• Ban Dangerous Pesticides in Cheshire East
    The use of glyphosates has already been banned or restricted in 8 countries. It is not acceptable that ourselves, our children and the animals we share our community with are being routinely exposed to these chemicals whether we like it or not. This is a matter of great importance for those of us who care about each other's health and the health of our children, our cats, our dogs and all the flora and fauna of this city, of course including our beloved bees. If you don't live in this area, click here to start a campaign for your city: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/start-a-pesticide-campaign
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    Created by Anne-marie Barlow
  • Ban Dangerous Pesticides in Hayfield
    The use of glyphosates has already been banned or restricted in 8 countries. It is not acceptable that ourselves, our children and the animals we share our community with are being routinely exposed to these chemicals whether we like it or not. This is a matter of great importance for those of us who care about each other's health and the health of our children, our cats, our dogs and all the flora and fauna of this city, of course including our beloved bees. If you don't live in this area, click here to start a campaign for your city: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/start-a-pesticide-campaign
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  • Ban Dangerous Pesticides in Northwich, Cheshire
    The use of glyphosates has already been banned or restricted in 8 countries. It is not acceptable that ourselves, our children and the animals we share our community with are being routinely exposed to these chemicals whether we like it or not. This is a matter of great importance for those of us who care about each other's health and the health of our children, our cats, our dogs and all the flora and fauna of this city, of course including our beloved bees. If you don't live in this area, click here to start a campaign for your city: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/start-a-pesticide-campaign
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  • KEEP PENISTONE AND STOCKSBRIDGE FRACK FREE
    We are concerned that fracking could Contaminate our water supply Pollute the air with hazardous chemicals Cause earthquakes Reduce the value of our homes Increase our insurance premiums Make our roads less safe by increasing heavy traffic Leak methane which is a potent greenhouse gas 80 times more powerful than carbon dioxide Cause illness in the local population Increase noise and light pollution from drilling operations and traffic movement Cause industrialisation of countryside and adversley affect wildlife corridors Adversely effect local tourism and agriculture Fracking is bad for our environment, bad for our communities and we call upon Angela Smith MP to support our campaign for a ban on fracking in our area.
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  • North Yorkshire County Council. You have breached our trust.
    Democracy is of the upmost importance. We trust councillors that we elect to serve our interests. In this instance nearly 4,000 letters of objection to the company’s plans were received at the County Council, set against only 32 letters in favour. Councillors are required to adhere to the standard of good conduct as set out in the Local Government Act 1989 which requires that they effectively represent the interests of their Ward and of individual constituents. In addition councillors must maintain the highest standards of conduct and ethics, serve the public interest and take decisions having regard to the interests of the whole local community. We feel that our interests have been disregarded in favour of fiscal and political reasons.
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    Created by Norman Lynch
  • Bike Reservations on Trains - the beginning of the end
    I learnt yesterday coming from London to Bristol that it is now 'mandatory' to make bike reservations in advance for all travel on GWR trains, a policy I was told (by a guard) came into effect on 16th May, and is largely because of new high speed trains. Are GWR reducing storage on their trains? Probably, and down to 2 or 3 on some 'high speed' trains, instead of increasing to meet demand. This will obviously discourage bike use with great implications, particularly on rural routes, and turning up to catch a train anywhere will be really difficult. What about workers cycling several miles to and from stations to get to work? Isn't it government policy to encourage less car use, supporting more sustainable, less damaging, and healthier modes of transport? Particularly on main routes like Bristol to London, a journey that is already a silly £56 at its cheapest (around 40% more expensive than a similar journey in Europe) for a 'flexible' OFF-PEAK return. Those who need to be flexible will no longer be able to be 'flexible' - and not everyone can afford a Brompton, or the additional charges of London public transport on top. UK rail travel seems to be increasingly inaccessible for most people. I took a trip to Sheffield to cycle in the Peak District recently, and on a Bristol to Sheffield train (£93.80 for an OFF-PEAK advance) there were only 3 bike slots. It cost a friend who was driving £40 in fuel, he carried 3 people, 3 bikes and spent a good amount of time in traffic jams.... https://www.gwr.com/your-journey/journey-information/on-board/cycles https://www.gwr.com/making-a-complaint
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    Created by Gary Fawle
  • Divest from fossil fuels
    West Sussex County Council can help address climate change by divesting £100m of its pension funds out of fossil fuels (1). Fracking, shale gas, arctic sea oil exploration – all of these, plus the systematic drilling for coal, oil and gas on land and in the sea, are financed in part through pension funds. Dangerous climate change is the risk if we don’t all act. Divesting these funds now is morally and ethically correct. What’s more ethical and sustainable investment funds outperformed non-ethical investment funds in 2012/13 (2). Climate change is leading to extremes in our weather. Globally, the State of the Climate report shows a “toppling of several symbolic milestones” in temperature, sea levels and carbon dioxide (3). For Sussex, we are to expect increases in extreme heat – a real danger for young and old members of our community - and flooding. Professor Virginia Murray from Public Health England said, "Data has shown real risk of increased deaths when temperature goes above 26C"(4). Already in our local area, flooding events are increasing and the risk of damage to people and property growing (5). “Divestment represents a tangible action that individuals and organisations can take to combat climate change. I’m scared for my children’s future and take every opportunity I can to pressure action on climate change for them and all of us” - M, Worthing 1 Freedom of Information request dated 02/03/16 2 BlueGreenTomorrow.com: http://blueandgreentomorrow.com/2013/08/15/financial-returns- from-ethical-investment-funds- better-than- mainstream-in- last-12- months/ 3 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/aug/02/environment-climate-change-records-broken-international-report 4 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/weather/10187140/Heatwave-deaths-760-lives-claimed-by-hot-weather-as-high-temperatures-continue.html 5 Climate UK: http://climateuk.net/resource/climate-change- risks-south- east-england
