The fragile ecosystem of our seas are under serious threat. Increasing human activity, shipping to fossil fuel exploration, overfishing to air, water and plastic pollution are all putting more stress on seas. Climate change is disrupting marine habitats’ natural balance through increasing temperatures, and ocean acidification further threatens the viability of many species throughout the food chain.
Currently, only 9% of EU seas are covered by Marine Protected Areas. Most of these areas are not actually protected against the impacts of human activities. This is not good enough. We need to designate significant sections of European waters as networks of MPAs , free from human interference, to allow biodiversity to recover and improve ecosystem resilience against climate change in the long term.
Support the call for 30% of our seas to become real marine protected areas with effective management measures in place under the next European Parliament. Please sign the petition now.
Over the past decade, Putin has been consolidating the nuclear industry for Russia into one of the largest in Europe. Through the state-owned nuclear energy company Rosatom, Russia has been pushing to build more nuclear reactors in Europe to increase its influence over other governments and to break European unity. We see this happening in Belarus, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Slovakia, and even the UK. A recent study shows Russia is buying influence in the EU through its nuclear strategy. We need to stop this.
Nuclear power is not our future. Nuclear power is expensive and economically unsustainable. Billions of euro's in taxpayer money are squandered, energy bills are made unnecessary high. It creates nuclear waste for which there is no final solution and it is risky. If something goes wrong, neighbouring countries can be seriously affected as well. On top of this, we see external investors, like Rosatom, gaining huge power over the EU energy market.
We already have great alternatives. Green solutions that are economic, climate-friendly and safe to use. Solutions that create more sustainable jobs and that give us control over energy supply. With rapid advancements to renewable technology, there is no excuse to choose nuclear over renewable energy. Yet there are four nuclear reactors under construction and another five planned to be built in the EU.
No more dependency on Russian energy. Nuclear is not our future. We need to stand up against this and fight for a moratorium on nuclear energy.
To: Mr. Mark Zuckerberg and Mr. Jack Patrick Dorsey
Women from all over the world are joining forces to report on the abuse and violence they face, voicing their opposition to all forms of online harassment, hatred, discrimination, and sexism.
For women, in particular women of colour, Facebook and Twitter have become hostile places. Instead of strengthening their voice, Facebook and Twitter are acting as a megaphone to incite hate speech and online abuse, driving many women to self-censor what they publish, and limiting their interactions and even completely abandoning social media.
People of colour, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender people, queer people, Muslims and Jews are among the people most affected and marginalized by a wave of hatred and harassment.
The goal of such violence and abuse is to create a hostile online environment with the intent to humiliate, intimidate, degrade, belittle or silence the people that haters target. The normalisation of abuse and harassment seen online is spilling over offline, leading to a rise of violent racist encounters.
Facebook and Twitter have a responsibility to ensure that every individual that uses their platforms is able to express themselves freely and without fear.
We demand a concrete commitment from Facebook and Twitter to combat the spread of hate speech and abuse on their platforms.
Climate catastrophe is here. Thousands of young people around the world have taken to the streets in protest. The message is clear: a drastic change to the system is needed. Now.
So we need your help. With the European elections coming up, we need to ensure the next European Parliament - elected in May this year - puts a European Green New Deal into action. This is the challenge of our lifetime, but the solutions are there. The only thing that is missing, is the willingness of politicians to take their responsibility and ACT.
Climate change is occurring as a result of the worst market failure in our economic system ever. A system based on environmentally destructive profiteering and consumption that pushes the earth beyond its ecological limits. Food, clean water and air have become commodities instead of a human right.
With a European Green New Deal, we can drastically change this. Our economy needs to serve people and planet before profit. It needs to divest from dirty coal. It needs to work towards 100% renewables. Instead of maximising production, it need to be environmental sustainable. We can do this easily with investments into green jobs, research, eco-innovation, professional training and education.
Women have ferociously fought for their own reproductive rights.The message is clear: our body, our choices. It's time for the EU Member States and EU institutions to step up for equality.
Abortion access is a human right, not a moral question.
This petition demands the EU member states and the European Institutions to protect women from any violation of their human rights by adding the right to access an abortion into the EU Charter Of Fundamental Rights.
It's only by letting our leaders know that we demand bodily autonomy that we can build a Europe that prioritizes gender equality.
Can you sign this petition to demand Europe take action on protecting reproductive rights?
PETITION: EUROPEAN COMMISSION
2.7 tons of diseased beef from Poland was exported to 14 countries around the EU risking the health of EU citizens. This was caused by abattoirs illegally slaughtering sick cows and passing it off as healthy meat off, going against EU regulations that requires a veterinary inspection before and after slaughter.
