Petition Tag - nature

1. Sunriver Nature Trail Park Accessibility

The new Sunriver Nature Trail Park along the Sooke river has an existing abandoned road bed that can provide access to the beach along the river, but the development plan shows nothing but a walking trail. The park is a natural wonder and will attract many visitors who will be forced to park on the residential street half a kilometer from the river.

Related news articles:
https://sooke.pocketnews.ca/open-letter-to-mayor-and-council-proposed-shambrook-community-lacks-access-provisions/

http://www.sookenewsmirror.com/opinion/letters/412317933.html

2. Allow acces for Django and friends at KOA Wakebord Brasov

Ni s-a interzis accesul cu Django si alte animale de companie intr-un mediu in aer liber pe motiv ca deranjeaza clientii. Eu personal l-am tinut langa mine tot timpul si nu i-am permis sa deranjeze pe cineva, ba din contra a incantat multa lume.

3. Preserve Our Bees: Stop the Use of Pesticides

Our campaign, beezystateofminduci, is funded by a group of dedicated research students at the University of California, Irvine.

We are passionate about the lives of bees around the world and their significant impact on the environment, economy, and human sustainability.

Measures against corporate companies in the agriculture industry that neglect their harmful effects on the bee population must be taken.

The use of pesticides and GMOs have been shown to affect bee colonies worldwide, leading to increased prices of not only food crops, but also other industries that rely on nature's produce.

4. Charter for Animals & Nature

Wildlife is being decimated by climate change, ocean acidification, loss of habitat, overhunting, industrial farming and pollution, and these are all increasing because of rising human overpopulation, especially in the UK with our high standard of living. The fact that everything is globally interconnected means that we are not just destroying our own UK wildlife, but also causing the extinction of polar bears, elephants and countless other species worldwide.

The traditional Laws of Nature enabled our ancestors to evolve as part of Nature for hundreds of thousands of years. Our task today is to make the health and harmony of Nature central to our social customs and norms. Absolute natural limits are now quantified by the laws of ecology and physics, and the comparative science of anthropology describes the fundamentals of decent human behaviour.

Three community initiatives operate in parallel to the existing world of political parties, financial interests, and government agencies:
• Made In Greenwich is a community interest company that organises time exchange to enable individual creative initiatives. www.madeingreenwich.co.uk
• Maritime Greenwich Forum is the community forum for the UNESCO world heritage site. It conducts street-by-street internet polling on different issues. www.maritimegreenwichforum.org.uk
• Keep The Green co-ordinates projects. www.keepthegreen.org.uk

Our own Maritime Greenwich Declaration by the local community, incorporating the results of these initiatives, will be made on November 6th 2017, 800 years after the signing of Magna Carta’s ‘Charter of the Forest’ about commoner rights.

More information from Made In Greenwich Art Gallery & Meeting Place, 324 Creek Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9SW.

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

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

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

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

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

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

6. Protejam o aquífero da Praia dos Ingleses, Florianópolis, SC Brazil

A construção de um campo de golfe sobre o aquífero da praia dos Ingleses em Florianópolis, Santa Catarina Brazil. Primeiramente o sr. Fernando Marcondes de Mattos invade uma área de preservação permanente da natureza e constrói um luxuoso hotel com a subserviência das autoridades locais.

Agora o dito senhor constrói um campo de golfe anexo ao hotel que fica na praia ao lado: A praia dos Ingleses; justamente da onde a população tira sua água doce para o consumo.

Mas, para manter o campo de golfe um tapete é injetado diariamente um quantidade de produtos químicos. Como diria Bóris Casoy: Isto é uma vergonha!

7. Provide funding or grants to help elementary school playgrounds

Outside play is essential for all children. Studies espouse its benefits such as improving cognitive and motor skills, health and well being, and academic achievement. Many schools in Ontario are faced with play spaces that are either empty, in bad repair, or no longer meet the community needs. Play spaces are not a luxury; they are a necessity and the Ministry of Education should help provide them.

