• Close Dove Stone reservoir to the public until serious issues are resolved
    This is an area of great conservational importance. The moorland is an essential part of our eco-system and a vital sanctuary for wildlife and people alike. Unfortunately, over recent years, it has attracted large numbers of visitors, including some who unfortunately have little regard for the environment. As a result, many local people do not go at all any more. We want people to use, not abuse our precious landscape.
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  • Supermarkets - Please introduce Reusable Packages!
    Most of the Supermarket products we buy come with packaging, which is produced simply to be thrown away almost as soon as we open it. But there is a better way, and it is fully achievable! We acknowledge that packaging can be useful, as it helps keep our food fresher, and can help us transport it. However, producing packaging with the sole intent of throwing it away after every purchase is highly wasteful. In fact, many of the packages we throw away are still in pristine condition, and could be collected and used again. It is great to see that supermarkets are making a conscious effort to introduce packages which can be recycled. But, recycling alone is not a sustainable solution for our environment. To begin with, recycling can only be used for certain types of plastics; and ‘recycled’ plastics cannot be turned back into new food packages due to current food-regulations and technology limitations. Not to mention that recycling is a very resource-intensive process which comes at a considerable expense to the tax payer, thus we are the ones who get to pay for processing all this waste! Therefore, whilst recycling plays an important role in helping to process some of our domestic waste, by itself recycling alone is not the complete solution to resolve our ever increasing waste volumes. We want to see supermarkets introducing more Reusable packages, which can be reused over and over again. It would not take much to recover these packages, clean them, and reuse them so we can avoid the continual throw-away cycle. All it takes is a slightly better design to make packages last longer, so they can be put back to use. And when they have been used several times, and there is no more life left in them, then they can be recycled into a lower-grade plastic for other applications. We desperately need a better system to help prevent wasting away valuable resources so quickly. We need your support. Help us demonstrate this issue is important. Please join our petition. Our environment cannot cope with the rate of exploitation we are inflicting on it through our throw-away society. There is a better way, and it is fully achievable! Thank you.
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  • Keep Clarence Embankment Safe
    Over the years there has been significant growth of the planted and wild trees and growth along Clarence Embankment. There are many factors to now seriously consider:- 1. The high winds often experienced along Clarence Embankment due to the infrastructure of the street and river often create branch breakages and debris in the road which may be dangerous or hazardous. 2. The roots lifting the pavements create hazards for walkers and children going to school. 3. The street has experienced sewer problems which may also be due to tree root growth and age of sewers in the area able to cope with this growth. 4. The street experiences movement in the houses creating new cracks regularly which may be affected by the growth of the trees. 5. The trees are now overcrowded not allowing for healthy trees and growth. 6. The river bank is overcrowded with weeds and trees which gather rubbish and debris potentially endangering the birds and wildlife. 7. The significant size of the trees affect the natural light into the houses on Clarence Embankment 8. Every Autumn there is significant amount of leaf loss which creates drain blockages and slippery pavements (which were not cleaned for 6 months after the fall last year). 9. The street is used regularly by locals and visitors for walking and cycling as part of the Taff Trail and therefore presents further danger due to high usage. 10. The falling debris onto the road creates further potential risk of road traffic accidents. Overall, the street is becoming unsightly with the excessive plant and tree growth on the street and riverside for residents and regular users of Clarence Embankment this should be a street for Cardiff to be proud of and ensure it is safe and beautiful for all to enjoy!
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  • Ban the sale or use of disposable barbecues in the UK
    Wildfires started by barbecues are a danger to human and wildlife, property, livelihoods. People can not be relied on to use them responsibly, so their sale or use must be banned. Drier conditions mean the countryside is going to continue to be liable to burn, and there are currently damaging fires burning in Wareham Forest, Dorset https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-52799505 and Hatfield Moor, Yorkshire, https://naturalengland.blog.gov.uk/2020/05/26/hatfield-moors-fire/ Recent years have seen huge fires on Marsden Moor, and at many other locations throughout the UK, which will take years for nature to recover from. Particularly hard hit at this time of year will be ground nesting birds. Use the countryside by all means, but take sandwiches or other cold food. Cook your sausages and burgers at home. Please don't start fires.
