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1. Save St James's Gardens, The National Temperance Hospital, London NW1

Mornington Crescent Camden Borough resident Penny Jones has spent years valiantly campaigning for recognition of the little locality centred on St James’s Gardens to become a mini conservation area consisting of a number of LONDON & LOCALLY SIGNIFICANT LANDMARKS – a new conservation area would also encourage an improvement in the standard of any future development at the nearby Euston forecourt which suffered the lamentable loss of The Great Hall (P.C. Hardwick) and Doric Propylaeum (Philip Hardwick) in the 1960s: such crass destruction of British heritage is not to be repeated.

ST JAMES'S GARDENS (Cardington St) is a delightfully special and irreplaceable burial ground doubling as a small, tucked away, amenity park with children’s playground serving the wider communities of Bloomsbury, Euston, Fitzrovia and Mornington Crescent, happy families, nature lovers, connoisseurs of serene contemplative settings, graving enthusiasts and appreciators of London's hidden corners: It is a loved green space; containing the remains of thousands of Londoners including:

CHARLES FITZROY, First Baron Southampton, Army Officer & Politician, 1737-1797
JAMES CHRISTIE, Auctioneer, 1730-1803
GEORGE MORLAND, Genre Painter, 1763-1804
JOHN HOPPNER, Portrait Painter, 1758-1810
MATTHEW FLINDERS, Hydrographer, 1774-1814
LORD GEORGE GORDON, Scoundrel, 1751-1793

St James’s was opened as Gardens by Olive Webster Lawson in 1887 on the site of an existing overflow graveyard from 1788 for St James’s Piccadilly. It nestles headstones, monuments, an obelisk, a drinking fountain, mature trees and a pergola.

THE NATIONAL TEMPERANCE HOSPITAL (Hampstead Rd) moved to this site from Gower St in 1881. It is a multi-phased composition consisting of an E-shaped layout (F.R. Baker) on the pavilion principle with pyramidal-topped towers and three stories of cast-iron balconies and spandrels. Some of the features and symmetry are obscured by NHS accretions which detract from the original design intentions and could be removed. Shamefully, St James's Church was allowed to be demolished in the 1960s.

THE INSULL MEMORIAL WING (1916) was financed in bequest by Samuel Insull, the son of a Brixton gardener who became an American utilities tycoon. Its unusual, plain but impressive sliced layer cake rear is curved to reflect an older plot boundary.

THE ST PANCRAS FEMALE ORPHANAGE dates from 1904 (E. W. Hudson).

North Gower St has an handsome set of Georgian houses (covered by Statutory Listing but not linked to St James's within a Camden conservation area).

THE IMMINENT THREAT TO ST JAMES'S GARDENS WOULD BE AN IRREPARABLE LOSS. ITS HISTORICAL AUTHENTICITY CANNOT BE RECREATED. THE SURVIVING NEIGHBOURING BUILDINGS WOULD BE DETRIMENTALLY EFFECTED.

This petition goes to relevant persons/bodies including:
Eric Pickles [], Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Sajid Javid [], Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Boris Johnson [], London Mayor
Sarah Hayward [], Camden Council Leader
Camden Development Control councillors, [future incumbents to be identified]

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2. Save our Heritage landscape from developement

Currently we are fighting Urban Growth in their plans to remove 100-200 year old trees in preparation to develop a public park. Their intentions are to remove the trees in order to construct a water filtration unit for the lake in this park.

The site is located directly adjacent to a historical house built in the late 19th century and by continuing their plan of action, we will see a huge decrease in cultural significance of the property. In the past we have also seen destabilization to surrounding grounds of these man-made lakes and we fear that it could lead to the demise of this house. As it is one of the only buildings of its age located in the area, it would be a terrible shame to see it knocked down due to the instability of the land.

We try our hardest to look after this site and have many open days where the whole Penrith community are welcome. To date we have had around 15 hundred visitors this year. The plans were approved before any communication so no knowledge of this was available until after the approval.

They have shown no intentions of changing their plans yet so we ask all people to help us by signing the following petition in order to fight the conservation rights of historical areas in local communities. If we do not show them that we care about our history, all that will remain are stories.

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3. Protect the wombats of Bendeela Picnic and Camping Grounds

Work has been done to clear the grounds of the popular camping site Bendeela picnic and camp grounds of weeds by The Shoalhaven council on behalf of The Sydney Water Authority.

Extensive poisoning of weeds and the use of a large mulcher has left many burrows covered in mulch and earth. No effort was made to establish which burrows were active or to prevent wombats from being trapped inside.

46 burrows have been identified as effected. There is no way of knowing how many wombats escaped or were trapped.

No request was made for a wildlife carer to be present to assist and minimize damage to the wombat population.

*It is illegal to interfer an inhabited wombat burrow in NSW. Even if you have located an apparently vacant burrow, you must not fill it in without confirming that it is Inactive.

