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International Healthy Cities Conference 2018

Monday 1st October
See programme for details
See website for details

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Do you love where you live? Come along to a workshop on Binevenagh and Coastal Lowlands area!

Wednesday 3rd October
Magilligan Field Centre, Seacoast Road, Limavady
Free

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Grass Roots AGM 2018

Saturday 6th October
Newtownbreda Presbyterian Church Hall, Ormeau Road, Belfast
Free

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Harvest Month

Saturday 13th October
Springhill, Moneymore
Adult £5.90, Child £2.95

Autumn tales at Oakfield Glen, Carrickfergus

Saturday 13th October
Oakfield Glen, Carrickfergus
£5 per child; £1 per accompanying adult

Clearance of Pine & Rhododendron

Sunday 14th October
Ballynahone Bog Nature Reserve, near Maghera, Co Londonderry
Free

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Overhead and Underfoot – The Second World War Legacies around the Lough

Tuesday 16th October
The Old Courthouse, Market Square, Antrim
Free

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Creating active and liveable environments – Enhancing the interface between research, policy and practice

Thursday 18th October

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City2Sea: Pathways for Litter Conference

Monday 22nd October
The Guildhall, Guildhall Street, Derry~Londonderry BT48 6DQ
See registration form above for details

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Time running out on Green Brexit 29 March 2018

Government is running out of time to fulfil its ‘green Brexit’ promise, warns coalition (via Greener UK)

 

Greener-UK

 

Ministers are not backing up their pledges on governance, with bold new laws needed for nature’s recovery and a healthy environment.

Greener UK, a coalition of leading environmental organisations, today warns that time is running out for the government to fulfil its promise of a ‘green Brexit’.

Despite cross–party calls from MPs and peers, the government is declining to carry over all environmental legislation in the EU Withdrawal Bill, risking the protection of nature, water and air quality.

The “world–leading” environment watchdog promised by Michael Gove in the autumn is yet to appear, and there are fears that the proposals will fall short of the environment secretary’s ambitions.

In a recent Efra Committee report, three ministers from other departments were reluctant to support an oversight body fully independent of government. [3] Greener UK considers this body’s independence to be integral to its success in covering the environmental governance gap that will open up with Brexit. A lack of government–wide support would undermine Defra’s ambitions.

As well as the urgency of the Brexit timetable, the campaigners point to the pressing need to act on environmental problems such as air pollution and the disappearance of once common plants and animals from our gardens and countryside.

In a new call to action published today, Greener UK argues that a green Brexit will need:

  • New legislation to build on the full body of existing environmental law;
  • Ambitious and measurable goals for nature’s recovery and a healthy environment;
  • Strong principles to underpin fair and far–sighted judgement;
  • And at least one new, empowered institution to uphold environmental laws, champion citizens’ rights and hold future governments to account.

The Conservative election manifesto pledged to leave the environment in a better state, and an estimated 80 per cent of environmental policy stems from EU law. Prime Minister Theresa May, Brexit Secretary David Davis and Environment Secretary Michael Gove have all promised to ensure Brexit strengthens our environmental standards.

Amy Mount, of the Greener UK coalition, said:

“The government knows that no one voted for dirty beaches or the disappearance of much–loved wildlife from our gardens and wild places. But with city children choking on unhealthy air, and the future of British farming and fishing dependent on thriving ecosystems, environmental protections are not just a nice–to–have.

“With only one year to go until exit day, there are gaping holes to fill. We need new laws to make the statute book fit for the environmental challenges we face. And we need powerful, independent, well–resourced institutions to hold the authorities to account.

“The UK wants to be an international environmental leader. With ambitious new legislation at home enshrining the highest standards, the UK can credibly push for progress at the global scale. However, it has to seize this moment now, match actions to its green rhetoric and show the world what visionary leadership looks like.”

Read the full press release here…