Let’s make Brighton & Hove pesticide-free!
At last count, 38 different toxic pesticides were being used in UK towns and cities. They are sprayed in parks, playgrounds, allotments and other green spaces, road verges, pavements and around shopping centres and schools.
The chemicals being used have been linked to an array of health problems including cancer, diabetes and neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s. Vulnerable groups such as children, pregnant women and the elderly are most at risk.
Pesticides are also having devastating effects on the natural environment. Due to habitat loss and the large quantities of pesticides used in UK agriculture, wildlife such as bees, birds and hedgehogs are increasingly seeking refuge in our towns and cities. However, the overuse of pesticides is destroying many of the areas where they can forage for food and contaminating the natural resources they depend upon.
But urban pesticide use is unnecessary. There are lots of non-chemical alternatives available and hundreds of towns and cities around the world have already banned pesticides. Read more about some of the many towns and cities that have already gone pesticide-free here and here.
What’s the solution?
Brighton & Hove Council has the power to ban pesticides on all public land under its control. A number of councils around the UK are already proving that it can be done, including nearby Lewes, which has ended the use of pesticides in all of its public parks and green spaces.
In March 2016, Brighton & Hove Council unanimously adopted a Motion promising to phase out the use of glyphosate and seek non-chemical alternatives. Sadly, these promises have not been kept and for the last three years Brighton & Hove has continued to use pesticides.
It is time that Brighton & Hove Council finally fulfils the promises made in 2016.
In the run up to the city-wide council elections on 2nd May 2019, PAN UK asked all candidates to take the Pesticide-Free Pledge.
“I want Brighton & Hove to be pesticide-free because we are exposed to so many chemicals every day and urban pesticides is an easy one to eliminate.”
“I want Brighton & Hove pesticide-free because I believe we should look after our ecosystems and not poison people, pets and wildlife!”
“I want Brighton & Hove to be pesticide-free because I value lives over profit.”
“I want Brighton & Hove to be pesticide-free because it’s 2019 and we now know better!”
“I want Brighton & Hove to be pesticide-free because this is the way forward and I want B&H to be there!”
“I want Brighton & Hove to be pesticide-free because I want a cleaner, less polluted world for me and my children.”
“I want Brighton & Hove pesticide-free because it’s essential to promote wildlife within our city!”
“I want Brighton & Hove to be pesticide-free because biodiversity depends on it!”
“I want Brighton & Hove to be pesticide-free because we don’t need poisons in our green spaces.”
“I want Brighton & Hove to be pesticide-free because it’s a no-brainer!”