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The petition refers to the illegal clearing of remnant grasslands in the Wyndham shire in May/June 2008. The clearing occured just outside the urban growth boundary to the west of Werribee. This area contains the largest mapped patch of federally listed critically endangered western plains grassland on the Keilor_Werribee plains. The removal involved The ~375 ha with approximately 50% moderate to good quality rocky remnant native grassland. Plants and tussock in remnant grasslands could be in excess of 100 years of age.
A large rolling machine went over it in May, pushing rocks, surface vegetation including grassland, about 5cm into the soil. Bare earth paddock resulted which has been sown to crop which about 1 – 2 cm high on the 14th of September. This activity is illegal pursuant to clearing controls (52.17) part 1 in Section 5 (Particular provisions) of the Planning and Environment Act. The landholder is most likely claiming that an exemption under the clearing control table exemptions (52.17-6) applies and any vegetation under 10 years old previously used for agriculture is exempt of clearing. However this exemption only applies to land previously used for agricultural hence this landholder should face prosecution as 50% of the area bulldozed was remnant grassland that has never been worked and the majority of flora on site would be well in excess of 10 years old.
This type of activity is not new to the area with 3000 hectares lost per year with most removal having no applications to remove applied for under state or federal jurisdiction. This rate of removal was calculated in the mid 90's and has most likely accelerated.
With respect to the clearing control act only the respective Council, the minister of planning and environment (Justin Madden) or his office are authorised officers able to prosecute the land owner pursuant to section 126 of the Planning and Environment act. It applies to owners and occupiers and states that it is an:
Offence to contravene scheme, permit or agreement;
(1) Any person who uses or develops land in contravention of or fails to comply with a planning scheme, or a permit, or an agreement under section 173 is guilty of an offence.
This act allows for criminal charges be laid and a rediculously low offence of up to $126,000 paid.
Interstingly, concerned individuals or state bodies such as DSE are able apply for an enforcement order pursuant to section 114 of the Planning and Environment Act. This section states:
“any person may apply to the Tribunal for an enforcement order against any person specified in subsection (3) if a use or development of land contravenes or has contravened, or, unless prevented by the enforcement order, will contravene this Act, a planning scheme, a condition of a permit or an agreement under section 173.
Although no criminal charges can be laid an order of restitution can be made perhaps using Paul Gibson-Roy’s method for restoring grasslands and effectively block any future development on this site as per section 119-b(iv) which states:
“to do specified things within a specified period (A)to restore the land as nearly as practicable to its condition immediately before the use or development started”.
This impost will be far greater felt to the land owner than the maximum offence carried under section 126 of the Planning and Environment Act as no doubt the land owner is speculating over positioning of the UGB in the next few decades and on current market value that would cost him $1,000,000 per hectare in land he can no longer develop.
Hence not only should section 126 be enacted with Council and/or The Minister enforce planning controls but a body such as DSE, charged with protecting such habitat under the Fauna and Flora Guarantee act should also prosecute by enacting Section 114 of The Planning and Environment Act. Unfortunately no resources have been given to DSE to prosecute such cases and as a result DSE will likley not prosecute. This short coming has been highlighted and although aknowledgement has been made no funds have been made available to DSE. The Minister for Planning and Environment needs to rectify this immediately.
Obviously if DSE prosecuted utilising section 114 of the planning and Environment Act then would be speculation would be stopped and irresponsible landowners put on notice.
There should be no Olympic flame at London 2012 because they are banging on about this will be the most environmentally friendly games but the flame is the most polluting part of the stadium.
Every year millions of trees are cut down to make disposable paper products
If every American household replaced just one 250-count package of virgin fiber napkins with 100% recycled ones over 1,000,000 trees would be saved
By replacing one 70 sheet roll of virgin fiber paper towels in every American household with 100% recycled ones 544,000 trees would be saved
Over 424,000 trees would be saved if every American household replaced one 500 sheet roll of toilet paper with 100% recycled t.p.
The Kimberly-Clark corporation is one of the world’s largest paper company, manufacturing more than twelve of the best known consumer brands, made over 18.3 million dollars last year. But their products do not contain any recognizable amount of post-consumer waste (recycled matter) in their products.
Electricity companies have used the introduction of the South Australian solar feed-in premium laws to make a windfall profit at taxpayers’ expense, at the same time as ripping off households who produce power from the solar panels on their roof.
Before July 1 2008, when the scheme commenced, companies like Origin and AGL paid households 16-24c/ kilo watt hour (kWh) for the electricity they produced from their solar panels. Since July 1, when the 44c/kilo watt hour premium came into law, some retailers have chosen to replace what they were already paying to households rather than making the new premium additional.
So instead of earning 20c/kWh from the retailer plus 44c/kWh from the solar premium = 64c/kWh, many people are only getting the 44c/kWh passed on by their energy company. This makes a huge difference to the payback period for solar panels.
Electricity retailers were quite happy before July 1 to pay for the power generated from household solar cells (which saves them the cost of buying electricity from the wholesale market), but now they are choosing not to pay a cent for the electricity they are receiving.
This was definitely not the intention of the scheme. The feed-in incentive was intended to be on top of, not replace, what the electricity retailers were already paying.
The cost of the 44c/kWh feed-in premium is shared across all South Australian households. Therefore, ordinary South Australian electricity consumers are effectively paying almost half of the feed-in law benefit directly to the big end of town, not to the householder with the panels.
