Petition Tag - science

1. Petition for ACS to form a technical division: Cannabis Chemists Division

This is a petition to form a professional division within the membership of the American Chemical Society. The title of division shall be Cannabis Chemists.

Please use your full name and assure that your email is correct when signing the petition.

If you are not comfortable signing the petition publicly, please feel free to sign anonymously. Your name will not be displayed on the petition but will still be submitted to the ACS privately.

You are welcome to forward the petition on to potentially interested parties or send me an e-mail at ezra.pryor@gmail.com with questions or concerns.

2. Save NASA Climate Research Budget

Bob Walker, a Trump senior advisor, stated that the NASA Earth Science Division will be stripped of all funding.

This would mean the elimination of Nasa’s world-renowned research into weather, temperature, ice, clouds, soil and water conditions, and other climate related phenomena. Nasa’s network of satellites provides a wealth of information on weather and climate events.

According to Kevin Trenberth, senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, ”NASA provides the scientific community with new instruments and techniques, and the elimination of Earth sciences would be “a major setback if not devastating”. “It could put us back into the ‘dark ages’ of almost the pre-satellite era,” he said.

Over the coming decades, NASA and the Agency's research partners will continue to pioneer the use of both spaceborne and aircraft measurements to characterize, understand, and predict variability and trends in Earth's weather, soil, and ocean system for both research and critically important areas ranging from farming applications to natural disaster predictions and planning.

Earth is our lifeboat in the vast expanse of space. Over the past 50 years, world population has doubled, grain yields have tripled and economic output has grown sevenfold. Earth science research can help us understand and how the Earth can sustain this growth in the future. In addition, over a 1/3 of the US economy - $3 trillion annually - is influenced by climate, weather, and natural hazards, providing economic incentive to study the Earth.

This is not a political issue. This organization does pure research about our planet. This information is used by scientists, businesses, meteorologists, fishermen, and farmers around the world.

3. Stop Turnbull Government from reducing funding to CSRIO climate change researchers at the Marine and Atmospheric Research

The Malcolm Turnbull led Liberal Government have savaged the funding of the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research centre based in Aspendale.

These are really dumb cuts and are a dumb decision because of the research that is being done on Climate Change.

On 4 February Chief Executive Larry Marshall announced a plan to cut another 350 jobs from CSIRO, targeting critical research in Land and Water, Oceans and Atmosphere, Minerals and Energy, Digital Productivity and Manufacturing.

Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott have starved CSIRO of funding it needs to continue critical research to support Australian industries and serve the public good.

Join our community supporters at the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne to rally against these cuts and take a stand to #supportCSIRO.

Sign this petition and share it widely and attend the RALLY 12 PM SATURDAY 2, APRIL, State Library of Victoria.

4. Support Science and Technology in Australia

The Defence Trade Controls Act of 2012 and the Defence Trade Controls Amendment Act of 2015 go into effect on 2 April 2016.

See http://bayesian-intelligence.com/bwb/2015-05/iffst/ for more information and links.

5. Seoul Declaration to Advance Gendered Research, Innovation and Socio-economic Development in the Asia Pacific

The historical inequalities between women and men in research participation and in science knowledge create barriers to achieving the full socio-economic benefits of science-led innovation. With women in a minority and science with more evidence for men than for women, outcomes and opportunities are biased to advantage the needs of men and overlook the needs of women.

But now, extensive evidence shows that gender bias in science knowledge making can negatively impact on the quality of scientific research for both women and men. Whilst we continue building systematic understanding of the underlying causes, we have enough solid knowledge to generate the benefits of gender sensitive and responsive research.

The scientists, gender scholars and policy makers attending the Gender Summit 6 - Asia Pacific 2015 (GS6 – AP) discussed the full complexity and diversity of gender issues in research and innovation in the region. These discussions identified numerous scientific and socio-economic benefits of adopting gendered approaches to research and innovation.

Science and policy leaders in Europe have already taken such actions as a strategy for the EU Horizon 2020 programme, as well as at national level.

We call on science and policy leaders in Asia Pacific to promote gender aware and sensitive research and innovation to improve the quality of science and enhance socio-economic development in the region.

6. Bill Nye for Farm Fest

Bill Nye the Science Guy has been sharing with us his burning passion for science for decades, and continues to act as a liaison between the scientific community and the bulk of our generation. What better person is there to help lead us into a more environmentally sustainable future.

We need guidance and education, so we can reduce our carbon footprint and slow global warming. So we can build a sustainable agricultural system, away from gmo's and out of the hands of corporations.

