|Stephen Pound MP backs the Bee Cause||Angie Bray MP also backs the Bee Cause|
Stephen Pound added his support to the Bee Action Plan, which protects all 267 British species of bees, and tries to ensure the way we farm our food and plan towns and cities is appropriate for them.
Photo by Virginia Fassnidge
|Angie Bray wrote in a letter to one of our members "I am really delighted to be supporting the Bee Action Plan and do please let me know when there is more to be done that I can do in Parliament"|
|Climate change - the climate fights back||Science Museum|
|A study published Monday 8 April 2013 in the journal Nature Climate Change predicts that global warming will cause bumpier transatlantic flights by the middle of this century. Watch this space.||Did you know that the Science Museum is open for adults only between 18.45 and 22.00 on the last Wednesday of each month? It’s a chance to have a look round in relatively quiet conditions, and you don’t have to fight small children for a go on the hands-on stuff. more ...|
|Motorists subsidised by £300bn a year||Government traffic forecasts are too high|
perennial complaint from drivers that they are excessively taxed has been
challenged by a study which concludes that road accidents, pollution
and noise connected to cars costs every EU citizen more than £600 a year.
well before the recession, people in the UK have been making fewer car
journeys and using trains more. Total traffic started to fall in the mid
2000s and the recent National Travel Survey shows this welcome trend is
Bees and other pollinating insects are vital to:
· our food supply – they pollinate most of our fruit and vegetables
· our economy - without bees, the costs for farmers would rise, leading to higher food prices
· our quality of life – our gardens, parks and countryside
And bees need us. British bee numbers have fallen dramatically in recent years, and the way we farm our food and plan our towns and cities is making the problem worse.
FoE is asking David Cameron to help save bees by introducing a National Bees Action Plan. Visit www.foe.co.uk to sign the petition.
Bee Photo Competition Results
Bees are pretty difficult to photograph, as they are quite small and tend to move away when you get close to them, so we’re very pleased to have three winning pictures to display.
When they took their photos, Elyse and Mina were in Year 7 at Brentford School for Girls, and Oliver, who lives in Greenford, was ten years old.
|Elyse Thompson managed to catch a bumblebee in the act of landing on (or perhaps taking off from) a dogrose||Mina Falilh Flaih was able to get close enough to get a shot of a honeybee feeding on a flower||Oliver Ryder was lucky enough to see a whole swarm of honeybees in his front garden. The beekeeper told him there were 60,000 bees there!|
public meeting on the issue of population was held at the Polygon, St
Mary’s Church in
40 people attended the meeting, which was organised by Population Matters
Clarke and John Collier, speakers for Population Matters, showed how the
earth’s population has rocketed in recent decades and how it is forecast
said: “It is not good enough to say resignedly that with population
growth we will need many more resources both in the
Ferriday, speaking for EFOE, showed how environmental impacts are related
as much to population as to over-consumption or inefficient technology.
said “All environmental impacts increase and become harder to solve with
more people. Whether it is air pollution, destruction of forests or
climate change, controlling our population is essential if we are to
safeguard the future of the planet and its people.”
|Recycling Light bulbs||7,000,000,000 people and counting|
incandescent bulbs have to be disposed of with general waste (preferably
wrapped in case of breakages). They should not be put with other glass
items as they contain metal.
The United Nations designated 31st October 2011 as the day that the seven billionth citizen was born. World population has been increasing more and more in the last few decades, and the trend continues upwards. more ...
Ealing Broadway Interchange
Ealing Council's consultants' report on possible new arrangements for buses at Ealing Broadway has now been made public. The council intend to take forward 3 of the simplest and cheapest options. These are estimated to cost between £4m and £10m. If they get funding from TfL they plan to put these to public consultation in Autumn 2012.
In the meantime we would like to offer a new alternative arrangement for traffic and buses which should make life easier for bus passengers.
Nick O'Donnell, Assistant Director of Strategic Transport at Ealing Council, has said he is happy for this option to be included in the later consultation on options.
The Royal Horticultural Society has just
launched a new campaign on the importance of urban gardens based on
quite extensive research .The key findings were: urban garden plants and
trees help to cool the air in towns and cities, helping to combat
dangerous temperatures caused by heat waves; trees and hedges can bring
energy costs down in winter by providing insulation; garden plants and
trees intercept intense rain and slow runoff, while garden soil absorbs
rainwater, reducing the risk of flooding; urban gardens support a range
of wildlife and help to maintain biodiversity; gardening has a
beneficial effect on mental and physical health. There are some
potentially negative aspects of urban gardening, in particular the need
for water, and the indirect contribution to carbon emissions through the
consumption of manufactured and transported horticultural goods and the
use of power tools.
The RHS has produced a useful 4 page leaflet which can be downloaded here:
and you can find
much other valuable information on sustainable gardening on their
website, including a number of leaflets on conservation and
Another interesting publication is
cover nearly a quarter of Greater London, and as already outlined, they
are valuable in many ways. But they are under threat. This project
establishes the current garden resource in
It highlights the significant changes
that have taken place in recent years: garden greenspace has been lost
at the rate of two and a half Hyde Parks per year and hard surfacing
increased by over 25% in the 100-month study period.
