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1. Review health benefits of underutilized medicinal plants growing invasively across Ontario

Invasive plants have been deemed to negatively impact our environment and food system. They can thrive in unprecedented numbers, threatening crop yields, food security, native plant populations and biodiversity. As a response, biological and chemical controls are often employed, which compromise the health of our soil, our food, and our bodies.

Many of the same invasive plants have important medicinal and nutritional applications. With enough interest, we can help mobilize their usage instead, offering a more eco-friendly strategy for controlling and managing invasive species across Ontario.

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2. No to redevelopment plans for Faircharm Trading Estate

Workspace plc, owners of Faircharm Trading Estate, wish to maximise the potential of their site by building residential units on the waterfront of Deptford Creek. They claim to be top providers of employment space, but rather than upgrade the present buildings (which their architects have drawn up feasible plans for), they admit it would be "a missed opportunity" not to capitalise on the riverside aspect and build luxury apartments.

Crossfields residents and other stakeholders on Creekside will lose views and sunlight once the development is built, whilst three years of construction will bring dust and pollution and turn Creekside into a dangerous road for all users and residents.

Only 28 parking spaces are provided – Crossfields already provides free parking for Faircharm, Lewisham College, APT, Laban, Cockpit, Tidemill, high street and Wavelengths users. Workspace also describe Crossfields's private roads (the upkeep of which tenants pay for) as a public pathway to transport links and Deptford High Street.

Many of the existing creative businesses will not be rehoused in the new employment spaces because of their light industrial activities, even though this is a designated business area, with few other such spaces available in the borough. The business space will be reduced by half and house only residential-friendly office-based businesses. Other tenants will not be able to afford to stay.

The ecology of the Creek is threatened by the increase in illumination from electric light, whilst Crossfields residents on Creekside and APT artists will lose sunlight.

Workspace threaten to close the site down if they do not get their way.

NB: Please use a relevant address if you work or live on Creekside.

http://crossfields.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/faircharm-uncreative-quarter-fuq-3.html
http://crossfields.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/faircharm-uncreative-quarter-2.html

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3. STOP THE DESTRUCTION OF NATURE PARK ZLATIBOR



The magnificent evergreen forest on Mt. Zlatibor is letting go under strikes of chainsaws and heavy machinery.

With pine trees taller than 15 meters and older than 70 years, stretching over 500 acres of forest land it is a predominantly influential Nature Park and self preserving ecosystem on Zlatibor.

Planted immediately upon the end of the Second World War it bore status of protected natural wealth and had become a habitat to numerous animal and plant species.

Today it's a host to a large number of families of squirrels and rabbits, also turtles, moles, hedgehogs, ant colonies, lizard dens and various birds such are robins, woodpeckers, ouzels, owls, wild pigeons, magpies, etc.

Abusing state's law regulations on environmental protection and disregarding obligatory acts of Aarhus Convention the local authorities issued The General Plan according to which the Nature Park is turned into zone of tourism and high commerce.

WARNING: The Nature Park is undergoing heavy deforestation and soil devastation by local Zlatibor authorities and Serbian Orthodox Church. Biodiversity is threatened with extinction as workers and machinery plow through in preparation to build communication and drainage network.

IMPORTANT: Please pay attention to the 5 min documentary below.



More info at:
Nature Park - Geo Location
Sačuvajmo zlatiborsku šumu - Facebook
Sačuvajmo zlatiborsku šumu - Blogspot
Sačuvajmo zlatiborsku šumu - Twitter

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4. Stop Hunting at Mt. Pelion

Δημιουργήσαμε ένα petition για να υπογράψει ο κόσμος ώστε να δείξουμε στους φορείς, ότι πρέπει επιτέλους να σταματήσει αυτό το βάρβαρο σπόρ, και να ξεκινήσει μια νέα εποχή με περισσότερη ευαισθητοποιήση για το περιβάλλον και την άγρια ζωή.

Το Πήλιο έχει μεγάλη βιοποικιλότητα. Πρέπει να την προστατέψουμε και να προχωρήσουμε σε ένα νέο είδος εκμετάλλευσης του Πηλίου, όπως Βιοτουρισμό, ορνιθοπαρατήρηση κ.α.

Δεν κυνηγάνε για την επιβίωση τους οι άνθρωποι, αλλά για να βγάλουνε το άχτι από την καθημερινότητα τους χωρίς να ξέρουν σκοποβολή αλλά και ούτε να αναγνωρίζουν τα είδη που επιτρέπεται να σκοτώσουν με αποτέλεσμα να πυροβολούνται κάθε είδους ζώο που κινείται (όπως γεράκια, αγριογούρουνα, αλεπούδες, κ.α.), αλλά επίσης επειδή πολλές φορές πυροβολούν ότι κινείται χωρίς να βλέπουν καν τι πυροβολάνε σκοτώνονται μερικές φορές μεταξύ τους οι κυνηγοί αλλά και επίσης πυροβολάνε σε κατοικιμένες περιοχές και πυροβολάνε διάφορα διερχόμενα αντικείμενα όπως αυτοκίνητα με αποτέλεσμα να υπάρχει πρόβλημα επικυνδυνότητας.

