Petition Tag - environment

241. BP - Save Our Oceans!

On April 20th, 2010, an oil rig called the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the waters off of Lousiana, killing 11 people and injuring 17 others. Oil seeped into our oceans, and has yet to come to an end.

Though BP placed a cap on the well, it is not capturing all of the oil that is flowing. 597 birds to date have been found dead due to the oil spill and the numbers are rising. Even dolphins, sharks, fish, and turtles are suffering from this tragic event.

This petition is meant to tell BP that they are held responsible for what has happened and no matter where the fault lies, it happened on their watch.

We are already facing enough of a crisis with global warming and this has added to it. Please BP, take care of the problem, stop the flow of oil, then help our oceans, our marine life, the gulf, and EVERYONE impacted to recover.

242. Support the relief and help efforts for the Gulf Oil spill

I want relief for the Gulf Oil Spill as it is killing our wildlife and hurting our local fishermen and their families.

The oil spill is currently not under control.

It makes me mad that relief efforts can be made to Haiti and other countries so quick when right here in our own country our Wildlife is currently dying due to this Oil spill currently in the Gulf of Mexico.

243. Declare the Gulf Region a Disaster Area!!

British Petroleum Oil Company, or BP had an oil rig explode off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico which led to a huge oil spill that is still currently flowing as of the date of this petition.

President Obama needs to declare the region a disaster area and bring aid to animals and tourism in the area, as well as make sure that the clean up begins NOW!!!

Go after BP Mr. Obama!

244. Say NO! to Offshore Oil Exploration/Extraction in Belize

In response to the signing and intention to start Offshore Oil Exploration and Harvesting in Belize, the Government has chosen to embark on large scale agreements with international Oil Companies to start Offshore Exploration off the Coast of Belize.

Instead of steering toward more sustainable and environmentally friendly alternatives, they are advocating tapping into our strategic natural resources and protective areas, a measure that not only endangers the life forms around said areas but steals the future from our children and provides only a very short term benefit for our country and the companies that will be harvesting the oil.

The Government demeans our system with claims of progress and practicing political maneuvers that work behind closed doors instead of cooperating with the Conservation groups in Belize and abroad.

Download the full pdf version at http://fiwebelize.com/downloads/Petition%20against%20Offshore%20Oil%20Drilling%20in%20Belize.pdf

Keep an eye on the spill here: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/05/01/us/20100501-oil-spill-tracker.html?ref=us

245. BP's president should resign

The Gulf spill has been occurring over too long a period with only failed attempts to control the massive leak.

There was a leaky valve that was known to have existed for years on the well. Why wasn't that repaired?

246. Chicago Clean Power Campaign

Chicago wants to be the greenest, healthiest city in America, but two old dirty coal-fired power plants in the city continue to pump soot and global warming gases into our air.

Cutting soot pollution will reduce asthma attacks, chronic bronchitis, heart attacks, lung cancer and strokes caused by particulate matter pollution. The young, the elderly and those living closest to the plants are most at risk. Reducing global warming pollution will significantly cut Chicago's carbon footprint - keeping Chicago in the running for the 'Greenest City in America.'

Help to Secure a CLEAN FUTURE for Chicago!

Mayor Daley and Aldermen: Clean Up the Power Plants Now!

247. Eating Ourselves to Death: A Vegetarian Manifesto

1) Cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide. Every year, this serial killer is responsible for 7.4 million deaths worldwide; 72,000 of them in Canada alone!

It is time we admitted, we are ignominiously losing the war on cancer. Thus, it is imperative that we open our eyes to the possibility that the cure lies, not in only in research, but also, and perhaps primarily, in prevention.

Vegetarians have up to 40% fewer incidence of cancer than their meat consuming counterparts

2) Up to 50% of Canadians have weight problem

According to the MSNBC being thin now puts you into a minority in the U.S. where a staggering 68 percent of the population is overweight and 34% are obese!
Obesity levels among vegetarians is only 1/4 that of non-vegetarians;

3) Our fragile planet is on the verge of extinction.

Livestock production is responsible for more climate change gasses than all the motor vehicles in the world.” These these “gasses” are the major causes of global warming.

4) 75% of the precious Amazonian rain forest is now used as grazing land for the millions of cattle used as cheap hamburger meat for the wealthy nations.
(Our lifetime friendship with Ronald McDonald's is not only making us fat, but is killing everything else on the planet!)

