Monday, 28 November 2016

Rainforest Action Network


The Rainforest Action Network is fighting on a number of fronts to defend wildlife, the environment, and human rights, even when it brings them into conflict with some of the biggest corporations in the world. Here are a few of their current campaigns:

Conflict Palm Oil
Conflict Palm Oil is found in roughly 50% of packaged foods sold in your local grocery store and stores across the globe. But most people don’t know about the devastation caused by its production. Across the globe, the production of Conflict Palm Oil drives deforestation, child labour, human trafficking, and is pushing species like the orangutan to the brink of extinction.
We need to demand that the world’s biggest snack food manufacturers — like PepsiCo — eliminate Conflict Palm Oil. You can help.

(Some of CIN's coverage: Say no to palm oil; Primary Rainforest Cleared For Massive Palm Oil Plantations In Peru)

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Scallop Dredging In Cardigan Bay To Go Ahead

The Welsh Government has ignored the results of its consultation and decided to allow scallop dredging in Cardigan Bay.

See the petition and this article: "TV presenter Iolo Williams calls AMs 'parasites' over Cardigan Bay scallop dredging announcement". Iolo said:
"I’m dismayed but not surprised that this bunch of worthless parasites has, once again, supported the destruction of an internationally important wildlife site. This does NOT support local, sustainable fisheries. It opens the door for ploughing the sea bed on an industrial scale. Worthless parasites just about sums up my view of AMs and their attitude towards one of our greatest assets, the natural environment. As well as the AMs, you can also throw NRW [Natural Resources Wales] into that same category. This is a spineless body that continually refuses to fight for our wildlife."
We totally agree. This overturns 2009's victory, but it seems like the Welsh Government had already decided what they wanted to do. Industrial fisheries in wildlife conservation areas, scraping up the sea floor and destroying marine habitats.

Currently this was a Labour decision - Labour minister (Lesley Griffiths), and a majority Labour government. Would the other parties have also gone against all the ecologists and the public consultation in order to get a bit more money? Possibly. Either way, people at the Welsh Government should be ashamed.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Ceredigion County Council Charging Twice For Bodily Functions



Ceredigion Council have shut down a number of public toilets in Aberystwyth and Ceredigion over the years. Now it has been discovered that the Council will charge money for another one in Aberystwyth (see here), and a lot of residents are rightly angry about it.

It's been asked before, and the Council hasn't answered, but this is the key question: what is someone meant to do if they need the toilet and don't have any money with them?

People don't pay council tax in exchange for one or two distant "award-winning toilets". People just want reasonable public toilets that they don't have to pay for twice. Public toilets are a core service that councils are meant to provide, not some cash cow to be milked in a pay-to-pee fiasco.

It's worth noting that the toilets on the Aberystwyth train station platform are closed much of the time, directing people to the public ones instead. What a rubbish "transport hub" that turned out to be, after Ceredigion Council wasted money on it.

We really need a law forcing rubbish Councils to provide enough public toilets. Something like this. Unfortunately that public health Wales bill was not passed, it fell at the last reading, though it is expected to be reintroduced as a bill in November - so still could become law. Contact your AM about it if you live in Wales and care about public toilet provision.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Change Your Energy Supplier To A More Ethical One - Easy!


The government just allowed more fracking to go ahead but there's something really quick and easy we can do to stop it!

Change your energy supplier.

British Gas, EDF Energy, E.ON UK, npower, ScottishPower and SSE all support fracking. But there many other energy companies who get their energy from wind, solar, tidal, "green gas", and other renewable energy sources.

If you switch, your energy bill may even be cheaper, sicne the Big 6 energy suppliers have already been prosecuted for price-fixing.

98% of UK Households buy their energy from these companies, and yet most people are against fracking.

It's easy. Just switch via http://unfrack.me from a pro-fracking energy company to a more ethical one.

Monday, 26 September 2016

The Future Of Agriculture In Wales


Members of the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee (National Assembly For Wales) want to know what people's ideas are about the future support for agriculture, land management and rural communities in Wales. You can post your ideas and rate/comment on those posted by others at this site. More information here.

Some of our favourite points and comments:

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Packaging

Waste! So much of it. Some good news: France just banned plastic cups and cutlery. Of course the wasteful traditional packaging industry has threatened legal action, and thanks to ridiculous things like TTIP maybe they might even win. Still, good that France has the courage to stand up to the bad guys, unlike the UK Government and councils.

As consumers we should check everything we buy - is the packaging compostable? Recyclable? If not then don't buy it and complain to the company. Many scummy companies try to hide that information. If they are not clear about it, then they're hiding something. Don't support them.

Maybe one day we'll even go further than compostable packaging as the gold standard: what about edible packaging?

We sometimes highlight good companies. Here are some more!