Save Redlands Copse: Petition

Please sign and share the petition to save Redlands Copse. Redlands Copse is a mature, mixed woodland of 200 native trees, home to deer, foxes, badgers, bats, slow-worms and over 60 species of bird, some on the ‘threatened’ list . Construction company Backhouse wants to cut down 97 of these trees for their proposed 65 home development. This is despite the trees having Tree Protection Orders placed on them by Swindon Borough Council and despite Highworth Town Council rejecting the application. In a time of deepening ecological crisis, we need to make a stand, and we need your help! This is phase 2 of the campaign. Phase 1, raising objections to the development, completed on the 15th October 2019.

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Plastic Free Swindon – simple guide

We have put together this simple guide to reducing plastic. Working together, we can eliminate plastic pollution. This is a work in progress; as the campaign expands so, will it. Friends Of The Earth and the National Association of Women’s Institutes have produced a Plastic Pollution Bill, a structured plan and timetable to eliminate plastic pollution. If implemented, it would be hugely beneficial. It currently has support from around 80 MPs but not from either of Swindon’s MPs. Please write to them urging them to do so. We have provided a template letter to help. Refill Swindon reduces plastic water bottles by providing places for people to refill their reusable bottles. It is part of the growing international Refill scheme. Asking cafes, restaurants and pubs to support the scheme is a simple way to make positive change. Please contact us if you would like to help grow the scheme or[…]

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Protect Swindon and Highworth’s Woodland: Save Redlands Copse!

Phase 1: Submitting objections to the proposed planning development. Redlands Copse is a mature, mixed woodland of 200 native trees, home to deer, foxes, badgers, bats, slow-worms and over 60 species of bird, some on the ‘threatened’ list . Construction company Backhouse wants to cut down 97 of these trees for their proposed 65 home development. This is despite the trees having Tree Protection Orders placed on them by Swindon Borough Council and despite Highworth Town Council rejecting the application. In a time of deepening ecological crisis, we need to make a stand, and we need your help! Step one of our campaign is to get as many objections sent to the council as possible. You can send your objections to sbcdc@swindon.gov.uk . You will need to quote ‘S/RES/19/1371’ at the top of your email, along with the date, your name and address. Objections need to be in by the[…]

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Serious omissions From Swindon’s Local Plan

SCAN are currently working alongside other local people and groups, including Extinction Rebellion and parish councils, to address changes to / omissions from the Local Plan. At a time when we need to be addressing environmental issues, facilitating vital changes, the Local Plan includes less environmental stipulation; for example, a section on sustainable development has been removed. This letter to the Swindon Advertiser from Jane Milner-Barry, councillor for Old Town and East Wichel, explains further: ‘Local Plan Review: Swindon residents who care about cutting carbon emissions have until 23 September to help shape a crucial document that will determine the development of our town for years to come. A revised draft of Swindon’s Local Plan is now out for public consultation. This hugely important document will decide how many houses get built and where they go. It will also decide whether Swindon gets on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions[…]

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Plastic Free July 2019

‘Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?’ Plastic Free July is a good way to try and go plastic-free. It’s a very useful exercise and enlightening to the extent of plastic use around us. Reduce the demand, reduce the supply, reduce the pollution. It’s an important aspect towards making the changes that we need. Some local people who took the challenge last year wrote blogs to share their experiences, and to help and encourage others. Helpful Facebook groups such as the Plastic Free Living Swindon, Refill Swindon, Ecobricks Swindon and Let’s fight Plastic Pollution! Together! have been doing what they can to help encourage and facilitate change. For Plastic Free July this[…]

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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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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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Personal Actions In Context

This chart is a useful illustration to give a quantitative idea of the relative benefits of different personal life choices. Not everything is on there, and of course the relative importance of medium impact actions in an individual case depends on how much travel, energy and food consumed. However for an average household, most of the things that have the biggest effect on climate change and the attendant environmental degradation are represented. It is based on research at Lund University: for more detail see here: https://phys.org/news/2017-07-effective-individual-tackle-climate-discussed.html The main thing missing I think for a typical UK household is halving heat wasted in the home: but the ‘buying green energy’ bar gives an idea of the relative importance. It’s also important to note that ‘buying green energy’ means buying it from a supplier who only invests in green energy, not just using a ‘green tariff’ – see their full report for[…]

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