These wombats are a popular tourist attraction and already under tremendous pressure from sarcoptic mange (a burrowing mite that can lead to death) stress during peak seasons when the camp is filled with people, deliberate and accidental injury and weather events like floods or heat waves. They need our protection and respect and it is the duty of camp management to afford them that right.

*Wombats are classified as protected fauna under the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974. It is an offence to harm a wombat unless a licence is obtained from OEH.

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4. Save the Minhetti, PE

It has come to my attention today (and to hundreds of others via Facebook Group http://goo.gl/Afm7E that the iconic Hotel Minhetti at Seaview in Port Elizabeth is to be demolished to make way for contemporary apartments.

This is a building of great historic (art deco) significance and historic merit in Port Elizabeth, and should be preserved by the Municipality as such. At the very least it should be redeveloped by sensitive purchasers only as a conserved landmark of great social, architectural and historic importance to the city of Port Elizabeth.

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5. Transition to Renewable Energy by 2030

Where as Dr. Mark Jacobson of Stanford University and Dr. Mark Delucchi of the University of California at Davis have conducted several studies now reported in the Nov 2009 issue of Scientific American, the March 2011 issue of Energy Policy and now in the Feb 2013 issue of Energy Policy on powering the world, the United States and the State of New York 100% with renewable energy, with existing technology, without fossil fuel or nuclear power by 2030.

The US Department of Energy should conduct a feasibility study and implement such a plan in the US, with all deliberate speed to save the country and the planet from global warming and further environmental destruction from the impact of fossil fuel and nuclear power.

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6. Legalise hunting of feral pests within Victorian State Game Reserves

Hunting of game species (deer, duck and quail), in season is currently permitted within Victorian State Game Reserves. However, pest species may not be hunted, even with a Registration of Interest to Hunt Pest Animals on Crown Land, except when specifically authorised by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI).

Hunters of game species are keenly aware of the impact of introduced pests such as the European Red Fox, Feral Cat and European Rabbit on native ecosystems. The vast majority also hunt species designated as feral on private and Crown land, in addition to game species in season.

Organisations such as Field and Game Australia undertake significant efforts to preserve and restore wetlands and funds from the purchase of Victorian Game Licences is used to finance activities such as research, construction of nest boxes, revegetation and waterfowl surveys. The removal of introduced pests that threaten both target and non-target native and game secies should be a logical and holistic part of these conservation efforts.

Several State Game Reserves (eg. Lake Goldsmith) are wetlands that dry up before duck season commences on years of decreased rainfall. The ducks leave. Hunters have currently little incentive to visit these places in the absence of legal game, and feral species that move in threaten the establishment of waterfowl when the water returns.

As firearms use is already permitted within these reserves, allowing hunters to also take pest species does not pose an additional risk to public safety.

Lastly, most State Game Reserves are bordered by private agricultural land upon which their landowners perform their own pest control. As long as feral species can find sanctuary within the Reserves, they will always be able to recolonise adjacent private land and render these efforts futile.

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7. No mining the Karawari caves

For the past 7 years, Nancy Sullivan and Assoc, a group of PNG ethnographers, have been recording and conserving the enormous cave art system that riddles the northern escarpment of Mt MacGregor as it falls down the headwaters of the Arafundi and the Karawari Rivers.

Some of the people we work with are amongst the last nomadic hunter gatherers in PNG, and the continue to live in these caves with stencils and images that date back, we believe, 20,000 years. As yet we haven’t had the expertise to confirm their age, but they are very similar to caves found in Borneo and Western Australia which have been dated to that era. Our efforts are fully endorsed by the National Museum and Art Gallery in Port Moresby, and we have written numerous articles on their importance. The National Geographic Society, which assists us with small grants, published a story about the Meakambut people in the Februaru 2012 magazine.

A company called Pristine No 18, which is partly owned by Rimbunam Hijau, has now applied for an ELA 2008 covering the majority of these historic caves and the rainforest where the Meakambut still live and thrive. But the Meakambut and the entire Penale tribe are adamantly against the exploration. They know that once Pristine #18 has invested in exploration, they will find it impossible to evict them from their lands and forests. And they know what is at stake: Our company, Nancy Sullivan & Assoc, has spent the past 7 years paying all the school fees (and now project fees), establishing a primary school, and bringing health services (in regular patrols by a pediatric surgeon from Wewak) to the area. This is our quid pro quo for allowing us to study their caves and ultimately produce a book about them. Thus far we have received Guggenheim, Rockefeller and Christensen Fund grants, as well as National Geographic support. Our interest in the region is sincere and longstanding; we have a project that should continue for decades yet and provide these communities with the income from scientists and community development for their future.

For more information about the company and what we do, please see www.nancysullivan.net and for images of the work we do in the caves, please see the following: www.nancysullivan.typepad.com/weblong_2014/04/the-meakambut-penale-ewa-alamblak-and-sumariop-get-a-check-up.html

For details about the Pristine # 18 meeting in the village recently, see our blog:
www.nancysullivan.typepad.com/weblong_2013/03/rh-descends-on-the-meakambut.html

We have had the support of Ludwig Schulz, the late Angoram MP, and a wide swatch of his constituency who have benefitted from our work.