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  • Ban All Chemical Fire Retardants in Furniture
    Every aspect of fire prevention is really important, but the fire retardant chemicals used in domestic furniture have become an even greater threat to the public, than the risk of fire. These chemicals have a dual danger, firstly in the everyday home environment, and also as highly toxic emissions when the chemical is burnt, which endangers the public and firemen alike. These chemicals are not measured in parts per thousand – they are measured in kilos in each piece of furniture! To prevent fires spreading there are other highly effective natural alternatives, smoke alarms and other efficient fire prevention methods which do not need any of these chemicals. In America and Europe the public, led by the Fire Brigade, have lobbied hard and have banned the use of fire retardant chemicals in domestic furniture. A huge body of international scientific evidence now links everyday exposure to fire retardant chemicals used in sofas, mattresses and other household items to thyroid problems, lower birth weight, reduced IQ, hyperactivity, poorer coordination, reduced fertility, birth defects, hormonal changes and cancer. Evidence proves the chemicals systematically migrate from furniture into the home environment through household dust. It particularly affects children and research has also shown the harmful impact on animal life and the environment. The UK is one of the few countries still using these chemicals in furniture. When individual fire retardants have been banned in the past, the furniture containing these chemicals has just been left in people's homes and the owners have not been informed. The government is keeping the public in the dark. So, how do we get rid of the furniture in our homes which is full of the chemical fire retardants? Under the Stockholm Agreement, the government plans to burn fire retardant furniture in incinerators which they are building up and down the country. Before this happens we need to be very sure the government is strictly controlling the emissions as the effluent is even more toxic. We have been using these fire retardant chemicals in our furniture for almost 30 years. The UK government needs to act to make legislative changes. Whilst the Department of Business has been working on amendments to the Fire Regulations for many years, nothing has been achieved. They need to talk to manufacturers about natural alternatives, inform the public and take action to protect us now.
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  • Electric Car Public Street Charging Points
    To reduce pollution levels in Inner London.
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    Created by Brian Hutchinson
  • #CluckOff - Say No to Factory Chicken Farms near Hay
    Plans have been submitted to Powys County Council for chicken sheds crammed with 26,000 chickens within five minutes of Hay. We don’t want to see this happen. Ammonia from these units threatens to contaminate the River Wye and harm wildlife in our local area. Everyone in Hay wants to support a thriving local farming industry. We will support anyone who wants to diversify their farming mix to ensure a more sustainable future – but not if the price is irreparable damage to our beautiful part of the world. In the past year an exclusion order was put in place after a bout of avian flu at a similar unit in Fife. Think about the impact such an outbreak could have on our economy in Hay – no festivals, no shops, no school, no jobs. Please say NO to factory chicken farms near Hay. #CluckOff! What next? You can print out a poster to show your opposition to the factory farm - download it here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzPR7ceTqhsBRFhwc2taemlpUlU Please also consider sending a formal objection to Powys Council. You can email gemma.bufton1@powys.gov.uk and the full planning details are on the Powys Planning portal (http://www.powys.gov.uk/en/planning-building-control/search-view-and-comment-on-planning-applications/) under P/2016/0397. If you would like to find out more about the plans, and other ways you can help, take a look at this document: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4KIQKAg71wZTnZyZmlObTRXZ3c/view?usp=sharing
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  • Ban Palm Oil From Cooperative Own Brands
    When Cheap Costs Too Much Palm Oil has become a too commonly used ingredient in our lives. Used to large brands using this cheap fat in everything from soaps to bread, I've become used to my shopping basket getting increasingly limited. I actually don't mind that aspect but what I do mind the horrific damage done by the growth of this market. What has become particularly insidious is the label of Sustainable Palm Oil, I actually don't believe such a thing can exist. For a start the chances are that the land that any Palm Oil plantations are grown on were once rainforest, with people, orangutans and a whole world of invertebrates and plants that we don't even know about. That also means that it's contributing to increasing C02 levels and, as the peat bogs of South East Asia burn, methane. I see nothing sustainable there. How can such vast plantations ever be called sustainable? Especially as to maintain that plantation for a few years large amounts of chemicals must be employed to keep it going, and then when it runs out of nutrients the plan is to cut down more rainforest and plant that up with Palm Oil? How can this be sustainable? Palm Oil is a cheap and nasty fat, it's bad for health, it's bad for our planet, it's bad for the animals and plants on this planet. I can only see that a ban on Palm Oil in all products is the way forward for a more sustainable future. I call on the Co-operative to ban Palm Oil in all of its products and to actively seek brands that are also proudly Palm Oil free. If you have sustainability as a policy and you use Palm Oil then you fail at the first hurdle. When shops like Lush and brands like Pattersons can declare themselves Palm Oil free I don't see there is any excuse.
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  • Hasten the transition from fossil fuel to zero carbon energy
    The new systems which are being developed and beginning to appear are all more costly to produce than conventional internal combustion engines. The new liquid air engine is much more compact and actually cheaper to produce than piston engines of equivalent power. Climate change is now a race against time. Expensive substitutes will not win the race. Only a low cost zero carbon solution stands a chance of winning. All it needs is limited financial support
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    Created by Tony Dye