SEPTEMBER 2021

News

Our Litter Picks are back!

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By popular demand, we'll be grabbing our gloves and setting out to make an area litter free, keep plastic out of the environment and keep the area safe for people and wildlife. Our first date is Sunday 26th September 3-4.30pm

 

Pop the date in you diary - and email stalbansfoe@hotmail.com with your nomination for a place to litter pick.

 

If you've not litter picked before, look forward to fresh air, some gentle exercise and an immense feeling of satisfaction.

 

We're Hiring

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We're looking to expand our core group, and have the following roles to fill.

 

If one of these posts could be for you, or you'd like more information, we'd love to hear from you at stalbansfoe@hotmail.com

Group Secretary

Volunteer Role, St. Albans Friends of the Earth

We are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to act as group secretary to assist with our work to promote a greener St.Albans District.

This volunteer role should take no more than 5 hours per month.

We would like you to

  • Attend group meetings

  • Take and circulate the agenda for and minutes of group meetings

  • As a member of the group committee, help organize meetings and events

Ideally, you should

  • Be local to St.Albans District

  • Have an interest in environmental issues

  • Have good organizational skills

  • Have the basic computing skills required to fulfil this role

Interested? Drop us a line at stalbansfoe@hotmail.com introducing yourself and explaining your interest in the role.

Closing date: 30th September 2021

Group Treasurer

Volunteer Role, St. Albans Friends of the Earth

We are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to act as group treasurer to assist with our work to promote a greener St.Albans District.

This volunteer role should take no more than a couple of hours per month. We would like you to

  • Transfer our group funds into a suitable bank current account

  • Arrange for the payment of expenses incurred by the group and deposit of money paid to the group

  • Prepares the annual accounts (support provided)

  • As a member of the group committee, help organize meetings and events

Ideally, you should

  • Be local to the St.Albans area

  • Have an interest in environmental issues

  • Have the basic computing skills and numeracy required to fulfil this role

  • Have good organizational skills

Interested? Drop us a line at stalbansfoe@hotmail.com introducing yourself and explaining your interest in the role.

Closing date: 30th September 2021

 

Call on Herts County Council to ban the use of Glycophosphates

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Please sign the petition to request Hertfordshire County Council to stop using Glyphosate on pavements, green spaces, playgrounds and anywhere else where Hertfordshire County Council currently uses Glyphosate and other pesticides, and to instead employ environmentally friendly methods of weed control.

The World Health Organisation has stated that it is highly probable that Glyphosate is carcinogenic and there have recently been many court cases brought against Monsanto and Bayer by cancer sufferers.

Glyphosate is also an endocrinal disruptor affecting our hormones, and also can detrimentally affect intestinal flora. It is chemically stable and soluble in water and damaging to aquatic life and soil organisms, including earthworms.

Many other countries have banned or severely restricted Glyphosate, for example Sri Lanka, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, to name a few.  In the UK, many local authorities have also banned or severely restricted Glyphosate, including Shaftesbury, Hammersmith and Fulham, Glastonbury, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

 

We believe it is time that Hertfordshire followed the lead at county level to stop using Glyphosate and protect our environment and public health for the future. 

We therefore call upon Hertfordshire County Council to immediately ban their use.

 

And finally... Get active on social media

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If you've not joined the St.Albans Friends of the Earth Facebook Group yet, then there's no time like the present.

And get on Twitter to find us at @stalbansfoe

If you're really keen, then get some top tips to be really effective on social media here.