For the MRA representative who attended the meeting, we understand that Pristine #18 has 2 weeks to assemble an exploration application for the Ministry’s approval. We seek to circumvent this right away, in the interest of all the Penale as well as the Ewa and Sumariop people whose precious caves and histories will be disturbed by this venture.

Please support us in a campagn to keep RH and commercial mining out of these forests and away from the NATIONAL CULTURAL PROPERTY within them. The Ewa people of the upper Karawari have suffered at the hands of art dealers who emptied their caves of carvings before independence and left them with next to nothing as compensation---while their father’s carvings continue to fetch 6 figure prices on the Oceanic art market and can be seen in museums across the US and Europe. They too would be victims of this short term greed if the exploration went forward.

More info: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/02/karawari-cave-people/jenkins-text

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8. 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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9. Save Danau Toba

Menyadari bahwa Danau Toba merupakan merupakan aset alam, ciptaan Tuhan yang tidak ternilai harganya bagi bangsa Indonesia dan khususnya bagi masyarakat Sumatera Utara. Danau Toba memiliki nilai ekologi, sosial budaya dan ekonomi bagi kehidupan masyarakat terutama di daerah sekitar Danau Toba.

Saat ini Danau Toba mengalami berbagai kemerosotan, baik disebabkan olah faktor alamiah maupun akibat aktifitas yang kurang mengindahkan prinsip pelestarian ekosistem, sehingga pada saat ini terjadi degradasi daya dukung perairan maupun daratan di sekitar kawasan Danau Toba. Hal ini dapat kita lihat antara lain : lahan kritis yang sudah semakin luas; Keramba yang sangat mengganggu dan limbah domestik yang sudah tidak terkendali mencemari air Danau Toba, serta pertumbuhan eceng gondok dan gulma lainnya yang merusak estetika danau.

Berbagai masalah tersebut telah terjadi terhadap kelestarian kawasan Danau Toba, yang semakin hari mengalami penurunan kualitas yakni : kondisi fisik, kualitas air. Kondisi fisik mengalami berbagai permasalahan seperti : perambahan hutan yang tidak terkendali, pola pertanian yang tidak ramah lingkungan. Masyarakat secara sembarangan melakukan galian-galian (Galian – C) untuk mendapat keuntungan sesaat, kurang memikirkan dampak yang ditimbulkan.

Kualitas air Danau Toba yang semula jernih dan bening, kini terganggu akibat pembuangan limbah dari berbagai sumber rumah tangga, limbah pertanian, limbah keramba, termasuk pencemaran dari transportasi air kapal di Danau Toba. Dampak pencemaran ini juga telah menimbulkan permasalahan yang lebih besar dengan munculnya gulma eceng gondok sehingga mengakibatkan rusaknya keindahan alam perairan Danau Toba. Munculnya keramba diberbagai tempat secara umum telah mengakibatkan penurunan nilai estetika perairan kawasan Danau Toba dan penurunan kualitas air perairan Danau Toba.

Perusahaan keramba di Danau Toba khususnya di kawasan perairan Danau Toba, nyata sudah merugikan perekonomian, baik terhadap penerimaan usaha-usaha kepariwisataan maupun perekonomian masyarakat. Sebaliknya apabila kondisi itu dapat dipulihkan maka diharapkan dapat meningkatkan kunjungan wisatawan ke kawasan Danau Toba, yang dampaknya tentu akan berpengaruh terhadap perekonomian setempat.

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10. Stop the British Columbia Wolf Hunt!

Wolves are being indiscriminately killed in British Columbia, and under the pretext of "Wildlife Management"!

So-called "conservationists" are killing wolves, even machine-gunning entire packs from helicopters, based on the claim that they are reducing caribou herds; however, loss of habitat is a far more probable cause. Natural ecosystems are self regulating and wolves play a vital role in them.

There is also an increase in the slaughter of wolves to protect livestock on private and public land with insufficient attention to alternative measures such as improved farming practices and animal husbandry.

Wolves are killed for sport and their body parts used as trophies; this is an abhorrent activity and wasteful use of wildlife.

Wolves deserve wilderness habitat in which to live a natural pack life, unmolested.

Humans are the greatest threat to healthy wolf populations, and it's our responsibility to be a voice for these wild animals and the wilderness in which they live.

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11. Former infants' school in Club Row

The former infants' school in Club Row was designed and built by E.R.Robson, architect to the School Board for London (SBL) from 1872-1884. Most of his early SBL schools have been demolished and, apart from his 1879 infants' school in Club Row, all the surviving examples have been extensively altered. The detached single-storey Nichol Street Infants' School closed in 1933 and survives more or less as built.

The owner of the Grade-II-listed building in the Boundary Estate CA has applied to Tower Hamlets Council for major alterations, which include the unnecessary demolition of several walls and the replacement of the unique roof over the entire roof playground.

