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The Waterfront faces resiliency and leadership problems today. In addition, there are problems with the Working Waterfront, Ferry Transit and Access to both the Water and the Waterfront.
In order to solve the issues facing out Waterfront, The Metropolitan Water Front Alliance has created innovated solutions to solve the issues. Waterfront Platform 2013 is a set of policy recommendations we’re asking candidates running for New York City office to endorse.
The platform is committed to increase the New York’s commitment to a revitalized and resilient Waterfront through engaging MWA Alliance Partners, supporters, City of Water Day attendees, and MWA Board of Directors. Please join us in creating a better New York through adopting the water front platform by signing our petition.
Our planet's oceans have become a very noisy place. Places like New York and LA no longer compare to the noise pollution of our oceans. This increase in noise has caused many hundreds, if not thousands, of marine animals to die from stranding themselves on beaches to dieing from organ failure and bleeding in the brain.
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Pressmud or filter cake, a waste by-product from sugar factories, is a soft, spongy, amorphous and dark brown to brownish material which contains sugar, fiber, coagulated colloids, including cane wax, albuminoids, inorganic salts and soil particles.
By virtue of the chemical composition and high content of organic carbon, the usefulness of pressmud as a valuable organic manure has been reported by several workers. They also reported in their research work that the sugar press residue ( SPR) or pressmud is a potential source of major minerals (Ca-2.40%, P-1.27%, K-1.81%, Mg-1.28%, S-2.62%) as well as of trace elements (Cu-22.6ppm, Fe-2042.0ppm, Zn-36.5ppm, Mn-228.0ppm). Razzaq (2001) also reported in his research work that substituting chemical fertilizers with sugarcane filter cake in crop production will add sulfur and boost up O. M. status of soil to satisfactory level within 5-6 years and improve and maintain soil health.
The soil application of pressmud as organic fertilizer is widely practiced in Pakistan and India. It may be due to the fact that it has got sufficient amount of crop nutrient improves soil physico-chemical properties.
Pressmud is a good source of organic matter, NPK and important micro-nutrients and has established its importance in improving fertility, productivity and other physical properties of agricultural soils. Ash is another waste product that can also be used as fertilizer to supply micro-nutrients to soil and crops and also used in landfills and construction industry. Therefore, land application/other use of this industrial waste for crop production/construction provides a feasible and cost effective disposal alternative.
Hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as “fracking”, is a technique to extract gas or oil by drilling vertically and often horizontally deep under the earth’s surface.
Fracking injects a mixture of water, sand and chemicals into the wells at high pressure. Fracking uses large amounts of chemicals that contaminate the water supply and can cause cancer, creates wastewater that brings deep-earth contaminants to the surface, releases methane gas into the air that exacerbates climate change and pollutes the air with asthma-causing smog and may cause earthquakes.
Fracking is currently exempt from federal regulation under an exception in The Safe Drinking Water Act and is not regulated and, as a result, the chemicals used are treated as secret corporate property and are not tested and the locations of all the wells are not made public.
Many water bottle companies make profits by selling their water bottles. The reason: people think that they are more pure than water that comes from the tap and it has the impression that it is better.
However, studies have shown that water bottles can have traces of bacteria and arsenic. Many bottled water companies fail to have a bottled water company report in order for the general public to see what their water is really like.
We should also enforce water bottle companies to publish their sources. Some water bottle companies like Dasani and Aquafina take tap water and purify it. It is a waste of money to buy water that is essentially the same as it is from your kitchen sink.
Water bottled companies should be more controlled, the citizens of the U.S.A have a right to know!
The first Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payments (AGDRP) have been made available to QLD flood victims.
Ten Local Govt Areas affected by flooding in Northern NSW will also have access to joint-funded national disaster assistance. Inspecting flood damage in Bundaberg.
