This is urgent: we’ve just heard that the South Australian Government is trying to rush through a Bill which would give tech companies like Uber, Tesla and Amazon the ability to bypass any state law they choose.
This unprecedented Bill would give powerful tech companies the ability to override anti-discrimination laws, worker's compensation, environmental protections and occupational health and safety standards, all with just a pen-stroke from the Minister.
Right now only a few lone voices are standing up to this grossly undemocratic Bill and the Government is hoping it can ram it through this week before Parliament dissolves for the summer.
The Law Society of South Australia has condemned the Bill stating that the powers it grants are far too broad, lacking in any appropriate safeguards and could have far-reaching unintended consequences.
What's more, if South Australia succeeds in passing this Bill then it could trigger an arms race as corporations pressure other states to match -- or beat -- South Australia's huge free kick to tech companies.
So far the Government has only gotten away with so little scrutiny on its plans by burying it in a flurry of end-of-year legislation. They're hoping no-one will notice.
That's why we need to take a stand and make it a big one.
Sadly, we know all too well what happens when corporations get too much power.
That's why thousands of SumOfUs members like you stand up to powerful companies like Nestlé, Uber, and Adani every day. And when we take action together, we win.
Please add your voice now and stop this dangerous Bill before it becomes law.
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6 billion metric tons. That’s how much climate pollution we will cut thanks to clean car standards, which reduce pollution and increase fuel economy for our cars and trucks. It’s the equivalent of a year’s worth of pollution from 150 coal-fired power plants.
But Ford and the rest of the auto industry are now working with the Trump administration to roll back these important fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards.
Tell Ford to stop working with Trump to make cars dirty again.
They’re expecting to continue the tried-and-true playbook they’ve been following for the past year: Win enough media praise for pledges to build green models in order to drown out its lobby efforts to roll back the biggest federal climate program on the books. But Ford can’t hide the facts: Just two days after the 2016 election, Ford’s lobbyists called on the Trump transition team to alter the standards.
They’ve already succeeded in getting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to begin the roll back process.
Ford can’t have it both ways — enjoying praise for innovation while working to roll back safeguards that protect against more dirty and dangerous gas guzzlers hitting the streets. Rolling back the clean car standards will increase the dangerous air pollution that contributes to asthma attacks. What's more, transportation is the single largest and fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions in the US.
Campaigners and activists from Public Citizen, Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Environment America, and Safe Climate Campaign have been applying direct pressure on Ford for months already. They'll be delivering a giant petition very soon to Ford. SumOfUs members have helped move giant corporations like Ford before -- and we can do it again.
Nestlé and Pepsi's palm oil business partner Indofood is the worst of the worst when it comes to producing palm oil. The Indonesian giant has got away with rainforest destruction and worker abuse for too long.
This impunity could end soon! The palm oil industry’s main certification body, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) could finally kick the rogue company off its certification scheme when it meets next week, so we need to act fast.
This decision will be a crucial step in getting Nestlé and Pepsi to finally cut deforestation and abuse out of their supply chains. Together, we can expose the RSPO’s greenwashing and put its reputation at risk so it doesn’t stick to business as usual and overlook Indofood’s gross violations.
Sign the petition to demand the RSPO suspends Nestlé’s business partner Indofood.
Owned by Indonesia’s richest man, Indofood has been exposed in multiple investigations for exploiting workers, paying poverty wages (and female workers even less), dangerous working conditions, and intimidating communities off their land for illegal deforestation.
It also ignores the RSPO’s guidelines on protecting precious orangutan habitat and is guilty of logging on carbon-rich peat land, intensifying climate chaos.
Nestlé and Pepsi are in on this game. The snack food giants co-brand products in the South Asian market, and profit from lucrative Joint Venture Partnerships with Indofood -- cheating on their palm oil commitments.
Getting the industry’s main certification scheme to suspend Indofood could force Nestlé and Pepsi to take strong action against Indofood, or risk public backlash. A suspension would give us even more evidence to call for Nestlé and Pepsi to permanently cut ties with Indofood.
There’s very little time before Nestlé’s and Pepsi's business partner gets its verdict, so please sign the petition now.
