Environment Eco

November 30th, 2021

Plans for restoring New Salts Farm to its natural habitat to be unveiled

Local residents are invited to contribute ideas for restoring New Salts Farm to its natural habitat.
The 70-acre piece of land - the green gap between Shoreham and Lancing - was purchased by Adur District Council in 2020 to protect it from housing development.
And now the Council and the Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust are developing ideas for the site to become a haven for wildlife and a green space to be used and enjoyed by the community.
They are hosting a webinar Thursday 9th December from 6 pm to 7pm, at which residents can hear about the current ideas for the site. As well as restoring streams, wetlands, hedgerows and meadows, this could include creating an educational training space and a community garden.
New Salts Farm is one of a number of areas of land purchased by Adur District Council as part of its pledge to promote biodiversity and tackle climate change. In 2019, the Council declared a climate emergency and has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
Wetlands, like New Salts Farm, help to store carbon and support an abundance of plant life, which in turn provide shelter and breeding grounds for wildlife.
Salt marshes are important habitats for many rare and unusual species of plants, birds and animals and help protect surrounding land from flooding. They also absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere which helps to decrease the effects of climate change.

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November 16th, 2021

Councils invest in solar panels at six new sites

Community centres, social housing and a historic theatre are set to benefit from rooftop solar panels as the next step in Adur & Worthing Councils’ commitment to reduce its carbon footprint.
The near £190,000 investment will see six sites across the area fitted with the high-tech systems, which will generate clean energy and reduce running costs for future generations.

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November 2nd, 2021

100% of Tesco’s customers polled in Worthing want supermarket to cut ties with forest destroyers

On 23rd and 30th October, Greenpeace volunteers visited Tesco on Chapel Road in Worthing to call on the supermarket giant to cut ties with forest destroyers, as part of an escalating nationwide campaign. Volunteers exhibited a life-size cut-out of Tesco CEO Ken Murphy, asking the question “Should I stop funding Amazon rainforest destruction?”. 100% of the 75 customers that were asked, voted that Mr Murphy needs to stop funding Amazon rainforest destruction. Lots of people also took photos with the cut-out and shared them on their social media channels. The cut-out Ken was then handed in to the staff at the Chapel Road Tesco store, alongside a letter from Greenpeace UK Executive Director John Sauven. After the campaign was explained to the staff they agreed to pass on the letter to store manager. The letter calls on the supermarket to drop forest destroying companies from its supply chain, and replace at least half of the meat it sells with affordable plant based alternatives by 2025.
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October 26th, 2021

DIVEST WEST SUSSEX DEMO FRIDAY 22nd OCTOBER 2021

Worthing Climate Action Network, Extinction Rebellion Worthing, XR Chichester, XR Horsham, SECA, held a march and demonstration at County Hall, Chichester, on the day of a full council meeting.

For five years Worthing Climate Action Network has been calling for WSCC to divest the pension fund from fossil fuels. WSCC currently invest over £128 million pounds in fossil fuel companies, such as Shell and BP. We want 2021 to be the year they commit to full divestment.
With a funeral for the past and future victims of the climate crisis and speeches from Rianna Garguilo, Friends of the Earth, and Jenny Conduit, former Managing Director of JP Morgan, urging West Sussex to divest, this was a powerful and moving event.
Emma Cameron, Chair of Worthing CAN said: “The climate crisis is escalating. People in frontline communities, particularly in the Global South, are dying now but no one will escape; if global heating continues unchecked there will be food shortages and starvation. If we care about life on earth, investing in fossil fuels needs to stop.”
Photo Credit Rob White

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