• End the plastic binge in WA: Ban throw-away plastic straws and cutlery
    Plastic pollution is killing our marine life. Around 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean every year. This plastic breaks down in smaller pieces over the centuries, but does not fully biodegrade. It lingers in our oceans, our waterways and even enters our food chain. 30% of the world’s turtles and 90% of seabird species have now ingested plastic debris, as well as 30% of Whales and Dolphins. In fact, it is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans. One of the serious offenders is straws. Over 10 million straws are used per day in Australia. A great part of the plastic pollution comes from items we don't even really need, and that can easily be replaced by more sustainable alternatives. What is merely a convenience of a few minutes for us, becomes a threat to wildlife and to our own health. Places like Taiwan and Seattle have already decided to ban plastic straws. Let us step up too!
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  • Reduce food waste in Australia
    Food waste is a major source of greenhouse gases, mostly in the form of methane, a pollutant at least 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide - and 6.7% of all global greenhouse gases come from food waste. 20% - 40% of produce doesn't make it off farms, largely because Supermarkets won't take fruit and vegetable which doesn't fit cosmetic standards that have nothing to do with flavour. Woolworths and Harris Farm are starting to stock some "imperfect produce" but this is ad hoc and small in scale. If Coles, one of our major supermarkets takes a stand on the issue, others will follow and we can reduce food waste in Australia significantly. I want to reduce the amount of food that goes to landfill only because it's not meeting some cosmetic standards.
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  • Remediate the Northern Power Station site and save Bird Lake
    Port Augusta continues to suffer the economic, health and environmental consequences of the closure of the local coal-fired power station. The ash dam is no longer being kept damp to control dust and just after Christmas in 2016, horrible fly ash coated our houses and businesses - while Bird Lake, which used to receive the water that flowed over the ash dam to keep it wet, is now so dry it causes an unimaginable smell to waft across the town. Since that first Christmas we have suffered multiple dust storms, including as recently as 27th December 2017 - exactly one year after our town was subjected to its first torment. How long must we live in uncertainty and fear? The next premier of SA - ALP, SA Best or Liberal - needs to commit to full and proper remediation of the site and rescue our community from the science experiment Flinders Power and the EPA have left us in for the past 2 years. Full and proper remediation must include: The restoration of the physical site, including Bird Lake and the ash dams, to a best practice standard, independently verified and in consultation with the community. This includes short term management measures to deal with dust events. Investigation and remedying of health effects caused by the plant and its closure. First priority given to the safety and wellbeing of the community during the process. For the health of the community, Port Augusta must not be subjected to another horrific event where dust and stench become part of our everyday living. We call on the government to fix this mess once and for all so that the community can move forward together.
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  • Stop the Nets in NSW
    We all love the beach, and people's safety is paramount. But the science shows these gillnets (otherwise know has beach nets or shark nets) don't make people safer. Instead, they indiscriminately capture and kill creatures like whales, dolphins and turtles. In fact, these kinds of harmless and iconic species account for more than 77% of marine life caught by nets in 2014/15. And for the majority of these creatures, these nets are lethal. In 2015, NSW Premier Mike Baird was a champion on this issue. He brought scientists and the community together to talk about beach safety in northern NSW. And after extensive talks and pressure from people like you, he made the decision “based on science, not emotion” to not expand nets along the beach. But, in 2016 he backflipped and decided to five more lethal nets along the coast. Now, the new Premier must listen to the tens of thousands of people calling for the nets to be removed. People power has stopped these unscientific nets before - we can stop them again! It starts here and now. Sign the petition to tell the NSW Premier that we do not support the expansion of lethal nets along NSW.
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  • Ban the bag: New South Wales
    Around 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean every year. We have to act now to clean up our seas. South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and ACT already have successful plastic bag bans in place. Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland have also committed to banning plastic bags by 2018. It’s time for New South Wales to step up and take plastic bags off the menu for marine life. Sign the petition and call on the State Environment Minister of NSW to ban plastic bags now.
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