While most of the world is on hold, councils across the UK are still carrying out some of their work, including weed control. That means, unfortunately, that many are still spraying herbicides on our streets, pavements, verges, playgrounds and other urban green spaces, even when the general population is in lockdown. But if you have the time and energy there are lots of ways you can campaign to make your area pesticide-free from home! Whether you have already been running a Pesticide-Free Towns campaign for a while, or you’re looking to get one started, here is a quick guide on ways you can campaign to end pesticide use in your local area from the comfort of your own home.
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Educating yourself is a key part of any campaign so that you’re armed with the best information and arguments to make your case. Some of us have the luxury of time during lockdown and this is a great opportunity to get more informed.
Here are some top Pesticide-Free Towns resources and videos:
- Read our Guide for Campaigners which contains information on where and why pesticides are used in urban areas, describes the human and environmental health effects and provides tips on how to reach out to your local council.
- Get inspired by reading our blog on what makes a successful campaign.
- Watch videos on our Youtube channel of councillors and experts sharing their experience and knowledge in using non-chemical alternatives to pesticides .