From Julia Gillard’s Facebook page. Spent a couple of hours today in Wagga Wagga helping with the clean up http://t.co/T7aa0f7l
From Tony Abbotts Facebook page, Meeting Gympie dairy farmer John Cochrane to discuss the impact of the floods on the town's businesses. – PT; I would like to pay tribute to all involved, not just with this experience but to everyone doing an amazing job in Bundaberg. The devastation in Bundy and surrounding areas is difficult to fathom, the recovery will take a long time and a lot of money. It is heartbreaking that people are unwilling to donate to the Qld Floods appeal on the grounds that they want to make a political point. Have a look at some of the photos and try to imagine if it was your home, street or business that had been destroyed.
From Campbell Newman’s Facebook page. We are unable to control Mother Nature. The Netherlands is below sea level and they don’t get wet. Using our available knowledge and experience to provide, responsible and effective infrastructure, Roads to be road train rated, and above train lines allowing water flow, rather than damming are areas to be addressed in times of high rainfall.
The expenses thrown onto the flood affected citizens and the relief grants, from the Government to help rebuild their lives, after trauma, would be minimised if the aforementioned areas were addressed. Monies spent on the improvements will be saved in prevention of the devasting blows felt by flood affected regions.
Birchwood Resources Inc. is planning a substantial oil development within 300 metres of the lakeshore of Crane Lake in Alberta, Canada.
Crane Lake is one of the cleanest bodies of water in Alberta and since it takes over 100 years for the water to replace itself, it is a very vulnerable water source that needs to be protected.
It also is home to a number of full year and summer residents who would be affected b the noise and light pollution of this Stream Assisted Gravity Development plant. Our blue heron and loon populations will also likely be affected.
There is no proper water facility in our area. We have complained many times but they are not taking proper action.
Fluoride is a poison that causes numerous health problems and our City has voted against the removal of it for years despite the cities around us passing the vote. Many studies have shown the effects of fluoride on the human body and some of the problems include but are not limited to,
BRAIN DAMAGE IN UNBORN FETUS
DENTAL AND SKELETAL FLUOROSIS
LOWERING OF IQ
INTERFERES WITH WHITE BLOOD CELL PRODUCTION
HEART CIRCULATION PROBLEMS
This Petition is important because this is a real poison that we are given daily and have no choice whether or not to consume it.
Gosford City Council is a member of ICLEI which is a United Nations-sponsored group which designs and writes policy for your area on land use, energy goals and measurement, and water usage.
ICLEI is a paid consultant and/or receives dues from your taxes & Rates and received Tax Exemption status in Australia.
ICLEI was formed after the United States (George Bush, Sr.) and 178 other nations met at the United Nations Rio Earth Summit in 1992 and agreed to use certain principles as their guidelines. Those guidelines include major reductions in energy and water usage, and huge increases in the number of living units in city centers. This is called UN Agenda 21-Sustainable Development.
In 1993 President Clinton formed the President’s Council on Sustainable Development and gave a multi-million dollar grant to the American Planning Association to write Growing Smart: A Legislative Guidebook to bring UN Agenda 21 to the United States. Smart Growth was the result. Multi-story condos or apartments over small retail with little parking, crammed in your town center. The reason for this style of construction is that, as UN Secretary General Maurice Strong said, ‘the affluence of Americans is a threat to the planet.’ Single family homes are a threat.
Across the nation, in large cities and small towns, like this one, identical programs are being rolled out. Land use restrictions, ordinances reducing energy usage, Smart Meters, school programs, & candidate trainings, are designed and implemented without your vote. You may be invited to city visioning meetings, but the outcome is decided before you enter the room.
Using ICLEI greenhouse gas emissions goals, your local government is in the process of controlling where and how you live, what you eat, what your children learn, and what laws you will live under. With the cover of ‘environmental concern’ your personal rights are being restricted. Soon, you will lose the right to travel freely without being asked for your ID. Lose the right to water your garden. Lose the right to refuse a Smart Meter. Lose the right to live in a rural area. Lose the right to drive a private vehicle.
Under the guise of ‘Sustainable Development’ your property and civil rights are being systematically eliminated.
KICK ICLEI OUT OF GOSFORD.
By signing this petition you would be helping the city of St.Louis save thousands of plastic bottles per month per school from being used.
