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La Olla de las Termas es única. Está conocida y querida no solamente por lugareños pero por viajeros y visitantes de todas partes y de todas edades. La Olla representa una fusión de la naturaleza, de la paz y del agua termal. Acá el hombre respira y se acuerde que el agua termal es un regalo de la naturaleza y no solamente un recurso a explotar comercialmente. Antes de todo es un espacio popular que pertenece a los termeños. Es el último espacio público en la ciudad donde uno puede disfrutar de un baño termal, sin costo, al aire libre y con un fondo de la naturaleza.
La Olla ha sobrevivido muchos años gracias a los esfuerzos y las donaciones de voluntarios. Ahora La Olla está en peligro grave. Los políticos, que ya han dañado otros espacios públicos (Llajta Sumaj, por ejemplo) en la ciudad, quieren encerrar y “urbanizar” la Olla. Su intención no-indicada es de controlar y cobrar la entrada. Eso sería una nueva restricción a la libertad de los termeños y de los turistas. La intendencia no ha hecho ninguna consulta con el público. Es tiempo que los termeños se levantan y manifiestan su oposición. ¡Tantos años el pueblo ha tenido que aguantar el ejercicio arbitrario del poder de la parte de las autoridades, primero desde el gobierno de Santiago y ahora desde la intendencia misma de Las Termas!
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(La “Olla” (hotpot) of Las Termas De Rio Hondo* is known and appreciated by locals and visitors alike. It offers a unique combination of nature, life, peace and thermal water. Above all it is the last public space in Las Termas, where all can enjoy a free thermal bath in the open air in a natural setting. Now the Olla is under threat. The municipal authority intends to fence-off the area, “remodel” it and control and charge for admission. The Olla deserves consideration as a site of outstanding value in the patrimony of Argentina. Such consideration would guarantee its future protection and survival.
*Las Termas de Rio Hondo is a small town in the province of Santiago del Estero in the north-west of Argentina.)
Stratton Strawless Woodland in Norfolk, home of Robert Marsham an English Naturalist considered to be the founding father of Phenology is in danger of being trampled by 10,000 persons attending for Combat Games.
Broadland Council want to grant permission for 100 persons x 96days per year for Combat Games Activites to take place.
The woodland concerned approx 60acres called Brickkiln Grove and Lingstack Grove between Shortthorn Road & Serpentine Lane is already in an unmanaged state. Owned by a development company (absentee landlord) based in Jersey and rented out to a person who doesnt live in this county.
No financial benefit is gained by the village or indeed by anyone in this county. The woods are already showing signs of neglect and abuse. Photographic evidence is available and will be produced for the planning committee.
This is the same council who has refused numerous residential planning applications on the same road on the grounds of adverse environmental impact.
Please sign our petition to help us save our woods and an area of historical importance. Please tell your friends about this petition. These woods are in the middle of our village.
The planned destruction of bushland for the conservation of a light industrial estate and associated works on Lot 5182 of the kulaluk lease between Fitzer Drive, Bagot Road, Totem Road and Dickward Drive will have these consequences:
- The site is in a surge-zone area.
- The site is under the flight path of Darwin Airport.
- Proposed access roads entering Dickward Drive and Bagot Road will create highly dangerous "Blackspots".
- There will be an increase in "Rat-running" through the nearby streets.
- The development will face onto residential homes on Fitzer Drive.
- The development will become an eyesore along Dickward Drive, a road of outstanding natural beauty.
- There will likely be spillage of toxic waste into the drains into the mangroves on Aboriginal land.
- There will be more noise and traffic before and after accepted working hours.
- The flora and fauna of the area will disappear forever, including protected species of birds - Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Red-Winged Fairy Wren, Black-breasted Buzzard, Brown Goshawk, Crested Hawk, Barking Owl, Brown Falcon, Australian Hobby, Australian Kestrel, Greenshank, Yellow Wagtail, restless Flycatcher, Long-tailed Finch, Crimson Finch, Channel-billed Cuckoo, Rainbow Pitta and many others.
Special trees on this block include Atalaya variifolia and tress of the Wrightia genus. It is doubtful whether the flora of this block has ever been properly surveyed.
A key study published in the science journal Nature ("Transient dynamics of an altered large marine ecosystem", September 2011"), by Canadian scientists using the DFO's own data, totally refutes Ashfield, the DFO and the Fisheries Resource Conservation Council. The latter insist on slaughtering 70,000 - 140,000 grey seals (using machine guns and incinerators), as they blame the grey seals for slowing the cod recovery. This slaughter would cost $35 million dollars when the DFO is already facing cutbacks.
Why is the government taking such a foolish action? Possibly to distract the East coast fishers (who do vote) from the real agenda: deregulation of the East Coast fishing industry.