Lets petition Bill Nye to come to Farm Fest to educate us on the problems our generation is facing and the new scientific developments that will help lead us into a more sustainable future.

7. Research Scholars Need Your Care

Many bright minds pursuing PhDs in the country, struggle to meet two ends.

In this context, I request the Prime Minister to kindly recommend MHRD to increase the scholarship amount of PhD students, which would give a little relief to the young minds to do science peacefully.

8. Down with Animal Testing

Animal testing is a cruel and barbaric practice that should be banned. Animals do not want to be tortured, locked up, neglected and abused any more than we do, so why should we do it to them?

Myth 1# "Animal testing is vital to save lives".

Animal testing actually kills more people than it saves because of the fact that animals have different bodies and genetic systems from us. Even animals that are very similar to us in terms of DNA, such as pigs and monkeys, are still too different for every result from tests on them to be entirely accurate. For instance, chimpanzees are immune to HIV, Malaria and hepatitis. Aspirin causes birth defects in most lab animals, but it doesn't do this to people. Paracetamol is toxic to cats and grapes and raisins can cause kidney damage in dogs.

In fact, most so-called "medical" experiments that are done on animals are actually done with money in mind, not people. That is one of the main reasons why these misleading experiments are still performed. If a drug is passed as safe due to animal tests, it is then often given to people. If a drug passes as dangerous and unsafe due to animal tests, it is often given to people anyway because even the drug companies often know that animals have different bodies and genetic systems from us. If a person takes it and then gets any really bad side effects, the company cannot be sued because they did do the safety tests.

Myth 2# "Lab animals are always treated kindly and looked after properly".

Although some may well be treated with kindness and cared for properly, many of them are not. In fact, during investigations, animal defenders have filmed horrifying scenes that should disgust us all. Lab animals are often shot at, held against red hot metal plates, have boiling water poured over them, force-fed dangerous chemicals, cut open, gassed, have their brains damaged with severe blows to their heads, starved, locked up and have their skin irritated by various different substances. Lab animals are also sometimes abused outside of the experiments. Laboratory workers have been filmed punching, slapping and shaking animals before.

Myth 3# "Animals do not feel pain, have emotions or help others".

This is probably one of the biggest lies/misunderstandings of the century. Animals definitely DO feel pain, have emotions and help others. Anyone who believes that animals do not feel pain should go and kick a dog and then watch what happens. If animals could not feel pain or fear, how do you think they would survive out in the wild?

Animals definitely do have emotions. When you tell a dog off, they will often cower away because they know that you are angry with them. Anyone who has ever had or even stayed with a cat before will know that cats are definitely more likely to scratch and bite at certain points in time than others. How else can this be explained other than in the fact that they have moods like people do?

Also, time and time again have dogs been known to pine for their owners after they have died. Hachiko carried on going to wait at the train station for his master's return until about ten years after his master had died and Greyfriar's Bobby waited by his master's grave for at least ten years before he himself died, apparently of the same illness that had killed his master.

Dogs have even been known to pine for their people when they have only gone to work or gone out for a little while. Dog behaviourists and experts often call this, separation anxiety, but a lot of it is really just loneliness and boredom. How else do you explain the scenario of a person leaving for a while and returning to get complaints from his or her neighbours about his or her dog's barking and howling and then finding broken items and chewed up furniture all over their home?

Even wild animals have been known to help others of their own species, even if they are not directly related to them. Lionesses have been known to adopt baby antelopes, wild birds will often try to save their mates' lives and even vampire bats have been adopt other members of their own species. Chimpanzees have been known to save ducklings and at least one baby boy has been rescued by a gorilla before.

If these animals really did not care, why do you think they did these sorts of things? Why did they bother to help out here?

Myth 4# "There is no alternative to animal testing."

There are, nowadays, so many alternatives to animal testing that it need not be used any longer. Fake skin and organs, donated cells and body parts, studies of living people and computer models can all now be used, and these can produce results that are far more relevant and useful than those optioned through animal tests.

9. Build the Entperise

Most people know of the USS Enterprise in the First Series of Star trek. Under the command of the mighty Captain Kirk with Spok, Scotty, Bones, Sulu and Uhura by his side and the odd redshirt ensign.

