38 Degrees have an online petition and time is running out to sign it.
They write “The government has announced plans to streamline the planning process for fracking. If this goes ahead, it will be as easy to drill an exploration fracking well as it is to build a conservatory or erect a fence. These plans are deeply undemocratic – they twist planning laws to give the government and fracking companies the power to override the will of local people – who have fought relentlessly to halt fracking at every turn.”
You can also support 38 Degrees written representation on these proposals Click here to have your say. and add your name and objections to this proposal.
“This year we’ve seen heartbreaking images of dead sea turtles and birds, their bellies bloated with plastic.” EU politicians will be voting on new rules next week to cut plastic pollution. SumOfUs have a petition which you can sign. You can tell the European Parliament Environment Committee your view by signing. Follow this link to sign and find out more.
An enthusiastic group marched proudly in the Carnival Parade in August promoting Plastic Free Lyme Regis.
Charmouth, monthly 2018
Organised by the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, regular hunts for Nurdles to clear them off the local beach. Contact the Heritage Centre for dates, for these hunts and for beach cleans. Nurdles are tiny plastic pellets used to make most of our plastic products. It is estimated that 53 billion nurdles escape into the UK environment each year! Due to their tiny size, nurdles are eaten by marine wildlife so move up the food chain and also act as sponges in the sea, attracting pollutants.
What can you do to help? Pick up nurdles! The more we collect, the fewer end up in the sea. Always make sure you wear gloves when handling nurdles as they contain toxins. Nurdles have been spotted on Lyme’s Church Beach. Head that way and take a bag and some gloves to help get rid of them.
Sunday 13 May 2018
Turn Lyme Green had a stand at this popular annual fete. Fun games for children together with lots of information on Plastic Free Lyme Regis including tips for recycling and how to live with less plastic.
Turn Lyme Green had a stall in BuckyDoo Square, Wednesday morning, 25th April from 10.00am, again promoting Freggie Bags and ways of reducing our use of plastics – Reduce, Reuse, Refill and Recycle.
Over 30 people turned up for the Beach Clean on Saturday 21st April. The organisers issued gloves and picking sticks which made easy work of collecting bags of recyclable, plastic and general rubbish. Monmouth Beach looked much better after an hours worth of rubbish collecting and visitors were impressed and grateful for our efforts.
Every month we are fortunate to have a space in the ‘View From Lyme Regis’ newspaper. In December, Jo wrote…
IN PRAISE OF PLASTIC?
Can you imagine a Christmas without plastic?
So many Christmas presents contain plastic in some form or another it is hard to imagine a festive season without it!
How would we even begin survive at Christmas without sellotape, bubble wrap, crinkly, sparkly paper, with the pleasure from actually hearing it crackle? Can you imagine Christmas without that brightly coloured mixing bowl and spatula for those family pudding moments, the turkey baster with its irresistible balloon at the top? That is before we have even considered the plastic that surrounds our Christmas lights, invaluable toys boxes, squeaky dog toys. Christmas without a toothbrush? Agh, perish the thought! Actually you can get wooden ones, but I haven’t seen them in Lyme yet…The hoover, the computer, ipad and the irresistible phone, the list goes on forever.
How lucky we are! In fact we have never had it so easy in many ways. To share our luck and be aware of our gratitude, we invite you to help the town stay green and clean this Christmas by picking up ANY morsel of plastic from the beach to save it from being eaten by fish and other animals who think it is their food.
To see our award-winning animation film, shown at the climate change conference in Copenhagen, click here.
30 people attended the launch of Garden Share Lyme Regis at the Marine Theatre on 16 March 2010, and our first match of grower to garden owner was made.
See the Lyme Regis News story here.
Download our leaflet to learn how the scheme works – pdf
To join the Garden Share scheme, either as a garden owner or gardener, please complete the questionnaire and return it to Tony Bartlett at ‘Eco-logical-You’, the shop opposite the Co-op in Broad Street, Lyme Regis.
Owner’s questionnaire – pdf.
Gardener’s Questionnaire – pdf.
A list will be compiled and displayed in the shop in Broad Street from which you can ring anyone may be a good match. Please call Tony Bartlett on 01297 443319 if you have any questions or email email@example.com. The list will also be available via email or on the web site.
We are continuing to support efforts on recycling in Lyme, including the possibility of compressing the styrofoam used mostly by fishmongers and takeaways – an idea initiated by Simon the Fishmonger. We are researching the statutory household recycling facilities of other local authorities with a view to renewing pressure on our district authority.
We are encouraging people to sign up to the 10:10 campaign which encourages individual as well as institutional efforts to reduce carbon emissions by 10% by the end of 2010 (www.1010uk.org ). There is a info-packed entertaining e-message every two weeks from Franny Armstrong – the director of ‘Age of Stupid’ and founder of 10.10 – which you can receive by signing up on the web site.
Also 38 degrees (www.38degrees.org.uk) has some worthy campaigns.
To join in with the international Climate Change campaign to reduce carbon emissions to 350 parts per million (www.350.org) the beach saw a group of supporters face the wind and rain on 24th October 2009 to take 350 footsteps in the sand and sing a song of harmony.
We have continued to work on local food and food production. We screened Rebecca Hosking’s film ‘A Farm for the Future’ (Sept 09), followed by a discussion about permaculture and how to farm in a post-oil economy led by local permaculture teacher Aranya. Most of the apple trees we planted in Anning road thankfully survived the initial vandalism, and we are now planting another six trees on Magna Housing land.
Local Farmers’ Market
After lengthy discussion and research to find a suitable site for a farmers’ market, we are pleased that a trial market will be starting at The Town Mill Courtyard in May . Let’s all support this event.
We began the winter 2009 programme of activities by joining in the first International Plastic Bag Free day (12th September 2009) and raised a few pounds selling our cloth bags. We had massive support again from most independent traders, and the Co-op.
Tesco has said it would do much to support our efforts at becoming plastic carrier bag free but we haven’t seen evidence of that yet, despite senior level commitments.
You can now buy Turn Lyme Green bags at the new Eco-store in Broad Street, which will be setting up a community notice-board.
Turn Lyme Green success (from This Is Dorset)
Turn Lyme Green (TLG) successfully launched its Gardenshare scheme last week and made its first match between Nicca Kathrens and Terry Tompkins. …