Such a policy would be very unpopular on the East Coast of Canada, as it would likely would likely lead to the destruction of the independent fishing industry. However, if the Harper government can distract the small fishers with 'support' in the form of a massive grey seal slaughter, they hope to escape a voter back-lash in the next federal election.
But the data shows that the cod (and other groundfish stocks) are recovering in the same areas the grey seals have higher populations, proving the grey seals are not holding back the cod recovery. The cod collapsed decades ago due to over fishing, and are only now starting to recover. Destroying the grey seals will only destabilize a tenuous Grand Banks ecosystem, actually threatening the cod recovery.
The proposed grey seal slaughter is only about politics, and has nothing to do with science.
The magnificent evergreen forest on Mt. Zlatibor is letting go under strikes of chainsaws and heavy machinery.
With pine trees taller than 15 meters and older than 70 years, stretching over 500 acres of forest land it is a predominantly influential Nature Park and self preserving ecosystem on Zlatibor.
Planted immediately upon the end of the Second World War it bore status of protected natural wealth and had become a habitat to numerous animal and plant species.
Today it's a host to a large number of families of squirrels and rabbits, also turtles, moles, hedgehogs, ant colonies, lizard dens and various birds such are robins, woodpeckers, ouzels, owls, wild pigeons, magpies, etc.
Abusing state's law regulations on environmental protection and disregarding obligatory acts of Aarhus Convention the local authorities issued The General Plan according to which the Nature Park is turned into zone of tourism and high commerce.
WARNING: The Nature Park is undergoing heavy deforestation and soil devastation by local Zlatibor authorities and Serbian Orthodox Church. Biodiversity is threatened with extinction as workers and machinery plow through in preparation to build communication and drainage network.
IMPORTANT: Please pay attention to the 5 min documentary below.
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We, the citizens of Olympia and Thurston County, take pride in respecting and protecting our environment. The upland forest in the Chambers Lake Basin can be best used to increase the size and improve the quality of the adjacent LBA Park.
The population in the Chambers Basin is growing beyond the capacity of the current parks that serve it. For years,we, the residents of SE Olympia and beyond, have been walking with friends and dogs the decades-old established trails in the woods behind LBA Park. It is a lovely setting with a forest canopy, winding trails, modest hills, solitude, and varied habitats. The forest is home to coyote, raccoon, deer, porcupine, various species of birds, including hawks, eagle, quail and many other species of animals and plants. The trails are also used for running, training, mountain biking, and occasionally horseback riding.
The largest portion of the trails are within the 80-acre Trillium development proposed for approval by the City of Olympia. The City has recently rejected the developer's proposal, but the developer, D.R. Horton (a national developer of large subdivisions) has applied to reconfigure zoning to allow a new development proposal. We now have a window of opportunity that with community support, the City, the County and the developer might be able to broker a deal to preserve this parcel as a park.
The forest within this parcel is indeed an asset to SE Olympia shaping its identity, providing habitat, shade, stormwater retention and more. Before the last remaining tracts of forest in our basin are cleared, let's save a portion of it. In doing so, we can prevent flooding, provide habitat and a wildlife corridor, and have a place nearby for all to enjoy nature.
Let's conserve the beautiful trails and forest next to LBA Park. It will be a source of inspiration for generations to come.
Energex have plans to construct high voltage (Dual 33kv -110kv )cement poles & power lines through an area that has been classified as remnant vegetation containing endangered ecosystems.
There is an abundance of wildlife such as platypus , birds, bandicoots, koala habitat, butterflies and much more. Rare flora have been recorded in this unique regional importance ecosystem.
Energex refuse to even look at the option to place the power lines unground through this portion of sensitive Glasshouse Mountains land. They deny any accountability for tree clearing, claim no accountability for the destruction and annihilation of 1000 to 2000 + trees & shrubs! There are other viable alternatives for Energex to consider!
MOU standards dictate they must source alternate options when endangered environment is present & living!!
HELP THE FLORA AND FAUNA. NEVER HAS THIS AREA BEEN CLEARED BEFORE!
I am writing about the proposals to build a new town called Cranbrook near where I live. If you do this, millions of animals, birds, insects and even people will lose their homes and livelihoods. I know that it is now far too late to stop the building, but it is not too late to reduce the plans to half the size. This is the flood plains that you are about to build on so your building work will only be destroyed if there is a flood, which there is a high risk of.
This is supposedly to reduce homelessness and to increase the number of people employed, but it will actually destroy more employment by destroying the farmers’ land and the forest where the forest rangers work. If we do need more business jobs, old buildings can be reconstructed and reused wherever possible. As for the homeless issue, I feel that the right way to deal with this would be to reuse old homes wherever possible and to reduce household costs.
Haven’t you ever taken the time to observe and try to understand the beautiful wildlife that live there? The wonders of nature should teach you why it is so important that you reduce the planned area to around half its size. Trees are vital for our survival as they produce life-giving oxygen as well as providing a home to the unique British wildlife.