If only a small amount of money each year was put into the project we could build a Modern day equivalent of the USS enterprise to Seek out new worlds, explore strange new planets and bolding go where no man has gone before Queue Intro music.

http://www.buildtheenterprise.org/

10. Don't Cancel The Mob Doctor!

The Mob Doctor tv show is an amazing show that deserves so many more views than it's getting. The show has an amazing plot and great characters and actors and it's unbelievable that this show is in danger of getting canceled!

Fox tv has officially announced that only 13 episodes will air in season 1 and after will be canceled but I'm sure that those that have watched this show have gotten hooked like me and would want the show to continue so let's get the show higher ratings and more views to try and save it! Please this is my fav show!

11. Ban Plastic Bags in La Jolla!

Help raise awareness of plastic and how it effects our environment!

Los Angeles County has been the first county in California to ban plastic bags, so why can't San Diego or specifically La Jolla?

We live in such a BEAUTIFUL beach community and it's sad to see our local markets using plastic bags!

Help the oceans and ban plastic bags!

12. Change the "God Particle" to the "Love Particle"

Which is harder to find the higgs boson or love?

Therefore I believe love is a "good" analogy for the higgs boson. Life appears meaningless until "love" joins it, and things have little meaning without love, therefore the higgs boson could be metaphorically renamed as the "Love particle".

How do people long for love but never find it, it finds them. For love still exists in space where there is no gravity.

Unless you believe in love, you will never find it. If scientists never believed the higgs boson was possible, would the multi-billion pound LHC have been built?

...and when many people refer to the God particle, it feels more of a insult to believers, as how many people who distinctively believe God does not exist will look for a particle they don't believe exists? It appears to misrepresent both parties. The higgs boson particle is thought to be associated with a field that is responsible for giving other particles their mass.

Please can we stop misrepresenting knowledge and respect, that science and religion can co-exist together. That one must cease. Love is the highest respect possible. I love science. I love God, I love you. But to prove love, would require a more powerful experiment than the LHC, it requires life.

The "Love Particle" explains how we can finally move on and not be stuck with backward ideologies.

(Apologies for wording, this is my first petition).

13. STOP SOUTH KOREAN WHALING

South Korea are using science to continue to hunt Minke whales. It is NOT acceptable.

And WE the rest of humanity want an end to this farce.

STOP HUNTING OUR WHALES.

14. Validate "Extraterrestrialism" as An Authentic Religion

Extraterrestrialism is a belief by many that humanity evolved into what it is today through the aid of extra-terrestrials.

Extraterrestrialists believe in treating their neighbor the way they, themselves would like to be treated. They believe in an open mind and warm heart when coming in contact with other people or ideas that may or may not conflict with their own beliefs. They do not impose their religion on others, nor do they require church and organization goers to donate. One’s financial choices, time or resources given to the church or organizations will never be judged nor ridiculed.

Problem:
While growing in popularity amongst all types of people, Extraterrestrialism has remained a marginalized group. It is not given the same validity as other religions such as Christianity and Mormonism, which Extraterrestrialism originally stemmed from. It does not have rights to be recognized as a valid article on Wikipedia, when “Baller” is accepted as a legitimate term. Extraterrestrialists want others to know that they exist. They want to teach others in an unbiased manner of what they believe and show the world the ways in which they live spiritually.

Extraterrestrialists want to show that Extraterrestrialism is a valid religion because they believe in it and it’s their way of life.

15. Save face to face teaching of Maths and Science at Hunter TAFE

We are enrolled in Calculus Tertiary Preparation Certificate Course a Newcastle TAFE campus. We were told that the calculus course has been cut and that we have to do it on line. Also the Chemistry class times have been cut back.

The TPC course is a very successful pathway into university. The students effected by this move want to study engineering and science - where the skill shortages are.

16. Keep Experts on the Drugs Advisory Council!

16th September UPDATE
SADLY, THE GOVERNMENT HAS NOW RECEIVED ROYAL ASSENT FOR THE VERSION OF THIS BILL THAT REMOVES THE NEED FOR EXPERTS AND GIVES THE HOME SECRETARY SWEEPING POWERS TO BAN SUBSTANCES. PLEASE CONTINUE CIRCULATING AND SIGNING THIS PETITION. I WILL BE IN TOUCH WITH ALL SIGNERS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS WITH A NEW PLAN OF ACTION IN WHICH YOU MAY ALL PARTICIPATE. THE TARGET NOW IS THE 1961 UN CONVENTION ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES. BON COURAGE BRAVE FRIENDS!


Parliament is in the final stages of considering the so-called Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill, portions of which are aimed at quelling public protest, but there are two equally nefarious clauses regarding the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and the process of scheduling a substance.