We know that the Government of Ontario has invested time and thought into the same topics because of the initiatives that it has launched:

Accessibility: “All public sector organizations with at least one employee ... make their new or redeveloped outdoor play spaces accessible.” ( Ministry of Economic Development, Employment & Infrastructure's “Accessibility Standard For the Design of Public Spaces” http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/accessibility/info_sheets/public_spaces/play_spaces.aspx )

Nature: “Children have the right to explore and play in the outdoors. Research shows that kids who spend regular time in nature are happier and healthier.” (Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, the Ontario Children's Outdoor Charter http://www.childrensoutdoorcharter.ca/)

Physical activity: “Providing physical activity equipment for all classes to use outdoors during recess and lunch breaks.” (Ministry of Education's “Foundations for a Healthy School”, page 1, http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/healthyschools/foundations.pdf )

Childhood obesity: The Ministry of Health and Long-term Care's panel provided recommendations on how to reduce childhood obesity. In response, the government created Ontario's Healthy Kids Strategy, part of which recognizes that healthy kids live in healthy schools. The Challenge is providing selected communities with funding over four years. http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/healthykids/ For equity, all communities need help.

Independent organizations say similar guidelines, “In developed societies such as Canada, we must acknowledge that children need room to move and the opportunity to do so in a variety of settings and spaces, including the natural environment.” (Active Healthy Kids Canada's 2014 report http://www.activehealthykids.ca/reportcard/2014reportcard.aspx )

We agree. Help us follow your guidelines.

The Ontario schools listed all need your help. We want to create playgrounds or make existing playgrounds accessible or closer to nature but we can't do it alone. Help us invest in our future -- our children -- by providing funding or grants to expose them to play spaces that achieve your goals.

8. Petition Against Wifi in Camps Across Canada

The Canadian Press reports that Parks Canada has put out a call for bids from contractors capable of installing Internet access points in as many as 150 national park locations over the next three years – 50 this year alone. This is enraging. The Walterdale Bridge construction in Edmonton alone disrupted 17,000 square metres of fishery habitat, but this internet access construction will destroy thousands of square kilometres of forestry, grassland and potentially fishery as well.

The physical environment on the earth provides favorable conditions for the existence and growth of different life forms, including man. These living beings constitute the biological environment. Both the physical and biological environments are in a close interaction with each other and form a stable self perpetuating system. To take away the small amount of interaction with nature campers seek is preposterous and also violates environmental rights on many accounts.

Taken directly from the Environmental Bill of Rights for Canada:
"As early as 1978, a survey conducted for Environment Canada found that 89% of Canadians considered the deterioration of the natural environment to be of major concern.(2) This finding has been reinforced by subsequent polls, including the December 1990 Gallup Poll, which indicated that more than two-thirds of Canadians are buying "environmentally friendly" products.(3)"

The environment is constantly changing and this affects life on earth; some these effects can be lasting and irreversible. So we must realize that we should be concerned about environment, even moreso in our protected National Parks. Today, when environment is being polluted so rigorously, everyone has only one question on his / her lips and mind that is how to save environment from being polluted. How do we protect the earth from disaster? The strongest way to protect environment is save trees. Trees are one of the main creations that play an important role to keep air clean. If there will be no fresh air available then how will human beings, animal, and birds survive? Therefore, a clean environment is the need for every living object on this earth. Destroying said habitat will hinder the growth of animal life in our parks, as well as the spiritual connection required between man and nature.

9. Stop Duke Energy Injecting Chemicals into Soil to Stunt Tree Growth

A Duke Energy experiment with using chemicals to keep tree limbs away from power lines has spurred complaints from homeowners concerned about environmental hazards and the health of their trees.

Workers are sweeping through Myers Park, Dilworth, Plaza Midwood and other leafy neighborhoods, injecting the soil surrounding trees with Cambistat, a product that stunts the growth of limbs.

Duke and the Minnesota-based manufacturer, Rainbow Treecare, insist that the product poses no threat to humans or pets. In fact, they say, it makes trees stronger.

But some residents are angry that workers showed up in their yards in recent weeks without warning. They contend that chemicals put into the soil could leach into groundwater or harm nearby plants and vegetable gardens.

Jane Burts of Myers Park said she was startled when she saw a Duke Energy contractor inspecting a tree in her yard.