This will potentially deliver a windfall profit of about $350,000 (and possibly much higher) to big energy companies - money that should be going to households as an incentive to encourage more people to install solar panels, not as a subsidy to big energy retailers.
Companies like Origin and AGL are collecting windfall profits while expecting the rest of the community to pick up the tab for climate change action.
My name is Taylah Walker, and my friend is Tayla Robertson. We believe that the racing of vehicles as a sport should be banned.
246. Save Bells Rapids
The Developers (Peet Ltd) have a proposal to develop approx 1050 acres above Bells Rapids. The last remaining natural part of the Swan River.
For more information please visit www.bellsrapids.com
The current owners of the property commonly known as the Roycebrook East Golf Course in Hillsborough NJ are trying to change the current zoning and land use of the property to close the sale of the property to the Erickson Retirement Communities (a $1B company).
The proposed development consists of 3 "communities" that each include a community building and 4-6 residential buildings. The proposed residential buildings will be 4-5 stories tall. Where possible, they claim the buildings will be 4 stories high in front and 5 stories high in the rear.
Incorporated into the project is a 264 unit apartment building with 1,2 and 3 bedroom apartments of affordable housing.
Please keep in mind that the details of this project have changed several times and to date there has been no detail site plan provided.
To make this project happen, the property will need to be added to the Local, County and State Wastewater Management Plan. It will require a DRASTIC ZONING and Land Use Change.
This property has several MAJOR environmental issues and characteristics that are the primary concerns of the community.
The Roycebrook Watershed runs directly under this property that feeds drinking wells nearby and is an environmentally sensitive resource. You can read extensive studies of this natural resource at www.thewatershed.org
The property has several wetland areas within it's borders. Neighboring areas have a history of flooding issues dealing with storm water runoff and a very high water table around this property. Streams that take the water off this property are direct tributaries to the Millstone River.
What will be the true impact of this project on the Roycebrook Watershed, our roads, our traffic, our sewage capacity, our flooding problems, our high water table, our schools, our taxes, our home values and ultimately - our quality of life?
Our organization strongly believes that this project is not a good fit for this environmentally sensitive site!
The Persian or Iranian Leopard is a secretive animal, like all leopards, and is seldom seen in the wild. Residing in hilly and forested areas. It is a solitary feline that faces a variety of threats in it's natural habitat and is struggling to survive in nature.
There are fewer than thirteen hundred Persian Leopards in the wild today and the highest number are in Iran with around six to eight hundred reportedly existing. There are some conservation projects underway, at the moment though, this magnificent animal is classified as Endangered. This is due to poaching for fur, trophy hunting, poisoning, fires, and habitat and prey loss, also continued warfare within it's geographical range.
The Leopard is a flag species, and it's presence shows the health of the entire ecosystem.
My friend, Ben Hope, who lives in Switzerland, and I have developed a concept of Green Cities. The concept is simple. Build modern new cities with modern public transportation like subway (called “metro” in Europe). The same trains that run in New York subway can run on the surface, transporting hundreds of passengers at a time.
Most of the people in Green Cities would not need personal automobiles. The solution is cost-effective, because people will save a lot of money on cars, maintenance, repairs, insurance, etc. The air in our cities will be clean, and we would reduce global warming.
We would save many thousands of people who die every year in car crashes.
We would save thousands of soldiers who will die in this Iraq and future Oil Wars.
Let’s admit it: we can not drive with water in our fuel tanks, and that is why we are in Iraq, - to secure reliable supplies of oil.
Ben Hope and I have contacted all major environmental organizations, but none of them have supported the idea of Green Cities. The reason is that nuclear energy will be needed to power trains, but environmental organizations are against nuclear energy, even though the facts say otherwise. Nuclear energy is the most safe and environmentally friendly source of energy.
We are entering a Peak Oil era, when Oil Wars will be conducted on a global scale. The only solution is to gradually replace gas-powered automobiles with nuclear-energy-powered public transportation.
Everyone should read “The Nuclear Energy Option” by Bernard L. Cohen, Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburg. The book is free to read on this web site:
http://www.phyast.pitt.edu/~blc/book/. Please read the book and sign the petition.
In my opinion the Government made a good decision when they increased fuel prices. It's obviously something that's going to make people think twice before they turn they set off in a car.
What the Government has failed to do, however, is provide an affordable alternative means of transport.
This Petition aims at stopping the unsustainable Proposed 300 million dollar Ski Village in Himachal. Please read the text below and sign the petition, which after reaching 5000 would be forwarded to the President and other related Agencies. If you really feel for this issue, we would request you to circulate the Petition to as many people as possible.
The communities of villages in Kullu and environement action groups in Himachal Pradesh have been opposing the Himalayan Ski Village project in Kullu since 2005. People's organisations particularly the Him Niti Campaign and Jan Jagran Evam Vikas Samiti (JJVS) have been at the forefront of these struggles. In 2008, Him Niti Campaign, Jan Jagran Evam Vikas Samiti (JJVS) and EQUATIONS Bangalore ( an action group working on toursim related issues) collaborated in a fact finding report (upload link http://www.ecotonline.org) which reaffirmed the serious concerns that the peoples organisations and movements have been raising about this mega project.
