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CrowdLeaf Newsletter 30th September 2018

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of the CrowdLeaf newsletter.

We will be heading out on another litter pick, the last ‘week day’ Southampton Common litter pick of the year. Once again we will be out with Southampton Common forum, in the next couple of weeks, so watch this space, for the date and time!

 

These beautiful images were taken by Ryan Carter of CrowdLeaf from Swallow Falls, North Wales.

Climate Change and Pollution

Outdoor air purifiers and indoor play: Delhi gears up for annual pollution fight

Orca ‘apocalypse’: half of killer whales doomed to die from pollution

A killer whale at sunrise off the coast of northern Norway.

UK’s first air-filtering bus launches in Southampton

Bluestar bus services in Southampton

London air pollution is poisoning my son, says campaigner

‘Missing emissions’ aren’t counted as pollution but could help kill you

Energy

Labour wants green energy to power most UK homes by 2030

Turbines at Green Rigg Windfarm, Northumberland

Increase planned for size of Viking turbines

Wildlife and Conservation

Bovine TB not passed on through direct contact with badgers, research shows

A key element of the government’s TB control programme, England’s badger cull, is set to expand.

‘Biodegradable’ plastic balloons are killing wildlife, campaigners warn

Game shooting ban brought in by environmental chiefs

The great gorilla wipeout

Tiger population nearly doubles in Nepal

The wild tiger population in Nepal was counted as 235 in a survey carried out this year, double that in 2009

Recycling and Sustainability

Tesco to trial paying customers who recycle 10p per plastic bottle

How recycling can help save ratepayers’ money

Sustainability 101: The guide to a greener conference

Apple to invest in Columbian mangrove rainforest

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Events

First Green Society meeting 4th 0ctober – location to be confirmed

Scrap store open day 6th October

Green drinks Portsmouth 18th October

Repair Cafe Portsmouth 20th October

Handy Websites

Check Out the Eco Collective who offer 100% vegan products and offer gluten free and organic produce.

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

Here is Southampton’s list on what to put into your blue lid recycling bin: What Can I Recycle?

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

This brilliant website gives tips and ideas about food waste and how to reduce it.

Love Food Hate Waste

Instead of throwing out or bagging up (to gather dust) all those clothes children quickly grow out of this is a brilliant website to buy or sell unwanted children clothes. It is run by a busy mum who also knows what it’s like with ever growing children and the endless amount of clothes children accumulate.

‘Last year a quarter of the clothing we got rid of was simply thrown away. That’s a staggering 300,000 tonnes that went into landfill. So many of those items could have been re-used and enjoyed by a another child, instead of contributing to the destruction of the planet.’

Loopster

Contact us!

Please join us on Facebook, like and share with fellow environmental and wildlife enthusiasts where we will keep you up to date with climate change, sustainability as well as wildlife and conservation news plus anything else green.

We would also like to start adding a directory to our newsletter, making it more accessible for everyone to gain information, join other environmental groups or eco-friendly businesses that sell eco-friendly products. If you or someone you know are interested, please contact us. We can also help advertise and advise on any campaigns and fundraising events, with the option to advertise on our webpage, facebook and newsletters.

Equally if you have an article or blog which is relevant to the local or global cause of making the world cleaner and greener or feel there is an issue that could be part of a discussion, then feel free to send it over and we can publish it.

Contact us via our website:

http://crowdleaf.org.uk/

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk

ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky & Ryan

Please come and check out our store to support our cause and green community!

CrowdLeaf Store

Pollution Tracking Tools

London Air Pollution Live Data

Worldwide Pollution Live Data

See you next time!

CrowdLeaf Newsletter 8th September 2018

Hello and welcome to the second edition of the CrowdLeaf Newsletter for September.

A great image taken by Ryan Carter of Imber Village, evacuated in 1943 for military training. It is a wildlife conservation area and military training ground now.

Do you have an article or event you would like to share for all to see? Please let either myself (Vicky) or Ryan. Let us know, using the contact us section or look us up on Facebook and send us a message 🙂

Join Southampton Common Forum on 14th September – 18:30-19:30 for their bi-weekly litter pick and our monthly.

Climate Change and Pollution

Scientists get ready to begin Great Pacific Garbage Cleanup

The 600m-long floating barrier, known as System 001

Hundreds of thousands expected to join global climate change marches this weekend

BBC admits ‘we get climate change coverage wrong too often’

Major brewery eradicates six pack rings blamed for wildlife deaths in bid to tackle plastic pollution

‘Major pollution’ kills fish in River Clywedog in Wrexham

Energy

Organic solar cells set’remarkable’ energy record

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Wildlife and Conservation

Most of the countryside devoid of of hedgehogs, study finds

Hedgehog emerging from behind a tree.