Here's why thats important:
-Plastic bottles hurt the environment
-Up to 70% of plastic bottles go to the landfill and do not get recycled
-Alot of plastic bottles end up in our streams and oceans
-Several studies have been done where plastics have been found in the digestive tracts of sea creatures
-Americans consume enough plastic bottles in one year to circle the globe 5 times
-Schools that have inserted hydration stations have saved up to 7 thousand bottles from being purchased in one month
St.Louis has been named one of the top cities in the United States with clean, good tasting tap water. By stop the selling of plastic bottles in schools and inserting hydration stations you will be benefiting the schools, the children and the community from excess waste.
I believe that if the schools supplied bottles for sale for the hydration stations that the station will eventually pay for itself.
Following the complete occupation of Wales by the Anglo Normans in 1282 - 4 and again, in the 1420's following the War of Independence led by the great Welsh Prince Owain Glyndwr, great areas of Welsh land was either taken by the English Crown or 'given' as rewards to English barons for fighting for England in the Welsh Wars.
Ironically this was repeated by the Tudors in the 16th, who were of 'Welsh Descent', One such example being the Dukes of Somerset being given Mynydd y Gwair and much else throughout Southern Wales. This Mountain is now the centre of a major local issue and national campaign as the Somerset Trust intends to establish a Wind Mill Plantation on it.
Apart from the above, much of Welsh land was common land - which meant that the peasantry had the right to build a smallholding on it as well as hunt and fish but, increasingly over the centuries and up to the present, the Gentry and incoming 'New Conquistadores, such as Iron and Slate Masters began to seize this Common Land by means of Enclosure Acts. The issue of Anglican Church ownership was very much addressed in the Welsh Tithe Wars of 1886 - 88 by a National Land League but there is still much unfinished business to be taken care of.
Today, the aforementioned land is still occupied by the English Crown and the descendents of the English barons and, increasingly, by outside 'Utiliy Companies as in the case of the Vyrnwy Estate, It is being extensively plundered of its natural resources, such as water and timber, and is being savagely destroyed by gigantic windfarms. It is our Welsh herital land and we want it returned to the communities and people of Wales through this Wales Land Act.
In 1992, former United States Environmental Protection Agency scientist Robert Carton claimed that "fluoridation is the greatest case of scientific fraud of this century."
The rates of dental decay in areas with unfluoridated water are statistically equivalent to those with fluoridated water, proving that water fluoridation is unnecessary for the prevention of tooth decay.
Fluoride's ability to damage the brain represents one of the most active areas of research on fluoride toxicity today.
Fluoride can be one of the most volatile and active harmful chemicals in the body. Fluoride can attack mercilessly, against any age group, but its effects are especially harmful to developing children and the elderly.
Fluoride is known to cause dental fluorosis, a defect of the tooth enamel caused by fluoride’s interference with developing teeth. Its visible signs are mottled or yellowed teeth. Nearly 30% of children drinking fluoridated water suffer from dental fluorosis on two or more teeth (Hileman, 1988).
Fluoride confuses the immune system and causes it to attack the body's own tissues, and increases the tumor growth rate in cancer prone individuals.
Fluoride is associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Fluoride enters the brain and enables aluminum to cross the blood-brain barrier, resulting in increased risk for these diseases.
Fluoride has also been associated with low IQ and mental retardation in children (Hileman, 1988).
The research on fluoride and the brain has been fueled by 18 human studies from China, India, Iran, and Mexico finding elevated levels of fluoride exposure to be associated with IQ deficits in children.
Fluoride can cause a crippling bone disease called skeletal fluorosis. In more mild forms, symptoms of this disease include chronic joint pain, similar to the symptoms of arthritis.
Fluoride disrupts the activity of normally functioning hormones. Fluoride can reduce levels of melatonin, the sleep hormone, in the body, causing chronic insomnia (Hileman, 1988).
Most European countries have now rejected the process of water fluoridation. Their children’s teeth have not suffered from this rejection. The cost/benefit ratio of fluoridated water no longer warrants the presence of fluoride in drinking water.
