To: Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services
We all carry around chargers. When we forget to, there is a risk we won’t be able to find the right charger and end up with a dead battery.
There is no good reason for not having a common charger yet. It’s time to sort out the chaos of chargers we all struggle with.
For 10 years, there has been a debate on moving towards a common charger for all mobile phones and other small- and medium-sized devices, such as tablets and e-book readers. In 2014, the European Parliament adopted a directive demanding a common charger in the EU. Because of aggressive corporate lobbying - in particular from Apple - we are still not there.
This is not only about making our lives easier. Every year, 50 million tons of e-waste is generated worldwide. 12.3 million tons of that e-waste comes from Europe. Chargers are produced with precious resources and reducing the number of chargers is a step towards a more sustainable economy.
And in the end it’s we, the consumers, who pay the price as we are forced to buy a new charger with every device. It’s no coincidence that Apple is the company resisting universal solutions the most - they are the ones making the most money out of this arrangement.
This is not just about chargers, it’s about who is in charge. Elected political representatives, or corporate lobbyists? We are sending a clear message to the Commission: stop blocking the common charger.
After 10 years of delay, it’s time to finally move on with the common charger. Carrying around chargers is a hassle for everyone, and millions of tonnes of e-waste are generated every year. A few corporations are making profits and the rest of us - as well as the environment - are paying the price.
Sign the petition for a common European charger!
To: Ursula von der Leyen and Frans Timmermans
The message from the scientists is clear: we have less than 10 years to drastically change course. A global citizens’ movement led by young people is demanding climate justice. The future is decided now!
In the wake of this mounting pressure you - the newly appointed European Commission - have announced you will put forward a European Climate Law during your first 100 days (by March 2020). You - President Ursula von der Leyen and Vice-President Frans Timmermans - have made many statements congratulating yourselves and your ambitions.
But talk about targets set several decades in the future is empty unless accompanied by immediate and concrete measures:
- phase out all public subsidies to fossil fuels by 2021 - a huge problem that you, the Commissioners, seem particularly reluctant to address 🤔
- align the EU’s budget with the Paris Agreement and ensure that 50% of the budget is earmarked for tackling the climate crisis ☀️
- set up an independent body of climate scientists to monitor and evaluate all of the Commission’s policies and make sure these are climate proof 🌍
The message from the street is clear - listen to the science! Now is the time to put pressure on the Commissioners. Don’t allow them to give in to the fossil fuel lobbyists and tell them directly what a #RealClimateLaw should look like!
The European Commission is planning a European Climate Law. it is crucial that we finally stop subsidising the fossil industry with public money. The message from the street is clear - listen to the science! We have less than 10 years to drastically change course. There is no time for the Commission to waste anymore!
Tell Commissioners Ursula von der Leyen and Frans Timmermans that we need a #RealClimateLaw now!
To: EU Commission
The current model of intensive farming has led to a massive decline in biodiversity. Our fields and farms are being drenched in toxic chemicals from Bayer-Monsanto and Co: butterflies and insects are disappearing, once common birds are becoming rare. At the same time, citizens are continuously exposed to toxic synthetic pesticides, and our rivers and streams are polluted.
The European Union should be free of toxic pesticides by 2035 by promoting a more sustainable farming policy all across the continent. Today's agriculture is speeding up biodiversity loss and climate change. The solutions are there: more environmentally friendly agriculture to restore biodiversity and protect the climate.
We, as citizens from all over Europe, are rising up against this industrialised agricultural system and we call on the EU Commission to:
- Phase-out toxic synthetic pesticides by 2035
- Restore biodiversity
- Support farmers in the transition
This petition is part of a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), where Tilt, together with 90 civil society organisations from 17 countries demand action to save our biodiversity and protect farmers. ECI is a legal and democratic instrument which obliges the European Commission to respond to the demands of citizens, once we collect one million signatures from at least 7 member states. After you sign this petition, you will be redirected to the webpage of the ECI where you will be asked to provide some extra information in order to validate your signature for the ECI. To skip the first step and go straight to signing the ECI, click HERE.
Our fields and farms are being drenched in toxic chemicals from Bayer-Monsanto and Co. Bees and other pollinators are the ones paying the highest price. Why? Because the EU is holding back a bee-saving ban on dangerous pesticides.
But a different agricultural model is possible!
