Hi all, today I am sharing a petition that is very important to me as it is something that directly affects me as a student and a kiwi. I am from New Zealand, and as apart of our education system we take external exams at the end of every year for the last 3 years of college (high school). These exam papers are sent out to schools across the country and are unfortunately wrapped in plastic that is torn open and thrown away. According to NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority), who send out the exams; the plastic is biodegradable but research shows this plastic can not break down without UV Rays and high temperatures. Most of the plastic wrapping will end up in landfills, killing sea life or polluting our green backyard. And with hundreds of thousands of students taking exams at the end of every year, that’s potentially over a million plastic wraps being thrown away; a year! We should be teaching young students about sustainability and a brighter future for our planet: it’s time to get rid of these plastic wraps. Please SIGN THE PETITION, link in my bio and tell NZQA to stop wrapping exam papers in plastic and find an alternative for 2018 and the years to come!
A Portuguese pulp company (Portucel) wants to clear up to 237,000 hectares – including Mozambique’s miombo woodlands, a unique southern African ecosystem – for eucalyptus plantations. Tell the World Bank Group to kill this disastrous project by canceling its financing as Portucel’s Mozambique project would leave no room for nature or the rural people. A study by the Environmental Paper Network documents that numerous small farmers have already lost their land and livelihood, slipping into poverty and food insecurity. For most, the promised jobs and better living conditions remain an illusion. The miombo woodlands of southern Africa are a complex ecological mosaic that is home to more than 300 tree species. Of the 633 documented bird species, eleven are endemic. The miombo provides habitat for several antelope species, as well as elephants, giraffes and lions in many areas. Please SIGN THE LETTER from Rainforest Rescue to Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank and Philippe Le Houérou, Chief Executive Officer of the International Finance Corporation, to stop funding for the Portucel Mozambique Project. Let’s flood their inboxes so they can’t ignore this and see the massive numbers of people who oppose the project! (LINK IN BIO)
Today is #EarthDay! Yes, Earth Day is finally here and Stand For Earth is celebrating! All day petitions will be going up on the website to help environmental causes such as furthering renewables, reducing fossil fuel dependency, protecting wildlife, oceans, forests and more. Today is a day to really appreciate all that the Earth does for us and give something back in return. The earth provides us with everything we need so it’s important to protect it and all the other life that depends on it too. So please sign a petition, pick up some litter, skip the plastic bag or do something else to reduce your impact. 3 NEW petitions have already gone up on the website today and more will be going up later; please go sign them and add your voice to these amazing causes that need people backing them to gain traction in legal and governmental situations.
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Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic bottles - by accident! The breakthrough could be a step to solving the global plastic pollution crisis; one of the worlds largest environmental disasters. The enzyme is able to digest polyethylene terephthalate, or PET - a form of plastic patented in the 1940s and now used in millions of tonnes of plastic bottles. PET plastics can persist for hundreds of years in the environment and currently pollute large areas of land and sea worldwide. Researchers from Britain's University of Portsmouth and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory made this discovery while examining the structure of a natural enzyme thought to have evolved in a waste recycling center in Japan. The mutant enzyme takes a few days to start breaking down the plastic; far faster than the centuries it would take in the oceans. Researchers are optimistic this process can be sped up even further and become a viable large-scale operation.
Read the full news story (LINK IN BIO).
What do you think of this? Is it a revolutionary discovery that could save our oceans and wildlife through better recycling, or a revolutionary discovery that allows us to continue our plastic addiction without removing the source of the problem? How can we meet in the middle? Please leave your thoughts!
Sigh. What can I say about EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Head Scott Pruitt. There’s not many positive options but let me give you the run down on what this man has done for U.S. environmental regulations since appointed by President Trump. It’s nothing good so don’t get excited:
— attempted to strangle the EPA’s budget (literally the department he works for)
— put corporate polluters in charge of the EPA
— denied human made climate change and proceeded to claim that global warming may be ‘beneficial’ to humans
— misused taxpayer money for travel and accomodation expenses
— rejected bans on harmful pesticides and lifted bans on new coal leases
— proposed repeals on the clean power plan, DOI’s climate and mitigation policies, protecting migratory birds, water pollution regulations for fracking and even more.
— the list honestly goes on like this for so long I won’t be able to fit it all if you want to see a complete list of the whopping 67 environmental regulations he wants to rescind go here: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/10/05/climate/trump-environment-rules-reversed.html (yes I’m not kidding, 67)
After his recent spending scandal even President Trump is having some doubts about Scott Pruitt’s integrity and whether he is qualified to fill the role, and this is Trump we are talking about. It’s time we use this moment of doubt and scandal to get Scott Pruitt out of the EPA and get in someone who actually cares about our planet and will work to protect it. SIGN THE PETITION in my bio, created by the NRDC - an environmental legal defence team, to tell President Trump to boot Pruitt out of his position as head of the EPA. (LINK IN BIO).