A 2001 study found that "fluoride, particularly in toothpastes, is a very important preventive agent against dental caries," but added that "additional fluoride to that currently available in toothpaste does not appear to be benefiting the teeth of the majority of people."
Research shows fluoridation is unnecessary since we're already receiving 300% or more of the American Dental Association's recommended dosage. We are wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars a year fluoridating our water when it is completely unnecessary, unethical and dangerous.
On Monday, a picture became circulated of a helpless infant dieing in water in a red bucket in a HOSPITAL in China. After the Chinese Birth Control Office injected poison into the pregnant woman to make her deliver the baby dead, it actually came out alive and started to cry.
The people responsible ripped the baby from its mother and threw it in a bucket, with water in it, to die. This is not going away and harm will come upon our world for this kind of atrocity continuing. Shame on the Chinese government for allowing this, and anyone else who condones this criminal, terrorist activity upon helpless infants.
I ask, and hold and hear by that those involved need to be held responsible, and put in a courtroom where they will be judged for their crimes by the great citizens of the common world. Thank you. Justice and the common man's concern for human life will prevail!
1. From 2010 to 2011 there was an over 50% increase in cistern demolitions in Area C of the West Bank. International and local NGO’s have underlined this as concerted political strategy to target essential livelihood structures and force the displacement of Palestinians. From 2009 to 2011, nearly four hundred Palestinians were internally displaced as a direct result of the destruction of water, sanitation, and hygiene infrastructure.
2. Israel simultaneously violates its legal obligations as an occupying power under IHL, clearly stated by Article 54 of Protocol 1 of the Geneva Conventions, by not refraining from demolishing objects indispensible to the survival of the civilian population. Israel also violates its obligations as a signatory to international human rights conventions to respect, protect and fulfill the right to water of Palestinians. Additionally, both Israeli and Palestinian authorities issued a joint declaration in 2001, “for keeping water infrastructure out of the cycle of violence,” essentially but ineffectively protecting cisterns.
3. Rain collecting cisterns are essential water sources in Area C of the West Bank - an area which faces chronic water shortages due to lack of infrastructure developments and inadequate resource distribution. The survival of hundreds of Palestinian communities is dependent on cisterns as the main source of water for livestock, crops and domestic use. Cisterns are structures that collect rain water posing neither a threat a threat to the environment, nor is their destruction required by imperative military necessity which under International Law would be the only legal justification.
4. The policies aimed at cistern demolitions should be viewed in the larger context of occupation and the enforcement of a restrictive planning regime controlled by the Israeli military. To date, all structures are subject to a permit procedure which rarely grants Palestinians building permits. This hinders nearly all development in Area C, and puts many structures at risk of being demolished, including cisterns. Rain collecting cisterns should be excluded from the inefficient planning system and should not be subject to demolitions.
5. Urgent action is need now - 2012 will be a critical year for at-risk communities living in Area C, with the High Court of Justice making unprecedented rulings on cases linked to planning and demolitions, greater pressure coming from settler organizations, and over 3,000 outstanding demolitions orders existing today.
Would you like W.I.T.C.H. to return to television?. W.I.T.C.H. Is an animated television series about five kids with extraordinary powers, stopping evil and having many magical and funny adventures along the way.
Many many fans throughout the globe have experienced many emotions over W.I.T.C.H., And would like to see it return so much. Please sign the petition to help make a difference and possibly get W.I.T.C.H. back on air.
100-150 million sharks are killed every year. In the past 20 years, shark population has decreased by 90%. Scientists predict that within the next 15-20 years, sharks will be completely wiped out.
The are the most important species on Earth, simply because they control levels further down on the food pyramid, as tertiary consumers, and therefore the oxygen levels in the ocean, which controls everything on earth, as it covers 2/3 of the Earth's surface.
Please protect this beautiful creature, and ban the act of shark finning. It starts out locally, but when brought to a global perspective can change the situation dramatically. The slaughter of sharks will soon affect you, so please, take action and sign the petition.
Fluoride was added to the water under a false pretence that it helped tooth decay.
