Stop spraying Bath & North East Somerset streets with toxic weed killer glyphosate

Stop spraying Bath & North East Somerset streets with toxic weed killer glyphosate

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FACE Families Acting on Climate Emergency started this petition to Kevin Guy (Leader of B&NES Council)

Every spring, the streets in Bath & North East Somerset are sprayed with a powerful weed killer containing glyphosate - you may have noticed the burnt and shrivelled plants now lining our walls and pavements. 
 
Glyphosate is a dangerous substance which damages plants, pollinators, birds, wildlife habitats and soil, as well as human and animal health. It has no place in our towns and cities, especially at a time when nature is in crisis. We should be doing everything we can to encourage wildlife to thrive, not destroying biodiversity in the name of sterile tidiness.   

The World Health Organisation has identified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. Glyphosate products are implicated in over 50,000 cancer lawsuits in the US. Even at low concentrations, it can damage liver, kidney and skin cells. Long-term exposure can lead to infertility, pregnancy problems, birth defects and respiratory diseases. 

We are calling on Kevin Guy, Leader of B&NES Council, to put a stop the annual glyphosate street spraying with immediate effect.

Other local authorities are using alternatives like manual and mechanical removal, or simply leaving 'weeds' and wildflowers to die down naturally over winter. 

In the UK, we have lost half of our insects since the 1970s, and currently 41% of insects are threatened with extinction. The use of glyphosate is playing a significant role in this rapid decline. B&NES Council have declared a climate and ecological emergency, and putting a stop to the annual glyphosate spraying would show that they can take decisive action on this commitment.     

Please sign this petition now as the spraying regime is being reviewed as we speak.

We can stop this needless poisoning from happening again, and let our beautiful streets bloom and buzz with life.

For more information, go to Pesticide Action Network UK 

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