5) Three billion people don't have adequate supply of fresh water; millions die of dehydration.

Water required to produce 1 pound of beef is 19,761 liters, on the other hand water required to produce 1 pound of potatoes = 87 liters

6) Finally, what the animals must endure in our modern-day slaughterhouses is so despicable that Paul McCartney said "if slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian".

248. Stop Yellow Pages Deliveries

Millions of trees are destroyed every year to provide Yellow Pages with ridiculous claims of huge marketing distribution.

Please sign the petition here if you wish to save a few of these trees by only allowing Yellow Pages to be delivered to those places that want them. (My home and workplace don't use them so don't want them delivered - and meantime, we would like the ones we have picked-up and recycled).

Feel free to leave a comment as well. And hey! I'm just an ordinary bloke who drives a car pumping-out pollution, has a Pepsi now and then and loves the Kangaroos in the AFL footy. I do however think that this might help the World in some small and easy way that doesn't take too much effort.

249. ConCERN - Stop CERN LHC Magnetic experiments

THIS PETITION AIMS TO STOP LHC MAGNETIC EXPERIMENTS at CERN.

CERN has a 10,000 tonne magnet, the LHC experiment generates a field of 4 teslas, 100,000 times greater than the planet Earth. Built in Geneva, 300 feet under two giant pillars of the Jurassic iceage is a 6-metre diameter housing with a 13-metre long superconducting solenoid coil that stores 2.5 gigajoules of energy. The LHC has had a number of failures and an explosion will be switched on again to run at 14 trillion electron volts (TeV) in 2011.

The LHC magnet provides the trajectory curve for two beams of protons to speed 11,000 times per second in opposite directions, faster than the speed of light around in a magnetic ring the width of fire hoses, 27 kms long in a helium vacuum to keep it colder than absolute freezing −273.15°C equivalent −459.67°F and emptier than outer space.

CERN released Antimatter, or dark energy, in an experiment to find the God particle, 29 years ago, by attempting to recreate the conditions of the Big Bang, 14 billion years ago. CERN is only a short radius to the volcanoes in Iceland, 2,500kms, along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, spreading apart the Eurasion and North American plates. Ice poured into the volcano causing huge explosions. as watemelt hit hot lava, generating plumes of ash 30,000ft high. Satellites show a correlation between cosmic ray intensity and the amount of low cloud cover, through the formation of new aerosols (tiny particles suspended in the air that seed cloud droplets or deplete ozone) which influences the Earth's energy balance; small changes can have a strong effect on the climate.

For posterity’s sake the undersigned are very ConCERNed about the magnetic housing of ANTIMATTER and the risks involved and seek authorities to cease LHC Magnetic experiments.

GENEVA is the Palace of Nations, the place on earth that is the seat of power where all elite groups and the richest people in the world congregate and many hold the Nobel Peace Prize attributed to CERN’s facility. The state of the Environment is a reflection of the values of the rich.

250. Save Myrtle Creek Catchment

The people of Wyndham on the NSW Far South Coast run their own independent reticulated water-supply and know well that the part of their catchment now threatened by logging is crucial to their future water security.

But Through a decade of drought Myrtle Creek’s rare flow continues to sustain our town.

This water flows from a unique part of Yurammie State Forest’s Special Prescription Zone, which has extensive swamps and rainforests, and tragically is now slated for logging within weeks.

The Special Prescription Zone (Forestry Management Zone 3B)was established in recognition of the area’s high conservation, timber and water catchment values, as well as aesthetic reasons. It is a valuable asset for Wilderness Coast tourism.

Any forestry activities in the Yurammie SPZ are mandated to receive close assessment & application of special protections to maintain the forest’s special values before any logging can be considered, but residents say their legitimate concerns are trivialised, ignored, & will be disregarded by Forests NSW who appear intent on proceeding with their logging plans.

Western Yurammie has important biodiversity values associated with rainforest, old growth and mature tall moist Eucalypt forest, soil and water catchment & is the habitat for vulnerable & rare species.

The old growth and adjoining Goodenia rainforest have been identified as being sufficient to warrant nomination to the register of the National Estate.

It is a watershed for two river systems (Towamba and Pambula) and its rainforest gullies are part of Wyndham village’s water catchment.