If Bill 62-EN passes, it would remove the requirement that Council members have any medical or scientific training or indeed any relevant experience, and instead would allow the Secretary of State sweeping powers to appoint anyone “he considers appropriate”. It would also allow the Secretary of State to ban substances for a period of 12 months instantaneously and without further study.

The only requirements for invoking illegal status on a substance and thus immediately criminalizing anyone already possessing it*, is that first the Home Secretary must discuss it with the Council, whose members s/he has been allowed to hand pick and that both they and s/he must be “satisfied that the drug in question is one that is, or is likely to be, misused, and that misuse is having, or is capable of having, harmful effects.” That sounds like a whole lot of guess work. Shouldn’t evidentiary proofs be required?

The amendment is too broad and does not indicate upon what basis future members would be selected other than the Home Secretary's judgement. It does not encourage people to study medicine and science when such knowledge doesn't appear to be valued by a government that does not think official committees such as the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs deserve to have members with any special training.

In 2009, this same Drugs Advisory Council’s then-head, Professor David Nutt, was forced from his position after he pointed out flaws in the current classification system that led to distorted evaluations of risk. This message, although undeniably corroborated by factual data, was regarded as not in keeping with the blind allegiance to the “war on drugs” that our leaders continue to promote. Now, the government wants to make sure that experts like David Nutt never get on the committee in the first place.

This attack on science, reason and the truth, must not be allowed to continue. It is a step back into those dark times when Galileo was arrested for telling scientific truths then considered heretical.

From the incarceration of 10 million non-violent prisoners worldwide to the tens of thousands of murders attributed to Latin America’s narco-traffic underground, the societal evidence correlates with current scientific data in concluding that the "war on drugs" has failed.

We support a rational society in which scientists are free to share the truths that they discover, without fear of suppression for political ends. Thus, we insist that people with relevant expertise guide policy on all important issues facing society.

Otherwise, one has to ask, who makes these crucial decisions, and upon what basis? Why should we be “advised” by people who have no special knowledge?

Reproduced below is the original text of the 1971 act, with everything after the word "appropriate" set to be stricken:

SCHEDULE 1 Constitution etc. Of Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs1(1)The members of the Advisory Council, of whom there shall be not less than twenty, shall be appointed by the Secretary of State after consultation with such organisations as he considers appropriate, and shall include—(a)in relation to each of the activities specified in sub-paragraph (2) below, at least one person appearing to the Secretary of State to have wide and recent experience of that activity; and(b)persons appearing to the Secretary of State to have wide and recent experience of social problems connected with the misuse of drugs.(2)The activities referred to in sub-paragraph (1)(a) above are—(a)the practice of medicine (other than veterinary medicine);(b)the practice of dentistry;(c)the practice of veterinary medicine;(d)the practice of pharmacy;(e)the pharmaceutical industry;(f)chemistry other than pharmaceutical chemistry.

Please go to www.theyworkforyou.com and enter your postcode to find your MP. You can send an email from there too, so in addition to signing this petition, please also send an email to your representative. Feel free to add your own sentiments when you do so and remember that letters received by post have twice the impact, so there is that option as well.

*Update: May 25 2010. An amendment has been proposed in the House of Lords so that those caught with temporarily banned substances would not be charged with an offense. Nevertheless, this does not alter the fact that "temporary" bans are rarely reversed and so this minor adjustment doesn't make the Bill more acceptable. - DT

*Update: June 13 2011. On its way to 3rd Reading in the House of Lords with many amendments to various sections of the Bill now proposed. Lord Ramsbotham has stated his opposition to both Clause 152 and 153 in their entirety; Baroness Hamwee has questioned the wisdom of "tinkering" when there needs to be a "rethinking"; Lords Rosser, Hunt of Kings Heath and Stevenson of Balmarca have proposed a replacement paragraph for the stricken text that reinstates the need for experts on the ACMD; this was also supported by Baroness Finlay; and Lord Soley has stated for the record that this issue should not be dealt with in this Bill at all.

I contacted Lords Rosser, Hunt and Stevenson and am told that our campaign will be mentioned in this Thursday's debate in the House of Lords and Vernon Coaker has promised to inform Clive Efford, Shadow Minister dealing with this portion of the Bill, of it as well. (D.T.)