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12. Protect hawksbills in El Salvador / Protejan a las tortugas carey en El Salvador

(Español abajo)

Hawksbill sea turtles are critically endangered globally and the population of hawksbills in the eastern Pacific Ocean is considered one of the most endangered sea turtle populations in the world. Less than 500 nesting hawksbills remain in the entire eastern Pacific, with nearly 50% of these individuals nesting in Jiquilisco Bay in El Salvador. Additionally, Jiquilisco Bay provides essential foraging habitat for juvenile, sub-adult, and adult hawksbills.

Despite important steps taken by the Government of El Salvador to protect the species within its borders, such as the creation of national laws, the signing of international conventions, and the recognition of Jiquilisco Bay as an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and Ramsar site, hawksbills in Jiquilisco Bay continue to be killed at an alarming rate by illegal and irresponsible artisanal fishing practices, particularly blast fishing and long-lines; from 2004 to 2012 at least 39 hawksbills were killed, of which 27 were victims of blast fishing. Blast fishing is not only damaging to hawksbills, but is also having devastating effects on the fragile mangrove estuary systems that support local subsistence fishing, as well as to the fishermen themselves.

Further threatening the survival of the hawksbills in Jiquilisco Bay is the rapid, uncontrolled development of critical nesting beaches which currently lack national legislation that declare their protection. The international scientific community has determined that hawksbills will be driven to extinction in the eastern Pacific in the short-term if fishing practices causing hawksbill deaths are not eliminated and if nesting beaches are not protected in Jiquilisco Bay immediately.

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La tortuga carey esta en peligro crítico de extinción a nivel mundial y la población de las tortugas carey en el Pacífico de las Américas es considerada una de las poblaciones de tortugas marinas mas amenazadas en el mundo. Quedan menos de 500 hembras anidantes en todo el Pacífico de las Américas, con casi un 50% de estos individuos anidando en la Bahía de Jiquilisco en El Salvador. Además, la Bahía de Jiquilisco brinda áreas de alimentación fundamental para las tortugas carey juveniles, sub-adultas y adultas.

A pesar de los avances importantes logrados por el Gobierno de El Salvador para proteger a la especie en el país, tal como la creación de leyes nacionales, la adhesión a convenios internacionales y el nombramiento de la Bahía de Jiquilisco como UNESCO Reserva de la Biosfera y sitio Ramsar, las tortugas carey en la Bahía de Jiquilisco siguen muriendo a niveles muy alarmantes por las practicas de pesca artesanal ilegales e irresponsables, particularmente por la pesca con explosivos y la cimbra; del 2004 al 2012 al menos 39 tortugas carey murieron, de las cuales 27 fueron victimas de la pesca con explosivos. La pesca con explosivos no solamente esta impactando negativamente a las tortugas carey, sino que también esta teniendo efectos devastadores en los sistemas frágiles de manglares que sostienen la pesca local de subsistencia, así como a los pescadores mismos.

Además, la sobrevivencia de las tortugas carey en la Bahía de Jiquilisco se encuentra altamente amenazada por el desarrollo rápido e incontrolado de sus playas críticas de anidación que actualmente carecen de una legislación nacional que declare su protección. La comunidad científica internacional ha determinado que las tortugas carey se extinguirán a corto plazo en todo el Pacífico de las Américas si no se eliminan las prácticas de pesca que están matando a las tortugas carey y si no se protegen las playas de anidación en la Bahía de Jiquilisco inmediatamente.

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13. Dare to Be Deep

Dare to be Deep: CPAWS has identified 12 marine areas that are excellent candidates for protection.

These are amazing places that nurture fish stocks and shelter endangered species like Right and Blue whales, tufted puffins and leatherback turtles. This petition is to get 12 marine protected areas (MPAs) by the end of 2012!

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is a non-profit, grassroots-based conservation organization and Canada’s voice for wilderness since 1963.

Our vision is to protect at least 50% of Canada’s wilderness and oceans. Our British Columbia chapter is one of 13 across Canada.

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14. Support the BC Grizzly Hunt

Hunters and outdoorsmen have long been the true conservationists in Canada, North America, and the world. The money spent by Hunters and Outdoorsmen and the true care for how wildlife is managed properly is surpassed by no group.

Several lobby groups have attempted to pressure and persuade the BC government (among others) to end sport hunting. Sport hunting is a very useful and important tool in wildlife management and no group is more passionate about wildlife and proper management than outdoorsmen and the hunting community. These lobby groups have targetted the BC Grizzly bear hunt in an attempt to eventually end all sport hunting.

Game management is important to all groups of outdoor recreationalists, tourits, outdoorsmen, and the future generations in Canada, North America, and the world. The endless projects and financial support for wildlife management by outdoorsmen have led the way to create stable and supporting management practices.

Human impact will continue to provide challenges to managing wildlife properly. This petition is created to show the numbers of people who truly support proper wildlife management and who feel that the BC grizzly hunt should not be cancelled due to pressure from Lobby groups whose interests do not lie in proper or sustainable wildlife management.

