Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Fish Aggregation Devices

Industrial tuna fishers like Princes and John West use FADs - Fish Aggregation Devices - which are artificial platforms, made up of floating materials and netting. These attract all kinds of marine life - which are then scooped up indiscriminately. The unwanted 'bycatch'- animals like sharks, turtles and rays - are then dumped overboard, dead and dying.

Back in 2011, a massive public campaign convinced them to commit to quit using these destructive FADs. But three years on, it looks like those promises are getting broken.

With two months left until their commitments are due, more than three quarters of the tuna Princes sells is still being caught using FADs. A mass public outcry will be hard to ignore. Tell John West and Princes to keep their promises and cut out FADs completely.

Better yet, tackle the problem at source - stop eating fish. Leave them in their home. If you miss the flavour then try cruelty-free alternatives. But human desires don't over-ride the lives of other beings.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Frack off, Cameron

Can you imagine finding out that a company wanted to drill beneath your home, and the law said there was nothing you could do about it?

Help to fuel the backlash against David Cameron’s plan to push through his new fracking law. Cameron's plans are unpopular already - 74% of British people don't agree with changing the law so fracking companies can drill under our homes without permission. We need to show MPs across the country how unpopular it is as well. Please sign the petition here!

(If you want to follow this topic Greenpeace is a good place to start).

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

More houses planned

We've been asked to share the fact that Ceredigion County Council have been working with developers to build a number of new housing estates on greenfield sites in Llanbadarn Fawr. More information on one of the sites here. If you care about the loss of green spaces we recommend objecting to this crazy proposal.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Ecological footprints

"An ecological footprint is the amount of productive land area required to sustain one human being. Globally, there are about 1.9 hectares of productive area per person, but the average ecological footprint is already 2.3 hectares. So we would need 1.5 Earths to live sustainably. The largest footprint belongs to citizens of the US, at 9.57 hectares. Five Earths would be needed if everyone in the world consumed at that rate. People in Bangladesh, on the other hand, need just 0.5 hectares. And China is somewhere in the middle, at 1.36 hectares.

But what will it look like in a few decades, when China has a population of 1.5 billion? Supposing that Chinese levels of consumption then are equivalent to American levels now, the Earth doesn’t stand a chance. If the US provides the benchmark for global consumption, 25 Earths will be needed to satiate everyone’s wants." [Adbusters]

More on eco-footprints.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Badger group need additional volunteers

A message from those campaigning peacefully in the West Somerset and West Gloucestershire cull areas – now that the shooting of badgers has started for the second year, they desperately need additional volunteers to supplement their existing resources. Whatever time you can give will be appreciated and your presence may help to prevent the death of a completely healthy badger.  Even one evening can make a difference so please contact them.

The key message from the Somerset and Gloucestershire Badger Patrols is that they are a peaceful presence in the countryside.  Law abiding and non-confrontational, they:

Walk along roads and public footpaths within the cull area
Never intimidate land owners
Inform the police of our intentions and whereabouts
Respect the countryside code
Make new friends with likeminded people

Get in touch:

Also see the Badger Trust site.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

[CANCELLED] Flash clean on South Beach, Aberystwyth, Saturday, 4-5 pm

Beach Clean CANCELLED - blustery winds forecast for low tide would impede collecting fragmented pollution. Keep your eyes peeled for a weekday clean next week and hopefully another Saturday clean for next weekend.

This Saturday (30th) there will be a flash clean on South Beach, Aberystwyth, 4-5 pm. There will be some litter picking tools and gloves, and some sweeties courtesy of Isaacs Traditional Sweet Shop, plus some free biobags and dog poo bags.

Aber Beach Buddies will be concentrating on small scale pollution, which is every bit as damaging to marine life as larger, more noticeable items of pollution and is causing havoc in the world's oceans. Don't be shy, dress for the weather on the day and come along and meet other Beach Buddies while helping out one of your local beaches.

Children over 5 are very welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Meeting point is opposite the Life Boat Station. 4pm, Saturday 30th August.

Please check for updates via this page.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP) - Ceredigion action

A group of 38 Degrees members who live in Ceredigion are meeting next Saturday, the 30th August, to spread the word about the sinister EU-US trade deal TTIP. Are you free?

TTIP is the deal that’ll make privatisation of our services like the NHS and National Rail irreversible. It’ll also allow big corporations to sue our government if they make changes to the law which affect businesses' profits - like raising the minimum wage. George Monbiot wrote a summary here.

The TTIP negotiations are happening in secret. The deal is hardly in the news. Nobody is talking about it - and the government is hoping it stays that way. So let’s spread the word to thousands of ordinary people, and kickstart the buzz.

Joining in on the 30th August is easy. As soon as you sign up using this link, you'll be able to see the plans in Ceredigion and chat to other nearby 38 Degrees members. You'll also be sent a pack with everything that you’ll need for the day - including leaflets for you to hand out that explain the dangers of the deal in plain English.

So will you give an hour or two on Saturday 30th August? The office team needs to place an order for flyers tomorrow, so please sign up now.

Already, over 120,000 38 Degrees members have signed a petition against TTIP. But the government is not going to have a sudden change of heart unless they’re bombarded with questions and opposition. The only way we can do this is through people power - making sure as many of us as possible know about it.