The full text of what is known in Parliament as Bill 62-EN is available at this link, where you can also read the updates as it passes through the Houses: http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2010-11/policereformandsocialresponsibility/documents.html

* Update: 19 June
Unfortunately, due to them not having been given copies of the "draft protocol" which outlines promises on how the members of the ACMD will be chosen, the Lords withdrew their amendment. I have since written them, asking them to reinstate it prior to the next meeting on 29 June. The draft protocol does not change the need for this petition and I HAD read it prior to starting it.

The recommendations for how the committee will be decided are not part a legally binding document but are in a supplementary one that is simply an attempt to justify the removal of the present language setting out requirements for ACMD members. The government wants to get "Royal Assent" on the Bill PRIOR to the replacement text being composed or added. Why? What's so hard about coming up with another 88 words? They want you to believe that they will in fact, of course, keep science and medicine at the forefront of their selection process and are not pursuing an agenda, yet seem unable to draft a few sentences guaranteeing that.

You can read the draft protocol at the link below. As you're noticing how reasonable it sounds, remember that as soon as the Bill receives "Royal Assent" (I know, but that's another issue) it becomes law and that is WITHOUT any language replacing the stricken text or any of the promises in the draft protocol being guaranteed.

Clause 154 - the draft protocol for deciding members of the ACMD:
http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/alcohol-drugs/drugs/temporary-bans/acmd-membership?view=Binary

17. DON'T Ban Jumps Racing

A petition to support the continuation of jumps racing in South Australia and Victoria.

18. Close Down HLS

HLS are world-renowned animal killers. 500 animals die there every day. One HLS (Huntingdon Life Sciences) worker took a beagle out of his cage to get a blood sample. The dog wouldn't stay still so he shook him and jabbed the needle in and made him cry. The dog moved again and he shook him harder and gave him another jab.

Another watched all this and all he did was laugh. HLS are obviously people who find humour in pain and suffering. Another beagle had a chemical used in food packaging shoved down her throat. A woman was trying to inject some rats with a chemical. If a rat cried, she would shake it and yell "shut up rat!" Animal testing is necessary for human medicine, I hear you say. It isn't. In fact, it is dangerously misleading. For example, chimpanzees are immune to HIV and Malaria, penicillin is toxic to guinea pigs, and if you give morphine to cats, they stay awake, if you give to humans, it has the opposite effect. The usual cry from the vivisectors is TINA (there is no alternative).

This is not true. In fact, there are plenty of alternatives to animal testing, like fake skin and organs, human volunteers and computer models. Animal rights activists are, I hear you say, all dangerous maniacs. It is true that some of us, but not all of us. For instance, animal aid only use peaceful methods, as do numerous other groups, and many animal rights activists have also campaigned for people as well, as I have.

19. Support the Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth Petition

The petition is open to everyone.

Please Take Notice That:

On Behalf of the People of the United States of America, the undersigned Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth and affiliates hereby petition for, and demand, a truly independent investigation with subpoena power in order to uncover the full truth surrounding the events of 9/11/01 – specifically the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers and Building 7.

We believe there is sufficient doubt about the official story to justify re-opening the 9/11 investigation. The new investigation must include a full inquiry into the possible use of explosives that might have been the actual cause of the destruction of the World Trade Center Twin Towers and Building 7.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

20. Remove ICR, AIG, and CMI articles from Google Scholar

There are several nonscholarly sources appearing on Google Scholar. These nonscholarly sources are AnswersInGenesis.org, Creation.com (Creation Ministries International), and ICR.org (Institute for Creation Research). These three groups do not produce scholarly material.

The information in their publications is deeply biased to represent Young Earth Creationism. The material that they publish is devoid of real scientific research and yet attempts to present it as if it were real scientific research. On top of this, these organizations also give out incorrect information as a way to dissuade people from believing real scientific research into matters such as the age of the Earth, and the validity of scientific knowledge such as the Theory of Evolution by natural selection.

Because Google Scholar has some weight, especially to youths doing research for class, it is highly inappropriate for these articles to show up under Google Scholar. Articles such as these, that have a distinct religious agenda and even go as far as giving incorrect information about science, should not be allowed on Google Scholar.

21. Postponement of Changes to UT College of Arts and Sciences

The University of Toledo Strategic Planning Committee has put forth a plan which would split the College of Arts and Science into a College of Sciences and Sustainability, a College for the Study of the Human Condition, and a College for Visual and Performing Arts. The plan also creates many new directorships and deanships to administer an overall new approach to education at UT.

Though students, faculty, and all other interested bodies are very willing to hear any ideas which could improve the College of Arts and Science, more input and vetting must be done before any plans can be undertaken.