These include grave concerns about the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Himalayan Ski Village Limited (HSV) and the Himachal Pradesh State Government, the violation of the most basic democratic process of informed consent and consultation and the complete disregard for the likely negative impacts ( environmental, economic, political and cultural )that will result if such a project is implemented.
Clauses for concern in the MoU
1. Assistance to the company in acquiring land
2. Exemption from Section 118 of the HP Land Reforms Act
3. Granting of rights over common property resources
4. Unequal access to and denial of right to information
5. Minimal obligations for the Company
Likely impacts of the Project
1. Ecological and environmental concerns - links to community access to natural resources and livelihoods
2. Cultural and Spiritual Concerns
3. Issues of procedure, transparency, rights of communities & lack of information in the public domain.
Based on the facts mentioned below, this 300 million dollar project which could indeed be the most ecologically harmful project executed in Himachal till date (excluding the construction of dams).
1. A considerable area under consideration for construction falls under temperate forests of Cedar, Fir, Rhododendron, Birch and alpine grasslands. Construction on these slopes will not only lead to ecological disturbance but can also initiate landslides. These Alpine medows are home to many medicinal plants and wildlife like the Monal Pheasant, Goral, Musk Deer and EVEN SOME SNOW LEOPARDS
2. Ski toruism is increasingly coming under regulatory scanner in Europe and America. A recent publication by The Guardian: The final call; in search of the true cost we pay for our Holidays by Leo hickman provides evidence of the extremely disturbing trends of winter tourism.
3. In a city which is overburdened by the water, land and electricity demands of the tourist population, this project involves the construction of 166 acres (approx.) of Apartments, hotels, entertainment and shopping complexes, etc; and cafes in Himachal and that too upstream of Kullu where a project of such magnitude cannot be executed without large scale deforestation.
4. Tourism and related construction activities are likely to cause soil erosion, slope destablization, flooding and landslides.
5. Deforestation of hill slopes will impact the livelihood of thousands of villagers who depend upon these slopes for their livelihood including fodder, fuelwood, grazing and herbs.
6. The 2 nallahs which this project is likely to tap are the source of drinking and irrigation water for downstream villages.
7. Creation of flat surfaces for construction and formation of ski slopes will not only lead to slow disappearance of springs which feed the rivers in the region but will also lead to reduced water entering the soil leading to slope instability and landslides.
8. The DPR of the Project is not available to the Stakeholders
9. The project requires 1200 KLD (Kilo Litre/day) water (equivalent to water consumed by approx. 8,000 people in a day) and 22MW power; which is nearly 10 times the average use. One wonders if this project in itself might initiate the need for yet another dam in Himachal.
10. The Project gives rights to the Company and its invitees water rights in the project area, including tapping of unused nallas/ground water and for building retention ponds for snow making and supply to resort village.
11. To those who care about the forests and ecology of Himachal, this project is certainly not good news as it would bring 6,000 acres of pristine forests under tourist influence.
12. And to top it all Acrylic would be used to create artificial snow which is known to pollute water sources. This will impact not only Himachalis but also the people in the plains because the main rivers in North India originate in the Himalayas.
13. In terms of land, the project would impact the hinterland of 60 villages which depend on these slopes for fodder, herd grazing and fuel; thereby, impacting nearly 39,000 Himachalis.
14. Water and power required to create artificial snow will severely impact local irrigation and needs of local population and though the local NGOs have opposed it since the very beginning, not much seems to have impacted the Environmental Clearance panel for the project which is still considering the matter.
15. The Project provides exemption to owners of Ski Village to sell land to Non Himachalis (something which is not permitted anywhere else in the State)
(Source: Himvani; Based on excerpts from a copy of the Detailed Project Report referenced at Forest Department's Office in Kullu; Disseration of M.Tandon, University of Leeds; and report on Ski Village by Equations, Bangalore)
Committee, taking into account the petitions sent by the groups and movements involved in the struggle has recommended a special EIA and public hearing. We believe this is a positive first step of acknowledging the serious concerns that have been raised. A State level committee has been set up by the Government of Himachal to investigate the issue further.
Him Niti Campaign, Jan Jagran Evam Vikas Samiti (JJVS) and EQUATIONS along with other members of civil society are seriously concerned about these developments and its effects on the ecology, livelihood, and rights of local communities.
Together, we the undersigned, express deep concern over the Ski village project which is currently under study for environmental clearance and request that such a project be banned from disturbing the peace and equilibrium of the Himalayan State.
See Newspaper Articles and reports at:
Also see the following photos, one, two, three, four, five.
TELL Maroondah Council it is time for action to make our streets safe for walkers.
The Council was informed about the unacceptable situation with illegally parked cars and numerous obstructions on the nature strips/footpaths in Loughnan Hill area and didn’t take any action.
We will quote Harold Scruby the Chairman of the Pedestrian Council of Australia Ltd.,
“Clearly, your Council has decided to turn its collective blind eyes to the offences of parking on footpaths, nature strips and in driveways, amongst others.”
Are you a North Carolina resident, or do you know any NC residents who would rather their tax dollars pay for higher education, and not be wasted on the power bill?
UNCW often leaves lights, computers, etc. turned on, even though no one may be using them. This is a wasteful use of electricity.
