Tuesday, October 11, 2011

E-petitions

If you live in the UK, the Government have this niffty system where any resident can log a petition to the government and once it is check and approved by the revelant government department, using e-petitions online, the general public can sign it and when the petition reaches 100,000 signatures, the petition could be debated in the House of Commons. How high-tech is that? (For more information on how e-petitions work please click here).

So now there's no excuse to how easy it can be to make sure you're counted. Below are just two petitions I've come across recently which I think are worthwhile and need a boost in numbers.

Banish the Plastic Bags by Amber Bytheway
17 billion plastic bags a year are given to British consumers. The average Briton accepts 5 times a weeks. 200 million tonnes of plastic is produced worldwide and 10% ends up in the ocean. When plastic bags get into the ocean they can entangle, suffocate and even kill marine animals. Plastic doesn't biodegrade, it just breaks up into smaller pieces. The number of plastic bags issued by UK supermarkets in the past year has risen by 333 million. Plastic bags are becoming a big problem and there are better solutions! Instead we should have reusable cotton bags/recyclable paper bags/biodegradable starch based bags. Banish the bags and go with reusable/biodegradable ones instead! If we want to cut the amount of waste sent to landfill this is the big step forward...

Responsible department: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Closing date: August 18th 2012 - current signatures - 91

To sign this petition please CLICK HERE.


You can also follow this petition on Twitter at: @No2PlasticBags

For those of us living in Edinburgh, please also make sure to check out the local campaign to ban plastic bags by CLICKING HERE and following them on Twitter at: @BPB_Edinburgh


Against nuclear power in the UK by Katharine Tatum
We, the undersigned, are concerned about the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. Germany, Italy and Switzerland have all decided to reject nuclear power. Germany's decision to exit nuclear power is based on a plan to use combined heat and power technology until enough renewable energy infrastructure is in place to provide for a truly sustainable future. We call on the UK government to follow Germany's lead by abandoning plans for ten new nuclear reactors in the UK and making arrangements to shut down all existing UK nuclear power stations as soon as possible. 

Responsible department: Department for Energy and Climate Change
Closing date: August 16th 2012 - current signatures - 614

To sign this e-petition please CLICK HERE

And as always please remember to spread the word! 

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