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  • Stop Toxic Salmon Farm Chemicals Polluting Scottish Lochs
    More than 22 tonnes of formaldehyde, which causes cancer and is used as an embalming fluid, were poured into cages to disinfect salmon in Loch Ness, Loch Sheil, Loch Lochy and seven other lochs over nine months in 2019. Residents of Lochaber and elsewhere in the Highlands are rightly worried as many of these lochs feed public water supplies. Formaldehyde is a colourless, strong-smelling gas used in a liquid solution called formalin to treat farmed salmon in freshwater lochs. SEPA, which authorises its use, says that uncontrolled releases “have the potential to cause significant harm to the environment”. The chemical was classified as a human carcinogen by the UK government in 2016. New data released by Sepa disclosed that a total 22.4 tonnes of formaldehyde were used by 12 fish farms on 29 occasions between April and December 2019. Seven companies were given permission to apply the chemical, with the vast majority – 19.6 tonnes – being used by Norwegian-owned Mowi, formerly known as Marine Harvest. At one loch – Loch Lochy, near Spean Bridge – Mowi used 11 tonnes of formaldehyde – far more than elsewhere. The company poured 3.2 tonnes into fish cages at nearby Loch Arkaig, 2.8 tonnes at Loch Sheil in Glenfinnan and 2.2 tones at Camas na Mult on Loch Ness. https://bit.ly/fish_farm_pesticide
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  • Petition to pedestrianise the centre of Ross on wye.
    Given social distancing the area would become more friendly to pedestrians without traffic. It would allow people to distance more easily without risk. Socialising would be easier, Pubs, restaurants and cafes could place seats and tables outside allowing safer socialising.
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  • A Common Scandal: How Wandsworth Puts Public Land In Private Hands
    Wandsworth Borough Council failed to adequately inform and consult the public of this development. It sent out just 34 letters to local residents, despite a thousand registering their concern to a similar plan in 2008. It omitted to mention the land will become the base for a football club, who play at a semi-professional level and have a total of 28 teams. The chairman of the planning committee which considered the application is also a director of Enable, the organisation responsible for the management of leisure and sports services in Wandsworth. The chairman closed down debate at the meeting; allowing a supportive letter from the football club to be read out, but rejecting a short submission on behalf of almost 7,000 local residents against the development and failing to refer to an unprecedented 1,000 formal objections from the public. The committee failed to call for a traffic and parking impact report, despite the issue being of significant concern in the area, where there is no dedicated parking. Residents were not informed that a community boxing club which was expected to be upgraded as part of the development would instead lose space and may now face closure. REJECT this application: it is not supported by the public. Planning applications must not only be fair, they must be seen to be fair, especially when they relate to common land.
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  • TORFAEN COUNCIL, STOP USING GLYPHOSATE
    Glyphosate-based herbicides such as RoundUp pose a real risk to the public, our environment and workers. Glyphosate has been banned in Holland, Denmark, Sweden and France and by some Councils around the UK such as Trafford, Brighton, Bristol and Croydon. B & Q are ceasing sale of Round-Up following links to cancer in the US. Roundup kills beneficial insects. It has been proven to cause mortality of species including bees, predatory mites, lacewings, ladybirds and predatory beetles. Argentinian studies suggest that glyphosate use leads to a decline in honeybee activity. The demise of the monarch butterfly population in New York has been blamed on glyphosate. Glyphosate in soil takes approx 140 days to break down to half its toxicity and will continue to be taken up by plants from the soil for 2 years and longer. It’s toxic to earthworms and inhibits mycorrhizal fungi. Mycorrhizal fungi are essential for tree health, collecting nutrients and water to feed their host plant and protecting tree roots from harmful fungi and root rot diseases. Research on Cancer (IARC) concluded that it was “probably carcinogenic”. A court case against Monsanto was won by a man who developed cancer after using Roundup. He was awarded $289 million in damages. Other councils now use eco-friendly alternatives such as non-toxic Foamstream. Methods such as Mesh-Tech are now also available to combat Japanese Knotweed. This petition is supported by Independent (non group) Cllrs Elizabeth Haynes, Dave Thomas, Alan Slade, Jason O'Connell & Louise Shepphard.