The presence of at least 8 recorded threatened species, (Koala, Yellow-bellied Glider, Potoroo, Sooty Owl, Powerful Owl, Barking Owl, Glossy Cockatoo and Giant Burrowing Frog), rainforest, swamps and stands of old growth and mature forest means there are many values within the forest requiring protection.

Myrtle Creek catchment is vital to the survival of the isolated village of Wyndham & surrounding areas including Towamba, Myrtle Mountain, Rocky Hall & Burragate.

Myrtle Creek provides the entire water supply for the 120 residents which comprise the isolated village's 55 households, as well as the four local businesses in the town & surrounding area.

The community owned & operated water scheme also provides water for the local school and high pressure fire hydrants for the village's Rural Fire Service.

Scientific research is unanimous that harvesting results in long-term reduced forest water yield, especially of drought flows, and also leads to a drying, more fire-prone forest.

At this eleventh hour, the high water-yielding value of this forest remains unacknowledged and a halt has to be called to logging preparations now.

A real investigation is essential, and until then the Precautionary Principle must apply.

Excluding this small, special forest from harvesting might be inconvenient for the timber industry, but the long-term consequences of the demise of our once-reliable water supply, would be disastrous for this community.

Logging of these Special Prescription Zones (FMZ3B), the only such SPZ’s in the Eden Regional Forest Agreement, is scheduled to commence imminently.

All residents of New South Wales Australia can help protect Myrtle Creek Catchment by signing this petition. Your signature may be the one that tips the balance in favour of our forests and catchment!

View http://myrtlecatchment.com.au for more information, as well as http://yurangalo.com.au/

251. Save our Oceans

After the failing of legally protecting sharks, bluefin tunas, who are considered by all to be endangered, by trade or otherwise.

Deep-sea bottom trawling is not prosecuted.

Numbers that were considered to be threatened 25 years ago, are still not protected though now endangered.

Our ocean's health is under threat by pollution but also by our use of the oceans.

This petition is to better our use of our oceans.

252. Save The Wenlock

Our aim is two-fold:
1) (WE'VE WON THIS ONE - WENLOCK RIVER DECLARED WILD BY THE QLD GOVT - 4 JUNE 2010) To have the Wenlock River declared a 'wild' river under the Wild Rivers Act 2005, &
2) To deny mining rights to Cape Alumina Pty Ltd to mine bauxite (or any other resource) in the Wenlock River basin and Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve.

Our reasoning is as follows:
The Wenlock River is one of Australia's last few remaining, true wild rivers. It retains its unique and irreplaceable attributes untouched and undamaged by man. It is home to the largest diversity of freshwater fish species of any Australian river. It is home to the largest breeding population of salt water crocodiles on the planet. It is also home to other endangered species such as the Red Goshawk. The Wenlock must be declared 'wild' under the Wild Rivers Act 2005 to ensure it is protected and doesn't become another victim of man's waterway greed, like the Murray Darling River system.

The bauxite plateaus present in the Wenlock River area, and particularly in the Coolibah Springs complex are vital to the overall hydrology and resultant ecology of the area. If the bauxite is removed, the entire system will fail, it is that simple. It can never be replaced, regardless of the amount of 're-vegetation' promised by Cape Alumina Pty Ltd.

253. YES to McDonald's Ocean Dr Port Macquarie

Amongst our Port management team we have 300 years of McDonald’s experience. Our people are at the heart of our business and as a nationally accredited training organisation we strive to provide all of our people with the flexibility they require at different life stages, as well as training and skills that will serve them well wherever their future decisions take them.

We do, however, take the issue seriously. Since the early 2000s McDonald’s has not only looked to provide choice - including healthier options - but to improve the nutritional value of all menu items. Examples include a change to low sugar (less than 5%) buns in 2004 and the change to a vegetable oil blend in 2004 which removed 9000 tonnes of saturated fat from the food industry. The subsequent move to a next generation canola oil blend removed more than 415 tonnes of trans fat from the Australian food supply.

Stripping away the misconceptions, we are a family restaurant that provides food and non-alcoholic beverages in a safe and comfortable environment.

As part of our development application to council planning experts, we have included independent traffic and acoustic reports which we encourage those in the community who have concerns about these issues to view.

A litter free environment is something we’re passionate about and we take every opportunity to remind our customers of the need to dispose of their litter thoughtfully. We also have a Litter Patrol Program in place which is a structured, regular task for our crew, and involves them picking up all litter from the restaurant grounds and its vicinity.