UN treaty would protect high seas from over exploitation

Tropical sun fish found in Highland waters

Sunfish

Dozens of elephants killed near Botswana wildlife sanctuary

Recycling and Sustainability

While Brits are hyping up plastic bans they have no clue how to recycle at home.

Serena Williams just launched a 100% vegan clothing line

This is how I am raising eco-aware kids

Events

Portsmouth Green Drinks On Tour – Artist Special part 2 12th September

Repair Cafe Portsmouth 15th September

Eastney Big Beach Clean In Association With MCS 15th September

Southsea Wildlife Watch 29th September

Showing Volunteer Day 30th September

Testwood Lakes 15th Birthday Fun Day 30th September

Handy Websites

Check Out the Eco Collective who offer 100% vegan products and offer gluten free and organic produce.

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

Here is Southampton’s list on what to put into your blue lid recycling bin: What Can I Recycle?

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

This brilliant website gives tips and ideas about food waste and how to reduce it.

Love Food Hate Waste

Instead of throwing out or bagging up (to gather dust) all those clothes children quickly grow out of this is a brilliant website to buy or sell unwanted children clothes. It is run by a busy mum who also knows what it’s like with ever growing children and the endless amount of clothes children accumulate.

‘Last year a quarter of the clothing we got rid of was simply thrown away. That’s a staggering 300,000 tonnes that went into landfill. So many of those items could have been re-used and enjoyed by a another child, instead of contributing to the destruction of the planet.’

Loopster

Contact us!

Please join us on Facebook, like and share with fellow environmental and wildlife enthusiasts where we will keep you up to date with climate change, sustainability as well as wildlife and conservation news plus anything else green.

We would also like to start adding a directory to our newsletter, making it more accessible for everyone to gain information, join other environmental groups or eco-friendly businesses that sell eco-friendly products. If you or someone you know are interested, please contact us. We can also help advertise and advise on any campaigns and fundraising events, with the option to advertise on our webpage, facebook and newsletters.

Equally if you have an article or blog which is relevant to the local or global cause of making the world cleaner and greener or feel there is an issue that could be part of a discussion, then feel free to send it over and we can publish it.

Contact us via our website:

http://crowdleaf.org.uk/

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk

ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky & Ryan

Please come and check out our store to support our cause and green community!

CrowdLeaf Store

Pollution Tracking Tools

London Air Pollution Live Data

Worldwide Pollution Live Data

See you next time!

CrowdLeaf Newsletter 16th August 2018

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of CrowdLeaf’s newsletter bringing you up to date and relevant news regarding our environment.

Don’t forget our litter pick event on Friday 17th with Southampton Common Forum. If you would like to join us we are meeting up at the Hawthorns Cafe at 18:30 so please feel free to come along and help out.

Also if anyone can help out by taking some of the litter to dispose of this would be great.

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Some great bee images were taken by CrowdLeaf’s Ryan Carter:

What amazing creatures they are which play such an important role for our environment. If you would like to join us and purchase some bee friendly seeds to turn your garden into a bee sanctuary, we are planning to get a massive order together. If so drop us an email and we will see what we can do.

Climate Change and Pollution

REVEALED: Southampton’s Most Polluted Areas – But Which One Finishes Top?

Hinkley Point Nuclear Plant Mud Monitoring Plan Backed

HSBC Warns That Earth Is Running Out Of Resources To Sustain Life

Beijing smog

Study Highlights Air Pollution Risk To Children In Prams

Britain’s Most Beautiful Beaches Drowning In 14,000 Polystyrene Body Boards Dumped By Tourists Flocking To Devon And Cornwall For The Summer

Discarded bodyboards piled up on a Cornish beach. Campaigners think 14,000 of them are being abandoned on beaches each year

Wildlife and Conservation

Badger Campaigners Lose High Court Battle To Limit Cull

Animal Cruelty Maximum Sentences Will Be Increased Government Confirms

Pine Marten Spotted In Kielder Forest For First Time In 90 Years

A rare daytime sighting of a pine marten in Argyl, Scotland.

Beautiful new Species Of Tiny, Colourful Pygmy Seahorse Discovered In Japan

Toxic ‘Red Tide’ Algae Bloom Is Killing Florida Wildlife And Menacing Tourism

Recycling and Sustainability

Organic Slar Cells Set ‘Remarkable’ Energy Record

Sharing A Bar Of Soap Cannot Make You Sick And Is Way Better For The Environment

Events

CrowdLeaf Clean Southampton With Southampton Common Forum 17th August

Walk In The Woods With Animals Asia 18th August

August Clothes Swap At Bysea 18th August

Handy Websites

Check Out the Eco Collective who offer 100% vegan products and offer gluten free and organic produce.