There is no scientific proof to back this up. Fluoride is a highly toxic substance.
It is lethal in high doses.
Neither the federal Environmental Protection Agency, nor the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has stepped forward to protect the people from the plundering of our resources, poisoning our water, crowding and damaging our roads, ruining our beautiful landscapes, threatening our agriculture and tourism caused by industrialized gas extraction.
Can our local government step in and fill the gap? Yes! It is quite clear, (Black Letter Law), that a Town Board has the ability to prohibit land use it does not feel is compatible with the wishes, safety, and economic well-being of its constituents.
Many communities across the state have now banned gas drilling.We propose that the Town Board of Vestal, New York enact a total ban on industrialized natural gas extraction (hydrofracking).
Please sign if you are a Town of Vestal Resident and over 18 years old!
In June 2012, Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) is proposing to introduce water metering of all private residencies in the District. The ratepayers are expected to fund the initial installation cost (estimated to be in excess of NZ $8,000,000) and the ongoing annual maintenance costs (yet to be determined) for these meters.
It is widely purported that although 80% of Kapiti Coast ratepayers are opposed, the Mayor and Councillors are determined to proceed with their actions.
Despite a request by residents for a referendum, the Mayor is ignoring the ratepayers and in a Kapiti Observer article dated 22/08/2011 she said the Council did not think a referendum was required.
Phase one of the campaign culminated in a street petition of 7662 signatures being presented to KCDC. This online petition will continue into 2012 to allow Kapiti Coast residents who want to be heard and raise the number of signatures over the 10,000 mark.
NOTE: Campaign updates are posted on the facebook page above. Add your thoughts there as well.
(**IMPORTANT NOTE** This petition is for MEMBERS of the Blackfeet tribe. Please be 18 or older and enrolled if you sign here. If you are NOT a Blackfeet tribal member, but would like to support our efforts to ban fracking on the reservation, please go to the petition for non-members.)
We the undersigned members of Blackfeet Nation are testifying that we hold in common the following four positions, which implicate the addressees in what we consider to be reckless activities:
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Please watch the documentary about our Great Lakes.
Also for an interactive documentary online go to:
FACTS ABOUT OUR GREAT LAKES:
•At 17,500 kilometres, the total length of Great Lakes shorelines is equal to almost 44 per cent of the circumference of the Earth.
•The drainage basin of the Great Lakes covers about 775,000 square kilometres — an area the size of France.
•40 million people living in Canada and the U.S. get their drinking water from the Great Lakes.
•One quarter of Canada's agricultural production is grown in the Great Lakes Basin.
•Less than 1 per cent of the waters of the Great Lakes are replaced each year by rain and snow, surface water runoff, and groundwater flowing into the lakes.
•At least 185 non-native species have been introduced to the Great Lakes. On average a new aquatic invasive species arrives every six to nine months.
•Lake Superior has the largest surface area of any freshwater lake in the world and is the largest, deepest and coldest of the Great Lakes.
•Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron is the largest freshwater island in the world, and one of more than 32,000 islands in the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River.
•Lake Erie, the shallowest of the Great Lakes, supports the largest walleye fishery in the world.
Contact your Canadian MPs, government officials, and Prime Minister. Speak out about the destruction of our Great Lakes! This has to stop today before it is to late.
Write letters and make calls to:
Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
To contact a Member of Parliament call:
Toll-Free(Canada) 1 866-599-4999
Telephone: 1 613-992-4793
Find your Senator or M.P.:
Dalton McGuinty, Premier
Toronto ON M7A 1A1
Premier Dalton McGuinty
Government of Ontario
Whitney Block, Room 4620
99 Wellesley St. W.
Toronto, ON M7A 1A1
Telephone: (416) 325-3777 Fax: (416) 325-3745
John Wilkinson — Minister of the Environment
Telephone: (416) 325-3777
Linda Jeffrey — Minister of Natural Resources
Telephone: (416) 325-3777
Helena Jaczek — Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Environment
Telephone: (416) 325-3777
The riots starting in London and across the UK are due to opportunistic criminals who are an embarrassment to our country. Innocent citizens are paying the price, homes are being burnt down and livelihoods lost. We have a history of criticising our own police who in turn are afraid to use the necessary force required in these critical situations.