Unless you at least reduce the planned area, you will never be forgiven by the environmentalists. There may be protests outside the Council houses, letters of hate and disgust, and maybe even economic boycotts of this county. I will not support the Council in any way until you reduce the plans and unless you do so, I for one will never forgive you".
This was how my letter to the Devon County Council read. Unless I get enough signatures here, beautiful innocent wild animals will die.
Parakeets, such as the one pictured, are beautiful birds. They are very popular as pets in the UK, but many people get one without doing their homework and researching the species first. When they realise what's involved in looking after one, they simply release it into the wild.
Now Defra are saying that they could pose a threat to crops, other species and electricity pylons. No creature, other than us, deliberately harms any other species. Predators do not harm other species of animals, instead they help to maintain the populations in certain areas so that the animals do not breed too much and eat up all the food and then starve.
As for the electricity pylons and crops, we could just employ bird scarers to frighten them away humanely. Not only would this save the birds, but it would also provide employment for the unemployed.
Perhaps the most amazing thing is that the RPSB are not condemning this, but they are actually supporting it.
If you do not know the background to this battle or would like a recap, please click on the following link, Keri-Anne's Facebook notes, which will take you to a Facebook page that has the original preamble. You can also get more in depth information from Dave's Facebook notes and up-to-date information from Charterhouse Fields Facebook page and our You Tube channel:
Latest from the Charterhouse Residents' Association Leaflet
You may have heard or read reports about the result of the campaign to Save Charterhouse Fields. We thought we should keep you informed.
The Council have granted the lease of part of the fields to Blue Coat school.
Does this mean we have lost?
- No! *They had to add in to the lease the rights of residents to use and access the land.
Our rights are clearly stated.
- *Also, all the northern half of the fields will now be registered as 'Public Open Space'.
- *The school and council have declared there is no intention to fence off any fields.
So, the lease talks of our rights and the council say they agree with dual use of the fields by both the school and the community.
BUT ... Those concessions we won from the Council are not legally guaranteed, indeed parts of the lease contradict our rights. It is helpful to Coventry citizens that our rights are stated, but we cannot be confident that in the longer run those rights will be legally protected.
That's why at a recent packed meeting the residents' group unanimously agreed to continue to support Councillor Dave Nellist's application for the fields to be made a Village Green. That way, public rights to the land would be established in law.
In summary, Charterhouse Fields was public land left to and bought for the citizens of Coventry. We have not yet won full legal rights to the land because of the resistance of Coventry council, a council that is supposed to be there to represent us! But we are much further ahead in terms of our rights of use than we were in April when the council decided to give the land to the school.
WHERE DOES THIS LEAVE US AND THE SCHOOL?
The school say if we win Village Green status, they won't be able to use the fields. But this is not so.
We residents have never disagreed with dual use by both ourselves and the school.
Currently we believe we should refrain from using areas in use by pupils for lessons. If Village Green status is won, we will give the same agreement to the school as applies currently, organising restraint of our use, certainly until the school's future use of the old allotments is determined, and beyond if agreed.
All a Village Green would mean is our long term legal rights to the area are established.
So we continue to urge residents to use common sense and not use areas pupils are using for lessons and keep the fields clean. We should continue to show responsibility and coexist with the school.
Thank you! Can we thank you deeply for all the brilliant support from the neighbourhood for the campaign to keep the fields public. If we and Councillor Nellist hadn't reacted so quickly in March/April it could have been very different. The council told us there was nothing we could do, that if we resisted we may lose more of the fields. The marvellous campaign proved all their arguments wrong.
We forced a U-turn on the council. But it was through gritted teeth that they conceded points to us.
They refused to even consider our hard earned evidence at the recent council meeting. That is why the campaign must go on. We cannot let down our guard.
Best wishes, Charterhouse Residents' Association.
So, if you live in Coventry or have lived in Coventry and have used the fields at some point, then we may like to speak to you about using your comments in order to support our legal campaign. Also, if there is any support you would like to give the campaign, then please drop us an email on Charterhouse.Fields@gmail.com and we will be in touch.
To reiterate the last preamble:
"Now is the time for us to unite against the powerful few in order to protect what is ours. Today, it's the Charterhouse Fields the Council are willing to sign away, but tomorrow it could be YOUR Open Space.
Together, we can win!"
Global Warming describes is current trend in average temperatures around the world increasing as a result of human activity. Sea ice is retreating, glaciers are melting, species are migrating or disappearing and spring temperatures are arriving earlier each year.
The glass on a greenhouse allows one type of radiation in, but reduces the amount another type can escape; causing the interior of the greenhouse to remain warm. This is what we are experiencing on our planet - gases such as carbon dioxide and methane act as the glass; allowing solar radiation in, but preventing heat from escaping.