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

Here is Southampton’s list on what to put into your blue lid recycling bin: What Can I Recycle?

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

This brilliant website gives tips and ideas about food waste and how to reduce it.

Love Food Hate Waste

Instead of throwing out or bagging up (to gather dust) all those clothes children quickly grow out of this is a brilliant website to buy or sell unwanted children clothes. It is run by a busy mum who also knows what it’s like with ever growing children and the endless amount of clothes children accumulate.

‘Last year a quarter of the clothing we got rid of was simply thrown away. That’s a staggering 300,000 tonnes that went into landfill. So many of those items could have been re-used and enjoyed by a another child, instead of contributing to the destruction of the planet.’

Loopster

Contact us!

Please join us on Facebook, like and share with fellow environmental and wildlife enthusiasts where we will keep you up to date with climate change, sustainability as well as wildlife and conservation news plus anything else green.

We would also like to start adding a directory to our newsletter, making it more accessible for everyone to gain information, join other environmental groups or eco-friendly businesses that sell eco-friendly products. If you or someone you know are interested, please contact us. We can also help advertise and advise on any campaigns and fundraising events, with the option to advertise on our webpage, facebook and newsletters.

Equally if you have an article or blog which is relevant to the local or global cause of making the world cleaner and greener or feel there is an issue that could be part of a discussion, then feel free to send it over and we can publish it.

Contact us via our website:

http://crowdleaf.org.uk/

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk

ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky & Ryan

Please come and check out our store to support our cause and green community!

CrowdLeaf Store

Pollution Tracking Tools

London Air Pollution Live Data

Worldwide Pollution Live Data

See you next time!

CrowdLeaf Newsletter 27th July 2018

Welcome to this weeks newsletter!

Finally seeing a bit of rain after so much sun – although I don’t think were out of the woods yet. Stay hydrated and keep safe. 🙂

Check out what the UK looks like here with the lack of rain recently.

Here are some more beautiful images taken by Ann-Marie Britton.

Don’t Forget if you have an event of article you would like us to share please get in contact and we will see if we can help!

I (Vicky) am organising a plogging/litter pick on the 12th of August which I would like to make a regular monthly thing- time and destination to be confirmed. Contact either myself or Ryan if you are interested and we can pick our first destination.

Climate Change and Pollution

Climate Change Driven By Humans Made Heatwave ‘Twice As Likely’

Regular heatwaves ‘will kill thousands’

High Pollution Wanted Issued In London Amid Heatwave

Cargo Ship Still Aground Off Caithness

Climate change Is Happening Right Before Our Eyes And Heres The Proof

Recycled Packaging ‘May End Up In Landfill’ Warns Watchdog

Energy

Decision Announced On The Hydraulic Fracturing Consent Application By Cuadrilla Bowland LTD

Wildlife and Conservation

Lions Attack Sole Rhino Survivor Of Bungled Kenyan Park Relocation

Protection For Dolphins And Seabirds ‘Weaker Under Brexit Plans’

7 Things You Can Do Right Now To Help Garden Wildlife During the heatwave

Recycling and Sustainability

TerraCycle Helps You Recycle Wine Corks, Batteries And other Non-recyclables

Adidas Will Only Use Recycled Plastics By 2024

Bladeless Wind Turbines Could Be The Future Of Wind Energy

This Company Makes Toys Out Of Recycled Plastic

Events

New Forest Festival 27th July

Greenpeace Plastics Campaigning 28th July

South sea Wildlife Watch 4th August

Hampshire Farmers Market Oxford Street 4th August

Walk In The Woods With Animals Asia 18th August

Handy Websites

Check Out the Eco Collective who offer 100% vegan products and offer gluten free and organic produce.

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

Here is Southampton’s list on what to put into your blue lid recycling bin: What Can I Recycle?

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

This brilliant website gives tips and ideas about food waste and how to reduce it.

Love Food Hate Waste

Instead of throwing out or bagging up (to gather dust) all those clothes children quickly grow out of this is a brilliant website to buy or sell unwanted children clothes. It is run by a busy mum who also knows what it’s like with ever growing children and the endless amount of clothes children accumulate.

‘Last year a quarter of the clothing we got rid of was simply thrown away. That’s a staggering 300,000 tonnes that went into landfill. So many of those items could have been re-used and enjoyed by a another child, instead of contributing to the destruction of the planet.’

Loopster

Contact us!

Please join us on Facebook, like and share with fellow environmental and wildlife enthusiasts where we will keep you up to date with climate change, sustainable and wildlife and conservation news and anything else green.