We fully intend to remain an engaged and proactive neighbour, and hope to receive your continued support moving forward.

254. Cure Phuket's Plastic Addiction

Phuket is an island in the Andaman sea, its is a small island and much of its income is dependent on tourists flocking to Phuket because of its pristine beaches and natural beauty, not to mention its fantastic nightlife.

But with Phuket's current plastic addiction every day tonnes of plastic waste is being sent Phukets landfill and the incinerator at its maximum the problem is only getting worse with each passing day.

It is up to Phuket citizens and students to join together and help reduce plastic consumption in Phuket.

255. Keep Bushwick Ballfield closed for the safety of our community children

Bushwick Ballfield is a vital part of our community in Bushwick Brooklyn. The past few years our park has been taken over by notorious gangs and thugs that have created a hostile environment for our baseball Little League and football programs.

We have witnessed everything from gang initiations to drug use and drug buys inside the park while our kids and coaches were present. The park is constantly dirty with garbage thrown everywhere including broken liquor bottles.

The two park entrances constantly smell like urine because its used as a public bathroom. Our members are being subjected to this on a daily basis and now its time to take our park back.

256. Support Vision Kashmir

SAVE THE LAKES / FORESTS / NATURAL RESORTS AND STOP ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION IN KASHMIR.

257. No to Bogus Green Policy

Lewisham Council is planning to take part to a Government scheme for micro production of energy that costs £8.6 bn but wastes 95% of that staggering sum by rewarding inefficient and often tokenistic energy production with inflated compensations that bear no relation to any measurable amount of energy produced and reduction in carbon emissions.

We must not support such wasteful and badly targeted scheme. There are many better ways to invest such large sum on the environment.

For more info read http://bit.ly/9R0Ck4

258. IYEP2 Declaration

This declaration is the outcome of the second Inter-civilizational Youth Engagement Program, that took place in November 2008 at Kuala Selangor, Malaysia, where 49 youths and youth leaders from over 15 countries participated.

259. Investigate and re-launch the Federal government's Green Loans Program

As a result of poor foresight and very significant maladministration, the Australian Federal Government's 'Green Loans Program' is set to end before mid-2010. That is less than one year from its inception.

Initial estimates given to assessors, who are at the core of the program, gave 31 December 2012 as a date for when assessments may no longer be required.

The aim of the program is to assist householders in making their homes more sustainable with the environment. An often quoted definition of sustainability appears in the 1987 United Nations Report 'Our Common Future'. It is also known as the 'Brundtland Report'. The definition is: "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs".

Green Loans is an excellent movement towards sustainability. It allows for a trained professional to visit homes in his/her area and engage householders on how their homes can be made more energy efficient. The householder then receives a report of recommendations from the government for implementation. If a recommendation is expensive, they may apply for a green loan of up to $10,000. This is fee free and interest free for four years.

Poor monitoring of the program has resulted in a massive influx of people being registered as assessors. It has been suggested that training organisations over-enrolled students to their classes. A huge rush to complete assessments is occuring to recover training and other costs before the funding for the program is exhausted.

In many cases, householders have had to wait for many months to receive the report of recommendations from the government. This is issued after an assessment has been lodged with the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. Until such report is issued, householders are unable to apply for the green loan. Nor can they know what any of the recommendations are.

It has also been revealed in Senate Estimates Hearings that since 14 December 2009 one company, Field Force, has received preferential treatment in being able bypass the call centre in order to book assessments. With under 10% of the assessor workforce, they are booking over 6,000 assessments per week (roughly 30%). In addition, they are passing on only half of the fees receive to their employees. This is to the detriment of thousands of self-employed individuals who made a conscious, life-changing, decision to join the program. They are not able to get through to the central call centre to book assessments, or have to wait inordinate amounts of time to speak to a call centre operator when they do get through. Even then, only five bookings per call can be made.

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Update: Minister Garrett has today, 19 February 2010, announced that an additional 600,000 assessments will be rolled out. Funding will come by scrapping the less popular loans component of the program (this may have been less popular due to extensive delays householders faced in receiving the recommendations report). The number of assessors able to sign a contract with DEWHA will be capped at 5,000. The number of assessments per assessor will be capped at five per week and three per day and the number of total assessments per week will be capped at 15,000. From today, only individual assessors will be able to book jobs. The Green Loans Program will end on December 31, 2010 and Green Start will commence on 1 January 2011. Details on Green Start are promised in coming months.

