• End opencast coal for good
    Opencast coal extraction is a reckless and dirty industry that is fuelling climate change while hurting communities in the UK and abroad to fuel UK power stations. Over the next few weeks, the UK government faces a choice: it can let this dirty industry get bigger, or it can end opencast coal extraction for good, honouring it’s promise of a 2025 coal phase-out to the British people, saving communities and protecting the climate. Right now, the government is considering whether to allow two opencast coal mines in the North of England 1. Bradley in Pont Valley, which is already destroying the countryside, and 2. Druridge Bay, which threatens a pristine stretch of coastline. Both mines are being pursued by Banks Group; the only company in the UK pushing for the expansion of coal extraction. They have already extended their operation at Shotton, Northumberland and are undertaking a scoping inquiry into a new one at Dewley Hill, near Throckley, Newcastle. Together these four projects would extract over 6.5 million tonnes of coal and release around 13 million tonnes of Co2 . There’s no time to lose - at the Bradley mine in Pont Valley, each day that goes by means more coal being burned and more countryside being lost. The government is due to make a decision on Bradley by 25th February 2019, and is expected to make a decision on Druridge Bay in a similar time-frame. Banks Groups lawyers and lobbyists are putting forward their arguments in favour of their damaging projects. Let’s make sure we get heard too. Sign our petition to make sure that the government makes the right decision and ends opencast coal mining for good.
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  • McDonald’s: take responsibility for reuse/recycling of old happy meal toys
    Much as I would like to live a perfect eco-friendly life, I have children, and with children come happy meal toys. Lots of them. They are (except for a select few) mostly ignored after the first hour. So what am I supposed to do with all these toys? Some are collectible and can be sold on eBay, but as a busy mum I don’t have time for that. Charities won’t accept them as donations. Most local authorities don’t take toys in their household plastic recycling. As an eco-conscious person, I try to avoid landfill, and I know McDonald’s are aiming for zero landfill too. So why aren’t they taking responsibility for all the happy meal toys and the tonnes of plastic waste that comes with it? I’ve tried to contact McDonald’s about it, and received poor answers that simply do not acknowledge the scale of the problem.
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  • Destruction of Oxford's Greenbelt
    There has been NO consultation on this plan, which is significantly different from the original Plan. There are many major changes, including most of the housing sites being proposed now. • The “exceptional circumstances” that allow for development on the Green Belt have not been satisfactorily established. The harm caused by removing the Grenoble Road site from the Green Belt is greater than any benefits obtained. • The proposed development will have a major impact on the nature of the local environment and people’s enjoyment of it. • The proposed development will reduce access to the countryside as an amenity for many residents, of Oxford, Blackbird Leys and Greater Leys - paths, dog walking routes, etc. • The figures used to estimate the number of houses needed are questionable and out of date. • The proposed estate of 3,000 homes would inevitably increase noise, air and light pollution. • The proposed density of 70 dwellings/hectare is out of keeping with the area and inappropriate in a semi-rural location. It is higher than most new developments except in city centres. • The Grade I listed Nuneham Courtenay Park has views over much of the surrounding countryside and views from the Park will be very adversely affected by a large housing estate south of Grenoble Road. • There are inadequate plans to improve the infrastructure (roads, public transport, shops, doctors and other amenities) to support this development. • The proposed Park & Ride will attract more traffic up the A4074 through Nuneham Courtenay—especially if the Redbridge P&R is closed as has been proposed elsewhere. • The proposed Cowley branch line passenger rail service would be too far from the Grenoble Road site to be useful. Therefore, those working in Oxford or commuting from further away would add traffic to already congested roads. • The Plan is not coordinated with other plans like the expressway.