We would also like to start adding a directory to our newsletter, making it more accessible for everyone to gain information, join other environmental groups or eco-friendly businesses that sell eco-friendly products. If you or someone you know are interested, please contact us. We can also help advertise and advise on any campaigns and fundraising events, with the option to advertise on our webpage, facebook and newsletters.

Equally if you have an article or blog which is relevant to the local or global cause of making the world cleaner and greener or feel there is an issue that could be part of a discussion, then feel free to send it over and we can publish it.

Contact us via our website:

http://crowdleaf.org.uk/

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk

ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky & Ryan

Please come and check out our store to support our cause and green community!

CrowdLeaf Store

Pollution Tracking Tools

London Air Pollution Live Data

Worldwide Pollution Live Data

See you next time!

CrowdLeaf Newsletter 21st July 2018

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of the CrowdLeaf newsletter.

These beautiful images were taken by Ann-Marie Britton Photography so a big thank you for allowing CrowdLeaf to share these!

We hope everyone is enjoying yet another week of this beautiful weather although it’s not without it’s downfall. Britain has been pretty scorched by the heatwave so we are hoping some rain will be on it’s way soon.

Consultation which could pave the way to removing a local say in fracking announced by the Government – put your thoughts down and them off to them here.

We are working towards arranging a beach clean and litter pick so watch this space for further details on this. In the mean time check out our events section to see what is going on near you. 🙂

Guest Article

We have a great guest piece from Free Books Southampton who provide a place for donated unwanted books to be redistributed for others to love again.

Climate Change and Pollution

Great Barrier Reef ‘Now Close To Collapse’ Thanks To Climate Change

Vast regions of the Great Barrier Reef’s coral have been bleached by warming water

Climate Change Responsible For These Rare High Latitude Clouds

Climate Change Already Affecting German Farmers

Pivot Power Planning To Build The Worlds First Integrated System Of Batteries And Charging Stations By M27 At Nursling

How Penzance Became Britains First Ever Plastic Free Town

“It isn’t just a coastal issue – it’s everywhere …’ Is Penzance showing the way?

Wildlife and Conservation

Ibis That Was Extinct In The Wild Taught To Migrate By Following Aircraft

Northern Bald Ibis fly with their human foster parent who is teaching them how to migrate

Cris Packham Warns Of ‘Enormous Volume’ Of Pesticides Harming Wildlife

Common Cranes ‘Here To Stay’ After Recolonising Eastern England

Sir David Attenborough Backs Worlds Biggest Butterfly Count

David Attenborough

Ten Species Of Shark Coming To The UK As Waters Warm

Recycling and Sustainability

UN Environment And Yale Debut Stunning Sustainable Tiny Home Collaboration

One-Third Of Supermarket Plastic Is Not easily Recyclable, Analysis Shows

The report called for clear and simple recycling labelling on all plastic packaging.

Waste Incineration Set To Overtake Recycling In England, Green Warns

Events

Fight For Clean Air In Southampton And New Forest 17th July

Beach Clean 22nd July

East Runton Beach Clean 22nd July

Southsea Wildlife Watch 21st July

New Forest Festival 27th July

Handy Websites

Check Out Eco Collective who offer 100% vegan products and offer gluten free and organic produce.

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

Here is Southampton’s list on what to put into your blue lid recycling bin: What Can I Recycle?

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

This brilliant website gives tips and ideas about food waste and how to reduce it.

Love Food Hate Waste

Instead of throwing out or bagging up (to gather dust) all those clothes children quickly grow out of this is a brilliant website to buy or sell unwanted children clothes. It is run by a busy mum who also knows what it’s like with ever growing children and the endless amount of clothes children accumulate.

‘Last year a quarter of the clothing we got rid of was simply thrown away. That’s a staggering 300,000 tonnes that went into landfill. So many of those items could have been re-used and enjoyed by a another child, instead of contributing to the destruction of the planet.’

Loopster

Contact us!

Please join us on Facebook, like and share with fellow environmental and wildlife enthusiasts where we will keep you up to date with climate change, sustainable and wildlife and conservation news and anything else green.

We would also like to start adding a directory to our newsletter, making it more accessible for everyone to gain information, join other environmental groups or eco-friendly businesses that sell eco-friendly products. If you or someone you know are interested, please contact us. We can also help advertise and advise on any campaigns and fundraising events, with the option to advertise on our webpage, facebook and newsletters.

Equally if you have an article or blog which is relevant to the local or global cause of making the world cleaner and greener or feel there is an issue that could be part of a discussion, then feel free to send it over and we can publish it.