When she confronted the man, Burts said he told her that the chemical injection would slow the growth of trees and nearby plants. He also said that as a precaution, he would keep children and dogs from digging around the trees for a few days, Burts said.

“It doesn’t feel good,” said Burts, who refused to allow the worker to inject Cambistat. “There seems to be a lot of questions.”

Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Layne acknowledged that the company made a mistake when it did not warn property owners that workers would come onto their property.

“The only thing I can do is apologize,” Layne said.

Asked about safety concerns, Layne said Cambistat has been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Layne stressed that homeowners can decline to have the product used on trees on their property, saying Duke will consider discontinuing the injections if too many people opt out.

But workers do not need permission from residents to inject soil in the public right of way.

How Cambistat works

Charlotte is ranked among the top cities in the nation for urban forests, which experts say improve aesthetics, increase property values and save energy. Nearly half of the city has tree cover, and the City Council has set a goal to increase that number.

However, tall, mature trees threaten Duke Energy’s ability to deliver power to homes. The company sends workers to prune tree limbs that interfere with power lines, often enduring criticism from residents and high costs.

In response, the company has contracted with Rainbow Treecare to see whether chemical injections can reduce tree trimming in Charlotte, Greensboro and Durham, Layne said.

In Charlotte, she said, crews will inject soil in the Dilworth, Myers Park, Sedgefield and Plaza Midwood neighborhoods and along Park Road in south Charlotte.

Workers inject Cambistat into soil at the tree’s base, where it can be absorbed into the roots. Cambistat slows branch growth by 40 percent to 70 percent by altering a tree’s hormones, according to Duke and Rainbow Treecare.

Cambistat has been used safely across the country for more than a decade, said Tom Prosser, CEO and founder of Rainbow Treecare.

Prosser said the product is popular with arborists, who use it to heal unhealthy trees. Cambistat makes trees more tolerant of extreme heat and drought, he said.

Charlotte arborist Don McSween said city officials agreed last month to allow chemical injections on trees in the public right of way. McSween said he raised no objections since Cambistat was tested near the streets in west Charlotte several years ago.

But McSween said he might have more concerns about using the product on private property because plants near treated soil could have their growth stunted.

A Duke official recently spoke at a Freedom Park Neighborhood Association meeting to allay fears, said Mary Lou Buck, a board member.

Buck said the dozen or so people who attended the meeting were not convinced the chemical injection was safe.

“They are very frustrated about how it was handled,” because they felt Rainbow Tree couldn’t answer their questions, Buck said.

‘The right tree in the right place’

State environmental groups said they were unaware that Duke had launched the experiment.

Fawn Pattison, a senior advocate for Raleigh-based Toxic Free NC, said she is worried for Charlotte’s trees, which already suffer from the city’s poor air quality.

Told about claims that Cambistat makes trees strong and poses no threat to humans, Pattison said she is skeptical.

Dave Cable, director of TreesCharlotte, which promotes the city’s goal to have 50 percent tree coverage by 2050, said Duke is in a difficult position.

“The arborist rule is ‘the right tree in the right place,’ ” Cable said. “Unfortunately, we’ve got a lot of trees not abiding by that golden rule. Duke’s kind of up against the wall.”

Read more here: http://goo.gl/hKiUQM

10. Stop WAR! Talk! Petition for more peace & togetherness in the world

International conflicts and aggressions are increasing all over the world and are at the verge of escalating. Ukraine, North Corea, Iran, Afghanistan ... just to cite some of them.

Actually unrests are going to increase to open conflicts between USA, Russia and Europe, between the continents, between economic power authorities.

If you don't believe the mass-media and look behind the facade in most of the cases the main reason for those conflicts are not human rights or bad presidents loosing it, mostly it's about oil, gas, money and strategic important territory.

Ask your neighbour, if he wants to have war, he will say "no". If anybody in the world asks any neighbour in the whole world, all of them will give the same answer: "no".

That means: Humans don't want to have war and aggression, humans want to have peace and harmony. But the people who fight about oil and gas, are not the ones who are standing at the front line of a war. At the end, the people who are fighting at the front, are the people who don't want war and will never have oil, even if they survive.