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  • Stop Black Bin Bags use
    It’s plastic that no one else is campaigning against
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    CoGen wants to build an incinerator in Cardiff which would burn 150,000 tonnes of waste a year. Such a plant undermines recycling and composting, worsens climate change, emits toxic gases harmful to health. It would import waste from outside Wales contrary to the Proximity Principle of minimising transport-miles. This type of plant is known for not working properly, breaking down and many have been closed. They also produce potentially lethal explosive gases endangering the surrounding location. This plant is not going to be near any potential heat users the efficiency of the plant is poor with some 60-70% of the heat it would generate being wasted. This flies in the face of Welsh Government policy for combined heat and power. As is also the case with the Splott incinerator. The so called guardians of our environment the NRW (Natural Resources Wales) have absolutely no expertise in these incinerators and therefore impossible to police. Indeed they are utterly failing in policing the existing Splott one. The waste they want to burn can easily be recycled without polluting anything. Burning mixed waste is highly dangerous in that it releases lethal toxins to all life forms, such as PM2.5, PM10, C02 carbon dioxide, which further adds to the already poor environment of south wales, therefore flying in the face of the global environmental accords such as Paris and Poland. In operation this incinerator fumes are extremely dangerous due to the fact that the filter system has to be turned off for up to 4 hours during startup that's when the very high harmful pollutants are emitted. NRW does not even require measurements of it! These fumes do not disperse harmlessly, similar to the Splott one but circulate around the immediate urban area of Cardiff and have been known to be carried by wind over 100 miles. The toxins get released when burnt and rise into the air, and what goes up must come down, these poisons land in the earth and in the air you breath and the water that is around. The very life of everything on the planet is contaminated by it. Under an easterly wind, the emission plumes get trapped in the Cardiff environment exactly as the current Splott incinerator does today. NRW to please its political masters in the assembly assume a measurement of strong winds from the west and are measured in Rhoose airport not in Splott or St.Mellons or the Cardiff Bay. CoGen’s plant would emit huge quantities of NOx and NO2 (toxic gas) which are uncontrolled by NRW yet are proven to be the most dangerous to health.  NRW and the Health authorities have ignored the Senedd report on incineration that stressed dangers from nano-particles such as PM2.5 which are so small as to penetrate through the lungs into body organs, including even the brain and an unborn child. Past studies of urban areas around an incinerator of twenty miles have shown significant increases in child stillbirths and malformation, asthma, brain disease such as dementia, and heart disease. These big business such as Co-gen and Viridor are very happy to put their profits before your health. CoGen is being pushed forward by Dr Liam Fox MP in England through the Department of Trade and Industry with no interest in what you want or worse still what's important for the environment. This is not about efficient methods of recycling waste it is all about speculative profit making by big business on the backs of the tax payers. Cardiff’s Viridor incinerator came because of Welsh government encouragement and subsidy, though contrary to policy for local, efficient CHP plants. Cardiff officers encouraged the plant too – a big mistake.  No way should we have another mega-incinerator!  There is no calorific value in burning metal, glass, food or cardboard. They really only want the plastic which is a complex oil based product which release deadly poisons. Cardiff is now the Incinerator happy hunting ground and unless you act and stop it more will come.
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  • Demand for Independent Public Enquiry into Council & Police handling of the Sheffield Tree Campaign.
    We believe the Sheffield and wider public have a right to know the truth behind the actions of our council, their PFI contractor Amey & South Yorkshire Police in dealing with lawful, peaceful protest.
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  • Review preparations for dealing with a nuclear convoy accident in Cumbria
    Nuclear warheads are regularly transported in convoys on public roads to and from the atomic weapon factories at Aldermaston and Burghfield, and RNAD Coulport on Loch Long, where the weapons are stored and loaded onto Trident submarines. A nuclear warhead contains radioactive material and high explosive and this poses serious questions about public safety. The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 requires Category 1 Responders (including Local Authorities) to conduct a risk assessment of potential threats and to keep the public informed. According to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) document, Local Authority and Emergency Services Information (LAESI) Edition 10, if there was a serious accident the MoD would look after the nuclear weapon, but Local Authorities, Emergency Services and the Health Service would be responsible for potentially contaminated casualties, evacuating people nearby and advising many more to stay indoors. We want Cumbria County Council to openly review how prepared the civil authorities are and inform the public about their findings. Then the people of Cumbria can decide whether this transport poses an unacceptable risk.
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    Created by Philip Gilligan
  • Cheshire Police - Prosecute Illegal Hunters!
    Hunting wild animals with dogs is a cruel blood sport and has no place in a civilized society. Terrified animals are chased for miles then ripped apart by a pack of dogs, this is regularly happening in Cheshire. Cheshire Constabulary has never successfully prosecuted anyone for illegal hunting. Cheshire Constabulary has passed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service only once in the last three years.
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  • For the sake of Nature and People... protect our street trees now!
    We are losing our street/urban trees at an alarming rate. Yet these trees are vitally important to making our urban spaces pleasant and tolerable. Trees in our urban communities have a number of environmental, social and ecological benefits: * Are vital for improving air quality by the production of oxygen and the absorbtion of air pollution. * Controls flooding by intercepting and soaking up rainfall. * Contribute to reducing climate change. * Helping to reduce noise pollution. * Provides vital food and habitat for our struggling wildlife. * Provide shade and cooling during summer heat waves. We understand that local government is under great financial pressure so we need to send a message to our Councillors that our street/urban trees are a priority for local people.
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  • Biodegradable chewing gum
    It is estimated that 374 billion pieces of gum are sold every year amounting to about 560,000 tonnes of gum of which some 80-90% is polluting streets, pavements, countryside and damaging the environment. Like plastic is found in fish. Biodegradable gum is available NOW. Why are we allowing this completely preventable, unhealthily and damaging pollution to continue any longer!!
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  • Southampton FC: Ditch single use plastic
    By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in our seas. But Premier League football clubs still give our hundreds of thousands of single use plastic items every single matchday. Plastic cups, straws, stirrers, bags, they all end up clogging up our oceans and filling landfills. Football supporters shouldn't be forced to contribute to plastic pollution, just because they want a drink or some food at a match.
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  • Hibernian FC: Ditch single use plastic
    By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in our seas. But Scottish Premiership football clubs still give out thousands of single use plastic items every single matchday. Plastic cups, straws, stirrers, bags, they all end up clogging up our oceans and filling landfills. Football supporters shouldn't be forced to contribute to plastic pollution, just because they want a drink or some food at a match.
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    Created by Angus-Owain Roberts