Recently, it was estimated that over $4,100 could be saved each year in DeLoach Hall, by practical energy conservation methods. This is only one building on campus! UNCW needs to be more responsible with our precious natural resources and our money.
Help us send a message to UNCW, the UNC System, and college administrators across the state!
Although we appreciate everyone's support, we recommend only NC residents sign.
Listing your email address increases the credibility of your signature. Note: your email address remains anonymous to the public. We take confidentiality very seriously.
Thank you for your support!
قاطعوا مؤتمر استكهولم حول العراق وطالبوا بعقد مؤتمر دولي ذو اهمية كمؤتمر يالطا السياسي لان الحالة ليست تتعلق بالعراق وحده وانما نرى أن كل المنطقة تلتهب , فلسطين وافغانستان والعراق .
أن ازمة العراق لم تحل الا بحل ازمة فلسطين وافغانستان خاصة ان ازمة فلسطين مر عليها اكثر من ستين عاما ثم أن جيوش بعض دول مجلس الامن لم تتمكن لا من تهدئة الوضع في تلك الدول المعنية ولا منع القوات الاسرائلية من هجماتها العسكرية المستمرة باسلحتها الثقيلة على شعب احتل واضطهد أكثر من ستين عاما خرقا لكل الاعراف والاتفاقيات الدولية , و العراق وافغانسان أصبحت مسرحا للمناورات العسكرية والحربية لتجربة قواتها واسلحتها المتقدمة هي نفس الاسلحة التي تباع من قبل الدول المتحاربة والمساندة لها من بينها البلد الداعي الى هذا المؤتمر .
أن مسألة فوز الجمهوريين واستمرار سياسة بوش لها اهمية بالنسبة لحزب المحافظين اليمين الذي يقود الحكومة السويدية الان وله اهمية لحل ازمة اللجوء المعقدة التي يعاني منها السويد خاصة بعد رفض مسئولي كردستان لاتفاقية الحكومة العراقية - السويدية بخصوص اعادة اللاجئين العراقيين الى منطقة هادئة والذي أقلق الحكومة السويدية تبعها تورط الشركات السويدية في فضيحة النفط مقابل الغذاء , أما ديون العراق الى السويد التي تصل الى مليار وربع فهو موضوع اخر . عسى ان لايخلط العراقيين بين الجريمة والعقد .
فحروب جورج بوش لاقت دعم من قبل السويد هذا البلد الذي يتاجر باسلحته ويدعم اسرائيل بنفس الوقت يدعوا من خلال حكومته البرجوازية الى هذا المؤتمر , حكومة يتراسها رئيس وزراء Fredrik Rainfeldtمن المحافظين اليمين ذو سياسته لم تجرب سابقا وحتى يفتقر الى خبرة في السياسة الخارجية فهو في الحقيقة جديد كرئيس حزب وجديدكرئيس وزراء لم يمضي على حكومته الا سنة وتسعة اشهر بعد فوز الاحزاب البرجوازية الاربعة في انتخابات سبتمبر 2006 فهو ضعيف كالمالكي .
واذا اراد تجربة سياسته فان أبواب العراق مفتوحة له على مصراعيها لكنه شخصيا يعرف مقدما فشل مثل هذا المؤتمر فهم لم يتمكن من عقد مؤتمر ذو وزن كمؤتمر يالطا ومقتع بحضور وزيرة الخارجيته المسكينة التي نجدها دائما على سفر دون ان ينتج عنها شيئ كما يقول المثل , ركض الواوي بالزرع , وهو ضعيف كالمالكي والاحزاب البرجوازية التي تتكون منها حكومته تتكون من احزاب تقدس اسرائيل وامريكا , الحزب المسيحي الديمقراطي الذي كان يحلم قائده بمنصب سفير سويدي على اسرئيل ويجن جنونهم اذا وجه شخصا ما انتقادا لاسرائل والكلدوالاشوريين السريان يمنح اغلبهم اصوتوتهم الى هذا الحزب , ومن حزب اخر هو حزب الشعب الليبرالي الذي ايضا من الذين يقدسون اسرئل وكان رئيسه Per Ahlmark يهودي عمل المستحيل في سجن رئيس راديو الاسلام المغربي احمد رامي , والحزب الذي يقوده رئيس الوزراء كان أيضا يقوده رئيس يهودي اسنه Ulf Adelsohnفنجد اغلبهم ابواقا للسياسة الاسرائلية وحمايتها ويوجد هناك سويديين متقاعدين مستوطنين . زد على ذلك نجد هناك عدد كبير من العراقيين المقيمين في السويد منظمين لنلك الاحزب . أحد تلك الاحزاب التي تتكون منها الحكومة البرجوازية هو حزب الوسط .
وأزمة اللجوء التي تعاني منها السويد خاصة مدينة سدرتالية المكتضة بالكلدوا اشوريين السريان وسمعة المدينة السيئة جعلت احدى سياسي البلدية وهو سويدي ان يتوجه بوفد خاص الى امريكا و امام الكونغرس الامريكي القى كلمةمؤكدا … أن سدرتالية ليست هي التي شنت الحرب على العراق وانما امريكا …. على امريكا ان تتحمل مسؤولية اللاجئين العراقيين . فبعد اصدر قرار رفض اللجوء يختفي البعض وتجد الشرطة هناك صعوبات في تنفيذ قرار الطرد بحيث كلف تسفير احد اللاجئين نصف مليون كرون سويدي. فهذا الشخص السياسي هو من الحزب الاشتراكي الديمقراطي السويدي المعارض للحكومة البرجوازية . منافسة بين الحزب الاشتراكي الديمقراطي الذي فقد السلطة بعد 12 سنة من الحكم وفي الحقيقة مازال لم يهضم سبب هزيمته في انتخابات 2006 .
