• RSA: Ban Throwaway Plastics
    The equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic (2) enters our oceans every minute and by 2050, there will be more plastic by weight in the ocean than fish (3). More than one million bags are used every minute worldwide - and around half are used just once before being thrown away. Every plastic bag is used for only 15 minutes on average - but it can take up to 500 years to decompose (4). Plastic is killing marine animals and seabirds (5), destroying the marine environment as well as people’s livelihoods, infiltrating the human food chain and causing cancers and birth defects. Scientists have found plastic in tap water and even in salt and beer. (6) Currently South Africa ranks as one of the worst offenders in mismanaging its plastic waste. (7) South Africans use 8 billion plastic shopping bags per year - and a plastic carrier bag levy introduced in 2003 has failed to have a meaningful impact. (8) By contrast, 28 African countries (9) such as Kenya, Rwanda, Morocco and Cameroon have banned the use, manufacture, importation and distribution of disposable plastic bags. Plastic debris not only results in high cleaning-up costs but also brings huge losses for the tourism, fisheries and shipping industries. It threatens our health, constitutional rights, water resources and climate. Please sign our petition today to help turn SA from a laggard in preventing plastic pollution into a world leader in producing and using sustainable alternatives. This petition will be delivered to the top four political parties (10) currently campaigning ahead of the upcoming national election. Yours sincerely The Cape Town Greenpeace Volunteer Group 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 6 A study found that 83% of tap water worldwide is contaminated with plastic micro-fibres. Another discovered that some 73% out of 233 deep water fish from the Northwest Atlantic Ocean had ingested plastic particles. 7 South Africa is currently ranked 11th in the world for mismanaged plastic waste. https://www.iswa.org/fileadmin/user_upload/Calendar_2011_03_AMERICANA/Science-2015-Jambeck-768-71__2_.pdf 8 https://econrsa.org/papers/p_papers/pp18.pdf 9 Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phase-out_of_lightweight_plastic_bags 10 African National Congress, Democratic Alliance, Economic Freedom Fighters and Inkatha Freedom Party currently hold 10 seats or more in the National Assembly. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Assembly_of_South_Africa
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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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  • 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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  • BURUNDI: STOP À L'UTILISATION DES ENGRAIS CHIMIQUES ET DES PESTICIDES DANS L'AGRICULTURE
    C'est très important de pratiquer l'agriculture organique qui produit des aliments beaux pour la santé de l'homme.
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  • NIGERIA: STOP SINGLE -USE-PLASTIC SACHET WATER PRODUCERS
    When you walk along the streets of major cities in Nigeria,you will understand why these "pure water" manufacturers must stop single-use-plastic sachets. The disgusting state of our streets and neighborhoods is a good example to ban these "pure water" sachets. Tonnes of sachet plastics end up in our streets, waterways, parks all over the country which lead to extremely unhealthy and unhygienic environment for conducive healthy living. This has turned most neighborhoods in our major cities like refuge dumps. Furthermore these plastic sachets end up as litter and pollution all over the country which eventually finds its way in the ocean, this too is dangerous for Marine creatures.
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  • CAMEROON: STOP À LA DESTRUCTION DE L'ENVIRONNEMENT PAR L'EST L'EXPLOITATION MINIÈRE NON CONTRÔLÉE
    Les hectares des forêts, de terres, des cours sont détruits et des trous béants de profondeurs de 30 à 40m sont abandonnés par les exploitants miniers Chinois et Camerounais sans aucune restauration. Les populations locales voient leurs modes de vie changé complètement entraînant des multiples maladie dû à la qualité des eaux, les trous béants abandonnés causant les morts des personnes (enfants, femmes, hommes) , animaux sauvages et domestiques. Ces non respect des lois entraînent les facteurs du changement climatique n dans la région.
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  • RD CONGO : NON AU DECLASSEMENT PARTIEL DES PARCS NATIONAUX DE SALONGA ET VIRUNGA
    Les aires protégées de la RD Congo restent primordiales pour les populations riveraines, dans la mesure où celles-ci en tirent de nombreuses ressources pour leur substance (plantes médicinales, pêche de substance, bois, miel etc.) et offrent des opportunités économiques. Les menaces et pressions sur les ressources naturelles dans les aires protégées sont un danger non seulement pour l'homme congolais mais aussi pour l'humanité entière et la pérennité de la vie sur terre. La Salonga abrite jusqu'à 40% de la population mondiale de bonobos, tandis que les Virunga constituent un habitat vital pour de nombreuses espèces protégées, notamment les hippopotames, les éléphants et certains des derniers gorilles de montagne du monde. La pollution due aux activités pétrolières mettrait en péril la biodiversité du Parc et compromettrait l'intégrité de sa valeur universelle exceptionnelle. Cette pollution peut provoquer la contamination du lac Édouard qui sert de ressource primaire pour l'alimentation des populations autour et à l'intérieur des Virunga, notamment les pêcheurs, ceux qui vendent les poissons, ceux qui en consomment, donc des millions de personnes verront leurs vulnérabilité et pauvreté s’aggraver par la destruction du lac Edouard. C'est dans le souci de prévenir ces genres de catastrophes que la Constitution de la RD Congo, en son article 53 stipule que: « Toute personne a droit à un environnement sain et propice à son épanouissement intégral. Elle a le devoir de le défendre. L'Etat veille à la protection de l'environnement et à la santé de la population ».