If everybody in the world wants to have peace and harmony, it should be possible to find a way of living together in a nice way, even if cultures and races are different. For saving and caring about our interests we have presidents and authorities, so we think, they should do it and work out a way for peace and togetherness.

With our bavarian flashmob in India (watch at www.flashmob4peace.com), where hundreds of people from all over the world spontaneously started dancing together an bavarian song (nobody could understand anything at all), we prooved one fact:

"All nationalities can dance together, even if they sometimes don't understand each other".

War is the result of fear ...
- fear of loosing territories
- fear of loosing influence
- fear of loosing richness and prosperity 
- fear of loosing privelegs.
In short ... it's all about materialism and "being better or better situated than others".

Since thousands of years the concept is "getting more and being better than somebody else" neglecting the fact, that true richness and satisfaction is harmony and togetherness.

The main problem: The world population is growing, resources and energies are getting less. So every nation tries to get as much influence as possible, to save and raise their economic standards (fear of Looping).

But imagine an international alliance of all nations, which works on a way of togetherness on the whole earth, which creates worldwide peace-contracts and concepts for equality and global collaboration.

Imagine if all people on earth would take all the money, which is actually invested into armament (around 1500!! billions US$ per year!!!) and militaries, and work together on solutions for new sustainable energies, for making uninhabitable land inhabitable, for living together in harmony...

The earth would have enough sustainable resources for the whole population.

We think, in the 21th century - after thousand of years of "against" - it's time to recap the past, to reconsider and to start changing the system into "with each other", because that's what you and your neighbours want (if you neglect the fear of loosing something).

Media, authorities and presidents all over the world are promoting fear and the "against"-concept by forwarding unilateral story lines furthering the own nationalistic idea. Of course they do this, otherwise the folks, which don't want war, would not share the idea and authorities without the people behind them would not have any power.

But do we need political power to live together in peace and harmony? If we continue following the "against"-idea: Yes!
... If we start to change something and work on the "together" idea: No!

We know, that changing this will not be easy and for sure it will take a long time, but it's worth starting and trying to change the concept of thinking now.

Its time to make a concept not only on behalf of some people in the world, but in everyones interest all over world. Even a small change is a beginning!

Please sign this petition and share our
 flashmob-video: www.flashmob4peace.com.

Thanks!

11. Stop palm oil plantation expansion on Kalimantan Island

Lots of orangutans and other wildlife have lost their habitat and are dead due to unsustainable development.

12. Stop Prius production

Toyota Prius owners around the world are mostly "nature-friendly" kind of people, and 90% of Prius owners have a Prius because of "save nature" perspective.

What they don't know, is that production of their Prius hurts environment much more than standard petrol/diesel powerd cars do in their whole lifetime. Also, production of Prius goes around the world (ex. Nickel mining, Canada, refining mined Nickel in Europe, further production in China, and sent to Japan where it is fitted into a car). Not mentioning the fact that parts are all being shipped across the globe, and cargo ships are not so nature friendly.

Studies have shown that in a long term, Prius makes more environmental damage than Land Rover Discovery in its whole lifespan.

13. Protect Piasau Camp Hornbill Park

Piasau Camp Hornbill Park should become a public nature park for the people of Miri, Sarawak - to walk, to run, to relax and to enjoy tall trees, birds, sunsets on the beach. Make Miri the envy of other cities.

Piasau Camp in Miri, Sarawak, was home to Shell expatriates for 50 years or more but its closing now and the lease will revert to the owner. Many people regard the area and its natural surroundings as part of the history of Miri.

We ask the government to take this opportunity to turn it into a positive legacy for the people of Miri and their children. We ask for a public nature park - accessible by all.

14. Defender patrimonio termeño publico

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!

Para firmar la petición haga clic abajo (“Sign the petition) y después agrega su nombre, apellido, ciudad, país y dirección de correo electrónico. Si Ud. quiere hacer un comentario, escríbelo en la sección “short comment”. Sube los números de verificación. Para firmar imprime “SIGN”.

(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.)

