Friday, 24 October 2014


We've rejigged the blog a bit. There's now a handy shortcut bar at the top of the blog. We have also closed our Delicious account, weeded the links, and rebuilt them as a page on the blog - the links button in the top bar will take you to it. Hopefully there are at least a few recommended links there that are new to you, and useful or interesting. Enjoy!

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.