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Jacksonville's urban core also known as health zone one,although one of the smallest has the highest level of infant mortally, childhood obesity, asthma, diabetes, drop out, crime, and poor nutrition rates in the city. One of the ways that we would like to combat these problems is through a community garden.
Community gardens serve many purposes and have many benefits some of which include recreation & exercise, therapy, reducing family food budgets while increasing food security, social interaction, beautification, a sense of community, reducing crime and vandalism, constructive family time alternatives, fresh food and improved nutrition, and joy.
The Eastside Community Garden will be one of the pivotal parts of what needs to be done in order to increase the overall health and safety on the eastside along with bring back a sense of community.
The fatal bus crash that killed 18 on Thursday 1st May, has once again brought into question the safety of New Hirams Highway road design.
Over the years many Sai Kung residents have been victim to or have witnessed accidents to varying degrees on this notioriously dangerous road. It has already been suggested that temporary speed checks are not am adequte fight against speeding drivers.
We aim to challenge the local council until they put in place PERMANENT measures.
May 14, 2006
U.S. Climate Protection Act.
Global warming places an urgent threat on our environmental, economic and national security and the public health of our communities.
I'm setting out to get the mayor of San Diego, Jerry Sanders to sign an agreement to reduce green house gas emissions, causing global warming. When federal leadership failed to lead, mayors across the country are rising to the occasion. While 162 countries have ratified the Kyoto Protocol to address global warming, The United States has not.
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels.. "I got ticked. I was embarrassed that our country didn't sign the Kyoto Protocol, so I committed to do something on behalf of the people of Seattle." That something is the Climate Protection Act. To date, 224 mayors - representing some 43.7 million Americans in 38 states - have joined with Mayor Nickels. Jerry Sanders has not.
The U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, initiated by Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, was introduced on February 16, 2005 the same day that the Kyoto Protocol international global warming treaty took effect for participating countries.
The agreement calls for Mayors of our cities to implement carbon dioxide restrictions on a local level, and is quickly gathering support around the country, recently earning the backing of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
This is the actual Agreement:
The U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement
A. We urge the federal government and state governments to enact policies and programs to meet or beat the Kyoto Protocol target of reducing global warming pollution levels to 7% below 1990 levels by 2012, including efforts to: reduce the United States' dependence on fossil fuels and accelerate the development of clean, economical energy resources and fuel-efficient technologies such as conservation, methan recovery for energy generation, wind and solar energy, fuel cells, efficient motor vehicles, and biofuels;
B. We urge the U.S. Congress to pass the bipartisan Climate Stewardship Act
sponsored by Senators McCain and Lieberman and Representatives Gilchrist and Olver, which would create a flexible, market-based system of tradable allowances among emitting industries; and
C. We will strive to meet or exceed Kyoto Protocol targets for reducing global warming pollution by taking actions in our own operations and communities such as:
1. Inventory global warming emissions in City operations and in the
community, set reduction targets and create an action plan.
2. Adopt and enforce land-use policies that reduce sprawl, preserve open
space, and create compact, walkable urban communities;
3. Promote transportation options such as bicycle trails, commute trip
reduction programs, incentives for car pooling and public transit;
4. Increase the use of clean, alternative energy by, or example, investing in "green tags", advocating for the development of renewable energy resources, and recovering landfill methane for energy production;
5. Make energy efficiency a priority through building code improvements,
retrofitting city facilities with energy efficient lighting and urging
employees to conserve energy and save money;
6. Purchase only Energy Star equipment and appliances for City use;
7. Practice and promote sustainable building practices using the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program or a similar system;
8. Increase the average fuel efficiency of municipal fleet vehicles; reduce the number of vehicles; launch an employee education program including anti-idling messages; convert diesel vehicles to bio-diesel;
9. Evaluate opportunities to increase pump efficiency in water and
wastewater systems; recover wastewater treatment methane for energy
10. Increase recycling rates in City operations and in the community;
11. Maintain healthy urban forests; promote tree planting to increase shading and to absorb CO2; and
12. Help educate the public, schools, other jurisdictions, professional
associations, business and industry about reducing global warming
Novembre 20, 2005
Les élèves de la 6e année à l'école St-Michel de Montebello (Québec) ont fait une recherche en sciences sur les sacs en plastique. Ils ont découvert plusieurs faits sur les sacs en plastique qui constituent un véritable fléau pour l'environnement et ils ont voulu agir.