15. Protect Stratton Strawless Woodland in Norfolk

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.

16. Save The Green Belt Darwin



We urgently need the community to write submissions in support of the whole of the Kulaluk Lease being formerly added to the Northern Territory register. The Northern Territory government has so far ignored the wishes of the broader community and has instead favoured destruction of the land for the developers.

We need thousands of submissions in order for the NT government to listen this time. Submissions must be received by the Heritage Council by 28th March 2016. You can visit www.greenbeltdarwin,wordpress,com for more information.

Either email or post your submission and address it to the Chair of the Heritage Council. Comments will be forwarded to the Minister with Council’s recommendations.

Heritage Council contact details:
The Chair Heritage Council
PO Box 4198
DARWIN NT 0801

Email: heritagecouncil@nt.gov.au

How To Make A Submission to The HERITAGE COUNCIL

Here are some points you can use to help you make a submission to the Heritage Council. Choose the points that resonate with you and personalise your letter to describe why you would like this precious bushblock preserved and not destroyed forever.

POINTS:

Although there are many reports, studies and histories of the 301ha Kulaluk lease, none specifically document the land’s heritage values, probably because when the area was granted to Aboriginal people as a special purpose lease, it was presumed that the significant sites would be protected, as was intended by the original land claim. However, since the hand-back in 1979 the leaseholders do not appear to have been interested in documenting flora and fauna, Aboriginal and historical sites, or land usage. Instead the leaseholders have discouraged public access, even for Aboriginal people. For these reasons, documenting the heritage significance of the lease area is difficult; however, some of the better known heritage values of the lease are listed below:

 The Kulaluk land claim played a significant role in the 1970s national Aboriginal land rights struggle as documented in the Aboriginal rights newsletter Bunji, published in Darwin between 1971 and 1985. The Kulaluk lease area serves as permanent recognition of that role.

 In 1971 a Larrakia elder claimed that there are at least 200 Aboriginal graves on the lease in the old burial ground and at least ten unidentified graves elsewhere.

 Maps show a “Pukamani ground” behind the site of the Retta Dixon Home.

 The site of Retta Dixon Home is now known as Karu Park. Historically, Karu Park is an integral part of the Kulaluk lease.

 Fred Fogarty’s hut was an outstanding example of Aboriginal initiative and self-sufficiency, and a meeting place for activists in the national land rights movement. Many of the trees Fred planted are still growing in the area. Some of his signage remains, along with traces of his hand-dug wells used for his reafforestation project.

 A “Kunapipi Ceremony Ground” on the eastern side of Dick Ward Drive behind Harney Street was recognised by the Aboriginal Sacred Sites Authority in 1983. The significance of this site has been recorded by Yolngu elder James Gaykamungu.

 A site behind McDonalds Restaurant was nominated as a site of significance by the late Joe Jefferies and others as reported on the ABC News.

 As reported in the Final Report of the Aboriginal Land Rights Commissioner, Judge A E
Woodward, the Bagot Community lease is socially and historically affiliated with the Kulaluk lease.

 The Interim Aboriginal Land Commissioner, Mr Justice Ward, recommended that the boundaries of the lease extend beyond the high tide level and into the middle of Ludmilla Creek in recognition of the importance of the mangrove habitat for subsistence hunting and gathering for Aboriginal people.

 The Kulaluk lease contains the largest area of healthy coastal monsoon forest surviving in the Darwin area, stretching from Ludmilla Creek to behind Bakhita Village. This forest provides shelter for a range of native fauna, flora and bird life including many megapode nesting mounds. Aboriginal women harvest various foods and materials for handicrafts from this forest, including yams, berries, leaves and dyes.

 The Kulaluk salt pan of about eight hectares provides a safe roosting place at high tides for migratory birds, protected under international treaties.

 The narrow beach running for the length of the lease between Nightcliff and Ludmilla Creek is a designated public right-of-way and is an important fringing area between the mangroves and the monsoon forest, providing flotsam for scavenging crabs, birds and wallabies. The beach also is a storm barrier and facilitates the transference of seeds.