Are human activities are linked to global warming? Yes, just about everything connected with modern society is a contributor. The cars we drive spew carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, as does coal powered electricity generation, production processes for many of our goods. Even the millions of livestock we keep for food play their part by producing methane. It is the carbon dioxide concentration that is increasing, due to the burning of fossil fuels (as well as from some rainforest burning).
This is the man-made portion of the greenhouse effect, and it is believed by many scientists to be responsible for the global warming of the last 150 years. Also, the concentration of methane, although small, has also increased in recent decades. The reasons for this increase, though, are uncertain.
The fenced off area along the waterfront at the intersection of Beach Channel Drive and Rockaway Freeway is public land. It has been neglected by the city for as long as anyone living in Rockaway can remember and is in complete disrepair.
The area remains as one of Rockaway's most active fishing spots but is very dangerous as there are large stones and scraps of metal sticking out of the broken concrete and as there are no guard rails preventing fisherman from falling onto the rocks below.
The benefits of a park in this location would greatly out weight the costs of this endeavor for the city as this area is small. Please sign this petition below to help give the Rockaway community the beautiful bay front park it deserves.
We need your support to save what little is left of nature in a small island. Mallorca in the Balearic Islands, is constantly threatened by private and incoherent initiatives. We have the highest amount of cars per family groups -3 per family- receive 19 million tourists per year.
We are not altogether 1 million inhabitants. Now they want to build an enormous car racing circuit in one of the last agricultural and natural plains of this territory. Please support!
The Environmental Education Center of Ierapetra must be strengthened and continue to function. Almost all citizens of Lassithi, are well aware of the role, work and the importance of play in EEC of Ierapetra, an institution with experience over three years and as one who brings a new attitude and perception towards the environment for students, professors and the society in which it operates. 5780 students, 1190 teachers and over 2200 people attended the 3 years of EEC of Ierapetra in environmental programs.
Εδώ και λίγες μέρες διαδραματίζεται ένα θέατρο του παραλόγου στο χώρο της περιβαλλοντικής εκπαίδευσης. Διαρρέονται πολλές φήμες περί κλεισίματος των Κ.Π.Ε., περί σύμπτυξης για ένα ΚΠΕ σε κάθε νομό, περί αναπροσαρμογής τους στις νέες οικονομικές συνθήκες αλλά και στις απαιτήσεις της Δια Βίου Μάθησης, περί μείωσης του αριθμού των μελών των Π.Ο., περί μη απόσπασης δασκάλων στα ΚΠΕ, περί αλλαγής του χαρακτήρα, της φιλοσοφίας αλλά και των στόχων τους.
Τα Κ.Π.Ε. αποτέλεσαν –εδώ και αρκετά χρόνια– και συνεχίζουν να αποτελούν φορείς μια άλλης αντίληψης αλλά και μιας πρακτικής εφαρμογής της βιωματικής αειφορικής εκπαίδευσης, κυρίως χάρη στην προσωπική, ακάματη εργασία των υπευθύνων τους και των μελών των Παιδαγωγικών τους Ομάδων. Η συσσωρεμένη εμπειρία και το έργο τους μπορούν να αποτελέσουν τη μαγιά για την αναβάθμιση του θεσμού της Περιβαλλοντικής Εκπαίδευσης αλλά και του αειφορικού χαρακτήρα του σχολείου γενικότερα.
Σχεδόν όλοι οι πολίτες του Ν. Λασιθίου, γνωρίζουν πολύ καλά, το ρόλο, το έργο και τη σημασία που έχει διαδραματίσει το Κ.Π.Ε. Ιεράπετρας, ως θεσμός με εμπειρία άνω των 3 χρόνων και ως παράγοντας που αναδεικνύει μια νέα στάση και αντίληψη απέναντι στο περιβάλλον για τους μαθητές, τους εκπ/κούς αλλά και την κοινωνία με την οποία συνεργάζεται.
5780 μαθητές, 1190 εκπαιδευτικοί και πάνω από 2200 πολίτες πήραν μέρος τα 3 χρόνια λειτουργίας του ΚΠΕ Ιεράπετρας στα περιβαλλοντικά του προγράμματα.
Είχε μια από τις μεγαλύτερες πανελλαδικά απορροφητικότητες των ευρωπαϊκών κονδυλίων που άγγιξε το 97%.
Από τα 190.500ευρώ που απορρόφησε στην τοπική κοινωνία διατέθηκαν τα 172.500ευρώ, δηλαδή ένα ποσοστό που ξεπερνά το 90%. Το ΚΠΕ Ιεράπετρας επιβάλλεται να ενισχυθεί και να συνεχίσει την λειτουργία του. Το έχει ανάγκη όχι μόνο ο νέος δήμος Ιεράπετρας που με τη συνένωσή του με τον Δήμο Μακρύγιαλου θα είναι ο μεγαλύτερος του νομού μας, με πάνω από 5000μαθητές, αλλά το έχει ανάγκη όλος ο νομός Λασιθίου, διότι είναι από τα λίγα ΚΠΕ της χώρας μας που αναπτύσσει πάμπολλες και ποικιλόμορφες δράσεις ευαισθητοποίησης της τοπικής κοινωνίας και δεν περιχαρακώνεται μόνο στα πλαίσια της σχολικής κοινότητας. Η αειφόρος ανάπτυξη έχει ανάγκη την εκπαίδευση για την αειφορία.