22. Ban Animal Testing

Animal testing can be misleading. An animal's response to a drug can be different to a human's.

23. Πορεία και συγκέντρωση διαμαρτυρίας στο Σύνταγμα πραγματοποιούν οι μεταφορείς

Πορεία προς την Βουλή, όπου σκοπεύουν να παραμείνουν έως την Τετάρτη, οπότε ψηφίζεται το νομοσχέδιο για τις εμπορευματικές μεταφορές, πραγματοποιούν περισσότεροι από 3.000 ιδιοκτήτες φορτηγών και βυτιοφόρων, διά μέσω της οδού Σταδίου, υπό την επιτήρηση τεσσάρων εισαγγελικών λειτουργών.

Αυτήν την ώρα οι μεταφορείς έχουν φτάσει στην Πλατεία Συντάγματος. Όλοι οι γύρω δρόμοι είναι κλειστοί.

24. Podrška znanstvenika pismu pritužbe u vezi emisije "Na rubu znanosti"

Tarot karte, iscjelitelji, nlo-i, reptilski vladaoci svijeta su ključne teme najgledanije emisije HTVovog ZNANSTVENO-OBRAZOVNOG programa kojeg kao javno dobro svojom pretplatom financiraju porezni obveznici. Nije li dosta toga?

Mi ljudi koji smo posvetili život znanosti, razočarani smo činjenicom da HRT već godinama obmanjuje javnost i odgovorne strukture vlasti predstavljajući emisiju 'Na rubu znanosti' kao dio znanstveno- obrazovnog programa. U toj emisiji se na nekritički način predstavlja sadržaje koji su do te mjere besmisleni da bi ih i osnovnoškolci jasno mogli prepoznati kao takve, kad ti sadržaji ne bi bili prezentiran na manipulativan način. Jedna od tipičnih tema koja se provlači kroz većinu emisija je zavjera službene znanosti protiv osoba koje gostuju u spomenutoj emisiji. Znanstvenici su ljudi sa svim svojim manama i vrlinama i očekivati da će svi oni zatomiti svoje nezgodne karakterne osobine kako bi se udružili u tajno društvo i onemogućili nekom da njegov perpetuum mobile, ili uređaj koji radi na sličnom principu, ne ugleda svjetlo dana, ili bar stranice stručnog časopisa - samo je tužan dokaz koliko je spomenuta emisija neprimjerena za znanstveno- obrazovni program.

25. Save the Space Program

NASA and space exploration has been at the forefront of science and education here in the United States since early 1950's.

From the space program has come home computers, Teflon, solar cells, transistors and many other inventions that have saved energy, improved the health of Americans and kept this country in the forefront of science.

NASA is a major purchaser of highly technical equipment which would be affected if the funding is cut.

26. Cancelar el Premio UNESCO-Obiang Nguema Mbasogo

EG Justice Necesita Tu Ayuda. Firma esta solicitud hoy para cancelar el Premio UNESCO-Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

En el 2008, la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura (UNESCO) creó el Premio Internacional UNESCO-Obiang Nguema Mbasogo para la Investigación en Ciencias de la Vida, en honor de y financiado por el presidente autocrático del Guinea Ecuatorial, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

El premio pretende reconocer "los logros científicos que mejoren la calidad de la vida humana." Mientras tanto, la calidad de vida hoy en Guinea Ecuatorial es pésima.

A pesar de haber alcanzado el más alto PIB per cápita en África sub-Sahariana, el 60 por ciento de los Ecuatoguineanos vive con menos de 1 dólar al día en condiciones comparables a Haití o el Chad. El Presidente Obiang está desechando la oportunidad de invertir los recursos disponibles para mejorar los servicios sociales básicos, lo cual está resultando en un descenso en la tasa de asistencia de la escuela primaria, bajos indicadores de salud, y una pobreza excesiva.

Un premio de la UNESCO en honor a Obiang equivale a una aprobación internacional de este régimen cleptocrático y abusivo, y socava la misión de la UNESCO de promover la educación, la ciencia, la cultura y los derechos humanos.

¡Tu Puedes Ayudar, firmando esta solicitud a UNESCO!
Digámosle a UNESCO que la corrupción y el abuso no deberían ser premiados, y que el dinero utilizado para crear este premio debería ser reinvertido para beneficio del pueblo de Guinea Ecuatorial.

27. STOP the UNESCO-Obiang International Prize for the Life Sciences

EG Justice Needs Your Help. Sign the petition now to STOP the UNESCO-Obiang International Prize for the Life Sciences.

