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sustainability

24 petitions

Started 2 days ago

Petition to Irish Government & European Commission

Save Our Sucklers: Open Letter from the readers of the Irish Farmers Journal

Dear President Juncker,Commissioners Hogan and Malmström,An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar andMinister Michael Creed, In 2017, Irish beef exports totalled €2.5bn. The backbone of this industry is our national suckler herd. Traditionally standing at over a million cows, the suckler herd has been a vital generator of economic activity in towns and villages throughout rural Ireland. There are over 100,000 Irish farm families directly engaged in the production and finishing of suckler-bred animals. Alongside this, the beef processing industry generates another 10,000 jobs. Many of these processing facilities are located in rural towns and villages where alternative employment is limited. Furthermore, with the beef sector sourcing in excess of 90% of its inputs from within the Irish economy, suckler farming is key to sustaining the economic activity that generates thousands of jobs in the agricultural inputs sector. Overall the Irish beef industry has traditionally contributed more to the Irish economy than any other manufacturing sector. Economic analysis indicates that for every €100 in exports, the net foreign earnings from the beef sector is over €50. This compares to just €19 for other manufacturing sectors including modern economy sectors such as pharmaceuticals and ICT. Unfortunately, suckler beef production is an extremely low-margin business. Within the EU, the suckler herd has largely been maintained through a combination of direct payments that underpinned production and trade regulations that ensure only beef produced to EU standards can enter the EU market.Along with providing EU consumers with safe, high-quality beef, both measures reflected a long-held view at national and EU level that the suckler cow played an important role as: 1) An economic generator in rural towns and villages across the EU.2) An environmental custodian across some of the most marginal land areas within the EU. An analysis carried out by UCD on behalf of the IFA reinforces the role of the suckler cow as a wealth creator, showing that every €1 of support provided to suckler farmers generated over €4 of economic activity in rural towns and villages.Unfortunately, we have in recent years seen a steady erosion in the level of direct support targeted towards the suckler sector. A recent analysis carried out by the Irish Farmers Journal showed that a typical suckler farm has seen the level of support received from both the EU and Irish Government fall by typically €200 per cow. This lack of support has coincided with a growing appetite within the EU to undermine the EU beef market by allowing increased access to beef imports from parts of the world that do not have the same costs or production standards. Currently the EU is negotiating a trade deal with South American countries that, if agreed, would have devastating consequences for the EU and Irish suckler herds.All this is taking place against a backdrop where EU and Irish beef farmers are struggling to cope with the consequences of Brexit. No sector within any member state is as exposed to the fallout from Brexit as the Irish beef industry. The UK market currently consumes five times more Irish beef than the Irish market.The lack of profitability, due to the steady withdrawal of support from both Europe and the Irish Government and the uncertainty around the future of the EU beef market, due to ongoing trade deals and Brexit, is seeing the Irish suckler herd slowly starting to wither away. Unless both the EU and Irish Government move to quickly inject confidence back into the suckler sector, then the pace at which farmers exit the sector will accelerate, with the financial consequences being felt far beyond the farm gate. By signing this letter, I am calling on you, the European Commission and the Irish Government to recognise the important role that suckler farmers play in maintaining a vibrant rural Ireland by committing to: 1) A fully funded Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) with the commitment to introduce targeted direct support for all low-income sectors including sucklers.2) Protect EU and Irish suckler farmers in all upcoming trade deals and reject any demands from non-EU countries for increased access to EU beef markets.3) Safeguarding farmers’ income both during and after Brexit negotiations through the implementation of market support measures.4) Supporting the campaign for the introduction of a suckler cow support payment of €200/cow to underpin the sector and halt rural decline.  

