Please note that although the petition below isn't a Ramsgate Society Campaign, in view of the historic connecton with the Goodwin Sands and Ramsgate, local residents and members may be interested.

 

The future of Goodwin Sands is under threat. A government organisation is deciding whether to dig up the sandbank to use the sand for building - it could destroy the homes of seals, marine-life and historic shipwrecks. [1] So 38 Degrees member Joanna has started a petition to save Goodwin Sands.

More than 10,000 of us have already signed the petition - and thanks to our huge opposition, the Marine Management Organisation, who’ll make the decision, has opened a new public inquiry into the decision. Our pressure is working.

On Monday, Joanna is handing in the petition to 10 Downing Street. If even more of us pile in behind the campaign now, we could persuade Theresa May to speak out against the plans too. That could be the end of the plans to dig up the sands.

Can you add your name to the petition before it’s handed in? It takes less than a minute: 

Text Box: SIGN THE PETITION


Here’s what Joanna says:

“The Goodwin Sands have a close emotional tie with the coast here. The colony of 350 grey seals that 'haul' out on the Goodwins during low tide are also much loved and can sometimes be seen swimming close to shore in the summer. They will undoubtedly be disturbed by the noise and vibration of the dredging." 

"We have suffered constant coastal erosion over the last 20 years." 

“There’s a better way of doing it and they know it!” 


So, as Joanna walks up to the doors of 10 Downing Street on Monday, can you make sure your name is with her?

Text Box: SIGN THE PETITION



Thanks for being involved, 
Jinan, Trish, Robin and the 38 Degrees team 

NOTES: 
[1] BBC: Dredging threat to Goodwin Sands wildlife and eco-system: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-35264491
The Guardian: Dredging proposed Kent marine conservation zone at risk: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jan/19/dredging-proposed-kent-marine-conservation-zone-risk 
Kent Online: Port of Dover releases picture of sands as demonstration of how much it proposes to dredge from Goodwin Sands: http://www.kentonline.co.uk/dover/news/amount-to-be-dredged-96468/

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