ومدينة سدرتالية يحدث فيها اطلاق النيران على الشرطة ورمي الباصات وراكبيها بالحجارة , بطالة هائلة , عمل اسود , متقاعدين كثرين لم يعرفوا اللغة السويدية , بارات ومطاعم ومحلات بيع الذهب وتصليح الاحذية وهي مدينة فيها كنيستهم وفي تلك المدينة عقد السريان العراقيين والاتراك والسوريين مؤتمر طالبزا من خلاله بحكم ذاتي لهم في العراقي . ومشاكل المدينة جعلت سكانها من السويديين الاصليين ان يحتجوا على الوضع وتوقيف استقبال اللاجئين العراقيين الى هذ مدينتهم ومبادرة اللقاء بالكونغرس الامريكي.
اللاجئين المقيمين في بلد ديمقراطي كالسويد أو مقيمين في بلدانهم , هل يسلكون هو نفس التصرف ؟
حزب السويديون الجدد De Nya Svenskarna تأسس في السويد سنة 1998 من لاجئيين سياسيين من دول تونس والعراق وفلسطين واليمن انتخبنا عراقية السيدة عبير عبد فيصل السهلاني رئيسة للحزب بحيث اعتبر اول حزب تقوده امرأة في افريقا والدول العربية ونائبة من فلسطين وامين صندوق من كردستان .وركزنا في عملنا على المساواة ومنح المرأة ثقة في ادارة حزب معظمه من الرجال الاجانب الغير متعودين لمثل هذا العمل التضامني والمساواة والاختلاط خاصة اننا جئنا الى بلد ديمقراطي تحكمه النساء لكن من بلدان تحكمه الدكتاتورية جئنا مستقلين لتجربة تعاون فريد من نوعه ليس فقط بين نساء ورجال وانما سياسيا ضد العنصرية وايجاد فرص عمل للاجانب وعدم الخلط بين اللجوء السياسي والانساني وربط الصلة خاصة ان سياسة اللجوء واللجوء السياسي فقد معناه عندما بدأ الاجنبي يخضع ويكنس زبائل وسياقة التاكسي رغم المستوى العلمي بالاضافة الى ذلك فان السجون السويدية نجدها مكتضة بالاجانب وحتى اللاجئين مسجونين والمحامي السويدي الذي يدافع عن حقوق اللاجئ نجدهم يتماهلون في ذلك بحث فضح مؤخرا بانهم لايعرفون كيفية المطالبة بحقوقهم منها الاقامة والتي مدلولها حتى المحامي السويدي الى جانب طرد اللاجئ وهذا عمل غير انساني واذا اصبحنا نشبه سياستهم بخليط من الانسانية والبربرية .
هدف الحزب هو التضامن أي اننا كلاجئين قدامى تمتعنا بحقوق الانسان علينا خلق صورة وانطباع جيد عنا كي لا نضر بمصلحة اللاجئين الذين يأتون من بعدنا , كي لا يتضرر اجيالنا التي ولدت في السويد نتيجة اخطائنا بالاضافة الى مبدأ الاستقلالية بما اننا كنا من ناحية السكن والاعالة معتمدين على والدينا ومقيدين داخل الاحزاب ومن قبل حكوماتنا وبسبب كثرة البطالة لم نعمل او لم نجد عمل او يستغل من قبل صاحب العمل بالاضافة الى الاعتماد العشائري والديني جامع ام كنيسة ومنظماتها الدينية وحتى في الاجوئ الاعتماد على المهربين ولما حصلنا على الاقامة الاعتماد على بيت المال وحتى الاعتماد على الاحزاب السويدية بحيث فقد التضامن والاستقلالية اهميتها . على ضوء ذلك رسمنا سياستنا وخرجنا كحزب اجنبي مستقل كبقية الاحزاب السويدية الاخرى . وهدفنا ايضا سلمي من خلال جمع شمل مختلف الطوائف والقوميات وشعوب الجاليات خارج اوربا والسويديين اهلا وسهلا بهم اعضاء في حزبنا . خرجنا في انتخابات 1998 وانتخابات 2002 بالاضافة الى الانتخابات الاخيرة 2006 لكننا للاسف لم نحصل على اصوات كثير . الاسباب عديدة وهي
كما هو معروف تحصل جمعيات الاجانب في السويد منها جمعية 14 تموز والبيت العراقي واهل البيت والمنظمات الكردية الفيلية وغيرها الاورية والكلدانية والسريانمية والسنة والشيعة والاكراد والتركمان بالاضافة الى الجمعيات النسائية والشبابية الدينية والغير دينية والتي هي تتمثل بالقوائم العراقية على مساعدات لدعم التجانس من البلديات السويدية المقيمين فيها . فنتذكر في الانتخابات السابقة سألنا احد اعضاء الجمعيات العراقية حول التصويت فاجاب : ادفع ايجار الجامع منحك صوتي .واذا الديمقراطية اصبحت بهذا الشكل فالماذا نعترض على الدكتاتورية ولهذا السبب او احدهما الذي جعل العراق يتحول الى هذا الشكل . فهي تعطي اصواتها الى الاحزاب السويدية اما عن طريق فتوى من جامع او كنيسة أو الذين في الجوامع والكنيسة ومظماتها هم اعضاء في الاحزاب السويدية وهذا هو عمل نحن ندينه يتعارض مع الديمقراطية.
