At a time when we need to rapidly de-escalate from fossil fuels, Cumbria County Council is set to approve a new coal mine which would last until 2049 – well beyond 2030 when most of our emissions reductions must be underway in order to avoid the worst effects of the climate crisis.
The COVID-19 pandemic has turned our lives upside down, wreaking havoc on health and jobs. As a result, many of us are spending far more time at home – prompting traffic levels to drop, along with air pollution and carbon emissions. Restrictions on travel and movement mean roads are now being used more by walkers and cyclists.
COVID-19 is causing widespread disruption to the UK planning system, which is there to ensure that the development and use of land is in the public interest. Recent legislation gave councils new powers to change the way they take planning decisions. This could undermine the public voice in planning and calls into question levels of transparency and democratic oversight of planning decisions.
All of us – including children and vulnerable people – are having to frequently step into the road to follow the 2m rule, as most pavements are too narrow to pass safely. We’re also being encouraged to walk and cycle more as lockdown eases.
Crossing roads can be a lottery at the best of times, never mind if you have limited vision or mobility. But there’s a simple way to make our neighbourhoods safer for everyone - implied zebra crossings.
“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.
In November 2019, many of you joined us in calling on UK supermarkets to take action on pesticides. Thank you! Now, as spring approaches and gardeners prepare for the year ahead, it’s time to ask UK supermarkets to take pesticide products off their shelves.