This year has seen the issue of poor water quality returning to public consciousness and highlighted at a national level. Recent reports have shown that water companies are performing consistently badly, with pollution events increasing and causing damage to local environments, wildlife, and putting human health at risk.
In terms of compliance with the third pillar concerning access to environmental justice, the UK government relied on the existing process of JR alongside statutory reviews - at that point assuming they were Aarhus compliant. However, as set out below that has not proved to be the case and the UK remains to this day in non-compliance with certain provisions of the Convention.
“Intentional Trespass” consultation: Stand with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities and defend your fundamental right to protest.
The Government is considering creating a new offence that will criminalise trespassing and ‘unauthorised encampments’. This means that Gypsies and Travellers could face imprisonment for their way of life, communities could be banned from returning to a specific area for a year, and could have their homes taken away.
On a sunny, but chilly, Friday lunchtime (3rd January) volunteers from Manchester Friends of the Earth joined the Better Buses for Greater Manchester march to hand in the petition signed by 11,500 people supporting the proposals for bus re-regulation (franchising).
“This ruling is an absolutely ground-breaking result for climate justice. We were fighting a project that would have had dire implications for present and future generations.” Will Rundle, head of legal at Friends of the Earth.
A petition from over 300,000 people calling for tougher government action on plastic pollution will be handed in to 10 Downing Street on Wednesday (26 February), by Friends of the Earth and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI).
Campaign group Fossil Free Greater Manchester is calling on the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) to ensure that all its investments are free from coal mining, the most-polluting fossil fuel, by the end of 2020.
Summary: A new approach to environmental protections will be vital in tackling the climate and nature emergency. However, the Environment Bill currently fails to deliver the promised level of ambition: gold standard protections, a demonstration of global environmental leadership, and a world-leading watchdog.
Northern Quarter consultation : Piccadilly Station to Victoria station walking and cycling proposal – Love Your Bike response.
Thank you for the opportunity to respond to the consultation on the proposed walking and cycling route from Manchester Piccadilly Station to Victoria Station. Our response is into sections that correspond with the structure of the consultation document. Each section …