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CrowdLeaf Newsletter 6th July 2018

Welcome to this weeks edition of Crowdleaf’s newsletter.

We hope you are all still enjoying this lovely weather!

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With the world cup well under way, it is heart warming to see fans taking care of their environment and picking up their rubbish after the game is over. This is a fine example of how we should take pride in our home on earth – not just after a great match but for all of our surroundings.

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The War Against Plastic

New Zealand The Most Perilous Place For Seabirds Due To Plastic Pollution

Researchers Race To Make Bioplastics From Straw And Food Waste

Plastic Plates And Cutlery To Be Banned From Sale Under government Plans

Plastic cutlery and plates could be banned under plans being considered by the Government

100 Steps To A Plastic Free Life

Seattle Just Became The First Major American City To Ban Plastic Straws And Utensils

Climate change and Pollution

Weather watch: Wildfires Highlight Importance Of UK’s Peatlands

Child’s Asthma Linked To Illegal Levels Of Air Pollution

Court Action To Save Young From Climate Bill

Millions of Wet Wipes Flushed Into The Thames Causing Plastic Nightmare

Filth: a clump of wet wipes near Hammersmith Bridge, where 115,000 have been pulled out so far this year

Energy

UK Heatwave Helps Solar Power To Record Weekly Highs

Queensland Coal Push Grows As Turnbull Tries To Land Energy Guarantee

Wildlife and Conservation

Dry Weather Boost UK’s Most Endangered Butterfly

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Australia Needs Tighter Ivory Sale Laws Sale To Protect Elephants, Parliamentary Committee Hears

Recycling and Sustainability

Is This The End Of The Yellow All-In-One Recycling Bin?

Local Authorities Urged to Embrace Separate Collection Model

What Does Sustainability Really Mean To The Customer?

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This Toilet Provides Safe Sanitation Without Plumbing Or Electricity

Events

Hampshire Farmers Market Oxford Street 7th July

Portsmouth Green Drinks ‘On Tour’ Artist Special, Part 1 11th July

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

South sea 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.’

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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!  

Combination of cold starts and short journeys are a major barrier to air pollution improvements by Larissa Lockwood, Head of Health at Global Action Plan

Here we are again with another guest piece, they are coming thick and fast at the moment, if you want to feature on Crowdleaf.org.uk too, please do contact us!

This time we talk about the pressing issue of Air Pollution and Clean Air Day 2018, with a guest piece by Larissa Lockwood, Head of Health at Global Action Plan.

A combination of cold starts and short journeys are a major barrier to air pollution improvements :

More than half of car trips nationally are under 5 miles. In urban areas such as inner London, a third of car trips are just under 2 miles.

Double the amount of pollution emitted from cars in first 5 minutes of journeys compared to the rest of the journey.

Clean Air Day 2018 calls on UK residents to leave their cars at home on 21 June and walk or cycle instead.

The combination of the pollution burst that is being created as cars warm up in the first 5 minutes of journeys, together with the large proportion of  journeys being short ones, is making a significant contribution to the UK’s air pollution challenge. Drivers are suffering the worst effects of this pollution burst as there can be up to double the amount of pollution inside vehicles.

Latest analysis of the EQUA Index data shows that the average daily distance driven in passenger cars in urban areas is not sufficient for a vehicle’s pollution control system to warm up and become fully functional. For the majority of vehicles tested by Emissions Analytics, it can take more than five minutes for pollution control systems to reach operating temperature.

Larissa Lockwood, Head of Health at Global Action Plan, the organisers of Clean Air Day, said, “Taking collective action to tackle air pollution every day can make a massive difference, particularly if we cut down on using the car for these short, polluting journeys, many of which can be walked or cycled instead.

“Imagine if more people left the car at home every day, particularly for these short journeys. We could achieve similar levels of clean air on a daily basis as we did when the roads closed during the London Marathon which led a massive 89% drop in air pollution. We would suffer far fewer health problems from air pollution and we would also reduce levels of congestion and free up our streets, making them safer.

“Let’s take action together on Clean Air Day, 21 June, to make a real difference to the air we breathe. Clean Air Day has developed a range of advice, top tips, and information on the actions that everyone can take to protect themselves from pollution and reduce their impact.”

Small steps can mean major change.  Global Action Plan, the organisers of Clean Air Day, suggests that if we all commit to just one of the following, regularly, the differences will be great:
Use your feet, take to the street and get active – Walk, cycle, bus, tube, tram, boat, however you like to travel, leave your car at home and take to the streets. As well as cutting down the amount of pollution you make, you’ll increase your daily exercise.
Drive in to the future – Cars may not fly or run on trash yet but when you upgrade your car, explore an electric, hybrid or LPG model (to save on your road tax too)
Give your car a holiday – There are some easy ways to use your car less; car-sharing or working from home if possible.  And they quickly become part of your routine.
Get out of your car – Car drivers can be exposed to twice as much air pollution as pedestrians and nine times more than a cyclist.  So, avoid sitting in your car in heavy traffic where pollution can build up and walk or cycle instead
Keep your car tyres inflated – Having well-inflated tyres means your car will be more efficient and use less fuel. Great for the environment and great for your pocket too.

Air pollution causes heart disease and worsens asthma in adults and children. It is damaging the health of all of us, but particularly young children and those with heart and lung problems. Every year in the UK 29,000 people die prematurely from air pollution – that’s about 80 people every day.

Research has shown that there are still significant gaps in public understanding of air pollution and we urgently need to impress upon people the need for them to get involved and how they can make a difference.

2018’s Clean Air Day on 21 June will create a groundswell of action bringing thousands of people together to make UK cities cleaner and healthier. It will provide guidance on the actions people can take today to reduce the air pollution they create and advice on what they can do to protect themselves and their families in the future.