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[NOT MINE] [SUBMITTED] The Environmental Protections Act

Postby Greater Cesnica » Sat Nov 20, 2021 6:48 am

Since it appears that neither The empire of Prussian peoples nor TInhampton have elected to create a thread for their proposal, here we are.
Believing that economic growth, individual wellbeing, and environmental protection most certainly can co-exist, and that all of these factors can and do intersect in parks and green spaces,

Recognizing that such spaces, as well as often featuring many flora and fauna which can help to remove harmful greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, can also facilitate the creation of jobs (such as in park maintenance) and provide a relaxing and beautiful environment for both locals and tourists alike, and

Hopeful that, by requiring member states to ensure that the parks and green spaces they own are well-maintained, more people will visit, enjoy, benefit from and respect such spaces,

The General Assembly hereby:
  1. requires that, in all parks and green spaces owned by the government of a member state (or one of its political subdivisions), that government:
    1. operate a hotline where visitors to those parks or green spaces can report any problems about those parks,
    2. respond to all complaints received through that hotline in a prompt and fair manner,
    3. maintain all buildings on the grounds of those parks and green spaces, especially where those buildings are accessible to the public, and
    4. hire enough workers to maintain and run those parks, green spaces, and any buildings on their grounds,
  2. suggests that, where parks and green spaces open to the public are owned by private entities, those private entities take measures similar to those described in Article 1,
  3. recommends that all owners of parks and green spaces in member states that are open to the public allow all visitors to enter free of charge, especially where this is economically feasible, and
  4. urges member states to only grant planning permission for commercial developments on brownfield sites that have previously been developed upon, as opposed to undeveloped greenfield sites (including parks and green spaces), to the extent that granting such permission would neither be unviable nor lead to significant harm to the habitats of rare or endangered species.
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Postby Tinhampton » Sat Nov 20, 2021 7:24 am

The Not Miners at it again, huh? I'm here if you guys have any questions by the way - and yeah I strongly recommended that TEOPP draft his proposal on the forums but he never listened :P proper title capitalisation is The Environmental Protections act, for some unfathomable reason

AS OF 1423 GMT ON SATURDAY: Approvals: 53 out of 59 needed (Tinhampton, Echoslavia, Josephtan, Tysoania, Albrook, Telgan Alpha, Krovx Indochina, Ko-oren, Stonehave, Cheries, Baccalieu, Treadwellia, Jean Rowe, The Scottish Republic, Arkilandic, South Boston Irishmen, Bearded Dragones, The Flyin, Gumeus, Tevaris, United Zephation, Boreguard, Queenbury, Ceneopia Hana, Republic of Dixie, Polomon Islands, Novum Orientis, Recycling Bins, Estathuania, Agalaesia, Reultan, Willtechia, Gloriuous Mother Russia, Juice Elijah Tentacion, Viktorovitch, Pasaistan, The Bolivian Socialist Falange, Johill, Cream of Potato Soup, The Free Columbian States, Oost-Suid-Afrika, Dabberwocky, The Free Northern Isles, The Anarchist Federation of Spain, The Tinfields, Owswaldia, Kokhestan, Sedgistan, The Finntopian Empire, The Communists of the Multiversal Empire, Libonesia, North Gerveric, Komrat)
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Postby Greater Cesnica » Sat Nov 20, 2021 8:04 am

Tinhampton wrote:The Not Miners at it again, huh? I'm here if you guys have any questions by the way - and yeah I strongly recommended that TEOPP draft his proposal on the forums but he never listened :P proper title capitalisation is The Environmental Protections act, for some unfathomable reason

AS OF 1423 GMT ON SATURDAY: Approvals: 53 out of 59 needed (Tinhampton, Echoslavia, Josephtan, Tysoania, Albrook, Telgan Alpha, Krovx Indochina, Ko-oren, Stonehave, Cheries, Baccalieu, Treadwellia, Jean Rowe, The Scottish Republic, Arkilandic, South Boston Irishmen, Bearded Dragones, The Flyin, Gumeus, Tevaris, United Zephation, Boreguard, Queenbury, Ceneopia Hana, Republic of Dixie, Polomon Islands, Novum Orientis, Recycling Bins, Estathuania, Agalaesia, Reultan, Willtechia, Gloriuous Mother Russia, Juice Elijah Tentacion, Viktorovitch, Pasaistan, The Bolivian Socialist Falange, Johill, Cream of Potato Soup, The Free Columbian States, Oost-Suid-Afrika, Dabberwocky, The Free Northern Isles, The Anarchist Federation of Spain, The Tinfields, Owswaldia, Kokhestan, Sedgistan, The Finntopian Empire, The Communists of the Multiversal Empire, Libonesia, North Gerveric, Komrat)

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Postby Refuge Isle » Mon Nov 22, 2021 1:55 pm

Do we really need a government hotline for problems with a park?

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Postby Minskiev » Tue Nov 23, 2021 5:52 am

Refuge Isle wrote:Do we really need a government hotline for problems with a park?

