• Make UK Retailers Responsible for the Packaging they Sell
    Making it compulsory for companies to have to receive their packaging back would change the waste and pollution problem faster - as they would be held accountable for what they are selling and how they are selling to the public. It would force them to make important changes internally to tackle the waste and pollution crisis. They would also potentially be able to offer refillable products at a discount that would not only save the public / consumers money, but would also solve part of problems of the waste crisis in a more long-term way.
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  • Don't make gardeners & farmers use more poisonous weedkillers
    Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide on the market. Herbicides containing glyphosate are sold under a variety of names, and are made by a large number of different manufacturers, but the most well known is RoundUp, made by Monsanto. Gardeners and farmers choose to use glyphosate herbicides because they are both very effective, and have a very low toxicity to people and animals. Despite the fact that there is very clear scientific evidence that herbicides containing glyphosate are safe, and don't cause cancer (see sources at the bottom), and even though multiple well-respected international scientific bodies have examined all of the evidence and also concluded there is no link between glyphosate and cancer, a jury in California decided that a man's cancer was caused by it. As a result companies like B&Q and Homebase are considering removing glyphosate herbicides from their shelves. Waitrose is already doing it. If glyphosate herbicides are taken away, gardeners and farmers will have no alternative but to switch to other, more toxic herbicides, like pyraflufen ethyl (2x more toxic than glyphosate), dicamba (about 6 times more toxic than glyphosate), or diquat (almost 40 times more toxic than glyphosate). As a gardener, I use glyphosate for weed control, particularly invasive, difficult to get rid of ones like Ground Elder and Bindweed. Farmers are increasingly using it as part of no-till farming, to avoid having to break up soil which leads to soil degradation and erosion. Why should my health and well-being, and the safety of my family be put at risk by knee-jerk responses to a poorly made judgement in a foreign court? Gardeners and farmers should be allowed to decide for ourselves if we want to continue to use RoundUp and other glyphosate herbicides, rather than having it imposed on us. Courts are not good places to determine scientific issues. Juries can be swayed by emotions (a dying man vs a large faceless, not particularly trusted corporation), and because juries don’t generally consist of scientific experts, and therefore, like the rest of us, they aren't in a position to properly evaluate scientific evidence, particularly in a courtroom where they're under pressure to try and decide between 2 competing stories. So when the science says glyphosate is safe, I believe companies should trust the science, rather than relying on a single flawed court case that is being appealed. Sources: - Andreotti et al. 2017. A large, long-term cohort study with over 50,000 participants that wasn’t funded by Monsanto, which failed to find an association between glyphosate use and cancer among farmers. - Mink et al. 2012. A meta-analysis of 21 cohort and case-controlled studies in humans concluded that there is "no consistent pattern of positive associations indicating a causal relationship between total cancer (in adults or children) or any site-specific cancer and exposure to glyphosate". - Regulatory oversight agencies in the US, Europe and elsewhere in the world, including the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (acting on behalf of European Commission and European Food Safety Authority), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and World Health Organization Core Assessment Group, the European Union, the World Health Organization International Programme on Chemical Safety, the EPA, and the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority have all reviewed the over 800 studies on glyphosate (many of which are independent) and concluded there is no link between glyphosate and cancer. (Declaration of interest: I have never worked for or receive any money from Monsanto or any other chemical or agricultural company.)
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  • Remove The Anti-Poor Notice At Brighton Station
    Many of you would have seen the story in today's Argus about the notice at Brighton Station asking commuters not to help beggars. Here's the Argus article: http://www.theargus.co.uk/…/16412688.commuters-are-asked-n…/ I must confess I never saw that sign, mainly because I seldom use the trains. I mostly cycle. But reading about it in the Argus this morning got my blood boiling. It deeply offended me that in austerity-ravaged Britain, where more and more families are forced to resort to food-banks, and where people are increasingly going into debt just to provide their kids with the basics, that anybody or company could be so heartless as to advice against Brightonians helping each other. I've lived here for one year, and I have never lived in a more welcoming, generous and kind city. The people here look out for each other and are happy to help people worse off than themselves. This notice is a blot on our city. It reflects badly on us. When people visiting us from all over Britain and the world arrive at the station, that is one of the first things they see. IT MUST BE REMOVED by GOVIA, the company that runs the station. I am trying to put together an effort to force them to remove it and replace it with a notice that reflects our city for the kind and generous city it is. PLEASE sign this petition.
