Every Friday we will suggest an action that you can take…
#FridaysForFuture: May 17th 2019
💚🌎💙 Today our #FridaysForFuture action is simply WALKING!
Next week May 20-24th 2019 is ‘Walk To School Week’, a fantastic initiative by LivingStreets UK. Many schools across the UK are already signed up and it’s still not too late to join. If your school isn’t involved why not speak to your teachers and head teachers about promoting #walktoschoolweek through an assembly or a letter to parents? Their website is packed with resources on the benefits for children of walking to school.
As #ParentsForFuture we are all concerned about air pollution in the UK.
🚶♀️Did you know that one in four cars during the morning rush hour are taking children to school and the school run alone is responsible for generating two million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year?
🚶♂️Did you know a recent global study suggest four million cases of childhood asthma could be caused by air pollution from traffic?
🚶♀️Did you know 2,091 schools, nurseries, further education centres and after-school clubs in England and Wales are within 150 metres of a road with illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide ?
🚶♂️Did you know air pollution costs lives and billions of pounds and is is one of the UK's biggest killers, causing up to 36,000 early deaths in the UK every year?
If you want to know more about the campaign for clean air Friends of the Earth is a good place to start.
And please let us know how you get on with sharing this initiative to your schools!
#FridaysForFuture: May 10th 2019
The Daily Mile, in itself, is a great idea about getting children to do more exercise. The Daily Mile website states "This isn’t about elite sport or exercise – simply go outside into the fresh air in what you’re wearing, to get fit in 15 minutes.." However, the program is sponsored by fossil fuel giants INEOS, who are amongst the worst polluters in the UK with a terrible environmental record.
INEOS have over a 50% interest in UK fracking licenses and are fiercely opposing the 500 metres buffer zone between a fracking site and schools, homes, hospitals etc which North Yorkshire seeks to achieve in their Minerals and Waste Joint Plan. Ineos have even threatened this measure with a legal challenge. And, if that was not enough Ineos have previously attempted to block pollution controls.
Studies have indicated that living next to a fracking site is linked to a rise in asthma and many other health concerns. With fracking comes an increase in methane emissions, a far more potent and harmful gas than Co2. The continued development of the fracking industry in the UK is completely at odds with trying to reduce emmissions as urgently advised by the 2018 IPCC report.
Finally, we believe it is scandalous that Britain’s richest man, the billionaire Jim Ratcliffe and owner of INEOS, should have his greenwash PR campaign receive £1.5 million of national lottery funding in order to recruit our children’s schools to this scheme.
A great many parents and teachers will not know about the connections between INEOS and The Daily Mile. Please help us share information politely and respectfully to our very busy headteachers. We have a TEMPLATE LETTER for you to send to the head teacher of your school. Please feel free to adjust as you see fit.
There is also a Facebook Page dedicated to this issue The-Daily-Mile-Greenwash 💚💙🌎
#FridaysForFuture: May 3rd 2019
💚💙🌎 Today’s action is to make sure that you are registered to VOTE in the upcoming EU elections. Many places in Europe are also campaigning for older people to 'give their vote' to the younger generation.
8 million Brits still aren't registered to vote so please pass this on to all of your friends and let's keep the green tide rising!!!
#FridaysForFuture: April 26th 2019
💚💙🌎 Today’s action is a simple one: Please sign this petition calling on the government to ‘Restore nature on a massive scale to help stop climate breakdown.’
To avoid a climate emergency we need to act fast. Rewilding and other natural climate solutions can draw millions of tonnes of CO2 out of the air through restoring and protecting our living systems. We call on the UK government to make a bold financial and political commitment to nature's recovery.
#FridaysForFuture: April 19th 2019
💚💙🌎 Today’s action is to email Sainsbury’s
If, like us, you watched David Attenborough's Climate Change: The Facts' last night, you may be wondering where to start and what you can do.
1. Please sign this letter to the CEO of Sainsbury's, Of all the UK supermarket chains they are coming up worst on plastic reduction. Of course writing in your own words has more weight. #Sainsburysplasticshame
2. Be inspired to organise your own #actiononplastic with a group of friends like these ladies in Bath did: https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/…/activists-walk-sainsburys-…
3. What can you change in the way you shop? Here are a few ideas, and please share yours with us. https://www.wearetheshift.co.uk/create-less-waste
4. Do we really need those elaborately packaged Easter Eggs??
Easter Egg Packaging Facts:
• Each year, more than 3,000 tonnes of waste is generated just from Easter egg packaging alone.
• One study found that the packaging around one particular egg weighs just as much as the confectionary itself and Oxfam reports that on average, 200g of chocolate egg comes with 54g of card and 2g of foil.
• Approximately 80 million chocolate eggs are sold in the UK at Easter which generates around 4,370 tonnes of card and 160 tonnes of foil waste. Most of the plastic packaging used is not recyclable yet, which means it will end up in landfills.
• About 10 million cards are sent and received.
• Every Easter more than £299m is spent on chocolate in the UK - equivalent to 139 million egg shells weighing 200 grams and if all 139 million shell eggs were encased in carton packaging they would use a staggering 9,391.8 sq miles of board.
Happy Easter Everyone! 🌍💚💙🐝🐣🌼
#FridaysForFuture: April 12th 2019
💙🌍💚 Today’s action is to change your search engine! 💚🌍💙
Change your search engine to Ecosia! It takes less than 5 minutes and it will make feel GOOD!
"Ecosia is like any other search engine, with one major difference: we use our profits to plant trees. We plant trees where they’re needed most. Our trees benefit people, the environment and local economies."
#FridaysForFuture: April 5th 2019
🌍💚💙 Today’s action is to write to your MP and /or local councillors 🌎💙💚
Has your MP signed Caroline Lucas' Early Day Motion to declare a UK-Wide Climate Emergency? Look here to find out: https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/52682/ukwide-climate-emergency
ONLY 56 MPs have signed so far. If your MP is not listed please take 10 minutes this week to mail them and ask them why not. You can use this website to find contact details for your national and local politicians: https://www.writetothem.com/
#FridaysForFuture: March 29th 2019
💚🌎💙 Today's action is to become a signed up Earth Protector 🌍💙💚
Make a donation to become a registered supporter. Ask 10 of your friends to also sign up. Share it on!
More information here: ‘The destruction of the Earth is a crime. It should be prosecuted’- George Monbiot