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Havant FOE Newsletter - May 2020

Friends of the Earth are asking us to take action on trade deals
Donald Trump wants a toxic trade deal with the UK. And UK Trade Secretary Liz Truss is kicking off these dangerous negotiations, despite the pandemic.

A US trade deal could harm nature and the climate, especially if rushed. It could see food on our shelves made using chemicals that are currently banned, or pumped full of unnecessary, harmful antibiotics. It could mean giving US investors the power to influence our environmental standards.

This is a scary time. We’re all worried for friends and family, doing our best to keep one another safe, and relying on our government to do all that’s needed to beat this pandemic.

Now is not the time to focus on this trade deal. The government’s priority right now must be tackling coronavirus. This means calling a formal halt to all planned negotiations until people in the UK and around the world are safe.

Please read the open letter from our co-CEOs, Miriam and Hugh, to Trade Secretary Liz Truss. Ask her to halt the trade negotiations and tell the US that our health and environment come first. Click here to sign the open letter

And here’s an article about it from the Independent. https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/coronavirus-trump-trade-talks-brexit-boris-johnson-a9500341.html

 

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Havant FOE Newsletter - April 2020

We do hope everyone is keeping safe. We are sorry not to see you all but hope you are all keeping well and not too depressed by the current situation. Don’t forget that if you want to help in your own community (or need help) contact Community First for ideas: https://www.cfirst.org.uk/

We thought we’d try and send out regular newsletters as it’s more important than ever that we stay connected in this time of social distancing and self-isolation, and of course our concerns about the environment still need addressing urgently.


FOE Online Meeting Thursday 16th April at 7.30pm

Do join us for a FOE catch-up meeting via the video conferencing platform Zoom, organised by Anne Sayer.

To join in with the FOE meeting you’ll need to download the Zoom video conferencing software beforehand, but after that it’s pretty easy to use. There are various ways you can join in, either via a PC, MAC, tablet or phone. Just search on the Google play store or Apple App store for Zoom Cloud Meetings.

Zoom Meeting Link
https://zoom.us/j/136687560      Meeting ID: 136 687 560

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Acres of 'poor quality' Hampshire farmland could be 're-greened' to solve nitrogen pollution problem

Published in The News on the 25th February 2020
Story by Fiona Callingham

 

ACRES of some of Hampshire’s ‘poor quality’ farmland could be ‘re-greened’ in a bid to reduce pollution and allow housebuilding to resume.

Work to build new homes across the south of Hampshire was postponed last year after Natural England ruled the amount of nitrogen spilling into the Solent as a result was damaging to wildlife.

It is thought more than 7,000 homes in the county were put on hold while councils scrambled to find solutions.

Now the Partnership for South Hampshire (Push), which is made up of local authorities, has revealed what could be a permanent fix to the problem.

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