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  • Guarantee the proper recycling and reuse of used electronic items
    These companies make huge profits selling electronic items, for example in the 4th quarter of 2017 Apple posted revenue of $52.6 billion and net quarterly profit of $10.7 billion. Apple sold 46.7 million iPhones during this same period. A lot of that profit comes from selling newer versions of an existing product to existing customers, with no consideration for the older product. These older products and broken or obsolete items invariably end up in the rubbish in the UK or being shipped overseas to countries like China, or more recently Thailand and Malaysia, who have no capability to properly recycle these items. These electronic items sit around covering vast areas of land slowly polluting the soil and ground water and causing health problems for local communities. These electronic companies promote and benefit massively from promoting consumerism, but deal with non of the consequences of our throw away society that they have helped create. These electronic items contain lots of plastic and hard to extract natural resources such as cadium or lithium. The extraction of these metals from the environment invariably leads to environmental degradation, we are then throwing these products away causing further long lasting damage to the environment. We then have to extract more of these same materials that are thrown away to keep pace with demand. It is time for the companies, who make such vast profits, to be held accountable for the environmental damage their products create. A tax should be levied by the British government on the profits of any of these companies domicile in the UK, to cover the cost of properly recycling and where possible reusing the various components of their electronic products.
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  • Save Our Flower Man
    This stall is an important part of Cheltenham's vibrance, character and local colour. It is an integral part of Cheltenham's Promenade and a much-needed contrast to nearby shops. This stall helps to set Cheltenham aside from other towns with similar retail outlets. Support our local small businesses!
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  • Crawley Public Green Energy Initiative
    For a long time the country has - for the most part - relied on fossil fuels to power our houses, businesses and transportation. These fossil fuels are becoming harder and harder to pull from the earth and the effects are devastating. Not to mention the fuels we are now receiving are severely reduced in quality - what is known as "dirty fuel." Our government spends billions in subsidies on the polluting fuel sources, a market that is drastically unsustainable. Crawley is a constantly developing town. The past five years have seen the town move from having thirteen districts to fourteen and the outskirts, once fields and forest land, are now developing communities. It is clear more people are seeing the geographical benefits of the town, nestled between London and Brighton. Not only this, Gatwick Airport offers a variety of jobs and links to myriad destinations around the globe. This is where I see the importance of this initiative. As more and more people move into the area, large-scale developments are taking place. Our carbon footprint is growing, as are the prices we pay for energy. The Public Green Energy Initiative aims to move people away from relying on corporations ownership of our energy so that we, as consumers, are no longer under the threat of dramatically increasing energy prices. Not only would moving to green energy be sustainable for the future, it gives people an opportunity to reduce costs and feed energy back into the grid. This lowers our prices and helps us build a local economy in green energy infrastructure. Gatwick Airport (LGW) has already started its own initiative by changing all of its bulbs to LED's (runway included) and plans to become the worlds first entirely LED lit airport. If the surrounding town of Crawley joins in turning to renewable sources of energy, the town and conjoined airport could become a model for the country. The extra added benefit - if we turn to become a green energy town, there is a huge opportunity for a total change in town, transport and community planning. Bus routes could be added and subsidized by local council in order to reduce the need for cars for small journeys. This means that areas of the town would be more accessible for workers, the elderly and the youth. Cycle routes would be improved and cycle initiatives, such as the cycle to work scheme, could be promoted through local companies. By making the energy public, the public get the vote on where their energy comes from and therefore gain independence and pride in taking part in something large-scale.