Contact us via our website:

http://crowdleaf.org.uk/

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk

ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky & Ryan

Please come and check out our store to support our cause and green community!

CrowdLeaf Store

Pollution Tracking Tools

London Air Pollution Live Data

Worldwide Pollution Live Data

See you next time!

CrowdLeaf Newsletter 14th July 2018

Hello and welcome to this weeks newsletter!

It’s the third week of this beautiful weather but I have to say I am looking forward to a bit of rain just to see the environment get a bit of watering!

This heatwave has been setting record high temperatures not only in Europe but around the world this week.

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Stunning sculpture installed by Greenpeace Italy.

CrowdLeaf are organising another litter pick so watch this space for date and location!

Climate Change, Pollution and Energy

Permafrost And Wetland Emissions Could Cut 1.5 C Carbon Budget By ‘By Five Years’

UK Passes 1,000 Without Coal As Energy Shift Accelerates

A coal fired plant generating power

New UK Renewables ‘Could Be Cheaper Than Existing Gas Plants By 2030’

Call To Turn Oil Rigs Into Nature Reserves

Oil rig

Costa Rica Has Run On 100% Renewable Energy For 300 Days

UK Schools Banning School Run To Protect Pupils From Air Pollution

Analysis: ‘Global’ Warming Varies Greatly Depending Where You Live

Wildlife and Conservation

Inside The Grisly Colorado Warehouse Full Of Black Market Wildlife Contraband

Eight Of 14 Rhinos Dies After Move To Kenyan National Park

A female black rhino is transported during a translocation exercise in the Nairobi national park.

Stunning Coral Forests Discovered Around Sicily’s Deep Sea Volcanoes

Threatened Species: Nine Mammals And Mountain Mistfrog Could Join Extinction List

Sunscreen For Cows: UK Farmers Struggle To Cope With The Heatwave

Cattle and ducks keep cool in the River Stour, Suffolk

Recycling and Sustainability

Starbucks Is Eliminating Plastic Straws From All Stores

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These Farmers Are Turning Extra Milk Into Yoghurt And Cheese For Those In Need

Can Norway Help Us Solve The Plastic Crisis, One Bottle At A Time?

Events

Fight For Clean Air In Southampton And New Forest 17th July

Southsea Wildlife Watch 21st July

New Forest Festival 27th July

Handy Websites

Check Out Eco Collective who offer 100% vegan products and offer gluten free and organic produce.

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

Here is Southampton’s list on what to put into your blue lid recycling bin: What Can I Recycle?

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

This brilliant website gives tips and ideas about food waste and how to reduce it.

Love Food Hate Waste

Instead of throwing out or bagging up (to gather dust) all those clothes children quickly grow out of this is a brilliant website to buy or sell unwanted children clothes. It is run by a busy mum who also knows what it’s like with ever growing children and the endless amount of clothes children accumulate.

‘Last year a quarter of the clothing we got rid of was simply thrown away. That’s a staggering 300,000 tonnes that went into landfill. So many of those items could have been re-used and enjoyed by a another child, instead of contributing to the destruction of the planet.’

Loopster

Contact us!

Please join us on Facebook, like and share with fellow environmental and wildlife enthusiasts where we will keep you up to date with climate change, sustainable and wildlife and conservation news and anything else green.

We would also like to start adding a directory to our newsletter, making it more accessible for everyone to gain information, join other environmental groups or eco-friendly businesses that sell eco-friendly products. If you or someone you know are interested, please contact us. We can also help advertise and advise on any campaigns and fundraising events, with the option to advertise on our webpage, facebook and newsletters.

Equally if you have an article or blog which is relevant to the local or global cause of making the world cleaner and greener or feel there is an issue that could be part of a discussion, then feel free to send it over and we can publish it.

Contact us via our website:

http://crowdleaf.org.uk/

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk

ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky & Ryan

Please come and check out our store to support our cause and green community!

CrowdLeaf Store

Pollution Tracking Tools

London Air Pollution Live Data

Worldwide Pollution Live Data

See you next time!

 

 

 

Who and What are Let Pompey Breathe? By Alexa Gill & Anna Koor #letpompeybreathe

Let Pompey Breathe is a campaign group made up of several environmental groups and parties concerned about the poor air quality in Portsmouth and the lack of action to date from the council. We believe it is everybody’s right to be able to breathe clean air. The main purpose of the campaign is to reduce air pollution in Portsmouth and bring it down to legal levels. We’re asking the council to commit to reduce air pollution to meet WHO standards as soon as possible.

