to be a bit more sustainable or influence change - so we'll be sharing some ideas on this page. From signing petitions and writing to our MP to starting conversations and and making pledges. If you'd like to 'do something' but need inspiration, bookmark this page - we'll be adding new things as often as possible!
Here we will share help sheets for writing to your MP, organisations and businesses and local initiatives that you can support.
Please click on the Download button for more context and information, as well as the letter help!
In 2015, Fish Legal won a landmark case that secured the public’s right to obtain environmental information from privatised water companies under the EIR 2004. If the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill is enacted these regulations will be repealed, unless the Government preserves them.
Call on our Supermarkets to remove plastic packaging from five top-selling fruit & veg products.
Add your name to the petition from 38 degrees, Everyday Plastic and City to Sea, calling on all UK supermarkets to help reduce waste and costs by selling certain fruits and vegetables loose
Call for honesty in farmed salmon labelling
Farmed salmon is highly polluting and a source of over-fishing, depleting fish stocks for feed and endangering marine ecosystems because of the parasites and other waste. The pens keep the fish enclosed but they allow parasites, plus large amounts of pesticides, as well as faeces and food waste, to get in as well as out into the surrounding water.
Salmon are carnivorous. They need a certain proportion of fish in their diet to ensure they contain the levels of omega-3 that consumers expect. A proportion of this usually comes from fish caught in the wild - often in South America and West Africa.
M&S claims its farmed salmon is sustainable and says it is committed to a “sustainable future” and a “leader in animal welfare”.
Add your name calling on them to be honest - to stop labelling unsustainable farmed salmon as “responsibly sourced”
FYI - How to buy sustainable fish
The sustainability issues with some of our favourite fish, plus better alternatives and the labels to look for
The best choice for farmed salmon, according to the Good Fish Guide, is organically certified or ASC-certified salmon. Organic salmon is fed largely on feed made from waste trimmings. In practice this means far less wild-capture fish is used. Organic farming can also help to mitigate against some of the environmental impacts.
A quick action from Surfers Against Sewage.
(Don't worry that Valentine's Day has been and gone!)
"Water company CEO's across the UK are profiting all whilst polluting the UK's waterways.
This Valentine's day, we're asking people to tell their water company's CEO what they think of their performance."
You can edit the message in the link to personalise it.
UK insurers are behind the climate bomb that is Adani’s Carmichael mega-coalmine production. Not only a climate and ecological disaster but the destruction of the ancestral lands and waters of the Wangan and Jagalingou people without their consent.https://wanganjagalingou.com.au/our-fight/
The sale and burning of Adani coal is only possible because of the mine's dedicated rail infrastructure which is being insured by Lloyd's of London syndicate, Probitas. Over the coming months Probitas will be hearing from people all over the world who want to stop this climate bomb.Take part in a creative action and send a message to Probitas using the link below:
Follow the link to add your name calling on the Prime Minister to set a legally-binding target to reverse nature loss by 2030, a commitment already made by the government but not being met by current action.
The Office for Environmental Protection has reported on the lack of UK progress, warning that “the current pace and scale of action will not deliver the changes necessary to significantly improve the environment”.
The UK is one of the world's most nature-depleted countries.
Please sign and share this Greenpeace No New Coal petition
- at least two UK steel-makers have ruled out using coal from the Cumbrian mine as it is expecting to be high in sulphur and, like steel-makers across Europe and beyond, are increasingly looking at using low-carbon steel-making techniques.
- this decision seriously undermines claims for the UK to be a 'climate leader' and sets a dangerous example
- there could be many more jobs created in renewable energy and green technology
- this coalmine would increase the UK's carbon emissions by the equivalent of putting 200,00 cars on the roads
Alok Sharma, President of COP26: "A decision to open a new coalmine would send completely the wrong message and be an own goal. This proposed new mine will have no impact on reducing energy bills or ensuring our energy security.”
Economist Lord Stern, Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science: “Opening a coalmine in the UK now is a serious mistake: economic, social, environmental, financial and political."
Lord Deben, Chair of the government's Climate Change Committee: they "condemn" the decision, which "runs counter to the UK's stated aims as COP26 President and sends entirely the wrong signal to other countries about the UK's climate priorities."
Tracking our individual small changes to see the huge collective impact that we can make.
* As much or as little help and support as you'd like
*Loads of ideas and inspiration
*You can take the challenge on your own, as a household, with a team at work
*Sustainable Marlborough will run some events, but these are completely optional : )