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  • WSCC Pensions to divest from fossil fuels and invest in sustainable energy
    We are asking WSCC council pension funds to commit to divest all their funds from fossil fuel companies. Divestment is the opposite of investment – it means getting rid of stocks, bonds or investment funds that are unethical. More than 50 pension funds globally have now made divestment commitments, moving millions out of the fossil fuel industry. However, despite years of campaigning by local people and motions passed by both Adur & Worthing Borough Councils urging them to divest (https://www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/news/archive/pr20-006.html) WSCC pensions will not budge. The West Sussex Local Government Pension Fund, currently responsible for the pension benefits of thousands of us, continues to invest approx. £200 million in fossil fuel companies. In December 2015 the UK signed up to the Paris Agreement. One of the main aims was to limit global warming to under 2 degrees C. The overriding cause of climate change is CO2 gas emitted from burning fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas). Only 20% of present reserves of fossil fuels can be burnt if we are to keep to the target set in Paris. However, companies such as Exxon, Shell, BP continue to extract existing reserves and pour millions into new projects. The scientific consensus tells us that if we continue on our current course the earth will heat to a level which is beyond that required to sustain life. Heatwaves and wildfires, in the UK and globally, plus the accelerating loss of biodiversity, demonstrate that climate change is already here and is causing the deaths and displacement of millions of people worldwide. David Attenborough said, “What humans do over the next 50 years will determine the fate of all life on the planet.” Please sign the petition to urge WSCC Pensions to divest their £200 Million from Fossil Fuels. [This fossil fuel portfolio makes up only 2% of a much wider portfolio and could be easily reinvested in green alternatives]. More: In the UK there are over 30 divestment campaigns targeting local councils and the pension funds they manage. Find more out about the campaign here. https://gofossilfree.org/uk/local-government-guide/ New Government proposals, published on June 18th 2018, are designed to give managers of Britain’s workplace pension schemes new powers to dump shares in oil, gas and coal companies in favour of long-term investment in green and “social impact” opportunities. Pension fund trustees now should have more confidence to divest from fossil fuels and put their cash in green alternatives. As a member of the West Sussex Pension Scheme I urge you to sign our petition to request WSCC to rapidly divest from this industry and invest in technologies and solutions that make a positive contribution to the future of life on earth. Local government Pension Funds are failing to protect themselves from the financial risk of climate. These are the findings of a report in November 2018 (https://cdn.friendsoftheearth.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/Risky-Business-LG-Pension-Funds-Climate-Crisis.pdf) https://gofossilfree.org/divestment/what-is-fossil-fuel-divestment/ https://www.theguardian.com/public-leaders-network/2017/nov/13/southwark-council -pension-fund-divesting-12bn-from-fossil-fuels https://www.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/2018/01/Divest-from-carbon-campaign.pdf Campaign supported by WorthingCAN, XR Worthing, XR Chichester, XR Shoreham, XR Horsham and XR Arun Valley.
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  • Permanent closure of the road at the East entrance of Drumpellier Country Park
    The East entrance of Drumpellier Country Park has been closed to cars and unauthorised vehicles for the past few weeks due to the pandemic. As a result, the road and surrounding areas have been much safer and much more enjoyable for children, families, cyclists, joggers, dog walkers and of course the habitual wildlife in the park. The Country Park is an area of natural beauty, which had been spoiled by cars accessing the park via this road. More litter is brought and dropped by car users, exhausts pollute the environment, cars park in passing places, cars park on the road beside the football pitches to collect children from St. Ambrose/Buchanan High and drivers going too fast also pose significant risks to the abovementioned groups. Once lockdown restrictions are gradually eased and people are once again allowed to drive to local nature spots, I passionately believe that visitors to the loch and wider Country Park can and should use the visitor centre car park, which has ample space and is specifically designed to accommodate visitors with cars. There is no valid reason for vehicles other than waste disposal, authorised council vehicles and a park resident's authorised vehicle to access the park via the road entrance at the East. Instead the road at the East entrance to the Country Park should be preserved as a safe environment in which people can be encouraged to continue walking, cycling, running and scooting and in which children and wildlife will be safe.
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  • For the Chop - Save Tombland's Trees
    This scheme will be paid for by funding from the Department of Transport's Transforming Cities programme which is aimed at putting in place measures to encourage cycling and walking, and modal shift towards more sustainable movement. The needs of cycling and walking are not served by felling these beautiful trees. It would be deplorable if the government's multi billion pound investment in walking and cycling were to be used to fell urban trees and Norwich should not set a precedent.
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  • COVID -19 Safer Streets in Winchester
    As lockdown is eased we must ensure the safety of pedestrians and cyclists is the top priority in Winchester’s recovery from COVID-19. Numerous studies have demonstrated that increased pedestrianisation leads to higher footfall meaning that local businesses could also benefit from these measures.* Winchester has some of the narrowest pavements in Hampshire, therefore reallocation of roads for pedestrians and cyclists is the only way to maintain 2 metre physical distancing. In the longer term, these arrangements will also prevent the return of dangerous levels of pollution in our city, reduce CO2 emissions, and encourage high levels of walking and cycling. Please refer to Cycling UK for FAQs: https://tinyurl.com/ycqwsky9 *TfL: https://tinyurl.com/ya8wvy59 ------------- Have you signed our Safer Streets petition but want to do even more? Use our fast, secure form to message your county councillor asking for change too: https://tinyurl.com/y92anpsv
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