Irish Farmers Journal
3,492 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Manufacturers, Welsh Government, Supermarkets

Ban plastic carrier bags in Wales by 2020

Petitioning Welsh Parliament and Government to:Ban use of plastic bags in Wales by 2020 - why not lead the way for a change! Sue Hay, South Wales, United Kingdom Every single piece of plastic ever made, still exists. An extremely large amount of plastic bags will inevitably end up in our oceans, littering the floors and branches of our forests, killing both mammal and marine life alike. Plastic bags are responsible for the decline and extinction of thousands of species Worldwide. It is hard to recycle plastic bags.  By banning plastic bags we will be setting a global standard and example for the rest of this planet and leading from the front for a change! FACT: we never used plastic bags until 1960's. Plastic bags do not degrade in the marine environment. Plastic bags photo-degrade, meaning they break down into smaller and smaller bits of plastic but never completely go away. Marine animals, such as turtles, and seabirds - even some fish see these micro plastic particles floating in the water and think that it’s food. Plastic cannot be digested; thus the plastic blocks the digestive track and the turtle or bird dies from starvation because their food can’t be digested. It is estimated that over 267 species of seabirds have plastic in their bodies. Numerous studies have proven this fact. FACT: Plastic bags also kill our land animals in huge numbers. This means that no matter how far from the ocean that you live, an improperly disposed of plastic bag will eventually reach the ocean through our rivers or by the wind.  “Over 46,000 pieces of plastic litter are floating on every square mile of ocean today. In the Central Pacific, there are up to 6 pounds of marine litter to every pound of plankton”. That was in 2006, 11 years ago; imagine what the statistics are now. FACT: The introduction of he 5p charge in Wales in 2011 has reduced useage by 71% but it's not enough. FACT: There are other options. Plant based starch bags, or strong paper brown bag manufacturers offer an affordable, bio-degradable and environmentally friendly option to all. I am urging the Welsh Government, leading plastic bag distributors, and supermarkets to take action towards this disaster and stop it while we can. Thanks.  This petition will be delivered to: Welsh Government on reaching 10,000 signatures to Downing Street to be debated in parliament. I agree with this cause and believe Welsh Government is conscience enough to make this happen. Share with Facebook friends please to be part of the solution and not the problem!  

Thrive Magazine
14,732 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Sadiq Khan, Shirley Rodrigues, Matthew Ryder, london city hall

London Ban - All Disposable plastic

No time to WASTE the FUTURE needs us!  Lets get London to the forefront of making a change for the PLANET. We must be an example to other places in the world, as California, France & India have, to name a few!    Ban All Disposable Plastic! There are so many alternatives, from reusable to biodegradable. Let's encourage consumers and companies to think about waste impact!  Of the 1.5m tonnes of recyclable plastic waste used by consumers, only 500,000 tonnes is recycled!  Plastics industry has just lobbied to lower recycling targets! Shocking news! Allowing producers of disposable plastic to do as they please.            REFUSE - REDUCE - REUSE - RECYCLE - REPURPOSE San Francisco enforced ban of plastic bags in 2007, which lead on to the rest of California following.   Irish plastic bag levy 2002 -  all money from the plastic bag tax goes directly to the environment ministry for use in enforcement and clean-up projects.  Dehli, India, ban of all disposable plastic items as of 2017!  France enforced law banning plastic bags in 2016 and by 2020 all cutlery, cups and plates.   UK introduce levy on plastic bags 2015   A simple introduction of 5p charge. UK usage of bags drop 85%             BAN  ALL PLASTIC BAGS & DISPOSABLE single use items.       The number of plastic bags handed out by supermarkets in England in 2014 rose to 7.64 billion - 200 million more than in 2013.   National plastic bag usage is on the DECLINE! This is positive! Imagine the IMPACT of the ban - if we start NOW!  It takes 100 years for plastic to breakdown Plastic is petroleum fossil fuel based Plastic is harmful to wildlife & it often ends up in the ocean Watch 'A Plastic Tide' if you have not already - plastic is strangling our oceans and entering the food chain. You can also join the Greenpeace Plastic Pledge   Please SIGN and SHARE the petition.  Thank you!

Erin Lally
7,425 supporters