 Aboriginal people and others use Ludmilla Creek for crabbing, fishing and recreation and the creek is vital for a variety marine life.

 The area known as the Rice Fields are a reedy freshwater swamp between Dick Ward Drive and the monsoon forest, that is a refuge for water birds, including Jabirus and brolgas, and includes undocumented historic sites.

 There are various unrecorded WWII military sites on the lease, including one most complete coastal concrete bunkers.

 There are many trees on the Kulaluk lease worthy of listing as heritage trees that are yet to be documented. One tree on the lease near Totem Road is registered by AAPA as “Sacred Tree”.

 There are several mythological stories associated with the lease area. The spring at Kulaluk is connected by an undergound channel created by the “Rainbow Serpent” to other sites such as

Emery Point, Belyuen and Old Man Rock. As such, the Kulaluk area involves many more Aboriginal people that just the current leaseholders.

 Ecologically the Kulaluk lease area is integral with the East Point Reserve and forms a natural green belt extending from East Point into the RAAF Base to Rapid Creek and beyond. The original land claim was made ten years before Dick Ward Drive artificially divided the claim area but the effects of the arterial road can be re-mediated.

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If you want further information about the Kulaluk Lease Area, or you have any questions about the proposed heritage declaration, please contact Michael Wells, Director of the Heritage Branch, Department of Lands Planning and the Environment, on (08) 8999 5036 or at michael.wells@nt.gov.au



HERITAGE SITE LINK: http://www.dlpe.nt.gov.au/heritage/proposed-heritage-listings

17. Stop the Disastrous Grey Seal Cull

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.

18. STOP THE DESTRUCTION OF NATURE PARK ZLATIBOR



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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19. City of Olympia: Conserve nature trails and forest next to LBA Park

We, the citizens of Olympia and Thurston County, take pride in protecting our environment and the green spaces that make our community livable and beautiful. 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.

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, known as LBA Woods. It is a lovely setting with a forest canopy, winding trails, modest hills, solitude, and varied habitats supporting a diversity of birds, plants and other wildlife. The trails are also used for running, training, mountain biking, and occasionally horseback riding.

The trails are within roughly 150 acres of woods in two parcels referred to as the Trillium and Bentridge parcels. These parcels are the largest remaining, privately owned, undeveloped parcels in the City of Olympia. Owners of both parcels are open to selling the land. We now have a window of opportunity, through community support, to persuade the City Council to broker a deal to acquire this land for a community park.

The City's parks and recreation planning process has identified the need to provide opportunities to enjoy "nearby nature". Additionally, as Olympia's population grows, the City has recognized the need to acquire property for sports fields, dog parks and other recreational pursuits, such as BMX bike parks. Trillium and Bentridge also contain non-forested spaces ideally suited for such purposes. Thus, by virtue of their location, size, terrain and configuration, these parcels are well suited to meet those needs while preserving upland forest habitat.

The LBA Woods are an asset to SE Olympia shaping its identity, providing habitat, shade, stormwater retention, flood prevention and more. Before these last large remaining tracts of forest are cleared, let's work to save them. In doing so, we can provide a nature park with recreational trails plus adjacent sports facilities readily available for thousands to enjoy while, at the same time, conserving important wildlife habitat.

We owe it to our children and all future residents to provide local areas for healthy recreation and access to nature. Let's conserve LBA Woods. It will be a source of inspiration for generations to come.

[Modified for clarity-4/22/2014]

20. SUPPORT UNDERGROUND POWER-LINES FOR ENDANGERED ECOSYSTEMS (nature)

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!

21. Save the animals of Devon

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.

22. Stop The Parakeet Cull

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.

23. Save Our Fields - Charterhouse Residents Association

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!"

24. GOING GREEN PETITION BY GREENYATRA

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.

25. Support William O'Dwyer Park

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.

26. Plataforma para la defensa de la Isla de Mallorca

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!

27. The EEC of Ierapetra must be strengthened and continue to function

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.

28. Save Dorning Street Nature Garden

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.

29. More garbage cans and recycling bins in Toronto City Parks

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.

30. Student’s Right to use the Campus our Tuition and Tax Dollars Built at the U of U

"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