At last count, 41 different toxic pesticides were being used in UK towns and cities. They are sprayed in parks, playgrounds 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 old people are most affected.
Pesticides are also having devastating effects on London’s 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?
The local council has the power to ban pesticides on all public land in your borough. In fact a number of councils around the UK are already proving that it can be done, including London’s own Hammersmith & Fulham. The London-wide council elections on 3rd May 2018 are the perfect opportunity to get toxic chemicals out of your local parks and public spaces.
Ask the candidates for your borough to make the pledge to go pesticide-free.
It doesn’t matter which party they are from – everyone should support a healthier future for people and environment.
Scroll down to find out if your local candidates have taken the pledge