No Gutenberg in WordPress Core
Gutenberg is a new editor for the hugely popular WordPress content management system. It aims to make it easy to build posts and pages using a drag and drop builder. A great idea in principle. The team behind the project is dedicated and working hard to create their vision and this petition is in no way aiming to discredit their contribution to WordPress. However, there is a clear push back from the community against the Gutenberg plugin (which will become part of the core Wordpress code in v5), mostly because people feel it's not ready, and the amount of bug reports and issues open on their Github repository displays this. This petition is to ask the WordPress team to keep Gutenberg out of the core of WordPress and instead keep it as a plugin for users to install. In addition this petition asks that Gutenberg does not get integrated into the core until the community agrees that the time is right.
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Anti-Plastic Petition, Singapore
We issue this petition on World Environment Day with grave concern as to your recent comments regarding plastic bag usage, as reported in several news outlets including the Straits Times. We refer in particular to the absence of plans for a levy on plastic bags, or any meaningful legislation to curb the prodigious usage of them in our country. Singapore now stands with the ever-diminishing list of countries that avoid the critical issue of excessive plastic consumption. In this regard, we are sorry to say that Singapore stands on the wrong side of history. But this is something that you, in your role as Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources, can address - not just for the good of your contemporaries, but also for all future generations. We face the prospect of a world weighed down by plastic - where the discovery of dead animals’ stomachs full of discarded plastic waste is the norm, not the exception. This is a world we cannot accept, and therefore which it is our responsibility to prevent. A plastic bag levy is a practical solution which will both draw attention to the often unthinking usage of multiple bags when fewer or none will do, whilst simultaneously generating revenue which can be used to develop alternative materials, recycling options, or even to promote other elements of the government’s environmental agenda. It makes little sense to avoid implementing a levy until an alternative material can be developed - this condemns our country and the surrounding region to potentially years more pollution on a vast scale, and is representative of nothing more than a policy void paired with permanent and harmful implications for the world. We must only look around us - to the many other countries in the world that have led from the front, for inspiring stories of how small changes can have powerful effects. In the UK, a 5 pence plastic bag levy led to an 83% drop in usage within one year. In Taiwan, an NT$1 charge for every plastic bag led to an 80% drop usage within a year. Australia achieved a 45% drop, Denmark a 60% drop - the list goes on, and on - and each example demonstrates that change is possible. Plastic bag usage is an addiction, and one that can be broken: For the good of all of us and all of the world around us. Dr Khor, you occupy a position of wisdom and responsibility within our government so we ask that you consider this when considering our petition. We ask that you look at not the short-term issues, but those of the long-term. In fifty years a generation will look back and wonder how people could so recklessly and persistently damage the world around them. And so we ask you to help us stand on the right side of history. This petition requests that you implement a levy on plastic bag usage, with a view to reducing overall usage of plastic bags in Singapore. We do not ask that you find an alternative, and thus we do not accept that a delay is necessary until an alternative can be found. Meaningful action can be taken now, and we ask that you take it. For those signing this petition, thank you for your action. Please leave your comments and stories below for Dr Amy Khor to read as well. Our voices must be heard.
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GOOGLE: Put Palestine On Your Maps!
Palestine does not appear on Google maps. Why not? Israel, established on Palestinian land, is clearly designated. But there is no mention of Palestine. According to Google, Palestine does not exist. The omission of Palestine is a grievous insult to the people of Palestine and undermines the efforts of the millions of people who are involved in the campaign to secure Palestinian independence and freedom from Israeli occupation and oppression. This is an important issue, as Google Maps are now regarded as definitive by people around the world, including journalists, students and others carrying out research into the Israel-Palestine situation. Whether intentionally or otherwise, Google is making itself complicit in the Israeli government's ethnic cleansing of Palestine. Please join us in calling on Google to recognize Palestine in Google Maps, and to clearly designate and identify the Palestinian territories illegally occupied by Israel. Please remember to share this petition with your social media contacts. Thank you.
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Stop pornography on Twitch!
Many of you will know it: The "Just Chatting" category on Twitch.tv regularly becomes a venue for pornography that can be viewed and financially supported by minors without any restrictions. In exchange for donations, subscriptions and bits (a separate currency on Twitch), the women make certain movements or write the names of the users on their bodies. These are often the streams with the highest numbers of viewers on Twitch. So far, Twitch does nothing against this kind of pornography and earns a huge amount of money with it. It cannot be that a gaming platform allows content of a pornographic nature and does not prevent it. This content encourages female Twitch streamers to be degraded to sex objects, regardless of their own content. There is also no way to protect young visitors to Twitch! Twitch must react! I call on those responsible to remove pornographic content from the platform, as it has nothing to do with the original gaming platform. Alternatively, a +18 category could be introduced, which can only be viewed with prior age verification, as is already common on other platforms with pornographic content. My name is Timo, I am 16 years old and I am a passionate streamer on Twitch myself. I like to look for new interesting streams in the evening. For some time now, I've been coming across the "Just Chatting" category, mainly lightly dressed Twitch streamers who (partly) let themselves be paid by minors to do certain things. I would like to campaign for something to be done about this exploitation of Twitch ToS and for underage users to be protected from it.Support my petition now with your signature and share the petition in your networks!
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Water Conservation Awareness Campaign
As Pakistan may face water scarcity by 2050. A survey conducted by a international organization tells us that Pakistan wastes about ten trillion gallons of water per year.Poor water management in Pakistan is causing high water waste within the agriculture sector. Pakistan has an inefficient irrigation system that causes a 60 percent water loss. In addition, Pakistan has low water productivity in comparison with other countries. Water scarcity in Africa is predicted to reach dangerously high levels by 2025. It is estimated that about two-thirds of the world's population may suffer from fresh water shortage by 2025. The main causes of water scarcity in Africa are physical and economic scarcity, rapid population growth, and climate change. So it's the duty of the worlds population to save water as water is the main source of survival and if there is no water left it will be a major threat to the world. We need to think about the future and the threats which might effect the world in upcoming years. This petition is all about how to conserve water in the best possible way.
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Put an end to food wastage
I prepared this petition on the topic of "food wastage" as a part of our Team Project component. The purpose of this campaign is to raise public awareness about food wastage and how serious of a problem it is.Paradoxically, over one-third of the food produced for human use each year - around 1.3 billion tonnes - is wasted or squandered across the world. Not only are all of the resources used to produce the uneaten food wasted (land, water, labor, manufacturing, etc.), but when food waste goes to landfill, which is where the vast majority of it ends up, it decomposes without access to oxygen and produces methane, which is 23 times more deadly than carbon dioxide and causes air pollution and other disasters.According to a report, 40% of the food produced in Pakistan is wasted each year, amounting to 36 million tonnes, and 43% of the country's citizens are food insecure, with 18 percent experiencing severe food shortages, resulting in Pakistan being classified as a country with serious hunger levels.Sign this petition to:1. Always plan your meals, develop a shopping list and adhere to it, and prevent impulse purchases.2. Look for a local food pantry where you may contribute extra food or cook a meal for a neighbor.3. When purchasing fresh food, always be sure to check the use-by dates. Rather than the best-before dates.4. Finally only purchase what you will be able to utilize before it expires.
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