 

Air Pollution is a problem

Currently Portsmouth’s air quality is among the worst in the UK and it’s widely thought that 95 premature deaths a year in the city are related to air pollution. However, this figure is based on small particulates (PM2.5) such as emitted from diesel vehicles. When taking into account the effect of nitrogen oxide (NOX) and other air pollutants, that figure is worryingly thought to be as much as 6 times that. Furthermore, Portsmouth’s air pollution problem has been identified as roadside NOX pollutants. In February 2018 ClientEarth won a court hearing ruling that 33 authorities were in breach of meeting the government’s targets on legal levels of air pollution. Portsmouth was among those authorities.

 

Strong action is needed

Since the campaign launched, we’ve been out in the local community spreading the word about our concerns. In April we staged a peaceful demonstration outside the city civic offices, using ‘grave stones’ to highlight the number of premature deaths that are caused by air pollution. One of our campaigners delivered a letter to several key members of the City Council, calling for strong action to tackle the problem. Green MEP for the South East, Keith Taylor was in attendance. That evening he, along with 2 speakers from Let Pompey Breathe spoke about the air pollution issues we are facing across the city and why it’s so important we try to tackle this public health crisis.  

Since the beginning of May we’ve been focused on collecting signatures for the petition we’ve got running, asking the council to commit to reducing air pollution in the city. Anyone who lives, works or studies in Portsmouth can sign the petition. We’ve had stalls at a local Green Film Festival and at different points around the city. Residents are receptive and keen to sign. We’ve also had a bit of press, giving an interview on the local radio station. We’ve just reached the required 1000 signatures to ensure the issue is debated at full council. But we still need more! The greater number of people we can reach to sign the Petition, the further we’re able to go in demonstrating to the council that the electorate want action on this matter. If you are not eligible to sign, sharing it with people who are would be a great help.

The first step would be for the Council to publish an Air Quality Action Plan for consultation. It’s important they do this as a collaborative approach to developing robust and sustainable solutions to the problem. Everyone needs to have an input including local businesses, residents and environmental groups.

Get Involved

If you want to participate in tackling this issue, a great way to do so is donate your time and or money to organisations that are working to fight this problem. Some suggestions are ClientEarth, Earth Justice, Friends of the Earth, Green Peace. Or consider the Green Party to help get more councillors elected who will stand up for clean air.

We are always looking for volunteers to help with the #letpompeybreathe campaign, and increase our network. Please get in touch if you want to get involved!  

Poor air quality is a huge issue – by Alexa Gill & Anna Koor of Let Pompey Breathe #letpompeybreathe

Let Pompey Breathe is back again to talk about air pollution. You can read all about our campaign to reduce air pollution in Portsmouth and find more information on the petition we are currently collecting signatures for here. Today (21st of June) is Clear Air Day and we want to talk about ways you can protect yourself from air pollutants and how to join in the fight for clean air.

Communication is key

Poor air quality is a huge issue, and it can seem overwhelming to think about how we can tackle it, as individuals. Dealing with this growing problem requires a joint effort, we need councils, local business and residents to work together. Education and engagement is critical, there still seems to be a disconnect between people’s understanding of the consequences of dirty air and its impact on our health. With an estimated 40,000 premature deaths a year across the country due to outdoor air pollution, according to a report from the Royal College of Physicians, it’s become a national health crisis. So we need to build awareness of the problem. Some suggestions are:

  • Talk to your friends, family and colleagues about air pollution and what they can do to help reduce it and to protect themselves from it, particularly the vulnerable including young children, the elderly and those with respiratory problems.
  • Approach your employer about how they plan to address poor air quality. Could they set up a cycle to work scheme, update their transport policy or change suppliers?
  • If you’re a parent, speak to other parents and school teachers about starting a ‘walk to school’ campaign (a ‘walking bus’), or setting up a car share scheme.
  • Use social media platforms to spread the word and pass on useful information. Make sure to use hashtag #LetPompeyBreathe
  • Contact your local councillors to tell them you care about this problem and urge them to press for improvements in your neighbourhood and places in the city you visit regularly. One simple but effective step would be to erect signage alerting drivers not to idle their engines illegally, particularly in busy public places or where there are young children such as outside schools, at taxi ranks, bus and train stations.

