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A joint mission: ending plastic pollution

Posted by louise — 14 September 2016 at 3:27pm - Comments
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Back in July I was lucky enough to be one of 100 people who spent the day cleaning up a heavily plastic polluted beach on ‘Freedom Island’ in Manila Bay, Philippines. The beach was in an appalling state - piled high with throwaway plastic wrappers, straws and bottles which also littered the water. This was just a snapshot of the estimated 8-12 million tonnes of plastic that scientists tell us goes into our oceans every year.<--break-><--break->

4 species that were saved by the EU

Posted by Fran G — 12 September 2016 at 4:17pm - Comments
Puffin flapping its wings on cliff
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Among the many, many things that the EU regulates, are a handful of little-known laws that have helped protect the UK countryside. They are called the Birds and Habitat Directives.

Stories from the Front Line: Arnaldo Munduruku and the Munduruku struggle for climate justice

Posted by Martin Vainstein — 8 September 2016 at 9:45am - Comments

Despite facing mega dams, colonialism and more than 500 years of violence and neglect, the Munduruku People have stayed strong and continued fighting for justice. Here’s a brief insight from their General Chief Arnaldo Kaba Munduruku, from his recent visit to the UK to work alongside Greenpeace.

UK Government plans to outlaw microbeads! But a limited ban won't do.

Posted by Fiona Nicholls — 7 September 2016 at 8:43am - Comments
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This weekend, the Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom announced a plan to ban microbeads from cosmetic products like face scrubs, toothpastes and shower gels. This is brilliant news for the 350,000 people who have signed our petition in collaboration with Fauna & Flora International, the Marine Conservation Society and the Environmental Investigation Agency. It shows the government is taking steps to protect our oceans from this pointless plastic pollution. BUT… (oh why is there always a ‘but’?!)

In pictures: Love the Amazon on Amazon Day!

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 2 September 2016 at 1:49pm - Comments

5th September is the day the largest rainforest in the world is celebrated in Brazil. It’s Amazon Day! With an estimated 16,000 tree species the Amazon is often referred to as the lungs of the planet. It is also home to over 20 million people, including thousands of Indigenous Peoples, hundreds of bird species and mammals and over 2.5 million insect species!  <--break->

Thousands of people just chipped in to get this in The Times

Posted by efreeman — 31 August 2016 at 3:37pm - Comments
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Great news. Thanks to donations from more than 4,000 people, today we’ve run an ad in The Times to expose just how unpopular Hinkley nuclear plant is.

Stop Hinkley Point: chip in to get this ad in The Times

Posted by Richard Casson — 30 August 2016 at 4:49pm - Comments
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It's been a month since Theresa May announced a sudden pause on plans to build a new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset. And though opposition to the project seems to get stronger by the week, the final decision could still go either way.

Microbeads - What does a ban look like?

Posted by alice.hunter — 26 August 2016 at 3:41pm - Comments
A full ban on any plastic in any household product that goes down the drain
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On Wednesday this week, the Environmental Audit Committee released a report calling for microbeads to be banned. But what does an effective ban look like? The ban in the US, whilst signalling a huge step forward, is riddled with loopholes.

Microbeads ban creeps closer as MPs demand action

Posted by Fiona Nicholls — 24 August 2016 at 2:20pm - Comments
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MPs call for microbeads ban

Great news this morning - an influential government committee just backed our call for a ban on microbeads!<--break->

Sign the petition - ask Theresa May’s Government to show leadership on this important environmental issue and ban microbeads.

7 times the UK press condemned Hinkley nuclear plant

Posted by Alexandra Stenb... — 22 August 2016 at 6:13pm - Comments
Artist's impression of Hinkley nuclear plant
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For a brief moment last month, it looked like the Somerset coast was destined to become the home of the most expensive object in the world -- Hinkley Point nuclear plant.

But after a last minute intervention by Prime Minister Theresa May, the government’s nuclear ambitions were suddenly put on hold.