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sustainability

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Update posted 6 days ago

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.

Stonehenge Alliance
8,581 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

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.    

Andrea Sangiacomo
190 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Howard Quayle, Isle Of Man Government

Grant Manx Farmers a license for growing Hemp

The Isle of Man Government should seriously consider granting licenses for Manx farmers to cultivate Hemp for use on the island or for export.  Growing Hemp is a lucrative industry and the future of Manx Farming could depend on it and more importantly it doesn’t come at a cost to our health or our environment. In fact quite the opposite!  Hemp is such a robust crop, it would thrive on our island. The future of our planet depends on it! With high yields and a quick 6 week turn around as well as Manx Farmers already having the machinery to harvest the crop the idea to allow Hemp to be grown on the island could be a greener solution to a lot of environmental issues right now!  The future of our planet relies heavily on Hemp! Please support this petition.  Here are some facts on Hemp: Hemp is nutritiousOkay, this may not be new news, but did you know that the hemp seed has the same nutrient that is also in…. wait for it… breast milk. The hemp seed holds an oil that is rich in gamma linolenic acid (GLA), just as in breast milk. Hemp helps the environmentDid you know that hemp can eliminate toxins and radioactive material? It’s true! To test this, scientists planted hemp at Chernobyl and discovered that hemp conducted phytoremediation and decomposed chemicals from the soil better than any house plant, or any plant for that matter. Hemp enrichesHemp is equipped with deep roots that allows it to grow in various types of soil and terrains. Not only is it versatile, hemp can even hold soil together. In the past, it has been used for this purpose after clear cutting of trees. Bet you didn’t know that? When the hemp plant is reaped, the stem and leaves contain so many nutrients that many farmers take what they don’t need and put it back in the soil. This process rejuvenates the soil even more, enriching the soil with nitrogen, aiding with an even larger yield for the next season. Hemp can build houses and even carsWhaaat? Yes, really! It all started in 1941, when Henry Ford owned a car made of soybean hemp and plastics. It was lighter than steel, but it was durable, withstanding ten times the impacts, without a single dent. In 2008 Lotus launched their eco friendly sports car, featuring lush hemp wool on the steering wheel, to hard compressed hemp making up the seats. Today, hemp is a popular choice for building homes because structures made from hemp are pest-free, rot-free, mold-free, and are fire-resistant. Plus, hemp plastic materials are 100% biodegradable. Hemp can power carsSure, a car can be made of hemp, but can it go? Absolutely! Hemp seed oil can be converted from into a biodegradable and toxic-free biodiesel. Hemp is a superhero – it could save the worldNow, hemp is no Captain Planet, but close enough. It could replace some of the effects that lead to carbon emissions, but hemp could also eliminate them. You see, hemp has a really high carbon-dioxide uptake and it starts a process named carbon sequestration that traps emissions. Hemp prevents deforestationHemp can be used as a resource material for wood and paper, which make for a healthier earth and it’s inhabitants, humans and animals. For a one year supply of paper, it is said that one acre of hemp is equivalent to four acres of trees. Hemp could help eliminate world hungerHemp is a protein that holds amino acids and important vitamins. Hemp seeds are a nutritionally dense food, which could be made into many different foods, as with soya and most significantly into oil or flour. Don’t forget that hemp is a hearty plant that can be grown in different types of soil and land. Healthy oilHemp oil contains omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, which makes hemp a healthier alternative to vegetable oil. Hemp should not be confused with marijuana. Please, do some research!      

Pippa Clare
619 supporters