Dirty Air isn’t just outside

In addition to the estimated 40,000 deaths a year due to outdoor air pollution there’s also the yet unquantified effects of indoor pollutants, which include radon, biological materials, particulates and nitrogen dioxide. This needs serious consideration as we spend the majority of our time inside. But there are some measures that can be taken to lower the risk:

  • Ensure you open windows when cooking.
  • Dry your washing outside whenever possible. It’s important to have good ventilation to reduce your exposure and these steps will also help reduce the accumulation of moulds which are air pollutants.
  • If you have a wood-burning fireplace, consider replacing it with a natural gas version. Not only will you reduce the emissions going outside, but the air quality should improve in your home.
  • Candles are another cause of air pollution so limit your use of these where possible.
  • By using less gas and electricity, you’ll reduce the air pollution you are creating. Simple steps like switching off lights when not in use, only running the washing machine/dishwasher when there’s a full load and filling the kettle with only the water you need, can reduce your energy consumption and save you some money in the process!
  • A report by Nasa revealed that there are some plants which are known for cleaning the air and are mostly easy to look after. These include Rubber Plant, Peace Lily, Ficus Alii, Spider Plant, Dracaena, Weeping Fig, several species of Palm, and different varieties of Philodendron.

 

Reducing air pollution would not only protect our health but also slow down climate change. There is still hope if we work together and act quickly.

CrowdLeaf Newsletter 15th June 2018

Welcome to this weeks newsletter!

If you want to be added to our newsletter mailing list please feel free to contact us via Facebook or email us using the email addresses in the Contacts section.

Here are some great tips on what to recycle from the bathroom – always check the label and don’t just throw them away!

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Keep a lookout as CrowdLeaf will be organising a litter pick and a beach clean over the next few months so if you want to do your bit please contact us and let us know.

Do you have an event or article you would like to see published on our newsletter? Just ask us here at CrowdLeaf and we can see if we can help!

Climate Change and Pollution

Climate Change Can Be Reversed By Turning Air Into Gasoline

Climate Change Is Wiping out The Baobab, Africa’s ‘tree of life’

Antarctic Melting Faster Than Ever Before Posing Significant Threat To Coastal Cities, According To Studies

People In Manchester ‘Exposed To Dangerous Levels Of Air Pollution’

Delhi Air Quality: Under A Thick Haze Of Dust

Sir David Attenborough: ‘The Human Race Will Regret It If We Don’t Act On Plastic Now’

David Attenborough

Energy

The Government Is About To Cancel A Billion-Pound Energy Project In Wales

It seemed to many people in Swansea that the Lagoon project was guaranteed

Samsung Commits To 100% Renewables Energy After Global Protests

Wildlife and Conservation

Coral Reef Growth ‘Already Failing To Keep Pace With Sea Level Rise’ Study Says

Chris Packham Warns Of ‘Ecological Apocalypes’ In Britain

Fifth Of Britain’s Mammals ‘At High Risk Of Extinction’

Recycling and Sustainability

Ecobricks.org – Plastic, solved

Tokyo Announces Plan To Install Solar Roads In Time For 2020 Olympics

Machines Offering money For Plastic Arriving In More Iceland Stores

Events

Solent Gardeners Fayre And Craft 2018

Portsmouth Green Drinks ‘ On Tour’ 13th June

Stokes Bay Clean Up 16th June

Big Wild Picnic 17th June

Research Cafe 35: Air Pollution And Our Health

Volunteering Day 24th June

Bitterne Litter Team – 1 Hour Litter Pick 24th June

Big Beach Clean Up 2018! 24th June

Air Quality Monitoring Workshop 28th June 2018

Handy Websites

Check Out Eco Collective who offer 100% vegan products and offer gluten free and organic produce.

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

Here is Southampton’s list on what to put into your blue lid recycling bin: What Can I Recycle?

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

This brilliant website gives tips and ideas about food waste and how to reduce it.

Love Food Hate Waste

Instead of throwing out or bagging up (to gather dust) all those clothes children quickly grow out of this is a brilliant website to buy or sell unwanted children clothes. It is run by a busy mum who also knows what it’s like with ever growing children and the endless amount of clothes children accumulate.

‘Last year a quarter of the clothing we got rid of was simply thrown away. That’s a staggering 300,000 tonnes that went into landfill. So many of those items could have been re-used and enjoyed by a another child, instead of contributing to the destruction of the planet.’

Loopster

Contact us!

Please join us on Facebook, like and share with fellow environmental and wildlife enthusiasts where we will keep you up to date with climate change, sustainable and wildlife and conservation news and anything else green.

We would also like to start adding a directory to our newsletter, making it more accessible for everyone to gain information, join other environmental groups or eco-friendly businesses that sell eco-friendly products. If you or someone you know are interested, please contact us. We can also help advertise and advise on any campaigns and fundraising events, with the option to advertise on our webpage, facebook and newsletters.

Equally if you have an article or blog which is relevant to the local or global cause of making the world cleaner and greener or feel there is an issue that could be part of a discussion, then feel free to send it over and we can publish it.

Contact us via our website:

http://crowdleaf.org.uk/

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk

ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky & Ryan

Please come and check out our store to support our cause and green community!