In 2008, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) created the UNESCO-Obiang International Prize for the Life Sciences, named for and financed by the autocratic and abusive president of the oil-rich West African country of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

The prize is said to recognize “scientific achievements that improve the quality of human life.” Meanwhile, the quality of life in Equatorial Guinea today remains abysmal. In spite of having attained the highest GDP per capita in Sub-Saharan Africa, 60 percent of Equatoguineans live on less than $1 a day in conditions comparable to Haiti or Chad. President Obiang has neglected to invest available resources in basic social services, resulting in declining primary school attendance, poor health indicators, and needless poverty.

The UNESCO Obiang Prize is a cynical ploy to co-opt the worthy name and reputation of UNESCO to enhance the image of a notorious dictatorship. The prize amounts to international approval for this kleptocratic and abusive regime and it undermines UNESCO’s mission to promote education, science, culture, and human rights.

You can help, by signing this petition to UNESCO!

Let’s send a message to UNESCO that corruption and abuse should not be rewarded and that funds used to create this prize should be reinvested in the people of Equatorial Guinea.

28. Stop Funding Religious Indoctrination (Evolution)

It is acknowledged that untold scores of scientist have stated that the idea of particles-to-people evolution does not meet the criteria of the scientific method.

There are no evolutionary transitions that have ever been observed, either during human history or in the fossil record of the past; and the universal law of entropy makes it impossible.

The majority of educated people recognize the religious character of evolutionary theory, it must be believed to be excepted.

Science is knowledge, that which can be demonstrated, observed and repeated. The faith based components of evolution however cannot be proved, or even tested; like every religion they can only be believed.

29. George James Symons Deserves a Statue

George James Symons (6 Aug 1838 - 10 Mar 1900) was a meteorologist who founded and managed the British Rainfall Organisation, an unusually dense and widely distributed network of rainfall data collection sites throughout the British Isles.

He was born in Pimlico, London. In the late 1850s at about age 20 he studied at the Normal School of Science, which prepared its students to be secondary school science teachers. His physics teacher at the school was John Tyndall, who was also a scientific advisor to the U.K. Board of Trade. Symons got a job in the meteorological department at the Board of Trade in 1860 on the strength of Tyndall's recommendation. That meteorological department is the forerunner of today's U.K. Meteorological Office, but at the time its main mission was to upgrade collection of weather data at sea to help predict sea storms.

In 1860 Symons published the first annual volume of British Rainfall, which contained records from 168 land stations in England and Wales. Three years later he resigned his appointment at the Board of Trade, where his rainfall inquiries were not appreciated by his boss Robert FitzRoy -- at least not as a prior study of storm-warnings -- and then devoted his whole energies to the organization of a band of volunteer observers for the collection of particulars of rainfall throughout the British Isles. So successful was he in this object that by 1866 he was able to show results which gave a fair representation of the distribution of rainfall, and the number of recorders gradually increased until the last volume of British Rainfall which he lived to edit (that for 1899) contained figures from 3528 stations--2894 in England and Wales, 446 in Scotland, and 188 in Ireland.

Apart from their scientific interest, these annual reports are of great practical importance, since they afford engineers and others engaged in water supply much-needed data for their calculations, the former absence of which had on some occasions given rise to grave mistakes. Symons himself devoted special study not only to rainfall, but also to the evaporation and percolation of water as affecting underground streams, and his extensive knowledge rendered him a valuable witness before parliamentary committees. He was responsible for the first systematic recording of rainfall patterns in Britain and Ireland, and never received any payment for his work.

In other branches of meteorology also he took a keen interest, and he was particularly indefatigable, though consistently unsuccessful, in the quest of a genuine thunderbolt. The history of the science too attracted his attention, and he possessed a fine library of meteorological works, which passed to the Royal Meteorological Society at his death. Of that society he became a member when only eighteen, and he retained his connection with it in various official capacities up to the end of his life. He served as its president in 1880, and in view of the celebration of its jubilee was re-elected to that office in 1900, but the illness that caused his death prevented him from acting. He died in London on the 10th of March 1900, and was buried at Kensal Green Cemetery in London.

30. 保護香港的演化論和科學教育! Protect the education of evolution and real sciences in Hong Kong!