Στεκόμαστε δίπλα στους εκπαιδευτικούς του ΚΠΕ Ιεράπετρας στην αγωνία τους για την συνέχιση της λειτουργίας του.
A lady called Barbara Woodward has tended a patch of land near her house for over 20 years. Now Salford City Council have served an eviction notice, saying she never had permission to be there in the first place.
They plan to put a new car park on the site.
In a densely populated urban area with few green spaces, this garden is an oasis.
In Toronto, we are privileged enough to have, an outstanding amount of 1473 named parks in Toronto. There are such a large number parks, and this creates many benefits that effect: community, the environment, and the economy. Therefore, the parks in Toronto are an important part of the city and they should be maintained to the best of the city’s ability.
According to my research, individuals in the Toronto area go to the park for many reasons, which include; spending quality time with friends & family, exercising, playing sports, relaxing, getting fresh air, walking on the trails and taking pictures of nature. Unfortunately though according to the research, 46% go to the park only 0-10 times a year!
When individuals were asked why they only go a few times a year, there were many answers provided but one reason that was dominant in all answers was the cleanliness of parks. Therefore there should be more garbage bins and recycling bins in parks to ensure the best quality of cleanliness in parks so people can enjoy them happily. This petition is directed towards helping Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation & The Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation.
"Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it." ~Plato
A group of approximately 25 students of all races, nationalities and ethnicities, was recently denied access to soccer fields located near the HPER buildings to play “The Worlds Beautiful Game”, soccer, on a late Thursday evening. The students were also warned that security would be called if they proceeded to use the empty soccer field.
The reason’s for denial of use of the field that were stated in a brief conversation with an administrator at the College of Health, the College responsible for the field, were that the students did not reserve the field, but also did not pay $30 an hour to utilize the field.
It is interesting to note that in years past, this fee was not applied to anyone who used these fields but is now being done so due to recent budget cuts. Ironically, all 25 of the students could have swiped their U-cards to use the heated indoor pool inside the HPER complex or have gone to the Field House to play basketball, lift weights, or play indoor soccer. The students would not have been charged further to use those facilities.
It quickly became apparent the ‘Mandatory Fee’s’ that are addendum to students tuition did not cover this field. Rudimentary research to ascertain what the ‘Mandatory Fees’ that accompany the tuition are quickly shows that these fee’s go to: ‘ASUU Activity, Athletic, Building, Collegiate Reader Program, Computing, Fine Arts, Utilities, Health, Library, Publication Council, Recreation, Study Abroad, Sustainability, and Transportation budgets.’ In light of the highlighted budgets, it would seem evident that use of the soccer fields is a fundamental right that students garner when attending this institution
This denial of campus grounds is far more egregious after contacting the city and county about their reservation policies and charges on the use of their soccer fields, softball fields, basketball courts, and tennis courts and discovered that the city and county do not charge for use of their facilities, even in this economic recession. In addition, BYU does not force their students to reserve and pay to use campus ground.
To add to this incendiary act, the group of students was of an international origin, making this denial of use an international disgrace. Despite being a large commuter campus, student life of all forms should be supported; especially those activities that are constructive and healthy in nature. In light of student fee’s paid, burdening students further with financial obligations to play something that is otherwise free elsewhere is in principal a folly and sinister in nature, especially since one of the fields is in near unplayable condition,
Bret Van Ausdall
Graduate Student at the University of Utah
21 Kms Mammoth Tunnel
Over 200 Acres of Concrete Structure….are set to cut the throat of Western Ghats.
Over 18 villages will be submerged; over 800 hectares of forest will be destroyed
Destruction of the Western Ghats will not only cause decimation of biodiversity but also accelerate the impact of global warming.
The mission of the Earth Charter Initiative is to promote the transition to sustainable ways of living and a global society founded on a shared ethical framework that includes respect and care for the community of life, ecological integrity, universal human rights, respect for diversity, economic justice, democracy, and a culture of peace.
We stand at a critical moment in Earth's history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise. To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace. Towards this end, it is imperative that we, the peoples of Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations.
I. RESPECT AND CARE FOR THE COMMUNITY OF LIFE
1. Respect Earth and life in all its diversity.
2. Care for the community of life with understanding, compassion, and love.
3. Build democratic societies that are just, participatory, sustainable, and peaceful.
4. Secure Earth's bounty and beauty for present and future generations.
II. ECOLOGICAL INTEGRITY
5. Protect and restore the integrity of Earth's ecological systems, with special concern for biological diversity and the natural processes that sustain life.
