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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
9,419 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks 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
568 supporters
This petition won 3 weeks ago

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.  

Milan Knezevic
13,519 supporters