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15. Preserve Owl Riparian in Muroya Canyon, Aviara, Carlsbad, California

Developer Taylor Morrison's new project Vista Del Mar located off Blackrail and Aviara Parkway has plans to remove a grove of date palms that are very old and provide one of the only as well as the largest areas for animals that live in the canyon to find refuge.

For years nearby residents have witnessed many species of owls in the canyon as well as Cooper Hawks and other animals that have not been mentioned in the environmental report conducted by Dudek for Taylor Morrison.

We feel that the report is incomplete and inadequate.

We are asking the City of Carlsbad, Taylor Morrison and Dudek to further investigate the impacts on wildlife before disturbing the date palm grove.

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16. Reject plans for the proposed housing and industrial developments in Burscough as identified within the Local Plan

West Lancs Borough Council's Local Plan proposes to develop a 74 hectare site with houses and industrial units on Green Belt at Yew Tree Farm on Higgins Lane, joining Burscough village to the nearby industrial estate and merging it with the hamlet of New Lane. The site will initially have 1000 houses, developed in two phases, but could potentially deliver a further 2000 in the future.

In addition to the initial 1000 houses, a further 350 will be built around Burscough and 250 South of Burscough on Green Belt at Grove Farm, closing the gap between the village and the town of Ormskirk. There is also provision to build a further 60 houses on Green Belt off Red Cat Lane. All in addition to approved ongoing developments.

The developments avoids putting affordable housing where it is needed. The need for affordable housing is four times as great in Ormskirk and Aughton as it is in Burscough. Yet the plan proposes to build considerably more houses in Burscough than in Ormskirk.

Apart from all the valid reasons that locals have for objecting to these developments listed in the petition, looking at the evidence WLBC has produced the sites have not been identified by a fair process, the process is inconsistent in its methodology, ignores major constraints, removes more suitable sites without evidence and prioritises Green Belt over Brown Field sites.

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17. Don't Dump on Deptford's Heart

Thames Water are proposing to use green land next to Deptford Church Street and in the heart of Deptford as a worksite for the Thames Tunnel project. After works are completed a Thames Tunnel kiosk and vents to the sewage pipes will remain on the green.

We are petitioning against this because the site is valuable green space in the heart of a densely populated urban area. It is in a residential area in close proximity to two schools, a leisure centre and the High Street. Works here will have a big impact on our community. The site is also next to a grade 1 listed church and a listed railway viaduct.

We do not dispute the importance of Thames Tunnel works but we do believe there are other, more appropriate, sites available which would not so negatively affect community, buildings of historical importance and biodiversity.

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18. Sign here to put a STOP to animal cruelty

Orangutans are caged, bound and brutalised, and exposed to degrading and inhumane conditions after having their homes ripped away from underneath them. Others are mindlessly slaughtered as illegal loggers destroy their habitat.

These creatures have the intelligence and sensitivity to think and feel and understand what is happening to them, to grieve for their homes and loved ones, to feel fear, hopelessness, confusion and despair. Please help them.

DeforestACTION, via Taking It Global, are aiming to rescue these animals and provide a safe home for them, restoring areas of barren and degraded land and working with the Indonesian Government to preserve what is left of their forest. They will involve the local people in preserving and protecting these animals and their natural habitat.

Please add your name and email address to the Taking It Global database to show your support for these animals. By adding your name you are agreeing to Taking It Global's terms of use. We can then also update you on the progress that the deforestACTION team is making in securing new homes for those fortunate enough to be rescued from their dreadful conditions. As individuals they are suffering appallingly, but as a species they are gravely close to extinction. When the forests are restored, many of these animals will be rehabilitated and released back into the wilds of Borneo where they belong.

Therefore, by helping us to provide these individuals with a life worth living, you are also helping to provide a future for their species. These animals are on the verge of extinction, and they are suffering unforgiveably at the hands of humans. They need those of us who are strong enough to acknowledge their plights to speak out on their behalf.

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19. Save the Miller Beck County Wildlife Site

The Miller Beck County Wildlife Site is 14.4 hectares of valley fen with a series of marshy pastures and meadows on low-lying and peat soils on the floodplain of the Miller Beck and its tributaries at the foot of England's largest lake, Windemere.

Of the 11 different habitats found, the Tall-herb fens, Rush pasture and Habitat mosaics are BAP priority habitats meaning that they have been identified as a priority for conservation. County Wildlife Sites are not protected by law. Their survival depends on owners and managers being sympathetic to the needs of wildlife.

The Cumbria Local Sites Partnership is responsible for monitoring and protecting the Millerbeck County Wildlife Site. The partnership membership includes Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Cumbria County Council, Lake District National Park Authorities, District Councils, Natural England, Forestry Commission, Environment Agency, and The National Trust.

The National Trust recently sold 11 hectares of the Miller Beck County Wildlife Site, and by selling at auction to the highest bidder, there was no protection on this land.