Reaction has yet to filter through. As author of this petition, I am contactable on this page. The petition wording remains as it was since structural issues associated with the program continue to remain. These include:

* Uniformity in assessor knowledge, training and currency of knowledge;
* A need to investigate processes within DEWHA so that program changes (both present and future) can be incorporated smoothly;
* The establishment of a monitoring system (perhaps random), for both newer and older assessors.
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The quality of the program (and the extent to which it may have thus far been compromised) remains, as always, an important consideration.

The government has promised an upgrade to assessor qualifications (to Certificate IV level). This is to be at no additional financial cost to assessors, although additional time will need to be invested. This upgrade provides a significant opportunity to bring the program back on track.

Author's note (19 February 2010): online petitions carry the advantages of amendability (to a point) and accessibility from diverse physical locations. This is a spirited attempt to connect people to elected representatives. Any other communication activities which occur, in addition to this petition, so that we may sustainably manage resources of the planet is encouraged. They may be individual or group based.

Having said that I will, with the collection of a sufficient number of signatures, print off the petition and personally deliver it to the Prime Minister and perhaps all elected representatives. Feedback on who the most appropriate addressee/s is/are is welcome. Thank you.

260. Go Solar CT!

While Congress continues to debate a global warming bill, we can lead the way in CT by investing in solar power. Environment CT came very close to passing a Solar Bill last session, and with our help, we can pass the bill this spring.

The Go Solar Connecticut campaign is working to pass this legislation restructuring Connecticut’s solar power incentives to build over 300 megawatts of solar power, the equivalent of up to 100,000 solar powered homes statewide.

The solar power generated would help cut Connecticut’s global warming pollution by the equivalent of taking 500,000 cars off our roads. It would also support over 3,000 “green jobs” supporting solar power in Connecticut over the next decade.

261. It's Time Supermarkets used Solar Panels & Green Roofs

Globally, we need to reduce carbon emissions. Globally, we have reached 'Peak Oil', and are now eating into our resources.

In the UK and some other countries, one can't help but notice that Supermarket have their glaring lights on, and their fridges and feezers running, often late into the night. Yet how often do we see a solar panel or a green roof (to help wildlife) on a Supermarket?

It's time the Supermarket Giants started being more responsible. These are, after all, very wealthy organisations, and they can afford it.

262. Adopt Environmental Tracking as a form of investment to incentivize greenhouse gas emission reduction

The ET Index Series ranks corporations listed on major stock markets against their absolute greenhouse gas emissions, this data is referenced against information from the Carbon Disclosure Project www.cdproject.net and company reports. It adjusts the weightings given to those companies within their respective indexes according to their position in the Carbon Ranking. If the adjusted indexes are supported by a sufficiently large pool of index investors, companies will have a new and fundamental incentive to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to avoid their share price being damaged by their position in the index.

The ET Index Series is being sponsored by the Environmental Investment Organisation www.eio.org.uk, a non-profit specialist NGO of 15 years standing in the field of ecological and ethical investment systems. For a more detailed explanation of the mechanics of the ET Index innovation or to see the ET Global Carbon Rankings please visit www.ETindex.com. Alterntavely you can download a free copy the accompanying book at www.Solution2GlobalWarming.org

To view a visual explanation of the concept in under 3 minutes:



Thank you for your support,

The EIO Team

263. Enough talk – Time to Back Tuna Trade Ban

Brussels, Belgium/Rome, Italy - France, other European countries and the EU Commission will in the next days confirm their final position regarding a temporary trade ban on Atlantic bluefin tuna, a measure shown by science as offering the best chance to save this overexploited species from extinction.

The 175 member countries of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) next meet on 13-25 March in Doha, Qatar, where Atlantic bluefin tuna will be the headline species. Global fisheries experts at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) already stated in December that evidence clearly shows this endangered species fits requirements for an international trade ban – through a listing on CITES Appendix I.

ICCAT science shows tuna needs protection, but they fail to act

Meanwhile, in October the scientific committee of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) – the management organization still failing to ensure the sustainable management of fishing for Atlantic bluefin tuna – also showed that this fish amply meets the necessary criteria for a CITES Appendix I listing.

