The following petition has been started by Alicia Ní Ghráinne of the West Cork Green Business Alliance.
Alicia is a film-maker who lives in Baltimore, West Cork and is seeking to draw on the support of the Irish community in the UK, Europe and the world at large, to bring international attention to our campaign and the wider issues involved.
Avaaz is a U.S.-based online site launched in January 2007 that promotes global activism on issues such as climate change, human rights, animal rights, corruption, poverty, and conflict. The Guardian newspaper considers it “the globe’s largest and most powerful online activist network”.
Within hours of the launch on November 26th, 2018, the petition has already attracted almost 1000 signatures and no doubt will gather many thousands more over the coming days and weeks. As we wait on An Bord Pleanála to make their decision on the appeal against the planning permission for this development, this petition brings much needed attention and publicity to the campaign and highlights the demand in the world today for tougher planning laws regarding industrial developments in Ireland.
We would ask everyone to sign the petition and to share and distribute it to as many people as possible. Our experience so far is that publicity and public support do much more to shift the attitude of politicians than anything else.
It takes less than a minute but can change the future of Skibbereen and West Cork for decades to come – click the link below to go to the petition site :
PETITION TO THE IRISH GOVERNMENT: IRISH GREEN BELT LAND REZONED FOR PLASTICS FACTORY WITHOUT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT