Petition Tag - conservation

1. Save Our Farmland Amagansett

The threatened housing development and road into it will forever alter the special character of Amagansett, replacing rows of corn with rows of houses, disrupting fragile habitats, and significantly exacerbating our ever-worsening traffic problems.

This is our only chance to keep this precious land from falling into the hands of a developer.

Here’s how you can help:

1. SIGN THE PETITION! (At bottom of the page)

2. Like us on Facebook at Save Our Farmland Amagansett.

3. Show your support by attending the Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee Monday September 12th at 6.30pm at the East Hampton American Legion Post, 15 Montauk Hwy, at the light in Amagansett

The proposed housing development and new road into it on the Amagansett farmland north of the hamlet’s Main Street will:

1. Negatively impact the character of the town by developing the agricultural space and disrupting the scenic vista that define the landscape on the north side of the town.

2. Destroy the habitat of local animals and plants, forcing deer onto nearby property, roads and the railroad tracks.

3. Threaten the integrity of our ground water.

4. Significantly increase traffic onto Main Street, Windmill Lane, Schellinger Road, Town Lane, Cozzens Lane, and other residential streets.

5. Increase the number of potential summer rentals and associated problems with mega mansions right on top of the village.

There is a sensible—and achievable—solution to protect the integrity of the village: an agreement between our Amagansett representatives and the Bistrian Land Corporation.

There is already a multi-million dollar offer on the table for the development rights that would allow the land to continue as a working farm as well as compensating the owners without turning the field into a housing project. However, no agreement has been reached.

2. City of Belleville Water Usage and Conservation Bylaw

Recently, the City of Belleville has declared a Level 3 low water condition in our local water reserves. This is the first time ever that the city has faced this dilemma and with global temperatures rising due to climate change and environmental factors, it may be one that we see happen more frequently in the years ahead.

As it stands, the City of Belleville does not currently have a Water Usage and Conservation Bylaw due to the fact that within the Quinte region, we've never had many issues surrounding water.

It's imperative that we enact the proper bylaws and procedures now in order to protect our water resources as we move forward.

3. Save the College Ave. Ficus Tree

Save This Magnificent Giant from the Chainsaw!

This beautiful, huge, healthy ficus tree on College Ave. just north of Whittier Blvd. is in danger. The city has posted it for removal. Apparently it is troublesome for a developer who wants to put a sandwich shop nearby. Never mind that the graceful giant could shade a lovely outdoor dining area, or that the massive tree could differentiate and identify their shop.

The short-sighted choice was to call for a chainsaw crew. But thanks to our citizen-driven tree ordinance, we can appeal this removal, and we are. If you value our urban forest and this magnificent specimen, please join us and sign our petition!

4. Save Burns Bog. Fight MK Delta's Industrial plans in Burns Bog.

History of MK Delta Lands Group & How it happened:

In 2004, Burns Bog owners the McLaughlins were under foreclosure. The McLaughlin family asked Jack Matthews to rescue the Bog from foreclosure. He did. (J.M. Pers. Comment, 2004.)

Four levels of government came together to purchase Burns Bog for conservation. They offered Jack Matthews $78 million for the 5,500 acres of Burns Bog. Unfortunately, Jack Matthews left $5 million on the table.

Matthews sold 5,000 acres of Burns Bog to the four levels of government. He kept 525 acres of ecologically significant land.

In 2005, the Kerbel family (Ontario) and Jack Matthews (originally from Ontario, now Dallas, Texas) created MK Delta Lands Group Inc.

Present day.

MK Delta Lands Groups is applying to the Corporation of Delta for an Official Community Plan Amendment and Rezoning application at 7969 Highway 91 Connector. They want to build an industrial park on 155 acres of land located on the edge of Burns Bog (Lot 4).

The following are parts of their application:

• Proposed Agricultural Land Reserve Exclusion
• Official Community Plan Amendment
• Rezoning
• Regional Growth Strategy Amendment
• Sanitary Sewer Area Extension
• Development Permit
• Subdivision Application at 7696 Highway 91 Connector

In exchange for this development, they are offering Delta 328 acres of land in Burns Bog and financial contributions.