Sarkozy declares support for tuna

But the first European leader to openly declare his support for the trade ban was France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy, who at a national maritime event last July said, “France supports listing bluefin tuna on the CITES convention to ban international trade. (...) Ours is the last generation with the ability to take action before it’s too late – we must protect marine resources now, in order to fish better in future. We owe this to fishermen, and we owe it to future generations.”

France, which plays a key role in Atlantic tuna fishing, is central to this debate. WWF calls on President Sarkozy to remain true to his word in championing the tuna trade ban – and also calls on Spain, holder of the rotating European Presidency and another EU country with a strong tuna fishing tradition, to show leadership on this issue of vital importance to both industry and wider marine conservation.

In everyone's interest to act – NOW!

“What is so frustrating now is that ultimately our interests are all the same – fishers, consumers, conservationists, and politicians whose duty it is to ensure future generations have a healthy environment and food to eat,” said Dr Sergi Tudela, Head of Fisheries at WWF Mediterranean. “WWF wants to see the future survival of Atlantic bluefin tuna, which has been fished and eaten in the Mediterranean since time immemorial. It is inconceivable that this pattern of sustainable fishing should be ruined by one, two decades of greed and bad management.”

Outgoing European Commissioners for the environment and fisheries are in disagreement over the issue. Environment commissioner Stavros Dimas is in favour of the trade ban, urging the widespread view that this is shown to have the best chance of ensuring the conservation of Atlantic bluefin. But fisheries commissioner Joe Borg of Malta – a country where tuna is big business – is continuing to take the industry line that the fleets must continue fishing, whatever the long-term cost to this fragile species.

“In a year when the EU kicks off its reform of the highly imperfect EU Common Fisheries Policy, this is a golden opportunity for the European Commission to start how it means to go on – by backing measures in global fisheries management that in the long-term ensure sustainable fishing and seafood consumption, both in EU waters and beyond,” added Tudela.

The next scientific assessment of tuna populations likely to yield fresh data will not be for several years. Atlantic bluefin tuna is a long-lived species so it takes time for any change in its populations to be detectable – a routine assessment is scheduled for September 2010, but this will provide no new insights. The high incidence of illegal fishing – exacerbated by insufficient management measures adopted in recent years – makes population growth extremely unlikely. Postponing action again will only allow one more season of massacrous fishing activity in the Mediterranean Sea.

Half measures will not be enough

Some opponents claim an alternative listing on CITES Appendix II – which requires export permits to be issued but does not outlaw commercial trade – will be sufficient to improve the status of Atlantic bluefin tuna. WWF says this would again be too little too late. Effective implementation of an Appendix II listing would be highly doubtful because decisions on catches and quotas would revert to ICCAT, the very body that has repeatedly failed to sustainably manage the species to date.

“The only measure that can truly have the necessary impact now is to suspend international commercial trade – simple as that,” added WWF’s Sergi Tudela. “There has been enough talk, enough analysis, enough debate – the facts are clear, the science is clear, the imperative is clear – it is time for President Sarkozy and others to step up to this historical challenge, and take the courageous political decision to safeguard an industry and a species that are as strong a part of Mediterranean culture and life as olive oil and sunny afternoons.”

264. Save Arch Bar in Hulme

Arch Bar in Hulme was a great community resource but sadly there were occasional problems on the door. It has been closed for two years. We have lost the legendary Russell Club (aka the Factory, aka the PSV) and far too many pubs to mention... There's nowhere left for the community to meet! (Very few places, anyway.)

BREAKING NEWS: 8/1/10
The Cavendish pub has now closed, having been sold by the owners last week. It is rumoured that it will become a fast food outlet. THIS IS ALL THE MORE REASON TO SAVE THE ARCH.

We are nearing "tipping point" in Hulme, past which the local community will be swamped by transient young people who have no roots and who are generally encouraged to keep themselves apart from the local populace (e.g., local pubs).

We know that MMU plans to build up to 900 student spaces, according to their own "Impact Assessment Report", and yet we've just had the announcement of a private 672-space block that's going to be built on Coupland Street, near Birley Fields.

We're not anti-student - so many people in Hulme are ex-students that it would be daft to be so - but we are concerned about keeping a viable community going in Hulme. There are few enough venues for going out, or having meetings or running workshops. The Arch Bar could be a great resource for the community - don't let the Council cave in to the first money-making scheme that comes along.

The people of Hulme deserve better!

