• Stop new Oil extraction at Brockham in Surrey
    Brockham, in Surrey’s Green Belt, is about to be subject to a new and controversial type of oil extraction and production. This involves the use of chemicals, acids, reinjected waste fluids and gas flaring which can release toxins into our air and water sources. These risk harm to our health and environment. Astonishingly, no statutory body is monitoring air or water quality, nor have they required disclosure of the type and quantities of chemicals to be used. This is because the site is being allowed to operate under an old-style environmental permit appropriate for a simple nodding donkey type pump – NOT the new technique about to be deployed. The Environment Agency has been in the process of putting in a modern-style permit for over 2 years, but it is still unclear when this will be completed. The Environment Agency wrote last year: “We are in the process of bringing their permits up to a modern standard, including a declaration of chemicals used. As a result that information will only become available in time.” The time has surely come. The new 'sidetrack' hole was drilled without authorisation or planning permission in January 2017 when Angus Energy misled Surrey Council into believing they were simply performing maintenance work. Despite being misled, Surrey County Council shockingly issued retrospective planning permission in August 2018. We have serious concerns over the operator's competence and integrity. Angus Energy now have carte blanche to commence extraction from unconventional geology using new methods that are neither properly regulated or monitored. Brockham is in an area with much groundwater and numerous water courses and we are highly concerned about the water pollution risks this new activity presents. During a recent test from the same rock formations at Balcombe in Sussex, the same company Angus Energy hit "unexpected high-pressure water" through "fractured communication" with other layers, highlighting the reality of the risks we face. We are also concerned about the impacts on public health from the gas flaring and gas engine combustion, which are projected to produce significant emissions of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and undetermined quantities of Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S). Brockham will be amongst the first sites in the country to attempt commercial production from shale rock. The target Jurassic Kimmeridge layer has been compared by the authorities to the Bakken Formation in North Dakota, where the use of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling brought about mass industrialisation and thousands of wells. In the interests of people's health and the environment this new activity should not be allowed, at the very least until a new Environmental Permit with stricter modern regulation and control is in place. We simply seek to properly respect and protect our health and environment and are asking the Environment Agency and Government to do the same. - - - [1] Brockham Oil Watch are raising funds to commission professional baseline air and water monitoring. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/brockham-oil-watch?fbclid=IwAR1kPGcARen3kaNHqysTe7JfrbhVHlTMOjUGpmiaqeKM4HAJUvk7IlDNMdU [2] More detail here: https://drillordrop.com/2018/06/14/residents-uncover-regulatory-loophole-at-surrey-oil-site/ [3] and here: https://drillordrop.com/2018/10/23/leading-surrey-councillor-lists-challenges-of-working-with-weald-oil-companies/
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  • Free the "Fracking Three"
    Lancashire voted against allowing fracking in their county, and the government undemocratically over-ruled this. Fracking is well known to have a seriously destructive impact upon the environment. The freedom to make a peaceful protest is something to be proud of in this country, and with these sentences, the judiciary have violated that right. Only by over-ruling the sentence can this basic human right be restored.
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  • Protect the right to protest: don't unfairly punish people who oppose fracking
    On 26 September 2018, four protesters received lengthy custodial sentences for their part in blocking fracking trucks from entering Preston New Road site. The civil space for local communities to protest against the shale oil and gas industry in the UK is becoming more and more restricted and this represents a growing threat to fundamental rights to freedom of expression and assembly. This is exemplified by: - The granting of sweeping civil injunctions to private companies, giving them special legal treatment in the face of widespread public protests. - Central government proposals to bypass local councils by making exploratory drilling a ‘permitted development’ - removing the need for planning permission and for local communities to raise their objections through their local representative body.
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  • Get Refills in Body Shop
    In 2002 The Body Shop discontinued the refill facility offered in some stores owing to a lack of demand. Previously it had been possible to refill shampoos and shower gel bottles with a view to avoiding unnecessary waste. They stopped it fifteen years ago, but in that time the impact of plastic on the environment has become increasingly apparent and people are keen to find ways to reduce their waste. The Body Shop have said that they are introducing recycled plastic into their supply chain, but recycling uses energy and they would still be using virgin plastics. The best way to 'do our bit' is to reuse. Tell The Body Shop that you would use refill facilities if they were made available again.
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  • STOP NUCLEAR WASTE DUMPING IN WALES!!