A summary of the report can be
downloaded from the London Wildlife Trust’s website www.wildlondon.org.uk
Congestion zone removal caused increase in traffic
Mayor claims removal of Western Extension did not affect air quality
In the first 12 weeks of 2011 traffic entering the
former Western Extension to the congestion charge zone during charging hours
increased by 8 per cent when compared with the same period in 2010.
|In terms of air quality, TfL modelling showed that the removal of the Western Extension would have a very small impact on pollution concentrations. The available data so far for 2011 shows that air quality in the former Western Extension zone has behaved in the same way as that in the rest of London and there has not been a discernable ‘WEZ removal effect’.|
|Night flight ban is good for the economy||
you change the way you think and act on energy
|A major report launched in the House of Commons on 27th January 2011 at a meeting hosted by Zac Goldsmith MP shows that a ban on night flights at Heathrow before 6am could be expected to have overall benefits for the wider economy.||
The Centre for Sustainable Energy has produced a
series of advice leaflets telling people how they can cut their fuel bills and
keep their homes warm.
Boris' plans to tackle pollution
The Localism Bill
School run mums who leave their
engines 'idling' whilst dropping off children could face fines of up to £120.
The move is part of Mayor of London Boris Johnson's Air
Quality Strategy which also seeks to target delivery van drivers, taxis
Under the plans, no-idling zones which target drivers who are parked rather than those stuck in traffic could be established within months with an information campaign aimed at mothers who leave cars running when dropping off or collecting school children.
The Government's Decentralisation and Localism Bill is set to radically change the planning framework for local communities - undermining local democracy and action to tackle climate change. FoE are launching a new campaign to tackle these issues, so
keep an eye out for future actions.
|Advice on feeding birds||Mega Dairies - No thanks!|
But some food can do more harm than good.
is encouraging to know that a number of MPs across all parties have expressed
concern at the plans by Nocton Dairies to build a vast factory complex housing
up to 8000 cows. The cows would be kept indoors for most of their lives
“zero grazing”. This “farm” would be the first of its kind in
Planet Friendly Farming
Ealing Friends of the Earth supports planet-friendly farming
Ealing Friends of the Earth visited the Farmers’ Market at West Ealing on Saturday 9th October 2010 to ask the public to support ‘planet friendly farming’.
Virginia Fassnidge, food campaigner for Ealing Friends of the Earth, said: “The way we produce food has a huge impact on the environment. Unfortunately many of our meat producers are causing wholesale environmental damage by the way they feed their animals. Rainforests are being destroyed in South America to grow soya beans for animal feed in Britain . We are asking our MPs to support the Sustainable Livestock bill, which will encourage farmers to feed animal on home grown and rainforest free crops.”
Friends of Earth wants the government to stop subsidizing this environmental destruction.
added “Even as world leaders are meeting to discuss how to stop
deforestation, the UK Government is propping up damaging factory farms with
millions of pounds of taxpayers' cash - leaving the public unwittingly caught
in a food system that's destroying Brazilian wildlife and rainforest. The
Government must support British farmers to feed their animals homegrown feed -
so our Sunday roast doesn't cost the Earth.”
1. British imports of beef and soy for animal feed from Brazil last year are estimated to have caused the loss of an area of Brazilian rainforest and grassland twice the size of Greater London, according to a new report launched by Friends of the Earth on 10th October.
2. The green campaigning charity's report, From Forest to Fork, shows that increasing demand for animal feed produced in Brazil for British factory farms, along with beef imports, are estimated to have caused around 1,200 square miles of deforestation in 2009.
3. Friends of the Earth is calling on the Government to introduce a Sustainable Livestock Bill to reduce the impact of meat and dairy production and consumption in the UK which is causing wildlife, rainforest and livelihood destruction abroad. Factory farms - dependent on feeding animals soy protein grown in South America - are subsidised by UK taxpayers to the tune of £700 million a year.
Ealing London Borough Council's rejection of a proposed agrofuel power station in Southall has been upheld by the Secretary of State, following a planning appeal and public enquiry. More than 1,000 people, mostly from Southall, had objected to the planning application, both because of concerns over further increasing the demand for agrofuels, and over air quality impacts in a heavily polluted urban area.
The London Plan 2010 - West London FoE response
At a seminar on the London Plan, an officer from the GLA was asked if the
Plan stated any environmental limits to growth, eg air pollution or greenhouse
gas emissions. The short answer
was “NO”. That is, there are
NO sustainability criteria for
If it is the policy that
sustainability should be sacrificed in a ‘rush for growth’ (population,
construction, transport schemes, biofuel plants, incinerators, car parks,
etc), this is of such fundamental importance that it should be stated clearly
and debated fully. Indeed, we
consider it of such importance that the process of finalising and adopting the
Plan should be deferred if that is what is necessary in order to resolve this
How to take on the Climate Change Deniers
1. Climate changed peaked in 1998 and the world has been cooling
since. Why is this happening when CO2 is still rising relentlessly.
2. Solar activity caused the warming.
3. The polar ice cap has recovered all its recently lost area.
4. Sea level is not rising.
5. The cold winter of 2009/10 in the UK and Europe disproves global warming.
2000s were warmer than the 1990s showing that the decadal mean is
(Temperature data source NASA GISS).
For further claims & responses see www.campaigncc.org/sceptics
Airlines to cut emissions?
IATA (International Air Transport Association) which represents 93% of the world's airlines has unveiled plans to halve emissions but
not until 2050.
The industry will not even achieve carbon-neutral growth until 2020. They have only made these promises because environmental groups such as FoE have criticised them for not doing enough to prevent climate change.