The planning application report can be viewed here:
http://www.manchester.gov.uk/egov_downloads/Report_on_the_Arch_Bar__List_No_1_to_the_Planning_and_Highways_Committee_on_17_dec_09.pdf

Or else try http://snipurl.com/u1cf4 [www_manchester_gov_uk]

14th January 2010: LATEST NEWS

The Planning Dept. made a "site visit" in the morning, when they actually GOT OFF THE COACH (a very rare occasion) and later in the day the deferred the decision. The next planning meeting is mid-February. Please join the "Our Hulme" email group if you want to be involved in the campaign to save the Arch and to resist the saturation of student blocks. (Post a message to me on here if you want to be added to the group.)

Thanks for all your support so far. The first thing that happened at the start of the meeting was that the Chair defensively declared that "there's no such thing as a done deal here", quoting from a local activist's Twitter update of that day. They are now aware that there are genuine concerns from the local community about the proposals.

265. Opposition of PILOT for Upstate NY Power Corporation

Upstate NY Power Corporation has applied for a PILOT as of October 5, 2009. The requested a decision not later than December 31, 2009 to allow their project financing to be completed. They also stated that they are under a strict deadline to allow their construction to start and reach a certain percentage completion, to qualify for 30% Federal subsidies from the Stimulus Fund.

The application has not provided sufficient details about their financial strength, and actually refuses to provide an SEC 10-K financial statement for the public to view.

The PILOT will strip US$54,000,000 from the tax rolls, as compared to full taxation. Additionally, the developer will receive nearly US$150,000,000 in federal direct cash subsidy, with an additional US$150,000,000 plus NYS and Federal subsidies in the form of tax credits. The developer is "rewarding" American Manufacturing Unions by investing US$200,000,000 in foreign manufacturing. They plan to create approximately US$15,000,000 in construction payroll (10 foreign jobs created for each American union worker employed).

The developer is an LLC formed under the NYS Transportation Laws, as a single purpose company. Their principal is a single person. The developer has agreements with other LLC and LP companies to provide construction management and technology. Dun and Bradstreet Risk Management reports do not provide adequate scores to loan US$54,000,000 of County taxpayer’s money.

Jefferson County is at great risk with the current PILOT proposal in the manner it is being rushed through our Board of Legislators. The Chairman has bypassed the jurisdictional committee normally tasked with all other PILOTs.

The PILOT lacks certainty required in a normal, well constructed business agreement, such as but not limited to;
1. County Road Use Agreement for Construction Damages.
2. Project Labor Agreement
3. Decommissioning Bonds to protect County taxpayers
4. Guarantee to the number, type and pay of jobs to be created and sustained for long-term operation.
5. Guarantee of short-term constructions jobs to be created and sustained from Jefferson County trades

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xr0UZmTtDmA

266. Encouraging Fast Food Restaurants and Outlets to Provide Recycling Facilities for Consumers

For many years Australians have been among the most enthusiastic recyclers in the world, however most fast food restaurants and outlets in Australia do not recycle or even offer customers the opportunity to recycle their waste. Furthermore, the majority of waste products from fast food meals including cups, bottles, aluminium cans, cardboard chip packets and paper wrappers, are fully recyclable but are being placed into landfill.

According to an academic study conducted in 2007 by the Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland, waste generated by the packaging of fast food is 93% recoverable, in other words only 7% need go to landfill. The reality is that industry-wide only 29% is actually recovered with 71% of mostly recyclable packaging waste from the fast food industy going to landfill.

The research from this study indicated that it is possible to reach the achievable recovery potential in the exisiting solid waste infrastructure through new waste management practices, which are designed and operated according to waste producers's needs and demands. A consistent government approach is believed by the study to greatly assist in achieving lower waste, like in Taiwan.

In Taiwan, legislation was passed in 2004 that required its 600 fast-food restaurants, including McDonalds, Burger King (Hungry Jacks), and KFC, to maintain facilities for proper disposal of recyclables by customers. Diners are obliged to deposit their garbage in four separate containers for leftover food, recyclable paper, regular waste and liquids. Restaurants that don't comply face fines up to USD$8,700.

In March/April 2010, this petition will be forwarded to the head offices/CEOs of the most popular restaurants including McDonald's, Hungry Jacks, Burger King, Subway, KFC and Red Rooster etc. Copies of the petition will also be sent to the federal and state environment ministers to encourage the government to introduce legislative changes that encourage fast food franchises to adopt more environmentally friendly practices.

