Progress on Sheffield Council’s use of Glyphosate.

The Sheffield Telegraph reported this week that Sheffield’s parks, cemeteries and some housing estates will trial a ban on the poisonous weed killer – but residents will need to help manage overgrown land. Here is the article. https://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/politics/sheffields-parks-cemeteries-and-housing-estates-trial-a-ban-on-poisonous-weed-killer-but-residents-will-need-to-help-manage-overgrown-land-3389475

The Church and Climate Chaos

It was wonderful to join with the young people on the Young Christian Climate Movement march to Glasgow as they passed through Sheffield on the way to COP26. We greeted them at St Mary’s Bramall Lane and walked together on the last mile of their journey to Sheffield Cathedral.  They say “Our sisters and brothersContinue reading “The Church and Climate Chaos”

The Impossible Rebellion

I spent three days with Extinction Rebellion in London. In the light of the IPCC report that issued a “code red” warning for humanity, the recent horrific weather events, some of which have been widely reported like the New York flooding, and others which have been largely ignored like the drought in Madagascar, the overwhelmingContinue reading “The Impossible Rebellion”

Sheffield Council to reduce Glyphosate use

There is news today on Sheffield Council’s plans to reduce the use of Glyphosate. This is a good start, but the action falls far short of the demands of the petition that was signed by 6595 people. We await the details of the scheme that will enable residents to keep their pavements Glyphosate free ifContinue reading “Sheffield Council to reduce Glyphosate use”

National Trust, please stop spraying Glyphosate

Guest blog by Nicky Watts Last time we visited a National Trust property, I witnessed the spraying of herbicides on paths in the gardens. I was so shocked and disappointed, I wrote to National Trust central enquiries (enquiries@nationaltrust.org.uk) about my concern.  I learn that the National Trust has no central policy to ban the useContinue reading “National Trust, please stop spraying Glyphosate”

IPCC launch 6th Assessment Report

Today the IPCC launched their report. The IPCC press release is a good summary of the findings and here is an excellent report in the Guardian. “For the tipping points, it’s clear that every extra tonne of CO2 emitted today is pushing us into a minefield of feedback effects tomorrow,” says Prof Dave Reay, atContinue reading “IPCC launch 6th Assessment Report”

Why would an 11 year old decide to walk to London?

Why would an 11 year old boy from Hebden Bridge decide to walk all the way to London? Youth activist Jude Walker recently passed through Sheffield on a 200 mile journey to drive support for a petition to introduce charges on carbon emissions.  He is desperately trying to  raise awareness of the urgent need toContinue reading “Why would an 11 year old decide to walk to London?”

Extreme weather continues but the media are still not telling the truth.

This week we have seen further extreme flooding in Belgium, China, India, Panama and Russia. London is flooding as I write. The famine in Madagascar has been recognised as the first to be caused solely by global heating. The Greenland ice sheet is on the brink of a major tipping point. Scientists say it isContinue reading “Extreme weather continues but the media are still not telling the truth.”

Save Owlthorpe Fields

Today I joined campaigners from the Owlthorpe Fields Action Group for a wonderful walk around the area, not far from Crystal Peaks, threatened by the development of a massive new housing estate. I was bowled over by the amazing range of birds and insects- I have been to RSPB sites and seen less variety! PlanningContinue reading “Save Owlthorpe Fields”