The police are putting their lives at risk and are not receiving the recognition or support they deserve. The media are quick to publicise negative stories about the police but this is not what the majority of the population feel. Most of the public are supportive of the police and this is the opportunity to be heard.
This aim of this petition is to show the government and police that they have our FULL support to use whatever measures necessary to keep order in this country.
Dhaka is one of the most polluted cities in the world - one of the worst form - Water Pollution! The government must take necessary actions immediately to minimize pollution and develop a greener environment! Please support us in this endeavor!
1. 10% of garments factories with international contracts do not have waste treatment plants - which means they should lose their contracts as all international clothing chains require these.
2. More than 50% of factories which actually have waste treatment plants only use them during inspections, as they are very expensive to run.
3. International chains have policies whereby they announce inspections to the factories beforehand - these factories take full advantage of these policies to make sure they get away with fake standards.
4. Local workers for international chains take bribes to help make inspections easier.
* 8,000 grabbers identified so far
* 1,000 acre land grabbed
* 60 percent pollution caused by industries
* 82 percent human excreta from city directly discharged in rivers
* Rivers almost biologically dead
Gold Coast residents receive un-itemised bills from the local council and private contractor Allconnex that only states "water" is the service being charged for, when there is more than water being sent through the taps.
Chevron may well be cheap and efficient, and they may well be your favourite company, but they have been responsible for one of the biggest causes of death, loss and health problems in the Amazon Rainforest; their own mess!
They have caused so much mess that animals and people, including children, have been forced to drink filthy, toxic water that was once safe. They have poisoned innocent animals that then die slowly and painfully. This also pollutes the people's food sources making them even more at risk.
Children have probably been orphaned and have certainly siblings and family members due to Chevron's mess, which was probably accidental.
!!!NOW CHEVRON HAVE VOWED NEVER TO CLEAN UP THEIR MESS!!!
The mess will exist for longer and even more innocent lives will be lost.
There is NO scientifically valid evidence that this chemical is beneficial to health : all the available evidence points to a large range of ill effects from osteoporosis to osteosarcoma to headaches to infertility to thyroid dysfunction.
Fluoride is a waste product, a poison. It is not enough to avoid consumption as 75% of absorption is though the skin i.e. when we bathe.
The average fluoride concentration for Anglian Water appears to be 0.262 mg/l and they state on their website that it has been added by instruction of the Strategic Health Authority however they do not test any of the HA (fluoride) for animal or human safety that they receive from 'Hydro Gas & Chemicals (who specialise in wood preservation, pesticides, hardening of cement... get the picture?).
Anglian water state the following reasons for fluoridation:
the procedures in the Water (Fluoridation) Act 1985 have been satisfied
we are satisfied with the indemnity
the Health Authority meets the capital and revenue costs of the scheme
our operational flexibility is not constrained by the requirements of the fluoridation scheme"
NB: Indemnity refers to their insurance for any costs arising from adverse health effects caused by the fluoride.
Don't just take my word for it. Do some research, challenge me...
But the sad fact is that fluoride was introduced by the Nazi's in their caps of war as a method of 'slow kill', to instill a slowness and tiredness about them, to keep them weak and prevent rebellion. It doesn't just cause drowsiness it effects the nerves and eats away at the brain causing permanent irreversible damage as well as infertility.
There is no getting away from it. It is here, on our doorstep, in our homes. So what are we going to do about it? Sit down and have another glass of fluoride water? Or sign this petition and visit www.youtube.com/fluoridefreebritain
The high water bills in the South West, compared to the rest of the UK, has been one of the biggest issues in the region for the last 20 years. It is something many in Devon and Cornwall have been campaigning on all our careers. We are now within touching distance of solving this injustice.