Together, we’ve forced some of the palm oil industry’s biggest players to change their destructive ways before. Last year a huge SumOfUs petition shone light on another one of Nestlé’s dodgy palm oil partners -- REPSA in Guatemala. The exposure and media fall-out forced Nestlé to cut ties with the Guatemalan palm oil offender!
The RSPO often fails to enforce its own standards, but if we pile on the pressure it could be forced to sanction Indofood. . Recently, the RSPO froze Nestlé’s membership for several weeks when it failed to comply with its rules.
The suspension was a blow to Nestlé’s public image, and zoos and retailers around the world refused to stock its products for the period. That’s why we want to send a strong message to the industry by getting Indofood suspended for good.
You may have seen the photos: seals trapped in stray nets. Baby seabirds with stomachs full of plastic. Turtles with straws up their noses.
Sir David Attenborough is telling us that there’s a plastics crisis in our oceans. And the world is finally waking up.
This week British Prime Minister Theresa May issued a bold call to world leaders assembled in London: she called on Commonwealth governments -- including ours -- to join the fight to stop plastic pollution.
But Malcolm Turnbull is standing in the way.
This could be the rare moment of international coordination we need to help save the 1 million birds and 100,000 marine creatures that are killed by plastic waste everywhere
We can't let Australia block this progress.
Time is running out to save our oceans. Over 90% of seabirds have plastic in their stomachs, which can cause starvation and poisoning.
A garbage truck full of plastic is dumped in our oceans every single minute!
Britain’s Conservative Government has pledged to eliminate plastic waste within 25 years. Prime Minister May plans to introduce bans on straws, stirrers, and cotton buds, and she’s asking that Commonwealth governments, like Australia, do that too.
We have 8.2 millions square kilometres of ocean under Australian territorial control Malcolm Turnbull has far more to gain than most Commonwealth leaders from addressing the unfolding disaster in our oceans. And he can do that by going right to the source: getting corporations to cut plastic waste.
Rather than embrace this opportunity for progress he has turned his back. If SumOfUs members like you speak out now, we can force Turnbull to change his mind.
This is an unprecedented moment for getting real action on plastics and we need to seize it.
Just this year McDonald’s announced that it would be phasing out plastic straws in their UK stores. This came after 388,000 SumOfUs members signed our petition and 21,000 members sent emails to McDonald’s executives demanding action.
Over 300,000 SumOfUs members like you also joined a global coalition asking Starbucks to adopt better packaging - and we had a huge breakthrough! After huge pressure from you Starbucks just announced it will commit $10 million in a partnership to bring a fully recyclable and compostable cup to market in three years!
The movement to break free from destructive, single use plastics has never been stronger. We can’t let Malcolm Turnbull stand in the way of progress. Australia, and the companies that do business here, need to play their part.
So please, add your voice now.
Big news: You helped push Citigroup to stop investing in mining companies that are dumping toxic mining waste directly into our waters, destroying pristine ecosystems, decimating fish populations and poisoning communities.
Now we're targeting JPMorgan Chase, one of the largest investment banks in the world. Partnering again with Earthworks and the Ditch Ocean Dumping coalition, we're demanding it pulls investment from dirty mining companies.
JPMorgan Chase needs to know that such irresponsible investment isn’t ok. A huge backlash now will send a strong message to JPMorgan Chase and pressure it to pull investment from these destructive mining corporations.
Join me in signing the petition to tell JPMorgan Chase to stop investing in mines that dump toxic tailings in the oceans.
Several of the worst offending mines are polluting the beautiful coastal waters and coral reef ecosystems of Papua New Guinea where lives and livelihoods are threatened by these toxic tailings. For too long, this practice has continued with impunity.
Despite the devastating consequences, and one of its major competitors, Citigroup, ditching ocean dumping, JPMorgan Chase continues to support the mining corporations that dump millions of tonnes of mining waste directly into the ocean. This is an appalling investment in irreversible destruction.
JPMorgan Chase is a massive investment bank that had close to 100 billion dollars of revenue last year. It is backing five companies that dump - or are planning to dump - more than 778 million tonnes of toxic mine waste into the ocean in Papua New Guinea, Norway, and Turkey.