• Protect Cape Town's Rivers from Pollution
    Tons of Illegal dumping means that during heavy rains plastic, animal carcasses, TV's, hazardous medical waste such as syringes etc. wash down the river into the ocean, as well as ending up on our beaches. At least eight citizen-led groups who are involved in regular clean-ups along these rivers, have observed the following statistics: • 250 big black bags of waste is removed from Liesbeek River every month. • The volume of 70 big black bags of waste flows down the Black River and into the sea every day. • A small clean-up team in Muizenberg collects approx. 160 big bags full per month. These rates are increasing every month. See more photographs here: The City's river cleaning efforts are few & far between. The problem is escalating out of control. Furthermore, it has become clear that small-scale localised clean-ups are not enough - these are simply the plasters on a big festering wound. We need the City to intervene with large-scale strategy and intervention. We call on the City of Cape Town to review and enforce existing bylaws and to set up a specialised unit dedicated to solving the problem. Steps to be taken urgently: 1) Make cleaning , repair and maintenance of Cape Town's river and canal system an operational priority with an appropriate and sufficient budget. 2) Make keeping the rivers and canals clean a mandatory council obligation, using all available resources via: i) Bobcats and cranes ii) EPWP programme employees iii) Installation, construction and maintenance of effective litter traps and nets where appropriate. 3) Prevent access to the canals for tippers and dumpers by installing appropriate fencing or bollards. 4) Install CCTV cameras at known dumping hotspots. 5) Employ the full force of the law to prosecute and punish offenders and impound vehicles, as per existing bylaws. 6) Provide adequate litter and refuse collection services for Cape Town's exploding and burgeoning population, particularly in informally-populated areas. 7) Create a campaign to educate communities about the consequences of illegal dumping and river pollution. Please sign and share this petition. Every voice counts! To join our clean up teams in different areas please email me on : rivercleanupteam@gmail.com Facebook Page: Plastic Pollution Initiative Website: https://riversinsouthafrica.wixsite.com/plasticpollution
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  • Tell Namibia to put a permanent ban on all trophy hunting
    Elephants, lions, and rhinos, and giraffes are all endangered and trophy hunting makes the station worse for them. The hunters also target the biggest and healthiest animals, leading to a lack of genetic diversity. Also, trophy hunting does not benefit the local communities, as only 3 percent of the funds spent on hunting ever go to the rural people.
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  • Ban Styrofoam, Plastic Cutlery and Straws in Mauritius!
    Plastic and styrofoam can take 500 years to biodegrade in the ocean. Nearly every bit of plastic ever created still exists. It’s toxic, never goes away, and is piling up in our landfills and oceans.  So the less we can use, the better. Recycling is too late. An article in the independent last month states "Recycling is an easy cop-out for governments and large corporations, but the truth is that we have to take very different action if we want to stop irreversibly poisoning the planet." Popular pressure will push governments to adopt and implement strict measures on single use plastic, which is one of the biggest environmental problems we face today. The CNN article continues: "We can do much better. Immediate steps are needed. Governments and economists must act to address the recent collapse in markets for recycled plastic; production and recycling must become inextricably linked in a circular economy." Styrofoam containers, plastic cutlery and straws are typically used no more than an hour or two and then sit in landfills for hundreds of years. They are the epitome of consumerism. Refuse them. Billions of styrofoam coffee cups and containers are thrown each year. Even paper cups are lined with plastic. Disposable cutlery and straws are among the worst plastic pollution culprits. Like plastic bags and bottles, they’re used just once, for a few minutes, and then thrown away to stay decades on Earth. Pledge to yourself never to use a straw again. Please sign our petition today to help take Mauritius to the next level, after banning plastic bags four years ago, and join growing worldwide action by banning replaceable or unnecessary plastic products including styrofoam products, plastic cutlery and straws. Footnotes 1 Single-use or disposable plastics are commonly used for packaging and include items intended to be used only once before they are thrown away or recycled.  https://wedocs.unep.org/bitstream/handle/20.500.11822/25496/singleUsePlastic_sustainability.pdf?isAllowed=y&sequence=1  2 https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/10/every-minute-one-garbage-truck-of-plastic-is-dumped-into-our-oceans/  3 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jan/19/more-plastic-than-fish-in-the-sea-by-2050-warns-ellen-macarthur  4 https://www.westerncape.gov.za/general-publication/plastic-pollution  5 https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-44579422
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  • Pledge to save water for World Water Day 2019
    Access to clean water is a basic human right for all. Our resources are currently under severe strain due to pollution, misuse and climate change. In order to guarantee this critical natural resource for our future, we all need to take responsibility and take action NOW.
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  • COCA COLA - CAN WE GO BACK TO GLASS?
    We only have ONE earth and Coca Cola is presently at the forefront of continually bringing damage to our environment, both land and sea. I am 12 years old now and would love to be part of a future that shows that the generation that came before us made responsible and caring decisions for all of humanity and this beautiful earth that was loaned to us. History will reflect the good and the bad - Coco Cola you have the ability now to make the right decisions!
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  • Save 7 Dams Conservancy! We need nature not more luxury housing!
    The Seven Dams Conservancy area is Bloemfontein South Africa - the capital city of the Free State province, is home to endangered animal, insect, reptile, amphibian, bird and plant life. It serves as a central point for all residents in the surrounds to meet for recreation, community building, exercise and mental retreat to nature. It serves a vital role in the mental and physical well-being of the residents of Bloemfontein, as well as being home to endangered species. We cannot allow unconstitutional financial gain to rob the taxpayers and residents of South Africa of another one of our natural treasures. Together we can push back!
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  • Dispensing in plastic bags - Dis-chem’s unhealthy waste injustice
    Only 10% of all the pastic ever produced has actually been recycled. The other 90% is either floating in the ocean or on the ocean floors, in landfills or burnt. Little plastic bags like they dispense as well as the plastic cable ties are not plastics that are going to be recycled much. Even though it's made from 100% recycled plastic, this product will very unlikely ever be recycled again. Recycling alone is not an effective and long-term solution to the ever growing pandemic of plastic waste that is ending up in our precious oceans and on our beautiful shores.
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  • STOP THE SACHETS
    As a continuation of our campaign against single use plastics the WASTE REDUCTION Far South group hereby states its objection to plastic water sachets that are handed out to athletes along the Two Oceans Marathon (TOM) route. The scenic road race runs through the eco-sensitive Far South Peninsula, from Lakeside to Hout Bay, and we would like to see plastic sachets completely eliminated, at least along this strip. Despite efforts to provide bins and clean up after the race, thousands of used sachets and sachet corners land up in storm water drains, oceans, estuaries, river courses, parks and on mountains every year. This is not only unsightly, but harmful to the natural environment. While weather and lack of athlete compliance are partly responsible for this, the TOM organisers can remedy this unintentional littering by not providing water sachets in the first place.
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  • TELL TANZANIA TO RE-BAN TROPHY HUNTING
    Tanzania has lifted the ban on trophy hunting, allowing Tanzanian citizens and holders of foreign residence a chance to hunt and kill wildlife for meat and wall decoration. The government has defended the move saying it would go a long way in supporting conservation of wildlife, when in actual fact, it is simply folding to the highest bidder. The initial hunting ban, imposed in October 2015, came as a response to abuse and misuse of hunting permits - this decision leaves wildlife vulnerable to the same. Certain species of elephant, rhino, lion, cheetah, giraffe and zebra are threatened with extinction - which means that they have international protection and shouldn't be killed for fun! Unfortunately, the Tanzania government has chosen to ignore this. According to scientists, we have entered the sixth mass extinction and with climate change, habitat loss and poaching, we really can not afford to lose any of our wildlife species... …especially, if it's just to kill an iconic species to hang on a foreigner’s wall! We cannot afford to lose Africa's dwindling wildlife population. Articles: https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/ea/Tanzania-lifts-ban-on-hunting-trophies-bush-meat/4552908-4848704-view-asAMP-7shcbfz/index.html?__twitter_impression=true
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  • MONSANTO, DON'T TOUCH OUR WEED