السيدة التي اختفت كالدخان , وتبين مؤخرا بام رئيسة حزبنا السيدة السهلاني خلال احتفائها اصبحت عضو في حزب سويدي , حزب الوسط , بنفس الوقت عضوة في حزب اشتراكي ديمقراطي في العراقوبهذا تحما ايدولجيتين متعارضتين اشتراكة - برجوازية في ان واحد . ونجدها بها تروج للمساواة والديمقراطية في العراق سوية مع رئيسة ماريا ليسنر , رئيسة حزب الشعب الليبرالي السويدي المقدس لسياسة اسرائيل كما ذكرنا سابقا التي تحمل الان لقب السفيرة الديمقراطية .
وباختفاء السيدة ذات طائفة شيعية اختفى ايضا امين الصندوق ذو قومية كردية وهكذا شلوا عمل الحزب والتضامن والمساواة .
ليس هدفنا التشهير بشخصية العراقي أو العراقية , نحن يؤلمنا جدا ما يحصل للعراق من قتل وتدمير لحضارة عريقة وتهجير شعبه . نحن مؤيد ما كتب سابقا على صفحة الحوار المتمدن على ان الحكومة العراقية هي حكومة منتخبة وليست دكتاتورية , انتم انفسكم ارتم تغيير العراق من الحكم الدكتاتوري , كنت تتعطشون للديمقراطية وتطبيق اتفاقية حقوق الانسان واحترامها وناضلتم من اجلهما . أما المقاومة بالسلاح خلال مرحلة تحول العراق للديمقراطية , فأن هذا الاتجاه أما لا يفهم الشريعة الاسلامية ام لا يفهم الديمقراطية ومعارض لها. وعليه اما العمل على تطبيق الديمقراطية والخروج باستفتاء شعبي لاخذ رأ ي شعبكم حول بقاء او اجلاء القوات الاجنبية عن العراق أو المطالبة بعقد مؤتمر سياسي دولي له وزنه كبير كمؤتمر قمة يالطا شارك فيه شخصيات على مستوى عالي شرشل , روزفلت وستالين ناقشوا من خلاله السلم , رسم الحدود,اسس الاحتلال ,اللجوء والتعويض بالاضافة الى مستقبل الامم المتحدة .
السويديون الجدد - استكهولم.
Do you know why we should alert the government or global warming? Do you know why we should pass another bill helping to stop global warming?
Well, I know there are some considerate people on Earth's surface that care about Mother Nature but do NOT know what to do. The least we can do is spread the word. Well, one person can't turn our people's habits around completely, but one can make a difference. Don't be ashamed of not having the ability to do it yourself, because global warming is more than just one problem. Let me give you a few examples:
What is global warming =
+ UNATURAL HEATING ON EARTH'S SURFACE +
&Polar ice cap melting
..............................& more + + + +
We Need YOUR Help to Save One of the “Most Endangered Rivers in America!”
The Threat: NISP/Glade Reservoir Project
If built, the proposed Glade Reservoir would hold over 57 billion gallons (177,000 acre-feet), all of which would come directly from the already severely degraded Cache la Poudre River.
• The Poudre River is already severely degraded and often dry! Sixty percent of the Poudre’s water is already diverted, and NISP/Glade would nearly drain the Poudre. If built, the NISP/Glade diversion would capture what's called the "June Rise" -- the spring snowmelt absolutely essential for river health through its cleansing and restorative action.
• If built, the NISP/Glade Reservoir would threaten the economy and quality of life of Fort Collins citizens who have invested tens-of-millions of dollars in the natural areas and bike path all along the Poudre River and through downtown Fort Collins.
• If built, the NISP/Glade Reservoir would require the dry-up, pave-over, and subdivision of about 25,000 acres of open space and agricultural lands to pay off the debt that will be incurred to pay for the project.
• The project is predicted to cost at least $431 million, with some subscribing communities like the town of Erie taking on up to $20,000 in debt per family to finance the water.
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The Minister for the Environment in Gibraltar has announced a plan to cull a troop of Macaques around the Catalan Bay area. Although these monkeys may have caused disturbances for local residents, we believe that the culling of these intelligent, sociable and sentient primates is cruel and unnecessary when there are other alternatives to solve this problem, such as relocation.
We assert that, had a suitable management plan been implemented back in 1997, as proposed by Prof. Robert Martin, D. Phil, D. Sc, at that time, the current situation would not have occurred. Our research has shown that the Government of Gibraltar has consistently failed to invest adequate resources in the responsible management of their Macaque population, despite the presence of the monkeys boosting the local economy as a popular tourist attraction.
We request that the Government commits to investing in a comprehensive, long-term plan to manage the Macaque population, on which its tourist industry so heavily relies, without the use of culling.