6. Prevent harm as the best method of environmental protection and, when knowledge is limited, apply a precautionary approach.
7. Adopt patterns of production, consumption, and reproduction that safeguard Earth's regenerative capacities, human rights, and community well-being.
8. Advance the study of ecological sustainability and promote the open exchange and wide application of the knowledge acquired.
III. SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE
9. Eradicate poverty as an ethical, social, and environmental imperative.
10. Ensure that economic activities and institutions at all levels promote human development in an equitable and sustainable manner.
11. Affirm gender equality and equity as prerequisites to sustainable development and ensure universal access to education, health care, and economic opportunity.
12. Uphold the right of all, without discrimination, to a natural and social environment supportive of human dignity, bodily health, and spiritual well-being, with special attention to the rights of indigenous peoples and minorities.
IV. DEMOCRACY, NONVIOLENCE, AND PEACE
13. Strengthen democratic institutions at all levels, and provide transparency and accountability in governance, inclusive participation in decision making, and access to justice.
14. Integrate into formal education and life-long learning the knowledge, values, and skills needed for a sustainable way of life.
15. Treat all living beings with respect and consideration.
16. Promote a culture of tolerance, nonviolence, and peace.
This is a petition for abolishing the law in Venice (Italy) that forbids people to feed pigeons in the WHOLE city and if one is caught throwing crumbs to the birds is fined. The Venetian community has also ordered the killing of hundreds of pigeons.
The purpose of this law is to reduce the number of pigeons in order to protect the historical monuments, but to reduce it by letting the pigeons die of starvation or by killing them is cruel and inhuman. The historical monuments could be protected in different ways, e.g. by fixing spines or wires on the buildings that prevent pigeons from perching on them and by cleaning the monuments regularly with water. Pigeons could also be fed with sterilizing medicines so that their number remained under control.
Regarding the common fears that pigeons could be dangerous for public health, expert vets (e.g. Enrico Moriconi, President ASVeP –Onlus – Cultural Veterinary Association for Public Health, Torino and Roberto Nisini, Superior Institute of Public Health, Rome) in their articles published on the internet prove that they pose absolutely no danger for public health.
The law against pigeons is based only on wrong preconceptions and a hatred for the birds which unfortunately is shared by many Italian people.
The target of this petition is to defend animal rights and abolish this harsh law. This law is unfair not only to animals but also to animal lovers who are punished for showing compassion to the birds by feeding them -in other words, for their acts of kindness and love. This is a law against PERSONAL FREEDOM as it does not allow people who love animals to practice their beliefs and express their good feelings towards birds. It is therefore against both ANIMAL AND HUMAN RIGHTS. The purpose of law is to eliminate evil, but instead of serving that purpose, the Venetian law in question incriminates innocent people and causes endless suffering to birds. In Venice there are not many trees and seeds so the birds cannot survive easily without the help of sensitive people.
Pigeons are the tamest and friendliest birds. They offer joy to many people, especially to old lonely people, tourists who feel welcomed by the friendly Venetian birds (which have been a tourist attraction for many years), and children who invite them to eat from their hands. Because of their innocence, pigeons are traditionally associated with peace and spirituality. During the world-wars they were also used for carrying important messages and saved the lives of many people.
These beautiful birds and the sensitive people who care for animals (which are weak and defenseless) deserve our help and support. This harsh law that is against animal and human rights should be abolished.
Creating a Special Commission to Review Legislation Impacting the Health and Welfare of Young People in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Whereas, laws affecting children and adolescents in the name of child protection have been passed episodically through the legislature over the past two hundred years¬¬—many of which are still in force, and in many respects too costly.
Since some of these statutes impacting the conditions in which our young people live and develop have been studied extensively by many experts, and found to be ambiguous, contradictory, antiquated, counterproductive, unconstitutional, or otherwise harmful to the health and welfare of young people in the Commonwealth, we believe it is necessary to carefully improve upon all laws impacting child development and maturation.
Considering that many of our statutes, in some measure, no longer serve the function of protecting the health and welfare of young people, nor promote their well being, it is the consensus of the vast majority of experts in child development and education that although statutes which attempt to create laws that better protect our young people’s health and welfare is indeed an important and compelling subject of thoughtful legislative action, it is crucial that the issues be carefully examined by specialized experts to implement consistency throughout our laws, regulations and policies.
Moreover, since we now have amassed over a century of experience with existing statutes and policies gathered by hospitals, psychologists, university professors, social workers, teachers, activists, psychiatrists, doctors, sociologists, child development specialists, politicians, parents, churches and many other individuals and institutions which act to serve the interests of young people, we now have access to more salient, complete and relevant data through expert studies and empirically determined observations as to what conditions are detrimental to our young people and which are helpful. We therefore find it prudent to reform the entire set of interlocking laws, regulations, rules, institutions, entitlements and policies which impact upon our young people, retire those statutes that do not work or cause harm to our youth, revise those statutes which can be transformed into positive contributions to the well being of our society in general, and frame new legislation to address problems not currently addressed by existing statutes or institutions to make the Commonwealth a place that does all in its power to promote the well being of our young.