Alors, ils ont décidé de fabriquer des sacs en tissu, les vendre et de donner les profits à la banque alimentaire de la Petite-Nation et ils ont également décidé de faire circuler cette pétition.
Grade 6 students from St-Michel School in Montebello (Québec) did some research on the use of plastic bags and were disturbed by what they found.
They decided to make cloth bags which they are selling. All the profits are going to our local food bank at La Petite-Nation. They also decided to write a peition in the hopes of reducing the use of plastic bags in stores.
Teenage years are very difficult, school is a huge part of most teenagers' lives and is very stressful for them. The problems vary from their peers to grades and I feel both could be resolved by reducing school hours.
Most every student I've asks claims that they almost always have about 25-35 minutes of free time after each lesson. If every class period was half as long there would be just as much learned and more of an impact. Rather than have class assignments we could have homework more often. Drivers ed, makeup work, tutoring and other various school activities could be scheduled for after school.
With school not as long, students will not be as hesitant or nervous about attending school. Many students have problems with other kids or are harrassed by them so it makes more of an impact with school being such a big part of their lives. Students wouldnt have enough spare time to harm anyone if school was shorter but a student could have enough time to meet people. Most "bullies" only pick on others when they are bored or feel badly about themselves. I feel there would be less school violence, suicides, and less absences.
The petition contains common sense reforms of our local government proposed by Toledo Citizens Organized to Bring Reform and Accountability.
These reforms will improve accountability, streamline government and empower the citizens of Toledo in their government.
Anthony Rossi Intermediate School formerly had a ninth period, until higher officials decided to remove this "superfluous" period (as referred to by some faculty) for the 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 school years. Ninth period provided forty (40) minutes to students to work on homework, go outside, visit the library, study, assemble for school clubs, and participate in other educational and non-academic activities.
The removal of ninth period resulted in an addition of five (5) minutes to each period. Since the elimination of ninth period, it is becoming harder and harder for pupils of this school -
* to visit the library (which includes borrowing books and other media for required Accelerated Reader tests, taking the tests, use reference books at the library to aid them in their school work, and other library related activities)
* to get together in groups for school clubs (which includes all clubs at Rossi Intermediate school that would like to meet during ninth period in order to (a) have more time for their club meetings [ninth period and after school] and (b) meet during ninth period so the instructor(s) and student(s) don't have to stay after school, reducing the amount of students on the activity bus, and possibly reducing the number of missed busses,
* to study (this is especially true with multiple student studying, which has been proven to be more effective), work on group projects, and partake in other activities normally available during ninth period. Presently, the current period schedule provides less than twenty (20) minutes to complete all of these activities (mathematical equation: one period = 40 minutes, silent reading is ½ of the lunch/silent reading period, minus two minutes for the bell change. So, (45 x .5)-2 is 20 [rounded from 20.1], then you must take into consideration extra time to get a pass written, walk down to the library, walk back from the library and other lag time due to the shortness of silent reading), that's only if you can get a pass, seeing that only three students may be permitted a pass to the library at any given time.
REGARDING SPEEDERS ON HOYT STREET.
WE THE UNDERSIGNED ARE CONCERNED FOR THE SAFETY OF THE RESIDENTS, MOSTLY CHILDREN ON HOYT STREET. WE HAVE AT LEAST 20 SMALL CHILDREN AND HAVE A GROWING AMOUNT OF CARS AND LARGE TRUCKS COMING AND GOING. WE WOULD BE INTERESTED IN REDUCING THE SPEED LIMIT OR INSTALLING SPEED BUMPS.