Monthly Archives: January 2016

Swansea Council Votes No To Fracking

Swansea Friends of the Earth and local residents celebrated the news today (28/01/16) that Swansea councillors have voted to become a frack free area and to proceed with plans to become fossil free by 2025.

This follows a recent campaign by Swansea Friends of the Earth and others to stop fracking and other forms of unconventional gas extraction in Swansea. It also follows similar declarations by Monmouthshire Council and Ceredigion Council to keep their areas frack free.

Swansea Friends of the Earth spokesperson John Childs said: “We are delighted that tonight Swansea Council has passed this “frack free” resolution have responded to the very real concerns of local people regarding the health, water pollution and other risks presented by this controversial technology. They  have send out a clear message that fracking and the extraction of methane gas is unwelcome and has no future in Swansea. Furthermore, the Council aims to become fossil free by 2025 and aspires to be a leading provider of Tidal and Wind power within the UK! Indicating that they wish the face up to the challenges of climate change in developing the local economy.”

Fracking has been linked to many problems such as increased climate change emissions, air and water pollution, increased lorry movements and decreasing house prices.

Friends of the Earth Cymru spokesperson Bleddyn Lake said: “We congratulate Swansea Council on their decision not support applications for the unconventional exploration or extraction of gas, including fracking in the Swansea area and we urge other local authorities in Wales to follow their example. We also now urge the Welsh Government to declare an outright ban on fracking as soon as they have the necessary powers to put the whole of Wales on the frack free map.”

Friends of the Earth has produced a briefing outlining its concerns about fracking here

Register For Your FREE Grow Wild Seed Kit!

Join almost one million people taking part in the UK’s biggest ever wild flower campaign by sharing Grow Wild seed kits with groups where you live. 

All you need to do is register for seed kits on behalf of your group – or lots of groups. How about for your hobby clubs, neighbours, community project, youth group and the workplace. Click HERE to visit the Grow Wild website.

Each kit has seed to transform up to 10 square metres, so please share these packets to transform any space – from balconies to old boots, street verges and town squares to boxes and buckets. Anything that will hold soil, water and seeds will do: just let your imagination grow wild.

What’s more, the flowers keep coming every year! The ‘annual’ flowers put on a show in the first summer and then flower again on new plants the following year. While the ‘perennial’ flowers in the mix will burst into flower in their second summer – and carry on beyond, too.

Registration closes at midnight on 14 February 2016.


What Would You Like Us To Stock In Our Green Shop?

New year, new beginnings! We’re having a re-think about our Green Shop at The Environment Centre and we’d love to know what you’d like to see us selling. Perhaps you’d like to see a wider range of Fairtrade products, more refillable / packaging-free products, more choice for vegans or more locally produced products.

If you have to shop far and wide for your green and ethical products, we can help make it more convenient and often cheaper to get it here at the Environment Centre. Please take a minute to fill out our survey and let us know your ideas

**New In** We are now stocking Clipper loose leaf tea and refillable Faith In Nature natural deoderant, drop in a take a look!