Why should you be concerned?

- MK DELTA’S PROJECT WILL AFFECT FISH AND FISH HABITAT.
- THE PROJECT HARMS INSECTS, AMPHIBIANS, REPTILES, & MAMMALS.
- THERE WILL BE IMPACTS ON MIGRATORY, BREEDING, AND NESTING BIRDS.
- THE PROJECT WILL LEAD TO LOSS OF WILDLIFE HABITAT.
- THERE WILL BE MORTALITY OF AQUATIC WILDLIFE.
- CONSTRUCTION AND POST-CONSRUCTION: VEHICULAR COLLISIONS WITH TERRESTRIAL WILDLIFE.
- PLANT SPECIES AT-RISK WILL BE DAMAGED.
- WILL RESULTS OF WILDLIFE MONITORING STUDIES BE KEPT FROM THE PUBLIC LIKE WITH SOUTH FRASER PERIMETER ROAD STUDIES?

Here are what others said about MK Delta Lands Group’s proposal in 2012 (we successfully stopped this project):

“There is a limited amount of “green space” in the Lower Mainland that is causing detrimental effects to not only human health but to our natural environment. It would be regrettable to see anything happen to Burns Bog, especially because of how sensitive the ecosystem is.”
- Olivia Woodburn

“As someone who has lived nearby for over twenty years I am appalled to learn that MK Delta Lands Group is proposing to potentially destroy one of the greatest natural environments on the west coast of British Columbia.”
- Asha Young

“No amount of mitigation and no amount of money can offset the impacts to the site and the local and global ecosystem if the proposed development is allowed…They CAN’T re-create this bog. Please DO NOT ALLOW this development.”
- Diane Ryba

Please sign the petition. Your support makes a huge difference. Your gifts help us continue to fight for Burns Bog. Click here to give now.

5. Ban Commercial and/or Residential Development on Wilson Drive

In 2018, Wilson Drive will be repaved.

At that time, it is possible that the west side of the street will be re-zoned to allow commercial and/or residential development.

6. Ban the Use of Styrofoam in Jamaica

Styrofoam litter is one of the most common types marine litter found in coastal areas. Foam occupies a significant space in our dumps and when disposed of improperly it is easily blown or washed into storm drains and bodies of water. This product does not decompose and takes hundreds of years to photo degrade, (breaking into smaller pieces over time when exposed to light and wave action)

In addition to being unsightly it is an extremely dangerous threat to human health and the wider environment, Toxic chemicals stick to the surface of foam particles and once they become micro litter Birds, fish, and other wildlife may ingest the foam particles, causing the polystyrene and other toxins to enter the food chain. Once in the food chain, these chemicals may impact human health. In 2011 styrene was classified as carcinogen by the National Toxicology Program (NTP), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. People unwittingly put EPS containers in microwaves, in wood stoves and on top of campfires which may result in the product leaching into food and drink.

The containers also serve as breeding sites for vectors such as mosquitoes.

The improper disposal of single use items pose an economic issue also as millions of state funds are spent on clean up and disposal activities. Costs that can be reduced by investing in the use of recyclable and compostable alternatives,

We consider this ban to be a necessary step towards encouraging sustainable waste management practices. Specifically, reducing the use of one use consumables items. This petition seeks to amass support for the comprehensive reduction in our nations solid waste production and carbon footprint.

7. Save Sylvester the Lion

Cape Town - Sylvester, the lion that escaped from the Karoo National Park for a second time on Tuesday, 29 March, will be put down once he is re-captured, SANParks announced on Tuesday.

“We will not take him back to the park," Reynold Thakhuli for SANParks told Traveller24. "Unfortunately, this lion has now been identified as a damage-causing animal and will be euthanised”.

"Thus far, we have received reports that he has killed a cow," Thakhuli says.

Last year, when Sylvester went AWOL for more than three weeks, he killed 26 sheep along with other game belonging to private owners.

8. Allow Centerfire Rifles for Michigan Night Time Predator Hunting

Coyote populations are on the rise throughout Michigan and requiring more refined methods of management as the growing need to control their populations and potential unwanted interactions with humans, livestock and pets increase.

