Newsletter issue 514th February, Valentine's Day 2021
Keep Swindon Tidy spreads the love
Draw the change...
Following on from the first Keep Swindon Tidy Day, our focus remains on this campaign to encourage us to take responsibility for our waste. We are so pleased to have received many inspiring new entries to the poster gallery, mainly from younger Swindondians. It's heartening to see that important envrironmental messages are being relayed by our younger people. Some of these posters are destined for signposts around Swindon.
To engage teens and young adults in this campaign, we are working on a graffiti project with Peter Cowdy, a local muralist from Artsite (see the My Town, My World project). The idea is for him to mentor local upcoming artists to paint Keep Swindon Tidy murals. Watch this space…
Be the change...
It's great to see and hear reports of littering picking activity all over Swindon. Dealing with litter can help us start to deal with the causes of litter:
Thank you so much to the poster makers, parish councils, community groups, litter pickers and others for supporting this campaign and making a difference.
The government spread the fear
On the 9th February 2021, the government again voted against giving Parliament the ability to vote on future trade deals. Both of Swindon’s MPs were among those to vote through these anti-democratic measures.
There are concerns that our democracy is being subverted by a government whose actions do not align with their words, that trade deals will be used to further corporate dominance and institute protectionist measures. We wrote an article expressing concerns relating to plastic pollution. There is a more in-depth article covering wider environmental issues on the Swindon Climate Action Network website.
Given the concerns outlined in those articles, we wrote to both local MPs for assurances on trade deals, asking these questions:
- Will trade deals further plastic pollution in any way?
- Will trade deals make it more difficult to introduce effective legislation to reduce plastic pollution?
It was agreed that South Swindon MP, Robert Buckland, would represent both north and south Swindon in this matter. He won’t provide a written yes or no answer. We will continue to press on this important area.
9 year old sets the example
9 year old Lizzie A set up this petition to stop the UK government from exporting our plastic waste to poorer countries. UK councils including Swindon Borough Council have until recently been sending our plastic waste to countries such as Turkey and Taiwan. Our message to the government is clear, support the Plastic Pollution Bill to reduce plastic production.
For those of you new to the subject, see this article by UKWIN and this one by us. Parliament recently debated incineration, summarised in this article by the UK WIthout Incineration Network (UWWin). Incineration is another way to attempt to hide the pollution which occurs through the current unhealthy system of production and waste. It's important that we don't accept such greenwash and keep pushing for genuine solutions to these problems. For social media users, please share UKWIN's Facebook post and / or Tweet.