The new owner has already canalised much of the beck, which is a spawning ground for salmon and crayfish, and has also dug new field drains and spread lime which is in direct contravention of the Wildlife Trust's management recommendations.

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20. Stop the illegal trade in Turtles and their eggs

Despite laws protecting sea turtles in most countries, the illegal trade of eggs, meat, and shells (known as poaching) of turtles continues to be a threat.

In many parts of the world, these animals are harvested for their meat and eggs which are used for human consumption and in some places are considered a delicacy. In many countries, the trade in turtle eggs is a big industry that provides income to many people. In other parts of the world, including some island nations, sea turtles are used for ceremonial purposes. Their shells and skins are also used to make a variety of objects like jewelry, sunglasses, tourist trinkets, instruments, and wall hangings. The hawksbill is particularly valued for its shell which is used for ornamental purposes.

Lack of enforcement and public awareness are particularly problematic when it comes to illegal trade. As trade occurs across borders between countries, monitoring illegal trade is sometimes impossible. Often illegal activities occur in remote areas and poachers are unable to be found and prosecuted or local officials are not motivated to enforce the laws. Educating local communities on the economic benefit of a live versus a dead sea turtle is essential to eliminating illegal trade. Many conservation programs are underway worldwide implementing projects which bring more money to local communities in tourism dollars than they would receive from harvesting the animals.

Did You Know?

* All 7 species of sea turtles are at risk of poaching or illegal trade for their meat, eggs, or shell.

* CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species is an international agreement between countries that aims to protect species from extinction as a result of trade. This agreement however is voluntary and not all countries around the world are members. CITES currently provides protection for more than 30,000 species of animals and plants worldwide.

* Some cultures believe sea turtle eggs are aphrodisiacs. There is however, no scientific basis to this belief. In other cultures it is believed that eating them leads to a long life.

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21. Hexthorpe River Corridor Restoration

Hexthorpe Flatts is a public park located on the site of a former limestone quarry in Doncaster. The site has been continually developed since 1902 with the aim of creating a park that is safe, accessible and enjoyable to all.

The riverside path is a valuable feature of the park; it connects the two local towns of Hexthorpe and Sprotborough and also forms part of the Trans Pennine Trail. A wide range of wildlife has been seen at this site including otters, foxes, grass snakes, & potentially water voles (UK protected species).

However, the area has not been well looked after in the past and has become a ‘no-go’ area in the main with a reduced value for wildlife due to it being dwarfed by non-native Himalayan Balsam. Visitors also feel enclosed and unsafe when walking the pathway due to the density of Balsam. The local community wish to change this.

Volunteer groups will pull by hand 1000m2 of Himalayan Balsam before composting on-site as habitat piles. Although labour intensive it is the best way of preventing its spread. This will then allow the river bank to naturally recolonise with native flora and fauna and the rotting Balsam will create new habitat for invertebrates elsewhere. It will also mean people can better access the site and feel safer whilst doing so.

Funding is needed for this project to happen. It is supported by Friends of Hexthorpe Park, Living Streets, Hexthorpe Primary School and many other local people and organisations.

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22. Save Portland Works!

Sheffield’s historic Portland Works is threatened with closure and conversion into flats. Please help us to persuade Sheffield City Council to reject this planning application.

This atmospheric metal trades building, a grade II* listed building, currently houses a thriving collection of profitable and innovative local businesses. It is a place where the boundaries between art, industry, and technology break down, allowing Sheffield’s manufacturing past to inspire its creative future. Local artists rub shoulders with tool makers, heritage craftspeople ply their trade next to businesses researching and developing new patents, and the sound of local bands rehearsing mingles with the rasp of grinding wheels.

The proposal to convert Portland works into flats threatens a whole traditional way of life. Conserving this place means more than preserving its beautiful grade II* listed architectural fabric, which witnessed the manufacture of the first stainless steel cutlery. It means defending jobs, safeguarding traditional specialist skills so that they can be passed on to new generations, and preserving continuity with Sheffield’s proud tradition of expert ‘little mesters’ who work in an enterprising, sustainable, and fundamentally local way.

There is a viable and exciting alternative to flats on this site, an option that seeks to conserve both the building’s fabric and its use. The Portland Works campaign, staffed by volunteers, aims to purchase the works building with funds raised through a community share issue. Our aim is to repair its fabric and to develop it as both a business cluster and a community space.

However, for this to be possible, Sheffield City Council must reject the current planning application to convert the building into flats. This petition urges them to do so, in the name of Sheffield’s historic past, its characterful present, and its sustainable future.

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23. Protect areas of outstanding natural beauty (aonb) from government development

We are lulled into a false sense of security thinking that areas designated as of 'out standing natural beauty' are safe from development, but on a whim a government can decide that it is 'in the national interest' to develop these areas.

"In the national interest" is a very vague term and it really means that someone - whether a public body or a private body will profit from the ruination of our precious areas of outstanding natural beauty.

