još nekoliko velikih turističkih poduhvata u srcu Nacionalnog Parka, i samim tim uništavanje onog što Nacionalni Park čini posebnim, kao što je dragocijena delta rijeke Morače-značajno međunarodno stanište ptica (IBA) i još mnoštva drugih dijelova. Pojava masovnog turizma u ovoj oblasti stvoriće nesposobnost da se zaštiti životna sredina od velikog broja posjetilaca i pojave ilegalnih aktivnosti. Već imamo jako loše primjere ovog sistema u praksi: zadnjih 15 godina, veći dio Crnogorske obale je nepovratno divljački uništen izgradnjom velikih zgrada, kuća, hotela za tržište. Građani Crne Gore su zauvjek izgubili svoju obalu, od koje nemaju nikakave ekonomske dobiti, osim nekoliko pojedinaca koji rade za minimalne plate. Ovo stanje je odraz postojanja građevinske mafije tj.male grupe tajkuna i Vlade, kako bi se napravio ogroman profit. Ako sada nešto ne preduzmemo, jednostavno Skadarsko jezero, koje je izbjegavalo ovo ludilo do sada, može biti izgubljeno zauvjek. Prirodni kapital je jedan od rijetkih sredstava koji su ostali u Crnoj Gori, a eko-turizam je svijetla ekonomska budućnost za lokalnu zajednicu-ali ovi megalomanski planovi bi okončali status Nacionalnog parka, pokrenuli divlju gradnju i otjerali turiste koji posjećuju region Skadarskog jezera u sve većem broju, koji hvale lokalnu ekonomiju, koja im nudi usluge malih, preduzetničkih poslova kao što su ture brodom, privatan smještaj, domaće vino, med itd.. Postoji ljepši put za naprijed. Zajedno, pozivamo Premijera Crne Gore Duska Markovica, da stavi hitno moratorijum za izgradnju unutar Nacionalnog parka Skadarsko jezero, kao i doživotnu zabranu projekta u Mihailovićima, na zoni gdje je planirana izgradnja kompleksa Porto Skadar Lake, i da se složi sa razvojem naturalnog turizma ili opcijom 1 u prednacrtu buduceg prostornog plana za NPSJ, dozvoljavajući da turizam raste prirodno na jezeru, poštujući životnu sredinu Nacionalnog parka i postojećih strogih pravila zaštite. SAVE SKADAR LAKE, ONE OF EUROPE'S LAST TRUE WILDERNESSES, FROM DEVASTATING CONSTRUCTION Skadar Lake, the largest wetland in the Balkans, has been a protected National Park in Montenegro since 1983 and was added to the World List of Internationally Important Wetlands, held by Ramsar, in 1996 in recognition of its enormous value as an aquatic habitat. Now at threat from imminent building of a massive resort, the lake’s untouched rocky shores, islets, marshlands, willow forests, open waters and miles of floating vegetation are home to an estimated 281 species of birds, 48 species of fish, 50 species of mammals, numerous amphibians, reptiles and insects including some of Europe’s most threatened wildlife such as the rare Dalmatian Pelican – a resident bird. In short, it is a natural paradise. Yet despite commitments made by Montenegro’s current Government to protect this ecological treasure, including its obligations to conserve it as a candidate EMERALD and NATURA 2000 site, the Ministry of Tourism and Sustainable Development is permitting the construction of a mega tourist resort, Porto Skadar Lake, destroying the ecological character of this special lake and waiving its own strict regulations, which have prohibited building at the lake’s shore for decades. The complex, with its plans to sleep 600 in “luxury” and provide berths for 30 boats, is just the tip of the iceberg. A new spatial plan drafted behind closed doors proposes the construction of several more big tourist infrastructures at Skadar Lake National Park and the removal of some areas of the National Park altogether, such as the precious Moraca River delta – an Important Bird Area (IBA). This is mass tourism in an area which has almost no capability to protect the environment from huge volumes of visitors or monitor for illegal activities. We already have a terrible example of how the system works: within the last fifteen years, much of the Montenegrin coast has been savagely destroyed by the large-scale construction of flats, houses and hotels for the market. Montenegrins have lost their coast forever, with most not even benefiting economically, while the “construction mafia” (the presumed alliance between a small group of tycoons and some in Government) have made enormous profits. If we don’t take action now, precious Skadar Lake, which has escaped this building frenzy until now, could be lost forever. Natural capital is one of the few assets left in Montenegro, with eco-tourism a bright economic future for local communities at the lake – but these plans would end its National Park status internationally and drive away the nature tourists who are visiting Skadar Lake in growing numbers, boasting the local economy with their preference for services from small, owner-managed businesses offering boat tours, private accommodation, etc. THERE IS A BETTER WAY FORWARD. TOGETHER WE CALL ON MONTENEGRO’S PRIME MINISTER DUSKO MARKOVIC TO PUT AN IMMEDIATE MORATORIUM ON NEW BUILDING INSIDE SKADAR LAKE NATIONAL PARK, INCLUDING THE PERMANENT ABANDONMENT OF PROJECTS IN THE MIHAILOVICI ZONING AREA WHERE PORTO SKADAR LAKE IS PLANNED, AND AGREE NATURAL TOURISM OPTION 1 IN THE DRAFT OF FUTURE SPATIAL PLAN FOR NPSL, ALLOWING TOURISM TO CONTINUE TO GROW NATURALLY AT THE LAKE, IN HARMONY WITH THE NATIONAL PARK ENVIRONMENT AND EXISTING RULES FOR ITS STRICT PROTECTION.