Since transgenic foods have made their way onto this country's grocery shelves, many concerns have been voiced by several different groups- from those to do with the biodiversity and biological piracy in developing nations to health concerns regarding unforeseen allergic reactions and antibiotic resistance as well as environmental repercussions such as cross-pollination of non-transgenic crops by transgenic crops and new strains of plants created through the natural flow of genes from one species to another in addition to more resistant pests and weeds.
In addition, the lack of specific labeling for transgenic food products, combined with the lack of long-term testing on the effects of transgenic foods on humans, denies the consumer's right to choose between transgenic and non-transgenic foods and makes us all guinea pigs in the world's laboratory.
This is unacceptable.
There is an urgent need to address climate change.
We need better alternative energy solutions to practically reduce road traffic emissions. We are calling for the the government and big business to install up to 200 electric charge points in and around urban areas to help reduce exhaust emissions by making electric vehicle use more accessible.
You know, 2 words affect our planet the most. Global Warming. Wake up, Earth! Global warming is NOT a scam. This urgent matter is being accused of fake and is ignored. Why do we sometimes blindly cling to positives?
Why would we believe that our car exhaust has no effect on nature? If you think global warming is a scam, give us truth seekers an explanation why a hurricane formed in the Atlantic for the first time and Hurricane Katrina was so powerful. Tell us why Earth is warming up so rapidly and why the ozone had a gaping hole over Antarctica.
Tell me why global warming is obviously fake. Do you think we can get away with damaging nature by releasing so much CO2 and CFC? Sign this petition if you believe global warming affects our world. If you don't believe, you will when it's too late and it's taking action. If you like positive sides, tell me which you would rather believe: in approx. 80 years, what do you think will create the flooding in coastal areas globally: global warming, or God?
We are concerned that:
25% of the oil and gas consumed by Americans is at risk
30% of the seafood that feeds the nation is jeopardized.
The nation’s largest port system that handles agriculture, petro-chemicals, manufactured goods and commodities is vulnerable.
We recognize the importance of Louisiana’s unique wetland’s ecosystem and its role in protecting Louisiana’s commerce and coastal population from storm damage.
Currently Louisiana has 30% of the total coastal marsh- and accounts for 90% of the coastal marsh loss- in the lower 48 states.
Louisiana’s wetlands are America’s wetland and they need your help! We are asking you to please support legislation to fund the restoration of America’s wetlands such as the Gulf Coast Protection Act, the America’s Outdoors Act introduced by Senator Mary Landrieu.
Leading scientists and engineers have designed solutions to restore America’s wetland. The money for coastal protection does not need to come from the American taxpayer.
Since 1927, the leveeing of the Mississippi River has cut off fresh water, sediments and nutrients to the 7th largest delta on Earth – a place called America’s WETLAND – causing coastal Louisiana to suffer. Every year, 24 miles of Louisiana shoreline washes away, resulting in the loss of valuable wetlands equal in size to a football field every 30 minutes.
Leading scientists and engineers have designed solutions to restore America’s wetland. The money for coastal protection does not need to come from the Amercian taxpayer."
Stop global warming by signing this petition! The greenhouse gases collecting in our atmosphere is heating our planet. If it rises just one degree, everything begins to melt, from ice cream sandwiches to Glacier National Park and even Antarctica!
But, since the oceans nearly cover our planet, it takes just Greenland to flood all coastal areas. This concerns not only our precious Mother Nature, but you. Please take the time to help stop this disaster from happening.
YOU can make a difference. Are you ready for the challenge?
The Ontario government is planning to procure an additional 14, 000 Megawatts
(MW) of nuclear energy through the construction of new nuclear plants and the
refurbishment of old reactors. Expanding Ontario’s nuclear capacity equates to
It is sentencing future generations to deal with the dangers and burdens implicit
to nuclear energy. Below are the reasons why nuclear is a deeply unethical
energy option, especially when there are other energy technologies that are
proven to be clean, safe and reliable.
Nuclear's Time Has Passed: Research has proven that Ontario can be powered
without it. Today, renewable energy technologies including wind, solar,
geothermal, hydro and biomass, are highly developed and in use internationally.
Globally, the rates of growth of the solar market and of installed wind capacity
exceeds 25% a year. Renewables are safer, more reliable, and can be deployed
significantly more quickly and widely than nuclear power. Renewables are ready
now for the phase out of nuclear power.
Ecological Justice/Intergenerational Equity: Devastating impacts arise from all
phases of the nuclear lifecycle. Mining and exploration devastates landscapes,
First Nations land rights and traditional way of life and it has significant impacts
on water resources. The toxic tailings from mining and refining, and the spent
fuel bundles goes far beyond the lifetime of this generation, lasting tens of
thousands of years.
Health: Radioactive tritium, is a by-product of CANDU nuclear generation, not to
mention a mutagen, carcinogen, and teratogen. CANDU reactors produce far
more tritium than other reactors by design. Tritium from reactors is released
into our water supply. Recommended concentrations from the Ontario Drinking
Water Advisory Council are 20-100Bq/L, vs. the current 7000Bq/L standard.
Developing fetuses, young children and pubescent youth are most at risk.
Cost: The costs to the Ontario tax payers in order to generate nuclear power are
astounding and can only be expected to rise. The costs passed onto future
generations are either unaccounted for or unknown. Construction of Darlington
was estimated at $4b, but cost $14.3b, this does not include the $7.47b and
$24b for decommissioning and waste management respectfully. $15b of Ontario
Hydro’s $20b debt was due to nuclear. In the event of an accident, the
taxpayers are liable. Uranium prices increased six fold since 2001.