There is ALWAYS an alternative to developing these areas - it just means less profit or more costs for the government. If we don't make a stand we will lose the cotswolds, the chilterns, yorkshire dales and many other outstanding areas bit by bit, and our children's heritage will be sold down the river successive governments.

There should at least be a referendum on any major projects affecting OUR areas of outstanding natural beauty, when they do not enhance or conserve the natural beauty of these areas.

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24. Support Anti-Poaching Efforts For Rhinos: TAKE ACTION!

Unless the current trajectory of rhino poaching is considerably reversed, the current positive growth in the rhino population is going to turn negative by 2013.

The horrors of the assault on South Africa's rhino population reached a new level this week when a rhino grave, containing the carcasses of 17 rhinos, was discovered in the Letaba Ranch provincial park, a reserve run by the Limpopo provincial government (see report). The reserve is alongside South Africa's premier national park, the Kruger Park, and there is no boundary fence, thus allowing the free flow of animals between these two protected areas. It is therefore plausible that rhinos from the Kruger Park have been killed in Letaba.

Notwithstanding an investigation by Limpopo officials, I have today written to the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs asking her to instigate an inquiry as well into who is responsible for these poaching incidents and how it is possible that this rhino grave could have gone unnoticed for so long. The fact that the grave is close to the Kruger, should be of specific concern to the national Minister, as SANParks, which runs Kruger, reports to her Department.

The assault on South Africa's rhino population has been relentless during 2010. In fact, this year has been an annus horribilis' for conservation in South Africa, with approximately 270 rhinos killed thus far. While law enforcement officials have made many high-profile arrests, the demand for rhino horn is insatiable, which means that the emergence of new poachers is a constant threat. Unless the current trajectory of rhino poaching is considerably reversed, the current positive growth in the rhino population is going to turn negative by 2013.

The question does need to be asked whether, in the case of the Letaba, any employees of the state were involved in poaching. How could no one have discovered this grave previously, if it was not for the possibility that staff may have turned a blind eye to goings-on in the park, or at worst, may have been actively involved in these acts of poaching? Alternatively, there has been such a considerable dereliction of duty in this provincial park that staff do not even patrol the park and have lost control of what happens in the park. Either way, employees of the state need to be held accountable.

The lack of security in Letaba Ranch directly threatens the Kruger Park. The Minister, who is new to her job, needs to investigate, hold her provincial counterparts to account, and must send a strong signal that she will take a tougher stance on rhino poaching than her predecessor ever did. Most importantly, she needs to reassure the public that she is going to win the war against rhino poachers.

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25. Riviera Maya - Help Save our Marine Ecosystem

The marine ecosystems of the Riviera Maya are facing a crisis - overfishing and irresponsible tourism practices, in combination with the lack of designated marine park protected areas are killing our reef and marine life.

The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, second largest in the world, is an International Protected Area. However, the section adjacent to the popular tourist destination of Playa del Carmen, remains unprotected.

The dive community, together with concerned global citizens, can make a difference. We are petitioning local and federal government to regulate responsibly, with concern for the environment.

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26. Offset Student Debt through Volunteer Work

Society's young people are the ones who have the drive and energy to help protect our threatened habitats, species and communities. They also have the most interest as it is they who will inherit the mess that the rest of society has created, globally!!

Society should encourage them but, instead, we seem to be committed to lumbering them with huge student debt for when they start their careers and this having sacrificed so many years in lost wages as they worked hard to achieve their qualifications - something that society benefits from as it makes our economy more competitive and dynamic.

They will persevere. they will continue to study and to achieve and they will take on the extra debt into their careers and, they will be successful, BUT, it is not fair!

It is also damaging to global society as our young people more so than any others on the planet are the ones who are capable of going out into the world, volunteering with our NGOs, and making change- to threatened habitats, species and communities. They WANT to do this BUT their increasingly burdensome debt commitments are making it simply impossible.

Society should support them! What this petition proposes is that young people volunteering with our NGOs can earn credit for their time which is then offset against their student debt. In this way we make it possible for our young people to continue to help, 'save the planet', and, as importantly, we, as a society, demonstrate our commitment, support and respect to them.

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27. Save Scotts Meadow Torquay

Scotts Meadow is located in Torquay on Riviera Way, next to 'The Willows'. Cavanna homes wants to build 230 homes on this meadow, and we are advocating against it. Saving 'Scotts Meadow' is an issue we feel very strongly about. We believe that many people do not know about the many wonderful benefits of keeping Scotts Meadow as it is. We hope that you will come around to our way of thinking and support our advocacy.

We think we should all save Scotts Meadow because:
• It is a good place to spend time with your family, or to walk your dogs.
• If we build houses on Scotts Meadow it will be bad for the environment.
• There is not much green space around 'The Willows', so it is vital that we protect what little there is, such as Scotts Meadow.
• Scotts Meadow has been a part of many people's lives for many years, and so if people have enjoyed it before now, they will enjoy it for years to come.
• We need to protect the meadow to enhance its value as a wildlife site.