Petition signing period 請願書簽署期限:
2009/05/30, 12:00nn - 2009/6/30, 12:00nn




English version

背景:

在香港,2009年9月開始實施的新高中生物學和組合科學課程綱領,包含一句可能會鼓勵不科學理論在科學課傳播的指引。有關段落如下:

「除達爾文理論外,還鼓勵學生探索其他有關演化和生命起源的解釋,以展示科學知識不斷轉變的本質。」

新聞媒體報導,至少有31所香港中學已經承認在科學課上教授創造論和/或智慧設計論作為演化論外的「其他解釋」。教育局起初不重視香港大學科學家的抗議,但後來在一個電視節目中又說創造論不被「視為達爾文理論外的其他解釋」。

在同一個電視節目,一位中學校長抨擊科學家排斥宗教,思想狹隘。另一位中學校長在報紙上說:「我們的宗教信仰不同意演化論」。在5月初,一行62人包括教育工作者和科學家簽署了一項聲明,呼籲受爭議的指引予以保留,因為它「刺激思考,平衡,沒有偏見,並一直運作良好。」

迄今為止,演化論是唯一健全和確立的、解釋地球上生物多樣性的科學理論。它已經通過多次考驗,得到大量證據支持,也受其他科學領域如生物化學,遺傳學,解剖學,物理學和地質學等所佐證。這一生物學的核心理論,在現代醫學和農業的知識和技術進步上作出了許多偉大的貢獻,從而已經拯救了無數的生命和改善他們的生活。

而其他「解釋」,如創造論或智慧設計論,根本不符合科學的定義,並已受國際科學家根據強而有力的理由斥為偽科學。科學家們已經公開和廣泛地指出的,這些思想不應該在科學課教授。

新綱領有問題的指引將為偽科學打開一個漏洞,對香港教育素質造成重大破壞,而關於地球上生命演化的知識將被不能被科學驗證的想法或概念隱瞞,否認或混淆,從而違背了科學教育的目標。

證據顯示,有些有宗教背景的學校和教師肆無忌憚地在科學課教授創造論和智慧設計論,對科學教育已經造成破壞。教育局,如其抱負和使命所述,有責任給予下一代高質素的教育,它必須認真和急切地解決這一問題,並明確公開表示自己的立場,以免這問題進一步破壞香港的國際形象。

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Background:

In Hong Kong, the new senior secondary school biology and combined science curriculum effective from September 2009 contain a statement in the part of evolution that may encourage unscientific theories to be propagated in science classes. The related passage reads:

"In addition to Darwin's theory, students are encouraged to explore other explanations for evolution and the origins of life, to help illustrate the dynamic nature of scientific knowledge."

News media reported that at least 31 secondary schools in Hong Kong have already admitted to teach Creationism and/or Intelligent Design as an alternative to the theory of evolution during science lessons. The Education Bureau first turned their back to the complaining scientists from the University of Hong Kong, but later stated in a TV program that creationism is not “considered as an alternative to Darwin’s theory”.

In the same TV program a secondary school principal lashed out at the scientists for being narrow-minded by expelling religious ideas. Another secondary school principal said on the newspaper that "Our religious belief does not approve of evolution" . In early May 2009, a group of 62 people, including educators and scientists, signed a statement calling for controversial guidelines to be retained because it is "stimulating, balanced, non-biased and has worked well" .

To date, the theory of evolution is the only robust and established scientific theory regarding the biodiversity on Earth. It has stood numerous tests ever since publishing, and is supported by overwhelming evidence and confirmed by other areas of sciences like biochemistry, genetics, anatomy, physics and geology. This central theory in biology has substantially contributed to many of the greatest scientific and technological advancements in modern medicine and agriculture, thus has saved many lives and improved their living.

The other "explanations", such as Creationism or Intelligent Design, are not even consistent with the definition of science, and have been dismissed by scientists worldwide as pseudo-sciences with strong reasons. Scientists have already stated openly and widely that these unscientific ideas should not be taught in science classes .

The problematic statement in the new biology and combined science syllabuses will open a loophole for pseudo-sciences, resulting in a great damage to quality education in Hong Kong, whereby knowledge on the theory and fact of evolution of life on Earth are being concealed, denied, or confused with ideas or notions not testable by science, and thus contradicts the objectives of science education.

There are evidences showing damages have already been made to science education, as schools and teachers with religious background unscrupulously teach Creationism and Intelligent Design during science classes. Education Bureau, as stated in its vision statement, is responsible for providing quality education to our next generation; it must address this problem seriously and with urgency, and clearly expresses their position publicly, to prevent this problem from further spoiling Hong Kong’s international image.

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