SIGN to end the use of harmful pesticides
To: Věra Jourová, EU Commissioner
Media freedom is under attack all across the EU. Journalists daring to name and shame corrupt officials and expose their dealings are facing constant threat and fear for their safety. More and more journalists are harassed or killed, independent newspapers are shut down, and journalists are sued just for doing their job.
But without media freedom, democracy cannot truly exist. A climate in which impunity prevails and in which journalists are only respected when they serve the interests of those in power, paves the way for violence. That's why we are calling on the European Commission to take media freedom seriously, and to use its legal and political powers to protect freedom of the press, freedom of expression and freedom of information.
In particular, we urge the Commissioner Věra Jourová to:
- Provide greater protection, legal and economic support for journalists whose safety is under threat
- Monitor the protection mechanisms for journalists in the EU Member States and make country specific recommendations
It's time for you to take real action to stop assassinations of journalists and end unjust prosecution of press within Europe.
Europe has become an increasingly dangerous place for journalists working to combat corruption, organised crime and abuses of power.
We should not allow journalists to be threatened and live in fear for their safety!
It's time for Europe to defend journalists!
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To European Parliament
It is not too late to stop logging companies and agricultural firms from destroying the Amazon rainforest. But Europe is about to add fuel to the fire by signing a deal with Brazil, and other South American countries to import cheap products such as soybeans, beef and biofuels grown on the ashes of the rainforest.
If adopted, the agreement between the EU and the Mercosur countries - which includes Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay - will spell further disaster for the Amazon rainforest and its' indigenous communities.
All for the benefit of the European car industry and chemical giants who wish to sell more glyphosate and other pesticides products that further accelerate our climate and biodiversity crisis. In addition, the agreement will greatly remove the possibility of sanctions for environmental damage like the fires we see today.
This will affect all of us, mainly our environment, wildlife, biodiversity and the indigenous communities living there. We must act to stop this now!
Demand that the EU Parliament put an end to this dangerous trade deal with Bolsonaro to save what is left of the Amazon.
The Amazon forest is burning. Let's save what's left of the forest. Immediately stop negotiating with Brazilian President Bolsonaro and withdraw the trade agreement between the EU and Mercosur.
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Victory for humanity!
The Supreme Court of Italy has concluded that “Carola Rackete acted correctly following the provisions on rescue at sea because the obligation to provide rescue does not end in the act of rescuing the shipwrecked persons from the danger of losing their lives at sea, but it entails the consequent and additional obligation to disembark them in a safe place".
For 16 days the Search and Rescue ship, Sea Watch 3, was stuck in the Mediterranean, during a heat wave, after rescuing 53 migrants drifting on an inflatable raft off the coast of Libya. The captain of the rescue ship, Carola Rackete, was unjustly arrested by the Italian authorities after having forced the ship into Italian waters to bring the migrants to safety. She is now facing up to 5 years in prison, accused of "facilitating illegal immigration" and a fine of 15.000 euros for each person rescued.
This is just another example of how our right to help people is being criminalized and people from civil society organizations are being arrested, fined and intimidated all across Europe for simply offering humanitarian assistance to people fleeing persecution. Just three days ago two ships - Alan Kurdi and Alex - on rescuing missions found themselves in clashes with EU member states to get a safe haven. This cannot be part of the "European values" that are spoken so highly of.
On Tuesday 16 July, a new EU Commission president will be voted by the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). This is a crucial moment for real change in Europe. As European citizens we demand our elected MEPs to vote against a Commission President who is not committed to re-establish a new European Sea search and rescue mission in the Mediterranean Sea.
In particular, we call on the new Commission President to commit to:
- Strive to open safe and legal channels for migrants and re-establish an efficient European Sea search and rescue mission;
- Stop punishing volunteers and civil society organisations for saving and rescuing people fleeing persecution, poverty and human rights abuse in the Mediterranean Sea;
- Reform the Dublin Regulation to establish an asylum policy based on solidarity, on humanity and an orderly process, including the fair sharing of responsibilities among Member States;
- Suspend any kind of EU-support to the Libyan coastguard and ensure that people rescued are not sent back to Libya as this should not be considered a safe country.
