Posts Tagged ‘environment’

National Parks Week

July 28, 2009

27th July to 2nd August is National Parks Week. It’s 60 years since the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 was formed, which saw the creation of National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK. Amongst our National Parks are the Broads, the Peak District, the Brecon Beacons and the Lake District. During National Parks Week, there will be loads of special events to enjoy the past, present and future of all the National Parks. Visit the National Parks website and special anniversary Diamonds in the Landscape site for details.

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Where do your shoes come from?

June 2, 2009

Where do your shoes come from?Greenpeace have released a film, Slaughtering the Amazon, highlighting the impact of beef and leather products on the Amazon rainforest. Many global footwear brands such as Adidas, Reebok, Nike, Timberland and Clarks source much of their leather from Amazonian farms. Many of these farms are involved in illegal deforestation and sometimes slavery.

Leather handbags, beef ready-meals and other products from big brands such as Tesco, IKEA, Kraft and BMW rely on Amazon beef and leather. The cattle industry is the single biggest cause of deforestation in the world and the Brazilian government has offered billions of dollars to expand the beef industry.  Greenpeace is asking Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva to commit to zero deforestation by 2015. Watch the film & learn more here.

Something in the water

April 15, 2009
foam

Pic courtesy of Daily Mail

Chemicals from a detergent factory in Greater Manchester are believed to have contaminated the River Irwell & River Irk, which runs through the Irkside nature reserve. A thick wall of foam has built up on the river, killing fish and wildfowl. A spokesman from the company say the contaminant could be bleach or washing up liquid although they denied the spill had come directly from their premises. The Environment Agency are on site and expect the polluted water to wash away naturally.

Tidy up time

April 8, 2009

Thinking of going for a stroll along the beach this bank holiday weekend? The waves lapping on the shore, the wind in your hair… and the plastic bottles, polythene bags and crisp packets under your feet. Nice!

The amount of litter on UK beaches has reached its highest ever level, according to the Marine Conservation Society. Litter has increased by 110% since 1994. The 2008 Beachwatch survey saw 5,000 volunteers removing over 385,000 pieces of rubbish from over 370 beaches. On average, they picked up two pieces of litter per metre. The most frequently found items were pieces of plastic and more than a third of all the litter was dropped by members of the public. The rest came mainly from fishing, shipping and sewage. The Marine Conservation Society are campaigning for the government to develop an action plan for reducing marine litter – click here to sign the petition and here to get involved in the 2009 Beachwatch campaign.

“This is a man-made problem. Every piece of litter has an owner and we all need to take responsibility to not drop litter in the first place.”  – Emma Snowden, Marine Conservation Society.

Sign up and switch off

March 27, 2009

The WWF wants one billion people around the world to switch off their lights for one hour at 8.30pm on 28 March 2009.  The Earth Hour campaign aims to show that the world cares about climate change & will kickstart the WWF’s global campaign to convince governments to agree effective action. 

In December 2009, leaders from 190 countries worldwide will meet  at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen to set new targets and form a new international agreement to replace the existing Kyoto Protocol. “The ‘global deal’ will set out how the world tackles climate change & must be sufficiently ambitious to ensure a safe climate for future generations and for wildlife. It must also set targets for industrialised countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and help to ensure the most vulnerable countries can adapt to the inevitable impacts of a warmer world.” – WWF

As part of WWF Earth Hour, over 2,000 cities across 80 countries and 500 global landmarks have agreed to turn off their lights. These include  the Eiffel Tower, Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Sydney Opera House, Table Mountain, Niagara Falls, Hong Kong’s Symphony of Lights, the Shanghai Hong Kong New World Tower and the London Eye. In London, Nelson’s Column, the Coca Cola signs in Piccadilly Circus, the National Gallery, National Theatre, Hayward Gallery, V&A museum, GLA buildings and the Number 2 laser at the Greenwich Observatory will all be in darkness for the hour. Around the UK, the lights will be out at Manchester’s Big Wheel and MEN Arena, the Tyne and Gateshead Millennium Bridges, Brighton Pier, the Spinnaker Tower, Gun Wharf Quays and Royal Armouries in Portsmouth; Harvey Nichols and Selfridges in Birmingham & the SS Great Britain in Bristol. Also Caerphilly and Cardiff Castles, the Millennium Stadium in Scotland, Edinburgh Castle and the Forth Rail Bridge will also be in darkness.

Show you care about climate change and sign up here!