CrowdLeaf Store

Pollution Tracking Tools

London Air Pollution Live Data

Worldwide Pollution Live Data

See you next time!

 

 

CrowdLeaf Newsletter 7th June 2018

Hello and welcome to this weeks newsletter!

If you would like to be added to our newsletter mailing list please feel free to email myself (Vicky) or Ryan and we will carry on sending you awesome things like these two beatboxing starlings as well as keeping you all up to date with news about the current state of the environment:)

I thought this little guy was pretty cool and deserved a place in the intro too – what a world of amazing creatures we have and need to protect.

Will you take the pledge to reduce plastic pollution? Such an important issue for the whole world to fix lets keep on reminding everyone!

Do you have an article or an event you would like to share? Please contact us and let us know and we can see if we can help.

The War On Plastic

Antarctic No Longer ‘Pristine Wilderness’ After Plastic Pollution Is Found

Antarctic no longer ‘pristine wilderness’ after plastic pollution is found

The Hidden Truth Of Plastic Pollution

50 Nations ‘Curbing Plastic Pollution’

Plastic bag

Families Around The World Join War On Plastic – In Pictures

Climate Change and Pollution

‘Impossible To Cheat’ Desiel Emissions Tests Show Almost All New Desiels Still Dirty

‘Carbon Bubble’ Could Sparke Global Financial Crisis, Study Warns

What Is The Carbon Bubble And What Will Happen If It Bursts

Each Car In London Costs NHS And Society £8,000 Due To Air Pollution, Report Finds

Energy

Waste Heat: Innovators Turn To An Overlooked Renewable Resource

Data centers, such as Google's facility in Dalles, Oregon, generate huge amounts of waste heat.

Netherlands To Ban Coal-Fired Power Plants In Blow To RWE

Pioneering ‘Liquid Air’ Project Can Help Store Excess Electricity

Wildlife and Conservation

Amazing Whale Picture Capture By Wildlife Fan From Cornwall

Deadly Toxic Toad Invasion Putting Madagascar Wildlife At Risk

Eerie Silence Falls On Shetland Cliffs That Once EchoedTo Seabirds’ Cries

Swan Shown Desperately Trying To Save Companion In Filthy, Mud Filled River

Recycling and Sustainability

Are You Eating A ‘Reducetarian’ Diet Without Even Realising It?

Blogging By The River Foyle Tackles Derry’s Litter Problem

Seánna Gillespie plogging with her son Shéa

Rubbish Firm Amey ‘Lost’ 2,000 Tonnes Of Gloucester Recycling

Paper Cup Alliance Welcomes Network Rail Recycling Plans

Events

Solent Gardeners Fayre And Craft 2018

Portsmouth Green Drinks ‘ On Tour’ 13th June

Stokes Bay Clean Up 16th June

Big Wild Picnic 17th June

Volunteering Day 24th June

Big Beach Clean Up 2018! 24th June

Handy Websites

Check Out Eco Collective who offer 100% vegan products and offer gluten free and organic produce.

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

Here is Southampton’s list on what to put into your blue lid recycling bin: What Can I Recycle?

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

This brilliant website gives tips and ideas about food waste and how to reduce it.

Love Food Hate Waste

Instead of throwing out or bagging up (to gather dust) all those clothes children quickly grow out of this is a brilliant website to buy or sell unwanted children clothes. It is run by a busy mum who also knows what it’s like with ever growing children and the endless amount of clothes children accumulate.

‘Last year a quarter of the clothing we got rid of was simply thrown away. That’s a staggering 300,000 tonnes that went into landfill. So many of those items could have been re-used and enjoyed by a another child, instead of contributing to the destruction of the planet.’

Loopster

Contact us!

Please join us on Facebook, like and share with fellow environmental and wildlife enthusiasts where we will keep you up to date with climate change, sustainable and wildlife and conservation news and anything else green.

We would also like to start adding a directory to our newsletter, making it more accessible for everyone to gain information, join other environmental groups or eco-friendly businesses that sell eco-friendly products. If you or someone you know are interested, please contact us. We can also help advertise and advise on any campaigns and fundraising events, with the option to advertise on our webpage, facebook and newsletters.

Equally if you have an article or blog which is relevant to the local or global cause of making the world cleaner and greener or feel there is an issue that could be part of a discussion, then feel free to send it over and we can publish it.

Contact us via our website:

http://crowdleaf.org.uk/

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk

ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky & Ryan

Please come and check out our store to support our cause and green community!

CrowdLeaf Store

Pollution Tracking Tools

London Air Pollution Live Data

Worldwide Pollution Live Data

See you next time!