• 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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  • Nairobi, KE: NEMA, Act to Stop Pollution into River Gatharaine-Githurai,Nairobi.
    The continuous discharge of raw sewage into the river is leading to the following impacts: 1. The sewage contain disease causing bacteria which pose a public health risk to the downstream users of the river Gatharaine water. 2. The released sewage contains nutrients which are leading to algal bloom which reduce light penetration and sometimes produce toxins and oxygen depletion when decomposing. 3. The sewage is using up oxygen in the water during its decomposing process leading to oxygen depletion for the water plants and animals. As a consequence, river Gatharaine is quickly becoming a dead river. Additionally, the dumpsite on the banks of river Gatharaine is leading to: 1. Untreated leachate from the dumpsite polluting river Gatharaine. This is exposing the people who use the river’s water for drinking to disease organisms and other contaminants. 2. Insects and rodents are attracted to this dumpsite. These insects and rodent vectors can spread diseases such as cholera to the surrounding community. 3. Pollution from the untreated leachate coming from the dumpsite affects river Gatharaine’s ecosystem-harming water organisms. 4. The uncollected waste from the dumpsite on the banks of river Gatharaine is obstructing storm water runoff resulting in floods.
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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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  • DAKAR, SN: STOP À L'USAGE UNIQUE DU PLASTIQUE
    C'est important de lancer cette pétition pour dire #NONàlaPollutionPlastique parce que tout simplement c'est un facteur nuisible pour l'environnement mais aussi qui a déjà menacé les espèces marines, l'agriculture, pour dire clairement que l'écosystème est menacé.
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  • SOUTH AFRICA: ONGOING RAW SEWAGE SPILL IN OLYMPUS STREET, FLORIDA HILLS
    Raw sewage spill that end up in storm water drains... This is a serious health risk and does major damage to the environment.
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  • SOUTH AFRICA: POISON FREE OVERSTRAND
    Lets stop the poisoning for good! Conserve our insects, birds, frogs and our health - like our lives depend on it - it does! Do not spray weed killers! We need a healthy Earth to thrive.
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  • DRC: NON À LA COMMERCIALISATION DE L'EAU EN SACHETS ET NON AUX EMBALLAGES EN PLASTICS.
    Nous pensons que la gestion de déchets afférents à ces plastics et sachets reste à désirer en ce sens que : - Pas de structure de ramassage et de destruction, - Ces sachets et plastics détériorent la qualité de notre sol en réduisant sa productivité, - Ces sachets et plastics ternissent l'image du pays et polluent notre environnement . - Nos eaux et nos sources souffrent de la pollution de ces sachets et plastics, - Ces sachets et plastics sont des lieux de prédilection pour les moustiques et autres insectes ...
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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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  • KENYA: TACKLING WATER POLLUTION
    THIS IS AN AREA THAT IS REALLY TALKED ABOUT UNTIL A DISASTER STRIKES. FOR INSTANCE OUTBREAK OF CHOLERA. IT IS IMPORTANT TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE SINCE IT BRINGS ABOUT PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEMS AND DEATH ON SOME CASES. ALSO IT AFFECTS AQUATIC ECOSYSTEM NEGATIVELY
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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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