Οι υπογραφές θα σταλθούν στους Δημάρχους του Πηλίου, στον Υπουργό Περιβάλλοντος και στον Περιφερειάρχη Θεσσαλίας!

Ζητάμε από εσάς να υπογράψετε, να υποστηρίξετε το σκοπό μας, και να δείξουμε ότι μπορούμε να κάνουμε μια νέα αρχή χωρίς κυνήγι.

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5. Stop illegal deforestation at Monarch Butterfly Sanctuaries

The only host plant of the monarch butterfly (milkweed) is often a noxious weed in Canada. In the USA there is a loss of biodiverse agriculture and agricultural lands to urban sprawl and use of pesticides and herbicides.

In Mexico there is illegal logging of Oyamel fir trees within the Monarch Butterfly Habitat. In 2009 According to Monarch Watch over 50 percent of the monarchs died due to mudslides, freezing rains and floods within and around the sanctuaries.

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6. International Youth Accord on Biodiversity

Youth from 14 countries around the world have drafted the International Youth Accord on Biodiversity. It has been signed by people in more than 50 countries and has been translated into more than 20 languages. The youth will present the Accord to world leaders at the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity 10th Conference of the Parties in Nagoya, Japan during October 2010.

The NGO Biodiversity Matters hosts the Accord, alongside some of their other work, at www.biodiversitymatters.org

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7. Save green space, stop building in Hayburn Lane, Glasgow West End Conservation Area

A planning application has been lodged for a small plot of semi natural woodland to be developed into housing. 10 (7+3) terraced courtyard houses are proposed.

The plot consists of an east facing railway embankment; a narrow strip of land between the railway and Hayburn Lane, with around 80 mature and semi mature trees, bushes and natural undergrowth, which is bordering a recognised wildlife corridor running along the railway.

This small bit of Hayburn Lane is a quiet back lane, belonging to the properties of Hayburn Crescent, Victorian blond sandstone tenements, built in the 1880s.

The railway embankment and the lane are used by local children as a ‘wild’ place where they can play and build dens. A lot of people walk their dogs along the lane, and it is also used as a shortcut by pedestrians and cyclists. The trees form a natural screen from the busy railway line. The only traffic in the lane is currently the refuse collection and the odd delivery to the back gardens of Hayburn Crescent.

To make way for the buildings the developers would have to remove all trees, bushes and ground covering vegetation, dig out and remove the railway embankment, which would completely destroy the green space.

There have never been any houses or mews here before, and it would change the back lane into a street with traffic. The proposed courtyard houses are not in keeping with the buildings in the conservation area, nor to the required standard for new builds.

There have been 3 earlier planning proposals, which have been rejected due to the plot’s unsuitable position and size, as well as problems with access and traffic.

Therefore we ask you for your support, and by signing this petition request Glasgow Glasgow City Council Development and Regeneration Services to stop this development, and instead keep the railway embankment at Hayburn Lane as a green space and amenity for the good of the community!

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8. Save Crystal Gardens Conservation Centre

On January 22nd, 2004, The BC Provincial Capital Commission announced that they had made the decision to close the Crystal Gardens Conservation Centre.

This centre is an educational, cultural, and conservation resource, and is a public asset. The PCC made this decision with NO PUBLIC CONSULTATION.

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9. Save Crystal Gardens Conservation Centre

On January 22nd, 2004, The BC Provincial Capital Commission announced that they had made the decision to close the Crystal Gardens Conservation Centre. This centre is an educational, cultural, and conservation resource, and is a public asset. The PCC made this decision with NO PUBLIC CONSULTATION.

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10. Save the Tigers

Early in the 20th century there was an estimated population of 100,000 tigers spread across Asia. Now there is less than 7,000 spread out across Asia's forests.

There are already 3 out of the 8 tiger subspecies which have become extinct: the Javan, the Caspian, and the Bali tiger. The South China tiger is almost gone with an appaling population of only 30 to 40. The Siberian and the Sumatran tigers are only 500 in number and the Indo Chinese is not far behind.

The main reasons for the tiger's demise are poaching, habitat loss and population fragmentation.

The Indian tiger is being poached at a rate of one tiger a day. They are mainly poached for body parts, which are sold on the black market for use in Traditional Chinese Medicine. These body parts are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine because of old beliefs that they contain certain healing powers. These beliefs are absolutely unfounded as there is no scientific proof that there is any medicinal value in the tiger parts at all.

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