The current Michigan regulations of restrictive calibers and cartridge/shot shell types fall short of providing effective means to manage some predator species. And here’s why:

• The Plains (Western) coyote in Michigan typically weighs upward to 40 lbs. for adults;

• Shots taken with currently allowed night time firearms present great difficulties in maintaining humane, one shot kills beyond 100 yards without the risk of run offs which require tracking;

• .17 and .22 cal. rim fires cannot be reloaded to take advantage of optimum accuracy;

• The effective range of shotguns with allowed available commercial loads do not provide combined adequate knock down power and shot pellet grouping for ethical kills beyond 60 yards .

By allowing centerfire rifles with a maximum diameter of .224” and a maximum case length of 2.0” with the aid of a game or predator call will:

• Allow at least (24) twenty-four .17 caliber through .22 caliber reloadable centerfire rounds with adequate power for quick, one shot kills that classify the majority of day time predator hunter’s currently owned guns.

• Be consistent with laws currently in place in two nearby states, Ohio and Indiana, which general information and FOIA requests filed have determined that no recorded personal injury or property damage reports were made resulting from allowing centerfire rifles at night for predator hunting;

• Allow law enforcement to continue to effectively enforce deer poaching laws by requiring firearms to continue to be loaded only at the calling site.

9. Moratoire Vert / Green Moratorium

Français
Nous réclamons à l'Agglomération de Montréal, aux municipalités sur l'île de Montréal et au gouvernement du Québec un Moratoire Vert. Ce moratoire gèlerait tout développement résidentiel dans les espaces verts au cours des dix prochaines années, le temps nécessaire pour assurer une protection efficace des milieux naturels.

English
We demand from the Montreal Agglomeration, from all municipalities on the island of Montreal and from the government of Québec a Green Moratorium. Such a moratorium requires a halt to all development on and in green spaces on the island of Montreal for the next ten years, the time needed to assure proper protection of natural spaces.

10. Protect Gull Lake MB from Gravel pit development

-There is currently an area located in the north west corner of Gull lake less than a mile from the water on Arnold Street (south of #12) where a gravel pit is being prepared to be developed, owned by a private company.

- This area is approx 40feet below the surface of Gull lake.

- Gull Lake water is retained by a sensitive clay bottom. The lake purges out through the underlying sentiment though this NW corner as per Hay report completed in the 1990's.
Gull Lake report http://mspace.lib.umanitoba.ca/handle/1993/22939

- Digging in this particular area could potentially be very hazardous to the Gull Lake purge rate if not potentially drain the lake completely.

- Gull Lake current purge rate is 6 years. This means that after a period 6 years every drop of water in Gull Lake is brand new (including evaporation). If this clay bottom is disrupted, think how quickly this rate could be affected?

11. Encourage more Prairie Restorations; Thank Arlington, TX Leaders for Past Projects

* Participants signing this petition support sustainable landscape practices using native plants, in particular native prairie / native habitat restorations.

* Citizens want more of this type of landscaping through the city and DFW metroplex to create a sustainable living environment that supports humans' desire for aesthetically pleasing landscapes while also providing habitat for wildlife, especially pollinators, to preserve the local biodiversity that benefits us all.

* I am sending a letter of positive reinforcement to City of Arlington, TX leaders thanking them for their past efforts, in particular, praising the ~2 acre prairie restoration in the 800 block of N. Cooper Street, encouraging them to put this type of native prairie habitat restoration into more frequent practice in urban areas with hope for future installations in additional road right of way areas, neighborhood parks, municipal golf courses, and around other city facilities.

* By signing this petition, you endorse this support to city leaders to encourage expansion of these efforts. See the actual letter to be sent to Arlington, TX leaders below.

* You do not have to be an Arlington, TX resident to sign. We want signatures from people throughout the Fort Worth and Dallas metroplex area.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 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

18. 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

19. 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.

20. 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.

21. 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.

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. 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.

25. 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.

26. 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.

27. 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.

28. 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.

29. 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.

30. 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.