Political Transparency: Nuclear power is not above the law! Plans for new
nuclear projects were exempted from the Environmental Assessment Act in
2006, and, have now bypassed the Ontario Energy Board review process. This is
a violation of the public's right to participate in decision making and eliminated
the sole opportunity for the evaluation of sustainability. Building new reactors is
unnecessary! The OPA has claimed estimated that electricity demand will almost
double, when it has steadily declined since the 1950s. Similar inaccurate
forecasts were provided in the past to justify nuclear power investment.
Climate Change Mitigation: The GHG emissions reductions are actually not
meaningful for mitigating climate change as they will not occur within the
timeframe of action required by the IPCC. It takes 10-15 years to bring new
capacity on-line for Ontario. Refurbishment of old facilities takes up to 5 years.
Clearly this is not within the time frame required for action on GHG emissions.
If it is assumed true that a man-made Global Warming phenomenon is potentially catastrophic then it makes no sense that the bulk of Energy subsidies go towards the use of fossil fuels for electricity generation when cleaner alternatives exist.
It would seem that either man-made Global Warming is a lie or the Governments of the world do not really wish to find a solution to it.
This petition assumes that man-made Global Warming is a reality with potentially catastrophic consequences if not fought against with immediacy and full intention.
So many people these days seem to think that the environment is none of their business. They carry on putting paper in with the rubbish and leaving TVs on standby. But if we carry on like this for much longer, we will have no future as a civilization.
Without the trees, the carbon emissions increase. This is causing the polar ice caps to melt rapidly. If the West Antarctic ice sheet melts completely, sea levels worldwide will rise 20 feet. If the Greenland ice sheet melts, the sea levels will rise another 20 feet. This will cause untold damage to seaside communities like the islands of Tuvalu in the South Pacific. The highest point in the small country is around 4 metres above sea level. When the sea rises, it will be wahed away, along with 11,000 lives.
The way to avoid this is recycling. Some people will continue to put paper in with the rubbish just to spite us. If you're one of those people, I'm here to tell you, it's not funny and it's not clever. If your too lazy to sort out your own rubbish, then it should be YOU getting killed by global warming, not the 11,000 innocent people who could be washed away when Tuvalu goes under.
In WW2, the government didn't ask us to VOLUNTARILY eat less to help us win the war. They MADE us live on rations. Which, of course, was excatly the right thing to do. The same ethic needs to be applied in this case.
We MUST make recycling compulsory, before it's too late.
The background information is pretty much that our environment is turning into a dump.
Rainforests are being cut down, and the ozone layer is completely disappearing. Global warming is for a fact, happening. The evidence of global warming is Al Gore's documentation called "An Inconvenient Truth".
Many animals are dying because of global warming, such as polar bears and penguins. They are dying at increasing rates and will end up extinct. In the documentation "An Inconvenient Truth", Al Gore shows stunning statistics.
The one that I found most stunning is that if we continue on like this, some of our major cities will be totally underwater because of the melting ice from the north and south poles. Some of the places are New York City, Miami, Houston, and many others.
There are plans to build a new nuclear power plant and a new coal one, both in Kent.
These both pollute the planet, and there is controversy on both sides.
Iceland doesn't use outdated energy sources like this, so why should we?
Information, links, photos and video are below that describe this issue:
Video of Surfrider members being interviewed on this issue.
Direct Link To Video at tcpalm.com
FULL DETAILS ON THIS ISSUE AT THE TC SURFRIDER WEBSITE
SURFRIDER.ORG BLOG ON ISSUE
TC PALM NEWSPAPER STORY ON ISSUE
SURFRIDER FOUNDATION MAIN WEBSITE
TC SURFRIDER WEBSITE
MYSPACE PROFILE FOR TC SURFRIDER
TC SURFRIDER YOUTUBE PAGE
Most skiers and snowboarders care about mountain environments, but have no way of knowing whether their local or favorite hills are doing everything possible to ensure that the environment is protected from the potential damage that can be caused by ski hill operations.
Environmental management plans help ski hills implement sustainable strategies for water, energy, and ecosystem conservation. We encourage ski area operators to match or exceed standards set by industry leaders in ecological sustainability.
Common environmental impacts arising from ski hill development that can be managed with mitigation measures are: erosion from ski run preparation (slashing, tree removal) and from artificial snowmaking increasing water run-off, pollution of aquatic ecosystems from parking lot run-off, encroachment of invasive species, interference with wildlife corridors, etc.
* Non-toxic ski waxes are available commercially and offer an alternative to
waxes made with petroleum products that are non-renewable and
* Paraffin, commonly used in ski waxes, contains and/or off-gasses chemicals
such as benzene and toluene, which are recognized human carcinogens.
* PFCs and PFOA, synthetic chemicals used to make ski wax, do not break down
in the natural environment and bioaccumulate in food chains.
* The May 2007 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives notes that prenatal
exposure to PFOA in humans can affect babies' body weight and size. 3M, a
major industrial user of PFOA, is phasing out its use.
* Visit the Environmental Working Group website for more information on the
health risks of PFCs and PFOA www.ewg.org/reports/pfcworld