We need ac­tion from all sides

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Views -

En­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivists and con­ser­va­tion­ists have been work­ing hard with com­mu­ni­ties across the globe to pro­mote en­vi­ron­men­tal well­be­ing and­greener, safer spa­ces in both our ur­ban an­dru­ral ar­eas.

Here in Peter­bor­ough we have re­cently stepped this up a notch with the very suc­cess­ful PECT fes­ti­val. How­ever, if weare­go­ing­tomakea­suc­cess of this we need ac­tion not just from­lo­cal au­thor­i­ties but also from com­mu­ni­ties and peers such as par­ents and schools; many­ofwhomare­al­readyset­ting good­ex­am­ple­sofwhyi­tis im­por­tant for our fu­ture.

Sadly, theen­vi­ron­men­thas not nor­mally beenat the front line of po­lit­i­cal dis­cus­sion. The re­cent clash be­tween Pro­fes­sor Brian Cox and cli­mate change de­nier Mal­com Roberts has cer­tainly been a change from the usual typ­i­cal de­bates we have had in re­cent times. I am­ab­so­lute­ly­de­light­edthatwe­have­hadthechance to bring global warm­ing and habi­tat­de­struc­tion­for­war­das ak­ey­con­cern­forour­futureas it is some­thing which af­fects us all and one that (along with manyotheris­sues) fu­ture­gen­er­a­tions will have to pay for if we do not act soon.

The Flash Mob lit­ter picks that have been co-or­di­nated and de­liv­ered by our teams in Peter­bor­ough have lit­er­ally picked and un­earthed over 1 and­halfton­nesoflit­ter­across var­i­ous wards in the city, which even in­cluded a crisp packet dated June 1981 (I can as­sure ev­ery­one that this data has not been cor­rupted/ma­nip­u­lated by NASA).

Most of the rub­bish found would nor­mally con­sist of bot­tles and pack­ets of var­i­ous form­swhich­canbe­dam­ag­ing for our lo­cal wildlife. It is for this rea­son and for the sake of com­mon­de­cen­cythat­stronger mea­sures need to be put in place to re­duce the amount of lit­ter on our streets.

More ef­fec­tive waste man­age­men­tand­more­aware­ness through me­dia are amongst just the few ac­tions that can be taken.

We can also in­clude more sus­tain­able trans­port meth­ods to com­bat air pol­lu­tion such as bet­ter bus routes and routes for cy­clists.

It is quite of­ten re-it­er­ated that Peter­bor­ough is one of the worst places to be­with­out a car. This can­not be al­lowed to con­tinue if Peter­bor­ough is to be­cometheEn­vi­ron­men­tal cap­i­tal of the UK.

Although aus­ter­ity mea­sures and cut backs to en­vi­ron­men­tal sub­sides has not helped us pro­mote this cause, I can see a bright fu­ture if we come up with the right plans and co-op­er­ate fully.

Brian Cox’s de­bate and the PECT fes­ti­val are good ex­am­ples on how we can con­tinue to move things for­war­di­nafairan­de­th­i­cal­man­ner. Joseph Wells Deputy Co-Or­di­na­tor, Peter­bor­ough Green Party

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