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  • JOHANNESBURG, SA: KFC STOP USING SINGLE-USE PLASTIC
    With a total of 840 stores nationwide...its time you Keep Fingers Clean. A look around the polluted environment surrounding any KFC branch is all that is needed to understand why it is important for your business to become single-use plastic free. For far too long, big corporations have forced plastic packaging into our lives when we buy their products. We have been told that recycling and better waste management are the answers. But, we know that over 90% of plastic has not been recycled. It’s time for corporations to move away from single-use plastic. The disgusting state of our streets and neighbourhoods is one blaring example of why. Tonnes of plastic end up in trash bins and parks all over the city which lead to extremely unhealthy and unhygienic environment for conducive healthy living. The plastic cups, straws and plastic sachets are non recycable and end up as litter and pollution all over the country which eventually finds its way in the ocean.
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  • SOUTH AFRICA: SAVE OUPA FATS WETLAND AND HAND IT OVER TO CITY PARKS
    Oupa Fats Wetland is strategically situated in the middle of the South Western Townships, 30km from Johannesburg. (Soweto on the North, Eldorado Park / Klipspruit on the East, Lenasia on the South and Zuurbekom on the West). Wetlands are an important ecological resource, equivalent to a rainforest. Wetlands enjoy protection as a Protected Conservation area as per the RAMSAR Convention (1998). They are the lungs of the planet and perform the following important functions: 🐝 It prevents flooding in the surrounding areas 🐝 It purifies water 🐝 It purifies Air by depositing large amounts of carbon in its soil. 🐝 It is a Bird Sanctuary of note with blue cranes being some of its dwindling residents. Sadly, this Wetland is in danger of becoming a wasteland. It has been held hostage for the last 20+ years by criminals. Illegal theft of eco-sensitive soil, illegal dumping, illegal fishing with nets, hijacking and even burning of electrical cables for extracting coppers have prevented the local community from enjoying this pristine eco wonderland. Compounding the challenges which this Wetland faces is the anomally of "ownership" of several erfs which comprises this area. For some dubious reasons, ownership rests with National Housing instead of City Parks where it rightfully belongs. This was to facilitate the unlawful sale or lease of this land to private developers. The community has made several efforts over several years to save the Wetland, including meetings with and visits by several government departments and local councillors - but seems to be fighting a losing battle. We have continued to preserve the area as best as we can through private donations from the community; this has cost us in excess of R30 000 thus far. The transfer of these erfs to City Parks will rightfully place the preservation of the area in their hands.
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  • DURBAN, SA: WIMPY STOP USING SINGLE-USE PLASTIC
    While we commend Wimpy to for slowly phasing out a few single-used plastic items, we want to make a bigger commitment by opting to abandon the rest of your single-use plastic. For far too long, big corporations have forced plastic packaging into our lives when we buy their products. We have been told that recycling and better waste management are the answers. But, we know that over 90% of plastic has not been recycled. It’s time for corporations to move away from single-use plastic. The disgusting state of our coastline is one blaring example of why. Months have passed since the nurdle spill at Durban harbour, yet bits of plastic still end up on our beaches – we’re talking about a 3,000 km radius! These plastic pellets, used to create other plastic items, would not have been at our harbour in the first place had there not been a demand for plastic. WE ASK YOU TO CUT YOUR USAGE TO STOP THE DEMAND FOR THESE ITEMS! The more that businesses move toward biodegradable or reusable alternatives, the cheaper they will become, and the less plastic makes its way into the environment.
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  • DURBAN, SA: ZACK'S STOP USING SINGLE-USE PLASTIC
    A look around the polluted environment surrounding Zack's branches is all that is needed to understand why it is important for your business to become single-use plastic free. For far too long, big corporations have forced plastic packaging into our lives when we buy their products. We have been told that recycling and better waste management are the answers. But, we know that over 90% of plastic has not been recycled. It’s time for corporations to move away from single-use plastic. The disgusting state of our coastline is one blaring example of why. Months have passed since the nurdle spill at Durban harbour, yet bits of plastic still end up on our beaches – we’re talking about a 3,000 km radius! These plastic pellets, used to create other plastic items, would not have been at our harbour in the first place had there not been a demand for plastic. WE ASK YOU TO CUT YOUR USAGE TO STOP THE DEMAND FOR THESE ITEMS! The more that businesses move toward biodegradable or reusable alternatives, the cheaper they will become, and the less plastic makes its way into the environment.
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  • KENYA: Protect Nairobi National Park
    Kenya Railways Corporation & China Road and Bridge Corporation have proceeded with Phase 2 of Kenya's Standard Gauge despite a court order preventing this on account of an unlawfully obtained Environmental Impact Assessment. Any gains related to this development are shortsighted as there is so much more to lose: For starters, the Park is a world famous tourist attraction sight and major revenue earner for the country. It ranks fifth in respect to visitation and income generation - and has 100,000 visitors per year, earning the country 450,000 USD annually. Naturally, it provides employment for hundreds of Kenyans. Not only is the Nairobi National Park a Black Rhino Sanctuary (Black Rhinos are highly endangered) it is home to over 100 species of mammals and 400 species of birds. It provides dry season refuge for wildlife, with its greatly diverse habitats. The Park also services the ecosystem by purifying the Mbagathi River's water, it is a Carbon sink (One of Nairobi’s lungs) and it is a crucial area for education.
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