Carola Rackete, was unjustly arrested by the Italian authorities after having forced the ship into Italian waters to bring migrants to safety. Because of that, she is now facing up to 5 years in prison for "facilitating illegal immigration" and a fine of 15.000 euros for each person rescued. As EU citizens we want the new EU Commission to re-establish an European Sea search and rescue mission.
Saving lives is not a crime.
We demand the EU declare a climate emergency. Now. Leading scientists warn that we have less than 11 years to stop the impending climate catastrophe or face the devastating local and global impact of extreme heat, drought, floods and poverty.
But it’s not too late. By limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C, The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report says that we can curb the damages of climate change. We already have the solutions to do this, by phasing out fossil fuels to investing in a green economy.
We need the political will to achieve this. People are rising up, striking and urging the EU to take more ambitious action on climate change. The climate must be the priority across all policy decisions. It starts by demanding the EU to declare a climate emergency.
We only have 11 years to halt the disastrous impact of climate change. The EU must make the climate the priority. Sign to make the EU declare a climate emergency. Now.
The EU has failed to act to ensure that every European has the right to a decent income, fair working conditions and adequate social protection, regardless of their circumstances.
While Europe as a whole is wealthier than ever, right across our continent – from Bulgaria to France, and from Germany to Greece – millions of people still live in poverty and social exclusion.
And many of those worst affected are children. Everyone deserves a decent standard of living, and the solutions are already on the table. By passing legislation giving all citizens the right to a decent minimum income, the EU could ensure that all its citizens can live in dignity.
But the EU has so far failed to take concrete action. It’s time for that to change, and in the lead-up to the EU elections our influence is greater than ever. This Labour Day, let’s come together and raise our voices to demand the next European Parliament passes legislation to ensure a decent minimum income for everyone!
With less than one month until the European elections, we stand at a crossroads. On tackling climate change, on protecting democracy – and not least on putting social justice at the heart of our Union. Sign the petition to call on the next European Parliament to ensure all citizens have the right to a decent minimum income.
Air transport contributes a lot to the dangers of climate change. And increasingly so! This trend must be reversed!
Trains far outrank planes in their eco-friendliness. Yet international trains in Europe are expensive and difficult to book.
Global aviation emissions have more than doubled in the last 20 years. Carbon emissions from flying has risen by 26% in the last 5 years alone. Up until now, the aviation sector refuses to take responsibility. Action is very urgent, the aviation industry projects a doubling in the total number of passengers carried between now and 2040.
The EU must shift its priorities. It must stop ignoring the great potential of our train networks. Europe needs to invest more in the railway network and make trains the easiest and cheapest option.
Travels up to 800 kilometres will have to be cheapest and easiest by train.
Therefore, we demand:
That the EU invests more in trains and less in air transport! We insist on this change to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.
- Ending the unfair competition against our rail systems. Airline companies must pay their fair share in taxes!
Air transport contributes a lot to the dangers of climate change. Airplane emissions are currently responsible for an estimated 4.9% of global warming caused by human activity. Europe needs to invest more in the railway network and make trains the easiest and cheapest option. More trains, less planes!
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- That the EU invests more in trains and less in air transport! We insist on this change to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.
To: Member State governments of the European Union
The Internet as we know it is in danger.
On the 26th March, the European Parliament voted yes, with a narrow majority, on the introduction of upload filters on the Internet. If the final decisions passes the European Council (comprising EU governments) on the 15th April, it would fundamentally change the way content creators and users experience the Internet on a daily basis, harming authors and their fans alike.
What are upload filters? Automated algorithms that scan every uploaded photo, video, article for possible copyright infringement before the content is published. The effect? Videos of cute kittens could be taken down because a copyrighted song can be heard in the distance. Your karaoke photos can get flagged because there is a poster or picture with a trademark in the background. Your story might not upload for several hours while the filter is running through all the existing content to check for potential violations.
Small online newspapers, blogs and fact checking websites are also among those affected - and these sites keep our internet diverse, reliable and free for the press.
We want the Internet to be instant, spontaneous and free. It has become an everyday part of our lives. The current proposal would change that. We must make sure this proposal doesn't pass the European Council.
Sign to tell your government to vote against the upload filters on the 15th April!
This is our last chance to stop upload filters. The European Council (comprising member state government ministers) is having the final say on upload filters on the 15th April. Let's make sure they know how European citizens want them to vote!
Sign the petition.