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  • Gloucester Recycling is Rubbish
    Waste collection is an area that affects all of us, not just the day to day cleanliness of our city but also our impact on the environment. This failure by Gloucester City Council, and their Contractor Amey, has a wide ranging impact on us as residents. Our environment is unnecessarily impacted by the recycling we sort being placed into landfill due to ineffeciencies and the services we need are degraded by the shortfall in funding due to recycling not being able to be sold. £300,000 is a large part of our council's budget which, with the continued defunding of our local councils from central government, we can not afford. We are chastised if our bins are put out with the lid open but the lack of scrutiny or diligence in the Council's handling of Amey and their contract is frankly mind boggling, it's time for change. For further information on this issue please follow the below links: https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/whistleblower-claims-amey-staff-gloucester-1654289 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-44374816 https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-44469075 https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/astonishing-council-meeting-reveals-gloucesters-1640809 https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/amey-not-fined-gloucester-city-1031193 https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/amey-refutes-those-claims-council-1643663
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  • Don't cut funding for children's school buses
    In September Thetford Academy are cutting funding to Lewis Coaches so that they no longer run the bus service for our children to get to school. I have no other way of getting my 12 year old to and from school. And many other parents are in the same position. Please don't compromise the safety or education of our children.
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  • Petition to force fast food companies to have unsalted fries with all children’s meals
    This is extremely important as adding salt to fries increases the child’s intake and promotes unhealthy eating which can lead to child obesity and other health related issues. It seems ludicrous that as a parent I have to request that my child’s fries are unsalted which usually results in a longer waiting time. These fast food establishments such as McDonald’s and other high street brands which offer children’s meals need to readdress this, the fries should be sold unsalted as a standard, some parents may not realise that you can request unsalted fries, which is backwards as it shouldn’t even be an options on a child’s meal. It’s about time that this changes. Let’s make a stand and push for companies to do everything in their power to be as healthy a success possibly for ourselves and our children. We all enjoy these places as a treat but we should also be confident in these establishments to be doing everything they can to ensure our meals are fresh and as healthy as possible.
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  • Reduce Single Use Plastic Packaging, particularly on fruit and vegetables
    Plastics are causing appalling damage to life in our oceans and contaminating soils and ecosystems.
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    Created by Eleanor Porter
  • Against Low Flying Snowdonia
    To protect the environment, protect animals and livestock from the stress and pollution caused by these aircraft and to promote our area as a clean, peaceful place to visit - something it at present is not. So we are trying to raise awareness to put a stop to the jets screaming overhead at VERY low levels in particular around the Rhydymain / Dolgellau / Bala Lake - areas which are known in MoD terms as the flight corridor/area of LFA7 / MACH loop. They cause emotional stress to sheep and cattle in the region and have been known to cause animals to miscarry and lose their young during birth. This in turn causes a loss of income to the farmers who struggle to earn a living in our region. They cause distress to locals and are a disaster waiting to happen with their highly dangerous ‘practice’ manoeuvres around the mountains, valleys and directly above our villages and have been recorded publicly well below their intended altitudes. An initial amusement to tourists and visitors to our region who often ask how we put up with it and we answer that the RAF have simply ridden roughshod over locals for so long they think they can get away with it. The aircraft noise depreciates the value of property as people often do not want to be treated to this level of noise pollution and rightly so. For the home owner it is a worry as the value of their house is on the decline as a direct result. In short, local people feel that they have been treated as if to be part of an airshow for years and it is time for the gates to close now. We were promised that “...things would be better...” with the closure of RAE Llanbedr which is now in private hands. If anything it has made zero difference and most days it is much worse for us. Join the campaign and help us make the area as peaceful to enjoy as it used to be.
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    Handing over a Public Park to private development and the Ross Bandstand Trust
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