I’m sure park rangers aren’t as readily accessible as a hotline at all times, so it’s possible.
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Postby Xernon » Wed Nov 24, 2021 3:30 pm

"Correct me if I am wrong, but this is essentially a park management bill fulfilling functions that are all very local in nature. The pre-ambulatory clauses are fine and cool and they build up a good case for WA intervention in national environmental policy, but you lose me when it is suggested that the way this is done is through intervention in local park management. For these reasons, our delegation opposes this."
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Postby Imperium Anglorum » Thu Nov 25, 2021 10:54 pm

This makes more sense as a Parks and Rec joke than an actual proposal. Opposed.

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Postby Seveshka » Thu Nov 25, 2021 11:00 pm

This sounds like, at best, a state/municipal issue. Heavily opposed.

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Postby Milorum » Fri Nov 26, 2021 9:17 pm

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The Europeian Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote AGAINST the General Assembly Resolution, "The Environmental Protections Act".
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Postby Polomon Islands » Fri Nov 26, 2021 10:05 pm

And the vote kicks off!
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Postby Caymarnia » Sat Nov 27, 2021 5:13 am

Examining the proposed resolution, we find that the title is far more grandiose than the proposal, and the limited scope of the resolution is a matter that can be easily handled by the member nations without resorting to World Assembly oversight. Caymarnia therefore votes against.
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Postby Berusturg » Sat Nov 27, 2021 7:26 am

The federation of Berusturg declares this Resolution as incomplete and recognizes it as a proposal, as it mostly ignores other, more important greenery such as forests and jungles, and chooses to vote against it.
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Postby Tinhampton » Sat Nov 27, 2021 9:38 am

This proposal is currently being defeated by 1,026 votes to 5,918 - 14.78% support. The two largest delegates in opposition are Madjack/St George of The North Pacific (933) and Albrook/Aurora Yukihime of The East Pacific (699).

Madjack offered no explanation for his opposition on TNP's offsite forums; his region's recommendation against offers no reasoning other than to condemn a non-binding clause which in no way prevents charging for access to parks and green spaces. Albrook also openly admitted that she overrode the results of a public poll.

If Madjack and Albrook had lent their support to this proposal, and assuming that no other votes change (which is quite obviously not the case, given that lemming voters exist), it would only be down 2,658 votes to 4,286 - 38.28% support.

I continue to believe that there is widespread public appetite for high-quality, common-sense regulation to protect parks and green spaces across the World Assembly. I hope to converse with the author about next steps and potential improvements in due course.
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Postby Desmosthenes and Burke » Sat Nov 27, 2021 9:57 am

We are happy to see this nonsense going down in flames, and commend the honourable delegate of The East Pacific for having more intelligence than the mob.
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Postby Outer Sparta » Sat Nov 27, 2021 10:00 am

Why wouldn't they vote on their own accord against flawed resolutions? Do some voters in the public polls in the off-site forums even know what the resolution does?
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Postby West Ord-Nekidstan » Sat Nov 27, 2021 11:25 am

Representing the people of The Confederacy of West Ord-Nekidstan, we must vote against this proposal.

We believe stronger and global regulation for environmental protection is necessary, but this proposal is lacking in several ways.
Overall, it is misleading and creates a false sense of action, while not addressing the environmental crisis in any significant way.

We would like to point out the urgency of the matter, and call for meaningful multilateral action without further delay.

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Postby Chodean Kal » Sat Nov 27, 2021 4:37 pm

What a waste of time. I'm disappointed in those Delegates who approved this fluff piece.
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Postby The Swaggerlands » Sat Nov 27, 2021 5:32 pm

I agree with the sentiment of this proposal, but I can see how a lot of people would see this as too overreaching for international policy, especially with the mandate on the green space hotline and maintenance of green space. The policy has a very strong ideological slant (which I totally agree with), which in general people find unpalatable for international law.

That being said, hope to be voting on a replacement for Promotion of Clean Energy soon.
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Postby Amerion » Sat Nov 27, 2021 7:14 pm

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The South Pacific's World Assembly Delegation has cast the Coalition's vote AGAINST this proposed resolution, The Environmental Protections Act, as per the recommendation of the Office of WA Legislation.


While the title of "The Environmental Protections Act" may make it seem like a sweeping bill protecting the environment of member nations, it is anything but. The proposal has a narrow focus on parks and green spaces, and includes some very specific mandates, such as a hotline to report problems about parks. These kinds of micro-managing regulations are better left to national governments, rather than the WA. Furthermore, the recommendation that "all owners of parks and green spaces" should not charge a fee upon entry to such spaces is impractical, as many parks and green spaces may rely on entry fees to maintain the parks. Additionally, the bill's operative clauses focus on the preservation of parks and green spaces for tourists rather than for general environmental preservation purposes. Several terms also lack definitions, which leads to ambiguity. Regrettably, this proposal was not drafted on the forums, so these kinds of problems were not caught and fixed before submitting. Thus, OWL recommends a vote AGAINST the at-vote resolution, "The Environmental Protections Act".


The Coalition warmly encourages fellow member regions to vote AGAINST.


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