Most of the information in this petition was sourced from www.thegreenpages.com.au

267. GAZA World Leaders Unite for a Leading Eco-Sustainable Community and Peaceful Resolutions

United we stand. We do make a difference. We vote for truth, love, and honest reasoning. Current Issues affecting the children and people of Gaza (just to name a few) :

- Water Contamination, Nitrate levels in some areas 300x's the world health organisation's recommended levels!

- A 12yr old child in Gaza average hight and weight the same as an 8yr old child in West Bank.

- the blockading of education materials, text books, essential items of daily living, building materials, this includes being able to rebuild those that were damaged or distroyed during 2009 Assault: 15 of Gaza's 27 Hospitals; 29 Ambulances; 41 Primary health care centers; 280 schools and kindergartens; 11,135 homes; 700 businesses...

- Denial of civil liberties;

- Please if you are from Gaza and feel there is more you would like to be said... (or Palestine\Israel\Somewhere else in the world)... please write me: peace.ambassador@hotmail.com and I will make sure your voice and visions are heard when I send off the petitions and in any meetings with the powers of be...

subtotal of paper signs sofar... 864: Bulgaria 4;Spain 5; Argentina 1; Turkey 156; Finland 1; Canada 9; Korea 19; China 7; Germany3; Ireland1; france19; USA 12; NZ 1; India12; Italy 149; Iraq 2; UK 12; netherlands 2; Greece 150; Slovakia 1; Mexico 1; Brazil 2; Belgium 2; Tunisia 2; Morocco 6; Africa 4; Cyprus 3; Copenhagan 1; Swizeland 3; Slovinia 15; Lebanon 1; Romania 4; Montenegro 1; Syria 2; Malaysia 7; Serbia 1; Albania 2; Poland3; Japan 4; Israel 10; Pakistan 20; Ukraine 1; Afganistan 7; Egypt 20 (+100 who were too scared of Gov); Denmark 2; Sweden 2; Australia 167 + 500 peace love messages (95% from my community here: WESTEND)

268. Let Greenpeace Activists Go!

Nearly 40 Greenpeace activists including Bruce Cox, Executive Director of Greenpeace have been arrested for peacefully protesting the destruction of the Alberta tar sands.

Those arrested face fines and jail time for their peaceful acts of protest. Despite their plight, these heroes maintain their position and intend fully to return to the fight once they are able. Alberta's premier has labled these people as terrorists, having decided to punish them to the full extent of the law.

Thank you for your support,

Jenny Smith,
Environmental Technician.


To make a donation to Greenpeace, go to;
https://secure.greenpeace.ca/renewal/index.php

269. ANDRA allow E85 as a fuel

ANDRA without any real reason have decided to not allow E85 as a race fuel. 100% Ethanol is currently allowed and E85 is availalbe to the general public at the bowser.

ANDRA have claimed that the mixture is to hard to measure but this is not true as the V8supercars use it as there control fuel. E85 is a step forward for this country.

It is better for the environment and is produced from renewable waste. Stop ANDRA holding Australia back!

270. WATER FOR SUGAR: Support Corporate Social Responsibility, Pure Water, and Public Health!

Do you want to support social responsibility for sugar cane workers in Nicaragua? If you have a sweet-tooth, and want to show your support for poor Nicaraguan campesinos who labor in extreme heat to produce sugar and other sugar cane based products for local and international consumption, then support this petition!!!

People living and working in western Nicaragua, Guanacastal Sur sectors of La Isla, el Triunfo, Sector Gonzalez, Paises Bajos, and Santana do not have access to pure drinking water. Many suffer and die from chronic kidney disease (CKD) and other illnesses that may be related to consumption of contaminated water. Those who suffer most are the sugar cane field workers who urgently need potable water to maintain healthy levels of hydration while working in extreme heat.

La Isla Foundation and Fundación Isla are seeking partners to support our integrated programs including Corporate Social Responsibility, Pure Water, and Public Health. With support from our partners we will construct a pure water system to fill a 15,000 gallon reservoir, connected to a gravity-fed distribution system leading to each home. We will also implement community empowerment, public health, environmental, and educational programs. To implement these programs we seek support from many sources!

For more information and to make a donation online visit www.laislafoundation.org and join the "La Isla Foundation" Facebook group! You can also see short videos about this issue and other problems with agri-industry in Latin America at this link: http://www.youtube.com/MrAgentGlaser