    The legalisation of marijuana is one of the most progressive decisions our government has made - and an important step in divestment for big pharmaceuticals and businesses that profit on recreational substances. South Africans are now allowed to grow and privately use marijuana. But, many have speculated that agricultural giant Monsanto Company has been toying with the idea of capitalising on this global wave of legalisation. They recently merged with major pharmaceutical Bayer (Pty) LTD. Monsanto recently lost a court case because their signature pesticide was found to cause cancer, and have been known for unethical practice around the genetic modification of seeds. DO NOT LET MONSANTO HIJACK THIS VICTORY! STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHT TO SAFE MARIJUANA. _________________0 ________________00 _______________0000 ___0__________000000___________0 ___00_________000000___________0 ____0000______000000__________00 ____000000____0000000_____00000 _0_____0000000_000000_00000000___0 00______000000_00000_0000000____00 0000_____000000_000_000000____0000 _000000000__0000_0_000_0_000000000 ____000000000__0_0_0_00000000000 ________000000000000000000000 ______________000_0_0000 ____________00000_0__00000 __________00_______0_______00 ____________________0 Read this article for more information: https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-war-on-weed-monsanto-bayer-and-the-push-for-corporate-cannabis/5534771 https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/01/health/monsanto-plaintiff-accepts-lower-award/index.html
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  • SA FREE FROM NOISY FIREWORKS
    We no longer have an excuse to celebrate with noisy fireworks that traumatise poor animals long after festivities. Horses and dogs have been known to injure themselves and others by running away when frightened by fireworks. They could potentially cause accidents and damage to property. Animal owners who have been advised to keep their dogs, cats and other pets inside the house during celebrations, so that the animals are safe and can’t run away. Owners are also encouraged to sedate their pets, but, all of this is completely unnecessary, since there are noiseless fireworks on the market. One town in Italy, Collecchio, passed a law in 2015 that all fireworks displays must be quiet. IT IS POSSIBLE TO CELEBRATE WITHOUT HARMFUL NOISE!!! By relying on rich color effects and tight visual choreography, designers of quiet fireworks programs can forgo the big explosions and still deliver a stunning show. PLEASE URGE THE SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT TO FOLLOW THIS EXAMPLE WHERE WE ALL WIN. For information - https://www.qld.gov.au/emergency/safety/explosives-fireworks/fireworks/effects-of-fireworks https://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/01/science/july-4-fireworks-quiet.html
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  • Defend Cape Town Water - Protect our Floodplain
    We are appealing for the protection of The Two Rivers Urban Park (TRUP) so that developers do not build a massive Canal Walk-type mixed-use residential and business park right on top of the floodplain. Plans for the development show that a one-storey high concrete base will need to be laid on top of the flood plain to support the structures above. Members of the TRUP group received from City lawyers, 13 individual emails containing information of Appeals lodged by two Western Cape Government departments: Transport and Public Works and Cultural Affairs and Sport against Western Cape Heritage’s protection of this site. The Two Rivers Urban Park is home to the critically endangered Western Leopard Toad and other endangered birds. We must protect our green areas and water sources. By putting concrete or paving over them, we lose valuable water in water systems and increase our risks for drought and global warming. This can turn our once green city into a desert. We lose more rain and we lose beautiful and diverse wildlife that frequent this area. The science can be found here: https://vimeo.com/257042172 With Cape Town set to increase in temperature by 1.5 degrees Celsius in projected climate change applications, we need to protect green areas and preserve trees and water systems. The more concrete we lay over green areas, the hotter our city becomes. We have crossed the planetary boundary of change and loss in biodiversity. 1 out 4 birds are endangered; 1 out of 4 mammals are endangered; 1 out of 3 amphibians are endangered. This is a core boundary in the system meaning it affects other global processes. https://www.stockholmresilience.org/research/planetary-boundaries/planetary-boundaries/about-the-research/the-nine-planetary-boundaries.html Cape Town's wealth is in its biodiversity, its greenery and its wildlife. For more information: https://trup.org.za https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/western-cape/r4bn-redevelopment-for-cts-river-club-2055324 https://www.capetown.gov.za/city-connect/have-your-say/land-use-applications/70396369
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