The problem stems back to the privatisation of the water industry over two decades ago. Unlike the other utilities, water was split into regional monopolies so customers have not benefited from any price competition. Other factors created high prices; South West Water gained responsibility for the upkeep of almost a third of Britain’s coastline; it has to sustain this with only three percent of the country’s population. You then have to add the problem that the water infrastructure in the South West was far less advanced than other regions; requiring South West Water to raise even more over the years to bring the region up to standard.
Despite the obvious unfairness, the issue was not tackled by Government for a number of years. After a long campaign, we finally gained in 2008 the commission of an independent report to look into this, it published its conclusions in 2009 and finally in this year’s Budget, the Government announced its intention to resolve the problem.
The proposal is to provide £40million every year to reduce the average bill by £50 a year. All that needs to happen for the Government to adopt this proposal fully is to pass through the consultation process, which is currently underway. From there new legislation can be introduced to finalise the change. The more people who respond to the consultation, the more likely it is that the plans will be introduced.
The full consultation is here: http://www.defra.gov.uk/consult/2011/04/05/water-affordability-1104/
Imagine you are a farmer in charge of watering all the crops in your land. Imagine that about two hours before you had to perform your task, it would begin to rain heavily for the remainder of the afternoon. Now, despite the fact that the soil is already wet by the constant and heavy rain, would you still water the plants even more?
The logical answer is no. Similarly, imagine if you work schedule is from 7 A.M. to 8 P.M, then when it’s time to go home, would you leave the lights and a/c on for at least 7 hours? Again, the logical answer is no. And despite the many reasons why you wouldn’t, we can all agree that one of them is to save water and energy, whether it is in order to save money or save the environment.
At USF, this is a common scenario. Of all the 253 buildings, there are few that have movement sensors that activate lights; nonetheless, the a/c, computers, and other energy appliances remain turned on. On residential buildings, all lights are on despite the fact that sun can enter through the windows and could be able to illuminate the area. Through campus, water sprinklers are being used even if it’s raining and some are located where most of the water falls on the cement. Furthermore, water is carelessly used, and sometimes even wasted.
This problem is urgent and needs to be solved soon. Not only we are wasting money, but we are also carelessly thinking of the consequences it has in our environment. The more potable water we use, the less potable water that the world will have. Changes must be made locally, nationally, and internationally. Furthermore, we have energy thanks to energy industries that produce energy by processing oil (fossil fuel). If we use more energy, more oil needs to be processed, which means a decrease in our reserves of fossil fuels and the increase of contamination of our atmosphere.
As USF students, we feel that we need to take action in order to solve this problem that many people overlook and consider insignificant. This problem is important because the misuse of water and energy is costing USF vast amounts of money that students have to pay towards something that could be controlled. The goal of this petition is to spread consciousness of the problem and have an easy but accessible way of action for all USF students, staff, families, and friends.
If you are more interested in our cause, we invite you to visit our main website blog vivalagreenusf.wordpress.com which is filled with information, data, and more possible ways you could help!
The fluoridation of water in the City of Red Deer should be decided via plebiscite during the 2013 election to let the citizens decide the issue in a democratic process and in the process, do so at least cost.
Currently, there is another petition (Removal of Fluoride from the municipality of Red Deer) with the petition statement: “We, the Citizens, call on to the City of Red Deer to stop adding Fluoride to our municipal water supply”. That petition is available at:
This petition is for the people to speak directly about fluoridation of water.
Speaking with a couple of the current City Councilors about the topic, fluoridation in municipal water is a divisive issue and a reasonable approach to such an issue is to have it decided directly by the people – not by special interest groups, not by special interest Councilors, not by corporations or by persons with vested interests.
Municipal water has undergone a fluoridation process for many, many years and taking time to better understand the process and the concerns. It is not a detrimental do or die situation. We can, at low cost, decide the issue via plebiscite during the 2013 Municipal Election.
In the meantime, speak with your Dentist, Doctor, Hygienist, call the University of Alberta Dental School, and research the topic via the Internet to be prepared with your YES/NO response come 2013.
To provide some alternative reading other than that shown in the ‘other’ petition, please see the links below: