Campaigns Digest Winter 2018/19 – Libby Harris
Happy New Year everyone. We are looking forward to the campaigning year ahead and we have some exciting plans, so watch this space! Over the past fews months we have been developing the next phase of our air pollution and plastics campaign. We have also been working with the Greener Birmingham Coalition to develop a Green Year of Action campaign, keep an eye out over the next couple of months for events near you!
There has also been a lot of developments with The Warehouse. We have welcomed new tenants into the building including a wholefoods shop. Volunteers have continued to work hard decorating and tidying. A huge thank you to everyone who has given up their time to help with this.
Over the past few months we have been developing the next stage of our air pollution campaign. Alongside continuing to push for a strong Clean Air Zone, we are planning to campaign for cleaner air outside of schools. At the time of writing this campaign is still in the development phase so please keep an eye out for updates. Take a look at Martin’s article to find out more.
This year we are planning to host an event or two to coincide with the Greener Birmingham Coalition’s Year of Green Action in which we will be celebrating nature. We are looking to host events in early summer and if you would like to get involved or if you have any ideas please get in touch!
Take a look at Jake’s article on biodiversity and habitat loss to find out why it is important that we all play a part in protecting nature.
The transport team sprung into action to campaign against the widening of the Dudley Road. At the time of writing campaigners have been talking to people who live and work on/near the Dudley Road. Take a look at our website for more information about this campaign.
Our waste team have been very busy over the past few months planning our plastic free Commonwealth Games campaign. We also ran a successful Christmas Crafternoon at The Warehouse on 15 December. Read Jodie’s article to find out more.
We have also been raising awareness of the environmental impacts of flushing plastic items down the toilet. It isn’t well known that wipes which are labelled ‘flushable’ are ending up on our shorelines because they do not break down! Read Sarah’s article to find out more about this issue.
At the time of writing, the waste team are also responding to updates with Birmingham City Council’s Future Waste Strategy. Keep an eye out for a update about this but in the meantime you can read about UKWIN’s Incineration Report in Shaz’s article.
How you can get involved
We always welcome new people and there are many different ways you can get involved with our campaigns. Whether you have an hour or two to spare or a whole day, please get in touch or come along to any of our weekly Monday meetings (contact and meeting details on the diary page).
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