Building more homes in the willows will put pressure on local facilities as there is already a lack of community facilities.

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28. Protection of the lakeshore within the town of Wabamun

The Village Council of Wabamun is requesting approval from the Alberta Government to develop the lands south of the CN railway track in the town of Wabamun. This area is an important wetlands for Wabamun lake. It serves as an important bird nesting area and a major fish spawning area.

The vegetation in this area also serves to maintain the lake's water quality. In addition, the area is not suitable for development as there is no strong foundation to build on. The marshy area would require excessive gravel fill to create a suitable building area. This alteration to the lake's natural shoreline would further disrupt the lake.

Plans for the development can be seen here. http://www.wabamun.ca/life/documents/Web_Package.pdf

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29. Stop killing the South African Lions

This is to try and save the killing of lions in South Africa and the breeding of them for killing.

Most lions now live in eastern and southern Africa, and their numbers there are rapidly decreasing, with an estimated 30–50 percent decline over the last two decades. Currently, estimates of the African lion population range between 16,500 and 47,000 living in the wild in 2002–2004, down from early 1990s estimates that ranged as high as 100,000 and perhaps 400,000 in 1950. The cause of the decline is not well-understood, and may not be reversible.

Currently, habitat loss and conflicts with humans are considered the most significant threats to the species. The remaining populations are often geographically isolated from each other, which can lead to inbreeding, and consequently, a lack of genetic diversity.

Therefore the lion is considered a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, while the Asiatic subspecies is critically endangered.

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30. Say No to Overhead High Voltage Powerlines Now

Due to governmental red tape we have been informed that parliament wants petitions in their format on their website. It's not surprising that they make it difficult to be heard. So if you want your voice to count please sign both these petitions. The one on this page and the one at this link:

We strongly recommend you click here and add your name to the second petition which is presented to parliament.

Energex plans to destroy a huge amount of our precious and beautiful Sunshine Coast cutting a 40 metre wide channel 22 kilometres long which courses through trees, bordering and crossing Eudlo Creek in many places, spelling the end to much flora and fauna and destroying a lot of public and private land in the process.

The proposed high voltage powerline will pass alongside a major school, through a number of environment reserves, over the picturesque Maroochy River as well as passing over major sporting venues where people of all ages, including kids, play sport.

The following points will help you understand why demanding the energy corridor be placed UNDERGROUND is the only sustainable option with best results for the whole community, preserving our much loved wildlife and beautiful scenery for all time. The underground solution represents good economic practice making long term savings for ENERGEX and therefore the end user.

Most people believe that overhead powerlines pose a significant danger to the health of people living under, near or those who work, play sport etc, or pass under or near these lines.

Even if you think there's no problem with high emissions, Corona Ions (which are shed into the atmosphere from the wires themselves), or high milligauss levels (magnetic field levels) then there are still MANY other reasons why supporting this petition is very important.

1 The erection of these massive ugly pylons will be a PERMANENT BLIGHT on our beautiful landscape for ALL FUTURE generations.

2 The path ENERGEX has chosen is largely following Eudlo Creek which will have devastating effects on this fragile and necessary ecosystem.

3 ENERGEX has totally misrepresented their intentions by stating that they would place all pylons in a manner that would preserve the environment and not affect species of vulnerable or threatened flora and fauna. This is NOT the case at all.

ENERGEX plans to annihilate much of the precious and fragile ecosystems along Eudlo Creek, interfere with a gazetted Koala Corridor, destroy thousands of trees that are generations old (taking with it vulnerable habitats of threatened birds, frogs, marsupials, monotremes – even endangered species – and so on).

4 Overhead powerlines involve carving a path through the landscape 40 metres wide in as straight a path as possible. Cabling underground only requires a ‘corridor’ or 10 metres wide. That is a huge difference. Plus you will never see the powerlines after they are buried.

5 Overhead powerlines are made of aluminium. Underground cabling is made of copper. Copper is a better conductor of electricity. This means that less natural resources are needed to produce the power. There is more efficiency and that results in delivering more power.

In fact using underground cabling means 30% better power efficiency. There’s more bang for our power bucks! It also means we burn LESS COAL. Underground power cabling is a truly sustainable option. It requires FAR less maintenance and is replaced approx every 40 years. Overhead wires are replaced every 15. I hope you’re getting the picture! It’s a real way to REDUCE OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT.

6 Overhead powerlines represent a waste of our money in the long term, present a risk to health, a risk to the lives of a HUGE proportion of our environment.

YOU have the power to stop this insulting and ridiculous program from going ahead. Please sign the petition. And PLEASE send every Australian you know this petition. Creating another precedent will mean that we will be able to protect all communities from the threat of overhead powerlines in ALL communities in Australia. This is much more than a local issue. It concerns us all. Hurry. We only have til June 14 to get to as many people as possible.

Thank you! Your support is greatly appreciated.

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