We also believe that a more comprehensive approach to reviewing the existing context of laws influencing child development and maturation requires specialized consideration of all related areas, which therefore requires a large enough body of experts to competently examine which laws are harmful and to suggest the necessary reforms.
Be it proposed that the House of Representatives, Senate, and Governor review this legislation and deliberate in all due haste its implementation in order to reduce unnecessary harm being done to young people by laws which, while well intentioned themselves, are causing a economic burden to the Commonwealth and harm to the public safety, and to young people in particular, who are negatively impacted by their unintended consequences as a result of their misdirection—having been passed during times we were less familiar with the facts about child development and maturation.
The Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center, is a unique facility in the bustling City of Johns Creek GA. It features 46 acres of forest, woodland trails, winding creek, heritage gardens, historic buildings, and animal exhibits.
The beautiful Autrey Mill of today was built over a 20-year period under the leadership of the non-profit Autrey Mill Nature Preserve Association (AMNP) Board and its talented staff, with the vital help of generous public and private supporters, and by harnessing the indispensable work of volunteers.
With the stability provided by a 30-year lease agreement (originally with Fulton County and now with the City of Johns Creek) AMNP has been able to conduct long-range planning; receive major grants; undertake larger, multi-year projects; and accept donations of heirlooms and important historic items. Operating under this lease, the AMNP Board has provided responsible stewardship of the land and continually made improvements.
On March 11, 2009, the City of Johns Creek took the extraordinary step of suing the AMNP non-profit corporation operated by community volunteers. In its lawsuit the City seeks to invalidate the 30-year lease and seeks control over the historic items that have been donated to AMNP over the years.
1. All the money in the world is VIRTUAL money, of no real consequence whatsoever (see the EcoTort website). Therefore there is no financial reason for anything. Eg, there is no financial reason why we cannot feed, clothe, house, & educate every person living on the Earth today, AND be 100% eco-responsAble too…!
2. Any contract to damage or destroy the environment is a contract to commit the most serious crime of “Aggravated Criminal Damage” to the environment (max Life Sentence, see the EcoTort website), and is therefore a void, unenforceable contract (which is based upon money which does not exist ! ).
3. According to UNiversal Law it is illegal to pay tax in ANY country of the world (see the EcoTort website) until the World’s Government(s) cease their criminal activities in allowing heinous environmental damage and destruction at present day UNprecedented levels; equivalent to a threat of war, and indeed being the single most likely cause of most conflict (armed and unarmed, domestic and international) in the World today.
4. AT LEAST 60% of everyones wages on the Earth is being collected by the elite bankers of the world, through interest payments on unenforceable contracts, to do with as they please; unelected, unrepresentative, unaccountable, and unacceptable! (see the EcoTort website).
5. Every Police officer promises to “protect life and property, and to uphold the Law”. The most serious threat to life and property, and the most serious breach of the Criminal Law are BOTH due to CRIMINAL environmental damage and destruction, for which the banking elites are demonstrably responsible (see the EcoTort website)..
6. The remedy is through a global implementalion of the principles of Permaculture (see the EcoTort website).
24. Alive Utrish
The environmental movement and Ecological Watch on North Caucasus (EWNC), «Alive Utrish», Greenpeace of Russia, WWF of Russia and the International Socio-Ecological Union collect electronic signatures under the open Internet reference to the President of Russia, the Government of the Russian Federation, and the heads of Administration of Krasnodar Territory and the cities of Anapa, Novorossiysk and Gelendzhik about taking effective measures on preservation of the unique natural complexes of subtropical Mediterranean-type forests, located at the Black Sea coast of Russia, including the prohibition of any construction in the territory of these natural systems and the earliest performance of the order of the Government of the Russian Federation № 725-r about the creation of the reserve «Utrish».
- the only typical Eastern Mediterranean landscape at the Black sea cost, which preserved well,
- the habitat of more than 60 species of plants and animals listed in the Red Book of Russia, for many of which it is the only habitat in the territory of our country,
- the seat of growth of relic trees aged up to 600 years,
- the last well-preserved, thanks to its remoteness from major settlements and highways, corner of nature at the Russian Black Sea coast in the extent about 12 km.
In December 2008, in violation of Russian legislation, the construction of a road through the reserve to the Black Sea coast began, destroying on the way the relic juniper, pistachio and other trees. The part of the coast is leased and it is planned to start construction on it. It will destroy the eco-system of Big Utrish and will make impossible the performance of the governmental order of the Russian Federation about creating a reserve in this territory.