Food scandals keep occuring in the European Union. Whether it is fipronil in eggs, contaminated Lactalis baby milk or horsemeat in beef lasagne: the recurring scandals demonstrate the fundamental issues with transparency and control in Europe's long supply chains. Unsafe low quality food is traded at the cost of healthy, fresh, high quality food. This only strengthens the urgent need to ensure that healthy food can find its way to our citizens’ plates; particularly children and the elderly. This could be remedied by a short food supply chains and locally produced food. It is not enhances and maintains health, but would better protect the environment, promote domestic agriculture, conserve rural areas, create less food waste and reduce unfair trading practices.
Therefore we call on The European Commission to:
- Food to be exempted from the public procurement system (Directive 2014/24/EU) so that locally produced quality food is preferenced over cheap low-quality food
- Implement mandatory labelling of food based on where it comes from in restaurants, public kitchens & convenience products in order to prevent any type of fraud that present a serious public health risk
- Encourage shorter food supply chains to create an easier, clearer and more transparent monitoring system as there are fewer intermediaries to be regulated with EU standards
To: European Commission, European Parliament, EU Member States
Every day, thousands of animals are transported under horrible conditions, throughout Europe and beyond. They are transported to be slaughtered, fattened or used for breeding. These journeys can last tens of hours and sometimes even days, often with a lack of space and without water and proper food.
All species of farm animals, including their offsprings, are subject to this cruel trade: pigs, cows, sheep, donkeys, chicken, and horses. The majority of trucks are not even adequately equipped; hence compromising animal welfare severely
They suffer from stress, heat, cold, injuries, lack of space and some even die. Not even the most vulnerable are spared from this cruelty. Unweaned offsprings are the most affected by this cruelty. They are forced to stand for hours and days in crowded trucks without adequate milk substitute feed or even rest.
The situation is even worse when animals are transported outside the EU, where journeys last days often without any rest. The time has come to end this cruelty! We need EU laws that only allow long-distance transport in exceptional cases and that favour slaughtering on site.
Animal welfare is currently one of the main concerns for EU citizens. Therefore we call upon on the European Commission, the Parliament, and the Member states:
- To set a maximum journey time and distance to slaughter at 4 hours and 300km
- To reduce the maximum journey time and distance even further for unweaned animals such as young calves to max 50 km and 1,5 hours;
- To correctly implement the Regulation 1/2005 aiming at harmonizing standards of animal welfare;
On Saturday 19 January, the Sea Watch 3 ship rescued 47 people on a dinghy in front of the Libyan coast: among them there are also 13 minors, 8 of whom are unaccompanied. Since the night of 24 January , the ship has been blocked offshore of the Syracuse coast. The Italian government has authorized its entry into Italian territorial waters due to bad weather conditions, but has not given it a " safe port " to dock and disembark the people. This is unacceptable!
Seeking asylum is not illegal and humanitarian aid is not a political game. We demand European leaders rescue those trapped at sea and bring them onshore to a safe port without delay. Relocating asylum seekers must be solved on land, and should not be carried out with people in distress at sea. It is inconceivable that 28 countries from a large continent such as Europe, with a population of around 500 million people, are unable to welcome 47 people.
For the past few days, the Italian minister has been evicting dozens of people seeking asylum from a refugee centre. Without any notice, families who had been living in this centre for years, were pulled from their rooms and forcibly transferred. Nobody knows where they have been moved to. The people evicted were vulnerable, including victims of sex trafficking and children suffering with mental health problems. This is not an isolated event. All around Europe, asylum seeker rights are being eroded.
We need to ensure the rights, dignity, and protection of people seeking asylum in Europe. And we have a part of that solution. In 2013, the Reception Conditions Directive (Directive 2013/33/EU) was established to create adequate standards of living and reception for people seeking asylum in the European Union. This Directive obliges the Member States to ensure an adequate standard of living for asylum seekers in Europe, including education, healthcare, and housing.
Since 2016, the Reception Conditions Directive has been revised. The European Parliament proposed improved conditions of reception of refugees and asylum seekers. However, the proposal has been stuck from passing because Member States refuse to adopt a comprehensive reform for a common asylum seeker system.
That's allowed countries around Europe, like Italy and Greece, to strip away the rights of asylum seekers as they see fit.
Therefore demand the member states and the European Council to:
- fulfil their obligation to ensure an adequate standard of living for asylum seekers.
- adopt the common EU asylum system, including the Reception Conditions Directive and the Dublin regulation order to protect the rights of asylum seekers all around Europe, in full respect of the principle of solidarity.