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Write to your MP – plastic legislation

Friends of the Earth have produced a Plastic Pollution Bill to phase out plastics. It forms effective legislation to ensure the phasing out of plastic pollution, ensuring three commitments: Now: Begin phasing out unneeded plastics, making exceptions for essential uses such as in medicine and those vital to the quality of life of disabled people. ASAP: End pollution from hard-to-replace plastics (like from car tyres, clothing etc). Aim for near zero plastic pollution by 2042. The first action to take is to sign Friends of the Earth’s petition and use their template letter to write to the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, asking him to support the Plastic Pollution Bill. The second action is to write to your local MP. We have a template letter that you can cut and paste. If you’re not sure who the MP for your area is, please use this search tool. For South Swindon residents,[…]

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The Time Is Now – collective lobbying event at Parliament

The climate crisis has become more prolific in the news recently aided by the Extinction Rebellion protests. These were followed by the publication of the UK Committee on Climate Change report – which proposed net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 – and the UN’s assessment of how quickly we are losing natural ecosystems on which we all depend. You can read more in these articles by the Committee on Climate Change and the UN. According to both sources, ‘transformative changes’ are urgently needed. Those changes are possible but we need everyone to play their part, including governments around the world. So here’s one thing we can all do: ask our MP to support the proposals of the Committee on Climate Change for a zero carbon UK. On 26th June some of us will be going to Westminster to meet our MPs. Do join us! You can register through the[…]

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Net zero by 2050 – template letter to send MPs

For South Swindon residents, MP is Robert Buckland.robert.buckland.mp@parliament.uk29 B Wood St, Old Town, Swindon, SN1 4AN.01793 533393. For North Swindon residents, MP is Justin Tomlinson.justin.tomlinson.mp@parliament.ukFirst Floor, Customer Service Hub, Orbital Shopping Park, Thamesdown Drive, Swindon, SN25 4AN.01793 533 393. Dear [Insert MP’s name], I am writing to express my support for the greenhouse gas emissions target proposed by the Committee on Climate Change, of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. This is based on the International Panel on Climate Change 2018 report. You can read more detail at the following link:https://www.theccc.org.uk/2019/05/02/phase-out-greenhouse-gas-emissions-by-2050-to-end-uk-contribution-to-global-warming/ The UK has achieved much since the Climate Change Act of 2008. However climate science is now showing that the carbon budgets set in 2008 are not ambitious enough. Indeed unless decisive action is taken now, it is likely that we will fail to meet commitments under the 2008 Act. So, I ask you as my local MP[…]

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Litter Picks around Swindon with North Wilts RSPCA, Swindon Street Reps, CARIG…

To launch the Plastic Free Swindon campaign for Plastic Free July 2019, RSPCA North Wiltshire and Swindon Climate Action Network (SCAN) decided to organise a joint litter pick in Pinehurst. This was after conversations about how plastic and other waste products pose a very real threat to wildlife and domestic animals.  RSPCA North Wiltshire kindly wrote an article for SCAN about this in relation to their work.  The Pinehurst litter picks are still going strong with regular volunteers as well as others coming in and out.  We are also starting to make more ground, so we are making a difference! So, RSPCA North Wiltshire and SCAN made the decision to organise another litter pick in Gorse Hill.  Our first litter pick there was in May 2019.  A good start to a litter-blighted area.  Thanks to Michael’s Workwear in Gorse Hill for providing us with free gloves! We joined Swindon Street[…]

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Zero waste shop launches

Swindon’s new zero waste shop, Nude Foods, launched on Wednesday 17th April 2019. Many people from the local community were there to celebrate and see the new shop in The Core. Nude Foods currently has 43 products for sale, all dry goods. It has taken 5 months to set up the shop, a co-operative / Community Benefit Society (CBS), serving the local community. Local media covered the launch including the Swindon Advertiser.

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Plastic Pollution Bill – template letter

You are welcome to use this template as a guide to write to your MP: Dear [Insert MP’s name] I am writing to express my support for the Plastic Pollution Bill, as drawn up by Friends of the Earth and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI), and supported by a cross-party mix of MPs. You can read more about the legislation at https://bit.ly/2K4bgvs. There are so many types of plastic being produced and a lack of regulation on industry, so plastic production is increasing at a time when we urgently need to significantly reduce it. Plastic is being found in increasing levels in our waterways, land, food and us. It is now understood to be a major and increasing factor in climate change and loss of biodiversity. I welcome the government’s actions to tackle plastic straws, cotton buds and wet wipes. However those actions are vastly insufficient and will[…]

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Ecobricks Tips

Here’s a few tips that we hope that you will find useful: Watch the videos on the ecobricks website. Only use clean, dry, non-biodegradeable plastic. Any organic material can cause the bottle to explode. No metal / foil, as used in some crisp packets and sweet wrappers. Again, see the ecobricks website for further detail. Start with smaller bottles, if you have them. They are easier to get right. Intersperse the lighter plastic with the more rigid plastic to maximise the density. Start with lighter / easily crushable plastic. Scrunching it up a few times first makes it easier to compact in. Cut the more rigid plastic up and insert it in small layers. Weigh your bottle frequently to ensure that you achieve the correct density. If you are filling a bit at a time, make sure you compact the partly filled bottles again before you start adding more plastic,[…]

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Zero Waste Shop launch in Old Town

It’s a pleasure to announce that the new zero waste co-operative, Nude Foods, will be opening in Old Town on the 17th of April at 6pm in The Core, 4 Devizes Road, SN1 4BJ. Lesley Chandler who has led the setup of the initiative writes:”The most marvellous news is that we are collaborating with The Core in Old Town. Kris, the owner, has very generously offered a space to set up a zero-waste outlet within the café. This wonderful offer means we will be able to stock approximately 60 dry food products. Kris will also be selling fruit and veg, unwrapped of course. This is much more than our original plan for a pop-up shop. Not only that, but we will be open 6 days a week alongside the café. We want our project to be ‘for the community, by the community’ and have therefore decided to operate as a[…]

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Pinehurst Litter Pick – Feb 2019

1:30 – 4pm, Sunday 17th February 2019. SCAN and RSPCA North Wilts were in Pinehurst again for the second litter pick there this year in what is to be a regular event, roughly each month. We cleaned again around some of the estates and woodland areas. At the end of the litter pick, we sort through the rubbish to recycle what we can. It’s a nice way to spend a Sunday, very rewarding. RSPCA North Wiltshire wrote this article for us about their work and the importance of reducing litter for the well-being of animals.  Further information can be found on their website and Facebook page. This event is part of the Plastic Free Swindon campaign.

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