Only owing to efforts of ecologists who have organized in Utrish a camp of public resistance and have blocked the way for the machines, the construction of the road has been stopped. However Utrish is still in danger and the constructors can return at any moment. Your voice can help to save its nature.
The current owners of the property commonly known as the Roycebrook East Golf Course in Hillsborough NJ are trying to change the current zoning and land use of the property to close the sale of the property to the Erickson Retirement Communities (a $1B company).
The proposed development consists of 3 "communities" that each include a community building and 4-6 residential buildings. The proposed residential buildings will be 4-5 stories tall. Where possible, they claim the buildings will be 4 stories high in front and 5 stories high in the rear.
Incorporated into the project is a 264 unit apartment building with 1,2 and 3 bedroom apartments of affordable housing.
Please keep in mind that the details of this project have changed several times and to date there has been no detail site plan provided.
To make this project happen, the property will need to be added to the Local, County and State Wastewater Management Plan. It will require a DRASTIC ZONING and Land Use Change.
This property has several MAJOR environmental issues and characteristics that are the primary concerns of the community.
The Roycebrook Watershed runs directly under this property that feeds drinking wells nearby and is an environmentally sensitive resource. You can read extensive studies of this natural resource at www.thewatershed.org
The property has several wetland areas within it's borders. Neighboring areas have a history of flooding issues dealing with storm water runoff and a very high water table around this property. Streams that take the water off this property are direct tributaries to the Millstone River.
What will be the true impact of this project on the Roycebrook Watershed, our roads, our traffic, our sewage capacity, our flooding problems, our high water table, our schools, our taxes, our home values and ultimately - our quality of life?
Our organization strongly believes that this project is not a good fit for this environmentally sensitive site!
Do you know why we should alert the government or global warming? Do you know why we should pass another bill helping to stop global warming?
Well, I know there are some considerate people on Earth's surface that care about Mother Nature but do NOT know what to do. The least we can do is spread the word. Well, one person can't turn our people's habits around completely, but one can make a difference. Don't be ashamed of not having the ability to do it yourself, because global warming is more than just one problem. Let me give you a few examples:
What is global warming =
+ UNATURAL HEATING ON EARTH'S SURFACE +
&Polar ice cap melting
..............................& more + + + +
You know, 2 words affect our planet the most. Global Warming. Wake up, Earth! Global warming is NOT a scam. This urgent matter is being accused of fake and is ignored. Why do we sometimes blindly cling to positives?
Why would we believe that our car exhaust has no effect on nature? If you think global warming is a scam, give us truth seekers an explanation why a hurricane formed in the Atlantic for the first time and Hurricane Katrina was so powerful. Tell us why Earth is warming up so rapidly and why the ozone had a gaping hole over Antarctica.
Tell me why global warming is obviously fake. Do you think we can get away with damaging nature by releasing so much CO2 and CFC? Sign this petition if you believe global warming affects our world. If you don't believe, you will when it's too late and it's taking action. If you like positive sides, tell me which you would rather believe: in approx. 80 years, what do you think will create the flooding in coastal areas globally: global warming, or God?
Our ignorance of global warming is deadly. Mother Nature is dying, and what comes with her is-prepare for this-EVERYONE. From forest inhabitants to penguins to rainforests to snakes and to US. Actually, everyone is involved with it.
Our precious Planet Earth will be completely destroyed when we pollute too much. It will become a twin of Venus, a victim of the greenhouse effect, oxygen loss, extinction, rainforest clearing, ozone layer thinning, polar ice caps melting, sea level rising, increased flooding and drought in different areas, sewage, and what we know best-POLLUTION!
From dropping icecream sandwich wrappers and throwing your tiny, insignificant candy wrappers on the ground and spitting your chewing gum into the grass and discarding your banana peels, and extreme polluting by wasting glass, styrofoam, cars, and plastic. Please! REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE. How many times have you ever heard those 3 simple words? I bet $100 you have. If you don't, I don't believe you... well, you learned your lesson.
Sign this if you want a cleaner world with more years ahead of you. Do you want your children to live in a world without a clean path to walk on? Do you want a world without a way to enjoy nature properly?
Think more about the future, citizens. For the sake of Earth.
Stop global warming by signing this petition! The greenhouse gases collecting in our atmosphere is heating our planet. If it rises just one degree, everything begins to melt, from ice cream sandwiches to Glacier National Park and even Antarctica!
But, since the oceans nearly cover our planet, it takes just Greenland to flood all coastal areas. This concerns not only our precious Mother Nature, but you. Please take the time to help stop this disaster from happening.
YOU can make a difference. Are you ready for the challenge?
The destruction of mankind on this planet, because of sheer human stupidity of destroying the Oxygen we breathe through unbridled Pollution, is now very real, and within our own sights.
Governments are lying by deluding the peoples of the world into a false sense of fraudulent security. We have no time left.