    It's one thing to deny funding towards building the Tidal Bay Lagoon, in Swansea (A green and 100% renewable energy source). Further more, to announce the establishment are funding over 100 MILLION in to nuclear power plants in UK is frankly, below the belt. BUT, to dump the nuclear waste in wales, on the belly's of our shores is audacious, to the point of beyond belief. The British Government, YOUR GOVERNMENT, are planning to dump 300,000 tonnes of toxic waste surrounding Cardiff bay. This waste will the be carried through the strong Severn River currents outwards, towards the natural, beautiful, award winning beaches of the Gower peninsular, Swansea. Towards the Irish east coastal areas. The current will also take the nuclear infected water up stream to the heart of the river, where river banks, vegetation and marine life will also be affected. This NEEDS to be prevented. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FOOD FOR THOUGHT: During the the massive media speculation around the re-naming of the Severn bridge, Prince Charles was quoted: "Why weren't the welsh people notified and asked about this" To which he followed - "No wonder they are not happy". Naming a bridge is one thing, This is another level.
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  • Shell Out! No place for big oil in public science
    The summer of 2018 has already drawn unprecedented levels of attention to the growing effects of climate change, with record breaking temperatures and serious moorland fires in the hills surrounding Manchester. As the world suffers a record-breaking and deadly global heatwave, the need to transition away from fossil fuels could not be clearer. The Museum of Science and Industry has an important role in inspiring children and young people to become the climate scientists and energy system engineers of the future. Fossil fuel companies like Shell have no role in that future. By partnering with Shell, the Museum of Science and Industry is giving legitimacy to a company who actions are endangering the environment on a global scale. Naturalist and Broadcaster Chris Packham has already signed in support of our campaign stating that: 'As the world swelters and wildlife struggles in this unprecedented heatwave, MSI has decided to partner with Shell, one of the corporations responsible for fuelling climate change. A museum dedicated to science education should not be helping promote any company that is actively exacerbating this planetary emergency until they show a serious proactive drive to switch to renewables. And thus far this is not happening.'
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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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  • Prevent Fracking in Leeds
    As social ecologists argue, the exploitation of nature is rooted in the exploitation of humankind. Fracking is again a demonstration of how financial incentives threaten to undermine our long-term existence on this planet. To pursue this path will mean greater pollution, degradation of the UK countryside (over half a million metres will be sacrifice to fracking wells) and the exacerbation of the already clear hazards presented by climate change. Environmental activists are campaigning and dying in countries such as Honduras to prevent industrial projects that will destroy scared areas of nature. In England it is time that we realise our responsibility as environmental stewards, in Leeds we must unite to challenge companies who are too short-sighted to see what is valuable. Preston New Road has already shown its opposition with 50,000 signatures, can we stand with them?
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  • Bring back the 29 bus
    I myself am disabled and I now have to walk 20 minutes to the new bus stop, then walk 20 minutes to work. This is without standing around waiting for buses. If I choose to catch the new bus - 27 I will have to wait around for another bus to take me to the city. Also a lot of elderly people live on my housing estate and the change will make it harder for them to go to Harbourne as it does not go down the high street and also when they want to go to birmingham they will have to change buses and wait around for another one, this will be especially hard for them and myself in the winter months.
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  • Reuse of domestic plastic bottles
    These bottles are typically sturdy enough to be used many times and reusing a bottle ten times would reduce plastic consumption and waste by 90%. It would reduce transportation and consumer prices. The retail technology is readily available and the public are highly motivated to adopt such initiatives.
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  • Outlaw all non recyclable plastics
    By 2050 plastic pollution in our oceans is set to outnumber fish !, we are killing the planet and it’s resources of which we rely , it’s sheer madness this is still going on when we now know so much about our environment and our effect on it, we need to act now, not faze these problems out over decades, it will be too late, we have the technology to replace plastic with biodegradable alternatives but businesses benefitting from plastic production don’t want this to happen as It effects their profits which they see as more important than the damage being dealt to the planet , a planet you and I need to survive, we are poisoning nature beyond the point of no return, leaving our grandchildren a broken, unrecognisable world all in the name of greed.. please, it has to stop NOW not later, let us as a country set the president, be the game changers in environmental protection.
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  • Support for a Seven Barrage Tidal Lagoon
    It is the second largest tidal range in the world and would generate clean power now and for future generations without reliance on toxic resources from around the world. Many jobs would be generated and it would benefit the environment with cleaner power. It seems so obvious when we are surrounded by water and wave power waiting to be captured!
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